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.
Our 5 month old Yorkie puppy was brought in for a procedure, he never came out of anesthesia. The directors of the VCA hospital will not tell us how or why our dog died. Unbearable situation. I would think twice about bringing your animal to any VCA. Think twice, and then think again.
BE CAREFUL!!! DON'T ALLOW THEM TO CLIP EARS!!! A mama cat had kittens in our back yard. Being animal lovers we painstakingly managed to catch all three. We were referred to them for there spay/neuter (they assist in TNR). We told they we had homes for them and asked them not to clip ears. Not only did they screw up and cut them, they mutilated the kitties ears. I've had cats my whole life and always had them clip the ear just incase someone escaped I didn't want a unnecessary surgery for a cat that has already bin fixed. A tiny little V cut out of the ear. I'm absolutely mortified-devastated at what they did!!! They cropped, not clipped the ear, in fact one of the kitties has half it's ear missing (I wish I was exaggerating)! This was beyond cruel it was butchery! Now I'm concerned if they were that careless with clipping the ears, what did they do in the surgeries! Please be vigilant before taking your babies there! My heart is broken and I can't do a thing about it, but warn others about this! Shame, shame on you Cat Care Hospital and whoever did that to these sweet angelic babies!!! DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!!
We had a fantastic experience with Dr. Phil. He was very knowledgeable about allergies as my shih tzu has been very itchy for several months. Thank you to Andrea for assisting me in and out of the room! She deserves a big hug from me!
Very frustrated with this vet. My family used to use them growing up, so I went back when I had a dog of my own. The clinic itself is very dirty, all the time. It takes a long time until you are seen by the vet. One of my last visits, they were taking blood from my dog and I heard him yelp (which he doesn't ever cry with shots or drawing blood, etc.) and then they let him into my room. He instantly started acting funny and scratching at his throat. I looked at him closer and he had a bulge about the size of a softball on his neck. I yelled for the vet. Apparently they nicked his blood vessel while taking blood and he was bleeding out internally. Called a hematoma. Dr. Good came in to talk to me and lied to me saying that it was a bleeding problem my dog had. Not true, he has been tested for all bleeding and clotting problems and I had test results sent to this clinic for proof. I know he lied to me, and I know that the vet tech knicked his blood vessel. My dog could have died if I had not noticed it. This was just one of the many, awful experiences I have had with them. I have been told that a vet would be staying for when I returned to pick my dog back up, and when I arrived the vet already left the office. I did not get any updates on my dog, thinking that he had actually died in the clinic, and the customer service I received was poor. In an effort to cancel my Partners in Wellness plan, I would no longer be going to the clinic/changing my vet for the safety of my dog, I tried to cancel the plan. The cancelation requires that I fax in a notice of cancelation as well as the clinic. I kept calling and waiting on the clinic to return my calls, as promised by the staff multiple times, but I received nothing back. Finally I received a voicemail stating that everything had been taken care of and the plan should be cancelled. The next day, they billed my account. I called back very frustrated, telling them what happened. I was then told that no, my account had not been canceled and the man in charge of that process is out of the country for two weeks. No one else would be able to help. I asked for someone else to return my call. Still no response. I have yet to receive any word back from the clinic, and I keep calling, with only more promises that my calls would be returned. Still nothing. In short, they have lied to me, treated me very poorly, and put my dog in danger. They have no follow through, and the clinic is dirty, very dirty. I would not suggest them to anyone, and if you currently take your dog there, I would suggest a second opinion.
They stayed open late for me to bring in my beloved childhood dog. Very accommodating, compassionate, and I felt as though they were honest about what was going to happen with my dog. I have heard horror stories of crematoriums claiming to do individual cremations but actually giving grieving pet owners fake ash or ash mixed with other pets. I truly believe Honor My Pet is honest and treat our pets with dignity once in their care. I would recommend them. I received my pet by the date we were originally told and it was only a few days after we dropped her off. Very pleased with the paw print and the container as well as the extra things they put in there to offer condolences and the rainbow bridge story.
This vet Sent my 9 week puppy with double pneumonia home. Took my puppy to blue petal and they immediately admitted him. The vet told me he could tell that I was not going to be happy no matter what he said so he told me to take my dog home. I'm glad I had better intuition and took my puppy to blue pearl. I don't feel this vet cares about animals at all. He was more concerned about keeping his scheduled spray surgery than taking time with our puppy in respiratory distress and tried to get our puppy out the door as fast as possible. I was trying to get my puppy help and he was rude. My dog would have died if I had listened to this vet. Thankfully I went to blue pearl and I will never go back or recommend this vet.
Town and Country is an excellent facility. My dogs see Dr, Michael Good who is extremely knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. All of the staff display both kindness and professionalism. The care of the animal is their first concern. I wouldn't want to take my pets anywhere else.
I have a not so nice cat Ninja, when it comes to taking him to the doctor. The staff and Doctor at Animal Health Center treated us so well and never once said a word about my Ninja not having any manners while he was there. He is a very old cat and I have trouble medicating him and sometimes even loving on him. The doctor made sure I could give the medication needed and home without problem and called to check on him a few days later. Thank you so much for taking such good care of my Ninja.Angela Baker
Hard to believe Carryn W. is reporting on the same vet practice. We LOVE Tritt! The front desk is helpful, Dr. Beard is amazing and we appreciate their bedside manner as well. Our Cola is scheduled for a spay on 4/28 -- I can't imagine taking her anywhere else. We have always gotten follow up calls and reminders for monthly treatments (flea season / heartworm). Couldn't be happier with the services provided!
A very caring doctor who I would recommend to anyone looking for a great vet!!!Thanks!!!
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.