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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My dogs love it there! They are great with my pets and make it a pleasant experience! They are very professional and kind. They have performed successful surgery on both my puppies.
All three of the vets and the staff at A Breed Apart are wonderful! I've gone there for a few years so have visited for routine care, as well as a cancer surgery in one dog, congestive heart failure in another and very compassionate end of life care. Their fees are very reasonable. Love these folks!
This is a small, friendly, caring pet clinic. The prices are UNBEATABLE! We were not rushed, all our questions were answered and unnecessary vaccinations were not pushed on us. It's a mom and pop shop atmosphere with great people who genuinely love all the animals. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Our puppy got neutered there for a low cost and he is healthy now and playing like puppies should. However, when we got him back he was covered in his own waste. You would think one of their interns could take 5 minutes and a puppy wipe and clean him off a little before I had to carry him to the car. Ew!
I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Sondel and the Sondel Family Vet Clinic. The whole staff is very professional. Dr. Sondel takes the time to explain things in a way that is understandable. I truly appreciate their caring attitude.
If it was possible to rate the Petinary with 10 stars we would ! We have gone here since the early 90s and "Dr. Mike" and staff have been AWESOME. Upon meeting Dr. Mike for the first time there was an immediate recognition that he only wants the best for his animal friends. We wouldn't think of going anywhere else.
Dr. Scarlett has been seeing our dog for 6 years now. We wouldn't dream of taking him to anyone else. Dr. Scarlett and her staff always show so much compassion and really go out of their way to put our dog at ease. Which is good seeing as how he sees her so often with his diabetes. Dr. Scarlett took the time to really teach us how to care for our dogs diabetes and he is now doing great! She also worked hard to help cure him of a really nasty bacterial virus he got last year. Without her help I worry what would have happened! I highly recommend going to Four Lakes and seeing Dr. Scarlett and staff. If I could rate 10 stars I would
The Petinary provided absolutely wonderful care!! My calico cat is older and very sensitive to strangers especially in a new place. They were very understanding and gentle with!! I recommend The Petinary on Williamson St. and will be going back for future pet care.
Dr. Mike Kohn is a great compassionate professional and will take GREAT care of your pets. If you are looking for a serious vet that is straight forward and has excellent prices ( but the quality of care is also excellent) this is the vet for you. I have nothing but POSITIVE things to say about Dr. Kohn and his staff..HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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.