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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They provided the best care that they can offer. The staff and Vets are kind, nice, professional and easy to talk to. Our little guy is much happier! Thank you!
They care about making sure your animals are healthy. The doctors are kind, take the time to really listen and are compassionate. The entire staff make you and your animals feel welcome and loved every time you come. I'd recommend everyone come and check out their services.
Best veterinarian I've ever been to and only use for all my pets. He's thorough and has treated my dogs, cat and even my guinea pig. His price is fair and only orders what is needed, not adding extras to pad the bill. Definitely the vet to use.
Dr. Pickard is the best! He's been coming to my house since my 14-year-old dog was eight weeks old. We've added several dogs since then. It was so much easier for him to come to the house then to load all the dogs into the car and take them to the vet hospital. He also carries medications with him for various things so you don't have to call and order them at a pharmacy or online. He is very laid-back, patient and is generally concerned about all of our furry babies. I highly recommend him!
I love this place! They are always very concerned and helpful. They always make room my dogs even when they don't have it. I've been taking my 14-year-old dog there since she was three months old. So I have 14 years of experiences with her and all of my other dogs going to Society Hill I called around many places for prices and Society Hill was consistently the cheapest for almost everything. When they weren't, the price difference was only five or $10. That is how I started going there. Sometimes their price difference was $100-$150 cheaper than the other vet hospitals. Also, they suggest tests but that does not mean you have to have them. They will discuss it with you and then you decide. They are always honest and let you know if what they suggest can wait or if it's absolutely necessary.When it comes down to the bottom line, you know your pet and what you need to do for them. They never hard sell anything. I have sent many people with their pets and everyone has always been happy with the doctors and the service they received.
Been living near this place for the past year and every single day at 8:30am it sounds like they release a pack of hounds. Have been woken up many days this way and many peaceful mornings have been ruined by the noise. The neighborhood is completely quiet except for the dogs... Is there no other process they can do without waking up the neighborhood?
I have been going here with my animals…I have been going here with my animals for 2 years. I have multiple animals. Please be advised they are happy to take your money when it is convenient for them (and charge premium rates), but if your animal is really sick they will not have time for them. They are fair weather vets. Your pet deserves better.And ps, the office woman told me to "have a nice day" are you kidding me? My dog needs emergency vet care! You want me to have a nice day? Read Yelp, this is normal behavior for them when your pet is in crisis!PS- before this I would have sworn by them too. Don't be fooled. You don't want to wait until your pet needs them to see this side of them.
Dr. Wilkerson was great: smart and empathetic - and this even though he delivered some terrible news to my family. We unfortunately had to put down our beloved golden retriever due to pancreatic cancer that had spread throughout his body. I would never wish this experience on even my worst enemy, but if you ever have to go through it- I hope you get a Vet as compassionate as understanding as Dr. Wilkerson and the staff at Girard Vet. (not to mention the prices were SO much less compared to the suburbs where we used to go - and he saved us costly surgery that wouldn't have helped as he did chest x-rays before sending us to the specialist). The whole staff was friendly, helpful and really made the whole trip as "good" as it could possibly have been. Thank you everyone at Girard - We will ABSOLUTELY keep bringing our other dogs here - and will always think of Coop every time we go, knowing it was the last place we were able to be with him and give him the dignified and painless send off that he deserved.
IF I COULD GIVE A ZERO U DEFINITELY WOULD. STAY AWAY FROM THESE MONSTERS. I ATTACHED 3 SCREEN SHOTS OF THE REVIEW I WROTE.
People have been wonderful to my dogs and cats- always!
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.