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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They charged $175.00 more than our usual vet. They said they'd bring our dog back into the examining room and never did.we made it very clear that we wanted to be with him before they uthenized him.We waited for a long time. I finally went out and asked why such a long wait?Then the vet came and zsked us for the third time if we wanted to be with him.When we got back to where they had him on the table, she told me they had already given the relaxer shot. I put my hands under his chin and spoke close to his ear for about 30 seconds. She then told me she was going to give the final dose, and my top show dog, my baby boy that was from my breedind was gone. I didn't even get one full minute with him.Every other time we have had to do this with any other vet, they gave us all the time we wanted, then would ask us if we were ready for the relaxer shot, again telling us to take all the time we needed. Later asking us if we had had enough time, and if so, THEN they would give the final dose.They totally robbed me of my time with him. After all the time, training, getting ready for the shows, all I got was 40 seconds to tell him I loved him, that he was a good boy and such.This experience is making my grieving 100 times worse...
Dr. Melissa Smith has been our vet for 13+ years and I tried many others before choosing her. We have always received top notch care and extreme kindness to our dogs. In fact, she practices "fear-free" vet care, which is ideal for my anxiety prone rescue dog. You'd never know it seeing her race into the exam room like she was going to a party. I trust Dr. Melissa with my most precious family members and her team is very accommodating of odd requests (schedules, etc.). Melissa is a down-to-earth vet with lots of experience who stays current with latest techniques. I have every confidence in her advice and care.
Dr. Jensen is very knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. I could not ask for a better vet for my fur babies. Prices are fair and the staff goes out of their way to make each and every visit as comfortable for my four legged kids as possible.
I've been on the lookout for a good vet in this area and I finally found one. Prices are detailed and very fair as far as vet prices go. Very friendly staff and a vet who is very thorough.
The absolute best, most knowledgeable, vet I have ever known. Very caring and committed to the animals and their owners.
Dr. Jensen is a great vet who has seen my dog and two cats since she began practicing on the Peninsula. Her and her staff have always been friendly, prompt, and fair. Dr. Jensen never gave up, even when specialists were unable to diagnose the problem with one of my cats. I will be bringing my pets to her as long as she is practicing!
Dr. Allen saved our dog's life! She is very open and honest and gives you a clear understanding of everything. You can tell she truly loves her job and has your pets interest at heart. Her staff is very friendly, the hospital is super clean, and I would recommend her to anyone!
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.