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 recommend Animal Place. They are very professional and I trust their judgment completely,
DR Gardsbane treated my cat for pain (pain meds)w/o my approval, she took him to the back room then charged me for treatment w/o prior approval. DIshonest, unprofessional! The meds she administered to my cats w/o my permission affected him: he was more unhappy, and worse after the appt. I found a cost effective solution to treat my cat with another caring person who values customers, and provides cost effective solution in the most honest and caring way!
I am so happy I found Kindness Animal Hospital. I'm pretty picky about my pets and I want the best for them so I did my research. I found out they are up to date with the latest equipment, such as an ultrasound, which Dr. Z is very good at performing (other hospitals actually send patients to Kindness sometimes to get an ultrasound), and a laser that is the same as human athletes use, and the veterinarians and staff there are concerned about pain management and comfort of my dog. Every time I go in for my dog's yearly exam they ask me about the vaccines and do not do unnecessary vaccines. I feel like they do cost a little bit more but they are worth it because they do such a great job and I am 100% sure my pets are getting the very best care and I am comfortable with them.
I went to this vet to get a physical and shots for my dogs. His work was very sloppy, did not appear friendly to my dogs, did not try to calm them down or talk to them. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
I have used this clinic for over 5 years and have not had any issues with my pets care at this clinic. I mostly use their kennel services for both of my yorkies and the doctor is very accommodating to my needs.
I was in there Tuesday which prompted my review. I can't say enough good things about this animal hospital. I moved here about a year ago from Frederick, MD and was looking for a closer vet for my 2 cats and 2 dogs. With this many pets, we have a pretty close relationship with the vet!! So our vet in Frederick recommended Kindness and I'm glad they did. I have seen the owner, Dr. Zolkewicz and Dr. Moore and Dr. Hoffield and I like them all. Dr. Z (as he is known as) is able to strike that balance of being fun and also professional at the same time. I always know he cares about my pets and wants the best for them. He performs ultrasound, is concerned about pain, and they have a laser there that has helped my arthritic lab immensely!! No drugs and his pain is less and he is more mobile. When I call there, I get a call back within the same day. I find the prices at Kindness to be extremely reasonable- I'm getting a lot for my dollar!! My pets seem to like the staff there and I have absolutely no complaints about the place.
Question: why are the same reviews repeated verbatim by different posters? Seems suspect. Note--I have not been here, but I had to enter a star rating. I chose 3 to be neutral.
I brought my cat in to the Animal Place when I had first moved in to the area. I originally chose the Animal Place just due to proximity, but I very much lucked out, as the staff couldn't have been more professional, knowledgeable and caring. They made everything go more smoothly than any other vet we've had, and there have been a lot. I'd highly recommend the Animal Place for anyone who needs vet services.
I have received nothing but great care from the doctors and all of the office staff. I myself had gotten a dog that had kennel cough and he was just a sick puppy when I got him. Animal Place put the PEP back in my PUP. I have also had to have one of my dogs put to sleep and my 10 year old daughter wanted to be there. All the staff was more the compassionate and caring and took extra steps to ensure my daughter understood the process and was ok during it. I couldn't be happier with Animal Place.
I have been taking my cats to see Dr. Gardsbane for at least 10 years, and have always been treated with courtesy and respect, and my cats have always been treated compassionately and thoroughly. When my cat, Samson, passed away after 19 years at home, they were so caring and compassionate. Dr. Gardsbane hugged me when I brought his body in the next day to have him privately cremated. They sent a very nice card out to me a few days later. I have never experienced anything remotely negative with their practice and I love my cats like they were my own children.
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.