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 will never ever take my precious labradors here again. I am bawling. I called this morning when my dog's ear inflated like a balloon. The staff put me on hold four times with my infant son bawling in the background, wouldn't see us because "of a booked solid day" and wouldn't offer me any options of where to go or what to do! When I started crying and demanding some options, SHE HUNG UP ON ME!?!??! HUNG UP!?!?! I am an upset dog mom and she hangs up on me! I will tell everyone I know how horrible the staff at this office is to their patients' owners. Bawling uncontrollably with no idea what to do. Horrible :( If only I could give ZERO stars. What should have happened? Ask me to send a photo, refer me to someone who can drain it, squeeze me in for two minutes so Dr. can actually tell me what it is and if it is serious. An animal should NEVER be diagnosed over the phone. REFER ME! Don't EVER hang up on your patients!!!
I have found this veterinary clinic to be professional, courteous and ethical. When we brought a feral cat in that (sort of) adopted our family to be spayed, she put her under, only to find out that she had already been spayed (she had a tattoo)! When I went to pick her up, there was no charge! She could have charged me for her initial services, at least, but she didn't. I would recommend this vet.
Hello, My dog got into attacked by a Great Dane and was badly injured. I called the vet around 11pm for an emergency but she didn't want to come down till 5am because on the phone she didn't think his injuries sounded bad and the rain storm was scaring her for her to drive down. Now, my dog was already bleeding pretty bad on one of his cuts but I didn't know where it was coming from until I noticed the cut at 1am and it was deep. I took him up to Cornell to make sure he got properly treated. It was worth the drive because he got in right away and they fixed the problem. I left the other vet a message and a voicemail that we will not be making it down there at 5am beause it was already too late for my dog and I didn't want him to wait. He needed stitches for that deep gash and a X-ray for his leg that he was limping on. At that time, I wanted to make sure that my dog was going to be ok. He's my first priority out of everything else. I will be taking my dog up to Cornell for now on for his appointments.
I love Dr Ohlinger...she is very good with my unsocial dogs and wonderful with the cats...Dr Hawkworth leaves much to be desired..The first time we went there right after we moved from Indiana..She was to give our GS pup shots and an exam..we came right before she had to house call to make about a cat..She was not very attentive and very short with us. I really did not want to give them another go, hubby said let's try again and We saw Dr. O her personality and how she deals with the Pups is amazing and her heart is good..Dr. Hawksworth was very very rude to me when I took the younger one in for her hysterectomy and I had a very hard time leaving her there. If it wasn't for Dr. O being the one performing the surgery I would have walked out and found another Vet If I ever have contact with Dr. Hawksworth again..I am going to let her know just how rude and nasty I feel she is. She does not need to blame me or any other owner for having a zonker dog..just found out today that all the Pups from that litter are the same. I took Sage because I could see these people might have dumped her and she had special needs...Dr. Hawksworth needs some table/bedside manners and to apologize to me before I ever let her touch my Furbabies. Not a good way to Welcome people from out of state..The impression I was left with was what a hateful unhappy woman.
I cant believe that either one of these Vets has been rude to the lady who has the pit bull. Both these vets have been exceptionally professional and caring vets. It is hard to believe they would discriminate because the dog is a pit bull.
Dr Hawksworth is the best vet. We take our little rescued dog to her and she has worked wonders on getting him adjusted to going to a vet. At first he was terrified but she is so patience and caring that now we have no problem taking him to see the doctor..
The fantastic Vets and staff are what make this place truly special. I have lived in many different areas, and this is the best Veterinarian Clinic I have ever been to! Well done!
Great vet services for all animals !!!
I would just like to say, the ONLY thing great about this veterinarian is her COST! I am an owner of a pit-bull mix and let me tell you, he is great with babies he is not nippy what so ever!!And he is just the most lovable PUPPY you could have! Yet, every time I seem to take my dog in there she acts as if my dog is scary and she most definitely discriminates if she does not like a breed!!! It honestly disgusts me the way she treats him and the way she talks to us when we are in the office with him. Yes, my just over one year old puppy is still a puppy, he gets excited?!! But let me tell you the way she acts towards him is terrible and If you wish to bring a pit-bull or even a pit-bull mix, I would most definitely NOT recommend this service. To me, it is worth it to pay the extra money to have somebody take a look at my baby without nagging about how scary his breed is and acting as if he is going to 'bite' her the whole time! I have taken him there since he was 6 weeks old, and I STILL get this sort of treatment, I'm disgusted and honestly furious that I even spend my money at this service. It was more than clear she just wanted him out of her office as soon as she could get him out! I'm sorry, but when you take your animal, actually not your 'animal', your FAMILY to get checked on to make sure everything is alright and all you get are awkward questions like "Is he still nice?" yes I will get angry! If you have a pit-bull or a mix I would highly recommend spending the extra money for somebody who truly will care for your baby, because what I have gone through is utterly disgusting and horrendous and I refuse to go through this service EVER AGAIN!!
Great, caring vets; prompt service; awesome prices; good location/facilities. What more can I say? They have consistently beat the prices of the "local competition" down the road for "procedures on our cats", and not by just a little, but a lot. I also appreciate their holisitic approach to animal medicine. When giving vaccines to our dog, we spaced them out by a week or do (just like we did for our human children).
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.