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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This man is an abomination and should not be practicing. He killed my dog. I contacted the Michigan Licensing board to file a complaint about him and they did investigate him and sanctioned him. They should have taken away his license. He is cruel and arrogant as well. Money-hungry. Selling bogus vitamins that he manufactures, illegally, without any ingredients....gives these out with antibiotics for ailments he does not understand and does not refer you to someone who does because he wants your money. He is a sociopath.
Dr. Romine's office staff is so polite and easy going!Dr himself is very gentle with the animals, personable and caring. We are so excited to call him our new farm vet!
Perri had been sick for months. You did nothing but give us steroids and some "vitamins" that none of our cats would go near. Instead of suggesting a different vet, you continued on, even suggesting if the vitamins didn't work, "you could just cut her open to see if it's a tumor". She was 11 years old, she had already lost 6 pounds and was barely eating and you expected her to survive that. That was great veterinary care. Then, after one solid week of her not eating, AT ALL, we decided that we didn't want her to suffer at all. Our suffering never exceeded hers, our hearts broke, all we did was worry, but we were not suffering. As for you trying to stuff our recently deceased pet into a garbage bag, there was no confusion. My face ws dripping in tears as you OPENED THE BAG. You were not trying to merely "cover her" you were trying to put my wife and I's pet into a garbage bag. How was me shoving my way between you and my cat confusing? How was me stopping you from actually putting her in there confusing? Was my wife confusing as she stood there frozen in horror as you flicked open a plastic bag for us to transport our dead cat in? Sir, I respect your profession, and I'm sure you were great, about 20 years ago, but you are far past your prime. You, apparently, have forgotten what compassion is, or at least confused it with cruelty. No one deserves what you put us through.
There are always those who deem themselves 'know-it-alls' and think they're smarter than the professional, whether that be a vet, medical doctor, or teacher etc. If I took an animal (la dog) to a veterinary clinic, and felt the vet was THAT incompetent, I would have pulled my animal well before the first week was up and took her elsewhere and certainly wouldn't have stayed with that vet for another second, let alone 3 more weeks. If any vet didn't offer lab results, treatment for, or discussion about one of my animals, why would I bring a second animal (a cat) to him? With that said, I have been in animal rescue since 1970. I have dealt with all kinds of vets and I assure you, Dr. Wellman is one of the finest. He has dedicated his life to saving and helping animals. I have heard testimony that he has worked what has been described as 'miraculous' in saving some of his patients thought to be beyond hope by other vets.
I highly recommend Animal Medical Center of Saline. The Care & attention your petreceives reflects the whole attitude of Vets & their staff. Compassion & carrying.
They treat your pet as if it were their own. Gentle, loving and sympathetic. I like that. Thank you for all of your services.
There is little to no wait time when you get there for your appointment, and everyone waswonderful. Friendly staff, clean center, and very accommodating for appointment times.
Professional, compassionate and patient with both the owner and animals. I feel as if eachdoctor takes his or her animal patient as the most important thing at that time. I am alsoimpressed with the follow thru by calling or asking how my animals when I stop by.
I have been bringing my pets here for over 5 years. The staff truly cares about your animals. Prices are very reasonable.
The staff at this office are excellent. They care deeply about the animals they treat and are always very helpful.
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.