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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Our 10 year old standard poodle, Rembrandt, was not acting himself on that Saturday afternoon. I decided to have him checked. When I told him we were taking a car ride, he leaped up, walked a few steps and fell down. He was definitely very ill.We arrived at DeLand Animal Hospital at 3 pm, and the staff took him right in. They advised me that he had most likely suffered from a ruptured spleen and would need emergency surgery. After about 30 minutes, they presented me with an estimate of $1800, which I immediately paid, and I asked if they would treat him right away, which they said they would.Six hours later, just before 9 pm, they called and requested that I take him to another veterinarian because they could not find a surgeon. The staff had wasted six (6) hours of Rembrandt's life and destroyed whatever chance he may have had to live. When I took him in, he could not walk and had a very hard time breathing. When I picked him up, he was beyond hope, so I took him to another veterinarian, and they him put down. Our Rembrandt deserved a better last day.
I called to ask for an estimate on a C-section for my French Bulldog. My female was schedule for one with my regular veterinarian the very next day (5 hours away). They started by telling me that it was hard to give an estimate on a procedure. That they needed to see the dog first and then on top of that they told me that my dog would be fixed immediately right after the c-section. I asked them why would they do that and basically they told me that it was their "standard" procedure at "NO CHARGE". I just found this outrageous. Basically the pet owner won't have a saying in this matter.What they are doing is profiling people just become they breed their pets. That is as personal as to decide to have your own babies.People beware!I would never recommend this place.��������
Great place. Took a sick goat there late one weekend evening and they did a great job - at a reasonable price.
I took my lab in on 07 16 2016 he was not eating for two days...but still healthy an playfull...did I mention also no problems walking...because the next morning..they call me up an said my dog can t walk..they were surpose to give him an iv an test..they put some many meds in him...his body couldnot handle it when I went to see my dog ..he was in a coma stage they called me an hour later to tell me my dog died....I took my dog in to animal hosipal...an in 15 hours of what they did too him ..I bought my dog home to bury..i was thinking about sueing them...but what I want is my best friend back..animal hospital took that from me ...to animal hospital hes just a dog an money to them ..they don't relize how they destroyed an hurt this family if you love your animal stay away from them..so you don't have to go threw the hurt we are
Deland facility is excellent. Awesome staff.
I strongly recommend them. They saved my dog from a very complicated illness!
Most of the staff at this facility is excellent. Very friendly and caring and loving towards my dogs. However, one of the doctors, doctor Kim, is completely and utterly useless. She has no bedside manner when dealing with dogs. She barely speaks English. She makes no attempt to pet the dog, and frankly it appears she wants nothing to do with them. On our last visit, my dog walked towards her, and she was practically climbing up a wall to get away from him. I will admit that my dog is very large, and he is a pitbull, but he has never shown any sign of aggression and he is very well behaved. Most of the other works always walk over and greet and pet him because he is so loving. I will never return to this place and look forward to when this doctor gets fired.
Voted #1 veterinarian by News-Journal Best of the West 2013 and Hometown News Reader's Choice.
I will always be grateful for the wonderful services of the DeLand Animal Hospital. I have been coming to this hospital for many years. The owners, Dr MacPhail and Dr Ulbrich are so warm and even came out to my house when it was time to say goodbye to my sweet cat Missy. They held my hand and cried with me. I will never forget that. When my other cat was diagnosed with kidney failure 2 years ago I was devastated. Dr Ulbrich assured me that they would do everything to make her comfortable and I am happy to say that she is still doing well! She receives her daily blood pressure medication and kidney supplements and even gained some weight at her last checkup! I will always have a special bond with Dr Ulbrich and Dr MacPhail but I love everyone at the DeLand Animal Hospital!
Wonderful veterinarians! We had an emergency this weekend and DeLand Animal Hospital was there for us! Our puppy was so sick and we appreciate the loving care she recieved by ALL of you - your front staff, technicians and veterinarians. Also, we were pleasantly surprised how low the bill was - but we would pay anything for our pup who is now better. It was our first time here and we want you to know that we have never been to a hospital as caring as you! Thank You!
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.