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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I've been coming here off and on for the last seven years.I always come back here. Good service, knowledgeable, on time, good with the critters, nice people and fair pricing. Parking lot is a little tight but that's OK, once your in the lot, go slow and chill, most of these animal lovers are OK people.
I would like to invite you to come into the clinic to meet the new owners of Wilds Animal Hospital. Dr Hodgeson and Dr Boshoven have purchased this practice on December 2nd 2013 and will be the onsite veterinarians. Some changes are coming in the near future that will enhance our ability to care for your pets and allow us to be more efficient overall. You can visit our website at www.thepetsplaceanimalhospital.com to learn more about our doctors. Updates to the website are also coming so check back frequently. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your pet family members needs and how we can best care for them. See you soon!!
I love this place I have been going here since 1996 they are awsome there prices are great snd they tske very good care of my cats tammys my girl she has been there for me and my babies I love you guys great job!!!! !♡♡♡♥♥
My fourteen year old cat got into a bad fight with a bigger cat at 9:30pm, and bled really badly. I was so worried and scared. Even though it was late, Dr. Chung and Matt, the tech, waited for me to come in. They treated my cat with great care, and I was able to take her home later that night. Thank you so very much for all of your outstanding professional help and support!!!I can highly recommend this Veterinary Clinic.
These people are horrible now!!!!! I took my dog in...she was in pain!!!...dr wild would've seen seen her but these people were horrible!!!!! Told that they couldn't and wouldn't do anything till i made an appointment!!!!! All there doing is using his reputation for profit and thats bullsh?t!!!!! Yes there's a question mark but you get the point!!!!!!!
DO NOT GO TO THIS VET! The boys (literally - the guys who work up front & answer the phones are young & RUDE!) who work up front are unprofessional & rude - leaving me on hold then disconnecting me with no apology or explanation. The dr finally got on the phone & refused to see me or the kittens I was calling to make the appt for b/c by my description of the problem, he felt they might have FIP but he would not see them to be certain, telling me not to come in or ever come to their office again. I am totally bewildered by how this veterinary office operates!! Save yourself the time & stress of dealing with these people & move on to another vet!**I wouldn't even give this place 1 star rating but the site makes you pick at least one....
My family and I have used Pedley Veterinary Hospital for years. They used to also handle large animals and used to come out and vet our horses. They doctors there are fantastic, the staff is very friendly and knowledgeble and I have NEVER had a problem. I took my friends dog in after he had half his muzzle ripped off fence fighting with another dog. They were great and took Sparky right in. My older dog had been in a family members care while I was out of state. I came back to find that he had been in a cage at another local vet for almost a week while they ran "test" on him trying to figure out what was wrong. I picked him up and took him to Pedley the very same day. With one xray they were able to tell me he had cancer. When his time came I received a card from them expressing their sympathies. I refer all my friends to them, they offer excellent care for a reasonable price.
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.