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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Made an appointment for surgery for three cats, Took away there food had them there, arrived and the doctor was unaware of the appointment for two cats he said nobody told him even though the staff had it in system. They told me they could vaccinate upon arriving and I asked ahead of time if they had the correct vaccines, turned out they didn’t have that either so I brought two of the three cats home. The third cat was there an hour or two and I got a call saying she has a heart murmur and can’t be put under.Dr Adams proceeded to tell me it was at least stage 3 heart murmur and it was fatal that I should contact the breeder to return the cat. Seeing as I had a health certificate from a week before stating she was healthy I went for a second opinion and then a third from two other vets a day later. NO HEART MURMUR whatsoever.Unnecessary testing was done on the kitten, wasted time energy even the breeder ended up having his other cats checked wasting his time and money over nothing. All in all, they’ve taken on too many patients they are unorganized don’t even know what is going on at all with anyone. And Dr Adams should really be evaluated. That being said. The receptionists at the front are wonderfully nice and a pleasure to be around. But that doesn’t make up for the experience I’ve had here. Please consider another vet this isn’t the place to take your little guys.
My friend found out that I had boarded my dog. She picked my dog up with no questions asked. Anyone could have picked her up! What if it wasn’t a friend? THIS IS SCARY!!
My much-loved little 15-pound Maltese was mauled by a black Lab while walking on leash in the neighborhood where I was vacationing. No evident penetration of the skin, but significant bruising, and we were both traumatized. I did some quick online research and found Magnolia Clinic had some great reviews, and I liked the look of the information on their website. I called and let them know I was bringing Zoe in, and Dr. Anderson was ready for me when I got there. She was absolutely wonderful, warm and professional and informative. X-rays showed broken ribs as well as tissue damage, so surgery was recommended. Dr. Anderson gave me a complete printed list of recommended treatment and costs so I could make an informed decision. I'm so so glad I decided to go ahead with the surgery and treatment. Zoe stayed two nights at the clinic, and Dr. Anderson called me several times with updates. When I picked her up, the bill was exactly what the estimate had projected, and it was reasonable. I was provided with CD's of the X-rays and other data to take to my vet in Mobile, and Dr. Anderson even called him to confer on post-op treatment. Wow. Just wow.I found the clinic itself to be modern, clean, and welcoming, and the staff professional and caring and efficient. If you are new in the Foley/Gulf Shores area, or visiting from out of town, this is the place to take your beloved pets. Highly recommended.
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.