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 are absolutely wonderful they take great care of my animals and would highly recommend them to anyone
I have been coming to this vet numerous times. Last couple visits for my terrier I had just came in for nail trim. The front desk lady is very rude. Last 2 times she's always had a problem with us. This visit I get his nails trimmed and one of his nails is bleeding. They then say instead of 10 dollars for trim I paid for before is now 27?!. She then says it was because he wasn't behaving??? That's why you charge extra. My dog wouldn't hurt a flea. Learn how to speak to others. This place over charges and half of staff doesn't know how to care for animals. will not return.
I was referred to Dr. Zafir years ago and would highly recommend him as your vet. He is honest and takes the time to answer and explain any questions we might have. The service and attention Toby receives from Doc is hard to find. Doc is one of a kind!
Now my cat's dead, I have a bill of $475 for preliminary diagnostic tests, and I feel screwed on top of my grief. I feel taken advantage of. I just wanted all of you to know. My cat was loosing weight and feeling lethargic. I called this hospital for advice and Teresa, the manager, said that it was not urgent. So I brought her in 2 days later, she could barely walk. As I was observing what the vet was doing, my pet passed away. It was a horrific site to say the least.
Dr.Karen Connary and entire staff,Thank You for loving care from,Spooky and Kulka.
I've been taking my dog, Emily to Lantana-Atlantis Animal Hospital regularly for over two years. The first time I took her there I used a coupon I found on their website making the initial visit free (its still there) and to be honest, at the time I wasn't looking for a permanent vet--I just wanted to get a particular issue my dog had addressed as economically as I could. But I was blown away by the facility, the office staff, and the vets. One thing led to another and we became "regulars." We've been seen by all three doctors: Dr. Kadish, Dr. Love, and Dr. Connary. Naturally they all have their own distinct styles, but they are all extremely kind, caring, and knowledgeable individuals. All three have spent far more time with me and my dog than I ever would have expected going over her condition, her prognosis, and all of the different treatment options available to us. Everyone with a pet knows that going to the vet is never cheap, but I can honestly say that they've always been far more inexpensive than any other veterinary hospital I've ever been to with any of the animals I've owned. In fact, she's had two surgical procedures there and for both I was given estimates that had low amounts and high amounts on them, but both times when everything was said and done, I ended up paying far less than I worried I would have to. When money was tight they let me make payment arrangements and they even price match her medications for me! Their office staff, Lilly, Kaylee, and Theresa are extremely welcoming and are somehow always in a good mood. They even have convenient morning, evening, and Saturday hours. Do yourself a favor and make an appointment to try them out... your pet and your wallet will thank you!
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.