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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St. Mark's Veterinary Hospital is not to be trusted!If you want top quality care then look elsewhere. This practice lacks authentic compassion, the competence and skill expected of their professionalism and the complete quality of integrity. Rather than look at the problem directly the vets here sell you unnecessary services scaring you into thinking something more is wrong with your pet than what is. That was my first round of experiences with this practice. Secondly, the majority of my visits to St. Marks Vet have purely been to obtain necessary requirements and paperwork for my pet to travel abroad. On a few occasions before a trip, mistakes were spotted in paperwork which meant I had to go to and from the clinic before paperwork was deemed fit to be authenticated. To make matters worse, it was only on my last trip and when I arrived in the UK that we were told that the rabies shot administered was invalid as the vet did not administer the follow up booster which is actually what makes the rabies vaccine valid and recognised. Due to the negligence of this practice, our beloved dog now sits in quarantine for 21 days despite additional tests and paperwork that prove him to be rabies free.Yes, I should have gone to a different vet when the signs were showing. But I didn't. These errors should not have been overlooked by the vet especially when they have been called on to issue several health certificates to travel yet they failed to spot their own mistake each and every time. And that counts three different vets who have been called upon to make sure my pet's travel and health requirements are met accordingly. Having trusted the vet in this knowledge and service, we feel completely let down. To make matter's worse, Dr Haddock "accepts no responsibility".SHAME ON THIS PRACTICE AND THEIR VETS.
The quality of care has dropped dramatically. The boarding areas are cramped and it's money over the patient care
A superior vet.His little clinic has succeeded for over 20 years because Dr. Weiner has such a loyal clientele.We all know veterinary care can be expensive.So the money must be spent wisely.Dr.Weiner doesn't pad bills with unnecessary testing or b.s. supplements.If he suggests a test it's because he truly believes it will be of diagnostic value.And he will use the results to offer sensible options that,in the long run,could save you a bundle on wasteful surgeries or other pricey treatments.He is a highly experienced,highly skilled animal physician with common sense.And he runs an honest business.He is as good as it gets,particularly in this city.I thank you Dr. Weiner for the outstanding care you've given my pets for nearly 20 years.I consider myself and my beloved pets extremely fortunate to reside just a few blocks away from Gotham Animal Clinic.
Fantastic staff and doctors. We've been boarding our dogs here for 8 years. Full service grooming as well!
Probably, this is the only dog grooming service that I can recommend based on two things: It costs less than others and it has quality service.
The service here is quite amazing, considering the fact that they serve lots of customers in a daily basis.
I love Dr. Fierman and Sylvia. They are caring people who truly love animals and want the best for them. When I call and leave a message, the response is quick; it's not a hassle to set up appointments and if you have to wait a bit, there are always treats for the dog. Of all the vets we have been to, Dr. Fierman is the most thorough, caring and most reasonable with fees. He does not order unnecessary tests as that has been my experience in the past.
FAVS in closed. Now Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
My kitten was spayed and in two days I was told to remove the collar even tho I was told by the human society that it should b on for 10 days. This vet said it was nonsense. Long story short, my kitten tore open her stitches and needed surgery which not only caused severe complications but they had charged me an extra 1600 and lied to me saying that they documented telling me not to remove the collar. This is a dangerous place filled with money hungry animal killers. Thank gd my kitten survived but others may not b as lucky. Stay away from westside veterinary center! !!!
Puppyhood through Old Age – Biscuits & Bath is the place to care for your dogs. When Biscuits & Bath opened on the Upper East Side, I had an older dog. I brought her to B&B for daycare and as she got older, and was no longer able, or interested, in playing, I used their dog walking services. As she became too old to enjoy long walks, the dog walkers would come to walk her, and if she did not want to go out, they would stay in my apartment and cuddle with her. All of the B&B people were very kind and respectful to her. A great comfort, since I could not be at home with her. Some months after she passed at 16 years old, I adopted a rescue puppy. Before she was able to go out, someone from B&B would come over every day to play with her and clean up after her. As soon as she had all her shots and could socialize, she started going to B&B daycare, and I had her trained there as well. Made it very easy for me to enjoy having a puppy as anyone who has had a puppy knows, they have boundless energy and training can be very exhausting and time consuming. My girl would come home played out and well behaved. About two years later, I adopted a rescue from B&B, and went though the same scenario with her. Really made it easy and fun to have puppies, as B&B took care of the first few months at home, the training and exercising, and daycare/overnights thereafter.The convenience of vet and grooming services on site, as well as overnight care, rounds out the perfect "one stop shopping" for all of my girls needs. I really appreciate the holistic approach they have to dog care, and they pick up and deliver, so I never have to worry about taking time off from work to get them to and from appointments. I travel quite a bit and work long hours, and have always had great comfort knowing that my dogs, at every stage of their lives, and whatever their needs might be, have been able to get great care in an environment where they are happy and safe and that is familiar to them 24 hours a day. Everyone that I have come in contact with who has worked at B&B over the many years I have been a customer really seems to love dogs and they always know my dogs by name when I see them out in the street.This place is truly my dogs home away from home.
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.