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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
They turned me away for not neutering my puppy. He is only 4.5 months old and they told me he had to be 4 months at least and they turned me away before he even turned 4 months of age. They are NOT a caring staff and have bad attitudes when they greet you. I encourage you to find a new place to take your animal to.
I have never been treated with such disrespect from an establishment before. I am a first time pet owner and I brought my puppy in. Right at the beginning, the receptionist wrote down the wrong breed of my dog even after I told her the correct breed. She wrote down German Shepherd because "that's what she looks like"..... The worst part came when I met the Vet. He was explaining her medicine to me, and I asked him to repeat it because I wanted to make sure since he was speaking quickly. He made me read out loud the dosage on the medicine. Then he asked if I knew how to add 3 and 2 together and if I went to school in Richmond. I said no, and he said "well then you may be unfamiliar with this"....No one deserves to be treated with such disrespect. I will never go there again or recommend this "Vet" to anyone.
The staff was great and very informative of my cats! So glad I choose this clinic I was very pleased with my services today!
I would recommend this place to anyone with a pet. The people who works there are caring , gentle, loving people thank you for what you do you are awesome.
Yesterday was one of the hardest days I've been through in a long time . I had to put down my sweet little girl, Jackie Chan. AS most of you know she developed a tumor under her right arm and it was starting to cause pressure on her chest so I knew it was the best thing to do for her ... I took her to Boulevard Animal Hospital because Dr Woodward he had done lots of cats and dogs of ours in the past, which all turned out great, I figured my sweet pet rat would be no different ... it was the most terrifying thing I've ever been through ... He would not let me hold her while he tried to poke her with the needle then grabbed her so aggressively that it smashed her against the table that she began screaming ...I begged him to let me hold her while he tried to get the needle in her skin but he refused and said it was because of liability reasons if MY pet rat bit ME ...he then tells his assistant to get the gloves just in-case...Dr. Woodward now puts on leather elbow gloves that are for large breed dogs and once again grabs her so hard shes screaming non stop ( rats dont nor mall do this unless in pain or frightened ) and im begging him to let me hold her but he still refuses...he now has her by the tail and once my tries to poke her in the air with the needle so I ran out of the door only to hear an even more intense scream from her outside the room ...I go in and he has poked her once then dropped her on the ground ...she runs under the counter into a crawl space and we could not get her ...they told me they would call me when they found her and I could get her ...Well they called me today to tell me they caught her, killed her and I needed to come dispose of the body. I told him, while in tears, that they were suppose to wait for me and would not answer why they didn't but kept telling me to come get her ...i live an hour away and told them i wouldn't be able to do it for a few days because of work and time scheduling. Dr woodward then told me he'd live her outside all night cause he could careless, just wants a date to set her outside. This has been the most traumatic experience. If you love your pet and want them to die peacefully DO NOT GO TO BOULEVARD ANIMAL HOSPITAL.
The staff at Animal Care Alliance is caring and knowledgeable. They are willing to help in almost any situation. My daughter recently had a school project on Pet Care and they went out of their way to make sure she had materials and access to staff members for interviews, as well as hands on experience with some of their animals. It was such a great experience we plan to be a part of the Animal Care Alliance family for a long long time.
Everyone is pleasant, helpful & shows their love for animals. Doc is an A+ veterinarian who is dedicated to his calling.
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.