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've had several animals and I've always taken them to Dr. Davy. The whole staff has always been very compassionate, They've been there for me when i had an emergency with my cat on the weekend, when I was looking to adopt a cat. They have sent me several cards on the passing of my pets. Helped with Priscilla's Pet Pantry be a huge success. I would advise anyone with a pet problem to go to the El Dorado Animal Clinic. Also Dr Davy spreads the ashes of deceased pets on his farm. I think that is wonderful!
Late Sunday morning my Aussie got hit by a car. She couldn't walk on her right hind leg, blood was coming from her belly and she had signs of being hit in the head. I call his number and a very nice lady (his wife) answered and relayed her condition to him. We meet at the clinic and there he was in his church clothes, climbed up in the back of our SUV and looked her over. He determined she needed xrays and stiches. My husband and myself became his helpers and a couple of hours latter we brought home a very sore girl. No broken leg but a dislocated hip joint, also needed stiches in 3 different places on her inner legs. He took very good care of Skye and treated her like she was his. We were so glad he took time to come in on a Sunday and take care of her.
Best veterinarian around hands down !! I Love Dr Beth Whittenberg ... Always more than willing to hep and answer all my questions, and the staff is awesome!
I have been bringing my dogs & cats to Dr. Wittenberg, for several years. She often goes beyond & above what is expected of most Doctors! If you are local or if you come in off the Turnpike looking for help you'll find it with her team.
Dr. Davy and his staff are EXCEPTIONAL. We are MoGS (Missouri German Shepherd Rescue) and although we're in Kansas City we frequently save Kansas dogs. Dr. Davy has done two serious leg surgeries for us on German Shepherds from that area in the last several years. All I can say is: he's AMAZING! The first dog he operated on for us was from Wichita and he swung into action to save the dog's leg. We did his rehab, following Dr. Davy's instructions to the letter and later adopted him after out with more strict instructions from Dr. Davy. Six months later the dog's vet said you couldn't even tell there had been a break much less one as serious as it was. Wow!And even more special kudo’s go to Dr. Davy, Joseph, Gail and the whole staff for their incredible help with the second dog, Gabe. His paw was run over while standing on gravel, his foot was a nightmare of a mess and his owners dumped him to die in the Wichita pound. We decided to save him and Dr. Davy took him right in and operated. There were many medical complications with the foot and much time passed. In the meantime, due to an internal error of ours when our all-volunteer group changed secretaries, we accidentally dropped the ball and stopped communicating with EAC about Gabe. Recently -- over a year later!! -- we discovered our mistake and in a panic contacted them. We feared the worst and were incredulous to find they were still caring for Gabe in the most loving way. They were beyond gracious and didn’t give us a lecture or a dressing down. I can’t imagine that happening at any other vet clinic we’ve ever worked with, no matter how good they are. No other vet I know would have kept a dog even a month without giving up and sending the dog somewhere else (including a pound). I respect all the many vets we work with, but Dr. Davy is truly exceptional. He is a man of deep integrity and true love for the animals, as well as a remarkably skilled vet. If I lived anywhere near El Dorado, you can bet he’d be my vet! As it is, we so appreciate his help with the dogs we save from his area.TO DR. DAVY: THANK YOU for your huge heart and true love of the animals. What you have and who you are is extraordinary in this day and age. It’s an age where even those who took an oath to help animals seem little inclined to help the homeless and abandoned. You restore my faith in the veterinary profession.TO THE STAFF AT EAC: THANK YOU for your genuine friendliness and true love for the animals. You are exceptional. So many vet staffs come across as bored, unhappy, or even plain unfriendly. Talking to you is a pleasure. It’s truly like talking to a fellow animal lover and not just someone with a job in a vet's office.
El Dorado Animal Clinic is an outstanding place to take your family friends!!! Dr. Davy and his staff have always treated my pets as if they are their own. I saw someone post about their dog having kennel cough when leaving the boarding facility and I just wanted to let him know that you should expect kennel cough in a boarding situation - no vaccine is 100 % effective and it is IMPOSSIBLE to vaccinate for every strain. I also saw that he made a comment about Dr. Davy getting a subpeona....I would think rather than bad mouthing, he would make sure that he knows the facts.....I know that Dr. Davy is frequently sent a subpeona not because he has done anything wrong but in fact used frequently as an expert witness in the court system.I do not work or live in El Dorado but if anything is wrong with my animal - I will drive the 45 miles to see Dr. Davy and his staff.
Excellent customer service and customer care! They truly care about all animals and have the experience to really help their clients (both 2 and 4 legged). I would absolutely recommend this office!
Happy 102nd Birthday to El Dorado Animal Clinic....although this is a building ....it is what is inside that is most important....It is filled with care, compassion, knowledge and love, for both the animals and their families.....Our family has moved a few times and had to use other vet clinics.....there is absolutely no comparison between any to this wonderful clinic....We have had years of experience with these wonderful people.....through healing to helping us say our last goodbyes to our dear pets. Each and everyone of those who work there go above and beyond to help in so many ways.....I love them all, my pets here and those gone loved them......A TRUE EL DORADO ASSET!!!!!!! Kim L Lawrence
I wouldn't take my animals anywhere else! We've been clients for over 25 years, and Dr. Harkins and his staff have cared for many of our pets from birth to death. The knowledge, skill and compassion is unparalleled. Dr. Harkins, a KVMA Vet of the Year, is not only a superb dog, cat and large animal vet, but is the only area vet I trust with my exotics. I'd highly recommend EDAC to anyone who wants skillful and common-sense care for their pets!
This is the best animal clinic in the area, the vet techs are knowledgable and helpful, and the vets themselves are amazing with animals, and very practical in the application of their craft. coming from a family with a small zoo's worth of animals, I have greatly appreciated the kindness, and immense knowledge of this crew for over 20 years worth of animal treatments. They are simply the best!!!
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.