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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Stoney Pointe Pet Hospital has a very kind, caring, professional, and pet-loving staff. They treated my dog, Tilly, like she is a first-class patient, receiving royal treatment :)I would recommend Stoney Pointe Hospital to any of my friends and family with pets!Thank you, Stoney Pointe for your excellent service to our family!Dawn Wheeler
I gave a 1 star because 0 wasn't an option. I had an emergency visit with a friends dog that had an eye injury. RIDGEMONT ANIMAL VET HOSPITAL. Never been here but was the close to her home. The worst place ever I would take an animal. A doctor (never caught the name but was an older male with a slight stutter (no disrespect) informed me the there was probable eye damage and it would have to be remove. He said he charges from $1200-$1500 to remove the eye. I stated she's not my dog I can't make that decision and stated I can authorize pain & swelling decisions. That doctor said he can give her pain meds. I proceeded to call my friend and repeated what was said. She said she'd gone to Brockport Animal Hospital before take her there....I told them I was taking the dog there. I wanted pain meds until I got there, that "doctor" said there would be a fee but he would do it. I didn't give a rats behind what the fee was, just give it to her. 3-4 mins later no one was at the desk, I started to yell out that I was leaving and then someone appeared and told me the pain meds were a control substance and the needed more information. I said I'm leaving and drove to BROCKPORT ANIMAL HOSPITAL. When I got there they took the dog immediately. Shortly there after I was brought in and was informed that the Doctor did not see any permanent damage to the eye, the retina was still attached and believed the swelling of inner eye lid (after being properly placed back in & sewn shut for 5 days) will help heel the eye. So from a 5 min console totally $1500. This ended up being a 10 min console that ended up costing $360. YOU BE THE JUDGE. ALL ANIMALS, WHEN IT COMES TO PERTAINING TO COST TO HEAl, GET A SECOND OPINION.And just to clarify, the cost wasn't the issue, it was my gut feeling. I called my friend back and told her to never to go there, I wouldn't trust this doctor to trim my dogs nails.-Since I've written this review I have since learned that that doctor at Ridgemont doesn't accept payment plans, so if you can't afford to pay he will euthanize your animal.UPDATE: This dog has completely recovered, no scars and has no vision issues....she can see out of the eye just like she could before.
The staff were very good with Miss Tuxedo when we went last month. Office and exam rooms clean and bright.
Kass and I love Stoney Pointe. I don't or can't think of better partners in pet care. Everyone is knowledgeable, and they pay attention to EACH AND EVERY CUSTOMER (those would be feline and canine) they care about the lives of each and every patient and parent. They also accept and recommend insurances... they have special clinics to help pet parents and their pet families.Kass loves coming to visit..to stay for the day, to stay overnight. I never have to worry about quality of his care. Kass shows me how happy he is..... and obviously, I demonstrate how much I care for him....
Both the staff and the doctors are great at Coldwater Animal Hospital. They take care of our animals and they explained what was going on.
Took my cat here because he was showing symptoms of a fever, Dr. Hartman seemed to be in a rush with my cat because there was an emergency coming in and was rude answering a few of my questions. Gave my cat some antibiotics and some water then said we were all set . Brought my cat home and he died before the end of the night. He was only a couple years old.
I will not trust any other Vet with my dog, the staff at Coldwater Animal Hospital are the friendliest individuals.
I have been takeing my cats here for over 30 years they show the very most concern for my pets then where ever I have taken my pets before
They took our many worried phone calls and got us in right away with both! We've been clients here for many years. I completely trust everyone from the receptionist on up to the Doctors!
Julie Standish, who gives this vet a five star rating, is the office manager for the vet in question which makes the rating a lie and Julie Standish a person one might not care to trust. I doubt the owner of the practice would approve of this since it reflects badly on the practice as a whole. When a general manager is doing this and other things that will be left unstated here, it impacts the culture and behaviors of other support staff. IMO, It is not a warm, friendly and inviting environment. We believe this is due largely to Julie Standish, and several people we know have said the same about this person. We now live in Florida, but felt it was important to add our experience after having this brought to our attention.
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.