Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Took my dog after he passed tapeworms in the stools. I thought he would be prescribed a medication to deworm him. The vet examined him and tried to convince me my dog had pancreatitis. No labs done yet and the dog did not look sick. She sent someone else with an estimate for hospitalizatin for 5 days, 3different antibiotics, canine plasma, additional labs, benadryl, probiotics, etc and NO medication for tapeworms ( i had a picture and even a short video of the parasite in addition to the actual specimen). The estimate total was $1740.00. I am not a veterinarian but I'm a physician and it was pretty clear to me there were unnecessary tests and treatments. Once i got the estimate i suggested to treat my dog as outpatient. The bill came down (after waiting for over one hour) to $139 including $80 for the vet's visit. I asked for the medication for my other dog but they said the would have to see him. I never saw the vet again but i was asked to sign a paper stating i refused the recommended treatment. I went to petsmart and got the medication for $30 over the counter . Both dogs are doing well now. After what happened i won't trust this doctor with my pets. It's not only for the economics burden it may represent for people who would pay anything for their pets but keep in mind that unnecessary treatmens could also be harmful. I will not take my pets there again.
My sister is a long haul trucker. She travels with a German Shepard that is less than friendly. After noticing some serious issues with the shepherds bladder, and not having internet access, she contacted me to help her find a 24/7 vet in the area. I gave her the name and number of the AMC. They took the dog immediately, handled her dog expertly yet with compassion and treated the Shepard's ailment better and faster than the Vet she uses at home. The Shepard is doing 100% better and is recovering faster than anticipated. Now both are back on the road with both feeling much better! Thank you for your great work!
I absolutley Love this Clinic. The night staff was very courteous and attentive. They made us feel welcome as soon as we walked in. The Dr and her technicians were great with my baby and im so gratful to them that she is so much better. I will definitly be coming here again. Thank you Pet Doctor 911!!!.
I should have listened to my family & friends.. This place is financially driven its all about making the buck. I took my dog and after spending nearly $1,500.00 for something he didn't need . We got dismissed with no diagnosis. I took my dog elsewhere and had to put him down because te disease was too advanced .. They absolutely SUCK...
This place suc*s i called to ask how much they charge n they said $80 plus whatever the doctor charge depends what ur pet is sick.. Which i don't care cuz i love my pet n ill pay.. But they said they don't know about birds... Poor Valley that there is any serious pet hospital where you can take your pet in case of "emergency". This place is worse than give a tylenol to ur pet
I am unhappy with this place they wanted money before treating! My brother's dog was unresponsive and they didn't know what was wrong with her and they wanted alot of money and he couldn't afford it at the moment so he went home! Treat the dam dog eesh!
Our dog had a sudden swelling in the face area due to an allergic reaction to something at 11:00 pm. A friend had told us that Pet Doctor 911 was open 24/7. We quickly took our dog there, and they almost immediately confirmed that it was an allergic reaction and gave our dog the appropriate shots. 15 min later our dog was almost back to normal; in fact if veterinarian had not acted that quickly, our dog's airways may have swollen to a point where she would have difficulty breathing, that in turn could have produce much more serious health issues.We are very happy and grateful for the service received.
I took my dog there and had to wait over an hour because i was a walkin. The vet that saw my dog was a female and she had no idea what she was doing and could not answer any questions. They have a lot of staff with very little knowledge. If you care about your pets do not go there. I went there because it was the closest place that was open. Very disapointed!!!
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.