Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I have always had excellent service from the vets to the staff. I've had two very ill pets, and they worked with me to restore them to health. I can't say enough good about them.
Great service and pricing. So happy to have a vet that is affordable so I can give my pets the health care they need. Doc Geiger has looked after my cats & dogs for 20 years. I really like the new vet in his office as well. Very professional and educated. You couldn't pay me to go elsewhere.
Doc Geiger is the kindest vet I have ever dealt with. His prices were awesome, until he took in this new vet.
I just adopted a dog, previous owner informed me this is where the dog had come.....I called to see if dog was current or what needed and get appt. If needed, would have to wait over 2 months because I'm not a current client even though the dog was....... So much for trying to the right thing for my new pet!
I went outside and heard my cat (cat doesn't like being inside) meowing loudly. At first I thought nothing was wrong but soon I found out she couldn't move her back legs. I brought her in, and he checked her out right away. He was very gentle with her, and didn't mess around. He explained to me tht she had a broken tail and a fracture pelvis but because she is so young she would heal. He explained the good the bad n what could happen n also explained what medicines he was giving her n what he wouldn't give any cats. I was really impressed with how he was with my cat and also how he was with me. I recommend him to everyone
I have always been told they are great .He has always been good with my dog.and staff friendly.i would recommend him.
Very Crappy VetI would not even recommend him to my worst enemy. His new vets he has in the office are very careless. My mother and I have always taken our pets to him until recently. My mother had taken her cat in for his normal vaccinations. The vet tech put the needle in the wrong spot. I've never seen this cats eyes get so big. Her cat is now very sick and possibly on his last life. When I took my cat in to be fixed his staff was very uncaring. I sat and held her and cried because I was so upset and they kept trying to force me to leave and pay for her procedure. I love my cat so much shes like a child to me. I'm currently trying to find a new vet for all of the animals.
we use to go here and trust him till he didnt look were he was injecting the vaccination, and he stabbed me not looking and injected me with it and his staffed made fun of it saying you are protected now. bad office staff, not appologetic nothing. never going back.
Dr. Geigor is a great vet. Our 12 year old lab had been sick for quite a while, and she would get so bad that she could barely walk. Other vets were so quick to say to put her down. Dr. Geigor put her on steroids and she would get better and could walk again. She happily lived for 3 more years before we had to put her down. He is an amazing vet and he is very intelligent. Another great thing is he is extremely reasonable. It is an 1-1/2 drive from our house but it is worth it.
First off, I'll just say that this is the best vet clinic I've ever been to and I've been to many in my days. Both doctors on staff are not patronizing at all and will give you very thorough, answers to all of your questions as well as listen to your concerns. They are very inexpensive and will go way out of their way to help your pet. My first experience with them was with one of my cats on Sunday when they are closed. My regular vet was out of town and my cat was in need of immediate care. During non-business hours, their phone system will get you to the vet that is on call. In this case it was Dr. Geiger. He met us at his office about 30 minutes later which was how long it takes me to get there. He never gave me the impression that I was putting him out. He helped my cat and the visit cost me around $25.00, yes, twenty-five dollars. I have had to have several of my pets euthanized, both dogs and cats, three of them with Dr. Geiger and the rest with other vets. Euthanizing your pet can go two ways. It can be what you would call smooth and painless and it could go bad. Each time at this clinic I was taken in and settled my bill prior to the procedure. I am not certain why this didn't happen with the other reviewer. Each time just before the injection I was told what to expect, good or bad. Sometimes the injection point can have a burning sensation to the animal. This happened to my dog through and IV that was already in his leg but in the end he is no longer suffering from kidney failure and that was the goal, to end his suffering. Two of my cats received the abdominal injection and after that, I wouldn't have it any other way. The injection is slowly absorbed into their system and if there was no burning sensation, they simply drift off to "sleep." The final 5-10 minutes gave me time to comfort my cats, one of them to the point of purring, which is something they don't get with a vein injection. After they drift off the doctor gives another shot directly in the heart as insurance that they are gone. Cost is one thing I can't emphasize enough about this vet clinic. With my last vet, I couldn't walk in the door without dropping $100. With the Geiger vet clinic I recently had my doberman (considered large breed) spayed and microchipped for about $110. Things can go wrong with any vet but I have yet to have it happen here. I would gladly drive an hour to get there if I had to.
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.