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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This morning at 9am my dog must've ate or licked a frog. She went into shock was paralyzed and seizing. This "hospital" when we brought her in panicked said "sorry we are booked right now it'll be a bit for the doctor" WHILE my dog is clearly not okay infront of them. 1. How dare you act as if it wasn't important when my puppy is my family's heart and soul 2. Shame on you for not doing your jobs 3. I hope you never treat someone's pet like this ever again. I am DISGUSTED by this place. NEVER come here they are heartless. If you want to go to a real vet hospital that will take care of and love your pets go to Holy Family Veterinary Hospital. They took my pup within seconds and are treating her as one should.
I came to this clinic and specifically informed them that I needed my dogs health record updated for boarding. My bill listed the vaccines given and an "annual physical". Imagine my shock when the boarding facility did not want to accept her because a fecal test was not done. I contacted the vet thinking that surely it was part of the physical, I mean they took my pet in the back room for a bit, which is when MOST vets do this test. I was informed by the less than polite receptionist that it was not done and he pretty much insinuated I should know this because I have a copy of my bill. I'm sorry that I'm not the trained professional in vet lingo. EVERY other vet that has ever treated my dog has performed this exam with her physical, so how was I to know this wasn't included. I would be more inclined to leave a higher rating if I had not been met with such horrible customer service,. I was more than polite when I called to clarify because I honestly thought it was a misunderstanding. If you choose to use this vet, even though I highly recommend you take your business elsewhere, ask questions and bring your old records to compare so that you know your pet received everything they normally get.
I had the most HORRIBLE experience of my life at the hands of Dr. William Klein and Vet Tech Heather Puza! They were both rude and treated me like dirt! Dr. Klein kept referring to my GIRL DOG as Him, which tells me he wasn't paying much attention to my pet! Both employees actually FROWNED their faces when I asked a question! They even called my "confused" behind the office door, only because I am ELDERLY! So, if you are a senior citizen and have a pet...Please don't take your pet to VCA Tri- County Animal Hospital!
We found Dr. Mike's clinic on a total fluke and now we would never go anywhere else. Our animals have the best care we could ever hope for and we are treated like family, not just customers... We love this place and everyone in it!
Dr O'conner was awesome today...he was there for us when our own vet wasn't and did an ER Csection on our girl and saved her and her pups...we were truly blessed to have found them. I have been in animals a long time and being a previous vet tech myself find it hard to find a good vet...well i found a great vet today...so glad and we are for sure switching permanently to you guys...my own vet didn't even have his cell phone on for emergencies like he claims too...but Dr O'Conner did...he saw us today...gave her a shot of oxy...sent her home to at least let her try to get the babies out...and then came back in today to do the csection...I am very happy....and Noel and her puppies are all doing great.
I've taken all 4 of my animals here and they have all been taken very good care of! The prices are very reasonable and the staff is very nice.
Dr. DeFabio saved my German Shepherd's life. His immediate care and follow up, along with Dr. Wasserman, made the difference between her life and death. They both spoke to me numerous times during her stay at AERC and it was clear that they are caring and knowledgable vets. My shepherd, Abby, came in to Dr. DeFabio near midnight with severe pain, vomiting and rectal bleeding. Even though we could not determine what had happened to her, he did everything possible to keep her alive. He showed compassion to Abby and to me as I was extremely upset at the idea of losing her. I recommend Dr. DeFabio and Dr. Wasserman to anyone who truly loves their pet and wants the best care possible for them.
I have taken 2 of my dogs to them so far and have had wonderful service. Also the vet and staff is caring and compassionate. Thank you guys for the care you have provided gracie and John
The receptionist was so rude. My pet had surgery there and needed to be seen as the wound was starting to come open. While her words were the scripted type, her tone was so rude and accusing and harsh. She was very unprofessional. I can not believe that have someone with such poor customer service skills and so lacking in compassion working the reception area or answering the phone. I won't ever take my pet there again!
The doctors and staff are wonderful! Very knowledgeable, friendly, compasionate, sympathetic and professional. Dr Jullierat diagnosed my cat in less than 10 minutes and was correct. Unlike the other two vets before him. They have just about everything you need for your pets, including boarding. And affordable rates, plus your pet would be at a facility with a vet. They also have "Wellness Plans" for just about evey pet. And the plans you can pay on a monthly basis, so that you don't have to come up with a lot of money at one time. That is nice for those of us who have more than one pet.I have not had one issue with these folks at all. I really love TCAH and they treat my pets with the utmost care and that is very important to me. Plus they know how to speak to people as well. I highly recommend them!!
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.