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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Mr. Paavola is a very kind and decent human being who runs the cemetery. His prices are extremely fair, and he is sympathetic toward and has a lot of empathy for those who have lost family members. He does a beautiful job of making grave markers as well. He is reliable and when he said the marker and grave would be ready, it was.
If you love your pet then do not take them here. From dealing with the moody, disrespectful receptionist/assistant to having my pet misdiagnosed and having spent tons of money on care and medicine. They should be shut down! They get no stars for professionalism and expertise because they have zero!!
We have adopted three kittens from the Anna Shelter, two 3 years ago and one this year. Each time has been a good experience. I would not have written this review, but I read the previous one and felt it needed a rebuttal. First, the family who adopts a pet is NOT a customer and should not expect to be treated as one. The shelter is very careful to represent the needs of the animals, not the needs of the humans. If the staff seems hyper-vigilant when considering an adoption it is because they should be. Many of the animals have not had good homes in the past and the staff will not allow them to be adopted until they are sure they will go to good homes. When there is a doubt, the decision must be on the side of caution, for the animal's benefit. The previous poster could be a wonderful person and may have made a great home for the kitten, but unless the staff was certain of that, they needed to not allow the cat to be adopted. Perhaps the landlord was less positive when called than let on. Perhaps the woman seemed a little ill-prepared for having a cat. I don't know. But based on my experience and my observations of the Anna Shelter I choose to trust their decision.
This place is a joke. Our pet had an injured leg and they did nothing but try to up sell us and did nothing to help the injured leg. They went right in to taking leg off or putting the pet that was 1 1/2 years old to sleep. They gave a bogus X-Ray that they had no reults for or wouldn't show us the results to...... etc etc
These people are amazing! They genuinely care about animals and take their forever family search seriously. I love that Anna shelter won't "sell" these little sweethearts to anyone who walks in with a wallet. We need more places like this and more people like them. We donate whenever we are able.
If I could give this place more stars I would! When I was looking for a safe place to take my pets for care I called every vet around the area asking questions. Most places were rude and short, like they didn't have the time for me. Not the kinda people I want to take care of my pets. I called wintergreen and they were so kind and helpful. When they didn't know something, the went and asked the vet. They always have time for you. Even if you just walk in they try their best to fit you in and they take excellent care of any pet you have. I even had my bunny neutered there. I refuse to go anywhere else now. Their prices might be slightly higher, but they go out of their way to make sure your pet, and you are happy as possible. I recommend everyone I know to switch to this vet.
I can say on a positive note the staff is VERY friendly and do really care for your animals. I can add they care as much about your wallet. I was told my cat was FILLED w/ cancer and would live 2-3 days tops, I requested an antibiotic for the weekend and it ended up being pnemonia. Over a yr later he is very healthy and in great condition (and cancer free-still). I then had my 7 mo. old puppy go there for shots and they "found 4 stones in her bladder" and between that and a spay it was going to run $1500-$2000! We decided to get a second and third opinion a month later-there are 0 stones. Let me mention after I called for her records to take to another vet they asked if I was getting a second opinion, a diff. vet called me back w/i 15 mins to tell me "well it might not be stones after all and they just wanted to let me know before we went for another opinion." After 10 yrs I pulled all my animals from there. USE CAUTION!!!
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.