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 is amazing been very professional he is very good at what he does and he will be my only vet for rest of my life
We've used Dr. Galbraith for YEARS and have never had anything a successful outcome for our pets. His compassion for his trade is barred none. It is obvious caring for aminals is his passion, not a job. He even drove to Athens to put my Mother's Fila dog, Sam, to sleep when she couldn't stand up any longer after a battle with cancer. As for the person who complained about the long wait and gave him a negative review, I bet they would take every word back if they knew "why" he couldn't get to them. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that he had a more critical animal to take tend to and he knew that her's was more stable than the one he was working with. Don't just take my word on his veterinary skills. Seriously, the next time you are in Walmart's pet isle, even in North Alabama, 40+ miles away, and ask them what Vet they use... I bet you they know about Dr. Gailbraith. I've experienced that 1st hand on MORE than one occasion!
The receptionist told us be there by 8 to unload Ollie to get clipped. We were there 7:30 am with trailer. He ended up making us wait 4 hours to unload Ollie our donkey. Terrible experience. Picked up next day, and things just got worse and had to wait 2 hours to pick him up. They failed to latch trailer properly and Trailer door came open going down interstate. Donkey almost bleed out by the time got home. Do yourself a favor and find someone that cares courtesy and about your pets.
There is something special about Dr Galbraith. Yes there can be long waits. Yes it is very busy and does appear chaotic at times. When you do meet him face to face you and your pet will get a good vibe. I could go to vet clinics in Huntsville and Athens that are for me much closer than the 25 mile I drive and counting time, wear and tear on my truck might cost less but Dr Galbraith magic for me.
This is a man that will work thoughout the night to save your animal.My german shepard got shot,it went though a lung.crushed sternum and by the time I found her she had almost bleed out.I took her in expecting to have her put down.But,instead he took her,kept her over 2 weeks and she had a full recovery.I called to check on her the first night he was still there with her at 2:00 am. I thought.omg I don't want to see this bill.I was truly thankful and would and do tell anyone that needs a vet.to go there.He is busy and you may wait abit.but Its worth it.Great guy..
Best Dr. Vet I ever met!. Very care and compassionate. He is Amazing proffesional,great person!. Overwhelming busy!.
Dr wyatt is a wonderful and caring vet. Very kind And compassionate. He will go to every length to take care of your pet and give it and you all his attention. If he keeps your pet over night it's because it needs to be there. If you need him in the night he is a phone call away. His prices are very reasonable and you get much more than you pay for. His office is always very busy so there is a wait time but for the quality of care your pet gets for me its worth every minute. I love him and his staff... they saved my dogs life and have helped all of my pets. There's no better vet anywhere
This man is the BEST! He's about the only one left that is actually in it for the animals!
Dr Galbraith met me as a new patient on a Sunday morning at 7:30 am with a dog that was poisoned. I had been to the ER clinic in Huntsville the night before who wanted $ 1,900.00 to put my dog on an IV overnight. My dog is 14 1/4 has degenerative Myelopathy. Dr Galbraith was kind and worked swiftly and with great compassion to me and Ike. Never suggested putting him down. I will give this man a kidney if he needs it. I was a new patient that morning. And while I had a good vet in Huntsville-could not reach him and when I called back for antibiotics was not helped. Dr Galbraith said come get it. He treated 2 dogs for Poision and together with kennel cough they picked up at the ER clinic and I was charged 1/3 of the ER clinic and that included blood work and kidney/liver scans on both. He is amazing !! and to watch him work is awe inspiring!! He indeed needs to have his own special. I have done animal rescue for 20 yrs and will use him excusively from now on. The time has come to let my companion go but until I can take him there Dr Galbraith wants him to be comfortable. He is a dear man with a wonderful heart for all animals. I have not been asked to fill this out nor compensated for it. It is only a brief version of events. The drive is only 20 min from Ardmore. I will make it from now on with all 6 of my rescues and any and all future pets. And I will send everyone I meet to him. 5 stars is not enough!! This vet is 1 in a million and I am priveledged to know him !!
Extremely kind, courteous and professional. Met us at clinic after hours even though we were new patients! Very reasonable prices and great care and service. Can't be beat!
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.