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 effuse to rate this vets office, unless there was I would never bring my pet to this vet ever again option.... I have taken my dog there 2 times and this time was worse than the first visit. this visit went from nervous to what the hell did I bring my fur baby to.... my dog was due for his rabies vac. booster and DLHP booster, so we made an appt. went in and we had some things we were concerned about, so when we were called back to see the vet, we waited a short time and he made his appearance, and came in as if it was the last place he wanted to be, well he asked what was going on and we explained about our concerns of excessive potting and water consumption, the first thing out of his mouth was canine diabetes and blood work, well of course, also we had concerns about his past prostate troubles, so he takes a needle a jabs my dog in his belly and my dog jumps ( as if that was not to be expected) the "vet" jumps 10 feet backwards leaving this needle dangling from my dog's belly, then pulls it out and proceeds to jab him again this time apparently getting what he was after, ( we never had a chance to ask or to stop him) so he then listens to his heart and lungs and comments about how nervous and highly strung my dog is, WELL YOU THINK?! AFTER WHAT YOU JUST DID TO HIM???!!! so now he says I will me take him to get some blood drawn on him, so his "robotic nurse" takes my baby into another room as the vet follows... and then we hear "YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN LITTLE BUDDY!" THUMP! ( as if my dog has been flung down on a table) then a few secs. later here they come and the robotic nurse sits him on the table he jumps into my arms. I am so ready to just leave at this point I can't stand it, but we are there and my husbands wants to know what is wrong, but the "vet says he will not know until Monday, so he proceed to give my dog his booster shots and says I will call you Monday or you can call us. oh and take that dog for a walk he has a full bladder! THAT IS IT NO MORE INFO NO NOTHING NOT EVEN A CLUE AS TO ANYTHING? well my dog was fine until we took him in to see this vet we just had some concerns about his drinking and potting habits and Saturday night and my dog is sick and puking and bruised and sore and scared, and now it is Sunday and nothing much has changed except my now my dog will barely drink any water and will not et anything and stands and stares into space and acts as if he has lost his hearing and is totally confused, WHAT IN THE HECK DID THIS SO CALLED VET DO TO MY DOG?! SO NOW I AM TAKING MY DOG TO ANOTHER VET IN ANOTHER TOWN B/C I AM TO AFRAID TO TAKE HIM BACK TO THIS MAN WHO SAYS HE LOVES ANIMALS. IN MY OPINON DO NOT TAKE YOUR FUR BABY TO THIS VE UNLESS YOU JUST LIKE HURTING YOUR PET AND THROWING 200.OO OUT THE WINDOW!
I had to put my 2 cents in about the receptionist......I've been going there for years. This lady loves animals and is very dedicated to her work. Now to speak of the "oddness" of her...who isn't odd in their own way. I have seen her handle the most hectic of situations with a polite and caring disposition. So please don't hesitate to bring your pet here. She won't eat them! Ha!
Love the vet he is very compassionate and caring. But his receptionist is rude and strange. She seems to have a comment for everything, from pet names to "Oh your just now bring your pet in for shots ?". I find myself dreading dealing with her and am thinking about taking my pets else where. She is the only receptionist and has been there for many years. A shame I love the Dr and the rest of his staff.
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.