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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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There are so many car transport companies out there, and almost all of them are brokers. Some are shady, ask you for a credit card upfront, promise you a low price only to get you to sign up with them, then try to tell you that they cannot find a company that will do it fo the low price and ask you to pay more. I chose Mercury because they did not ask me for upfront payment,had good reviews, and only took my $ once they had a confirmed quote from a car transport company. I had to ship a large SUV in the winter from Scottsdale to Cheyenne, WY and Cheyenne is off the beaten track. The quoted price was honored and the pickup was on time. There was a delay in getting the car from Denver to Cheyenne (things happen....), and here is where Mercury shone. They were all over it, making sure the car would get there asap, they advocated on my behalf, they continued to answer the phone when I called them (from what I hear this is rather unusual, most brokers will just tell you to call dispatch) and they continued to care until the car was delivered at its destination. If you need to ship a car Mercury should be your first choice.
This was undoubtedly the most unprofessional and disgusting service I have experienced in my life. The dispatch agent by the name of “Jim Gozde” LITERALLY told me he would not remove my vehicle from their dispatch board after I called back trying to cancel a quote they had spotted me for. The original quote was overpriced by 400 dollars compared to a new quote i recieved from a more reliable company. During this phone call he proceeded to give me extra lip and venting to me how he HATES customers like me. This is when i had enough of this rant he was giving and proceeded to demand me being taking off since it was hendering my service with the other company. Jim Gozde then angrily called me a “f***ng* idiot” before he hung the phone up in my face. Never have I been this disrespected and i am active duty in the Marine Corps serving 5 years. I highly recommend that Mercury looks at Jim Gozde’s file and suggest that he is fired; from his outburst it appears he has some type of mental illness or anger issue in which he cannot conduct himself in a professional manner.
I needed my car transported from Massachusetts to Florida. After another company cancelled on me last minute I decided to give Mercury a call. I was put in contact with Jeff who was courteous, understanding, and very knowledgeable about how my car transport would work. I was worried after I was already cancelled on that it wouldn't work out but Jeff assured me he would get it done for me. I got a call back the very next day from Jeff telling me that he had found someone to transport my car. it was picked up 2 days later and delivered in another 2. AMAZING! my car arrived in perfect condition and ahead of schedule. I couldn't be happier with the services Jeff provided for me. I will be using Mercury in the future when I need my car transported again.
As a first time shipper had lots of quotes and calls with pricing all over the board. Chose Mercury because their email actually explained how shipping a car worked. Talked with Kathy Gardner an found her knowledgeable and experienced. She explained the whole process and found the carrier in one day from posting. The carrier was on time, professional and even ready to deliver earlier than our original date. The whole process with Mercury and Kathy was great!
My boyfriend and I recently found ourselves stranded in Los Altos, CA, several hundred miles from our Orange County home, with a busted transmission in our truck. We decided our best course of action was to transport the truck home and have it fixed by our home shop for much less money than any of the shops up north were quoting.Mercury Auto Transport was the first company to answer our call on Monday, and Richard Morgan personally promised to liaise with the auto shop and that our truck would be delivered in Orange County no later than Wednesday morning. We rented an economy car and drove ourselves home to wait for the truck's arrival.It is now Wednesday afternoon, and Richard Morgan has NOT been in contact with the auto shop, has NOT dispatched a transport vehicle for our truck, is asking for double the originally agreed upon price, has been completely unprofessional and unhelpful on the phone (he sounds like he must be high or something), and now seems to be dodging our calls entirely.We have contacted Fox Auto Transport and hired them to fetch the truck and bring it home for us. Trish took our call and was completely honest and up front about how everything would work, no deceptive promises, and was very empathetic to our problems. We feel like we can genuinely trust Fox's services and that they deserve our business. Their A+ rating with the BBB seems well justified, versus the C+ rating that Mercury has (and deserves).Mercury Auto Transport and Richard Morgan can shove it where the sun doesn't shine, we are relieved we did not follow through with the transaction and let them steal our money.Update: After we sent an email to cancel our contract, we finally got multiple emails saying a transport had been dispatched by Mercury and that payment was owed. Fat chance. I lost it and called to complain, and Richard refused to even listen to me, talked over me, interrupted me, called me crazy, and said it was my fault. I finally passed the phone to my boyfriend so he continue the call calmly but Richard continued to escalate the call until my boyfriend had to threaten with legal action and end the call.
I had bought a car off eBay and as the seller was responsible for getting it shipped to me safely. I did not want to go with the suggested carriers that eBay had recommended. I sought my own carrier. I have to admit it was more overwhelming than I had expected, not quite as cut and dried as I had expected. JC took his time to try and work with me and explained how things worked. I didnt have an exact pickup address not was I certain about the pickup date. JC went with the flow, waiting for me to get all the information and try to secure a driver and passage for my car. Ultimately, we did not use Mercury Auto Transport, no fault of the company. We decided to use a company that my uncle uses, who happily agreed to pass along his discount to us. Mercury's rates are not unreasonable, they are priced competitively. I have read horror stories throughout my researching of many quotes and you would do much better calling these guys than a lot of others!
Jeff Solomon responded to all of my questions and concerns promptly and walked me through the process of transporting my car across country. I felt reassured by his knowledge and professionalism. I would recommend Mercury Auto Transport to anyone who needed this kind of service.Thank you Jeff!
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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.