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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DO NOT USE THIS VET. We had Dr. Aarons put down our beloved Pluto in May. We paid extra to have a private cremation and a couple weeks later we were called to come pick him up. Several months later we had Lucy put down because of cancer and also had her cremated. By a different vet. A couple weeks later we picked up her remains and there was a note from the cremation place assuring us that Lucy was treated with respect. I called them up and thanked them for the reassuring note and we didn't get that certificate with Pluto. From there we learned Dr. Aarons had taken our beloved family member to the landfills and gave us the ashes of someone else's animal that had not been picked up. He threw him out like garbage without a second thought. We found out we weren't the only family he has done this too.
I have a bull dog whom seems to get sick a lot due to allergies. Well one morning after I woke up I notes that my dog's face was completely infected! She had green goo running down her face down to nose and I don't even know how that had happened to her due to her not having an infection the night before. So I called Dr. Aaron to see when I can get her in and he was fast to tell me get her here as soon as I can. After I got there he took her right back and started to exam her. After giving her a good look over her, he had informed me that due to her having allergies if she gets any cuts and doesn't leave them alone that they have a greater possibility of getting infective. Once he was able to identify what the problem was, the Dr. gave us medication for my dog and gave us an idea of how she may act and how to take care of her infection. He made it clear to us that if we need more meds to let him know and to bring her back if at any time it gets worse. Thank you Dr. Aaron & staff
I recently adopted a 7 year old cat. A few months after having her, I noticed something wrong with both of her front paws. I took her to my normal vet, he diagnosed her with a botched declaw job. The poor cat had been declawed as a kitten and the vet left behind some of those cells that regrew new claws and were now breaking the skin to grow out. I called the previous owner who told me Dr. Aarons preformed the first declaw job. I then contacted his office and made arrangements to bring her back there. The day of surgery, when I came to pick my cat up from her second declaw job, the office gave me absolutely no at home care or talk about what to expect and do. The doctor was already gone and therefore not available for questions. I was instructed to come back the next morning for the cats pain killer prescription and could talk to the doctor about my questions at that time. *Questions I felt should have been answered at or before pick up were: - how long will she be drugged up- how long do the wrappings stay on- how long does the cone stay on- what kind of at home care should I expect in terms of medicine- does she need a follow up appointmentThe first few hours I had her home, she was VERY drugged up laying on the couch beside me. As still as a dead animal. At one point I went to the rest room and she had managed to kick the bandages off and I saw the open wounds. They were horrific. This was about 9pm and I called the vets office. It rang the doctors home line, which I was grateful that he picked up. He rudely assured me that everything was fine and to bring the cat back in the morning. He seemed miffed that I had called. Later that night, I noticed she had gone into her little box, which I set up next to her. There was now tiny bits of litter stuck in her wounds. :(The next morning I took the cat in at opening time. I left this appointment in tears!- Right in front of me, the doctor called my cat a little B*tch because she was too scared to come out of her carrier.- The doctor complained to the nurse that I called him the night before and made him miss 10 minutes of his show and asked her what happened in the show… again, this was RIGHT in front of me.- I had to ask him and the nurse to clean the cats paws three different times from the litter because each time they did it, it was sloppy and spots were missed. - He refused to re-wrap her paws because he said “she is just going to kick them off again”. He then said “that’s what she did last time too!” Well, that would have been helpful information for me to know ahead of time! ***No one even told me before that I needed to buy special litter to prevent her paws getting dirty!All in all, the doctor showed absolutely no compassion during this appointment.I was absolutely not going to bring her back into his after the way Dr. Aaron handled the cat and the situation.I had a few follow up appointments with my one doctor in which he prescribed extra antibiotics because the paws were not healing well. He also said the incision on one of the paws was excessive. Also, her paws did finally heal but due to the larger than necessary incision, they do not look normal. I would NOT recommend this vet.
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.