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.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
First of all there is no Pet Cancer Group. It's just one doctor, Doctor Armando Villamil. Nonetheless, we bought our Golden Retriever to see Dr. Villamil after he had already been diagnosed with Lymphoma. The doctor gave him the Wisconsin protocol, which is apparently an older protocol for dogs with cancer. It went well at first, but after the third treatment our dog nearly died from the medicine. He had 105 degree fever and survived at another vet facility only due to emergency IV's and $1,500 in treatment. After that it was all downhill for our dog. He had pain in his belly every time he would lie down and never regained himself. The next time we saw Dr. Villamil he acted like it was business as usual. We told him we were going away for a week's vacation. He never told us our dog was at death's door, never told us his cancer had spread to his abdomen, never said he was in critical condition. Had he even remotely said any of these things we would have cancelled our trip immediately. Two weeks later, we received a call from the pet sitter that our beloved dog wasn't eating and was hardly moving. The vet called up Dr. Villamil and recommended putting him down. Apparently, the cancer had spread to our dog's abdomen (he was in liver failure) and Dr. Villamil was unaware and never informed us. One might think the doctor would have called us up and said he was sorry for our loss or even sent a card, but he didn't lift a finger. This is especially troubling since he botched our dog's diagnosis and didn't realize the cancer was as bad as it was. Not only did Dr. Villamil not even call us or send condolences, his office called a week later to tell us we had an appt. This was a week after our dog died which the doctor knew about. Again, not a call from the doctor or anything from the office. This is the kind of lousy service one would expect from a huge vet factory, like Coral Springs Animal Hospital or Calusa, not a one-man band, very disappointing!
I needed to take my pets to a closer veterinary since I moved and the previous one was to far for me and I passed by the clinic and decided to take my pets to them. The staff is very professional, the place very clean and Dr. Perez is very knowledgeable of his profession. Their prices are very reasonable and comparing with my previous vet I am saving money. I am glad I tried this clinic since they have become my pets clinic
Excellent service and super friendly staff.
I have friends that come to this hospital and rave about the doctors. I am sure the doctors are great, but unfortunately I never got to see one.I came in one day with my pet as a walk in. I went to the counter, which has no sign in sheet and a receptionist named Erica acted like she didn't see me. I understand she was on the phone, so I waited. Not to mention it was a personal call she was having on the company's phone at that. Unless it was a client she was asking "what are you doing tonight?". Regardless, I stood waiting. Finally she hung up the phone and asked if she could help me. I signed the necessary paperwork and had a seat.As I waited an hour (understandable because I was a walk in), she never reassured me that they were busy or gave me a time estimate. So I continued to sit there as she's was up there joking around with other staff members and not to mention the LANGUAGE coming from this young lady's mouth. She even chastized some fellow receptionists in front of clients! When I finally caught her attention, the ATTITUDE this girl turned around with as she barked at me, in front of a whole lobby of people AND her staff members "SIR I ALREADY TOLD YOU, YOU CAME IN AS A WALK IN. I CANT TELL YOU HOW LONG ITS GOING TO BE."I understood I was a walk in, but after an hour you can't kill a guy for just checking in on the schedule. I just wanted an update on the doctor's status. But I guess I was being annoying. I guess that gave her a reason to speak to me as I was a child. So I waited a while longer and then figured, there are other hospitals. I don't need to sit here and take this.I went to Caring Hands and I see why they have 5 stars. I am so upset about this situation. To Aventura Animal Hospital, your receptionists are supposed to be warm and welcoming. Not make me feel like I'm a bother. I have never felt so unwelcome in my life. I am going to post this review to every website I can so that something can change in that hospital.
I've been using iterations of this group for 40 years, and have nothing but praise for them. They are knowledgeable, caring, and accessible.
460$ for a colon constipation, but they said was a serious spine problem. 2 unnecessary X rays series and unnecessary painkiller shots and unnecessary antiemetics drops. But wait, because they also wanted me to bring the dog to their clinic every week for a painkiller shot, forever, 'cause the spine was compromised. I immediately brought the dog to another vet... He saw the x rays, said the dog was just fine, he just needed more fibers. I was a costumer for 4 years, only because of Margaret. Even the receptionists are mean and rude. Adam's Clinic, shame on you.
My toy Chihuahua weighs only 2.8 pounds and I’ve been taking her since this office opened and I’ve been very happy with the treatment and expertise that I’ve gotten there. Recently my dog was limping with her right leg curled up and they offered me a new laser treatment for the issue and it was amazing that after just a handful of treatments, her leg is perfect now and she walks on it without an issue. I would recommend this animal clinic to everyone.Tony V.
This is very sad but the new person name Dora is the most unprofessional and nasty person I see she give price like she is the manager of the a five star store boutique my Daugherty get a jack for 35 dollars and the store sell the same for 25 no damage please avoid and we call the main number and no way to stop this God Help us
If it's wasn't for Dr. Gallardo and his expertise, my 10 year old Jack Russell mix Mugzy would not be here. Not too long ago my pet had a distended abdomen and he was not looking like his usual self. I took him to his primary vet clinic and they found on his X-rays that he had a large abnormality in his abdomen. The Doctor initially thought it was an enlarged spleen and a splenectomy was recommended, they didn't feel comfortable doing the surgery because they felt they didn't have enough blood for a blood transfusion if necessary. I was miraculously referred to Dr. Gallardo by a coworker and I couldn't be more thankful for everything they did for me and for my dog mugzy. The staff stayed after hours for several hours for the surgery and he ended up having a 3 lbs tumor that was attached to his kidney, in which Dr. Gallardo was able to successfully remove the tumor, a small part of an intestine it was attached to, and a kidney it was attached to as well. The staff was so wonderful with how they treated my family and I during this hard time, showing genuine concern and care for my pet. I've been rechecking his blood work and X-rays annually and my dog is as good as new, absolutely incredible work! I would highly recommend Miller road animal hospital to anyone who is looking for quality veterinary care and services. Thank you again from Mugzy and myself for saving my best friends life!
Caring Hands Animal Hospital is a wonderful new clinic located in the Aventura Promenade Shops. I was greeted with a friendly smile and checked in promptly. The clinic is clean, organized, and truly geared towards you and your pet having a calm stress free visit. Dr. Madden and his staff are extremely kind, patient, knowledgeable, and absolutely listened to all my concerns. As an animal rescuer and volunteer, I can honestly say, I am relieved to have found such a wonderful Animal Hospital, and would confidently recommend this clinic to my family, friends and anyone else looking for quality and compassion.
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.