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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We have been with TVC for years! The staff there are very kind and compassionate. Our dogs have always been treated with love and I never worry about leaving them there for any care. We have had several after hours emergency visits that have saved our dogs lives. I am forever grateful for this office and do recommend them to anyone looking for pet care. Thank you TVC for all that you do, it does not go unnoticed!
We are from out of town, here visiting family. Our dog threw up this morning and woke up her face swollen. Eyes swollen shut, snout puffy, itching her ears, and shaking and rubbing her head into everything. Found information that said Treasure Valley was available for emergency calls and everything we were reading about said the reaction was an emergency situation. When I called at nearly 7:30am, Dr. Griffith told me to call back at 8am and make an appointment and that he didn't want to get out of bed yet... He showed no care for our animal or our concerns.
I brought my dog in. He'd never been seen by this veterinarian before. The vet met us in the waiting room and grabbed my dog's mouth, checking his teeth. No petting, or building a relationship with the dog before this. Nothing. My dog nipped at him. I would have too, to be honest. He yelled at my dog, saying, "this is a bad dog", then left the room in a huff without saying another word. He came back maybe 5 minutes later and told me I would have to hold the dog (again in the waiting room) while he gave him a shot. I did. The vet then went behind the reception desk, sat beside the receptionist (who at this point looked a little embarrassed at his behavior), and reviewed my dog's records-none of them were up to his standards. I asked Dr. Griffith two questions: (1) Did my dog need to lose weight? A. (without looking at me or my dog) Probably wouldn't hurt. (2) What can I do to stop my dog from eating rocks? A. Nothing. I've seen a lot of dogs who eat rocks and they all end up in surgery. There is no helping it. It's extremely life threatening (a.k.a it's a hopeless case, your dog will likely die). I should say that I am not someone who thinks my dog or I should be treated like "nobles" as one writer put it. I was deeply hurt by the way I was treated. I sought a professional to help my dog, and was instead treated with disdain and hopelessness. When a person takes on a career in a field that requires nurturing and working with living things on a regular basis I expect positivity, and at the very least respect. I will say I have another dog that was seen by Dr. Griffith a few months ago and it was a much better visit. He gave my dog a shot and was helpful in explaining that heartworm medication is not necessary in Montana. That said, for me, it only takes one bad experience with a person mistreating me and/or my dog before I find somewhere else to take my business!
First things first, Libby is full of people expecting to be pampered and treated like nobles. These poor reviews are absolutely bull, as I have never had a bad visit. They have been 100% committed to helping every single animal myself, friends and family have ever taken in. Awesome feeling when you know you can leave your animals overnight and not have to worry about them. Most personable, compassionate vet I've ever gone to.
I have used Treasure Valley Vet. Clinic for about 12 years. I know my animals will be VERY well taken care of there and so am I. He and his gals really care about my animals feelings as well as mine and help any way they can, even when I rescued a baby rabbit. I'll be quite sad when Doug retires. The man is in his mid 70's and has worked the clinic 6 days a week for decades. His devotion really shows when he's put off his own retirement just to help our little town. I don't think we could ask for a better Vet. Sometimes if he's a bit rushed or blunt...give the man a break...he's only trying to help you and your critters. Anyone saying this clinic abuses animals is a dam liar and I'll stare them square in the face and tell them so. He's a wonderful vet. and I am blessed to have found their office. He's also given me the big coolers that he gets medicines in so I can make outdoor cat beds (stuffed with straw) for those that are outside all winter. Thank you TVVC!
It is obvious that Dr. Conkel really respects and cares about the animals he sees. His prices are very reasonable as well. My family and I would previously drive our pets to Bonners Ferry to be seen because there was no one in Libby we trusted. Not anymore! It is great to have such a kind and knowledgeable vet so close to home. He is really a blessing to this community.
These people are awful. I don't even know why they do this for a living. They are rude to customers and mean to the animals. They don't care about their patients at all. This was the worst vet I have ever met and I will never ever take my animals there again. I heard many similar horror stories about this "vet" after I started telling people about it.
Really love how caring and understanding Dr. Conkel and his wife are. Does great with all the animals and explains what he's doing and the possibilitys of each situation whether it's good or bad. Definitely my first choice for a veterinarian! And they try their best to work with whatever your schedule is.
I have used this vet many times over the years, he and his staff have a love and loyalty to animals that surpasses many other vet offices. They have always treated me and my family with courtesy and honesty. Prices are not too high and they worked with me when I wasn't able to have the full amount up front.
Had a hard time finding them because the addresses are all effed up because its on a US Hwy, they guided me in over the phone. I was new to town and they were very patient. I was with my animals when they did the vet work, and they treated them fine.I think this baby Bob L. is being dramatic. I don't think vet clinics punch animals, and my dog knows veterinary clinics by their smell and as soon as she gets a whiff she puts on the breaks. No one likes going to the hospital, least of all little kids and dogs.
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.