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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Dr. Jaffe has botched several simple, routine procedures leading to the death of several pets. He has received several complaints over the years and had been suspended. Jaffe Animal Hospital needs to be shut down. DO NOT BRING YOUR PET TO THIS ESTABLISHMENT!!!!
Love this place! This is not your normal run of the mill veterinary hospital. The staff goes over and beyond to make you feel comfortable. We recently moved here from New Jersey and have never experienced such great care and COMPASSION from any other veterinarian. Dr. Teresa spent a great amount of time with us and made us feel "at home". Exam costs and treatments were quite reasonable as well. We definitely recommend this place.
Thank you to all of the staff at Pet Emergency Center for taking such good care of my Sake last week. Although we had to put him down we know he was in good hands till the end and that the entire staff did all that they could to help him and us. They were wonderful on the day of his passing and a big comfort to me personally. Thank you
I love this doctor so much. Saved my cats life!
Staff was amazing with my pup and showed a great deal of care and expertise. Price was reasonable and the appointment was very thorough. Highly recommend
I have been to several vets in the local area and I decided to get a second opinion by Dr. Teresa based on several recommendations from other people. I am so glad I went to her. She spent almost an hour with me going over my previous records and explained in detail every step that needed to be taken in order to get my dog, Cookie, feeling better. Dr. Teresa also personally called me to follow up with Cookie on her days off, which really meant alot. She is doing great and I owe it all to Dr. Teresa. They also offer grooming services which I was just as satisfied with. I highly recommend her to everyone in the Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens area.
Dr. Jaffe is the ONLY vet I will ever take my furry loved ones to. He has the magic touch. My animals love him! He goes way beyond the extra mile for his patients. He will come in after hours, squeeze us in and is always there when you need him.
Bottom line-If you want the best care for your pet this is the place to go! Dr. Teresa is the most caring and compassionate Vet around. There are many good and bad Veterinarians around but not many Great ones! She is one of the great ones! I have read the bad reviews on here and have to say that they are untrue. Everyone has a bad day once in a while and may not always get what they would call good service, but badmouthing a good, honest professional is just wrong.
Great veterinarian, superior service, very friendly staff. I have been going to Dr. Teresa for over 7 years and I could not recommend a better veterinarian. Her compassion for animals is amazing. Before I found her, my 2 year old Labrador Retriever was paralyzed in her rear limbs and my previous vet told me to put her to sleep. A friend gave me Dr. Teresa's information and she quickly diagnosed a compression on her spine and referred me to a specialist who performed surgery and saved my dogs life. She gave me her cell number and called me everyday until my dog was fully recovered. I will always be grateful for everything Dr. Teresa and her staff did for Raney!
Terrible care, no service, and high bills. Save your money and try somewhere else.
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.