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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My two dogs just had an exam this week and did not even flinch at the shots or exam. They treat your animals as God's creation and not just a part of their job. And they are much more reasonable than other vets!
Our pound puppies Beau and Duke have been going there since we adopted both of them. Duke has been going there 6 years and Beau Almost 4 . They are every good to my boys ! Beau contacted parvo from the pound and had to be vetted as soon as we got him ! As you can tell he is still with us ! We also board our pups with them and will hand feed them chicken if they will not eat !! I am very happy with our vet ! They are 5 star in my opinion !
Wonderful, convenient, gentle, caring, inexpensive, She will spend as much time as needed. She was great!!
I beg to pardon, this clinic is absolutely the finest we have dealt with in years. Total compassion, complete physical exam, we were willing to pay for what they were recommending. Follow up calls every other day. We went in thinking it was over for our companion of 12 years, yet she is on her way back to being the bird dog full of life she once was. All the result of a vet who works out with weights so she can pick up dogs of any size to gently compassionately treat them. We border there as well, we can trust them. Bill to date $176, xrays, exams, meticulous screening, all the time necessary to diagnosis the problem, no more staying up all night with our dog. Guess our experience was just not quite the same, you notice your post stands, they take the good and the bad when it comes to comments.
My boyfriend and I went to this place on a recommendation for a coworker. We adopted two kittens from out of town and we are both new to the area. Since they were shelter kittens we wanted to get them checked out quickly especially since one of them had a hacking cough. The vet didn't check their lungs or heart stating that they were purring too loud, they do purr loud and alot but they were there with the vet for over an hour and a half. He said that they were both fine and didn't really comment on the cough and prescibed medication for loose stool. Less than a week, they both had the cough and one had bloddy diarrhea. The vet didn't want to see either of them again and just prescirbed antibiotics and a deworming treatment. But they were both tested a week ago for worms and the test was negative...When it came down to it our office visit was about a 3.5 stars, he spent alot of time answering our questions about care and gave up lots of free samples of treats and flea medication. But when a vet looks to us for recommendations and only wants to treat one cat for worms I have to pause. It may be miscommunication between the staff and doctors, the vet we talked on the phone to was not the vet that saw our boys, but we are switching vets!
My wife and I have been bringing our pets here for over 20 years now and we find the practice to be very clean, the staff does a great job and they all know what they are doing.
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.