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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Treat my 3 cats & 1 dog with caring staff. Have been treated a few times without appointment for urgent care.
Dr Huff and staff are wonderful! They are knowledgeable, caring, and efficient. I was so happy to find them when we moved here 2 years ago. I trust them completely with my 2 fur babies (cats). My first experience with Dr Huff was in an emergency follow up when my baby broke his leg (the first 2 days we moved here). Dr Huff did the followup care and he healed beautifully and was never in any pain. You wouldn't know he ever broke anything. She also prescribed allergy pills for him, since he suffers from a lot of allergies. Dr Huff also helps pets in need and finds homes for them. I can't say enough to praise her!
TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE....dr. huff is NOT a good, kind dr., snippy, rude and very incompetent !!!
Dr. Huff simply saved my wife's cat's life. The cat was near dead, not eating, blood in runny stool and just about gone. I picked up ChiChi (I call it "the vermin"...can you tell I am dog person?) three days later on October 29, 2014 and almost fainted at the VERY reasonable bill. Pleased to report that 6 months later the cat is healthy and doing everything it can to enrage me. Most pleased with Dr. Huff, the staff, the communication, the care, and the charge was most reasonable. My wife thanks you...me not so much...happy wife, happy life...so there you go.
Very pleased with Dr. Huff. We took one of our dogs there to have a specialty operation done on her eye. It is a long process but she is doing well. Dr. Huff has even called the house to check up on her. She quoted us a very fair price and when we went to pay, she charged us 200 dollars less. Honest people for sure! :)
Dr. Huff is excellent! When we lived within 30 min. drive, after visiting several vets, I found she was the best of the bunch and went ONLY to her. Now we've moved and she is too far for vaccinations, etc., but I still go to her for any illness. Not crazy about the front desk staff, but they don't treat my pets, the Dr. does (thank God!) and when choosing a Veterinarian, I make my choice based on the Dr's expertise, wisdom and compassion, not the hourly paper pushers who never see my pets outside of their carriers. For any illness in my pets, I only trust Dr. Amy Huff, and will happily drive the hour to get to her. Her expertise and intelligence in diagnosing and treatment always proves to be worth the trip. Thank you, Dr. Huff!
Dr. Huff has been our veternarian since we moved to Florida. She is kind, caring and patient - in spite of the hyperness of the animal or the owner. I highly recommend her services to anyone needing a good veternarian.
Sadly, I will have to end my association with this vet. Last Saturday, 7/13/12, one of my cats became gravely ill and I took her to the Animal Clinic of Leesburg. She died the next day in their care. I don't fault their medical service. On Monday, I went to settle the bill, it was roughly 300 dollars and an arrangement was made to pay it over several weeks. Also, we arranged for a private cremation so we could have our kitty with us always. Even though the cremation was handled by a 3rd party, I am being told not only do we have to pay the cremation amount, but the entire bill before they will return her remains. If a company is going to hold the remains of my beloved pet hostage for their bill, I will no longer do business with them, and encourage anyone else who sees this to do so as well.
Don't bother unless you like a nickle and dime operation. Office manager is a hot head and not too keen on retaining clientele. Vet is good and cares about pets but she isn't the only one in the Leesburg area who is a good Vet. I would rather have a good Vet with a higher standard of business operations.
I have a total of 8 pets ranging in ages from 1 to 21. Obviously with that age level you spend a a lot of time in the Vet's Office...I can't praise my Vet Dr Huff enough. She a caring and sympathetic doctor who not only deals well with the the physical well being of the pet but also with the emotional well being of the pet's owner. That's a point that some Vets forget, you have two patients in a visit, the pet and the pet's owner. I would highly recommend Dr Huff to anyone looking for a Vet in Leesburg, FL
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.