Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Literally the worst vet I have ever in my life been to. They are more worried about over charging for every product and service than the pets. It’s awful how they treat people. I highly recommend finding another vet for your pets!!!!
First time to have my dog Bella treated at this facility, and was extremely impressed. All of the staff that we encountered were very courteous, professional, and compassionate. Visit lasted about an hour and a half. This was not due to them being slow or lackadaisical, but the fact that they were so thorough and attentive. Doctor Giangreco's exam was so detail oriented that he spent some time walking around outside with us so that he could observe her gait. Have 3 dogs, and Royal Oaks is definitely our new "Go To" spot for their care.
Absolutely incredible vet in every way. I cannot recommend them enough as they are some of the most compassionate and understanding people that I have ever had the pleasure knowing. That coupled with the sheer amount of knowledge and education possessed in one location speaks volumes as to their services. My entire family (parents as well as others) and friends all take our pets there as they truly earn your trust and respect. Every single aspect of any visit will be explained to you in detail, and they are beyond accommodating if you need to be seen with no appointment in case of an emergency. While I admit that I have never been to a vet that I find bad and all have always given me positive experiences, Four Corners Animal Hospital is at the top for the best, and I am more than happy to take my furry loved ones to them for care.
I no longer use the services at Royal Oaks Vet Hospital as they provided me with false information regarding a promotional offer when I opened up my Care Credit account to pay for my dog's surgery. I was initially informed by Diana, who works at the front desk, that my promotional offer would be 0% interest if the loan was paid in full within 60 months. It turned out that the promotional offer was only good for 6 months. As a result, I contacted Care Credit asking them to honor to 60-month interest free promotion. However, Care Credit refused to help me because they said the promotional offers are assigned by the vet hospital, which meant that I had to deal directly with Dr. Dwyer to rectify this matter. In my conversation with Dr. Dwyer, she refused to honor the 60-month interest free promotional offer. She acted like the victim in this case because of the money she has to provide to Care Credit for offering their financial services at her vet hospital.
VERY expensive place to take your pet! If you aren't rich, so somewhere else. Every appointment takes an hour and a half. Fancy paintings on the wall and Keurig machine in waiting room tell it all.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET HERE. Not only did they give medicine that was not supposed to be taken together that killed our beloved family member. It cost over 700.00. On top of it the lady called and talked to my young son and told him it was his fault our pet had past away.. who tells a child that..when their best friend has died.. We did research on the internet the pill they gave us ..says do not take meds together.. Our hearts are very sad right now.
Love this vet! I've grown up with cats my entire life and have moved at least 20 times around the country. Never have a found a vet that has been so attentive to the needs of my cat(s). Both the Drs and the vet techs here treat my cats like they were their own. They call to follow up when necessary, they fit me in when I have an emergency and love on my cats every time they see them. I couldn't ask for a better vet nor would I ever take my cats anywhere else. ever.
Ic sorry to say I am very disappointed in this business. I have two little dogs and for the past six years had them treated at this store.One thing bothers me about the way they handle their patients.Everyte we go there for a small issue we end up being talked into getting a list of shots and leave over $500 there.The last visit really did it.The vet did not even enter the room when an office help told me that my dog needs his yeay rabies shot which was not even due for another few daysyO told them I choose to go to the pet stores because they are 30% cheaper as I have two dogs.After leaving me in the room by myself for ten minutes, an assistant come and tells me the doctor will still look at my dogs ear but if he gets bitten they will call animal control. I was speechless as I have been a serious customer for both of my dogs for over six years,raving over $7000 with this office.This entire conversation felt to me like a timeshare presentation and obey trap.I left very disappointed with my feelings hurt.I thought they actually cared first and then asked for the money.I will never use them again.Absolutely love Dr Grier But the bet that was there for h today needs to learn how to deal with people.Shame on you.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.