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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It was a very nice experience going to Animal clinic of Farmers Branch. Diana Aleman was very helpful. She explain with detail the procedures they were going to do and i felt very calm knowing that my cat was in good hands.
Ive been using this clinic for 10+ years.They only accept walk ins, unless youre scheduled to have surgery. Always good for those "omg. What the heck happened?" moments with your pets. Which is exactly what happened with my two boxers at 7am this morning. The best thing about this place is how LOW COST it is!!!! I have lots of foster dogs that have to go to designated vets (not this one) and when I check out I'm appalled at the cost!!!!! I always think to myself "Farmers branch would be a third of this!!!" Most of the staff has been there since I have been using them. I don't think I have ever been there when they weren't constantly going to keep this office running smoothly. It gets pretty busy during peak hours. Pam and Deb at the front always make me laugh when we are there. They usually come around the desk to pet my babies and say hi. Things like that make me have complete trust that the best care is given to them. There are a few vets in the clinic. They have all been great with my dogs. I have nothing but awesome things to say about the vets, the staff and the cost.
Staff and Dr. Hernandez show sensitivity, care for one's pet and certainly Dr. Hernandez demonstrates expert attention and treatment. I cannot recommend him and his staff highly enough. Anne Walker
I was able to get my sick kitty in there right away and they were very nice and very professional. I left her overnight so they could make sure of her diagnosis. Picked her up the next day and she was so much better. Expenses were quite reasonable and excellent care. I will keep going there! All the staff were friendly and the Doctor was terrific!
My Boston Terrier, Cassius, had a malignant tumor on his leg that needed to be removed. My local vet referred me to The Dallas Veterinary Referral Center where I was told the procedure would cost approx $2,500 to have the tumor removed & another $2,000 (or more) for radiation!! Or we could just amputate his leg for $2,000. All of these options were ridiculous! When I asked "how do people afford this?", the vet shrugged & said "most people just say whatever it costs, just help our pet". Today I took Cassius to The Bryan County Animal Hospital, in Durant, where my old friend, Veterinarian Billy Wells removed the tumor for $100! So,so happy that I had the sense to go elsewhere and so relieved to find that there are still ethical people that sincerely want to help. I can't believe The Dallas Vet clinic takes advantage of people like that. I love my sweet dog, but $5,000 to remove a tumor & zap it with radiation is crazy!
Nelson is a truly gifted vet. He takes really good care of the animals he treats. That said he is a lousy turkey caller.
I contacted Dr. Paul Carroll and Angelica when and I realized I needed to be in a more medically driven type facility and at a difficult time, and late in the game so to speak. When my girl had a cantalope size abcess a Dr. was telling me I could get an appointment in 2 weeks. I was devastated by the ongoing disconnect of how fast and wrong this situation could turn. There were turning on the sweet talk all the time my girl was getting sicker. I contacted Dr. Carroll's office who promptly sifted through the facts, important details, and got my girl help. It was like day and night compared to prior care. The approach at Midway Hollow is a sophisticated awareness of situations that comes from having a solid medical background and responding ethically and timely. Unfortunately, too many offices have focused fluff talk they forget lives are in danger. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Barbara and Rosie.
Have been a client at DVC for almost 6 years. They are caring, compassionate folks. Great customer service.
I brought my dog there for the very first time and the older lady was so rude to me. I also brought my kids with me and she was mean to my children. I will never go there again.
My daughter referred us to Dr. Hernandez a few years ago. She always calls him the Dog Whisperer, and I believe she's right. He is an awesome vet who goes above and beyond the norm, even calling to see how our pets are doing after he's treated them. When my daughter's dog was bitten on the neck by a squirrell several years ago, Dr. H even made house calls or met her at the clinic after hours to be sure the wound was clean and not getting infected. He and his staff are the best I've ever found. Thanks Dr. H for all you do. It's greatly appreciated.
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.