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 cannot recommend this clinic enough. Not only did my cat receive AAA+ care, but that same caring attention was shown to me. All the staff were attentive to my cats needs. Dr Nick Gatto has a very calming air about him, while also assuring you he has things under control. Their fees were very reasonable. I will, without a doubt, trust my best friends health and wellbeing to Best Friends Animal Hospital in the future. Thank you, Dr Gatto and Claudia!!!
My rat terrier, Diesel, had a pretty bad case of KCS that led to corneal ulcers on both of her eyes. Her regular veterinarian referred us to Companion Animal Eye Center. Dr. Sillerud and her staff did an outstanding job calming me down and assuring me that Diesel could be treated. Her surgery was scheduled and performed and I was surprised when the cost came out on the low end of the estimate! In the four years that Diesel was a patient, I never once felt like I was being overcharged and I wasn’t made to bring her in for an excessive amount of appointments just to get my money. When I would call to order a refill of Diesel’s medications, they knew who I was just by my voice and if the doctor saw me picking up medications, she always stopped to ask me how Diesel was doing. Diesel may have crossed over the rainbow bridge, but Companion Animal Eye Care Center are responsible for saving her vision and helping live out her senior years in comfort.
We have been bringing our pets here for decades. From wellness checks to emergency dental surgery at 6pm on a Friday night to knee surgery on 2 of our Rotties-I can't imagine going anywhere else with our pets.
I have been taking my animals to Blue Cross for 10 years. I have taken a cat and 3 dogs there over the years. These women (it is all women) are some of the most compassionate and attentive doctors I have encountered. They have diagnosed major ailments and minor injuries with the same level of concern every time. My dogs actually like going to the vet because they know they are going to get lots of cookies and love from the people there. If there is something they can't do, they will refer you to someone who can (My lab needed hip surgery and they urged me to take her to the U of M, which was the best choice). As long as I am in the Cities, I will use Blue Cross.
I decided that if I ever got another cat, Blue Cross would be our clinic. We now have a 13 month old cat and a 3 month old kitten and the staff continues to be warm, caring and competent! They'll get my vote every time!!
My first experience was with our 17 1/2 year old cat. She had a tumor that had caused an infection and didn't have the strength to go through an operation that may not have worked. The whole staff was just wonderful with CeBe and our family. This was very different from the year before when we had to have our 19 year old cat put down at another clinic. That clinic was very cold and impersonal. I'll take the warm fuzziness any day - it helps get you through the rough times.
I have taken my dog and now one of my cats to this animal hospital and find all the vets to be very compassionate and caring. They listen to the pet owners concern and take all the time necessary. And they really work hard to keep the costs down and that is much appreciated.
I LOVE this vet. I have two five-year-old toy poodles. We've been heading to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since their birth. The staff is great, the vets are knowledgeable, they listen and care about our animals. We had a toy poodle previously for fourteen years. We took her to Minneahaha Animal Hospital on Chicago Ave. It was fine, but Minnehaha was much more expensive and I find at Blue Cross I don't have to wait as long, they are more relaxed and it's a heck of a lot cheaper!
My parents have been going to Blue Cross Animal Hospital since I was a pup and now my adult children go there as well with their pets. The staffs over the years have always been very qualified and compassionate! One of our pets had a rare disease and the staff went above and beyond to connect nationally for the best treatment. When our dog was at the end of life the staff's understanding and compassion for our loss was such a comfort during such a difficult time. Over the years I have lived in different suburbs of the Twin Cities and never hesitate to drive to Blue Cross Animal Hospital for my pets care.
Our family has been well served by every single person at RRAH, from phone contact, vet tech, and all the vets. Our kids gave the hamster a bath--got eye infection--the vet didn't miss a beat in my quest to use the teachable moment. Soon after that we got our first dog, and the kids learned so much, again with the kindness of vet tech's, secretaries and of course Drs. Morrow, Brewer, and Hanson. She developed cancer, they referred us to the U of MN, and let us decide best course of action. After several years, and one summer where we were at RRAH nearly weekly, the ultimate was when we had to put her down and it was handled sensitively as possible. Now with 2 collies we are always in good hands. Some people say this place is more costly, I say, it is an excellent value for my hard-earned dollars since I am always given good information, options, and cost estimates before making choices. I definitely do recommend RRAH.
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.