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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Large amount of upselling goes on here. Not performing what is needed to the animal with out a large guilt trip and forcing of the pet owner to undergo uneeded tests and procedures without just simply performing the necessary task in the first place. Also caught a couple lies. Go elsewhere.
Always accommodating, my dog has been a patient for approximately 8 years. She has had several serious problems that have all been handled well so that today she is a happy, and healthy dog. I appreciate all they've done for us over the years. Special kudos to Internal Medicine and Surgery.
Do yourself and your pet a favor and DON'T COME HERE!!! They are totally uncaring for you or your pet!!! Even the owner himself!!!The staff which is mostly all Mexican are horrible. They treat the animals that are seen there terrible.My 12 week old German Shepherd puppy has had three bad experiences there and we will not be back. If you care about your puppy, dog or cat....DO NOT TAKE THEM FOR ANY TREATMENTS HERE!!!! The service is bad and the care is even worse!!!!! They actually should be given a negative star. :(
This is a great veterinary hospital. They took great care of my dog Linus when he needed a dental cleaning and a couple of extractions. The facility is equally amazing, very clean and updated.
We adopted a kitten from here and continue to take him to this amazing place for all his health needs. They are friendly, efficient and very caring. They stay connected with you and send friendly reminders.
I will always be grateful to Leslie, Shawn, Valerie and the entire staff at Two Hands Four Paws. Sammi, my beloved bichon, was 12 years old and having difficulties walking and would continuously fall. I took him to a ""specialist"" and was told that Sammi needed a risky surgery that may or may not work. Upon a recommendation, I took Sammi to Two Hands Four Paws. He went once a week for a masage, swimming and exercises. We also did daily excercises at home. Within a few months, Sammi was racing up and down stairs and back to his playful self
The vets care about your pet, they make sure to listen to any and all your concerns. The place is kept up very well and the people at the front desk are very helpful. The techs are always available to answer your questions. My dog loves dr Werber and thinks he is his best pal when he comes to visit.
Had a first great experience with Dr. Jeff Werber! He diagnosed & treated an ear problem my dog has had for a long time, and also came up with a new treatment for allergic itching. I'm planning to bring my other dog & cat to Dr. Werber!
It was our first visit to Century Vet and we are very pleased. Dr. Adams is awesome! Very knowledgeable and patient. The support staff were all attentive and friendly. The waiting area was spotless. I did not find the prices to be expensive at all. There is also a discount coupon on their website for the first visit. We have a followup appointment in a month.
We had rescued a dog (pit bull) from a junkyard and he was in a bad shape. We took the dog to the Ambassador Dog and Cat hospital ( we adopted him later ) and was attended by Dr. Singh. Dr. Singh was extremely attentive to the dog's needs; He sat down with us, took time to interact with the dog (Boogie), and explained to us on the needed procedures for his recovery. During the course of our dog's stay at the clinic, Dr.Singh took time to call us and give updates on his progress, and even gave us a huge discount on his care. Very dependable, friendly, caring to the animals, honest, and in no time, our dog got back to a better health. And even after we got Boogie home, we got follow up calls ( multiple) inquiring on our dog's status, which never happened to us anytime before with any other vet's visit.Today we took our other dog to Ambassador hospital, who is not friendly to new people, and does not do well inside the hospital settings. Dr. Singh took time ( after his work schedule, literally), to come outside of the building and to take a look at our dog, and told us what we needs to do to help her with her condition . I highly recommend anyone's pet to Dr.Singh's care. In addition to all the above, the staffs in their hospital are very friendly, and attentive as well.
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.