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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Awful treatment after surgery to remove pins from earlier fracture. Did not receive follow up call and was told follow up appointment was only necessary if I wanted one, made it, and paid for additional appointment. A “cone” was not provided even though he had several stitches where he could reach. I had to pay an additional $18.00 to get a cone. I also had to buy peroxide to keep the site clean. Can not believe it was not included!The procedure was $811.00, makes me so sad they dont care once the dog was out the door.
Pup lost a nailCharged SEVENTY DOLLARS to put an ace bandage on it that didn't last over night. I could've bought the stuff they used to "fix" it for under $30. Only reason it was $70 was because we had no money. Tried to charge us an emergency fee and their best attempt at fixing an "emergency" didn't last six hours. When they took our payment method there was no professional form it was on a ripped piece of printer paper.
Killed my cat. Cut her head off and sent it to Pittsburgh. Then conspired with Chad to deny me access to her records.Months later - killed my dog and then refused to give me information. Threatened to call police on me.
I took my dog to Paw Prints for the first time today, for a few vaccines. I was astonished to find out the office visit was $57.00! I repeat the office visit was $57.00! I was informed that visits after that would be $47.00. I'm new to the area, but the MOST I have ever paid for an office visit is $25.00 and I have NEVER paid an office visit for vaccines. I have been to numerous vets as I travel/move a lot for work. The staff was nice enough but nothing spectacular. I will not be back.
They were just fine with my 7 year old female Doberman Pincher. Anyone who has ever owned a Dobe for any length of time would agree with me that they are a pretty good judge of character and mine took right to the Doctor and Assistant. They checked out my dog and even told me that they could sell me the anti-biotics or write a prescription so I could get them cheaper at the drug store. I will, and already am recommending them to friends.
Never go to this place if you care about your pet. The only thing these people care about is money. I took my newly-adopted dog there twice because of his Kennel Cough. They charged me over $200 and not only my dog didn't completely recover, but also they hurt his nails while clipping them. They also tried to convince me to redo his vaccines although he is up-to-date with all the shots. They told me that I have to redo his vaccines because it needed to be repeated 3-4weeks after the first dose (My dog is 3-years old!!!). They sell the medicines with a price as much as twice the stores! They just try to make money out of pet owner, and never care if their "over vaccination" or "over medicine prescription" cause irreversible health problems in the pet!!!
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.