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 can't believe the one star review by Dara V. It has got to be B.$. None of it makes sense. So here's the truth...We have used Village Animal Hospital and Dr. Giles for decades! He is a professional veterinarian that really cares about animals. He has treated our dogs and cats over the years with compassion, and understanding, and will continue to do so in the future. Our neighbors have, and still do, use him as well for their animals. He has always been kind to our animals, treating them as if they were his own, and has always been sympathetic toward any suffering they've happened to have. I am absolutely positive every animal gets the necessary anesthesia before any procedure is performed. Additional pain medication after a procedure is an optional cost to the pet owner. Some pay for it, some don't. But the one's that do, I assure you, their animals DO get the additional medication. We love having Dr. Giles as our Veterinarian and will finish by saying this... God Bless Dr. Giles!
I have brought my pets to this clinic since they opened in 2013. They always go above and beyond to take care of my pets. They are always professional, clean, and so good with my pets. They always go over the costs of the services that I have asked for and always let me know if there is something wrong with my pets that I didn't realize. They make sure that I am aware of everything my pets are about to need and let me know the cost so I don't spend more than my budget allows. I would recommend this place to everyone.
Dr. Giles will charge you for anesthesia and not use it. Especially if you have to euthanize your dog or cat. Just to let you know I know this from a good for sweet friend that used to work there. He was completely horrified about how Dr. Giles treated patients. He told me actually slipped off into the trashcan after surgery off the table. Do not use this veterinarian I highly warn you.
On July 5,2017 I took my dog to see Dr.Leslie Wiewel for a second opinion on my dogs heart murmur and his medications. Dr. took a chest xray and showd me how large his heart was. Dr. decreased all his meds including dramatically reducing his lasix to 10mg twice a day and said let's follow up Monday. By Friday morning my dog was in respiratory distress and I took him back to Rockwell Vet. Lady in pink scrubs at desk only wanted to know if we had appointment. I explained we had been there on Wed and Dr said to bring him if there were any problems and even though my dog was visibly and audibly in respiratory distress she continued asking if we had appointment, she stated the Dr. wouldnt be in until 9a but had appointments after that but I could leave my dog there with them and Dr could see him when she got there. After the callous, cold, uncaring, unsympathetic exchange with 2 other workers also standing around not helping or doing anything I decided not to leave my dog there. My dog died later that day. My dog was an older dog but he wasn't supposed to die July 7,2017, two days after going to Rockwell Vet being treated by Dr.Leslie Wiewel
Took my dog into rockwell vet on Wed,July 5,2017 to get 2nd opinion on his heart murmur and his meds. Dr.Leslie Wiewel drastically reduced his lasix. On Fri,July 7,2017 at 7:30am I took my dog back to Rockwell vet. He was visibly and audibly in respiratory distress. The lady in pretty pink scrubs at the desk only wanted to know if we had an appointment. She stated there was no doctor there and once doc arrived at 9am there were other appointments scheduled anyway. She stated I could leave my dog there and doc could see him once they got there or I could schedule appointment and come back later. My dog died later that day. I've been to Rockwell Vet on other occasions and had never experienced the callousness or lack of compassion exibited that morning. My old dude was on his way out, Dr.Wiewel just expedited things for us....RIP HARVdawg
Kind, professional staff and great environment to visit. Dr. Jeff Boyer and his staff are a blessing and take their time with our animals and us. We highly recommend their services and love their reasonable prices and excellent services and products.
Their servuce is great . everyone we spoke with were kind a courteous. Unfortunately we were there euthanize our family pet Missy r.i.p. They made us as comfortable as possible. They even sent us a card as means of further condolence for our loss. I would definately use them again hopefully not the same situation.
We have trusted Dr. Bob Marshall and his staff with the care of our pets nearly 40 years. Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital has always given the best care and services to our pets. The staff is extremely helpful and thoughtful in regard to what's best for our pets.We highly recommend anyone looking for a top notch veterinarian to try Dr. Bob and his staff. You'll be glad you did.Joe & Judy Morgan - Piedmont, OK
My family has been taking our dogs to Dr Marshall for more than 30 years. Even though we have moved across town and a vet is almost across the street, we wouldn't dream of going to anybody else. Dr. Marshall has always given our dogs the utmost professional and loving attention. If anybody says they need to find a good vet, I mention Dr Marshall and his wonderful assistants at Cherokee Hills Veterinary Hospital.
The folks here are AWESOME! You can tell that they really love animals and are great at giving reminders for shots, etc. Can't go wrong!
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.