Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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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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Dr. Jairo is very good..my cat Lacey got spaded on tues and I picked her up today.... When I brought her Home she went to sleep Later when she woke up how heartbeat was really fast and she kept on moving around so I called Dr. Jaio and he calmed me down and he explained to me why she was feeling that way and to use the medication that they gave me for her and she will be alright well that helps a lot she is sleeping right now she seems to be comfortable .... westchester animal hospital staff were also very helpful. I have read all of the reviews and I decided to go to him and I am so glad that I did I have two of the kittens that I will be taking to him I love the staff the hospital is so clean everybody is so friendly and they love animals and I think that is really important... when you take your pet who is a part of your family to a place where you feel comfortable and the staff are friendly and helpful and they love animals And the place is clean and you know you are at the right place...my cat has been there twice and they have been very good to her and that's all that matters to me is that when I take my lacy someplace that they are nice and gentle to hot and so far I am happy Dr. Jaio is very nice and he makes his self available to you at all hours of the night that's good for me so I will continue to take my animals there
Dr Jaio is the best vet out there!! I have benn to three others and he not only knows all about boxers but he cares!!!!!! He is NOT all about money he tells you the truth and doesn't try to run any tests that are not needed. One of my boxers passed away suddenly on a Sunday evening. We were besides ourselves to say the least. When we called him he had someone go and open up so we could bring our beloved Brutus in. The next morning at 7am he called to say how terribly sorry he was and that I shouldn't feel guilty because there was NOTHING we could have. His office also sent us a beautiful sympathy card. None of this needed to be done but Dr Jaio TRULY cares about not only his animals but us also!! He is the best vet and I will forever continue to bring my boxers to him. Thank you Dr. Jaio!!!!!!
I was a bit taken aback by some of the negative reviews,especially the "dr. evil"one. Though I use a homeopath vet most of the time, I've taken my cocker, now 6 years,on and off to Dr.Jiao since she was a puppy. I've ALWAYS known Dr. Jiao to be consistently caring, easily reachable no matter what the time, listens to me as the "parent", and respectful of the fact that I prefer a homeopath, and he, as the back up. He has no problem working in tandem with her, and has always been respectful of my decisions.When Boo was fixed at 6 months, Dr. Jiao gave her pain meds (many archaic vets, to this day don't believe animals need it), and, let me be with her almost immediately. I've talked to him at 2 a..m. when she ate a bar of chocolate, calming my hysteria, and remedying it within minutes,and made himself available throughout the night should I need it. That being said, it'd been a good 3 years since she'd seen him physically. Looking up the address, I perused the reviews,and proceeded cautiously. Perhaps things had changed? I was about to find out.Not at all. Dr.Jiao remembered everything about Boo, me,and even joked with my husband about his guitar lessons without prompting the remembrance that he's a musician! His examination concluded what I'd suspected, which was more about diet, than incurring costs.In conclusion, my review is more in line with the positive ones, based on my experience, which has been absolutely consistent in the last 6 years. The only negative, which is also consistent, are some of the knuckleheads at the front desk. I was quoted $42.00 for the blood test, only to find out at checkout it was for the stool sample. The blood test was $135.00. - a good $100.00 more than quoted. But luckily, Dr.Jiao helped out when I complained. The age of web reviews is a double edged sword - one can avoid a terrible dentist, for example, but a disgruntled ex-employee can cause as much damage to a good one. Which is kind of what I suspect from the"anonymous" reviewer. Here's my rule of thumb with reviews: If it's a negative, (or overwhelmingly but non-informatively, positive) see if they've given reviews elsewhere that seem objective. Or, if they've had more than one experience before giving the review.
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.