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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Dr. Latimer is outstanding Doctor of Veterinarian medicine. As a Naval Veteran of Foreign War and Combat Medic I recognize those who posses the skill set and compassion to care and give excellent care. Dr. Latimer gave me an additional 8 months with my Big Boy Ben, otherwise I wouldn't of had. Unfortunately Ben passed just 2 weeks before his 14th B-Day. But as Labrador Retrievers go he life a good life, and in his last months a better and longer one because of Doc Latimer. Please if you love your fur babies as mush as I do mine, and they need surgical care. Only Doctor Latimer will care for my babies for all surgical needs PERIOD. Doctor Latimer I salute you for giving the extra time!!!
Titan May look fearless but in reality he’s a big chicken. Dr. Dack and the wonderful staff at Animal Health Clinic understood his fears and took the time to make him comfortable before performing any exam and tests. They didn’t just label him aggressive... the earned his trust first and made his visit a pleasant experience instead of a freightening one. We are very grateful they cared about our boy as much as we do. We will definitely be back!!
had a very problematic experience with Dr. April. While she appears to have impeccable credentials, I found her to be difficult and very expensive. I took my bird for a respiratory problem. As soon as my bird was in the doctor's office, she was put in an oxygen tent, although the Doctor had not examined her. It got worse from there. This was the first time that I have taken an animal to a vet, but never saw the vet; Dr. April only communicated with me over the phone. After almost $1,000 in procedures that I did not OK in advance, I was able to get my bird back home. Originally, Dr. April was going to conduct procedures that were over $1,300, but I was able to stop the financial hemorrhaging after I realized that Dr. April appeared to be just "throwing" procedures and exams at my bird to rack up the bill, apparently. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GOING TO THIS VET.
Dr. buzzetti is extremely compassionate and caring. He actually listens to me! And the facility and service are like the Ritz-Carlton of Animal Hospitals!
The compassion, friendliness, sincere and expert professionalism is what you receive. Dr Bob and staff go beyond in assisting four legged patients and their owners.
Dr K's animal hospital is one of the best veterinarians and best animal hospitals I've been to. Not only because the staff is great and caring, but the facility is always so clean as well. Of course the best part is that the veterinarians are all so kind, empathetic, extremely knowledgable and take the time with their patients and their patients parents (us). From Dr K and all the other doctors there that we met with were great. But our main Vet that cared for our cat the most was Dr Brown. I was referred to Dr Brown through a friend and I'm so thankful they referred us to her!!! They said that she truly cared about her patients and they were so right!! Our cat Kilo was born with an extremely rare heart condition in which specialists said he wouldn't live past 4-6 months. (He had a hole in his heart) He was also diagnosed with Lymphoma at the age of 15 months which is also pretty rare for a cat his age. So needless to say, we visited their hospital a lot. They knew exactly how to handle all of us with care, were so patient and when they needed to refer us to a specialist to further diagnose the rare illness, they did. Unfortunately, we just had to put sweet Kilo to sleep today and Dr Brown and her staff were the sweetest ever and so patient with us even though we arrived right at the end of their day. Thank you to all of you at Dr Ks animal hospital. Seriously love Dr Brown and K animal hospital family...the best Veterinary in all of PBG/Jupiter area!!
Dr. K's Animal Hospital is an excellent facility. They have always provided the best care for my 3 dogs and I attribute their excellent care to the fact that my Sassy is now 18 years old and will hopefully live quite a few more years. We are in twice a month for laser therapy. I have had many major procedures done on 2 of my dogs and the estimates have been reasonable and always within dollars of the final payment amount. Dr. K is great with my dogs and I would not hesitate to recommend him to everyone I know.
Great Place, Clean, Friendly and Efficient!Reasonable Veterinary care that's Excellent.
I brought our Green Cheek Conure (Jensen) in for an office visit on Wed (3/19/14) to remove a string that had gotten wrapped around his leg from a play toy, and was quoted $90 for the procedure.After removing the string from the bird’s leg Dr. Romagnano took him off to another room and invited me to watch, saying she needed to cut his leg to relieve whatever pressure that had built up from the swelling. The entire time she was bossing her staff around in a condescending tone, along with her son who was in the room, and when I shared with the doctor that one of our dogs died recently her only response was, “Oh, why is that?”At no point was I told there would be any additional charges, and all I was asked to do was sign a surgery consent that asked if I wanted the bird chipped for an additional cost, to which I stated no.After the doctor finished (maybe 30 minutes) I was presented with a bill for nearly $600 by her assistant in the lobby, and they’ve refused to release the bird until I pay. He’s now been in there for three nights and I have no idea what additional charges are being tacked on to the bill, since the doctor still has never called to back to discuss it, while I’ve been told multiple times she would. The only people I’m able to talk to are her assistants, who state the doctor claims she reviewed the charges with me, which is an outright lie and I’m even willing to take a lie detector test.This is such an extreme response from a vet that I don’t know what to make of it, and my two children are devastated by the situation, because they don't understand why Jensen didn't come home. The bird only cost $199, which I stated on the new patient paperwork, so I was hesitant to even spend even $90 over a string, let alone $600 given I'm currently unemployed and have two toddlers to feed, as well as another dog and cat.
Excellent vet. Beautiful facility. WOuldn't trust anyone else with my pets.
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.