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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Dr Rick and his staff are top notch! Wouldn't trust anyone else with my pets. Every single person in the building is kind and caring.
Kind, thoughtful, professional staff. The vets have great knowledge and expertise. I highly recommend South County Animal Hospital to everyone looking for a great vet.
Excellent and professional service. For so many years everything has just been wonderful. Thank you so much for all you do. You are always there to help and give advice.
If you need a vetinarian that will be there for you then see Rick. My husband took my English Springer Spaniel in and I took my cat. The establishment was there for us in both instances. We love our animals and want the best for them and also in the end we need a place that is compassionate and humane. I highly recommend, approve, and trust South County Vetinarian Hospital
This is definitely a 5 star practice. We always know from the moment we walk in that the friendly staff up front is a great beginning to a positive experience for our pets. Top quality medicine is what your pets get here. Kindness and sincerity is always felt, not only to our cats, but to us, the owners as well.
As usual - great service and Rick is the greatest. He has been my vet since 1984 and will continue to be my vet as long as I have pets. I think that says it all! You guys rock! :)
Dr. Rick and the other doctors are great, very caring and show much concern for my babies. Everyone here is wonderful! I highly recommend Dr. Ricl and South County Animal Hospital.
Best office and staff ever! You all are so wonderful with my dog, I wouldn't take him anywhere else. I tell friends all the time to give you a try.
"Dr Rick is the best! They have been see our dogs for several years now and are always loving and caring with all of our pets! Will recommend this Vet Hospital over any in MH And Thanks to all the staff for being so nice and friendly.Best veterinarian ever! Dr. Rick has been our vet since 1998, and we won't take our pets anywhere else. His ability to connect with animals and diagnose their problems is amazing to witness, and he knows how to explain treatment options so you understand your choices and the costs involved. We have taken cats to him, prepared to say ourlast goodbyes, and Dr. Rick has sent us back home with a treatment plan that gave us more quality time with our beloved pet. He is nothing less than brilliant in emergency situations and has consistently made us thankful that he is out vet. Our pets are our family, and if you want the best for your family, Dr. Rick is the vet for you!"
My cat and I are still very happy with South County Animal Hospital. I love Dr. Michelle and Dr. Rick, and their staff -- they are so helpful and informative and friendly, and so sweet and kind to my cat, and the service they provide is excellent and reasonably priced. My cat is healthy and going strong, and will celebrate his 17th birthday next week! Kudos to their doctors and staff for helping him get there.
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.