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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I love these guys. They are always willing to help. On call 24 hours.
My visits here are always made to be very peasant. I have told a few friends t go here as well, and they all have had great experiences as well.
My dog had an emergency, and the vet was closed. I called the doctor's personal number and she came out t night anyways. I was so grateful.
With Dr. Cooper at East Lake Hospital, my dogs get really terrific care. I have trusted this staff for years and will continue to do so.
Dr. Carbone, took very good care of my group of dogs, Bella, Mitzi, Kilgore, Frodo, and Oliver! Dr. Carbone explained in detail how to administer medicine to my dogs before and after surgeries making sure that I knew exactly how to take care of their medical needs! Dr. Carbone also did follow up calls on my dogs to make sure that they were doing well, and asked me if I had any further questions! I trust Dr. Carbone's abilities as much as I trust Dr. Cooper's abilities to correctly examine and treat my dogs! Dr. Cooper did well when he picked Dr. Carbone as his associate vet at East Lake Animal Hospital in Danville, Illinois! Dr. Carbone takes a personal interest in the dogs, and when Bella was groomed at East Lake, Dr. Carbone had some free time that day, and played with Bella all afternoon as if she were her own dog! Dr. Carbone is simply the best, and the future of vet care will be vets like Dr. Daniela Carbone!
Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Carbone were available at all hours of the night on call for my group of dogs! Kilgore the Bichon Frise/Poodle mix had a bad infection, and Dr. Carbone advised me on how to administer Kilgore's medicine over the phone in the middle of the night! I was concerned that Kilgore would not live to see the morning as his body temperature had begun to rise, and he felt hot! Kilgore responded well to Dr. Carbone's decision on how to administer the medicine that I had on hand that evening! In the morning Kilgore was able to visit Dr. Carbone, and further treatment was provided giving Kilgore the necessary tests and care that he needed! Dr. Cooper treated Buddy Duncan a terrier poodle mix in the middle of the night at East Lake when he had life threatening seizures! I was able to go home, and sleep well in my bed knowing that Buddy Duncan was in such trusting and capable hands! Dogs are at our mercy for their care, and it is the responsibility of those with dogs to make sure that we give them the proper medical care that they deserve when we adopt them!
The doctors and staff are fantastic. It is not a job for them. They truly care about the animals and their families. We have lost 5 members of our family and each time they are kind, compassionate and caring. They will do what the can to make the life with, and with out you pets the best they can. They are part of our family too. Thank you all for all you have helped us with.
Doctors & staff at East Lake are caring, conscientious & simply the best vet clinic in the east central Illinois area!
Dr. Cooper and his staff truly care about the animals they serve. They're the best!
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.