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.
I called for a quote on mites. Allison quoted me $37 + cost of ear Rx. My Rx was $26 but my bill was $91. A tattooed tech who worked there called me a LIAR when I quoted Allison directly. I paid $71 and left. WORST experience in my entire Life. Buyer beware. Very disrespectful to a new client, or any client for that matter. 😳
The experience we had with Hillcrest Animal Hospital is pathetic. They have the nerve to call themselves an "animal hospital" - ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!? They can't even do their own blood panels over there. They treated our beloved little 3-year-old Welsh Terrier for one solid year and the last trip - a week ago Thursday - they managed to finish him off.....he's dead! Thanks to Hillcrest Animal Hospital. I am amazed they continue to exist. I would NEVER take any animal over there again. I would tell anyone I come in contact with to run from them - fast and far.
For more than 20 years I was a client at TCAH. Dr. Ormsbee and Dr. Kaga provided pet and pet parent centered care, always putting the best interest of the animal first. I am wholeheartedly disappointed that the new owner, Dr. Jerry Bridges, and his staff seem to be placing profits first and the best interest of the animal last. If you had been a client of Dr. Ormsbee or Dr. Kaga I strongly recommend you find a different veterinary clinic instead of Town and Country
Dr Peck and his staff always take great care of my fur family. Whether it's routine check-ups or emergency care they're all very attentive. The best thing is I have a chocolate lab that is very scared of new people but he walked right up to Dr. Peck the first time they met. I was beyond astonished. Their professionalism and expertise has earned my business, and my gratitude, for life.
Great drs but staff is very rude especially the front desk clerk Candy. She's very unprofessional and made so many mistakes on my records that I never could get straightened out so I left. I wish I could give 5 stars for the groomer Chrissy bc she's the Best!!! But I can't since she's connected to vet. I would go back to her if she was out on her own. She's awesome! They need someone at front desk with better bedside manners tho.
Bowman Road is great! Dr. Schluterman is professional and friendly and for sure knows proper pet care.
When I arrived for my 7:30 am appointment, the employee at the front desk tells me that there were no groomers working that day. She even tried to argue with me that I showed up on the wrong day until finally admitting that someone had rearranged the schedule & they didn't notice it until the night before. They weren't planning on calling to tell me until Monday, which does no good if my appointment is on a Saturday. Were they just counting on me not showing up? Not only were they unapologetic, I just wish they would have called & told me my appointment had been rescheduled. The night the realized it, or even early that morning before I drove all the way there. I expressed my frustration with the employee at the front desk, but she acted like they had done nothing wrong. In fact, she spent a good amount of energy trying to place the blame on ME. As a result of their attitude & reaction to this situation, I will never bring my dog back.
I board my dogs with Dr. L all the time. He sees them for shots too. They get so excited when we pull into the parking lot and I know the girls there all love him.
The Doctors and staff were very friendly and sweet to me and my Snorkie, Harry. Their prices were reasonable and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a veterinary hospital
Disappointing. Gross building and so expensive
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.