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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My animal family has been seen at this clinic for over 20 years, and I cannot imagine going elsewhere. I am well satisfied with their treatment. My animals have been treated for everything from cancer to an eye injury from a muskrat, when Dr Thunshelle worked all night to save my dog's eye. Dr Schoenberg knows cats, and she seems to be able to soothe them all.
I recently brought my dog in after being hit by a car, I called them on my way, frantic & concerned explaining my dog was hit, their response was "most of our techs go to lunch at noon but if you get here in time we can probably see her." Not the response you want when worried for your dogs life. They got her in though & did X-rays, fluids & pain meds, they said it wasn't necessary for her to stay over but they wanted her to, to avoid feeding off my stress. Since there was no medical need, I took her home where she'd be comfortable. We were given no answers as to why she wasn't walking & they said she just had some bruising. Next day I felt like something still wasn't right so I brought her to Core Clinic for a second opinion. I gave them a copy of the X-rays Pinkerton took & they noticed right away an area of internal bleeding that Pinkerton never even acknowledged. Since Pinkerton didn't acknowledge this, the pain medication they prescribed was Rimadyl which should not be given when trying to clot blood. Next, Core did blood work immediately (Pinkerton didn't do any) and noticed her platelets were severely low. They took more tests, new X-rays, & explained any possible issues & resolutions. My dog ended up needing a blood transfusion and was at the vet for four days. If I wouldn't have taken her in for a second opinion it's likely she would have bled internally to death. I've contacted Pinkerton numerous times in regards to my dissatisfaction in care as well as a refund. This has been going on for two weeks now with no resolution. I'm either not called back or given an excuse as to why they haven't resolved anything. No remorse or apology for the lack of care they provided. My pets will never be back again. Core Clinic has been outstanding, compassionate, and affordable, I highly recommend them.
I was concerned a few months back about my German Shepard limping. It was a Saturday morning I called and the Doctor agreed to meet us very quickly. After that, more appointments had been needed. Doctor Enga was very knowledable. When it came to showing me the X-rays he explained in detail what I was seeing. He answered any and all questions I had. Having to deal with an ongoing issue with my dog I have been very satisfied with him and all the staff at Pinkerton. They are always friendly and you are taken back to your exam room with very little wait time. Doctor Enga and the staff are always very quick to return calls if you have a general question, medication question, or any concern for that matter. Since, I have also brought two kittens in for an upper respitory issue, I was able to get them in promptly the day I called as well. I have been very pleased with everything and everyone at the Animal Hospital and will continue to bring my service and recommend to others that they visit Pinkerton.
I am a Bulldog mom and have to make several visits per year to Pinkerton's. I have 100% confidence in Dr. Thunshelle and the rest of the staff and would never take my girls anywhere else. There have been a couple exceptions when the dogs needed complex surgery (it's a Bulldog thing!) and everyone at Pinkerton's made the referral and transition smooth and kept this Momma's nerves settled!
Very down to Earth, easy to talk to, knowledgeable staff. Why do they have 3 separate pages on here? I didn't interact with the lifestock side, I'm rating domestic .they actually mentor the base vet
Find a different vet, you'll be thankful you did.
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.