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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I have never been treated so poorly by veterinary staff In my life . Ulster animal hospital is by far the most unprofessional . Rude, nasty non compassionate facility I've ever had the unfortunate pleasure of taking my dog to . For an " animal hospital " they are by far the worst in this area , when you call about an emergency they are bothered they aren't happy to help all they care about is leaving at 6:00 on the dot .They don't care about their patients or their patients parents . It doesn't matter if it's an emergency they will not help you out . Pets are family they are your best friend they brighten your day and help you through your worst of times .& when they need help we will drop everything as pet parents to provide the help and the care they both need and deserve . Ulster animal hospital has not only showed poor customer service , from their secretary but even worse client doctor relationships. Our dog was diagnosed with glaucoma , this past summer ,& we were refered to a specialist, upstate veterinary , they are amazing at what they do ,& they told us to bring max to our regular vet for pressure checks . I brought max in for his appointtment , & they use a elevated table ,& put a rope around his neck , I had to ask more than once to please loosen the rope since my dog was clearly choking , again he was treated poorly , practically suffocating , the visit ended with the doctor telling me his pressure was sky high , immediately worryinging myself and my boyfriend. So we brought him to upstate ASAP ,& were told that any slight " pressure on the neck will result in his eye pressure to be elevated . I'd say we were shocked , how could " professional " vets not be aware of this information ,& think that's it's acceptable to have a rope tied so tightly around his neck that I had to say something They do not care for your four legged family members they only care about walking out of that door at 6:00.
We took our 7 year 10 month old yorkie poo to this ER on Monday 10/24/16 because he was having a hard time breathing. This ER did nothing for him except maybe stop his coughing with Prednisone which cost $21.16. The office visit alone cost $115.00 then Xrays which they gave us a break on and only charged us for one at $168.21 then said they need to do a CBC which cost $267.35, then because the doctor wasn't sure what was wrong with him she had to send the xrays for a second opinion which cost $89.12. Plus an injection of I have no idea what cost $50.13 and medical waste disposal of $5.00 totaling $715.97. After all that the diagnosis was lung cancer. The dog suffered all night until we were able to get to our regular vet the next day. At our regular vet she didn't think it was lung cancer and there was no mass on the Xrays as we were at our regular vet's office our dog of almost 8 years started to expire and we allowed them to put him down. The ER never took an xray of his throat which apparently had a large tumor in it so he was unable to breath in or out. Basically all we can say is they obviously didn't have any clue as to what was wrong with our dog and received the worst care possible. The Vet was a little arrogant by stating that it isn't going to cost zero to treat him with the lung cancer. Yet that's not what he even had. They seem to overcharge and really don't have the compassion to deal with animals or their owners.
Dr. Banister has taken care of our dogs for 15 years. He's thorough, caring & explains everything in detail. There's always time to ask him questions & we've never felt rushed. His staff is always polite, kind & compassionate. They all have great bedside manner that made me feel really comfortable with them. I would gladly recommend them to anyone.
Absolutely the worst....I brought a tagged and friendly homing pigeon there that had been disabled and had been in my yard for a week.I was met by the keeper of the gate there (A snarly NAG in "Nurse" garb)..who just shook her head and made a federal case re any kind of help.In the entire facility,they supposedly didn't have an extra cage or adequate box for me to continue to find help for the bird.When I complained about her terrible inhumane attitude she demanded I leave the premises.Bad bad place and the owners should be ashamed to have someone like that working there (Friday morning).IApparently they are money hungry and uncompassionate..any professional concern would have look at at the tag to contact the rightful owner...creepy place
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.