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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This is the only vet I will take any animal to in the Midland Odessa area. They treat my puppy well and give her great care. I also really like that they call a couple of days after an appointment to check up and make sure everything is going well.
I wouldn't take my babies anywhere else. I'm afraid we may have to put one of my fur babies to rest today but I trust what they tell me so they are my second opinion. I went to emergency but I trust Cobb
I took my dog to get shots and waited a good 20 minutes, only to be told that they no longer accept walk-ins. Keep in mind, these are only shots. I got several postcards and even a phone call reminding me to bring my dogs in for shots. There was ample opportunity to tell me of the policy change. So, go ahead and make an appointment - with another vet.
Terrible front office staff. Very unprofessional and do not care about the fact that these are people pets.
I have been taking all eight of my rescues to them for the last four years and they have really gone down hill this past one. We had an emergency situation and were refused even though it was still during business hours. They only had one vet working. That's not my problem, there should be enough Doctors working. I have spent thousands of dollars with them, but no longer. I have found a much more professional provider. It sickens me that this practice has deteriorated as it has. I do wish Dr Chandler had her own practice she is an outstanding Doctor but I will not put up with mistreatment or rudeness/laziness from staff.I also brought a new rescue who was severely underweight and had him tested for worms, which was negative. Once I checked it at home he was infested with them. What kind of test is this???After Dr. Boyd left everything went downhill.
Everyone in this office is professional, caring and welcoming. The vets will spend time answering questions as needed. I've tried other places in Midland and love this clinic!
I have been taking my pets there for the past 10 years, and have always been happy with the way they treat my pets I would recommend them to anyone .Great Doctors
The vet here was great but after they gave my dog her annual shots, they never recored them even tho I have a rabies tag with their name on it. (Smh) great vet but staff needs some work.
We took our 3 year old bull mastiff in to Dr Chandler for surgery on a tumor. She went far and above all she could do for our boy as we found out he had cancer. We lost our Loki but the staff, Dr Chandler and Dr Hill was so nice and sympathetic to our situation. And I thank them for that.
I found Tall City a few years ago and what a blessing that day was! I have used them every since once to save a rescue pup from parvo and they have actually had to do surgery on another one of my fur babies. Dr Boyd is the most caring compassionate vet that I have ever crossed paths with. his staff is well trained and very friendly .They have the cheapest rates I have found, as a single mom and 4 dog owner that is unfortunately the deciding factor in times of emergencies and Tall city has always been by far the best rates! I recommend them to everyone! My dogs don’t even fight going in the door they love the staff my dogs used to put the brakes on yelp whine bark fight going in any vet but they know they are loved and treated well have nothing to fear so now they prance in like going to grandmas
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.