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.
First visit nervous my little yorkie mix crying a lot. (On Social Security) Asked about price list. Receptionist said that there is no price list per Se. Average cost is 250.00Said how much I had. She said I could refuse tests. 39 for visit. Dr. said needed x ray. how much? $100.00 figured that would be all my money but my girl is worth it. Boots has osteoarthritis. Dr. gave me medicine. Went to pay bill. Cost 225.00 Reminded her that I told her in advance what I had. I told her the Dr said x ray 100. She said plus , plus. plus. Snatched medicine and said now it would be 175. Still had 135 I said they could keep my ring worth (1000.00) till I got the bal. The lady next to me said she would pay difference.(Now the receptionist was courteous.)I l thanked the Angel wanted a number to pay her back. She declined. went to my brother for the money for the medicine. Returned for medicine. Again treated like leopard. Gateway in Cleveland more concerned with pet. Worth the trip.
Was treated poorly, my kittens were ear tipped without my knowledge or consent, Dr. Parker tried to sell a declaw on a kitten with a VALID no declaw contract and tried to tell me the contract was invalid. Not true. I don't trust this clinic with animals or my fosters. Nor will I ever give any referrals.
Today Wendy took one of our females to the Medina Veterinary Clinic in Medina. They performed a spay on her and sent her home with no pain medication. How is this an acceptable practice? In addition to this barbaric practice they left her in a cage from 7:30am untill 2:30 pm when Wendy picked her up without taking her out to relieve herself. Changed charges and we're plain rude. How does a vet's office run like this? Seriously would you have major invasive surgery performed and not get medication for pain? Then the vet left immediately after the procedure. What if something happened? Are you going to allow your unqualified staff take care of complications? This office is a joke.
Too long to list, I will just write them a letter, which they will just throw away. Dr. Sternecker was the BEST, he told you the truth, not like Kelly Parker who is only about the money and knows nothing about different breeds of dogs.
May G_D bless Dr. Arden Wiley. He saved my dog's life twice. He is an excellent veterinarian. When other veterinarians failed, Dr. Wiley came in with a sense of no frills compassion and care.
Do not take your pets to this bully! Dr. Hicks treats his staff in an abusive manner, swearing at them and calling them names. He has even put his hands on his staff in anger. I don't care how well he treats the animals, a bully does not deserve our business. I just hope one of his staff have the courage to report him to authorities!!
I have always had a very positive experience when I take my dog to the Medina County Animal Clinic. All the employees that are there are very polite and courteous. As far as Dr. Roberts, he is very kind to my dog and takes his time and is patience with her. He understands that my dog has had some bad experiences at other places and her sensitivity to certain areas or procedures ,he takes into consideration when he sees hers... My dog has grown to be relaxed when she goes there because of all the staff members. I WOULD recommend this place to any other fellow animal owner….
Dr. Hicks is a great person and veterinarian. He has many specialties, including dealing with big dogs.
Dr. Hicks and the entire staff at Akron-Medina Veterinary Hospital & Pet Resort were wonderful and helped out dog through multiple allergy issues and other health problems.
We did not have to wait a very long time to be seen. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
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.