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 never actually met the Vet here. The horrific smell of used cat box was *so* overwhelming I couldn't stand it. Then I noticed the cat, curled up on the sign-in sheets, get up and walk all over the counter leaving a trail of feces. I turned around and walker right back out.
The quality of service provided to me by Kay Animal Hospital is excellent. They are very reliable and I know they love my animals as much as I do.
I really enjoy taking my pets to Kay Animal Hospital I just like everything about them. I am constantly recommending them to everyone I know.
Dr. Kay (the father) is a total ripoff. Charged me a lot of money without telling how much it would cost.
They take such good care of my kitten! These employees are friendly and caring towards Polly.
The Doctor's are so patient and they take the time make me feel comfortable about the procedures and answer my questions!
I am just about to leave Georgia for an out-of-state move, after living here for only a few months, and I sure wish I could take the Kay Animal Hospital and all of its staff with me. You cannot go wrong taking your beloved four-footed family members here for veterinary care.My dog, an English bull terrier who has a tendency to develop unusual ailments, is 9 years old. During the course of her life to-date, she has had 5 veterinarians, two of which are well recognized in NYC as being excellent, but never has she received the kind of care and on-target treatment she has received at the Kay Animal Hospital.ALL of the staff are wonderful, friendly and very helpful. I always felt like my dog was treated as a VIP and getting the best of care. And one of my favorite things is that when one of her unusual ailments caused puzzlement, I didn't find myself being bullied into expensive testing or rushed to use drugs; the veterinary staff are willing to research and provide sound answers. There has never been a rush to gouge my bank account as I have experienced everywhere else I have been in that way that I hate which implies if I truly loved my dog, I would hand over my bank account. There is a consciousness of economy and the client's budget, without ever a compromise in delivery of excellent treatment...I really appreciate this and have found pretty rare in the 30+ years I have been keeping cats and dogs. On the subject of cost, I have found the prices for services rendered at Kay Animal Hospital to be very reasonable, too.One aspect of the hospital that I have found interesting and been very happy with is that they have a walk-in/no appointment policy. This made me a little nervous at first, but the fact of the matter is that my wait-time on every visit has been shorter...in fact, virtually non-existant...without exception, than any of the wait-times I have experienced with appointments at other vets.Finally, my dog has never, ever been happy about going to the vet. Once she realizes she is there, she'll start shaking and panting uncontrollably. She still hates going to the vet and tries to plant herself and refuse to go to the door, however, in the short time she's been going to the Kay Animal Hospital, her shaking and panting have noticeably decreased, much to my surprise. I consider this a testament to the genuine kindness and gentleness of everyone she comes into contact with there.Piglet and I will miss our friends at Kay Animal Hospital dearly!
Excellent !!!! My dogs were very comfortable on their visit. The vet and staff were very caring and very loving. It was a home-town atmoshere and the prices were very reasonable . Debi Graham Douglasville, GA
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.