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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After 20 plus years going to this Vet., all of the help/caring/over and beyond caring for my furkids, something changed with the people at the front desk. They became rude/not caring/blank faced/even trying to talk to them on the phone was a major problem. These people are the only way to get to the Vet. for call backs/they control the email to her/it appears that they control everything. One of them will tell you one thing/one will tell you another thing, so who to believe? I found out that you can not count on or believe what ever they say, and when it comes to what they say and what the Vet. tells you are two entirely different things. I stayed with this Vet. for a long time because I cared about her and her caring about me and furkids over looking or trying to ignore the behavior of the people at the desk. Several things happened regarding my furkids over a period of months, the people at the desk getting more difficult to deal with that added major stress to me/not wanting to go there and all the time I am thinking? What have done to be treated like this? The end all of it was I was fired as a client/tried many times to talk to the Office Manager/left messages for her to call me back and for the Vet. to call me back/just excuses why they were not available. To this day, I do not know what I did or did not do to cause these actions. This has effected me to the core of my being and nothing that they can say or do will make any difference at this point .... The door to a business is the people that you see at the front desk, if you see a problem to start out with, I would suggest you turn and walk back out.
I came to Swift Creek without an appointment. My dog was sick...I was scared!! I love this place!!! We both left happy and I will never go anywhere else!! They just care!!
If you care about your pet then DO NOT board him or her at Crossroads Vet Hospital. I cannot speak to the veterinary services but the boarding service is shockingly poor. They have lost my pet's belongings on several occasions (dog bowls, blankets, and bed) and the last two times I picked him up they lost his bed. This means a) I have to replace these items at at my own cost and b) he was sleeping on concrete instead of his bed or blanket (this happened on two occasions).They told me it was my fault the items were lost since I shouldn't have left the items with them (like his bed) and that it is in their policy that you sign when you drop off your pet that they can lose your pet's belongings at no cost to them. However, when I asked to see the policy in writing, they couldn't find it and changed their story that it was more of an "assumed policy" that they will lose your pet's belongings. I was shocked they actually said this. Terrible terrible experiences and very rude office staff.
The doctors are good although sometimes they can have a pet for an entire day in a crate simply waiting for treatment, because they are just too busy. The staff is incredibly rude, disorganized and ignorant. They even give you "medical advice" or discard your concerns even though they don't have a clue of what they are talking about. I also phoned them in desperation when my beloved pet was dying and they couldn't have cared less, didn't bother to phone back (even though I phoned three times), and I have to get someone else to come home and give euthanasia. Quite shameful.
Dr. Close is an excellent Veterinarian w/ compassion. He does house calls, which is unusual these days, but very convenient, especially for pets who can't ride in vehicles.Both of my dogs like him a great deal and feel comfortable w/ his care. I would highly recommend him!
This place is amazing! I recently switched from my old vet who I've been seeing for more than 10 years. My dog was diagnosed with Kidney failure and my old vet told me nothing about it. Basically just hinted to have him euthanized. I'm so glad I found Falls Village and got a second opinion, I have met everyone there and they are great! Everyone is friendly and helpful. The vets answered all of my questions and talked to me about my dog's progression over the phone. They answered everything in great details (unlike my old vet) and gave me suggestions on what to do for my dog. They even printed out recipes for me and gave me amazing discounts on Sub Q fluids until I could do them myself. (My old vet was charging $60 each sub Q injection, Falls Village only charged me $15) plus they gave me free needles once I learned how to do it myself. Everyone there really goes above and beyond to help the pet and make sure the owners understand everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this vet.
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.