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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Dr. Rubinstein has taken excellent care of my animals for 20+ years. I would recommend him to anyone looking fora new vet in the Sonora, CA area.
1.0 star rating10/20/2014My wife just left this place a moment ago completely devastated that we had to euthanize our dog, It turns out that we had a balance on a very expensive surgery that this same Vet had performed and may have been the cause for her current health status, They claimed we had to pay the balance in full knowing that my wife was emotional they collected in full or where refusing service! my wife paid and they did what they where paid to do, I called and spoke to an Angela who is supposedly a manager there, Her attitude was completely unacceptable I mentioned we had spent large amounts of money on our daughters horse with them in the past and this was no way to treat a customer, I then mentioned we would not be using them ever again her attitude became even more disrespectful her exact words where "good luck to ya" when I mentioned we would not be coming back and that I would be placing this exact review! they don't care about anything else but the money!
They are great we love them
I wish I could give no stars!!! PLEASE DONT TAKE your beloved pets here!!!!! We brought our cat here to get fixed and when we brought her home she was screaming so bad in pain we called the vet back and they said they were trying to get out of the office early but if we had to bring her back in, so of course we did right away. They said she needed to stay there the night so we let them keep her and then they called us and told us they had to put her DOWN!!!!!!!! HORRIBLE please don’t go here.
I really want to thank the stAff and the doctor here at Tuolumne Veterinary hospital. They help me through a VERY hard time with a kitten that adopted my family. Christy the vet tech lives by me and on her own time checked out this kitten, and saw that it needed to go to the vet. I had an appointment in a few day at the veterinary hospital I always have gone to. Christy told me that the kitten needed to be seen sooner and come to my house in the morning on her way to work and brought the kitten in. The Doctor took in the kitten and did everything in his power to help the kitten out. The outcome was not very good but the kitten has past and not only I but the doctor and the staff was upset. I am not saying that the veterinary hospital I have been going to is bad, but I have had pet my whole life. I have never had a veterinary hospital staff show so much love and caring for not only for my kitten but also understanding how upset I was. Christy called and explained the cost of the different thing that needed to be done with the kitten and the visits I have paid for in the past was more than the quotes the Tuolumne vet gave me. Needless to say I now have a new life time Vet. Thanks again Tuolumne Veterinary staff for everything you did in the last few day my kitten had, and making sure he was loved and not in pain.
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.