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 have been going there for years an they have become family they truly care go above an beyond had a very sick dog kept him alive for two years longer then expected and were there for me all thru his last two years with hugs an tears im so blessed i found them an will continue take all my babys there the vets an staff are wonderful and i am very thankful for all they do
RUDE RUDE RUDE. Called there in desperate need of some prescription food for my elderly cat who's in kidney failure. My vet wrote a prescription and told me they would help because the company supplying the food (Royal Canin) is currently hacked and being held for ransom. So my order hadn't been filled and my cat is without food. RUDE staff wouldn't even have a conversation about what my vet told me, as if I was calling them looking for heroin. Its CAT FOOD. For a CAT IN KIDNEY FAILURE. Definitely going to avoid in the future.
Terrible service rude employees and incompetent vets at best all team up to rip you off then refuse to do anything.
I would not recommend this vet. Make sure that you get in writing what they are going to do and what the cost is. Because the price they gave us before the work was done was several hundred dollars less than what the final price was. Also things they told us were included in the original price were not and we were charged extra for them. Such as we were told that the our dog would have to stay 2 nights after his surgery and that was included in the price we were given, then we were told that they did not have anyone to stay there at night but that we could take him to their Deland office and they would keep him there for a extra $150.00 per night. We chose not to do that. Also follow up care is not included in the original price they give you. Bottom line is we were given a price up front for the procedure of $1161.00 an so far it has cost us $1600.00
I really had an awful experience at this clinic. We brought in our mini daucshund Cody, who was 7 years old, on new years eve at 11pm after he wasn't eating and was having a hard time breathing. The wait to see the vet was hours and the receptionists and vet techs were rude and treated us like trash. When we finally see the vet they take some blood work and explain the Cody is basically dehydrated and needed to be on fluids overnight and that would cost $600, I asked them if that would make him better and the vet tells us, yes, this should definitely get him back to his normal happy self. The next night they cal when we are about to drive and pick hi up and tell us (even though I spoke to someone in the morning and was told he was doing much better) that Cody needed to stay another night and it would be an additional $300. I just wanted my dog to be ok so of course we did that. We picked up Cody in the morning and was told he wasn't improving and we needed to go to our regular vet right away, which we did. Our amazing vet, Dr. Cohen, told us that Cody had severe diabetes and he was in a lot of pain, and it wouldn't be something we could fix and he needed to be put down. So not only did almost $1000 vet bill do nothing to help our dog (which they knew it wouldn't) my sweet boy had to spend his last 2 days on earth away from his mommy and sisters, scared and alone. DO NOT BRING YOUR ANIMALS HERE!
We were placed into a horrible decision this morning. Our beloved pet of 17 years health had reach failure. His life had become painfully and we were placed onto deciding to end his life. nThe staff at this hospital showed us the camphionship & caring we needed to endure this event. I will always be grateful for their companion. Starr Collins Daytona Beach
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.