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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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We've been taking our miniature poodle for daycare and long kennel stays for more than 2 years. The service and staff have been great and there haven't been any problems. This summer the facility has been upgraded with individual rooms for the pets. Wonderful!!!Sparks, NV
We adopted our new furry family member....His name was Mack, we changed it to Tandy...He's about 2 years old...tan Chihuahua mix...There was NO transition period!!!...like he's always been with us...gets along with our cats!!! Our receptionist was also wonderful!!! GREAT EXPERIENCE!!!
Closed--Out of business now. Don't know when they closed. Closed---Out of business now. Don't know when they closed.
Very nice and professional. It is nice that we see the same vet every time. Got my cat off of a medication that head been taking for 4 years. Now he is a much happier cat .and his health is much better
I used to work let me tell I will never go back they liked yell at you alot and likes you to take the dogs out even when its raining and snowing outside I had food poisoning I told them I had it but they still made me work I was throwing up and not feeling good at all and still made me work that place is something else i will never ever go back at all the view is awesome but you work for grumpy old ppl who are owners if you like to get yelled at all the time go ahead but its not worth it st all I was glad when the laid me off it felt good no job but it was like I was free no good plus to go for sure work or take your animals
Called when they opened stating our dog was throwing up blood. They replied they could not see him as an emergency. Careless and heartless. I'd have paid whatever to help my dog, these people are a joke
Would not recommend this vet to anyone. She will put your horse on too many drugs. She is not very personable and doesn't care about the animals that she works on or her customers. I had a horse that she put on steroids and when his skin issue didn't go away she put him on even heavier doses. Guess what, still didn't go away. Took my horse to another vet that gave me some cream to soothe on his skin. His skin condition was gone within a week. All she does is complain about how much she has to work. Perhaps she shouldn't be in that profession.
I really like this place the staff is great and super knowledgeable! I bring my dogs in for grooming. The only thing they need is to open a window it always smells lol
Fisher is from California not a local first dog he owned was in 2009 an alcoholic psycopath that anyone should never trust with their animal with. He has not lived in the area for 20 years ! His help is just as bad !
Hate to say it but I felt ripped off too. We put down our dog. Yes the Zen room was great. But why couldn't they have made a clinical judgment call before more XRays and blood work. So 600 dollars later, they tell us he needed to be out down. They put him on oxygen for a few hours, then put him down. Yes zen room and care was exceptional. But they are Drs! Make the call. Stop the testing!! That is pet owner abuse. You could have done the whole thing for 400 not 1,200. Just saying
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.