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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Very caring, professional, reasonably priced. My dog and cat don't like very many people, and they were completely comfortable with them, i was surprised.
Dr Christensen never answers his emergency number. I feel like he is more of a product pusher than a vet. He is always pushing me to get kennel cough, heart guard, and flu vaccines which I did on his advise even though my dogs are never kenneled. I saw Dr Christensen on a Thursday by Sunday my dog was doing progressively worse. I called and called the emergency number all day on sunday, he never answered. I couldn't leave a voicemail, and he didn't bother to return my calls. Dr York answered my call and saw my dog right away. He was way more helpful and only charged me $45 when dr Christensen charged me $177.
Too bad you can't give zero stars...stupid, rude, incompetent...the staff just stupid and incompetent. Wasted hour talking to staff re boarding then kennel not big enough. Seriously? why did we talk on phone? Doctor, rude and condescending and doesn't know difference between a dog taking treat from assistant's hand and dog trying to bite. Tail wag is a hint. Gave a patient their deceased pet back w/ no empathy what so ever. Almost as unhelpful to another patient. I left w/o even getting vaccinations. Didn't trust these people even that much. Horrible experience.
My dog was pooping blood throwing up and not active we took her to this place and the vet said it didn't smell like parvo and it was just an upset stomach and gave us pills and stuff he didnt even test her for parvo then we took her home and I gave her the medicine and she didnt get any better my grandma called back and the secretary wouldn't let her talk to the vet and said to just keep giving her the medicine Im upset because this was serious my dog was dying and she wouldn't let us talk to the vet and then my dog died the next day. IM VERY UNPLEASED WITH THIS SERVICE AND THE VET HE DIDNT TEST HER FOR PARVO AND THE SECRETARY WOULDN'T LET US TALK TO THE VET IM NOT EVER COMING HERE AGAIN I LOST MY DOG BECAUSE COMPLETE RETARDS THANKS FOR THE GREAT SERVICE (sarcasm)
Dr. Christensen is one of the finest and caring vet in the business. My Boston Terrier recently passed away from Prostrate Cancer. Dr. Christensen told me up front that their facility wasn't equipped to do the necessary testing and would have to send the labs out for diagnosis. He suggested a more fully equipped lab and they were very helpful in providing my buddy with an improved quality of life for his remaining time. Even though Dr. Christensen is not my regular vet he always personally returned my phone calls with advice and comfort. Best Vet in Garden City.
Valerie, the secretary is HORRIBLE! Shes rude, mean, unfriendly, she has snapped at me on numerous occasions! im not sure how they even keep her there.... probably afraid to fire her bc flames will shoot out her horns! shes really that unpleasant! love dr york...dr smith was kind of obnoxious, not to mention hes half blind and half deaf so i dont trust him with my pet. i do alot of business here. valeries nasty attitude has caused me to go elsewhere!
I have been very happy with Dr. York. My low rating is due to the response from their secretary. On Feb. 21, 2013 Dr. York was kind enough to come in in a snowstorm to treat my dog. On Feb. 22, 2013 I had concerns about his recovery and called the office. Valerie the receptionist/office manager informed me that Dr. York was not in and that I would have to again load my dog up and bring him in for ANOTHER office call with Dr. Smith. She would not even let me talk to Dr. Smith on the phone. I am finding another Vet and would advise anyone else to do so also. While Dr. York is a dedicated Vet it appears that Dr. Smith and Valerie are all about the money and could care less about the animals and clients.
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.