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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We started going to this practice after our regular vet let us down when our dog had a major acute illness. We are really pleased with the professionalism and care from the staff at this practice!
We have been taking our two beagles to ORAH for 14+ years, they are by far the best vet practice in town. First class, from the front desk staff, to vet techs, and esp. Dr. Saks and Dr. Barros. I would recommend without hesitation. On a second note: Welcome Dr. Barros, I was very impressed with the care and compassion that you showed treating Abbie last week, and truly appreciated you calling us on Saturday morning to check on her personally.
these people are outstanding. they are quite professional and they really care. my first choice always.
Do not take your pet here. There concern is not with your pet first but with the revenue going into their pockets. I have concrete proof. (1) they refused to fax my prescription to Allivet an online Pet Pharmacy that would have cost me half the money that the vet wanted to proved citing that the online pharmacy would substitute a generic brand even though their prescription specifically stsated no substitution. (2) my dog is 16. My prior vet wrote a letter stating that Salems age and health required that he no longer receive further vaccinations. I even had a copy of the county/state waiver to no longer vaccinate Salem. They retorted it was their policy to vaccinate. I had no choice. The prescription needed to be refilled and they refused to do he necessary blood work if I didn't do the rabies vaccination. Since the vaccination Salem no longer wants to walk. He pants more and more. He has thrown up three times. While yes Salem is very senior. They definitely shortened his last days with me.
Christine's veterinary clinic provides top notch services. The doctors and staff are up to date on the latest treatments available. Christine is a leader in her field bringing expert, compassionate care to all patients. I have been a customer for 30+ years. My furry friends receive the very best of care at University Animal Hospital! Thank you, Christine!
This vet knowingly gave my diabetic cat insulin that had been removed from the market. She wanted to get rid of her existing inventory and had no concern for the health of my cat. An employee told me and, after doing my own research, immediately found a new vet. I obviously don't recommend this vet!!
One of the best vets I've ever been to! Dr. Clark and Dr. McGregor are fantastic and my pups loved coming here! I definitely recommend
I wouldn't even rate them a zero! They do not care for their staff and or their patients! I worked there for over a year and they cared for 3 of my animals, when my dog of 14 yrs passed away Dr. McGregor who had been taking care of him didn't even give her condolences to me after his loss. I guess he was just one more off her list of patients to not have to deal with anymore!!
Called and asked for a copy of a vet record, they put me on hold for extended period time. Called back and I was put on hold. Called back and I was sent to voicemail.Called back and I was sent to voicemail.Listen to these calls at drive.google.com
What a freaking rip off. I was told if I got here before 5:30 that I could be a walk-in regular hours clinic patient. Get here at 5:17 (5:20 by the clock outside) and checked in. Brett at the front said I'm on time for the regular walk-in appt. I go into the exam room with a Vet Assistant, she takes notes, and then she takes the dog back. Less than ten minutes later she returns and recommends all these courses of treatment. Apparently the vet won't even come and talk to me. Dr. Streck can't even have enough decency to come talk to me but can charge me for his services??? The vet tech gave me no recommendations for how to treat my animal until surgery except "keep her pinned up somewhere that you don't mind getting dirty." Really? I just paid $56.00 to talk to a VET TECH? I will be filing A BBB complaint tomorrow, as well filling out a review on every single possible place online. What a waste of my hard earned money and a 40 minute drive.
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.