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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This vet should lose his license. The absolute worst bedside manner, coupled with negligent practices in veterinary medicine. Do not use this vet. He is rude, condescending, displays blatant disregard and apathy for the wellbeing of the animal. He needs to retire, as he is very obviously suffering from an overt case of compassion fatigue.
Be warned. The treatment we received borders on inhumane.I have always boarded my animals with a great veterinary hospital instead of a pet hotel so that if something happens, a great vet will be there to make sure my animal is all right. Wrong. I dropped my 13 month-old cat off with an entire bag of his favorites: blanket, toys, food, treats, brush, and a T-shirt I had intentionally slept in for three nights. The bag was never opened. My cat was shoved into a cage from Monday morning to Friday late afternoon. I was told he received no care because he kept hissing and swiping at the staff. Well, gee, I thought these people were veterinary professionals. If the cat's troubles, apparently acute anxiety, were ever called to the attention of Dr Otto, then he could not have cared less. He should have been administering a little kitty valium, or at least calling me to discuss the situation. I had phoned the office twice during the week to check on Stormy's well being and was told he wasn't very happy but he was doing just fine. The truth turned out to be that Otto's assistants are either liars or as dumb as door posts, perhaps both. They are all show and no go at University Animal Hospital. Cindy will greet you ebulliently and assure you your animal will be spoiled rotten. Instead, my cat's 'Away from Home kit' was never even opened. Stormy hovered in a corner of a cage for five days and four nights alone and unattended until I collected him. By that time, he was quite thin and dehydrated. I cannot describe how disappointed I am. You can bet UAH will never be intimidated by my 9 pound cat again.
The entire staff at Sooner Veterinary Hospital are responsible, professional and very caring each appointment we have.
Dr Otto is in it for the money. Simple as that. I would not recommend this place unless you are willing to spend at LEAST over $200 EACH visit. Find someone else to care for your pet.
I have been treated poorly by the staff at sooner vet on multiple occasions. The prices are cheap, but I'm going to change vets because it's not worth being treated like crap every time I come in. Also, they try to sell you things you don't need so they can make more money off you, then make you feel like a terrible pet owner of you don't buy them.
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We've used Sooner Vet for a number of years and have never received anything less than attentive, quality care! Currently 1 cat 4 dogs :)
Best vet ever! Cannot say enough good things about her. Highly recommend DR Leopard...she is truly exceptional.
This is a review of Dr. Gloria Leopard at Cats Only veterinary clinic in Norman, Oklahoma. If you love your cat, please do yourself a huge favor and avoid this clinic and Dr. Leopard like the plague. Dr. Leopard definitely seems to love money, but she does not seem to love animals. Dr. Leopard's diagnoses seem more like guess work; she will perform improvisational experiments on your cat, rather than utilizing actual medical expertise to find the true root of your cat's condition --- all at the expense of your cat's health and happiness, not to mention your pocketbook. Her bedside manner could not be worse and getting an intelligent answer to any completely reasonable question is like pulling teeth. As a result, you learn to walk on eggshells around her unprofessional attitude and immature temper, and avoid asking her important questions altogether. My nightmarish experiences with Dr. Leopard have led me to believe that she is a heartless person and a disgrace to the health care profession. Please read her other bad reviews and also note that Dr. Gloria Leopard DVM has been cited by the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Examiner's Board --- a serious red flag, as the Board does not issue these citations lightly. Here is an excerpt from the citation, which is typical of her loose cannon approach to veterinary care: "Respondent's [Dr. Leopard] recommended treatment of the mixing of Gentocin into ﬂuids for subcutaneous injection by the cat owners is not found as an accepted practice described in any known veterinary literature, probably due to the concerns length of treatment or drug toxicity. Also, despite increases in renal values, the use of Amikacin even though there was no indication of infection on the complete blood count, was cause for concern in treating Inara and could have contributed to the cats renal toxicity. A prudent veterinarian should have recognized renal compromise on the blood work performed and not used an aminoglycoside antibiotic at that time."I cannot recommend Dr. Leopard or the Cats Only clinic any less. If it were possible to give a zero-star rating, I would. AVOID
We are well pleased with Sadie's visit to SpayXperts. I was very impressed when I arrived and the office staff greeted me and helped me get Sadie into the clinic. She has healed and has had no problems. The vet gave me informative information about tick collars and what to use. He then carried Sadie to the car for me. The place is very clean, efficient and professional. I would highly recommend SpayXperts to everyone!
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.