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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My dog was being treated by Dr L'amie (Ocean's Edge Vets) He was getting worse, & had to be put down to end all the pain he was suffering. It was a Saturday. I called Dr L'amie's office, CLOSED.Their recording gave an EMERGENCY number. I called them,...CLOSED!!!! I called Atlantic Animal Hospital. They had me come right in immediately! Dr Lynn Wilson, & her wonderful assistants, showed such care & respect. I will never forget them. if/when I get another dog, Dr Lynn Wilson will be my new vet. (Also, thewhole building is so spotless.)
Took my dog there for 3 years too long. While I appreciate the holistic side, I honestly don't feel they do it for anything other than money. None of the holistic things helped my dog, because it wasn't based on anything other than using a crystal pendulum. I loved the idea, but clearly it is not how you diagnose a dogs needs. I was never seen at my appt time, was always there for atleast 2 hours. Then the bill, wow talk about sticker shock. On average 150-200 for a standard vet visit, with skin issues. That is unacceptable. And the way L'amie pushed meds on you, you felt like you had no choice but to get them. Most people don't know, that you can request a prescription and go to walmart for a fraction of the cost. Vets don't want you to know you can do this, because they make a ton of money off meds. But you can do it.
Long story short.. all they care about is money! Started off with a $35 check up turned to over $200. Extra fees added with zero explanation. The staff is kind but not worth throwing your money away.
Have been bringing my dog there for 3 years. He was diagnosed with diabetes in November. After a few thousand dollars of 2 nights in their care and visits and check ups. They called me today and said I should bring him in for a glucose check at $40 to prick his ear. I agreed and when I was there I asked them to check us eyes cause I think he's not seeing too good. They brought him back out to me, I asked about his eyes, that said it could be cataracts but I would have to pay for a visit for them to check it out. Money hungry and doesn't care about my dog. Never going back.
What a wonderful, compassionate Dr, Dr Wilson is. My dog was in great pain, & had to be "put down". It was a Saturday. My regular Dr, Dr L'amie from Ocean Edge Vets, was not open, the EMERGENCY number provided by Dr L'amie's answering machine was CLOSED also! I called Atlantic Animal Hospital, & they let me come in immediately! What a wonderful Dr, & ALL the assistants.My dog & I were treated with such care & respect. If/when I get another dog, I will, no questions asked, go to Dr Lynn Wilson. (My Mom has a parrot that already goes there. They have a very knowledgeable Dr that treats birds. Very hard to find a Dr that specialized) Thank you so much Dr. Wilson.(PS- The whole building is spotless!)
Don't take your pet to them.All they care about is money.They are overpriced hacks who don't care about your pet.
.. I just purchased a new puppy brought the puppy and for evaluation they took his temperature and he was screaming at the top of his lungs in pain.. Instead of the nurse being comforting to my younger daughter who's puppy it belongs to she told her that the puppy was just being a crybaby and told me by me holding it and comforting the puppy is allowing the puppy to know what can get away with this behavior.. I very much will never go back to this place again and would never recommend anybody else to either unless you want to pay high dollar to a heartless staff that's in obviously for the money..
The actual Veterinary staff always provided good care to my pets. However, their front office staff are rude. I had a billing discrepancy that was different from the estimate I had been given and when I questioned the bill and stated that there was a difference I was literally called a liar in front of other customers. Good vet care but not worth he hassle from their office staff. They never even apologized for the error or their behavior. I no longer use their services.
Horrible practice. All they care about is the money. Don't bring your pet here.
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.