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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Watch out for additional charges. The vet is qualified and professional butthe billing people are unwilling to listen or respond to certified letters.Tests were done that I did not request nor that I was not informed about inadvance.
Dr. Myers is the most compassionate and competent vet have ever had contact with. Her experience and ability gave me more time with Jake than I otherwise would have had. My cat, Bella D. Ball has been Dr. Myers' "patient" since she was a kitten and is very healthy, although slightly deranged (joke) at times. Bottom line: Dr. Myers is the best there is along with Stacy and the office staff it just doesn't get much better than that!!
Said our 8 year old cat was healthy a couple months ago. Said there was no need to take any blood tests, that losing weight was normal for an older cat - he had dandruff and weakness in his back legs, where he was losing most of his weight. We took him back, and tests showed diabetes. She told us to change his food, and sold us special food. He got worse, and she started insulin shots. He gained some strength back in his legs, but continued to lose weight. I called and wanted to bring him in for blood tests and we were told to bring him in on Nov 30. The vet cancelled that appointment. We had run out of shringes, and vet would not return our calls. We had to purchase from another vet, whom I wished we had used instead of them. We took him back that Monday, and she wanted to keep him overnight. She called the next day and told me he was fine when she left him that night, but she thought he was dead the next morning when she returned. She called my husband at work and he rushed 30 miles from work to see him before he died. I went to pick him up-she was busy talking to someone in the office, so I went to look for him- I found him laying on the floor of her office with only the towel we brought him in with under him. (this during cold winter weather) He was comatose and unresponsive. The day before we left him with her he had been walking around outside- a drastic change. We took him to another vet who said tests she ran cannot be trusted. He sent his tests to the hospital. This whole ordeal was a nightmare. We lost our opportunity to get him stabilized due to misdiagnosis, cancelled appointment and failure to return our calls. I know we made mistakes also- but we were trying so hard to save him. When your loved one has a serious illness, you need a vet who will work with you and be dedicated, professional - not oozing hugs and sweetness and cancelling appointments. I realize he may have died no matter which vet we used- but seeing how professional the other vet was who tried to save him in the end- the first thing they did was place him on a heating pad. Not on a cold floor. Knowing he was treated this way adds tremendous guilt which makes the grieving of his death even harder. The bottom of her last bill said: 'A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals' - Proverbs 12:10..I say 'A good vet should be concerned for the welfare of his/her animals' entrusted to her by loving owners. I wish we knew then what we know now. We will miss our beloved companion.
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.