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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I have nothing but good things to say about Dr Meyer and the high quality care that he and his staff provide for my beloved four legged family members - and I've had many over the years! I've been taking my animals to this clinic for over eight years now - I would never take them anywhere else and always recommend this clinic to my friends!I was shocked and saddened by the negative reviews that are posted here... These people are obviously disgruntled for whatever reason, but their posts don't reflect what I've experienced time and time again at this clinic. It's a shame that when people have a bad experience they jump online and post a negative review. If everyone who had a good experience at Applegate Animal Clinic were to step up and write something on here - there would be pages and pages of happy clients and healthy animals.Over the years, Dr Meyer and the crew have become great partners to help me give my loved ones long/healthy lives, many times they've gone above and beyond the call of duty, and I can't begin to tell you how much I've learned along the way. If you're looking for a good veterinarian, think about the following: a one doctor practice doesn't survive 30+ years in little Murphy Oregon without reason! =)
We have had all of our several pets in under the care of Dr. Heidi and staff for the past 17 years, and have been very pleased with the services Allen Creek Veterinary Hospital has provided. From wellness check-ups, vaccinations and necessary surgeries on both one of our dogs and one of our cats we have found the Dr.s and staff to be knowledgeable, very helpful compassionate and caring. I recommend them highly, we have been very satisfied with their professional services.
With five dogs and two birds, we needed a vet that could handle all of that and at a reasonable price. This clinic has made us feel important to them and does an excellent job of taking care of our large family of pets. Now, with one of our dogs a diabetic, they are always there to help with questions and last minute checks on problems that arise. I couldn't ask for a better place to take my pets.
I have been to most of the veterinarians in Josephine, County and I have found Applegate to go the extra mile with me. I have all my dogs health checks done here and I enjoy most of the receptionist.
Got to be the worst vet I've ever been to. I had a dog with an ear infection and my regular vet was booked up, so decided to try Applegate since it was close to me. I arrived, they didn't have my appointment booked, and both the receptionist and vet seemed to wish I would just go away. They treated the dog worse than me, rough handling and not really interested in doing what was right for the dog. They were going to do what they wanted even when I protested. Argumentative and rude, worst customer service I've ever seen. Finally just took my dog and left.
My beautiful presacanrio went in to get spayed but died the next morning. She was bleeding from the rectum meaning her gi tract, colon was pierced. She was released even though she could not stand. She was over medicated probably.
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.