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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
1498 Klondike Rd SWConyers, GA 30094
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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My dog Blue became very sick. Blood work was horrible . Blue was going to die . Dr Lassiter decision was to do surgery. She found a small piece of necrotic tissue. She was not sure if this would cause her immune system to react so badly. Dr Lassiter removed the tissue and suggested to wait untill her surgical site to heal to start steroids. While waiting for it to heal she started to feel better.She is back to her old cranky self. Thanks again Dr lassiterFrom Blue and myself.
I took my 14 week kitten to be neutered & when l called to make a reservation they told all that was included for the price & one of the things was a transdermal pain med to take home. But the girl there said he didn't get meds to take home for a neuter. I said how would you like to be castrated and sent home without pain meds. She told me I'd have to pay extra for the meds. I was told to keep the E Collar on him for 2 weeks but on their website they said no e collar was even needed. I said why 2 weeks, she said he can still get another cat pregnant. There aren't any other cats in my house. She said well maybe keep it on 5 days she was making stuff up. She couldn't even tell me how much change l was owed for the extra $32 when l gave her $40. I had to tell her. They put an e collar on a dog with eczema problems and didn't even help the 75 year old woman get him in the car. The dog tried to jump in with this e collar and fell and busted his head on the side of the minivan.
I had an emergency call for a rather large dog and was not sure what was going on and received a call back within an hour. In the mean time I called the dog's vet and they could see him but if I brought him in and when I could not get him in today my self said it will be Wednesday. 2 days later.. Thank you for your quick response and kindness I know who I am going to be dealing with.
Dr. Lassiter and her crew are by far the best vet services I have ever found. I had found them to spay a foster dog and within two weeks she was healed so well you could not see her scar! I now take my pups to them for all of their vaccinations she also saved my puppy's life by taking a blockage out of his upper intestine in emergency surgery; and she did it for $356.20 cheaper than the next cheapest vet I had seen! His stitches were clean, small, and neat. There was absolutely no swelling, redness, or seepage. He healed quickly without any complications.You can not go wrong by picking them as your vet because there is no better than them.
Dr Lois Lassiter is one of the finest veterinarians in northern GA. She is a talented surgeon, able to perform a large variety of surgeries from elective surgeries (spays, neuters) to more complicated orthopedic procedures and major surgeries such as spleen removels, liver laceration repairs, Gastric Dilitation Volvulus (GDV) corrections. She is more than capable, she is extremely skilled, AND she loves her work. Her pateints will receive only the BEST care; her clients (people) will receive that as well, as long as THEY are polite & want the best for their pets/animals. I would take one of my own pets to Dr Lassiter in a second!
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.