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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After being on the road for almost 4 years, our previous vet would not see us; no new patients. Animal Hospital gladly accepted my 14 year old Chihuahua as a new patient. They were very professional, & still showed compassion to each animal that came in.
Poor rating because they don't keep a clean place, they gave me antibiotics and when I asked another vet about it I was told it's because they don't keep a clean place and this place was only that ever gave me that stuff. Also when I take kittens to get looked at because they were sick they took them from me without asking if I wanted to keep them, then had the nerve to confront me in parking lot to say they are not an animal shelter. Also don't trust any of the woman that work there, they say they have so many cats people don't want but when I gave one away threw FB without knowing it was her, she had to supplies to take care of kitten which made me to believe they use them for the colleges for experiments and that they don't really take care of them or have them like they claim. Something differently fishy going on down there. And the cost to get a cat fixed has gone up.
I had used this vet practice a few years back and prices we're good. Now, everything seems to have doubled in price. I'm on a disability income of $750/month. I have three females who need to be spayed. Use to cost right around $90/$100.....now, it's $160.00.....wtf!!!!!!
Our other Vet retired and we are so happy to have found Heart of Georgia and Dr. Dean Campbell. What a great way to start anew.
Dr. Campbell and his staff are wonderful plus his prices are very fair and affordable. Some days there is a wait others you are in and out. It just depends, it is first come first serve. They even stay late to make sure everyone gets taken care of that day. I am very happy with the service and care from Heart of Georgia animal care
This morning my dog was hit by a car (according to Dean Campbell) we called in advance to postpone payment till Friday and they told us to go ahead and bring her in. Once we got there and they looked at her, they wouldn't treat her unless payment was made in full. So they sent her home with this wound you can see in the picture. The wound is deep enough to see bone. She can barely walk on her right paw, and she has lacerations on her belly and legs. Obviously the need for payment ($45) outweighed the well being of our dog. We were told to come back when we had the money and treat her ourselves and just watch her. I didn't go to veterinarian school which is why I trusted him to take care of our dog. But I guess Heart Of Georgia Animal Care would rather have 45 dollars than see a healthy dog walk out of their doors. We weren't allowed to go with our dog nor did we see the Vet once, we had to deal with underage techs that could barely explain anything to us. http://imgur.com/lXidNN8
This is the ONLY Vet that can handle my Blue Front Amazon Parrot. Kim is awesome with Buddy. They only charge for the services you receive. Just plain great people that care about you and your animals!
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.