Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I called this place because my 10 year old boxer fell ill. I was told I could not bring her in unless I had payment up front so I called to get help with that from a relative who would send the money in one hour when the money center opened. My dog died in severe pain because this “vet” prefers price over actually caring for pets. She died because they couldn’t let me bring her in and wait an hour to get paid, even though in all likelihood she’d still be in their office while I ran to pick up the cash that they clearly can’t survive without for a single hour. Any so called vet who supposedly cares about animals should be ashamed of themselves for putting price over pet care.
They killed my chihuahua puppy after torchering him with needles they should of just said he's going to die instead of lieing about him bleeding eturnaly so they could charge me for shots they don't Evan tell me they were giving him instead of wasting precious time there in torches him could had been with me and his pack at home instead in his last hours but no they made me think he's fine and made me pay he died an hour later after them saying Evan with him acting like that he live 100.\\. For sure they said just to get paid $150 he was stepped on by a horse should of known the pastures my baby is dead now and TO ADD he was moving and not working as much until he left their office and when they gave him shots he had side fact I think made him paralysed for sure and he couldn't breath either he was worse after words he might of lived of he don't go to this vets in joplin the 4 states emergency vets and said he lived for sure so they could get money once they did the vet said to her get him out of him and don't want to answer any of my questions after I laid them not really before either the only photo I could add is of my beloved puppy they killed and lied about and they had to paid for this ofcorse those basterds
My dog was attacked by a bigger dog. I rushed her to the pet center. Got taken right back. The nurse and doctor were very nice. Took very good care of my Sadie. Would definitively go there again.
I took my 2 week old puppy there about a year ago now, he wasn't breathing right, of course I knew they would want money first so we made sure to have enough with us, they took him back, for what felt like forever, they do this sick thing where they make you pick how much your fur babies life is worth and I guess treat accordingly, after forever she said they gave him a "breathing treatment" and he should be okay, paid them but the thing was he was breathing worse, raspy, then he tilted his head back and peed, and that was the last time I saw him Alive, no compassion, just wanted more money for taking him back a second time, this place is absolutely the worst and please just wait to see a real vet because it's not worth risking the life of your babies!
They killed my dog. We brought him there for vomiting and they wanted to just give him medicine for nausea and said we could pay for blood work to diagnose him. He spent over $300 for them to misdiagnos him which led to surgery and pain. Their laziness and lack of concern for my dog hurt my entire family. They can expect a lawsuit for malpractice and neglegence.
I was in a desperate situation with my dog. It was the night before Thanksgiving and my dog's eye was out of socket. I called my local vet and left him and message. He called me back within minutes but informed me he was out of town, but referred me to the emergency pet hospital in Joplin. We rushed up there (we live an hour away) and they got Bella right in. The vet was very kind, and I honestly wasn't expecting that since I knew beggers couldn't be choosers! They did an amazing job with her and I felt very comfortable leaving my baby with them. Thank you so much for taking care of my puppy!
My best friend called me in a frantic voice saying her cat had been acting really weird and his eyes were matted shut and drool was pouring out of his mouth. We came in about 2am knowing that their is a 75$ fee before anything, so we sit in the waiting room for what seems like forever then finally someone comes in and sees what's going on and then says she'll go talk to the nurse and be back, another 20 minutes or so goes by and she comes back to get our cat and take him to see the nurse to examine him another 20 or so minutes she comes back and tells us the nurse will be with us, nurse comes in and tells us quite a few things could be wrong and before anything we need blood work done(100$ upfront) and X-rays (another 100$ upfront). And we have 80$ on us and are broke at the moment. So they suggest credit care, which were both 19 year old girls and don't have a ton of credit so both get denied. So we're left sitting here at 4:45am trying to scrounge up some money. Because they won't do one thing until you have that money to them. I think that it's crap that this cat is like my bestfriends child and I really like the staff but the way that it's ran should definitely be more benifical to the poor at 2 in the morning. I also think they should be treated like our children and we should be able to get everything we need to keep them alive at the moment we arrive then worry about the money situation later. But after siting for 3 hours our nurse finally realizes we are broke and suggests another clinic that opens at 8am and told us not to worry about the 75$ upfront and save it for the other clinic.
Our cat was dehydrated from a bout of vomiting. We knew you had to pay a minimum of $75 just to walk in the door there, but as my boyfriend had deposited his paycheck two days previously, we were not worried about that. At first, the vet tech and doctor were very friendly and caring. They did labwork, which showed elevated values, but the vet assured me (I was by myself, my boyfriend was still at work) that was not unexpected with a dehydrated older cat. She also indicated that she was NOT worried about permanent organ damage. They wanted to keep her 24 hours, and push IV fluids, which we were fine with. When we attempted to pay the required deposit, we discovered that the bank was holding my partner's paycheck, and no funds were available. We are in the middle of a move, and funds are tighter than usual, so we were counting on the money from his paycheck to be available. After this discovery, we were treated VERY differently. The vet tech, Lorena, told us we should have her euthanized, since "you can't afford to take care of her." My boyfriend is a restaurant manager, and she had the audacity to suggest he just "borrow" the money from the restaurant! The vet, Dr Barber, was only marginally better. She also suggested we simply euthanize Bella. We acknowledged that we did understand that our cat does still have other underlying health issues we need to address, and that we are normally in a position to do so. Also, the vet's story on the lab values changed drastically. Suddenly, she was telling us both that "we don't see such drastic changes in numbers until there is significant organ damage." Completely different than what she told me before he got there. Thy were willing to hold a post dated check if we had her euthanized, but NOT if we wanted to have her treated with fluids. After discussing it with the doctor, we did manage to convince her to treat her, and hold a check. We were both very upset at how much we felt like they were judging us.When we picked her up the next evening, the staff was different. They were very busy, and the vet tech students running the front desk were nice, but EXTREMELY flustered. I asked repeatedly if there were any discharge instructions, and if there was anything at all we needed to know. We were finally told by one of the students, no, just watch her and follow up with our vet. We were NOT told how long to leave the wrap on the IV site, so we decided to leave it on overnight. Her paw was swollen this morning when I got up. Hopefully, our cat will not have any permanent damage as a result of their failure to give proper instructions. Regardless of the emergency, we will NEVER use EPC again.
Very friendly, very helpful. I brought my baby pot belly pig in on a Saturday and they filled him with nutrients and got him to eat on a bottle because he hadn't eaten in a week. He is plump and healthy now and they told me how to keep up with him and were very thorough on explaining things to me!! HIGLY RECOMMEND!
This is one of the best emergency pet centers that I have ever been too. They took care of my little Jake and did a fantastic job. This is one place that the staff is very caring. Keep up the good work and Merry Christmas!!!!!
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.