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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
40 Dodd St SE Ste 700Marietta, GA 30060
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I had to go into the hospital for 3 days & boarded my cat here. He has diabetes & has to have a shot twice a day, followed right afterward with canned food. I left about 6 or 7 cans of food for him (in case I might be in the hospital an extra day or two) & told them to give him half a can right after each shot. When I went to pick him up, they took FOREVER to bring him to me (what's the hold-up to just place him in his carrier & bring him to me ?), he was FILTHY & stank of poop....& he had actually lost so much weight to be instantly noticeable---just THREE days after boarding him. How does a cat noticeably LOSE WEIGHT---in just 3 days ?? They clearly didn't give him any of his can food, probably not any other food either---& they didn't even give me any canned food back. I can't help but wonder if they took his canned food home for their own pets.He was more distressed when I picked him up, than when I picked him up from boarding any other place.These people are inexcusably indifferent, can't be bothered....& clearly don't "care" for us or our pets. I would say they need to be picketed right out of business---but then they would probably just set up shop somewhere else !
Amazing place I would not go anywhere else. They take such amazing care of all of my furbabies! The Doctos are awesome!!!
My three year old boxer had bloody diarrhea and was vomiting. I came to the Ark with her and tests were run. I was told the vet took a day off on Thursday, so we would have to come back on a Friday morning first thing for more tests. I was then promised test results on Saturday morning. Two biopsies were negative for lymph cancer. Saturday no one ever called and when I tried to call, I was left on hold 20 minutes before I gave up. I had witnessed personnel putting calls on hold repeatedly and not checking back with them. The call never came before their office closed. By Sunday my poor dog peed blood a dozen times in an hour. Emergency vet could not treat without the test results and NONE of the prior test results had been given to me, only the BILL. First thing Monday morning I rushed my dog to the Ark, but by the time I got there she was DEAD! Now they want me to pay MORE and claim she died of cancer they claimed she didn't have! They are not even listed with the BBB.
My daughter dropped off a dog whom had got hit by a car. She had tried to locate owner before doing so on the way to work. All info was left with office but when she called to see about dog, was told she left the dog to die. This place does not need to be in this business.
I love Dr. Bowen. He is the best vet ever. He is an excellent surgeon and goes out of his way for his clients. He worked with the vet hospital at the University of Georgia to do chemo on my Chihuahua Dori so I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Athens every month. It took a lot of time and effort that he didn't get paid for. He has been my vet for 18 years, excluding the time I lived in Illinois. He works with animal rescue agencies and has since I started going there. 18 years ago he saved my first puppy from Parvovirus. Today I am taking my boyfriends dog there, because his vet has not been able to figure out what is wrong and I know Dr. Bowen will. My parents and my best friend only go to him. I have and will continue to recommend him to everyone I know.
After a bad experience at another vet we brought our Australian Sheperd here because she had been diagnosed with heartworms. Dr. Johnson was wonderful, he explained the heartworm disease to us and gave us the different options for treatment. He made us feel very comfortable that we have made the right decision for our girl. You can tell he is about healing the animal and not about the all mighty dollar. We appreciate that! I would highly recommend Hiram Animal Hospital to all my friends and family!
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.