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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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First off, having to bring your pet in to an emergency service is stressful enough......very overpriced and they play on your emotions trying to sell you aftercare that you don't need....I brought my pet in for blood in the stools....and like any pet owner, I believe your "better safe than sorry"....long story short.... $1k later of tests and xrays, and they couldn't find any problems, yet suggested another $200 of followup care....I'm still trying to figure out the level of aftercare that was suggested to me when they didn't know what the issue was. When I declined the aftercare and told them that as long as my pet was, in there words, "a good prognosis" and that I would follow up at my regular vet, they were rude and disrespectful....They also injured my pet in the process....If you love your pet like I love mine, STAY AWAY from this place....it's all about $$$ to them....your better off driving further to find an on call vet.....hell, a witch doctor would be better....
Granite City Pet Hospital in St Cloud MN is an excellent place to take your four legged love one. They care about the pets that they treat, and respect you're felling you have for them.
If I could give a zero I would. My dog was hit by car in the middle of the night when her new harness broke. Brought her in with obviously fatal injuries. The tech was extremely rude. Tried to refuse to even give her pain meds without being paid first. She had two broken legs and was coughing up blood. I hadn't brought !y purse with me since she had woke me up. In fact I had arrived in a squad car with a nice officer who had seen the accident. She then tried to make me do unnecessary tests and insulted me by telling me I should value my pet more than money. After arguing for over half hour while my beloved pet was choking on her blood on front of me they agreed to put her to sleep. After all that they attempted to make me and my frien that arrived being her with me unless I handed them $368, which I didn't have in my pajamas. She was still covered in blood and had lost control of her bodily functions when she passed and was covered in that as well. They refused to clean her up first. I finally was allowed to leave with the threat of being immediately turned into collections if they weren't paid within 12 hours. The heartlessness that accompanied the worst night of my life is unforgivable. They should be ashamed of themselves and dreading the special place in hell that's awaiting the!
I've been bringing my dog here for 11 years. (When I was married, dogs). I've never had a problem with them. They ask which tests I want performed and have never had anything done without my consent, which by the way would be illegal. I have him groomed here. When he was boarded here while I was in Florida for a family medical emergency they told me prior to the boarding what tests and vaccines would be administered. They are nothing less than helpful, professional, etc. The staff recognizes my dog and I as we walk in the door. They've had some of the staff working there for years. It is always clean in the waiting room area and the visit rooms. I've never had any issues or concerns with them and would highly recommend them!
I have been going to Granite City Vet for over 13 years. They diagnosed my dog when others couldn't and took excellent care of her till the end. All three of my cats and my dog go there. All get great care and Erin, the groomer, is fantastic! My son drives 45 minutes every week to take his dog to her as well! My only complaint is they aren't timely on appointment times, and I spend a lot of time waiting. But the CARE my girls get is top notch.
My dog broke his toe and needed to have a cast. I needed to bring him back every week or so to change the wrapping. The first one was great and he was walking on his foot the same day, but the rest of them he was in pain and you could see it. I brought him back to have them change it three times in a week. The vet tech came and talked to me and said that because of his small size sometimes the cast shifts. So I just let him suffer for the next five weeks. When he was finally able to get it taken off I didn't notice while I was in there, but he had a dime sized blister on his back leg. They obviously saw it while wrapping him, but never said anything. I wouldn't have been mad, happens to me sometimes. But they knowingly let him suffer. I will never bring him back, and told everyone I know. No one else has brought their pet there either.
Very dissapointed. I brought my dog there after eating Raisins and they would not treat him because they didn't have a muzzle basket (he was scared and growled) for big dogs available and the vet tech was very unfriendly and told us to go all the way to the University of Minnesota for his treatment at 11:30 at night I drove to U of M to save my dog. The staff there was awesome and very professional.
I have brought my dogs here over the years and they keep getting worse. My last visit was for just a one night stay for two dogs in one kennel. Total bill $232.02 double charged for boarding, gave health exams, leptospirosis vaccine, did a fecal exam, and metronidazole medicine on the dogs without any of my consent. This seems to be common practice with these guys as last time I brought my dog in they ran extra tests and gave extra medicine without my approval, which in turn more then doubled my original bill.
My son has taken his dog there a few times. Neither times did they correctly diagnose the dog's issue. A week ago, my son's Schnauzer was urinating continuously even after being let out. Within 30 mins. he had another accident in the house. My son took his dog to Granite City Pet Hospital, and they charged him $200 to take tests he didn't authorize and put the dog on antibiotics. A week later, we were very concerned as there was no improvement on the dog. Today, my son took him to a different vet who was recommended by my local vet, and within 30 mins. and $60 he was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and the amount included his medication. A pill a day and he will be fine. Left untreated, who knows what would have happened. As my son is a college student, I paid for the $200 bill. Also, according to Granite City Pet Hospital, the results of the expensive tests they took without my son's knowledge came back saying his dog was fine. It took less than 10 mins. for the new vet to take a simple blood test to see the dog had hyperthyroidism. Check out another vet to take your precious animal to, my son will not go back there again. Our pets are a part of our family. I am not very happy with their service not to mention I feel like I threw away $200. A very pissed off mom here! cremmel
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.