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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left my critically ill dog there to be watched for the day after emergency surgery at a hospital in Charleston. When I picked her up she was very sick and in much worse shape than when I left her. When I called a day later early in the morning because she was getting sicker. He could/would not see her until late that afternoon. I explained how sick she was. They said I could just bring her in and leave her. No way after the first day she was there! My sweet baby died. I see that Dr. Mulvey is a wonderful vet to many people and I am not sure why my experience was so different. While he certainly did not cause my sweet baby's death, he certainly contributed to it. I did not find any compassion or caring there.
Dropped my dog off for a checkup and weekend board, explained that she'd been intermittently favoring a hind leg after activity, gave permission for her to play with other dogs. Picked her up Monday morning to discover bite marks on her face and neck from, I assume, rough play, and she now has multiple ACL issues. Her ACL injuries were, I'm told by the doctor, diagnosed the day I dropped her off. Why was she allowed to roughhouse with other dogs all weekend? Supposedly because I okayed it when I dropped her off, according to the doctor, who possessed knowledge that I did not have at drop off. Had I known my dog had blown out one ACL and possibly torn another, I never would have given permission for her to play with others. Her leg injury (injuries) left her vulnerable to physical attack by other dogs, evidenced by the scabs on her face and neck. The doctor should have known better. Poor judgement on her part, possibly negligence. Information regarding my dog's condition was withheld at pickup - the vet tech explaining to me that my dog had an injury but the severity was greatly downplayed. I was told the doctor would call me that same day. She didn't. She called my husband the next day, telling him that the dog would require insanely expensive surgery and physical therapy. Bad, horrible, traumatic. Zero stars.
This vet was immensely unprofessional. Not only was Dr. Metts 45 mins late for the appointment, but she verbally berated my dog, accused him of aggression and was aggressive herself. She handled my dog with complete cynicism and did not respect him at all. She was the epitome of acting unprofessionally. I am shocked at the lack of concern that she has for quality care. I will never recommend her business to anyone.
#1 the best. Excellent service. 100% Professional. .Keeps Tigris in perfect health. Always sends appointment datesI suggest Southside Animal Hospital to everyone with a pet
Both my Dogs have always gone to the VCA of greater Savannah. They are 9&10 now and I trust the vets and staff there with their health and lives. They saved my 10 yr old when she was first rescued with heart worms, they got us through that and they have me as a supporter forever. Thank you VCA!
I'm so grateful for VCA. The doctors and staff are absolutely wonderful. My dogs are currently 13 and 14 and have been seen at VCA all of their lives. The care provided is superior. The staff genuinely cares about the well-being of all of the animals they treat. I can attribute the excellent health of my "babies" to the services and guidance provided by VCA. I'm so grateful for them!
I don't know if the doctor is any good or not, we never had the chance to see him. My wife scheduled and appointment for both of our dogs to receive their annual vaccines. They said they could see us at 4:30 on Wednesday, July 30th. We show up at 4:10 and try to check in but they had no record of our appointment, told to have a seat. We cool our heels for almost 30 minutes while she waits on everyone else in the waiting room, even those that came in well after we did. Finally, we are told that they are sorry, but they just can't see us today. No other patients in the waiting area, but they can't keep the appointment that THEY forgot to write down. Oh, but they want to know, do you want us to set you down for another time? Ummmm, no! we had to get off work early just to make this appointment. Nobody said, "sorry, we messed up" or "I apologize for the confusion". Wasted trip, wasted leave time, and extremely tempted to forget my manners and tell them exactly where they can put their "do you want us to put you down for another time". He may be the best Vet in the State, but his staff is at the least uncaring and at the most incompetent.
I wouldn't take ANY of my pets to any other vet in town--and I have been to others. I am so thankful to my good friend Karen who told me about the wonderful, caring Veterinarians (especially Dr. Hassan!!!), and the the excellent staff. As you can see by my pictures, I have english bullies. I also have a pekingese and three cats. This place is a home away from home for my pets and they support animal rescue organizations that work locally, as well as take in many strays that get left on their doorstep. I could go on & on. Give them a try & you won't be disappointed!!!
Alfie and August both get VERY excited and happy when we tell them they are going to the vet! The girls there really spoil my pooches with love and biscuits. Although they still hate getting poked with needles, they still leave wagging their tails. Dr. Mulvey took care of Alfie when he had a strange gastrointestinal issue. He gave us several options, and even came in early on a Saturday to do an extra XRay. The prices are the best I've seen anywhere we've lived (Toronto, Memphis, Atlanta), and the level of care and quality was MUCH higher than any vet experience we've had.I recommend Dr. Mulvey to everyone of my friends who has pets.
i have used many vets over the years in multiple states and cities. Dr. Kane is far and away the most competent and compassionate veterinarian i have ever met. if your pet is a family member like mine is, Dr. Kane who you want caring him/her.
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.