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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Devastating! When my little 12 year old girl got sick I brought her in and Dr Walton said she needed to come in and get a dental cleaning. He gave her 1 antibiotics shot (instead of 2 weeks of pills like my new vet said needs to happen) sent her home and said bring her back in the morning for the work. When we picked her up late that afternoon she was not able to walk out of there nor was she able to walk for several hours. by morning she was still feeling badly and around 10:30 she had went to the closet to sleep but I found her and thought she was dead. She was laying there had messed herself was still with her jaws clinched head thrown back and just looked dead at first but then I saw she was breathing so I called them and took her to them. They put us in a room for over 5 minutes even after seeing what our baby looked like when we came in then they came and got her and took her. I waited a little bit and know one came and told me anything so I went looking for them and saw them working on her and was told I would have to go back in the other room. I did for about 20 minutes and when I went back I was told Dr Flynn had to leave and I was pretty upset because she left my dying baby with who I was then told she was also a vet. But didn't she just graduate or just start here I'm pretty sure I heard her tell the guy in the lobby she just started a couple of months ago. I stayed back there and they were unable to do anything.My husband suggested we go to the vet hospital in town and we were told they were not really a hospital they were just vets like themselves and they couldn't do anything other than they were doing. When Dr Flynn came back she told the other vet she could go to lunch and then told me these things always happen during lunch time. she fumble around for a while then tried to used the oxygen machine admitting to not really knowing how to then at 1:20 she died. I found out she had a seizure and with 1 shot could've been saved.
This clinic is by far the best place that I've visited. I travel for a living and have had my dog to different clinics all over the country, as the need arose. They are extremely reasonable with their rates. They didn't try to push services and products that my pet doesn't need, as I've encountered at other vets, which tends to irk me.The front office staff were courteous and accommodating for the two times that I needed a same day appointment. The veterinarian that my Jack Russell seen, S. Chad Ely, was knowledgeable and friendly.I highly recommend. I'm not one who usually takes the time to review a business but, through both of my positive experiences here, I would feel guilty if I didn't.
Horrible experience! Uncaring, unprofessional and no compassion shown to our pet or our family! Absolutely do not take your family pet here and expect a good result!
Run far away and do not take your family pets here! Unprofessional, uncaring and no compassion. Ignores repeated requests for compassion for our Boxer. We will NEVER go there or recommend this place...it is an ABOMINATION!
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.