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 took my husky due to emergency care, Dr. Silverman and his staff were amazing. They guide me with all the process and answer every question I had. Thank you everyone for your compassion and your overall care for Sammy.
i've had 21 pets over the course of 13 years. every time i'm forced to bring a pet here (usually due to the fact that they're open 7 days a week, unlike most clinics in town, and they are the closest, which is extremely convenient for emergencies) they screw it up or make it obvious that pet care is not the top priority. i've literally had a cat die because they didn't see his broken tail on a x-ray. please, i beg you to take your animals to crossroads clinic on the westside. they care and compensation is not their top priority.
Great staff, professional and answered all my questions and many more..made our first visit great...
The facility quoted $95 for a spay then charged $214--taking advantage of an elderly lady.They refused to negotiate and threatened to call the police. Well this is incorrect and a "threat". Rest assured, after using this facility for approx 15 years, we shall not return!
I carefully chose this clinic to take my bird to get his beak clipped. I arrive 30 min after having spoken to the receptionist and driving, only to be told that they were sorry but that one of the workers was on vacation and they did not have anybody to help the vet hold my bird. I had called 3 days before and was told to come in at that day and time, and had called 30 minutes before arriving to double check, as I live on the opposite side of time. I worked my week's work schedule around this appointment, only to be told that they were sorry but it was an oversight and that I must understand. No accountability for their mistakes and nothing to offer me for wasting the only free time I had to have my bird seen this week. Now I have to wait until next week because I mistakenly chose to take my bird to this clinic. I recommend to save yourself the trip as they don't even care for their client's situation. Very dissatisfied at their unprofessional attitude, and I will not be coming back.
Lack of organization. I ask for specific veterinarian and it is ignored and I am placed with whoever they choose. They are very expensive and offer no discount for seniors, multiple animals, military. The staff at the front desk is not very welcoming, no smile, no hello, basically "what do you want", no discounts on rechecks, or if the medicine they gave doesn't work, charged full cost office visit. The grooming is ok, the first couple of times my Siberian Husky looked great, the third time she did not look as if she had been bathed, mentioned it to staff at front and was told to call next day. They performed lab work in excess of $300 and NEVER called or gave us the results, I had to go and get a copy of the tests that they handed to me with no explanation, some of her levels were elevated, they are quick to take your money for not so professional vet care.
Vista Hills Animal Hospital is a wonderful clinic! Great doctors and wonderful staff. My family and I have been taking our pets here for the past 7yrs, we wouldn't have it any other way! The Boarding facility is beautiful and our pups love the pool! Highly recommend taking your pets here for any vet, grooming, or boarding services needed.
Dr Rohrbaugh and Dr Garrick are the best. They have been our vets forever. My kitties are all rescue/street cats and have come with a variety of problems, none that these great doctors can't fix! Ruben and Mario and all the office staff have always been beyond wonderful. Did I mention we've been going there for 30+ years and we live on the far west side of town.... They are worth the drive . They are skilled and kind and I would recommend them to anyone
I've trusted Dr.Navar with my dogs for 25+ years. He is the best and most important, treats our pets like part of the family members. I love him!
Their prices are just wonderful, truly affordable. Not only have I had dogs and cats spayed and neutered there, but I also regularly take my animals in for their shots, nail trims, and other routine procedures. They also handle my "part-bobcat", because he's wild. They have to put him to sleep to shave his rectal area, because it gets matted. They are very good and gentle with all the animals.
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.