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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He has dealt with all my cats even when they were so scared they literally bounced off the walls. He is caring, professional, genuinely likes and cares about animals, and never gives anyone a bad time when their pets are less than stellar patients. I got my first two cats from his office and I will continue to give him my business as long as I have animals.
Very reasonable prices, always available to see my pets when I need to bring them in.
You have such caring & compassionate staff. I always feel I am in good hands. Thank you so much.
Took my pet there for an allergic reaction after a couple days of giving Benadryl and no improvement. Vet refused to give him steroids as requested like past vets have and only prescribed flea medication and said it's either fleas or environmental causes. No follow up from vet like most do- 3 days later my dog's reaction hasn't settled and is actually worse with more hives. I call in and ask for a follow-up visit. Told I have to wait a week (and take more time off work to take my dog in) or I can come in but have to pay extra fees for the emergency appointment. I advised this appears to be a mistake of the vet as I asked to get more treatment but am still told that regardless I have to pay extra for the emergency visit if I want my dog who is breaking out in hives to be seen within the week. Definitely, do not recommend as mistakes by their staff are not handled properly and my pets health doesn't seem to be a priority, only a way to make profit with emergency visits.
A very nice and talented doctor. We miss him here in Cottage Grove and Oakridge down south in Lane county.
These people are seriously awesome...my dog actually gets excited when I tell him he's going to the vet! Three of my pets have been on the wellness plan for the past couple years (which has saved a TON in vet bills, especially for the puppy) - and all the employees know them well.
Awful. Do not take your loved ones here. Undertrained staff, very unfriendly, extremely overpriced, horrible location and dirty clinic.
If I could rate the staff at Broadway Vet Clinic with ten big gold stars, it still wouldn't be enough! I have been in contact with receptionists, technicians and doctors there regarding their exceptional care and compassion for a poor little abandoned cat whose future would have been very grim without them. I have been treated with genuine friendliness and professional attitudes from each individual with whom I spoke. In my own experience and opinion, these people truly care about their patients. Dr. Carroll had been my vet for many years and he has always shown great skill and compassion for his furry patients. Dixie could not have been in better hands...all of them. Thank you BVC!
Don’t trust member of your family with these folks. I took my puppy to be spayed and following day after the procedure we noticed blood in her urine. We thought it might be related to the procedure so we took her back be checked out. The vet says she has urinary tract infection (UTI) and is no way related to spaying. Did little research and apparently UTI can occur after spaying procedure. Not sure why vet lied. DON’T TRUST THESE PEOPLE. they are not even worth one star!!!!
Everyone there was great. My cat had a sudden allergic reaction to some fleas and after only 4 days he ended up in pretty bad shape. He was itching way too much and it got to the point that I was afraid to even comb him. So we took him to Banfield, but we were afraid because we don't have a lot of money, but since it was our first time they didn't charge us for the exam. The best part about going to Banfield is that before they do anything to your pet they give you all your options and all the various prices available. While they did make suggestions about which medication would work the fastest or do the most, they didn't pressure us into getting the more expensive meds and answered all of our questions very clearly. Not once did they act like they were in too much of a hurry to listen to us and even too the time to answer a few questions about other issues that had nothing to do with why we took our cat there in the first place. Another major plus was that even though our cat wasn't doing well they didn't judge us or act like we were bad people. They showed a lot of compassion and understood that our cat is very important to us and a member of our family. They were very gentle with our baby, trying as hard as they to not hurt him when they had to handle him, and they didn't mind at all that he was getting into everything in the room and kept jumping into the trash can, saying "that's what cats do". In the end, they were professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, and caring. By the time we got home we could see an improvement in our cat's condition and the next day was even better. In the end, I will be taking him there again for sure. I got a pretty good feeling from everyone there, and I'm very picky about who I trust with my kitty.
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.