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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Never in my life have I ever come across a Veterinarians so well educated, humble and compassionate as Dr. Cashwell and Dr. Davis. Back in 2010, my family traveled 1500 miles across country to Fort Benning. We rolled into town just as most military families do, without a knowing a soul or having a trusted circle. Companion Animal Hospital came highly recommended through the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and they did not disappoint. They were the only accredited veterinarian within a 50 mile radius of the Columbus-Phenix City area, and it gave us a ton of reassurance that they would be a good choice.To further back up our decision, we moved here with our four legged feline son who had a preexisting condition (read: when it rains it pours). When I mustered up the courage to call, the voice on the other end (Tracey) was such a humble and caring breath of fresh air. She listened to my babbling through tears and gave unconditional support. She had Dr. Cashwell call me personally, who took the time to speak with me over the phone for almost 45 minutes before even meeting us, or even becoming a client. It is that level of dedication to animal care that adds immeasurable value to the service Companion Animal Hospital provides. She and her staff made a very crazy time so much more bearable for us, and for that we will always be most very grateful. It is because of Companion Animal Hospital that we were able to give our baby a second chance and a few more years to enjoy together.They all went above & beyond from our first encounter and they have continued to exceed our expectations each and every time since then. For five years we have been loyal clients, referring countless friends and family to them. When it was time for our cat to cross over that Rainbow Bridge last year, they were with us every step of the way. Dr Cashwell even offered to come to our home if needed on a weekend to help him pass painlessly. Although he did not make it through the weekend, that is just a small example of the level of humanity they possess - which is so rare to find in this day. They are exceptional human beings to who operate with the highest ethical standards, transparency, and honesty! Three keys we value in service providers for all of our family. If you love your pet, this is where they need to be cared for!
I absolutely love the staff at Summerville Animal Hospital. They always are able to work me into their schedule (usually I call for a same day appointment :) ) and they take such great care of my babies. I use to use Companion Animal Hospital but I was always being over charged and my dogs came back to me dirtier then before they were dropped off. I am glad I made the switch. I recommend this clinic to everyone! Thank you ladies and Wally.
I love this animal hospital. Everyone is so sweet and I love the Dr.'s!!!!
Tom_minus_his_buddy:We are sorry to hear that you feel that our practice treated your dog inappropriately. When you arrived and told us of his symptoms, we conducted a complete physical assessment. We ran a Parvo Virus test and intestinal parasite exam which were both positive. A slight positive test is still a positive and the treatment would have been no different than a strong positive. A light positive only describes the color indicator of the test and not the severity of the disease. Bandit had all the classic signs of Parvo virus.Bandit definitely did have Parvo as well as intestinal parasites that he was treated for. Unfortunately many puppies and dogs succumb to this devastating viral infection in spite of all the appropriate treatment received. Although he had been sick already for several days, some patients succumb when their immune system reaches a breaking point in spite of treatment.Please remember that the virus was shed in your yard and home and do not bring another puppy or unvaccinated adult dog in until properly disinfected. We do not wish you or any other pet to go through this again.
These people Killed my dog. I took a 2 yr old dog in because he was puking and a bad case of diarrhea and was drooling. They told me he had Parvo and there was nothing they could do but give him an IV. I only found out right before he died when a nurse let it slip that he was only "mildly positive" for Parvo. They ran with it and never checked anything out, my dog died in 3 days. ( Parvo never made sense for a full grown dog, but then they never checked anything after that).After doing my homework I figured out what it was, the dog had eaten poison mushrooms which are everywhere with all the rain we had this summer. Too late for me. If I had known from day one he only tested slightly positive for Parvo I would have had my dog out of that place before they just let him die. You can bet they charged full price to kill my dog, which is just insult on top of injury. Unless we are talking basic's I would not trust these people, 2 vets looked at my dog and they did nothing to verify the problem.
They told me my dog had a leg sprain and a simple blood test would have shown he had gotten into chemicals. They killed my dog by lack of trying. Thanks for nothing Dr. Wally.
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.