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.
Was quoted $140 to get my kitty fixed and her shots. Dropped her off "initial here, sign and date here". Real quick.At pickup, was given a bill for $240. The lady says "sorry bout that". "you initialled". BAIT AND SWITCH!!
Dr. Horner's Clinic is the only vet clinic that I have ever went to that calls me a few days later to follow up with me to see how my pet is doing after being seen a few days prior. He has never turned down any of my emergency visits when I have to come in as a walk in which has really saved me tons of money when I have pet emergencies that happen late on a Friday or Saturday morning ( because otherwise I'd have to go to the 24 hr hospital in Lake Charles) Also love that his spay neuter appointments don't have long bookings, I've never had to wait more than a few days to make those appointments. I havr 5 cats and i tend to the stray cats around me so i am so blessed for Dr. Horner to be there for me :)
Dr. Bert, Dr. Sally, and their staff are the very best. I have been taking my fur babies to them for many years and they have always gone above and beyond to take the very best care of them and me. I love Dr. Bert and Dr. Sally and consider them a part of my family. I highly recommend them!!!
Always a great experience at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital/ The staff are all very friendly and take great care of my dog.
We have a lot of animals (dogs and cats) so we can sometimes forget things, but Paws and Claws makes sure we're always up to date on everything.
Paws and Claws treats my cat with the same loving care that I treat her with. I know she's in good hands when I bring her here.
Purchased multiple horses from Thompson's that were "vetted" by Hoerner and then transported to South Florida. I spoke with Dr. Hoerner after coggins and inspections were done. "Nothing remarkable" was what I was told. Horses arrive, a two year old filly has a halter on thsts probably been on her since she was born, it was cutting her ear off and had grown into her face. Severely infected. An older stallion was severely foundered, had a massive crack in front hoof clear thru to the coffin. Another gelding had a tumor the size of a 2 liter of soda on his hindquarters easily and immediately noticeable. 2 other horses were noteably lame, another was covered in bot fly larvae. This practice was paid well over $1000 to basically do nothing.
I know my pets are always in great hands at Paws & Claws Animal hospital. Everyone there is so caring and very experienced, so they definitely know and love what they do.
I live in Arizona and purchased a horse online in Louisiana. I paid $130.00 to have Dr. Hoerner do the Coggins Test and Health Papers so I could have the horse shipped to Arizona. After being told that the inspection had been completed, I called his office 5 times, trying to speak with Dr. Hoerner because I was concerned that the horse might be a scam. (Age, actual condition? He was sold as a 13 yr old in good condition, turns out he is 25 and nearly dead.) Dr. Hoerner would never speak to me or return my phone calls or the messages I left with the receptionist. Instead, he called the seller and told them that I suspected a scam. I also asked to have the paperwork faxed to me which was never done. When the horse finally arrived in Arizona, he was a walking skeleton. His Coggins and Health Papers (copies that were given to me by the shipper) listed his age as Adult and even tho he is a bay paint horse, the paperwork showed a sorrel gelding with no markings. What a joke!!! I strongly believe that Dr. Hoerner never even saw this horse and that is why he would never speak to me on the phone or send my original paperwork. Now the seller has admitted to me that the horse had strangles during the time Dr. Hoerner supposedly did the inspection. That would have been very hard to miss. I am filing a complaint with the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine.
The vet and staff at Paws and Claws is extraordinary. They always explain everything to me which I love because I want to know every possibility and treatment for my dogs.
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.