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 love this clinic! My baby stayed the weekend there.when i picked him up he was happy and all fresh and clean so i know he was really taken care of.Pluse his groom was just what i asked for!Definitely going back!
My wife called and made an appointment to have our dog groomed on May 8th, 2015 at Elmore Road Veterinary Clinic for May 15th, 2015. We specifically asked for a groomer that normally takes care of our dog. They never once told us that she no longer worked there, until upon arrival. Before stating what happened, I can first say my dog is brushed once a week, nails clipped, teeth brushed, ears cleaned, etc. Did my dog have lite mat on her underside, yes. My wife takes our dog to have her groomed. When my wife finds out, that the groomer no longer works there, she asked to speak with the groomer. When the groomer appears, without touching my dog, states she will have to be shaved. My wife said you haven't even felt her hair. She was determined that our dog would have to be shaved. My wife stated, I do not want her shaved, nor her snout shaved. Please call me if you have any problems. We never once received a phone call. Upon arrival, words could not express what we saw. Our dog was cut to the skin, so close to the point, some parts on her have to have baby powder applied. I, the husband, called the vet to speak with the owner, Dr. Brandi Ellis. I spoke my concern to the receptionist and ask that the Dr./owner return my call. Two hours later I called again and asked for her to call me and no returned call. After work I went up to the vet to speak with Dr Ellis. I waited one hour to speak to her. When she came out to speak with me, she listened to my concern, but pretty my just tried to pacify me to get me out of the office. I was able to manage to ask her a few questions. 1st I told her we were never informed that the previous groomer had left. She stated the reason that groomer was gone, was because she was rough with the animals, and are you ready, I have even heard her make your animal squeal/cry. Was I made aware of this in the past??? NO. 2nd, the new groomer even went to the Dr./owner to show her the haircut and the spots that were close to the skin. Why was I never called or made aware? 3rd, the Dr. / owner, made the comment that sometimes she was a bad parent and had to have her dog shaved (1st my dog is brushed, 2nd is she calling me a bad pet owner). 3rd my last concern was I spent $65 dollars on a grooming job that my 5 year old could have done better. All the Dr. / owner could say was I'm sorry. I'm sorry??? Sorry is not good enough for me or my sweet dog. I just want to make everyone aware of the shadiness we experienced. To add to the story, once we got home, my dog loves to go outside and loves to play in the rain. It was raining and my dogs fur was so close, that the rain hurt her back. She came inside and soiled my rug. Now she is acting skidish due to her dramatic experience. We will definitely not be back and I will make everyone I know aware.
Dr. Gaines and her staff are greatly missed! I really feel like it was 100% about the animals and not the money. My husband I were devastated when the clinic closed. They truly cared for our two dogs and always remembered them and their previous condition and just checked her face to make sure it didn't come back. We can never thank them enough for all they have done. You are wonderful people and are missed by my husband and I and our two pups! We wish you nothing but the best!
They were amazing and now they are gone! No word left to clients about where they went. Does anyone know what happened? How can we get our pets records?
IF I COULD RATE 0 STARS I WOULD. Extremely negligent clinic. I paid of a rabies vaccination 6 months ago and when I go to groom my animal the clinic has "no record". I stayed on the phone for an hour for them to try and figure out what happened. Even though I paid for it, they said I would have to pay again if I wanted the services. Terrible place, I would NEVER do business with them again. God forbid my dog bite someone and I'm held accountable for what they screwed up.
I love this animal clinic! When I had to put down my new puppy, Barley, for distemper, they were very gentle and kind with her. And they did their best as well, with making my fiance and I feel a little bit better. They're prices are really good, as well, for those who may not be able to afford pet care all the time, but really want their pets to get the care they need.
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.