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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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I previously took my 2 dogs to Dr. Barnard for many years. On one occasion, I was concerned about one of my dogs, so I dropped her off at this clinic in the morning and by the later afternoon the doctor had still not seen her. Given that it was getting late and the doctor was still not yet able to look at her, and I did not know if she might need diagnostic testing that only a full service veterinary clinic could provide, (Belleview West is not a full service clinic and on a couple occasions, Dr. Barnard himself instructed me to take my dogs to a full service clinic) I explained to the staff that I wanted to pick my dog up and take her to a full service facility just in case.... and before the work day ended. So that is what I did. My dog ended up getting diagnosed with bone cancer in her hip area. I contacted Dr. Barnard's office and told them the bad news . They said Dr. Barnard would call me. I did not hear from him, so I called again and spoke with his wife who assured me that Dr. Barnard had received my message and would call me. It's a good thing I wasn't holding my breath. Dr. Barnard NEVER called me. This dog treated with him from the time she was a puppy until she got diagnosed at 9 years old. It was devastating and so hurtful that this doctor never called me back. I always felt that the doctor must have gotten angry that I picked my dog up that afternoon and took her somewhere else where she would get seen immediately. It was so sad that I had to have her put down at the cancer specialists office, rather than at Belleview West. Needless to say, I never took my other dog back to Dr. Barnard, and I will never take any dog to him ever again.
Columbine Animal Hospital is the only place I will take my baby for her healthcare needs!!! Thank you!!
Dr Barnard is the best! He has/had taken care of two of my cats and four of my dogs. I have never had a problem getting an appointment or receiving a call back from Dr B no matter the time or day. I usually bring all of my dogs at one time for their exams and shots, and he is patient with my millions of questions for each of them. If I have an issue that needs to be addressed immediately and he is out of town, he tells me exactly where I can get the best treatment. The ONLY time we ever waited for an extended period of time waiting for Dr B to come in the room was when a dog was hit by a car and it was a life or death situation. And all of the while we were waiting, a member of his staff would come in to make sure we were doing ok, apologize for the delay and offered to reschedule the appointment if my fur babies were getting restless. If someone doesn't want to have any patience or understanding if there is an delay or emergency, then they should find a different place to go....but, as for me, if one of my fur babies was in a life or death situation, I wouldn't take them anywhere else, and I would hope that the people who had appointments and were waiting for the doctor would understand and be thankful that it wasn't their fur baby in that life or death situation.When it was time to let my sick cat end his suffering, Dr B opened his office so that my fur baby didn't need to suffer for even one more minute. He allowed me the time I needed to say goodbye and even waited for my husband to get there afterward so he could say goodbye too. I have taken my fur babies to different vets before BWAH and I will never go anywhere else! If you want a vet who will care for your pet like it was part of their family, then Dr B and his staff doesn't come any better!
I must say thank you, thank you, thank you to Dr Lee for saving my sweet girl. She had to have emergency surgery to remove, of all things, a sock and a mess of string from her stomach and intestines. He was very patient and kind in explaining everything to me as I was a blubbering mess at the thought of losing my sweet gal. He was quick to take her to surgery and I am so pleased that all is well. He is an amazing blessing to me and my gal. Because my gal is also epileptic and was having seizures, I am so grateful for all the extra special care that was given to her. Also thank you to Drs. Michelle and Dr Todd for the great care and compassion they have always shown my gal during this visit and all other visits she has had here. To all the techs that were a part of her care, Thank you! The staff here is amazing. I must also include, Lisa and Janice, the girls at the front desk. Always welcoming even in their busy busy days.
Most amazing service! Knowledgeable and friendly staff. They always take car of me and my fur babies! We will never go any where else!
We have been going to BWAH for 24 years so even prior to Dr. Barnard taking over the practice. We would not take our cats anywhere else. Dr. Barnard is a skilled and professional vet. At the same time he handles the animals with tender loving care. As soon as he walks into the room he loves on the animals to put them at ease and is also doing an exam at the same time. He never rushes. He listens well. He instills confidence. The staff at BWAH, especially Rhonda and Destiny, are always professional, courteous, efficient, and caring. Don't hesitate for a moment about taking your animals to BWAH.
The staff is always so pleasant and helpful. They always explain everything and answer any question completely. We are always comfortable when our dogs are here and know they are in the best hands- Just like they are your family as well as ours.
Based upon the great service and professional and welcoming offices at Columbine Animal Hospital, we now take our little kitty to see the doctor here too.
I've been taking my dog to Columbine Animal Hospital for several years and I love the entire office. The vaccination clinic is a great time and money saver but I've also been in for emergency appointments. But the entire staff was so great about making me feel at peace with my decision (it just meant slower healing time and more work on my part) and called periodically to check on the dog's progress. My heart and the dog's wound healed fine. I highly recommend taking your pet here
Columbine Animal Hospital is the place to take your pet if you want special care for your pet. The staff is warm and friendly and they provide a special care!!!
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.