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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Tonight we took approximately 15 little Girl Scouts to visit the place that almost every little girl dreams of as a future career...the veterinarian. Let's just say that I was in disbelief that grown adults could treat our little daisies so badly. We were greeted with three frowning faces with the statement from a tech ,"I forgot you were coming". She went on to say to a guy sitting (he never did stand up btw) at the front desk that she "doesn't know what to say to them". One of the little girls asked to see some animals and they were told that they only had one cat there. (One cat too many if u ask me). The tech asked the guy to get the cat and he said to just "show them a scale or something". At this point the tech hasn't said anything to the kids. We slowly followed her to a scale. Then walked back a narrow hallway to glance into the operating room. We noticed the hero of the hour (the vet herself) sitting in a room with her feet propped up and playing on her phone. The white coat gave her away and we excitedly looked in at her....and she told the tech to "shut the door". The trip last about three more minutes. I was embarrassed that this happened. Not sure how they treat pets, but they surely don't know how to treat people. The one star rating is a gift. I was required to select one.
I Have Been Coming To Ebensburg Animal Hospital Hospital for nearly 30 years they have taken care of my dogs & been nothing but professional every time I have been in many different medical scenarios with different pets in the stages of their life . I never questioned this facility they always offered the best care & suggestions for my pets needs & care . On top of that when I get my bill they are fair I never felt like I was taken they truly have your pets best interest first . The amount of business of care they do thru a typical day is huge rarely have I gone there without a full house . That alone speaks volumes . Years ago I had a collie in route to get to them not know what was wrong with her when I pulled into the parking lot & explained I had a emergency they literally ran to my car to help her but she had congestive heart failure in my car . Never have I seen anything but honest true caring & treatment . They are the Best !!!
Won't take emergencies if not an established customer. Took 20 minutes on hold to learn that. Drove to AVETS instead.
Breeders, pet and bulldog owners beware!!My french bulldog went for an after hours c-section. On call vet, Dr. Marcy Duman was busy answering other phone calls while she was trying to take care of my dog. They took her back for surgery, my dog started projectile vomiting and they had to wake her up and put her back under using another anesthesia. She aspirated and now has junk in her lungs. They gave her an injection of clavamox and put her on meds. I lost 6 out of 7 puppies, they are blaming the anesthesia, but these puppies were full of fluid. When asked if they had a bulb syringe to suction out the airway, I was told by the vet that they don't have anything like that. They just shake them down. I was finally able to get a suction on my way home and I suctioned out gobs of mucus. It was too late for all the puppies but one. The owner called me today on a sunday and said he would've done everything the same way the on call vet did and in his 30 years of practice has never suctioned out a puppy. Even if the puppies has suppressed breathing from the anesthesia, having a fluid filled airway certainly did not help them to have a chance. The remaining puppy was the strongest at the time that I got them suctioned out and he is doing well. If anesthesia was truly the cause then why is he doing fine after being suctioned. It had already been too late for my others. They also botched her incision. The sutures are loose and there are only 3 areas that are sutured shut, not to mention the lump that they caused. Since posting my experience with them on my own facebook page and giving them a bad review on their FB page, I am now getting threatening phone calls from Dr. Jim Takacs, saying he is going to sue me for slander. Along with text messages from his son that say the same thing.
I don't know how some of these people give a poor rating ! I've been going to Jim for over 20 yrs. and never had a problem getting a appointment or with the care of my pets. He gets the job done and when he has to call you, he does to update your pets care. Never a problem.
I take all of my pets to Dr. Fenchak. I can honestly say he is the absolute best vet I have ever been to! He is very kind and listens to you and his staff is also great! His prices are also very affordable :)
Absolutely terrible. Have had multiple friends and family members go here and have a few pleasant visits, but its all downhill from there once your pet has "too many problems."
My friend's cat was either beaten or hit by a car we still are not sure which,we took him to Cambria veterinarian clinic, the vet there was so wonderful, she took xrays and told us his femur was broken and said he would more than likely need surgery and referred us to Dr.Takacs at Ebensburg Animal Hospital, we called and was told to bring him in right away,if I remember correctly, the vet at Cambria called him for us,we drove up there, got lost, but finally found the office, we didn't have a long wait, the ladies upfront saw how nervous we were over Apollo and worked magic I believe to get us to the back as fast as they did! Dr.Takacs met us and I think they redid xrays, and he concurred with the other vet,surgery would have to be done! Dr.Takacs explained everything that he would have to do, he calmed us down, Apollo now is perfectly fine, walks with just a slight stiff leg, but he runs,jumps,climbs everything my other cats do! I have seven cats, six of whom have been seen at Ebensburg Animal Hospital, my seventh one shall be seen soon there!!! I will not take my animals anywhere else for their care! Dr.Takacs and all of his staff are the most kindest and caring people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting let alone take my cats to,they care so much for the animals placed in their care!! God bless you guys! You are the best!!! All my animals will only come to be treated by your office!!! Marnie Gallop
Horrible place. Staff is extremely rude, can't get through on the phone, and they claim to be an emergency vet but won't see you even if it's an emergency.
Very friendly staff. They kept me sane while my dog was hospitalized--giving me updates any time I called to check on him. Forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Takas!
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.