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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Awesome doctors. Friendly welcoming staff. Any thing your fur babies need will be taken care of quickly and with compassion.
I love them! I have always gotten excellent care for Princess and Maxx. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
My cat was so sick. 106.3 fever. They got him in fast and took real great care of him. I would highly recommend All About Cats!
Con artist. My dog suffered for 4 my dog suffered for 4 days before dying. Just so they could get more money.
LOVE THE VETS, BUT FRONT DESK PEOPLE NOT SO MUCH & THE YOUNGER GIRL IS JUST RUDE!!!!!!! I REALLY LOVE DR. LEBER AND HE IS VERY GOOD AT WHAT HE DOES & CARING ABOUT YOUR BABIES, BUT I DO NOT LIKE YOUNG ( OR ANYONE!!) WOMEN TALKING DOWN TO ME BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WANT TO BE AT WORK ON A SATURDAY MORNING BECAUSE IF YOU MISTREAT ME HOW DO I KNOW YOU WILL NOT MISTREAT MY BABIES!!! I ALSO HAVE A HUGE PROBLEM WITH BRINGING MY BABY TO GROOMER AT 7:30 a.m. AND SHE STILL IS NOT DONE AT 4:00pm AND THEN WHEN I PICK HER UP SHE IS ABOUT TO BUST BECAUSE SHE HAS NOT URINATED IN ALL THIS TIME; MUCH LESS GIVEN A DRINK OF WATER, THIS IS TRAUMATIC TO DOGS THAT ALREADY HAVE ANXIETY ISSUES ESPECIALLY WHEN VISITING THE VET!!!!! TO BE FAIR THOUGH THIS SEEMS TO BE THE TREATMENT EVERY WHERE WE HAVE USED!!!!
MARIE IS AND HAS BEEN GREAT TO ME AND MY PET AND FAMILY THEY ASSISTED ME WHEN THEY DID NOT HAVE TOO THE STAFF IS JUST GREAT I LOVE BOTH VETS AND THE ENTIRE STAFF BECAUSE SNOOPY MIGHT NOT HAVE PULLED THRU IF IT WAS NOT FOR THEIR ENTIRE STAFF FAMILY AT RANKIN ANIMAL CLINIC THEY ARE GREAT AND YES THEY KNOW THEIR JOBS AND I PROMISE YOU IF ANYTHING AT ALL WAS SAID IT SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN TAKEN PERSONAL BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THIS CLINIC WHEN STAFF WAS NOT PULLED SO THEN THEY KNOW AND CARE FOR ALL OF THEIR PATIENTS & PATIENT FAMILY THEY HAVE ALL OUR RESPECT IN MANY WAYS THANK THE LORD WE HAVE A VET FAMILY OF THIS CARING MANNER THANKS TO ALL THE FAMILY OF RANKIN ANIMAL CLINIC GOD BLESS YOU ALL
Dr. Leber is an amazing doctor. He is caring and listens. The front desk lady Marie I do not like. She apparently thinks it's ok to give out personal billing info to people who have nothing to do with the pet as well let's other people make medical decisions on ur pet. I think she should be fired. If you can avoid working with her then you golden. Dr. Leber is worth using if you can get around receptionist. It's hard to find a vet like him.
The vets at RAC are great. Caring, compassionate, capable. The front desk receptionist is not. For some reason she gets joy in degrading other pet parents fur babies. Making snide comments about the behavior of someone's young rambunctious pup needing obedience school is not her place. Just the latest incidence - not the first - of her asserting her opinion where it doesn't need to happen. It misrepresents the vet practice with a negative light
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.