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.
Dr. Jones and her staff are wonderful!!! They are always sure that I understand the health situation with each of my pets and are willing to answer any questions, even multiple times if needed. We began seeing Dr. Jones because she offers alternative and natural medicine. She comes at any problem from a fresh perspective. She worked with me and my wolfhound to find the proper treatment for his arthritis after he was unable to tolerate any oral medications. He is a happy, active boy today. Thank you Dr. Jones and staff.
I am writing to you all because as my wife and I have grave concerns about the care given our pet, Ernie (a 12 year old cocker spaniel) at Deer Run Animal Hospital in Midlothian, Virginia.On Sept 3, 2013, Ernie had surgery at Deer Run Animal Hospital to remove a massive abdominal tumor. Prior to taking him to Deer Run, we had taken him to Crater Road Animal Hospital in Petersburg and Centralia Animal Hospital in Chester. The vet at Crater Road strongly advised against surgery because Ernie had a serious heart mummer (grade 3 to 4). However, her stepson at Deer Run, Dr. Marc Nay, agreed to do the surgery.The week before the surgery we had in initial consultation with Dr. Martin at Deer Run. After performing an EKG (costing around $450) on Ernie his inclination was that he was a good candidate for the surgery in spite of the heart mummer. He estimated the surgery would cost about $1000. When we arrived on Sept 3 we were given an estimate ranging from $1450 to $1850 The final bill turned out to be much more than the initial estimate. It was $2400On Sept 5, the doctor from Deer Run called and informed us that Ernie, my pet, was ready to go home. My wife and myself then went to Deer Run to take Ernie home. When they brought Ernie out, he was walking fine but then immediately started to collapse on the floor. Dr.Martin said he was just weak and the floor was slippery. After collapsing like this, we were expecting them to keep Ernie for further observations, but instead Dr. Martin carried him out to our car. After about 10-15 minutes of driving, he stopped breathing and died. They should have kept him in their hospital when he started collapsing in their office.We really believe Dr. Nay should have concurred with the other vets and refused to do the surgery due to his serious heart condition and age. For such a very expensive procedure, we were not expecting to have Ernie die 10 minutes after getting him back.If you love your pet and do not want to see them suffer right up to the very end, please consider going somewhere else.
So I know my review is higher than the others and I'm sorry that the others had a bad experience. My husband and I had a wonderful experience. Our boxer had an allergic reaction and after giving her some Benadryl the welts would not decrease We took her straight to the emergency vet at 7:00 and was welcomed by a very nice guy named spencer. They took our girl straight back and immediately administered medication to help with swelling. While we waited for the medicine to kick in we were greeted by dr Krause. I have to say that if I lived in Richmond she would have been my main vet. She was knowledgeable and informed us that she has a specialty in dermatology. She also took the time to explain to us what signs we needed to look for incase of an emergency and offered to have our dog come back the next day for another shot of Benadryl if needed with no consultation charge. I know every vet is different and I would highly recommend dr Krause especially if your animal has any sort of skin issue. We love our dogs like they our children. Also this is my first online review because I felt the need to let everyone know how great the staff was the night of 12/23/2012.
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.