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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Dr. Nick was AWESOME. My pregnant German Shepherd needed an emergency C-Section, and Dr. Nick waited after hours for me to get there and perform the surgery. He told me he would be by himself being that it was after there closing time. But when I got there, there was also 2 nurses that volunteered to stay to help with the surgery. I am happy to say that both mom and new baby boy are both doing great! I can not thank Dr. Nick enough!!! Also, the cost was reasonable. THANKS!!!!
Do not take your cat here. Been there 2 times in past year and both times i had an appointment. I had to wait an hour after the appointment time both times, but they kept taking in dog after dog in the back when the pets and owners arrived well after me. Last time my cat urinated in his carrier because we waited so long to be seen for a routine exam and then the staff didnt want to touch him because he had urine on his stomach fur!
I have lived in this area for decades and have been to every Vet. This is the best place in the area. Comfortable waiting room with fresh coffee and nice staff all around. The gals at the front desk are always friendly and polite. If you read any comments that are derogatory it's because those people are just whiners who are never happy. Sometimes there is a wait, but go anywhere and you will occasionally run into the same situation, including people hospitals. At least here I can wait in big soft chairs instead of on a hard bench like most other places. My dogs Titan and Grizzly have never complained and Puma the cat just had a great first visit. I gave them a 4, because I would like donuts with my coffee...LOL
The front desk staff is aweful. They are confused, slow, and have an attitude. It's a shame because the Vet's here are great! I have had nothing but problems from the front desk. I call ahead for things and they are have my pet records mixed up, things aren't ready for pick up or it's for the wrong pet. They are slow and do and have a superior attitude. There are 2 spots for workers at the front desk and often a crowd of customers waiting. They front desk needs to expand to accommodate the amount of business they have. There is often a crowd of customers waiting while trying to keep pets separated. They never call for help, you just have to wait, no matter what time you go, no matter if you call ahead or how simple the reason for being there. Pack a lunch you will be there a while and ready to jump off a cliff by the time you leave.
It is always a 2 hr wait to see vet. Last visit was the same, excuses are always the same. Some of the staff are not very nice!
We have had nothing but good service with Dr. Graeer and the staff at Cahill. When we had to put our beloved lab down last year, they were wonderful. So compassionate, they called afterwards with condolences. We've had many dogs through the years and wished we had vets to take them too like the vets at Cahill.
I just took my little buddy Lucky to see Dr Butto and I couldn't be more pleased. Lucky is 5 now and had never seen a vet before and I called to make an appointment after I discovered a discharge from his ears and suspected an ear infection. I called on a Saturday around 1pm when they close at 2pm and after the girl on the phone checked with Dr Butto, they asked if I could bring him in immediately as Lucky was suffering. The Dr and staff stayed well past close to treat my bud. Lucky is very timid and stresses easily but Dr Butto said how well he behaved with them. I will not only return when Lucky needs care but I will also recommend her to all of my family and friends. Thank you all for taking good care of my little buddy !
We have spent over $4000.00 trying to get a diagnosis for a serious issue for one of our Yorkies at another downriver vet, and have been treating what we thought was a liver shunt for the past year. We took the advise of someone and got a second opinion at Cahill, and Wow! I was completely impressed with the facility, the staff, and Dr Butto! (I haven't met Dr Greear yet, but I will:) We finally have a solid diagnosis in just ONE visit! Our Yorkie has a bladder stone. Dr Butto showed us the ultrasound as she was doing it, and explained everything in detail. She is the most educated vet I have had the privilege of meeting, ever! The surgery our girl needs is less expensive than I thought it would be, and best of all, She has NO liver shunt! They do get busy sometimes. With care quality that great, you just have to be patient sometimes, but if there is a wait, believe me, it's worth it!
I have lost total respect and confidence with Cahill vet. I have lost a Shepard to cancer, which I was talked into giving treatments. My dog died before the last treatment. I also lost a sheltie because she was diagnosed with skin allergies,,,,when obviously my sheltie had more serious issues. I took her in because she was vomiting, diaherra, not eating. I was sent home with pills for stomach and diaherra. I called back two days later asking for dr to call me ASAP cause my dog was worse. No return call,,,,I called made appointment the next day. I came from from work to find my sheltie dead. They do not return calls...and their hugs and sad faces when something goes wrong do not impress me. Too busy to care about your animals. Now I am thinking it is just a business for them. If you want someone to care and return calls do not go to Cahill vet.
This clinic leaves no openings on Monday am (or any other day) for animals that have been sick over the weekend. You must wait until 9:00 pm at night and come sit in the waiting room as a first come first serve basis. We are all done at this clinic with that poor and uncaring of an attitude.
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.