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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
1. Specific List of Boarding Vaccination Criteria Not ListedI called this place one month before we tried to board puppy and the associate said they need Rabies, DHLPP and Bordetella vaccinations within one year. So, I brought all the vaccination records on the day of drop-off and the same associate said they also need heartworm test and also fecal. This struck me as unprofessional and a bit misleading.2. No proper paperwork on service quoteAfter being told I would incur additional -- albeit necessary tests-- I was given a price for the extra charges of $96. However, upon pickup, there was an extra $22 dollar charge that was part of the examination and had not been part of the $96 described. 3. Call back in bad time mannerDuring the examination, one of my dogs tested positive for a particular parasite. We had extra tests done that concluded it was not anything to be alarmed about. However, when we initially called back regarding the test result, we were told the doctor would call us back when she was free. A few hours later we called back on our own and she was readily available to come to the phone. I understand that things can be forgotten, but calls regarding positive -- potentially serious -- test results should not be part of such mishaps in my opinion.4. High rate with moderate quality servicea. The physical exam here was $22 more than my usual vet. My usual vet provides an exceptional level of care for the cheaper price -- they trim the dogs' nails when time permits. I do not expect this office to provide extra services for free, but I did not notice anything that warranted rates that are approximately 50% higher on average.b. $28/night pet boarding. The price cannot be readily found on their website and it's almost 50% higher than places with equal or better service. 5.There's a question on the boarding form that I found ridiculous. "___ times you want puppy to have off-leash playtime. Each playtime is 10-15min with extra charge $5.20/time"
Called office because my dog was puking blood repeatedly and this is the vet she normally sees. We believed it was due to pesticides as we just had our house sprayed the day before. They stated to bring her in to the nearest vet asap. So I bring her in and without any compassion they told me they can't see my dog because they have appointments scheduled. There was only one person in the waiting room so they were far from busy. Never again will any of my dogs go here as they have proved they obviously do not truly care about the animals. If my dog dies the blood is on your hands Value Vet!
We have taken four generations of our pets (two cats, three pooches) to Lawrenceville-Suwannee Animal Hospital. They have always provided loving, courteous and thorough care for all of our animals. They have done such a good job over the years that we wouldn't consider going to another pet hospital. We can highly recommend this facility for all around pet care.
The staff at Animal Medical Center of Lawrenceville is phenomenal! They treated my family so kindly as a walk in emergency. They were able to see me within an hour and provide sincere and caring service. My family is forever grateful to this staff!
This office is incredible. I am a disabled veteran and they came to my home to treat my 2 Himalayan cats who are picky about who touches them and they were very nice and treated them with love and I'm crazy about this vet. You can not do anything better for your pet than this office. Just ask me Richard Brinkley. Check me out on Facebook.
They are very affordable here, unbelievably caring and the place is spotless. Reta, Dr. Fish, Dr. Chandler and the rest of the staff show they care about pets and their people through their kind and courteous service and the love they show our pets when we bring them in. Thank you, Value Vet! If I could give more stars, I would.
I was pleasantly surprised with my experience at Value Vet. When I walked in, the office was clean and more modern than I expected. We had an appointment at 11:00 and were in the office seeing the doctor a little before 11:00 (so there was not a long wait). We walked in a room and were immediately greeted by Dr. Stallings. She was sweet and patient. She checked over my cat and did not make me feel rushed in the slightest! The prices are so much more affordable than other vets and they made me (and my cat) feel like I was a value customer. I was very happy with Value Vet and I will definitely return!
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.