Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
3700 US Highway 9Freehold, NJ 07728
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
If I could give 0 stars, I would. Where do I start?! Per the rescue that we adopted our puppy Layla from, our adoption fee went towards the spay but it needed to be done at Raintree Vet. When we went to Raintree Vet a few weeks ago they told us xyz vaccinations that Layla needed to have before the spay. So, our regular vet in TR did all of them - distemper, rabies.. and I brought her in today for the spay. The office tech this morning asked me if our rescue covers everything with the spay - never said the word "rabies". She only asked if I want to pay extra for the cold laser therapy - I said yes. My fiancé and I go to pick her up after and the girl says $69 - we ask what for and she said the "rabies shot". My fiancé immediately said that she already has her rabies shot she EVEN HAS A TAG ON that says so! And they sit there and bicker back and forth, blame the morning office girls.. blame ME and call the morning girl who said she had a conversation specifically about the rabies. I'm like um no she didn't! Still not believing me they said there's nothing that they can do - and the shot itself was only $20- her meds and laser was the additional. OK. We don't care about the cost but now she was given TWO rabies shots in a matter of a few weeks because of their multiple mistakes and miscommunication. This other woman then gets involved - she was so unprofessional, rude and short with us. I said "Who are YOU" and she said the vet, I was speechless.. Dr. Glicker should not be running her own business with that attitude. All we wanted to do at that point was make sure Layla would be ok - she was then screaming down the hallway and even said she was getting ready to leave for the day. We said let's just go, not worth it and we don't ever have to come back here! .. now we're home and the rabies was actually $30 not $20, more b.s. from them. Lastly, they didn't once apologize - they only cared that we paid them the $69.
All around nice experience. Everyone was friendly and did an excellent job. You might remember these critters. :-) -Julie
Dr. O'Connor and staff really love the animals. What more would you want other than very reasonable prices they charge.Linda StumpfColts Neck, NJ
Dr. O'Connor is one of the most dedicated veterinarians I have ever met. Her care and compassion for animals and their well being is overwhelming. Her care and concern helped me make a painful decision regarding the welfare of my dog. When a new dog came into my life, she took the time to get to know him and provide the care needed for my poor abandoned boy who was found roaming farmland for over a month. Her professionalism and love of animals is apparent as soon as you meet her. Dr. O'Connor is concerned with the welfare of animals and her dedication is unbounded.
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.