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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
We just moved to DeBary and went looking for a new vet. Our two Maltese only needed an annual checkup to get their Trifexus. We scheduled with DeBary Animal Clinic and the bill for the checkup and 6 months of Trifexus was over $700! This was twice the amount our last vet charged for the same service.
Our beloved Gandolf, a hundred pound dog, went down hill fast and we could not reach our vet (who we picked cause she came to house, cause Gandolf was tramitized by car trips} Dr Mark was available and we were to bring Gandolf in late on Saturday, but even my two sons could not get Gandolf in car. Dr Mark came to house and we had to put Gandolf down. I was so much relieved that Gandolf could leave us in his own home. We will miss our Gandy so much, for a large dog, he was a hugger, made it to 13 yrs.Thank you Dr. Mark. We have found a new vet.
We've been going to Dr. Sheffield for 4+years now with our dogs and cats. He has always been very kind and had my animals best interest at heart. Dr. Sheffield quoted me low, moderate, & high end care options and always made to feel comfortable even when my budget may only allow me to do the minimal care option. I've recommended 4 close friends to bring their beloved pets here for care and they now do with great satisfaction.
Name of vet at this clinic is Mark Sheffield. Took my current dog and my new dog in one day after getting the new dog and he claimed my new dog gave my current dog worms?! In one day?! Sold me all sorts of meds too and made me feel like a lousy dog mom! He seems to be more interested in my wallet than my dogs' health! Checked other reviews for him under his name that are supposedly 5 star but they are pretty old. (2012 & 2014) Won't go back here!
I have brought my dog here twice. The first time the dr was very UNfriendly, he did not even say hi or introduce himself and acted impatient when I was asking questions concerning my dog. I thought maybe he was having a bad day so I went back a second time about 6 months later and he was very unprofessional and rude yet again! I excitedly told him we were going to be adopting a second dog and he said to me, "how would you like it if your husband brought home another woman!" And then walked out of the room!!! I was shocked he would say something like that. I will never ever go back there again. Extremely rude man.
I came in a couple weeks ago with my elderly dog snickers who was having urinary issues. I have been to several other vets and no one could seem to figure out the problem, as soon as Dr. Sheffield examined him he knew what was wrong right away and with the proper medication and treatment he is his energetic self again with no issues!!! Dr. Sheffield saved my dog and I will always be very thankful for this! He really is an amazing veterinarian!!!!!!
We took our kitten for spay and declaw,the office is immaculate and modern, and prices fair. Dr. Sheffield and his staff obviously have great compassion for animals...and those of us who treat our animals like babies, and worry about them! You can call anytime with questions or concerns and be treated with understanding! Thank you AAAnimal clinic for taking such good care of our kitty!
Recently my 16 1/2 year old dog suffered a stroke, was in bad shape, in pain, crying. It was time. We went to the Debary Animal Clinic Dr. Joe met us and assisted Gizzy out of her pain. Dr. Joe did not know Gizzy (we saw Dr. Jon in previous vists) but he could not have been any kinder or loving and compasionate to our beloved pet. Thank you Dr. Joe
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.