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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We took our dog in that hadn't been acting right for a few days, after examining him and talking to us about the possibilities Dr. Meurer told us the tests he would recommend and then one of the techs gave us an estimate. They ran the test, and unfortunately the X-rays showed a tumor in the abdomen. Dr. Meurer brought us back to see the X-rays and thoroughly explained what we were looking at. After another discussion about our options we decided to treat Hank conservatively and we were able to keep him comfortable at home for about a month before we had to put him to sleep. Even though it was a terrible thing to lose our Hank, we know he is in a better place now. During the euthanasia process Dr. Meurer and the staff were very sweet and compassionate, they even lit a candle on the front desk to let everyone in the lobby know what was happening in the other room. We will never be able to replace Hank but we are searching for another dog that needs a forever home and when we find him, we will be taking him to Chestnut Animal Clinic.
Dr. Jones was an excellent veterinarian, however he has retired and this clinic is no longer open. It was a loss for the community!
Chestnut Animal Clinic is the only place I would ever consider when it comes to the care of my three dogs. With every visit I have never experienced such above and beyond care. From the reception when I first walk through the door to how in sync and transparent Dr. Shaddox is to my fiancée and I is a whole new level that is unmatched. I have and continue to recommend Chestnut Animal Clinic to all my friends and family. Time and time again the results have been consistent and beyond exceptional. Thank you all so much for the care of my dogs, my friends and families pets, and your unwavering customer service!! You guys are incredible!!!
My dog had not eaten in 24hrs and has a swollen abdomen. I showed up 15min after they opened, I didn't have an appointment and understandably they were booked on that Saturday! However this is clearly and emergency situation. The girl at the front desk told me I could wait, I told her that I could not wait in the lobby but I could wait across the street at my job because I was scheduled to work. I can see the clinic from my place of business and she tells me that they don't have time for that. Did she not have time to make the 15 second phone call, or she didn't have 3mins for me to walk across the street? For a place that should care for animals they were not willing to work with me during this emergency situation.....after writing a Review on Facebook Zach Shaddox decided he would harass me about where my dog was seen and what was the diagnosis saying Inwas over reacting. But no once cared when I was there.
BEST VET in CONWAY. They take care of all 3 of my babies and i love the staff and the doctor. highly recommend
Dr. Mike Beard is the most wonderful vet, and I have a lot of experience with them. He's kind and knowledgeable and has done an excellent job of taking care of my feline companions (11 of them). He's very good about explaining things to this old caretaker. I adore his staff...they are so caring. I get follow-up calls checking up on ill kitty's progress and I even got sympathy cards when my 14-yr-old DSH died of heart disease and my 8-yr-old DSH died after ingesting larvae that ate it's way through her brain. That's why I drive 20 miles each way for vet services. I'd give WPAH 10 stars if I could.
I love Dr. Hartman,and his staff. They have all been wonderful to my chin,Mario and me. Mario has some problems,and never once have I been unable to get him in to Dr. Hartman. I'm as nervous about Mario as I was about my children,but no matter how many calls I make,or how many questions I ask,Dr. Hartman,and the staff are always courteous with me.
ok where to start - they are NOT 24 hour. matter of fact 5:01 and the door is locked. they do NOT have grooming. and Hill's diet - ha if you are lucky they MIGHT have it. Front desk doesn't know the difference in Low Fat ID and regular until you make a special trip and then "oh we do nor carry Low Fat ID" after you have asked three times.... Vets are great but the staff leaves very much to be desired.
this vet service is awesome very impressed soo happy to find such a caring vet and staff for ececletis female parrot named sheba with separation issues from owner with medical problems the 2 hour drive from Batesville ark is not a problem just to have this very loved bird in great caring hands thank you so much dr shaddox and staff from sheba and family
The staff is wonderful and so friendly. Then again, they absolutely adore my pup cause she's a good girl :)
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.