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.
Not a good place to leave something so dear to your heart Dog/Puppy leave them with family or friends.
I am new to this vet but over all have been very impressed with the staff and the doc as well who spoke with me over the phone when I had a very bad experience with an 24hr vet near by.
We have used this very practice for the last 13 years. Dr. Harris is an excellent vet and gets nothing but our highest respect and loyalty. The reason why we stayed so very long with this practice is STRICTLY because of this fact. Dr. Harris is compassionate and truly cares about your animals. The Vet tech's, assistants and the front office no longer receive any of our respect. Not only are they not professional, I'm very surprised they are allowed to act this way. Rude and inconsiderate does not even begin to explain. During the course of these 13 years we have been customers, we also use another vet closer to my husbands business, (40 miles away) Because of this sometimes it was easier to use the other vet for treatment and preventatives especially in an emergency situation if our pets were at work with us. again, 40 miles away, it only made sense. As they often are at work with us. Over the past few years we have noticed a significant increase in prices at Gwinnett Animal Hospital almost double what our other vet is. So we had about a 2 year lapse in seeing Gwinnett Animal. However, our animals were being cared for by the other vet during these 2 years. During this lapse the other week we needed emergency care while home and went to Gwinnett Medical. We were treated so horribly because of the lapse that they admitted we had to pay a HIGHER price for not being active customers. The front office lady admitted that to us openly. It was double. While our dog was sick and near death that is not the time to be smug and have an attitude and overcharge us. We told them the other vets contact information to show them that indeed we have been receiving vet care and they can even speak to the other vet. but that did not change their attitude. The vet tech that came in, with the "short" haircut, I dont know her name, She really was extremely rude to us upon seeing our last visit date on the chart and upon taking our dog back for care was just insinsitive and careless. Dr. Harris is still a very kind and loving vet but unfortunately we NO longer will ever use Gwinnett Animal Hospital for our pets, emergency or not. We are so saddened by this, I only wish they could think beyond the business aspect of this and realize that when people have sick animals, they have feelings. A smile or an I'm sorry would do wonders for your customers. Politeness goes a long way. I'm glad we receive that elsewhere at our other vet. I'll gladly drive 40 miles away if we're home next time to have someone care and be nice to us when our pet is dying.
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.