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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Let me start by saying, this would be a 0 if I could. Customer service is AWFUL. Pet care is shady at best. Overall terrible experience(s). This is the second time I have had a bad experience. This morning was the straw that broke the camels back. My dog is a rescue dog that came to me last October, this is my first dog to be heartworm positive when I got him. The first visit went ok, got him up to date on shots, and ran blood tests. Thats when i found out he was Heartworm positive. The following week he went in first thing in the morning for the day to get full bloodwork and xrays to see how severe his heartworms are, when i picked him up that evening, skiddish was an understatement. He hated people and even snapped and childeren he used to love and protect. When he went to spend his first week of full treatment, he wasnt eating well and i was worried as I was going on a work trip. They didnt check in one time even though I expressed concerns, I tried to call several times, nobody would answer the phone, finally friday I sent them a FACEBOOK MESSAGE and they responded instantly..... Thats not what should be priority, answering the business phone during business hours should be more important.... I decided to finish treatment there just to avoid any complications in meds, when I went to drop off ranger today I was met with a terrible attitude, I wouldn't treat my biggest enemy with the attitude I was given today by the lady working the desk. She has been rude in the past but today took the cake, when i simply asked when he would be ready to pick up the kennel worker who was taking ranger back looked to her and she looked to me and said with the most grim face. "What do you want". She was just sitting there, not on the phone at the moment or anything. Im sorry but that is not how you run a professional business, or any business for that matter. I WOULDN'T RECCOMEND THIS PLACE TO MY WORST ENEMY.
First I want to say thank you so much for taking care of Buddy when Buddy needed you the most. Buddy was a rescue from the hills of Missouri we got last year. We were just trying to do the right thing and also introduce a much needed pet to our household. Buddy has been a God send to us and don’t know how we had gone on so long without another love in our home. The children adore him and play dates are always good on the weekends at the park. I would have gotten a dog over an Xbox any day of the week if I had have known. Rambling sorry. We will keep him in the yard for now on per your advice and will work with his leg deal on the daily. Thank you again for your hospitality and gracefulness throughout our first Veterinary experience. We,I,the kids and mostly Buddy love all y’all! Thank you!
This was our first visit to Hilltop Veterinary Hospital, and we were very pleased with the care we recieved. The staff was professional and extremely friendly, not only to our dog, Mollie, but also to our 2 year old son. Dr. Davis even volunteered to watch Mollie for us while my wife and I went to the next room to review the ultrasound with the other doctor. The care we received was quick, thorough, and the results were explained in detail. The fees for the services we received were fair. We will visit Hilltop Veterinary Hospital again.
Dr. Davis and her staff are the best! She is passionate, compassionate, professional and knowledgeable! She will take care of your pet, just like she would her own!
Rabies shot for my German Shepherd mix. Tech & Dr. Kristen Johnson both unprofessional. No introductions (not even hello), small talk, etc. Left me in a room open to employee area where I heard discussion of other patients. When vet finally came, she gave shot quickly & I mentioned seeing a flea on my dog. She said, Have you tried NexGard? We’ll give you a sample. 10 mins later, tech came back with sample & said I was good to go. I asked if vet was coming back. 10 mins later, vet came back. I said I was surprised she hadn’t planned to discuss the fleas or give results of fecal exam. She said tech should have given results (she didn’t). As for fleas, she said the sample should help. I reiterated that she’s already on a preventative & asked what they were going to do to treat the current infestation. Again, she mentioned sample and offered no immediate solution. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Said I would not come back & she goes “Sorry you feel that way, hun.” Condescending much? NEVER AGAIN
Very good friendly service. Definitely recommend.
Everyone at hilltop is all ways so nice and they take care of your pets. They are also one of the most affordable vets in town
Very rude service called to talk to someone about an interview and Joyce the front desk hung up on me.
The staff is always friendly & so helpful!! I wouldn't trust anyone else with my fur babies..
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.