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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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I have been a vet tech for 10 years and have a German Shepherd who on and off gets ear infections. It's always yeast and clears up immediately after giving ear meds. I just moved here and took her there for ear meds. I had to drop her off bit put only ecam and ear drops on form after verbally expressing it. They called and wanted to sedate her to look at her ears. I said no since she is a senior and again told them I just wanted ear drops. I had to leave a 200.00 deposit which I've never heard of working as a tech with the extra money refunded when I pick up. When I went back I had a 300.00 bill. They gave her a steroid injection which she doesn't handle well and a shot for arthritis wjich she was already on meds for. I was very upset that this was done after being very clear about only ear drops and knowing the steroids would make her sick. I told them I wasn't paying for the things I didn't approve and they told me I couldn't have my dog back. I asked to speak to the dr but she didn't even have the guts to come out and talk to me and then called the police. When they came they asked to see the drop off form but they refused to give it to us because they knew I wrote ear drops only. Told me I would have to get a subpoena if I wanted my records. The police were very nice and got my dog back for me. They told us to go outside and brought her out the side door like like we were criminals or something. In all my years I have never experienced anything like this in my life ! I ended up javing to take her to the ER vet because of severe panting and increased heart rate from the injection she wasn't supposed to get. I now use Ark animal hospital down the street and they were great. They actually care about animals,not just money !
Beware! I've supported, this business and Jessica Coats - Owner- for more than 11 years - up until now! 5/2017. I scheduled for and update of my pup' s shoot and for boarding care. I arrived and the receptionist, informed me that she would need my identifications and would make a photo copy of the identification. I explained, that I was not in agreement with the - photo copy of my identifications. Readons: I was to be a cash paying customer. Soon, a loud, rude and very forceful lady ( manager) appeared. I asked, her to lower her voice and she continued. I than ask to speak to Jessica Coats - Owner. Jessica, appeared but opening a door and saying " get the hell out of my building" . I left. But! I say beware of the rude and unprofessional behavior. This is a bad and impractical way of doing and handling - a customer . I most, thankful....that I was able to remind - cool! Beware!
Avesome staff and Doctor Guichard is top notch on Knowledge and actually taking the time to learn your animal /����
I absolutely love the Doctor here!!! She is so courteous and knowledgeable !!!!!we are so lucky to have this clinic in our neighborhood......welcome!!!
A truly knowledgable and compassionate vet !!! A gentleman who goes the fullest measure to care for your fur baby ! His staff is awesome as well ! KUDOS Doc, I 'll not bring my babies anywhere else !
Professional, friendly, helpful. Our vets for over 25 years now. Can't imagine leaving. Vital part of the Lakeview community.
Dr. Jobert truly has amazing passion and skill. Highly reccomended!
Dr. Erin Ripka has been my main veterinarian for many years now, taking care of all my pets. We have gone through the best and worst times in veterinarian medicine. When faced with difficult problems, Dr. Ripka has spent her own time researching possible treatments. And when the time comes she has helped me take my fur babies to the Rainbow Bridge in the kindest and gentlest manner. I recommend her to all my family, friends and clients.Sincerely,Ann BecnelAnn Becnel Companion Dogs, LLC
Extremely professional and loving with my boys. Could not wish for better staff. Highly recommend!!!!!
I just moved from Michigan and my cat was acting weird. So I came to yelp and typed in vets in Nola. All Star was the first vet to pop up, and God am I happy they were. Dr. Diggs and staff are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! They made it seem like my cat was their cat! And the vet itself was clean and in a wonderful location. I completely recommend this vet to anybody and everybody! Also Dr. Diggs personally calls you and updates you on your animal. :)
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.