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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
I cannot even give a single star for professionalism. My wife used her services for over 20 years. Despite numerous issues, and despite having many others slam All Pets regularly, my wife stuck with them and defended Virginia. NOT ANY MORE.She hires horrible staff, many who are drug users. They are rude and do not know anything about animal care. With our last puppy, Virginia actually got on the phone with another vet in front of us and kept asking what their doctor thought about the symptoms and treatment needed. Needless to say, our dog died two days later.She has MANY violations of GA code, and the place constantly is dirty. Once, when we boarded our dogs there, they came home with all kinds of skin irritations.AVOID AT ALL COST if you value your pet's life.
I learned about New Hope Animal Hospital from a coworker. Took my beagle Cooper to Dr. Leathers for neutering, heart worm etc. I was immediately impressed that he suggested less expensive options with no prompting from me. When Cooper developed an eye condition, Dr. Leathers treetment plan was $400 vs $3500 from the eye specialist, which would have had the same result. I have recommended this practice to all family and friends. Professional, personal and most importantly excellent care for your fur baby. Thank you Dr.s Clay and Valerie Leathers for running an outstanding clinic!
Dr. Leathers is by far the best vet, and I have owned dogs all my life. I am hesitant to recommend him because I am selfish and don't want to share him!! Great man and vet!!
This vet was born to do what he does. He helped us euthanize our dog Corky a couple of weeks ago. He was so gentle and empathetic and calming and professional. One million times better experience than we had in the past putting a dog down. We are forever grateful. He made such a sad thing, bearable because we knew Corky had the best most loving care in her last moments here with us.
Dr. Towles was the first vet in the area, and have utilized the services of ALL PETS since 1997. She is very knowledgeable and experienced. You won't find marble floors and expensive decorations, and that's AOK, because I don't want to pay for that type ambiance. The clinic is plane, simple and to the point. The staff is incredibly wonderful and know what they are doing. Two thumbs up!
Recently took our 6 month old pup for a check up. Experience was great and vet was very nice. We felt pretty good that the vet did an indepth check up and gave us tips since we are new to this breed.
Right when you walk in they made us feel right at home! Dr. Clay took the time with us to answers all the questions we had on our dog. Really great place, clean environment, friendly staff, and knowledgeable on what there telling you! Highly recommended!
Our family adopted a dog from Paulding County Animal Control and took her to Dr. Clay Leathers to have her vaccinated and spayed. During our visit, we discovered that our dog has heartworms and other types of worms. Dr. Leathers and his staff were very good at explaining everything to me, including options. They treated our dog with love and compassion. I highly recommend them to anyone to take your pets to.
Amazing staff my buffett loves coming for a visit
We absolutely love this vet! It's nice to find a dr. Who puts their patients needs first! You can feel the love they have for your pets!
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.