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.
I just love you guys. I thank you from the bottom of my heart Pearl and Evo too
We've been using Saint Francis for several years now. They've always been friendly, caring, professional and easy to get in touch with. Recently we had one of our cats become very sick before passing away. He stayed at Saint Francis for several days and received a lot of treatment, and the staff was simple incredible. I cannot praise them highly enough. They cared for our cat like he was their own.
Awesome service! Very gentle with my frightened kitty and VERY reasonable prices!! I'll be bringing all my animals here. Thanks for helping my cat, Dr. Madera. One of the best Vet experiences Ive ever had!! :)
I've been using St. Francis for 15 years & wouldn't go any place else. When we first got our cat Midnight, he was allowed outside & got into a fight. The wound got infected. It was close to noon, so as I was calling Vets I got told maybe later, no appointments available, etc. till St. Francis. They said come right in. We have used them since as we ended up with 2 more cats. They have terrific with all our problems & so helpful. Yesterday, we had to put Midnight to sleep. The Doctor & Staff were all so helpful & compassionate, it really helped. I wouldn't go any place else.
On my first visit to St. Francis with my two new kittens, I was very impressed! Everyone is SO friendly and helpful and Dr. Madera was very thorough in his exams and even went the extra mile by cutting some costs on his own without me asking!! Their kindness and being so considerate has confirmed that I now have a permanent vet to rely on. I feel I can fully trust the care of my kittens to them....thank you to Dr. Madera and his wonderful staff! And as I was writing this, I got a phone call from them asking how the kittens were doing and thanking me for coming to their hospital....I am impressed!!
I feel that Dr. Madera and staff really care about my dogs well being. They listen to my concerns and they take the time to answer all of my questions. The staff is very nice and friendly even when they are so busy, they always have a smile.
I wanted to express my thanks to DR. Madera and appreciation for all of your hard work and tremendous effort you take with the care and treatment of our little Teddy. We value your time that you take to ensure that Teddy is well and in the best possible health.
Dr. Madera is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and provides the BEST veterinarian services I have had in many years. I get schedule reminders and follow up calls from the staff. I am fortunate to have such a great and caring group in my area.
I feel that my pet's health and wellbeing are important to your staff. I really appreciate the follow up phone calls from Jan when my pet has received her shots or has been in for a sick visit.
For almost 15 years I have been coming to St Francis and I wouldn't go anywhere else! Also I know my pet would not like to go anywhere else.
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.