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've always had good experiences with Drummonds. I've been taking my animals to this hospital for nearly 35 years. They are a no frills kind of place though they are always willing to explain things when you ask.
Very Disappointed. I took 2 golden retriever pups in for vet check for flight. I was asked if they were Barbs pups. I told them they were from my breeding program. Nichole examine the pups and she stated they had sever heart murmur. She then had Jack check the pups. he proceeded to give me a lecture on the sever murmur and how I couldn't sell this pup and how I should now the puppy lemon laws better. I was treated very rudely and my pups were treated poorly. I went with my gut feeling and had another vet check pup neither pup had murmurs. Pups were flown to their new home. When they landed at two different owners and examined by their vet NO murmurs found. so to sum it up 2 pups diagnosed with sever heart murmurs then within 48 examine by 3 other vets and NO murmurs were found. These pups are over 2 yrs old and NEVER had an issue.
Nicole & Jack Drummond are a joke & a sorry excuse for being licensed veterinarians. They killed my Golden retriever & Nicole left 2 live puppies 8.25 inch puppies in her while performing a basic C-section. Know one leaves 8.25 inch puppies in the uterus if you know what your doing. These where big puppies. From nose to tail these 2 pups were as long as a new born human baby. One puppy was sutured inside the uterus with his extremities hanging out of the uterus. She sutured around his little legs. Nicole has been known to kill a lot of dogs. Don't go here if you care of your pet. She may have cleaned up her act a little but don't let that fool you. Her manners are terrible, she has no people skills either does her father Jack. Pennsylvania State Licensing Board has filled formal charges against her. After her hearing in Harrisburg, I will post what the state will do to her.
We have been going to Dr Drummond's for a couple of years now they are a bunch of great people reasonable and care about your animals have not found any other vets like these. I would recommend them to everyone. God bless these people. Thank you for your great service.
I have been to Dr. Drummond years ago in 2003 I drove from Pittsburgh to him because he is kind and reasonable pricing. I have never walked out of his office dissatisfied. Now again I am driving from Butler to him because the vets are either overcharging or incompetant I have been going to a vet for the last 3 years for my dog and I won't put their name on here because that is not my place. But every year the same thing is wrong with my dog they don't try to fix the problem or see why just $200.00 give her the same thing we have prescribed for 3 years and see you next year. They are about the money they don't care about my dog only the money!!!!!
I was taking my dog to a different vet for 2 yrs. recently found out she has treatable disease but will have to be treated for the rest of her life. 2 visits, 9 hrs of blood work, $134 for 30 days worth of medicine and it was under the $400 I was charged at previous vet. That was just for a little blood work while I was there and exam. 4 days into her medicine and remarkably I see a difference in her!!! Prices are fraction of costs at other place. Now I can get my pet the treatment she deserves and I don't have to sell my house to do it!! One word for Drummonds AWESOME!! Thank you for helping my best friend feel better!!!
Such a great place :) and very affordable they care a lot about the pets!
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.