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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THE WORST EXPERIENCE EVER! I had a 13 year old Golden Retriever(my second one) who could barely walk was not eating or drinking for 4 days, could hardly pick up her head, So I knew it was time... I had never been to Palmdale Veterinary Hospital before but they could get me an appointment rather quick. When Dr. Lynn McEwan came in to find my poor Sadie not able to get up from laying on the floor, he said" we're going to give her an overdose of anesthesia. He proceeded to bend the needle on the syringe in order to get it into her vein (note: I'm a nurse, and it is NOT good to do this to a needle) But for $100 he couldn't even put a IV catheter in and then connect a needless syringe! Then just before he stuck the needle in and was going to put her down, I asked to be the one to hold her head while he let her go to heaven, because the tech had her entire head and was holding her like she was going to bite. Mind you, this dog couldn't even pick up her head and she is a Golden Retriever! she would suffer a broken leg at the hands of man, then bite him for doing so! When I told Dr. Lynn McEwan (the old bat) that I wanted to hold her head, he said" I'M SORRY BUT YOU CAN'T, OUR TECH IS TRAINED TO DO THIS AND I WILL NOT RISK GETTING SUED BECAUSE SOMEONE GETS BIT" (in caps because he yelled and was loosing his patience) Trained?? seriously! the tech had her arm around Sadie's head and in a hugging fashion! It's my dog and I should have been the one holding her in her last moments! Heck if she would bitten someone, it surely wouldn't have been at me, but I could bet my life on the fact that biting was not in her nature EVER! It's gets worse! Then when Dr McEwan put the tip of the syringe filled needle into the vein and drew back to make sure he was in the vein, he blew the vein(i.e. the vein wall was punctured in one side and out the other causing a rupture in the vein) When I asked him what happened, his reply was " I blew the vein, but it doesn't matter at this point" he pulled the needle out and proceeded to put it back in slightly higher. All I could think was this old guy is going to botch up the process of putting my poor dog to rest! If it were not for the pain my poor dog was in, I would have told him to get the hell away from my dog and took her out of there! There's more, after he injected the solution into her he grabs his stethoscope and starts listening for a heart beat while saying loudly" there's no heart beat!, there's no heart beat!, there's no heart beat! she's gone" no S#!* really! then Dr. McEwan reached for my dogs eye, and I asked what are you doing? his reply " I'm testing for eye reflex" THERE'S NO HEART BEAT! Sadie is not going to have reflex in her eye, and even if she did, why on earth would he have or need to put his finger into my dogs eye? what would that matter now?, she has NO HEART BEAT! I finally told him to leave the room! or I was not going to be responsible for what I was going to do. The man needs to retire, his level of compassion is NONE! and the fact that he flipped out when I wanted to hold my sweet dogs face to tell her that I loved her while she took her last breath shows me that it's time... Time for this so called vet, Doctor, care giver of our pets (family) to give it up and retire! I'm sorry Sadie that your last moments were under the horrible care of this person!
Dr. McEwan is absolutely the BEST veterinarian I have ever been to. After leaving one vet in Lancaster that I realized was not doing things right, my cat is now, after only two weeks...a new cat. Dr. McEwan knew what to do ,and it was simple...fix the med dosage. He explained how it affected other organs and I am blessed to have found this doctor and Palmdale Vet Hospital. He has been a Vet for 25 years and we felt so comfortable with his treatment of our pet that all of our cats and dogs will now be in his care. ONce you are inside the hospital area, you will see how advanced and clean it is.
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.