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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We brought our very sick dog to Midway because the veterinarian had mishandled his diagnosis so badly he was in a death spiral. His organs were in the process of shutting down when Dr Jasper stepped in. He was professional and so caring. He took charge and saved our little guys life. I'm not sure of the circumstances about the review mentioning a lizard. But what I saw of Dr. Jasper I couldn't have asked for amore gentle loving doctor.
I took my dog in for her rabie shot and got her nails done and bought a pill for fleas and a few days later a noticed my dog started shaking her head a whole lot and found out she caught ear mites from Somerset Animal Hospital
Dr.Jasper has no bedside manner he was rude and arrogant we brought a very sick iguana in that we had rescued but was very sick he told us we where using wrong lighting which he was clueless about went to two different chain pet stores both told us samething to use so $200 later we had basics for his cages which over the years has been several more the same he was malnutrition which is why he was brought in BC he had not been eating so right there shows he does not listen he was feed a proper diet of organic veggies and pellet food so before u down some one u might want to ask these questions because being a jerk to ppl that loved him did not set right with me so when a family has to put a per down instead of being a butt maybe a I'm sorry u r losing a family member might be a nice start I will never recommend this place or never ever take another animal here!!!
I can't speak of the Doctor himself because the lady, I'm assuming his wife, made sure we wouldn't get that far. I saw a kitten ran over in the road and took it to be seen, had to interrupt a personal conversation to even be waited on, then was told that it would be at least an hour before the doctor would be out of surgery. Things happen, I understand, yet I thought that if your a veteranarian you would have people working who ALSO care about animals. Wrong! She couldn't care less about this dying animal. In fact after leaving and treating the cat with limited knowledge I posted a review on Facebook to have her personally respond and then block me from any further resolution. Wow! That's professional and by professional I mean cowardly. That's my opinion. I hope the good doctor finds real help instead of letting this lady turn away people and animals that should matter and then behaving like a jerk. Hope you have a BLESSED day!!!!
There is no better Vet. in Somerset. Skilled, personable, informative and caring. We raise AKC Havanese and wouldn't take our dogs anywhere else.
Having had a bad experience at my prior vet (they allowed my dog to be attacked by another, resulting in his death) I switched to Somerset Animal Hospital and they are awesome. Always have the time to talk about the cases.
Dr VanDerPloe is a excellent veterinarian. His love for animals shows through in his personality. Dr VanDerPloe's knowledge of medicine is very impressive. He is very easy to talk to and takes the time to explain it to you. Very easy to reach. I personally can attest to! THANK YOUDR TIM for taking great care of my dog......
Dr Tim and Dr Connie came to our house for 3 hours to care for our 18 rescue cats and dogs. We said we wanted we wanted every thing for all of our babies. Most of which came from abusive pasts. This leaves them very easily scared. The doctors spent 3 hours getting bit, scratched, kicked and hissed at. Doctor Tim would just smile as he wiped his wounds and say the animals did not know better. He showed every one of our pets the love you show to a child. Fortunetly he knew all types of ways to safely hold and control the animals so none were injured. He even treated the animals that other vets refused to look at. He even checked out our 14 aquariums for problems. When they were all finished, I asked how much we owed them. The bill was not near what we expected compared to years of using other vets. Later that day I broke it all down on paper. I contacted them and said there must have been a computer error figuring the bill. They have a sophisticated portable computer system they use. He responded back that he double checked the bill and found no errors. And, it was a house call. And they seemed more like regular family friends instead of stuffy doctors. These friendly people are just incredible professionals. We not only found a great new vet for our pets. We found truly caring friends. We love them. I can not say enough good things about our expierence with these doctors. We will never go to anybody else to get our babies cared for. Tony Raines.
VCS is AWESOME! Dr. Tim VanDerPloeg an extremely talented, caring and compassionate veterinarian. His new temporary facility is great, and I'm betting that the new permanent building will be gorgeous AND functional!
We recently switched to Somerset Animal Hospital, because we had a bad experience where we were going. My dog had surgery to remove a cyst. our previous vet did a horrible job, and ended up causing us many problems. Dr.Burkket redid the surgery and took pictures of the damage from the other vet, he called me as soon as the surgery was done to update me. (my dog spent the night) He also told me to feel free to call and ask any questions I had.. and its NEVER a problem to talk to him if hes busy when you call he always calls back shortly after. He even sent me the picture texts from my dogs surgery on a day he was off. I will forever be grateful for him fixing up my baby. I was 100% happy with the work he preformed. If you are considering switching vets or looking for a vet then I strongly recommend Somerset Animal Hospital! you wont be disappointed!!!
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.