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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Please do NOT take your animals here unless you are a regular patient. They left my cat to die in order to tend to another animal that was all ready under their care. RIP Chip Boots
Great vet! Dr Nixon is the best. The staff is caring and they won’t do extra testing/surgery just to charge extra!
Belmont vet staff have always shown love and care for my animals. I have coming to them for 12 years now. They have helped my family through goodbyes and new arrivals. We recommend them to all our family and friends.
I have posted a pic of my dogs so called footprint for tou to decide for your self:If I could give negative stars I would. First off I brought my deceased dog in to be cremated was charged an amount at drop off. When I was told she was ready, I came in and was told I was undercharged and had to pay more. They told me the paw print was burned and they would make it right and special for me and call when it was done. Almost a month later I received it. The print was made up of someones fingerprints. Dr. Otto doesn't want to admit of any wrong doing.
Aside from the poor care they’ve provided my cats, they are unhelpful and only in it for the money. They put my cat on prescription food but refuse to give me the prescription. Definitely not in it for the good of the animals. So disappointed. So glad they aren’t our vet anymore.
WARNING! These people could hurt your pets! This post is dedicated to my bunny Panda. She was taken away by a rude tech for an exam by Dr. Riley, whom I wasn't introduced to. After finally speaking with the vet, I felt like nobody there cared because no blood work was done or ex-rays taken. The vet accusingly told me: "Most people don't want to pay to have their rabbits ex-rayed". That was insulting, as I brought Panda there for a thorough assesment. So, they weren't positively sure of what ailments she had, but suggested treatments that just didn't make much sense to me. I tearfully asked for Panda back. We needed to go somewhere better. Then I saw that her lips were turning blue! There was never any mention of her needing oxygen! I felt her dying in my arms! To my horror, I realized that Panda needed immediate euthanization! I didnt trust them to do that, but we were hopelessly trapped with all better clinics being closed for days on this early weekend morning. We ended up in a morgue-like room with alot of cages and loud barking; not, at all, the peaceful room they advertise! Panda was terrifed of dogs too! While lying on a gross slab, she was treated like a piece of meat! There would not be one kind word or soothing handling from the vet, eventhough, she knew that Panda understood 30+ words. I tried to shield Panda and worried about her treatment earlier in THE OTHER ROOM. For comfort, I placed my hand over Pandas' face. She used to nudge her head under my hands for comforting, but couldn't do that now. I could see that the euthanasia process was dragging out way too long! It should have been instant. I wanted to whisk her away, but knew that it would only add to her suffering at that point! She would shake her very sensitive ears as the vet needled through them for a long time with the heart-stopping drug. Panda never liked having her ears messed with and now they were bruised and peirced in multiple places! Then she jerked her head back after another needle stab to an ear! She was unable to blink and her eyes were becomming dry and sticky! I tried to close them for her. It appeared that she hadn't been properly anesthetized as she reacted to numerous painful jabs and ear tugs. The vet made a horrible remark like "Who knows what they feel?" Panda was then stabbed in the leg and instantly injected with something else! Slower would have been less painful ( from my own hospital experience). The vet also remarked: "I'm not very good at this. My tech can do this better, but went home." I wasn't allowed to help and cried more for Panda. We were trapped in hell with no mercy! All of my comforting just wasn't enough. After suffering a half hour, or so, of torture, Panda slowely passed! Then, the vet muttered something like: OK! It's done! She then turned her back on us and walked away from the slab of death. This was like no other euthanasia that I have ever witnessed! It was horribly apparent that nobody there could care less about either of us! What awful people! Earlier, the vet had remarked that animals should die for our medicines and that she became a vet because animals could be euthanized. They were experts at adding insults and more pain. It was a nightmare for Panda and me in our greatest time of need and was unbearable! Sadly, I failed to find my soul mate a peaceful end to her happy life! I tearfully cradled my dead friend in my arms, and was lead to the office where the vet wanted payment for all this. She loaded me down with my purse and bill, leaving me struggling to get into my car. No condolances were given on our way out. I did hear a good-bye and: "Do you want a box?" (as if we just left mcdonalds). My bill was reduced, but that couldn't reduce Pandas' torment! She loved all people and always had kisses for them. These "slaughternarians" hurt Panda. I worry that she felt betrayed by me taking her away from our home, while she was sick, and given to strangers that were so mean to her. I'll never go back!
This place has very good veterinarians but their counter staff are incompetent. First they put medication in the wrong cats profile, then said I didn't pay for the medication when I have the receipt saying I did pay it. Then on top of that I order 6 months of flea medication and they didn't tell me that you have to wait to get it filled so I show up and they say it's going to be a few hours till it's ready so I leave and 40 minutes later they call me saying it's ready. Then to top it all off they didn't tell me that my cats are in different weight classes so they have to have different flea medication dosages so I still didn't get all the medication that I went to pick up. Seriously they need to get their crap together.
We have been taking our fur babies to Belmont Vet for almost 25 years now. We have complete confidence in the doctors and with their grooming staff. They keep us informed about all issues and they do it with compassion. We would not take our babies anywhere else. Katryna S.
Love this place. Great vets, great staff, and great prices on boarding!
I have always had great care at Belmont Vet. I have lost a cat and everyone was so awesome. When I had to put down another they were very symathetic and understanding. With my current kitty they have answered all my questions dealing with his diabetes.
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.