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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My dog Markie was 15 1/2 years old (this was on October 12th 2016) and in dire pain when I decided it was time to let Markie go to Doggie Heaven and join my exhusband Jimmy who past away June 3rd 2015. Markie lived a good full life but had zero quality of life in him. As much as I loved Markie and wanted him to live with me another 15 1/2 years I couldn't bare to see him in the pain he was in. Being I'm already a client of PrimeMed next door decided to go to PrimeVet to have him Assessed as to his quality of life. Dr Jessica McAlpin was fabulous. She gave me all the ins and outs so that we could make the best decision for my beloved Markie! She assured me it was painless and I knew he was ready to go when he willingly walked into the vet , saw a cat and didn't even react to it. Normally he'd pull back and fight me having to go into a vet. This time he did not.The staff was fabulous going over all my options not only for care but of cremation services etc. I elected to go with a private cremation and a paw print. They assured me the company they used was reputable and after I left I did look up Paw Prints and was totally impressed! I'm going tomorrow to pick up Markie's remains and the entire staff from the receptionist to Dr Alpin were compassionate beyond belief! He did get some treats as they put the iv port into his front right paw. They allowed me to pet him as he was put to sleep! He's been a member of my family for 14 1/2 years of his 15 1/2 yr life, it was hard but I know I was doing the right thing for Markie.It took less then a minute & Dr McAlpin explained the process as it took place. I've never met a more compassionate vet in my life and I've had plenty of vets that I've had over the years for all of my pets. I'd highly recommend PrimeVet Animal Hospital in Orange Park to anyone looking for an entirely compassionate staff ! 5 Stars is all I can give. If I could give 100 stars I would for the compassion they showed during this most difficult time.
I am so beyond angry with this facility that I need a moment before I share the extremely negative experience I had with them today.
First, the dogs were very scared and accidentally went to the bathroom. So we were charged for the lady to clean that up. Cleaning pop comes with the job of "veterinarian". Then, came the vaccines. The doctor tries to give the dogs a vaccine they were allergic to. Reese's has seizures. We won't give that. Then to attempt to clip the nails, the man "RN" put his hands on the pressure points in to throat which causes difficulty breathing. Then when Reese's tried to release the grip, he was referred as a bad dog. Then we were removed from the premises because the dogs were being dogs by barking. The employee had a child who was giving the dogs a hard time. WE were removed for the kid bothering our dogs. Unacceptable . do not bring your pets here .
Dr. Cottrell from West End Animal Hospital here. I referred over a Miniature Pinscher named Dixie last week, who I suspected had a brain tumor. Unfortunately, you confirmed the diagnosis with MRI, but Dixie's owners were extremely grateful that you were able to see her so quickly, and give them an answer. Dixie had a good afternoon, and then she was euthanized, surrounded by people who loved her. Thank you for giving her owners peace and closure.
Great staff! Love Dr. Holloway!
Would have written a review on their hospital yp ad, but there is no place to do this. You can see that they only have 2 1/2 stars and you cannot even view their reviews...how is anyone supposed to trust that?Did not appreciate the way the doctor and his assistant handled my cat. Was very aggressive and when I questioned I was told I needed to allow them to handle the animal their way for their safety. Will not be back. Overpriced also. Do not recommend.
Madden had compression of her spinal cord that rendered her unable to walk. It was the most devastating thing to watch. My vet Dr. Harris referred us to North Florida Neurology and they were an absolute blessing. Wonderful service. We Got an appointment immediately, never had to wait, the staff was wonderful.They called after Madden's CT to confirm that she needed surgery, they called after surgery, after she woke up from anesthesia, and periodically until I could pick her up! I cannot explain the happiness I felt when madden RAN into the room. I would highly recommend this practice. Professional, excellent service, caring towards the animals AND their owners. They are perfect!
The entire staff here is just awesome. My doxie has IVDD( disk disease) and has required surgery twice, 14 months apart. My vet called NFN and they had me come in ASAP and that they would be waiting on us. The second time Abby blew a disk I called NFN instead of my regular vet and again they told me come right on in. Both times I was called before surgery and again after surgery, and was also told I was welcome to call at any time to check on my baby. Upon discharge, again the surgeon was very thorough with what they did and what to expect. I feel so very comfortable with these surgeons and I knew my baby was in extemely competent hands . I pray Abby never has to have another surgery or even another disk episode, but if she does, I can assure you this is where we will go. oh, and I dont think I have even sat in the waiting room but once and that was for a post op recheck and I may have sat in the waiting room at the most 10 minutes.
When my dog Ginger woke up paralyzed, I went to my vet immediately. He said she must have injured her back. I asked where is the best place to take her. He replied, the ONLY place I would take my dog is North Florida Neurology. Boy was he right. They got me in within an hour of making the call. Their staff helped me get Ginger into their hospital. They calmed me down. The doctor, Dr. Clarke was wonderful. They have a catscan in their hospital and by noon I found out she had slipped a disc in her back. Dr. Clarke called me before surgery and after surgery. She is doing fine and is walking again. I can't thank them enough.
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.