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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Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center on Custer in Plano was trying to charge us between $2600 and $2800 for a fractured jaw on our 6oz dog. We already paid $1400 for 2 days in their ER plus $135 consultation fee!! Dr Mills and his awesome staff looked and the estimate and xrays and that day performed the SAME procedure for $400!!!! . He truly does this for the love of animals and not for a Rolex on his arm. This is very rare and we were blessed to find him!
I took my beloved dog to these guys when she was sick. The vets have no personalities. They don't listen to you when you talk to them. They act very curt and impersonal. After barely examining her, he diagnosed my dog with a respiratory infection, and put her on antibiotics for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, she was still sick. He asked me if she had improved at all. I said no. He raised his voice and asked again "No improvement?" Then he asked me how much I'm willing to spend. I emphatically told him "I want to know what is wrong with me dog!" Then they ran some blood test and came back and told me she had tick fever, and again we went through a 3 week course of medications for that. Still no improvement. I took her back again. Don't ask me why though. By this time she had a big lump in her abdomen which I pointed out to him. He felt of it and tells me she has inoperable cancer. This wold time, every visit, he treated me as if he was positive I didn't want to, or couldn't afford to give my dog the proper care, and that they were very busy and needed to get them in, and get them out as fast as possible. The vets show no compassion at all. I had to take my dog back in to be euthanized. I paid them $100 for that and to return her ashes to me, and when I picked them up, they were in a little white box. That's it. No urn. To top it off, they couldn't even get my dog's name right on the box after all the treatments they had given her and all the records they had.I have another dog, and I will NOT be taking her to these guys.
They have always been friendly, and knowledgeable with my pets. I have used Dr Mills for years. Sometimes they are very busy and you have to wait, but it's worth it.
They always take great care of our 2 girls, (Poodle & Minpin). The staff always tells what they are doing and why and recommend what should be done.
This clinic always is a great clinic. I never have to wait very long with and are amazing with our stock! There prices are great I never thought that to have done test run on our sheep only cost 5$. I was totally amazed!!
I love them. great with animals. Saved 4 of my dogs from parvo. no more pups for me. doesn't cost that much. its great everyone is nice and knows what to do and when to do it
Dr. Mills is one of the most compassionate and understanding caring Vets . His staff are wonderful and caring too . I was short on funds and he let me pay my bill out on smaller regular payments . Thanks Dr. Mills .
Dr mills has always been incredibly professional and kind to us and our pets. He is very knowledgeable and always available night or day whenever we call he is there for our fur family. We out so grateful to have an affordable wonderful vet! We love dr mills!!!
Worst staff ever, after calling and making an appointment and a very long drive to dr mills the girl said " o sorry we can't help your pet. Very pathetic bunch and a waste of time
We love this clinic. The Dr's there are all caring and our pets have been blessed to have them. We lost our older dog to old age. Dr. Wells was so very kind and comforting during this process. He showed compassion for our dog and us. Thank you all so much.
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.