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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
1428 W Main StGreeneville, TN 37743
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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We had gone to Robinson’s for a couple years now but ever since Dr. Robinson died it has changed and this last encounter was the last straw. We took my cat to get spayed. She had bitten someone coming out of anesthesia but not once did they tell us this. They called and said she needed a check up when it was time to pick her up and we said that we didn’t want one at this time. Then 8 days later the health department called us and said that she has bitten someone and if we didn’t take her to get her shots within 7 days she would be taken and put to sleep. They also lied and said it happened the day before the health department called which is a week later. Not once when we picked her up, or the twice they called us to check on her did they say that she had bitten someone. We will NEVER be back again.
Mrs.Boryles and the other staff has always been carrying and thoughtful when we bring our dog in. If we have any question they always find time to help.
We have received wonderful care and compassion. We love all the employees and the kindness that was shown. Very kind, experienced, competent and easy to work with. I will always take my animals here where they are treated like family.
I love this animal hospital. The staff is very friendly,caring and efficient. Dr. Broyles has been amazing in caring for my poodle that has a ruptured disc. He is almost back to walking again.
I've been a licensed veterinary technician for 12 years and I've got to say this is the worst clinic I've ever been to. I came in during their emergency hours with my dog and there were literally only three technicians and the doctor on staff. They were obviously drowning in work and having orders thrown at them left and right. When I was brought into the back there was one little girl running around trying desperately to treat the pets who were hospitalized. Dr. Robinson pulled her away from what she was doing so that she could help me. We hospitalized my dog and I left. When I came to pick up my dog the next afternoon the day shift was the same way; just too overworked. My poor dog was covered in his own urine and still had the same towel the girl from the night before had put in there with him and both bottles of meds were untouched but for the dose given the night before. This is ridiculous. Don't go here! Please! They don't have the time to properly care for your animals!
They took great care of my babies! Esp the dane I had who had white coat syndrome :(Getting ready to take 2 very sick pit bulls to them. I am very hopeful that they can save them.
Took my cat to have her spayed here and I think they are fantastic! The staff were very friendly and helpful and took great care of my cat. Sent her home happy and with pain meds, and my cat has been doing wonderful. They have also been there to answer any questions I had and called me as soon as the surgery was done to let me know she was doing good. I just couldn't recommend them enough I think they were great!
GREAT vet's office. Dr. Strickler really took a lot of time with us to explain what was going on with our cat, what our options were, and even what might fit best into our budget. I was SHOCKED at how much time he spent with us, and how patient he was in answering all my questions. Hands down, best experience I've ever had at a vet.
This veterinarian accepts Humane Society vouchers for spay/neutering. That alone makes this practice a five star facility, in my opinion. The staff is wonderful. The facility is clean. My kittens did great post-op. Wonderful care.
IMHO, Dr Dotson there is a crook that tries to see how many people he can screw. He failed to diagnose my cat and then wanted to refer me to another one of their vets, Dr Robinson I think, to diagnose a common cat symptom, so they could charge me DOUBLE. I'm quite sure he's out to rip off the public for all he can. Karma has a nasty way of catching up to these crooks. There are better vets in town. I'd advise you to go anywhere but here, unless you have so much money that you don't mind being screwed out of a few hundred here and there.
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.