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 bad experience Xrays were horrible and dealing with an injured pet along with the constant threat from Dr. Gooding about animal control possibly being called and charging us (even though we were doing nothing wrong) was a lot to deal with. On top of that he left the catheter in our dog for over 5 days which is unheard of and for 1 appointment with unreadable xrays I was charged over $500.00. The paper I signed said i would be advised of cost up front. Just unprofessional and uncaring.
Over the past 20 years we have been happy with the service provided for the dogs that we have had and have been under their care. I think it is a good place and it was convenient for us, If your dog is healthy I have no complaints. Our one dog has medical issues and I have found them not the best in these cases.
Let's get down to brass tax. It was less than $100 to get my dog seen by the vet and assistant. I know that sounds super rude to say first but it matters and people don't talk about how cheap they are for how much their facility can do. so I will. we brought our dog in for the same issue but with a different vet's office; it ran nearly $180. And I didn't feel as satisfied when I left them as when I left Todds lane Vet (went after condition got worse). TLVH seems like they would like to try many avenues to come up with the right one for the client (budget) and do what is absolute best for the Patient. I have and will continue to send them business and they will have ours until we get orders.
I received that paw print that you sent us I just want to say thank you very much and it has truly been a blessing knowing you thank you so much for everything.
The staff here is incredibly kind and knowledgeable. The doctors are extremely thorough. My vet wasn't in when I called for my dog's blood work results, but another doctor went over them with me. She was just as thorough and helpful and concerned as the doctor who actually saw my dog. Even though I got very sad news, (heart disease), they were very kind and helpful, and made sure I knew each next step and all of my options.
Cal and I want to thank you for your devoted care to our pet. He enjoys you all very much, God bless you all for all your time and dedication.
When it comes to all that you do you are at the top of my thank you list, you guys have been so good and caring with my Holly and me just wanted to say thank you so very much.
I hate paying for a vet to tell me they have know ideal what is wrong. I recently took my guinea pig there. He isn't acting normal. Won't eat and drink or play. The doctor had no ideal what's wrong. Gave him antibiotics. I hope after his last dose he will return to his old self
I've been going to Todds lane since 2007 and have never been unsatisfied or spoken to in a rude way! In fact, when I had to put my 18 yo kitty down, Dr Hall was the most understanding and caring person, even the staff were sad to see him go. I do agree, sometimes the wait on hold can get a little long but that's only because they are taking care of the person in front of them, which I understand.
Took my dog there seen, Dr. Ward she diagnosed him spot on, even though he did not make it, she did everything right.
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.