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 can't believe there aren't more reviews on here. Dr. Stefania Gagliardi is amazing! We moved here across the country and searched for the right vet for our four dogs. Palmetto Animal Clinic is the only people we'll trust with our fur babies and they are all wonderful. The facility is beautiful and clean, just expanded, and the staff is very friendly and helpful, no matter how busy they are. Dr. G thinks outside the box and suggested some brilliant things when we started having problems with one dog's mysterious night time agression. You would be lucky to call her your pet's vet and we're never switching! We're so glad we found the right vet for our family and have confidence in all of their treatment, services, and advice. Their rates are also affordable which is a huge bonus!
I have been going to Dr. Scott Bryant for many years. He and his staff are the most caring people I have ever known. Very compassionate when they treat sick or even well animals. Always go the extra mile to be sure all has been done when you have a critical situation with your animal. I would not even consider taking my pets anywhere else for care. I feel as though I am a pretty good judge of the care they give as I myself am in the medical profession and can see first hand that they are first class when it comes to Veterinary Medicine. I highly recommend them to anyone and stand by my recommendation 100%!!! If you want the best care for your pet, I would most surely take them to Westside Veterinary Clinic. They are the GREATEST!!!!
If your dog is a patient of DR. HILL or WESTSIDE VET CLINIC please be careful! I took my 6 yr. old Yorkie for an office visit for a sinus infection and to get her heartworm medications. Dr. Hill looked at records that were over 2 years old from my previous vet and told me that my dog was in kidney failure. Dr. Ames had looked at the same records 1 year before and never said a word about kidney failure. Dr. Hill wanted to perform approximately $300 in tests and had me in tears thinking my dog was dying. She told me she needed to run a Urine Analysys and that Emme should stay overnight for IV fluids but since my dog has separation anxiety I told her this could not happen so she told me to give her IV fluids at home for 10 days. I called my previous vet who had seen her since she was a year old before we moved to Spartanburg and he pulled the records and said he would have told me then of Emme showed any signs of kidney failure. He actually laughed when I told him what she said going by records that were 2 years old. I then asked for a copy of Emme's records to be sent to another vet for a second opinion and when I got to the new vet for the second opinion Westside Vet would not send the records saying that they were "their" property. I paid for the visit and the records are my property and I had to drive over there wait for 30 minutes to get the records and take them back to the new vet's office. Of course the new vet found no evidence of kidney failure and actually laughed at Dr. Hill's diagnosis. I was told that the only problem was that I was feeding her too much protien and to change her diet. No kidney failure. I thought abut this for several weeks and everyone I talked to told me I should call Dr. Bryant the owner of the clinic so I went there last week to talk to them and he was not there. I had a meeting with Erica the head receptionist and even she said that the numbers on the chart did not show kideny failure and she would have Dr. Bryant call me Monday. He never called so I called to speak to him and Dr. Hill called me back herself and called me a liar and said that she never told me that my dog was in kidney failure and there was no record of it in the chart. Well that is because she did not write it in the chart only told me verbally. I asked her to please put Dr. Bryant on the phone and she refused. I called back and Dr. Bryant threatened to sue me for slander. I can tell you that I would not take an earthworm there for care. They are rude, over crowded and try to scare you into running tests that are totally unnecessary. I can't believe she told me my dog was dying and then denied it.
Very caring staff and very reasonable prices.
Took our 13 year old Cocker in for emergency treatment. Good care and service.
I have had four pets spayed/neutered here without any hassle or difficulty. This is a lowcost center that is setup very similar to a quick clinic or "neuter-a-thon" - no frills, just basic service - shots & surgery. There is no one-on-one consultation, just basic drop off & pickup. Very orderly and clean process though. This is NOT a substitute for my vetrinarian or where I would take a sick animal.
If you care about your pet..PLEASE DONT take them here!The employees are so rude I would not want to leave my dog! If they are mean to a child ..they are mean to anything!!! Not a good place!
I'm more than happy with the service I have received from PAC. They really seem to care about my pet. I would recommend this vet to every pet owner I know!
I have been to the emergency hospital 3 times and each time was a positive experience. The last time I took Nigel my terrier who had brain swelling and severe blood poisoning from something he ate. He was totally out of it and I was sure he was going to die. Anyway he survived and is good as ever thanks to 3 days of intensive care,plasma transfusions and meds to reduce the welling in his brain. Dr Chappell made it happen and he was wonderful.This hospital is a totally different place since it has been under new management. the doctors are also very experienced and very compassionate which is unusual in an ER as the doctors are often young and inexperienced.I have a lot of dogs and know the difference.
Dr. Bryant has been taking care of my dogs since I moved to Spartanburg. He is the BEST! They have a fabulous new clinic/hospital, next door to their old clinic. It is spacious, well designed and really nice. Call around - he is very reasonable on office visits, shots, supplies, etc. Go in for a visit - check them out, They are open early, latesome days and 1/2 day on Saturday too.
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.