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 a rescue to them because he was limping. I paid for a exam and was told he was in good shape. As he keep limping I took him to another vet and was told he had leg injuries on both back legs requiring surgery. Well guess who didn't get the BIG money for the surgery. Needless to say they have lost my business.
Puppy in for vomiting and dhr. Contested billing due to billed services my puppy never received, let alone agreed too. Discounted bill to under $400 at least. Puppy was still sick and stunk of feces when supposedly 'ready to go home'. Received a letter stating my sick puppy was banned because I contested the bill. Vet said no one contests their billing, why we were not allowed back.
Enjoyed a visit at Valley Veterinary Clinic even if it was for a sad reason. They were professional and friendly from the very beginning (my phone call to set an emergency appointment on Saturday), through the visit to the very end (their phone call 48h later to check on Martes). They were gentle, careful and thorough with our dog. I felt that we were cared for and I could trust them with my best friend's health. They explained to me what could be done, gave me few option and explained costs of each treatment - but they left the decision of treatment to me and I like it a lot. Our Martes is feeling 100% right now and I believe it is because Valley Veterinary Clinic's support and knowledge. Thank you very much!
Not even a one star, very unprofessional, unknoladgeable and unfriendly. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
I disagree, Margie woodson is all about money, yea maybe you've been there a few times and she knows what you're made of ($) or she really doesn't care about you or your pet. I would look elsewhere for health care and or kenneling your pets there. I have stories that aren't pretty about that place and especially Margie woodson.
I know how it is... HORRIBLE. I'm SO angry! We took our 12 week old puppy last week with an ear infection... so Dr Wolfe said. We live two hours away, so each trip was a four hour journey. He gave him drops and sent him home. His face broke out a few days later, bleeding and swollen non stop, and large lumps formed on his neck. We called and they said he was fine, but we took him back anyhow because he did not seem fine at all. He lost a few pounds and has gotten extremely thin. The vet tested for mites (and charged us for the test), and didn't see any... but gave us meds for mites anyhow! My husband asked if it could be puppy strangles, as a simple Google search showed that was seemingly exactly what he had. The vet he was sure it was not. The next day our puppy got even worse, and one of the large lumps on his neck burst, blood drained for hours, all night long. Panicked, I called the vet as my puppy bled from his neck, and he couldn't fit me in for DAYS and just said use soap and water on it. ENOUGH. I called another vet and she said he needed seen right away in the morning. When she saw him, she check his weight, temp, and ALL the symptoms, and told us it was in fact puppy strangles, meanwhile the other vet was about to let our puppy die. I can't believe we spent a minute of our time or dollar of our money. Please DON'T take your pets here!! (Since seeing Doloras Animal Hospital, our puppy started getting better within a day. I would highly recommend her!)
I have to contradict the previous review. If this really happened then it was an off day for them. I have been taking my furry family members to Animal Haven for 14 years. We just love love love Drs Moreland, Bracken, Jim and Littles PLUS all of the wonderful staff. Animal Haven is so popular it can be a zoo sometimes but the care is only first rate.
I have been with Valley Veterinary Clinic for several years now. I would not trust the care of my pets to anyone else. They have been there for us and helped us get through some very difficult times and we have never felt any less than a part of the family. They always go above and beyond to make sure that we are always taken care of...and they have always treated and taken care of my pets as they were their own. They are hands down SIMPLY THE BEST!!!
Valley Vet has been my choice for many years. They are very professional and they love my pets like i love them. Valley Vet is a very big part of my family and my bulldogs. You wont go wrong when you choose this family of VETS.
Took it dog in for a emergency situation at 2:00 am and the Drs. Were there to greet us and quickly took care of our dog. They had an excellent attitude so early in the morning. thank you
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.