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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They never called me with my pets lab results then they charged me $521 for my dogs ear infection. When you walk In the place it's like stepping into a facility in a third world country. Beware
Today was my new puppy Gotham's first visit. Its been quite some time since I had a puppy Dr. Sagota, Trisha explained to me what to expect in the next coming weeks, He told me my puppy looked great. The stool sample showed that the puppy has hook worms they reassured me he would be find meds were prescribed and they explained what they were for and how to administer them. Then after the exam while waiting for tests results it was hugs and kisses for Gotham and many treats. I truly love everyone at Mayfair. The Doctors, the Techs, Trisha and Billy- Jo each individual staff member are just caring. Thank you everyone we all love you!!
Do you love your pet? Is he or she part of your family? Would you do anything to save them if they were in harm's way and or suffering??? I took my cat Googles to Mayfair after several visits to saint cloud 192 pet hospital... (please don't go to Saint cloud 192 pet hospital if you love your pet).... Dr. Segota is absolutely hands down the most caring, educated, experienced Pet doctor I have ever encountered. From the beginning to the end of my many visits there and there are more to come...., though hard and full of pain... that pain was tempered by the friendly, caring staff... to the expertise and immediate trust and comfort I felt when discussing options with Dr Segota. Your family pet will be in great hands at Mayfair Pet hospital. With out a shadow of a doubt!!!!
I decided to take my puppy to Celebration Vet for all her puppy needs. My first visit I sat in waiting room an hour waiting on vet to decide to come to work. With each continuing visit I saw a different vet to which had no record of previous visits or why I was actually there for current visit. You are stuck in room forever waiting on a vet tech or anyone to assist you. No appointment cards or courtesy call giving for follow up appointments. Just horrible customer service!
I took my dog to Celebration Vet for the first time last Thursday. I was told immediately that their computers were down and so that while they could charge me, they couldn't give me an itemized list of exactly WHAT they were charging me for. A rather abrupt examination and $306 later, we were told we'd be called with test results on Saturday. Knowing the office closes at noon on Saturday, I waited until 11am and called, only to be told that they didn't have the results yet. 2 further calls before noon, and I was finally told that they would call the lab to find out about the whereabouts of my results and would call me back. They never called back.On Monday morning, I began calling at 8am, when the office opened. I continued to receive the "Our office is closed" message until 10:50am. I finally spoke with a receptionist who told me they STILL did not have the results and that she would check the file and the lab and call me back. Between 8am and 3pm, I called NINETEEN times and never received a follow up call or anyone even answer the phone again. I didn't call that many times to be a pest. I called because I needed the results to know if there was something wrong with my dog so that I could treat her...now 5 days after the initial visit. My roommate FINALLY went into the office to find out what the issue was while I was at work. She found 3 office workers watching a movie in the waiting area...and waited several minutes before one even asked if she needed help. She explained the situation and the worker told her that they had had the results since that morning, but no Dr in the office to read them. Apparently, the only staff Dr they had quit several weeks ago, and they are using floating Dr's when they can get them in. In spite of this, they continue to take on new patients without disclosing that there is no Dr on staff. They gave my roommate the test results so that we could take them to ANOTHER vet to have them read, which we did this morning.It turns out that my dog potentially has something called Addison's Disease, which is treatable, but can also turn quickly fatal if not taken care of. This means almost another week that my dog has possibly been suffering without care. If we had not taken it upon ourselves to go back in and get the results, who knows how long we may have waited for an actual Dr to read them at Celebration Vet, or to even receive a follow up call explaining the problem. This was the worst experience I have EVER had with a vet. I would not recommend it to anyone.
"At Mayfair Pet Hospital the staff is very kind and generous. I came to themwith my dog Poochie (a Shih TZU) who was very dehydrated and non-responsive. After spending half the night at a 24 hour emergency vet (who overcharged me $500.00 for 4 hours of care) Mayfair and their staff were kind enough to put my doggie on fluids until the Doctor Young came in at 8:30am...I am so appreciative of the staff at Mayfair and would recommend everyone to give them a try. Mayfair kept Poochie kept Poochie for 2 days and the bill was about half of what I paid for at the emergency clinic. Thanks Guys...You Rock!!!"
Thanks to all the doctors and their hard work and dedication as well as all the assistants that help out .. especially Lizzie. Your very much appreciated, and if I could make one request or world be to have one of those doggie poles in the parking lot that have the little blue bags to for people to pick up after their dogs.Like the ones that are in the parks.people are just letting their dogs go potty and just leave it there and then people and other pets are exposed to it. Anyway my dogs will be patients at this clinic forever.
Dr. Balogh is wonderful as well and so is Dr.Young. My dogs have been treated by each doctor and they are all personable and very caring towards the animals
My two American bull dogs (versace and Amarni) have Been patients there for five years. All the doctors are great I personally love Dr. Whaley. He is a very caring vet. He talks to my dogs as he examines them Pets them and when they come in with their terrible skin allergies he shows a lot of concern he treats them as if they were his own., He makes sure that when my spouse and I leave with the dogs we understand the instructions with the medications. He always explains why the medications are necessary if meds have to be prescribed.
Great vets have really shown love and care for both my cat and puppy. They are very accommodating and willing to answer any questions you may have.
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.