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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My Siamese Cat and my Tiger Cat had services provided by Dr. Randi....and after they were old and could no longer live a good life, they were euthanized. Dr. Randi kept them healthy and in for shots on a schedule. Wen they were old, and could no longer live a good life, we had to euthanize them. Dr. Randi and the office girls were very compassionate, sympathetic, and cried with me. My Boy tomcat has been treated by her for 13 years, she kept him healthy. My new Girl Kitty has her shots and will be spade soon by Dr. Randi. I am not there to judge and socialize, only for services to my cats, She is good, and prices are very reasonable. I DO recommend her, whenever anyone asks if I know a good vet.....
I've brought my cats and dog here repeatedly. If you're looking for someone to hold your hand and charge you a hundred bucks for the honor, then you have the wrong place. If you are looking to get your animal taken care of for a reasonable amount of money, then go here.
DO NOT RECOMMEND!!! They are by far the rudest and most unorganized business I have ever run into! Never in my life have I been faced with worse service. I went there last year to get my dog a rabies vaccination, right? apparently (even though I have a TAG ON MY DOG'S NECK THAT SAYS ELM VALLEY they claim to have never had him and have no record of him on file) Because of this my new vet has no medical history to go off of. AGAIN DO NOT RECOMMEND!!!
I wouldn't have even given it 1 Star, but I had too!! :( VERYYY disappointed and I will NEVER go back!! I took my dog in to get neutered. Not once did I meet an actual Veterinarian or a Veterinarian Assistant. Only the rude office ladies. One gal I think was hung over, she was so rude to me! The gal I had to deal with that afternoon seemed to have been on drugs. And then the next lady I dealt with the next morning had a 'yeah, here's your dog, get out' attitude. When I called to make my appointment they didn't really ask anything about my dog. Not size, breed, etc. That should have been my first clue this isn't the best place. Then when I took him in after finding the place I was like ummm I don't know about this. It looks like a shack! Yes, this should of been my second clue.. I've taken our dog to a vet before (not this one) and when I called to make the appt they asked about our dogs', size, breed, etc. Then when we went there we were greeted with friendly faces and the vets assistant. Then put in an exam room where they got to know our dog and shortly after greeted by the vet. Not once did any thing like this happen at Elm Valley. We walked in to the rude blonde behind the desk who walked me back to a huge cage to put him in, she was extremely rude and said he'd be ready by 4:30. I couldn't pick him up that night after all due to his swelling but went to check on him at 4:30 and the next lady was nicer but still off, she seemed to have been on drugs or something. So I picked him up the next morning where I got to deal with a third lady. When I went in I asked how he was doing and how his night went and she said all snotty 'Oh he's just fine, I don't know why you didn't take him home last night." Then I asked if there was anything I should know about his healing process, ie what's normal and what's not and her response was "well didn't you read the 'note' the vet left?" Yes, this note... It was written on my receipt and said, "there may be swelling." THAT'S IT!! NEVER AGAIN will I take my dog to Elm Valley!!! And I recommend to everyone else they don't either! Yes their prices are substantially cheaper then other vets in this area for neutering but so not worth it!
It is worth the drive.They are very friendly, prices very reasonable, and I highly recommend this clinic.I live in Mn and have found this clinic to be well worth the drive. I have sent friends over to them and we all have been well pleased. I will be returning soon for teeth cleanings on my dogs - the do an awsome job and prices are also awsome. The clinic is small, no frills. What counts is the care and expertise and so far I am very happy.
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.