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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The Doctors and staff are outstanding. Doctors explain things in plain English and answer all questions honestly. Always kind and understanding. Had to bring my cat in for an emergency during a snow storm a few weeks back-- they stayed open until i could get there. Staff are friendly and caring also. Best place I have found to take my cats.
was at my mom and dads in whittemore, when my dog came to the door with a mouthful of quills. Called the vet after hours about 12:00am and he meet me up their. He took care of my dog and was so nice. Then called today to make sure my dog is ok. I would highly recommend them! Thank you so much.
I have dealt with a lot of Vets having owned nine Great Danes. By far, this Vet is the best one ever! Dr. King, is bright, personable, has a remarkable way with dogs and a top flight surgeon. Tawas area can be happy they have him here. Don't even hesitate-- to make him your first choice for a Vet.
My pet was injured while visiting in the area early in the spring of 2012 I called around and this clinic was open for another 15 minutes as it was a Saturday. We were more than 15 minutes out but the doctor and staff waited patiently for our arrival. We were met at the door with care and concern and were shown to a room. There were already towels on the table so that my pet would be comfortable. I was asked to fill out some paperwork but even before I had finished it, the doctor was in the room examining my pet. It was determined that Bailey would have to be hospitalized. Though I was grealy concerned about his care over a weekend, Dr. Falker assured me that he would be checked on regularly and monitored over the weekend. He took the time to explain how he would be treating my pet. I was even allowed to see the area where by little one was to be housed. It was very clean and the technician that had stayed after hours had already lined the cage with blankets. Not being familiar with this clinic, I have to admit I did a few drive bys over the weekend and 3 out of 4 times there was a vehicle at trhe clinic. On Sunday I received a call saying that there was much improvement and that there was a good chance Bailey would be released on Monday. I received a call before 9 am on monday and was given a time to come pick up my pet. Due to the nature of his illness, Bailey was quite a mess when I brought him in but when I picked him up not only was he daisy fresh but also had that sparkle back in his eyes. Dr. Falker was not in on Monday but had went over Bailey's case with Dr. King. Dr. King covered all of Dr. F's notes, explained the medication that was being sent home and what it did. The gals at the front desk were friendly and happy that my little friend was doing so well. The girl that brought Bailey up to me was hugging and loving on her and I don't think Bailey even wanted to come home with me! The following day I received a follow up call asking about Bailey. Heck I don't get this kind of attention from my own doctor. Just last week I was back in the area and needed some dog food. I did not have the clinic phone number so came to yp.com look it up. I was very surprised to read the negative review. I just wanted to take the time to say that I did not find this to be the case what so ever. Again....thanks for all you did for my beloved Bailey.
Love it!! I have been bringing my pets here for 13 years. I have had to deal with both joy and sorrow and the staff, Dr. King and Dr. Falker has been absolutely amazing!! My pets get better follow up care from illness and surgery then I ever have. They call the day after surgery and when they are seen for any illness, they call to check on them , where else do you get that kind of care and service?
I just wanted to say that I believe in this clinic 100%. Dr King is fantastic, he really takes his time to listen to all my concerns, and ALL my pets love him and let me tell you, i have many cats and dogs! He also is available 24/7 by phone with any emergencies! I cannot even count the many times that he has helped me out in the middle of the night while i'm frantic when my cat was gone for days and returned lethargic with multiple battle wounds & lethargic! The staff is always knowledgeable and they take good care of my animals when i'm away while they stay at their boarding facility. I highly recommend Dr. King and his staff & wouldn't take my pets to anyone else!
Sorry the previous poster feels that way. If your not happy with the vet, like doctors, find one downstate. I live in Gaylord and took my dogs back to Livonia for their appointments up until last year. I had an emergency back in March '12 with my 14 y.o. dog on a weekend and Dr. King met me at 8:30 at night to treat her. Had another 5 quality months with her. Lost my 15 y.o. 3 months later. Now have a one year old and getting a puppy in the spring. I make it a point to schedule appointments when I'm at the cottage in Oscoda. I WILL NOT have a vet in Gaylord look at my dogs, unless it's an emergency. If you have a problem with the flea/tick medicine, there's always Petmeds.com, and never have had a problem with the staff.....I think they're great. Just my opinion, but if I'll drive 120 miles to take care of my dogs when I won't go that far to take care of myself, that means something.
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.