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. Jacobs has been in practice in Mouton for decades for a reason. That reason is that he knows what he is doing! He has a 'no nonsense' approach to treating your companion. He does what you ask...without trying to up-sale. His prices are affordable.
I took my doberman puppy (who is now 1 and 1/2 yrs old and healthy) to Dr. Jacobs to get his ears clipped, (at 3 1/2 months of age). I also visited the vet clinic a week prior to surgery to allow him to view puppy and for me to view the clinic. The clinic seemed ok, a bit too informal & laid back, but since the doctor had clearly been practicing for decades, I shrugged it off as a country vet who had his fair share of experience. So, I went ahead with the ear clipping surgery, which was scheduled at 8am, by 11am I was called to pick him up, that everything went fine & he was awake from the anesthesia.(I believe they should have kept him for a few more hours to make sure of his well-being, instead of him just being awake). After picking him up,I took him home to recuperate. I expected him to be tired, sore and act different after surgery. I didn't expect throwing up, dry heaving continually the remainder of the day, through the night. I took him back to the vet, he gave him a shot - that's it - no iv nothing. Well, the shot had no affect and neither did pedialyte or the multitude of other liquids I attempted. His throwing up & heaving only worsened & after watching him all day and night, I knew if I didn't act fast he could soon die. So when the vet offices opened the next morning, I followed my intuition & called a vet that I Knew would make saving my puppy the top priority Dr. Jan Struthers @ Cat & Bird Veterinary. She worked Day and Went in nights to give him iv fluids and meds to keep him alive. It took 7 days of being in doggy ICU, but she saved him. I fully believe that doctor Jacobs actions during surgery either caused or contributed to my dog almost dying. He was perfectly healthy before surgery. As for his ears, they are a hack job, jagged edges and the cut was too long, as I do not show him and ask for a bit of a shorter cut. I WOULD NOT recommend him for cutting ears of a Doberman or any other breed- ever. Just because he is cheaper - don't do it- spend the extra money if you are going to do it. Dr. Jacobs charged $225 (I believe) and if I would have went the most expensive route and had the ears laser cut it would have been a quick heal up and even at $450 or so it was still cheaper than the $730 bill for 7 days in doggy ICU plus the $225 Dr. Jacobs charged. Or save all the money and not get their ears cut at all... I know after what I put my boy through, of I ever do have another Doberman, I will not be having the ears cut. Yes, it's beautiful but unnecessary. (This is just my experience & opinion - I just would like to allow others a chance to see what my experience was.
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.