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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.
My dog bit a puppy i was watching and i took him here to make sure he was ok. He had a pretty nasty cut on his face and had to get 2 staples. Everyone that i encountered from the front desk ladies to the actual veterinarian were awesome and very reassuring that everything would be ok and it wasnt as bad as i thought. To be honest i think the little guys wound hurt me more than it hurt him. I didnt feel any judgement, they were very understanding and were great at their job. It was a lot cheaper than i was expecting too.6 days later i had to come back because one staple had come halfway out from rough housing, the Dr came right out and fixed the problem and didnt charge me anything and again assured me everything was fine with him lol.
My chihuahua was cold, stiff, barely breathing. Vet on duty Dr Hudson. very negative! Said he was breathing & blood work was "normal" but sugar was low & brain swelling. Temp was low, said its to late, he was gone! I begged her to try! One hr later, shift change, Dr. Jenson took over. She spoke to the first Dr. could put him on oxygen & meds overnight for brain swelling, but wouldn't wake up. I begged her to try!!I called every hr & was told stable with breathing & temp, not waking up but pupils were responding. Morning came, breathing but, pupils were no longer dilating, non-responsive and brain dead, they said. Needed to euthanize. I'm bringing him to NC State. Dr Hudson who was now back on duty, said should be moved on oxygen, but she wouldn't provide "no point, he was in the grave". A fire fighter had sympathy, gave us oxygen to transport. Arrived to get him, again told non-responsive, brain dead, euthanize. They opened the door & his eyes were open!! I leaned to him & he licked my nose! NON-RESPONSIVE & BRAIN DEAD! NC State vets were waiting on standby, i called (no assistance by this office). Dr on duty at NC took one look at blood work & said not normal, not brain dead or non-responsive. Already an idea of 4 things it could be & began testing, very optimistic! He was sent to ICU internal medicine. Diagnosis, Snickers has Addison Disease. His adrenal glands don't produce steroid & electrolytes to control sugar & proteins. Simple fix.. we give him meds daily. They said any vet should have recognized signs, common in small dogs. Immediately responded to meds & is now home! But, because of failure to treat promptly & lack of care from first 2 vets, wanting to euthanize. He has damage in optical nerves & blind. Office manager of Urgent Care called with many apologizes & refunded their bill. She offered to submit claim for $4000 at NC State to the malpractice ins. But, now almost a month & I've heard nothing, now is ignoring me & not returning my phone calls!!
If you love your pet at all you will never take them to this place! I provided pictures as proof of problems.
Never go here They are cold hearted son of bitches I had 4 puppies who went up there tested positive for parvo and they gave me one option uthinizing them and within hours they all died but one never go here unless you want your bet to die
Horrible Mistake.Do not take your pets here. Incredibly cold service on the last days of my dogs life, the physician did not even take the time to tell me he was on the verge of passing away. The only thing they said to me was that he needed to go to another vet as soon as he was placed out of labored breathing. My dog died 4 hours later. The least you cand do, is tell an owner the truth about there pet before giving a bill of 400+ dollars. As if your cold service isnt bad enough.
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.