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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
415 Church St NW Ste 101Huntsville, AL 35801
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Been coming here for years. I love this place and so do my dogs. They are so welcoming and very sweet to everyone.
Great customer service and the doctors are awesome! Not terribly overpriced and they take walk ins. The hours are the most convenient in town. Best value for the money!
This practice cares for their patients and owners with compassion, sensitivity, and expertise. All of my extended family members entrust their animal care to this clinic. Dr. Scott is a new clinician with a tremendous clinical knowledge and emotional maturity well beyond her years. Highly recommend.
My experience with CAH is spectacular every time. The atmosphere is so welcoming and the vets truly take care of your fur baby. Not once have I had a problem here. 10/10 would recommend.
We have been using Chase for our oldest dog for about four years. It was not until recently that we started to have problems. When my dog was having a severe allergic reaction, it took the doctor three hours from the time I got there to see my dog. Now we have a new puppy, and we thought the puppy had parvovirus so we called Chase because we needed to see the doctor immediately to get started on Parvo treatment. They said they could not see my dog that day and good luck trying to get in anywhere else. But I called a different vet and they could see my dog in an hour. Today was the last straw. I booked an appointment for my puppy's second round of booster shots this week because they couldn't see her last week because they were too busy. So now she is a week behind on her boosters and I was told the appointment was at 11:15 and I show up at 11 and they say they can't see my puppy now because my appointment was at 10:30. (So I was told the wrong time last week) So now I have to find another vet to give my dog her boosters. No sense of urgency. Clearly do not care if your animals are deathly sick. Sad place. We will not be going back.
Chase has treated our animals for many years. We have used their boarding facility and they have been great. One of our small dogs suffered trauma and is difficult to treat. This was not a problem and Chase is able to work with him.
Chase Animal Hospital is my choice for small animal care! They are excellent, friendly, and helpful.
Dr. Ashman is a wonderful vet--very knowledgeable, caring and competent. She provided exceptional care to our two old cats, who made it to 18 years and 19 years. Now we have two kittens, and Dr. Ashman is providing the same skilled care for them. The fact that Doorstep DVM comes to your house, and has a van with everything needed for examinations and surgery, is just a bonus on top of the great services offered. The kittens greet Dr. Ashman enthusiastically when she comes to see them, which tells me she is gentle with them despite having to give them shots and all the other "indignities" that go with a proper examination. You can even stay in the van while she examines and treats your pets (except for surgery, of course). Doorstep DVM will always be our vet!
Our family has been using Chase Animal Hospital for many years. They are very warm and friendly and understamd that pets are family to a lot of people.
Dr. Combs and her staff will make you feel right at home. I've tried several other places that were closer(SE Huntsville) since our move, but always come back to Winchester Rd. No one compares to the care you will receive from this office. To me it is worth the drive...Thank you for all your care for my furbabies!
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.