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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West Loop Animal Hospital is the best possible place to find medical care for your pets. The staff is friendly and all seem to love animals. The vets are knowledgeable and very caring as they treat my pets. The professional vets can tell you where to find other treatment if your pet needs a specialized treatment. They send notifications when your pet is due for a checkup. They are the best in Longview and surrounding areas. I have used them for over 25 years.
I hate to negatively speak of the Taylor veterinary clinic because I'm sure there are lots of people that the clinic has helped their pets,but I have to speak of the murderous act I witnessed one afternoon at the Taylor vet clinic. I had brought a friends small dog to the clinic with a extremely large rip to her abdomen, caused by a vicious dog attack ,it was near closing time when I came in with the bleeding Chihuahua mix,the gash extreamly large bleeding all over her and myself.The owner of the pour little dog had a debt with the clinic,and I witnessed the staff make myself then the owner of the dog stand in the waiting room holding the dog until a check in the balance of $600 came to the clinic via the owners mother,it took roughly 20 mins.I think that was first wrong,second unfair for the dog to have to bare the pain longer that necessary, inhuman for sure in my eyes. Also the vibe given by the staff at Taylor vet.clinic seemed to be that none of them wanted to try to help the dog,
This is the absolute WORST place to ever take your animal if they are in need of urgent care. I had a very urgent case and was completely and utterly appalled at how awful the service was. They laughed and messed around the entire time I was scared to death. They refused to do ANYTHING to her unless I paid over $1000 to have simple x-rays and blood work done. I would never recommend this hospital to anyone no matter what the situation. If you'd like an affordable and caring person to take care of your sick or injured animals Spencer's in Gilmer is the way to go!
Dr. Armstrong has been our vet for over 30 years! He was recommended to us by our neighbor when we 1st moved to Longview. He is THE best in his field and has the most wonderful staff!
We have used this clinic for our pets since 2006 and absolutely love them. We've recently moved to West Texas and still utilize them for anything major that our pups might need, ie teeth cleaning, etc. I highly reccommend!
This is an AAHA certified hospital which makes it top tier, providing proven excellence. I always leave knowing each person there did their best by me and my pet. I'm a very satisfied customer.
Excellent service from the moment you arrive until you leave. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and kind. Whether there for an appointment or walk-in, the staff welcome you and accommodate as best they can.
Have used West Loop for years and cannot say enough good things about the entire organization. All three doctors are compassionate, caring, and extremely knowledgable. All the staff goes out of their way to provide great service & put you at ease. I'm so thankful to have West Loop in our community.
My baby suddenly starting shaking her head and was miserable, so I called West Loop and they had me an appointment within the hour. I saw Dr. Balliet and I believe he and his staff are the kindest people I have ever met. They diagnosed her ear infection and gave me everything I needed to fix her right up. The cost was a bit much but I definitely recommend them to everyone.
West Loop Vets have taken care of my pets for years--awesome service and care, from the docs and staff!
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.