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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
One of our dogs broke a tooth way in the back of her mouth and it wasn't until we took her in for a regular check up that her vet noticed it. By that time some healing had occurred, which required a visit to a canine dental specialist. Dr. Lynn was fantastic, ensuring that our pet was calm throughout the exam and provided excellent surgical and post surgical support. If you have a need - I highly recommend Advanced Vet Dentistry.
I'll start off by telling you that my dog did not die as a result of the following story, but it's a darn good thing I wasn't brining him in for anything serious...I understand that sometimes things happen, and that people cannot always be 100% punctual, but I was shocked when I was stuck waiting for over an hour for the office to open! Their website, as well as yelp, clearly state that their weekday office hours are from 7am to 7pm, but nobody arrived to the office until 8:30am on the morning of January 8th.My dog and I did several laps around the block, checking the front door and calling their telephone number each time we reached the office again, only to find that they still weren't open over and over again. Unfortunately for my dog, I had to be to work by 9am, forcing me to head home to change into work clothes before heading to the office - he was stuck being uncomfortable since he couldn't be seen during their "office hours."During these laps, I could hear dogs barking from the back of the building as I passed - and realized "My God - they board dogs here too! They're over an hour late to take care of dogs whose owners trusted them to look after!"I left a message on their answering machine as well as a written note on the front door requesting that they call me as soon as possible. As you can imagine, I was none to pleased with the situation. Would you be?At 8:37am, over an hour and a half after their doors were supposed to open, I received a phone call from Juliana who simply stated that she was running extremely late today. I voiced my frustration only to be met with a boat load of attitude from Juliana who spoke over me several times because she felt that all should be forgiven since she muttered the word "sorry." She asked if I would still like to bring my dog in for a visit, so I requested we come in at 6:30pm, since their office hours state that they're open until 7. That wasn't going to work for them since it was so close to the end of the day according to Juliana, who continued with attitude during the entire exchange. I asked if she could check with the vet to see if they would stay late seeing that their posted office hours seem to fluctuate so drastically anyway - She HUNG UP ON ME! Huh?Over two hours later I received a phone call from Miriam stating that I could be seen at 6:30pm. I had already made the smart decision to book an appointment elsewhere - at the Pasadena Pets Veterinary Hospital located at 2850 E. Foothill Blvd. - Pasadena, CA 91107 / (626) 568-1115. They were excellent and my dog is no longer in discomfort!If you care for your pet at all, I recommend you take them elsewhere. Raymond clearly...* Does not care about your pet* Does not accept responsibility for their mistakes* Cannot be trusted to watch after your pet* Shouldn't even be used in an emergency...it's too bad yellowpages doesn't allow for zero stars.
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.