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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I have been taking my 3 cats to Queen Anne Animal Clinic since I moved to Seattle. One has asthma and goes monthly for an injection. These are the nicest, most accommodating, competent, efficient and compassionate vets and staff I have ever known. I wholeheartedly recommend them.
I have been taking my dogs to Dr.young for years now and won't trust any other get to take care of my babies..my dog butterbean let out a yelp and then was paralyzed from the neck down,i didn't know what was the matter with him..the doctor determined he suffered from a stroke. I took him to Dr.young and he was there for 11 days and nights,Dr.Young and his staff tooksuch good care of him ...he couldn't go potty his own so they put a catheder on him and they had to hand feed him because he wasn't able to eat on his own,after the xrays and blood work and all the 24 hr.care he only charged me $250...there's no way he made any money on me because he charged so little for so much care..I have since refered him to at least 20 of my friends and they all agree with me...I will only let Dr.young care for my babies forever...he's the best and most caring doctor I have ever met!!!
I feel so lucky to have found the best Veterinary group in Seattle. The front desk staff is very helpful on the phone and easily gets us in that day if needed. Dr. Wiser is amazing, and so knowledgeable. She has treated our pup with the best care possible and we feel very lucky to have her. In our more urgent care needs we have also seen Dr. Phillips and Dr. Hornickel who have all been fantastic and the continuity of care amongst providers has been great. All of the veterinarians call and follow up regarding labs or to check in on our big guy and it really shows you how much they care. I have heard of some dogs running away when they know they are at the vet, but Tucker goes running towards the front door because he can’t wait for all the love and treats he gets from the staff. Thanks Northgate Veterinarian Associates for taking care of our pup.
April is amazing with my cat Tinkerbell. Tink is picky about her litter box and April always kept it clean! Animals were always fed on time! She is amazing and you can tell she loves what she does! She keeps everything tidy and loves the animals! Definitely a great service provided and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a top notch animal sitter.
We have used Animal Lover's Pet Care numerous times and have been very happy with their services. April is loving with the pets and respectful of our home. It is a great reassurance to us when we are out of town that someone responsible is spending the night at our house, getting the dog out, feeding the animals at their usual times and giving their medication accurately. We also appreciate that the mail and packages are brought in and waste containers taken out for collection. April is responsible, competent and very caring. We highly recommend her.
This organization is the worst vet care I have ever received. I went to get a ultrasound for my very sick cat and stayed over four hours. At about two hours a vet took us into another room and listed every life-threatening condition our cat might have and that we should approve expensive procedures in advance. If you are worried or fragile about your cats health you might be influenced to pay for extremely expensive procedures that, in our case, proved unnecessary. I strongly recommend that you find a vet you can trust who doesn't ask you to pay for anything without doing tests first.
They have no empathy. They see this as a business with little to no concern about the animal in front of them. I was just there as the only customer in the office, there weren't even any customers on the phone. I got there at the time of my appointment set at 3:45 they didn't take my dog in the back for ten minutes and when the lady came out, she greeted him for 2 seconds and then took him straight in the back. I heard my dog whimper for five straight minutes, which is very unlike him. It was obvious distress because he would have barked if angry. He came out with what looked like a rash in between his leg and genitalia. With blood surfaced in more than several spots. They basically took him back there, man handled him to get it done and brought him out in a matter of minutes. No Empathy or Patience. The vet tech that held him named Rachel said she didn't realize they were "that rough" and that she has a 130 pound rottweiler at home, that she would handle the same. My dog is 57 pounds. By absolutely no means does he need to be held with the same force of a breed almost 3 times his weight! I actually considered boarding my dogs with Rachel herself, and the establishment before this. Even though they weren't super friendly, my dogs hadn't been distressed the few times I brought them, before. I am thankful it happened today, where I could hear and see the immediate situation and not while I was away with no idea at all. I would definitely take your furry loved one to a different establishment, I am. I am absolutely disgusted in this situation. I understand customer service and job performance are dying traits but I did NOT expect it from a vet. People that paid for an education to deal with animals should be patient and sympathetic. If they had tried loving on him, it would have been less stressful for them all. It wasn't his first go this time, and he's had no issues with the techs he's had before. It was the bad judgement/mentality and force of the techs that approached my pet with business vs thought. I wish I could post the pictures of my best friend to show you exactly what I mean but this site doesn't offer that option. - A Completely Dissatisfied /Concerned Customer
I cannot, in good conscience, recommend NE Veterinary Hospital to anyone. In fact, I am presently exploring various avenues for taking legal action and/or filing a complaint.
They saved a very much loved pet chicken and were really good to her. I know a lot of people would think it insane to be so attached to what is considered a food or farm animal but everyone who knew her loved her.
If you love your babies you won't take them here. They killed my cat with off label use of a dangerous drug that stays in the body for over 65 days. I didn't even want my cat to have this drug and they never informed me of known serious side effects and reactions. When my baby started having these reactions they diagnosed otherwise and started the long painful road to death.
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.