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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Emergency vet???, Don't bother calling. Never returned my calls when I was given his number by my vet for Saturday emergency
You can't post a review on their facebook for a reason. It was smart of them to block it. Nothing the less of absolutely disgusted. My naturalist vet back in Vermont actually confirmed that Baxter Veterinary was making up UTI's, a varying white blood cell count and different things regarding a blood panel which they charged us over one hundred dollars for only to send to my VT vet and be told she is completely fine and didn't need the 3 antibiotics they had been telling us to give her. Her blood work was COMPLETELY HEALTHY. Imagine that! They were also the same vet we filed a complaint with for dragging our 12yo black lab across the clinic floor because her toenails were causing her to slide on their floor. Awful people with no heart just in it for the money. Scam someone that deserves it, not a helpless dog.
Nothing the less of absolutely disgusted. My naturalist vet back in Vermont actually confirmed that Baxter Veterinary was making up UTI's, a varying white blood cell count and different things regarding a blood panel which they charged us over one hundred dollars for only to send to my VT vet and be told she is completely fine and didn't need the 3 antibiotics they had been telling us to give her. Her blood work was COMPLETELY HEALTHY. Imagine that! They were also the same vet we filed a complaint with for dragging our 12yo black lab across the clinic floor because her toenails were causing her to slide on their floor. Awful people with no heart just in it for the money. Scam someone that deserves it, not a helpless dog.
My mom and I have been using this vet for 30 years. We have had numerous cats and dogs over the years and they have treated all of them. We have been happy with their services until this year. It started several months ago, when my cat all the sudden turned ill. He wouldn't walk or eat or anything. We took him there, and the doctor gave him a shot. He didn't improve so 3 days later we brought him back in, well that was a Friday. This vet closes at 12. And instead of helping us out, they just shoved us off. We ended up at the emergency vet. They gave re-hydrated my cat and sent us home. The next week he still was not better. My mom tried to take him back to Fort Mill Clinic but decided to take him to Baxter Vet instead. There we found out that my cat had a blood clot in his spine. We ended up putting him down, because nothing could be done. We felt as if Dr Leslie really didn't put the time into looking over the cat. Now, we are having to deal with my dog. She has had this growth on her chest for 3 years now. Every yearly check up, and every tim she gets her nails trimmed (2months) we would ask Dr Leslie to look at it. He kept telling us it is no big deal. Well last week it started to bleed. We took her in and Dr. Leslie gave her a shot and said that he would remove it. No other tests were done. Well my mom decided to take the dog over to Baxter Vet. Turns out it isn't just a growth, it is a Mast Cell Tumor which will most likely kill her. If Dr Leslie had listened to us and our concerns and done a 5 minute procedure a couple of years ago, my dog might have a fighting a chance. But instead it is now a very serious condition. My suggestion is to try somewhere else. They are nice and spoil animals but the fact that concerns of our weren't address 2-3 years ago really bother us. We are now having all of our animals re-checked at Baxter Vet. Like I said, we have been going here for 30 years! We like the people, but our concerns are on how well Dr Leslie is actually paying attention to animals. All he had to do was a five minute test 3 years ago to see if this "growth" was a tumor, and my dog could be able to live a lot longer. But now, the prognosis is bad....Go somewhere else, where the doctor will pay attention to you and your animals and especially your concerns!
Awesome service! Would highly recommend :-)
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.