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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I have been going to Intermountain Pet Hospital for years. We have taken horses, cats, dogs and our lizard there. Two weeks ago our two dogs were rough housing and my 8# poodle was knocked into the wall. I thought she was dead. She was completely stiff, head held back, her whole body went stiff, eyes rolled back and was not breathing! Scared me to death! We immediately took her into Intermountain. I was breathing into her nose and mouth for her. They immediately took us back to the trauma room. Dr. Wick came in within seconds. Started any IV, examined her head, neck back and legs to make sure she had no broken neck or back. The xray showed a severe head trauma with bleeding. Dr. Wick and his team worked very hard to stabilize her. When she did start to come to only eye movement, and barely) Dr. Wick suggested that we take her to West Vet because they have specialists for this trauma. He called and told them that we were on our way and set over the xrays and blood results. This saved us money and time. They gave the blanket that they had wrapped her in. I applaud a doctor that can send your pet to a specialist where she can have the specialized treatment necessary! It was also closing time at the time we arrived. I apologized for keeping the team late to go home. Team's response: "This is what we are here for and we will stay as long as we are needed". A team of 4 people working on her and a team of 4 staying late to help my baby Gigi. She had a seizure then and at 3:00 am. Now this is not the end...Dr. Wick called the specialist the next morning to check on her! Then he called me to tell me how Gigi was doing and what his thoughts were. He told me that we were on his mind all night. He called me regularly to check on Gigi and asked if he could do anything for us! What a kind heart he and his team have! Strongly recomend Intermountain Pet Hospital.
I just moved close by Linder Pet , I took both my pets for nail trims. They were very friendly, I will be moving my pets care to Linder Pet,
My family and I want to give a "big shout" of praise and thanks to the All Valley Vet Team! Recently, we were able to bring our new Rough Collies home from adoption. We purchased the Puppy Package that includes all immunizations on schedule and nail trims and discounts on the future spay and neutering. This is a huge savings of course, But more than anything i was touched how genuine the Vet was with our babies and how knowledgeable she is about the breed and special needs of rough coated collies. The team from front desk staff to the Vet Tech and the Dr. My animals are very dear to me. As im sure your animals are to you. We spend money on family members for their care and our animals are what we hold dear to our hearts. I want to give an honest review to everyone who is looking for quality care with genuine interest and care of your animal. So many times our animals have been through traumatic events that require the expertise of the medical gifted Vets and you want fast answers with hope at least hope in sight. Being a Nurse i can tell you medical dollars are not ones to waste. My animals medical dollars are very important as well. The team at All Valley is strategic and the best of care with conservative costs. My puppies are in fabulous hands of quality care! Thanks for reading this and i appreciate this venue to speak my mind and to say again, Thank you to All Valley Animal Hospital.
I have had two scheduled visits to this clinic and both times they have shut me in a room to wait for over an hour. Their customer service is awful and completely unprofessional and they charged me way more than I was originally quoted. Also Dr. Hunt was completely condescending and insincere. As a reputable breeder I DO NOT recommend this clinic to anyone expecting professional and dignified veterinary care. Just drive the extra couple of miles down the road to West Vet in Garden City. They know how to really take care of you and your pets!
I have taken all my dogs here over the years to all three of their locations. My pets and I have always been treated well. There is a chance of a wait at the emergency clinic but thats what it is for emergencies. I have had tooth surgery, spay and immunizations at their two other clinics and things were done professionaly and in a timely manner. I love that they offer the neuter and vaccine clinics at all locations. I had an old dog that had a sever injury and needed to be put to sleep so I took him to the emergency clinic. The tech and vet were great and very sensitive to my situation, they even cried with me and made sure we had plenty of time to say good bye. Most recently I had a 5mth old puppy who woke up with a fever. I took him to the emergency and they were very quick and efficient with getting him treated. They also took the time to diagnose him one step at a time rather then every test imaginable which would make my bill unpayable. I have other family members who use all valley as well and are very happy with them and I would have no problem recommending them to others.
Professional environment. Knowledgable staff. There is a wait because its an emergency clinic, but knowing that its okay. Overall great experience.
Dr. Ormond helped our 2 feral cats with his angelic healing touch. He is the best doctor that anyone could hope for. He will be our families veterinarian for many years to come. We are so grateful!
Please dont bring your pet here especially if you have an emergency. We brought our poodle pet Luci for an emergency visit. She woke up limp not able to walk and seemed lethargic. We rush her to the er and they took her back to check her, I was never reunited with my pet, I was told she had two tumors and was hemorrhaging, they seemed more concerned about payment than helping my pet. I feel this situation was mishandled, when we were told the prognosis was worse than expected, I said I wanted to see my pet, only to be told to wait that she had to check if there was any new emergencies. When she came back, she said I'm sorry Luci already passed, they finally let me in my kids into the back to see Luci, which we found her body twitching from the last stages of dying. She had blue ink on her front paw where the ivy was put which smelled such strong chemical smell and her back leg was shaved, and don't know why. They took forever and approached this so casual. They don't realize that your pets are pretty special and are a part of your family, I never got to say goodbye to my pet, other than when she was already gone. I will never come here for any services
Such an amazing staff! So versatile with their time to fit in seeing our animals, after hours, or adding us into their busy schedule quicker because of our schedule needs. Help our pets feel loved and keep their prices reasonable! Dr. Robert Ormond, DVM, as well as Dr. David Ormond, DVM are amazingly friendly, down-to-earth veterinarians!
The first couple of times I've taken my dog in, there was great service and care by all parties. The last few times (not sure if staff has changed at the front desk) it has been terrible! I've called to schedule and been hung up on, walked in and been ignored. I love the vet we see but as far as the other staff working customer service is very poor lately.
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.