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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've been taking my pets here for almost 3 years. Never had a problem. Always nice and helpful. They give estimate so you know what your are paying for. Never pushed thing on me. Lydia sounds like you don't like to go any where.
9 reviews1.0 star rating 7/27/2017AVOID!!! Had to rush my cats to another Vet after visiting here. No call back, 2 days later when I called stating the meds they gave my cats where making them sick. When I went to the new vet, found out the meds where the wrong ones and way too strong for them! Had to get fluids, shots and other meds and hope there is no long lasting issues from this! When I called them, was given the excuse they had another doc out sick so the doc I left the message for was "filling in" for that doc. That is no excuse not to follow through with calls. I work 14 hr days and have to make sure all important calls and work is complete before I leave. That is his job! They also stated in their system calls where made when I called after that and was told there was no calls made to me or a pharmacy! Stay away!Warning, they do not seem to take illnesses very seriously and want to push all kinds of expensive meds on the animal...even if it will hurt. I am very unhappy....they also do not seem to want to return calls. Was very upset about this.
New vet took over recently and the one from the previous reviews has retired. Lauren is great with our animals. She's very knowledgable and you can tell there's a caring that goes beyond just doing "a job". The staff has called several times since my dog's surgery, just to check up on him. Never had a vet care that much before. Would def trust them with any of my pets.
Was treated horrible here! Dog came in bleeding and left bleeding!! Did absolutely nothing other than want to schedule $300.00 surgery & charge me $60.00 for the less than 10min visit. Took dog to another vet same day, other office clean area,snipped off ripped skin tag,and put in 1 tiny stitch!! If this man even cared slightly about the animals he'd help my dog that day. He was more interested in the money than our dog that's for sure!! So sorry I bothered him that day! No worries this long time patient won't be returning!!!!!
I needed to take my cat somewhere fast. His regular vet, no openings and this couldn't wait. The number for the 24hr place they gave me was 33min away with rush hour traffic and an accident. I found this place online. 10 mins away? Yes! I called around 5 and they set the appointment for 6, but took us right back to see the vet right after walking in the door around 5:45. The staff were all friendly and gentle with both me stressing out and shaking and my cat who was busy trying to calm me down. (Yes, that was typed correctly.) I highly recommended them just after the first visit.
No problems here, still a good vet. We've taken our dogs to Derry Animal Hospital for 8 years. Dr. Shenk is very gentle with the animlas and very knowledgeable. He takes the time to answer questions.
I've always taken my pets to Dr.Shenk and I think he's a very good vet.
Dr Jose - Once again, you and a member of your staff, went above and beyond in assisting one of our dogs with an emergency situation on Monday, July 28, 2014. I, on behalf of ATTT's officers, board members, and volunteers, would like to extend a sincere thank you for your willingness to perform any necessary procedures in response to the medical condition of a dog. This was another example of your dedication and commitment to helping those in need. Thankfully, in this case, the medical situation was not as severe as it could have been. Baylee and her unborn puppies are now in a foster home and we look forward to working with you on their care after birth. Again, we cannot express our sincere appreciation for helping us and Baylee in this situation.
Unfortunately, I agree with the other reviewer. He needs to retire. He still loves animals, but he's lost the ability to do anything other than minor treatments. It's the same diagnosis for everything. He's been my vet for over 15yrs, but I've pulled all my animals out of his practice. Believe me, if you care at all about your pets, take them elsewhere.
Dr Shenk has gone down hill...I have been going here for 15 years but lately he has not been the same. It was to the point that we started going to a new vet. I wish him well but I need better for my animals.
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.