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.
Hi my name is Steppenwolf I am a Russian Toy Terrier just 18 months old. A few weeks ago I got critically ill barely able to lift up my head. It happened suddenly on a Saturday night. I was bleeding dehydrated and no one knew why. My owners took me to Aninal Medical Center where I was cared for in an ICU environment by a coalition of Vets. I recovered but it wasn’t easy. The staff and doctors were knowledgeable, and compassionate. They had special equipment, diagnostics, and medicine to save my life. I even had an Endoscopy procedure on a Sunday by Dr Mayfield lll on his day off. Nowaiting or delays. I am as small as a premature baby at 3.7 pounds so they had to be very careful with my dosage and IV’s but they knew exactly how to handle it. I was a grumpy little guy growling and snapping but they ignored my disposition. The Vets developed a treatment plan and honestly discussed my care and cost as well as possible outcomes with my family. Things were bad my mom was crying but the staff took care of her too as they too have pets and know how much she loved me. I did get well as you can see. My family is so grateful and I am just happy to be home again after all I have a job I am a companion dog. My mom has cancer and Myasthenia Gravis. You see its my job to remind her of medicine times and when people are at the door. I make her smile, and distract her when she has pain. I walk her to maintain her strenth and mobility. I’m not just a pretty face, I am a working man.
Kirk is so thoughtful. When we had to put my son's dog down they allowed us special time with her and even sent a card the next week. Even in emergencies he is helpful and patient.
My pups were well taken care of by Dr. William Morris!! The staff was so friendly and courteous of my time, Dr. Morris thoroughly explained the care that was given as well as plans going forward & a free Pet Taxi was offered for our future visits!
I'm a first time fur baby mama to a Shichon. The Animal Medical Center helped me make the huge transition of being responsible for and taking care of my puppy. My pup was a surprise Christmas morning gift that my husband got from love at first sight. So, the center has been a part of my fur baby's life before I even knew he was mine. So, I can't imagine anyone else taking care of him. Lastly, if it wasn't for the plans the center offers it would not be easy financially to take proper care of my baby. I can't say enough about The Animal Medical Center.
Everyone at Animal Medical Center is amazing. They treat you and your pet like family. The care and attention they provide is unbeatable.
I am very pleased with the care these professionals provide. My yorkie was adopted from there, and he enjoys visiting with the staff. They also offer several preventive care plans. It's well woth the consideration.
My dog had been vomitting a lot, so I took her to this clinic. They were originally very nice and seemed to be handling the situation. They x-rayed her to see if there was a blockage. Came back into the examination room and had me sign off on paying ~$500 for the concluded treatment. They said she had swallowed toy stuffing and gave me medication to help her pass it. When the bill came it was $700, as it turns out they messed up the 1st x-ray and had me pay for a 2nd. I had been giving her the meds as I was told but she was throwing them up. I called them to ask about it and they told me to shove them further down her throat. At this point, she'd been throwing up and starving herself for three days. She'd lost a lot of weight and I was unhappy with their response. I went to Vet. Assocaites (my now vet) and they did an x-ray free-of-charge. She had swallowed a pine cone that was blocking her digestion. You could feel it in her stomach. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
We have been nothing but pleased with the services our Snoodle Rocky has received over the past year. Thank you, Animal Medical Center!
I brought in a stray cat that my boyfriend and I had taken in to get her checked on and assessed. They told me she was about 9 months old and had worms and that her teeth just didn't grow in right. I brought her to another vet clinic two weeks later and they told me she was around 8-10 YEARS old has gingivitis, a possibly thyroid problem, and heart problems. They weren't able to tell me if she was spayed or microchipped so I took her to get unnecessarily operated on because she was already spayed. I will never ever go back here and will tell everyone the same. Also the vet tech talked about how he was a teacher and got that job because he had hospital experience. These people wildly misdiagnosed my cat and put her under a lot of stress for no reason.
Dr. Patrolia took very good care of my kitty when I brought him in as an emergency walk-in. Amazing staff, very compassionate and loving! Will definitely be bringing my kitty back to Animal Medical Center as his regular vet.
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.