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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Went for a first appointment today and had a great experience! The staff was very friendly and helpful and the Vet was amazing! We highly recommend this animal hospital.
They taught me how to care for a couple week old kitten they gave me free formula for the kitten too. These people care about animals
Took a stray couple week old kitten here. They gave me free formula taught me how to nurse it and take care of it. They really care about animals here.
I took my dog Feloni to the Highland Pet Hospital aka Beverly Brimacomb, Monday Feb 6th because had a cough she tested her for heart worms it came back negative, she then gave her a preventive shot Proheart 6, she never did an exam I had to ask her to check her ears she said she was fine and sent us on our way. Monday Feb 13th she died, one week later, she had pneumonia, and had an adverse effect to the shot. I was to receive information on the dangers of this medicine prior to her administering the shot and you can't give a sick dog this medicine or it kills them. Proheart 6 requires the vets to take a class on this medication before they can give any animal the shot. Brimacomb didn't do her job had she given me the information I never would have let her give Feloni this shot, Or if she would have done an exam and listened to her chest she would have known she had pneumonia and she would still be alive. This isn't an honest mistake, she just doesn't care. I requested Feloni's medical records from them and she has Feloni weighing 69lbs and being 9 yrs old since 2012, she wasnt even 9 yrs old. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
There are three wonderful doctors here along with friendly, helpful and caring staff. I have been bring my pets here for many years and only wish they had hours on Saturday as it is challenging to get my pets in here due to my work schedule.
These other reviews were probably written from another Vet clinic. We've been seeing Dr B for 2 years for our German Shepherds and as recent as today. Again, her performance exceeded our expectations as it always does. She took our dog in with no notice and performed a successful emergency c-section as she has in the past. She's a no nonsense get the job done right kind of vet that knows veterinary medicine and surgical procedure. We had no concern once we arrived.
Everyone is so warm and caring. the quality is excellent and so are the prices. they truly care what is best for the animals.
Only in it for the money!Dr. Christopher Carrier, owner of Care Animal Clinic in Lakeland, and his wife, Wendy Carrier, who owns Petland in Lakeland, have been charged with more than 50 counts of issuing forged vet inspections.
I absolutely love this clinic. They have done so much good in the community and to help stop the pet overpopulation as well as the many rescues I have seen there and on their website. I took both of my little dogs to them and would do so over again. I get a feeling that everyone there genuinely loves animals and they are always sweet with mine and the ones I see them come for in the waiting room.
So embarrassed to even be of the same species as these people. That any human being would deny a wounded animal care, even more horrifying that it was a veterinarian, is disgusting. Oh, that's right, they needed their pound of flesh before providing the care this badly beaten animal needed. Their actions are almost as despicable as the boys who mutilated the puppy. See article on June 18, 2015 in The Ledger. Cold day in hell before we will take our cats back here.
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.