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.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Dr Orme does not even deserve one star. We took both our cats there for their vaccinations. The wait was extremely long. We went as a couple even though we were babysitting our grandkids so that we could comfort our kitties while getting their vaccinations. They took our cats in another room . I told the technician that Elsa was apprehensive because she was being vocal. We assumed that they knew how to handle cats.Elsa eledgely bit the technician ( we were not allowed in the room & didn’t see anything) Dr Orme told us in the waiting room & was accusatory of us. She told us it was our fault because we didn’t warn the technician.Our second cat had the same shot as Elsa. She was allowed to sit on my husband’s lap during her shots.Whatever happened to Elsa behind close doors is alarming. Her kennel was full of fur. She sulked for two days afterwards while Pip was ok.I will never entrust my cats to their care again.
This is a great place to take your fur babies! We trust them 100%.
I started taking one of my dogs out of desperation on a Friday night at 11:00 pm. My dog was shaking uncontrollably every few seconds. To make the story short it took 4-5 ER visits and wrong diagnoses later to finally get an experienced older vet that diagnosed her immediately. Not impressed but thought they could at least do shots & dental cleanings.Well fast forward a couple years later and they suggested I put one of my dogs down because he was so difficult, aggressive & old. I said absolutely not, what about prescribing Prozac. That did the trick and he lived one more peaceful year.The kicker of all, my other dog had low labs and according to the vet my dog had to have cancer since she wasn’t making RBCs. She tinkered around for 6 months stringing me along telling me to put her down. I finally had had enough of the nonsense and got into it with her and said I need to know what exactly my dog has, if my dog needs X procedure than so be it, tell me where to take her and I’ll take care. Her argument was “she’s old and if you’re not going to follow with chemo or other expensive treatment I would not recommend X procedure.” I told her “How am I suppose to know what I would or would not do if I don’t know what she has and the options.” Eventually she emailed me a vet office.I opted to research it and chose a different specialty vet office. I have to report over a year later my dog is still truckin’. She does not have cancer and never did. She has been very happy with a competent internal medicine vet who sees her 1-2 times a month.I’m not going to mention names, but this place has some idiot vets. I would never take my precious dog to this stupid place EVER!!!
I have had my dogs in to them a few times. One time my male was almost dead! They diagnosed him with diabetes and he had ketoacidosis. They saved his life! Great place to take your pets!
Caring office staff. Overall great experience! It is obvious why they have been in business so long! Its nice to experience a more personal approach to care for my dogs!
Great staff and the doctors really take the time to answer all our questions. They truly care about the welfare of my many dogs and cats.
I have to preface this review by stating that I have never used this pet center or even stepped foot inside of it. However, I would NEVER entrust them to care for my pets and I would caution anyone else to think twice before doing so. Earlier today around 5:00pm I was driving past the center on Highland Dr. when traffic in both directions suddenly stopped. Running in and out of traffic was a black and white border collie (not positive of the breed) with 3 different vet techs on the sidewalk trying to lure it back to them. Its tail was tucked between its legs as far as it could go, it was shaking and any time one of the vet techs got close it would start barking at them. Very clearly scared to death.The poor dog ran further down the road and traffic starting moving. About 20 minutes later I had to drive back down Highland. No vet techs or loose dog in sight so I'm hoping the situation was resolved without injury.No idea if the owner was informed of the trauma their dog experienced today but I would be absolutely LIVID if I found out, after entrusting my dog to their care, that his life was in jeopardy because of their negligence. Absolutely unacceptable.
Our yorkie Olive was very sick so we took her in to the closest vet. It was determined she needed emergency pyometra surgery. This other vet printed a price quote for over $1800 and shoved it in front of me and told me to sign off so they could get going on saving her life. I had no idea what the fair rate for this procedure should be but I felt like their price was high. I declined the surgery and began making calls. Alta Vet quoted me a price that was 1/3 of what the other place tried to get. Alta isn't trying to get rich by overcharging distressed pet owners in an emergency, they just want to help sick animals feel better.They did a great job with the surgery and kept me updated throughout. They called me on New Years Day to check on Olive even though they were closed for the holiday. Thanks for saving Olive's life without bankrupting me Alta Vet!
Dr. Barney is so wonderful personable and knowledgeable. He helped my pet so much that I can t express my happiness. Thank you.
Willow Creek is an excellent Animal Hospital and they are very friendly!
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.