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.
It might be smart to check on someone before you hire them. On 11-27-15 Obaid Ullah was working at Atlantic Coast. I brought one of my dogs in who was a patient of Dr Kraimers. On that night I rushed her in because she was having trouble breathing. Ullah, as I refuse to acknowledge him as a doctor, was on duty that night. He had to read from crib notes to tell me what was happening with my dog. He kept repeating the same thing over and over. I asked for an estimate and never got one. All he said was that she would have to stay for 4 days, or maybe 2. I told him I couldn't spend thousands and thousands but to do what they had to to make her better. Never did he give me an estimate. As a result of his incompetence my dog ended up dying As I was paying the bill Ullah came up to the front desk and loud enough for everyone to hear said "your dog died because you wouldn't spend money". The only job this man is suitable for is mopping floors in a mortuary. How disgusting that he managed to find another job in an animal hospital where he not only is incompetent but also has no compassion. what a shame that someone else will eventually have to deal with him at your hospital
They are the worst people to bring your pets too. It's all about money before they actually try and help your pet. Every other word is "let me make an estimate." There is no emergency care there, they'd rather waste time drafting up an estimate than helping your pet first then billing your later. to make it even better they actually have a sign that says "money first before treatment" this place is a joke. If I could I would rate this place negative.
They were truly wonderful caring professionals. Can't say enough on how well my Allie was cared for after being attacked by another dog!
They were more concerned with the financials than the actual treatment. Every time I had a question regarding the treatment options, prognosis, alternate treatments, etc. Dr. Altwood had to look it up. We discharged our dog from their care and am now seeking out a second opinion. He is doing much much better and I've researched that these conditions in many times heal on their own. We were left with an almost $600 bill (AFTER a 10% law enforcement discount) and they did nothing except watch him, tap his chest once, and administer O2. But, they did spend HOURS trying convince us to spend $7k just to diagnose him. Given the nature of their priorities of financials above actually treating their patients, I'm surprised the bill didn't include a service charge to wheel my dog in the building, as they seem to nickel and dime for EVERYTHING!!! DO NOT BRING YOUR ANIMAL HERE UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED TO PAY OUT OF YOUR NOSE BEFORE YOU GET ANY KIND OF REAL ANSWERS TO WARRANT TREATMENT!!!!!!!
East End Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Our hospital provides superior medical and surgical services by hiring the best talent the market may offer and keeping up with the latest technology. Our prices are comparable to all other 24/7 veterinary specialty centers on Long Island and cannot be compared with Veterinary clinics that are open only part of the day and provide routine veterinary services.
I cant say enough about the Fantastic and experienced veterinarians & technicians at this facility. Every time I've had an after hours emergency they've been there ready and able to help 24/7 (Even Christmas Day). I give my full recommendation to this hospital!
Compassionate, professional care. Great hospital. Wonderful staff. My Peggy thanks them, too. We both wagg our tails...
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.