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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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The doctor was very informative and answered all of my questions about my new kitten and even offered her business card so I can call if I have more questions. I called last week with some concerns and the staff patiently answered them, didn’t push for me to come in as they felt it didn’t sound necessary, but I made an appointment since he needed shots and his first check up anyway. The staff loved him, helped walk him around and get him comfortable in a new place, and made me feel confident and comfortable with my decision to come here with my baby. I look forward to bringing the kitten I plan to adopt in a few weeks to this vet, as well as having all future care done wth this vet. They are wonderful, well worth the money, and very professional.
I've been going to Bell for years, and so has my family members. Dr. Brown is very good with all pets and affordable so no animal is left without. The check-in, check -out process runs smoothly. I would highly recommend Bell Animal Hospital to all pet owners, new and experienced.
We've been clients for a decade. Always have received professional, compassionate care for our pets. Would highly recommend to anyone who love's their pets.
BAD..BAD...BAD........ You are a dollar sign walking in the door...Run away... Called to reorder and pick up my pets medication prescribed by vet. They gave me the wrong medication. When I returned to get the right stuff, returning the wrong medication. They would not refund on the wrong Medication because they said the outer packaging was opened. So if you are getting a medication with the outer packaging opened, know that I already payed 25.36 for that medication. Money hungry folkes there, to argue with a customer over 25.13 !! I told them I would take my dog business elsewhere, and they could have cared less. That 25 dollars meant more to them. Stay away, they do not care about your pet,they just want your money.
I've been bringing my dog for almost a year here after moving from the Chicago area. The staff has never been anything but courteous and is especially attentive to my special needs dog. I highly recommend this establishment for any and all of your pet's health needs.
Yea there fast and cheap......you get your money's worth I suppose. Seems to me there clueless about a dogs health. My dog was supposedly diagnosed with kennel cough and given a subscription to take daily,in the same visit they decided to give my dog a rabies vaccination since she was due. 3 days later she died. After that I did some research and found that it is very bad to give a dog any vaccination when there sick. It makes things much worse with severe side effects. I guess the clueless vet didn't know that, 3 days later she died, wether it was from the rabies shot or miss diagnosis is beyond me. Paid for a diag and poof she's gone. Thanks bell.
Dr. Doug Anderson has been our horse vet for nearly 15 years. He has helped us foal two times and has taken care of all of our equine care. He is THE best!! Always takes great care of our horses, answers our calls and is a genuinely nice person. As long as he is practicing he will be our vet!!
No nonsense, vet. Nothing fancy here, but great care!Reminds me of the Amazing Dr. Pohl! Cash only business that keeps it affordable.
Dr Brown is a great vet. And I care not about the front desk. It's how they treat the pets that matter lisa w. Maybe you have a bad attitude.
The two women at the front desk have no personality & kind of on the snotty side, except the older one with the short dark hair. She's nice, but the redheaded one is strange!!!!
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.