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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I took my older dog there to get a torn nail clipped, they took her back and said they would come back to tell me if she just needed a nail trim or something else. After waiting five minutes, I hear these horrible screams from my dog ( who never barks) she was crying and it was so awful to hear.They brought her out to me and said she had been really "dramatic" when they had to take her nail off. Really? I didn't appreciate the professionalism of them calling my dog dramatic while she was just expressing pain. Not going back!
I have used PPL for both doggie day care and boarding, both in the old facility on Yellowstone and in the new 3rd Ave. facility. My dog loves going there--he still gets excited when we drive past the old location. The facility has always been clean and odor-free. My dog has always been returned to me in excellent condition, clean and happy. Due to his life before I rescued him, my dog becomes difficult when under stress. When life has thrown me curve balls, I've found that taking him to the Pet Lodge for day care has helped keep him on an even keel. I strongly recommend this fine facility.
I have been going to Dr. Chris for 20+ years. She is incredible. She evaluates the condition and is very honest about testing, results, long term care and specific problems. Always very good with the pets. Her honesty is why I keep going back. My animals are very lucky to have her. She has helped with my pet Geese, ducks, dogs and cats.
Alpine is the best! The staff is extremely helpful, friendly, and courteous. I have known Dr Heather Joyce for many years & I HIGHLY recommend her. She has a genuine love of animals & her knowledge is beyond excellence.
Great place for grooming! They are attentive to your requests and very knowledgeable. My dog loves his visits there.
I moved from Pocatello in 2001 and continue to bring my dog there to see Dr. Carlson. She is amazing, so professional, a wealth of information and my dog(s) love her.
The vet, Julia Alpert, is quite condescending. When asking questions she make sure to let you know that she thinks the questions that you are asking are beneath her. We took my son's cat it to have it looked at and I will never go back. She needs to learn that the owners are the ones to pay the bill and maybe you should treat them a bit better than she did. Summer was great as was the front desk staff but no way would I recommend the this condescending vet. Run the other way.
I just love everything about this animal clinic. I have found Dr. Alpert to be thoughtful, caring, and patient when I've called after hours about similar emergencies. I was concerned about leaving my cat for a week because he spends most of his time outdoors, but he came home in excellent health and good humor. Everyone in the clinic has always been friendly to me and great with my dog and cat. I think they're great!
I saw Dr Alpert on an late night Emergency visit, and she was rude, annoyed and made me feel worse than I already did. She put down our own vet and another vet clinic, she kept talking about how much every thing was like trying to persuade us not to do certain treatments. I took my very sick baby home and she told me how horrible it would be if she died at home, But truthfully I couldn't imagine leaving her with someone so rude and annoyed at having to be on call. I understand her spouse had surgery the next day but maybe she shouldn't of been on call if she had her mind somewhere else. I found another vet at 7:30 am and my dog died that same day. THANKS FOR the warm fuzzys DR alpert. I love that dog and had I known we were inconveniencing you id saved my $350 for 30 min to someone who likes their job
I was very happy with the doctor's treatment of my nervous kitty. The staff up front was great, too. We're definitely going back next time we need a vet visit.
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.