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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Dr. Tai and his wife are the most hardest working, and caring people I know! They have hearts of gold!!! Dr.Tai is not going to do any unnessary procedures on you family pet!!! Other Veterinarians I have been to will tell you we have to a perform a million procedures to take as much of you're money from you as possible. They are preying on you're feelings!!! NOT DR. Tai!!!!!!! For 20 years he has taken care of my 2 Cats with perfect results!!! He has been an Angel he has always looked after the animals well being first!!!! He's not after $$$$. His office, and methods may be old school, but I would rather have Dr. Tai's expertise!!!!!!! Some comments I read here are a lil harsh, but please be patient because he's only one veterinarian there and he and his wife are swapped with clients each day!!!! I've known Dr. Tai for 25 years plus. I moved to the central valley many years ago have not found a good veterinarian yet!!!!!!! I have not found a veterinarian that cares as much as Dr. Tai, and there is no veterinarian that I trust more!!!!!!!! At times over here in the central valley I had an emergency with a new cat, and the vet here was more concerned with payment how I could pay, credit card issue!!! With two credit card type deal!!! then with my emergency! I pray I lived closer to Dr.Tai!!!!
The staff members are always very respectful and kind, always make my dog feel loved and welcomed. Thank you! Great place.
We have used Evergreen Veterinary Clinic for 17 years and have always been very satisfied with their service. I recommend any doctor who works there.
Just so rude. They screwed up and can't admit it.. Don't blame it on your customers. That how you lose business.
We take our animals her to get their shots and check ups. The staff is always friendly and Dr. Singh is excellent.
Dr Lu has been seeing my dogs for the last 5 years or so. I trust his opinion as he's pin-pointed some issues with my previous dog (Neurological disorders) and this dog (epilepsy). He made course of treatment very clear, and is not a doctor that will run a bunch of tests just to charge you. He will tell you what is useful and will not have you pay for unnecessary tests and such. He is honest and will respect your decisions, not make you feel bad for trying your own herbal treatments or whatever. (dog with allergies and UTIs). I will continue to bring my pets to him.
Very nice and caring on the surface, but not in practice, unless you don't mind your pet having to be put down because of professional neglect. My 13 year kitty I brought in Monday morning, because she was listless, not eating, and had not gone poo in 3 days. She had been relatively fine previous to Friday night. I was very worried, wanted blood work done, and asked about the constipation problem. The vet would not respond to my questions about constipation, but told me she had lymphoma. He then recommended X-rays. On the X-rays he showed me the enlarged liver and spleen. The colon had 5 big pieces of poo in it. The Dr. said she would be able to expell it on her own after taking prednisone for the lymphoma. I asked him if she was in pain, and he loudly said no. The next day he called me with the results of the blood work. He said she had cancer in her bone marrow. I did not want chemo, but wanted her to be comfortable until she could be comfortable no more, and then I would put her to sleep. The Dr. again would not respond to my inquiry about constipation, nor recommend any treatment other than appetite stimulants. I had told the Dr. that she was still not going poo, or getting any better. All she could do at this point was lay on a cold corner of the floor not wanting contact with anyone.Long story short, Tuesday, Wed., absolute hell, kitty got worse every day, Dr. would offer no advice or treatment on constipation even when I said I was going to give kitty enema myself. He did not offer to have her come in for enema. I tried every thing I could think of to make kitty better or at least comfy, including demanding pain medicine for what the Dr. had described as 5th stage cancer. Kitty was not acting different or sick at all until last Fri day night. I don't think lymphoma kills with no symptoms up until the last week. That's nice they are so caring, and lots of hugs and loving with everyone, but I personally would prefer to have my cats' immediate, easily fixable medical problems addressed, and have my last days with kitty to be not so horrible due to neglect of constipation and pain treatment. By Thursday she was suffering so much, I took her to another vet for a desperate 2nd opinion, and to most likely put her down. They were surprised to hear the Evergreen vet would not talk to me about the constipation, immediately offered enema. KITTY WAS SO FAR GONE FROM SIMPLE CONSTIPATION (NOT LYMPHOMA) I PUT HER DOWN. I called anonomously later to Evergreen and found out they could have given kitty an enema for $105. But they never offered.The 2nd vet I went to did not dispute the lymphoma diagnosis.
It is always a pleasant experience with Akal Animal Hospital.My sister and I are really happy with you and your staff and we continue to use your facility.
I love coming here with you guys because you are wonderful and very helpful. Thanks for keeping me updated with my pups vaccination.
I want to say that you guys were great with explaining very straight forward and treated her very well. Love your facility and staff.
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.