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 presented with my teacup poodle that was having pain. I did not have an appointment scheduled. There was an opening and they immediately got me in. They were so friendly upon entrance as well as throughout the whole visit. Everyone was. The doctor was very thorough, was not in a hurry and explained in detail her concerns and the issues I may have been dealing with with my pet. The prices were not bad at all. And actually the doctor was very explanatory about cost of blood work and x-rays and told me that I could wait so that I didn't spend the money if I didn't need to. That showEd me that they are not in it for the money.I actually use a vet in Mount Vernon Indiana but now I will be changing to Village East. The office was very clean did not have any older. I love Village East. I'm so glad I I can have a vet so close to home now! Huge thanks to Village East when I was anxious and sad for my dog :-) PS, he is better!
I made the mistake of ordering a fish through them. It was dead within 24 hours, from Enteric Red Mouth Disease, that doesn't just crop up overnight. The fish had it when I got it from them. I immediately contacted them and told them what happened. I wanted a replacement, a refund, or some compromise since they obviously sold me a sick fish. After stringing me along for weeks, they finally told me they weren't willing to do anything. I even asked if they could trade the value in feeder fish. Nope. Bear in mind, when you buy a dozen feeder fish you usually end up with 13-14 in the bag, so those are free. So they weren't even willing to give me something that they, over time, would give away free anyway. They told me the best they could do was sell me another fish. Because I would do that again after the way I was treated this go round. I won't be back, and I will strongly warn any person who will listen not to go there and to take their business elsewhere. Shame on you Pet Food Center!
Absolute best Vet care I have ever had. They provide for my 10 year old Rat Terrier and my 1.5 year old Mini Australian Shepherd.I have 100% confidence in Dr. Stewart as their Doctor, Stacy as their Tech, and Jordan to great us when we arrive. They always know who I am and who my dogs are when we come through the door.Makes you feel like family.
I love this place! The employees are always really helpful. I love the fact that I can wash my dog here because doing it at home was really tricky!
They need to get someone in there that actually understands reptiles and their needs. A kingsnake, ball python and boa all in one tank?? Not only can they all kill each other, they all have very different husbandry needs. Baby bearded dragons all together, dead in their cages. I have extensive knowledge of reptilian needs with many years of experience as well as references literally all across the country, yet they wouldn't hire mw because I had visible tattoos (none of which are offensive). This is not about the animals. Many people have been complaining for years about how the reptiles are cared for (or rather, lack of care). They would rather hire a little cute Christian school girl that couldn't give a new owner proper care information. (This isn't about not getting hired, trust me, I make 3x the amount hourly in my line of work than what offer). I'm genuinely concerned about the well being of living creatures. Nothing should have to suffer at the hands of ignorant employees. Maybe someday that will change.
The only pet store I shop with any more. You get great advice, great service, and a great attitude with whatever your needs may be.
I had a wonderful experience. The extremely helpful staff helped me pick up some new food for some finicky kittys!
I love going by here every weekend and have a look around. I love buying new things for my cat and this place is my one soul source of the things I buy.
Great staff and wonderful with my fur babies !!
After 12 hours, 10 teeth and a pretty penny...my little Bella came home from surgery! Being new to the Evansville area I had no idea where to take Bella when she needed urgent care. I was referred to your clinic and we feel so fortunate that we found an amazing clinic, the first great experience in 7 years! I can't thank East Side Animal Hospital enough for their genuine kindness, thorough patient care and extensive post-op debriefing! Bella and I are so grateful for everyone at East Side Animal Hospital.
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.