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 3 year old healthy dog died fromsurgical complications at Coble Hospital. I attempted to discuss with Dr. Coble my concerns about postsurgical management and lack of basic supplies and was told, amongst many other things, that he would "hang up on me if I didn't shut up". This went beyond validating my concerns and has caused further emotional distress about allowing his team to care for my pet. As a physician, I am appalled by this behavior in a fellow healthcare provider.
Outstanding doctors and groomers. Compassionate, knowledgeable and thoughtful. I have taken my pets there for over 30 years. They're excellent and the hospital is always clean. Love 'em.
I would recommend White Oaks West Animal Clinic to anyone! They are caring, professional, and clear on instructions with our Sammy ( dog ) once we took him home. Great Clinic for your Pets!!
The doctors and staff at White Oaks West Animal Hospital are awesome! They truly care for your pets as if they were part of their family. I highly recommend them to anyone:)
We just love Dr. Myers and her staff. They always treat our fur babies as if they were their own. Couldn't ask for a better group of people.
This inaccurate information was concerning to find on the internet as we would have been happy to speak with you directly to resolve these issues. We were pleased to see Lily and provide services for her. As a veterinary hospital, her health and well-being was our priority. Therefore, as was explained prior to booking the appointment, examinations are performed on every animal prior to rendering any service. Birds in particular can become very anxious, and it is necessary to provide an examination prior to grooming to ensure they can withstand the stress. A treatment plan was provided and approved by you as well. Services included an exotic exam, three gram stains, a fecal floatation, and grooming. All of our avian grooming prices are a flat fee based on the size of the bird. This fee includes wing, nail, and beak trims so trimming the beak was not a financial gain. Because you frequently cross state lines and experienced a recent problem doing so, a Health Certificate was filled out and was issued at no charge. This was a very unfortunate occurrence. Lily bit down on the dremel during her beak trim because she was not accommodated to the dremel as she is a young bird and just beginning her grooming treatments. The dremel was stopped as soon as the bite occurred. We have a dremel that allows a slower speed to be used and adjusts easily to avoid further damage upon such occurrence, which may have skewed your perception. As a veterinary clinic, we have a wonderfully compassionate staff that cares for all animals no matter the species or the size. Your conclusion that we are unable to treat avian species is unsupported. We have a very experienced staff who have provided zoo animal care, including many avian species, for several decades. Although we are not groomers, our employees are highly trained and educated staff which offer grooming services as a convenience for the avian community.
Never again. Took our conure in for a nail trim. They had to do a complete exam before they would do the trim. They asked if they should do her beak. I responded, "only if she needs it." Well, of course they did it (more money for them). They used a dremel (God, I hate that device) and she bit down on it. The vet didn't even react until they'd gone down through the beak and into the soft tissue. Now our happy, beautiful bird has a hole in the side of her beak - she won't even TRY to drink water and has trouble eating. I get that she bit down on it. I don't get why the vet didn't turn the damn thing off and just kept it on and trying to pull it out of her mouth. She said the soft tissue will come back (no time frame for this) and said nothing about how long it takes the beak to grow back. She said if eating is a problem, "put water in it." I'm sure Lily will love soggy pellets. What a complete and utter disaster. This was a terrible, horrible, no-good very bad experience and I recommend you find a good avian vet (they said they were avian vets but they lied) for a bird. This place was a huge mistake. I came away paying $200 for a mutilation - and they tried to blame a small bird for their incompetence!
Oh dear, Sara. It sounds as though you've been caught up in the world of "catty vet techs." I've worked as a vet tech at several clinics around town, and Sara's story sounds all too familiar. I’m sure that the level of care at this clinic is just fine, or they wouldn’t still be in business. However, working for places like this can be difficult. The techs have a habit of treating someone new as if they are not part of the “inner circle,” and they’re very good at talking behind others’ backs. Although “Greg” is poking fun at Sara’s inability to take “constructive criticism,” I think his own ability to take criticism speaks for itself here. He’s responding to a post that was put up almost a year ago. Get over it, Greg. I stumbled upon this review while job hunting, and I certainly won't be applying now!
I am one of several employees that have been at White Oaks West for more than ten years and am taken aback by Sara's portrayal of this clinic. My experiences here have been wonderful and I can attest to the high quality of care that all of our patients and clients receive. The whole staff takes great pride in their responsibilities. Every staff member that I have worked with in my long time here has expressed a deep sense of family and involvement from the others here at White Oaks. In fact, 3/4 of the staff have been here for 5+ years and the most common reason that our employees seem to leave is to pursue college. Those employees very often request that they be allowed to return for future employment, either permanently or over summer/winter break. Needless to say, Sara's sentiments are not shared by any other staff that I have encountered. It is rare and unfortunate when an employee doesn't work out and I feel that it is quite unfair to the clinic for the disgruntled employee to discredit a good business in this way.
Great staff! Our Westie just celebrated his 16th birthday. He's received the best of care from Dr. Greg Hurst and everyone at WOW over the many years. We wouldn't take our dogs anywhere else. They love your pets as much as you do!
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.