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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We switched all of our fur babies over to West Oaks about 4 1/2 years ago, and we are so glad we did. We have 4 cats & 4 dogs and the veterinarians and staff at WO treat them like their own family members. We board our dogs at WO often, and I wouldn't dare leave my babies with anyone else. Absolutely top notch!!!
I will never be going to West Oaks Anmial Hospital again. Today I took one of my dogs in to get a 6 month booster and they told me I had a balance from when I got dewormer for another one of my dogs two months ago, so I told them that I was told that didn't owe anything at the time. Then the office manager came out; I told her the same thing, it wasn't a big deal, but that's just what I was told. Then she told me I was wrong and if I didn't pay today "we were done here" so I said "again, that's fine, that's just what I was told". So I paid a little over 50$ for then and today, the price wasn't the issue, I was just told that I didn't owe anything since I just brought a sample in and they never actually saw my other dog. While I was paying, a bigger dog was leaving it's room and it barked, so my dog barked back. The bigger dog got off the leash and ran over, so I caught it before it got to my dog. But the office manager kicked my dog in the side saying that she was "trying to break up the fight", but I already stopped anything from happening. Then she kicked her again. So I told her not to kick my dog, she said she was trying to break up the fight, I told her that I understood, but don't kick my dog. She said "oh my god, we're done here". I asked for a receipt, so she threw it at me as she left the front desk. I liked going to West Oaks because it was a little cheaper, but now I understand why with customer service like that. I will gladly pay a little bit more for better customer service elsewhere.
Been a client since 2005. Love the staff as they are all so knowledgeable and want what's best for my pet as much as I do. They genuinely show their love toward my pet and take care for whatever situation it happens to be. I really do appreciate their follow up on my pet's progress when necessary. I love them because they "love" my pet!!
Can't say enough about West Oaks they always treat my animals like their own. They understand that these little animals are part of your family,not only do they hold your hand in difficult situations, they follow up to see how you are doing. These vets have a hearts of gold and always go the extra mile. God bless you and your team.
Great place to take your pets! Everyone is professional and loves the animals.
In my opinion the experience with Best Friends Animal Hospital was bad, lots of miscommunication and unprofessional behavior. I had taking my dog for a check up appointment and to get him onto a medication for allergies. Once the medication was on limited supply from the manufacture the communication and promises made by Best Friends was not true. I had felt like they had an issue with me following up once a month and decided that removing my dog from the list for the medication was the best thing to do, however it was more of a personal issue they had. I was left to see my dog suffer yet they came to care about animals. My opinion leaves me sadden that the care expected and promised was not followed through.
I've had two miniature poodles and both have been seen and cared for throughout their lives, from 10 weeks old to present -10 years ) old by Dr. Turner. If your pet means the world to you like mine do to me, you can place them in the very capable and caring hands of Dr Turner and his staff without any worry.
Everyone at Best Friends have been very professional and always put our dogs 1st. Coconut & Zooey say "Thanks"
I have show dogs and I trust Dr Hokett and Dr. Hill with some very important surgeries doing surgical AI and C Sections on some of the top Bullmastiff and Bordeaux in the USA. I trust them with the health of all my dogs. The thing I like best about this clinic is they have such a heart for each and every animal and Dr. Hokett spends countless hrs and her own money not only helping with rescue and the animal shelter but also helping find loving forever homes for dogs and cats of all ages. She is compassionate and caring and knowledgeable. I wouldn't go any where else!
The vets and folks that work at Best Friends are some of the best I have ever seen. Our cat had a life-threatening illness and we were very unsure if he was going to make it. They gave us 60/40 odds for a recovery when we arrived and were diagnosed. This actually was not our current vet (who happened to be on vacation). We were given Best Friends as a recommendation. Long story-short... our cat is alive and healthy! If it would not have been for the exceptional staff, I don't think he would be with us. These people are not only kind, compassionate, and knowledgable, but COMPETENT!!!!! The vets gave me their personal cell numbers. They called and gave me daily updates. My two children and I were able to visit our cat during non-working hours. We became very aquainted with the staff and are super fond of all those working there... Special shout out to Dr. Hill-she is the bomb. This is the place to take your pets! The workers truly care and it shows.
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.