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.
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
HORRIBLE PLACE, ARROGANT VET, STUPID RECEPTIONISTS. I called and asked for a prescription to be filled for my dog, the receptionist told me I had to come and pick the script up because of their policy, they do not give scripts over the phone, fax or email. Okay, so I took the rest of the day off from work to apparently waste gas for nothing. Because when I got there, the receptionist did not have anything on record and was complete dumbfounded. They refused to fill the script without shots and exams that my dog does not need, because my dog doesn't leave the house anymore. I am keeping my dog alive with medication, WITHOUT THIS MEDICATION, MY DOG CAN DIE. Of course for THIS VET MONEY MEANS MORE THAN A DOG'S LIFE. The doctor comes out, and instead of reaching a compromise or trying to please a customer, the VET WAS INSULTING, ARROGANT AND CONDESCENDING. The doctor did NOT CARE that my DOG NEEDS THIS prescription, he did NOT CARE that his receptionists gave me the wrong information, his respond "that doesn't matter." There you go. If I could give this place NO STARS... I would.
We have been clients of Rosebank Animal Hospital for several years. They remind us of yearly checkups for our two cats which include an examination, appropriate shots, blood work if indicated, all with competence and compassion.The whole staff is reassuring, helpful and very pleasant.The veterinarian is available by phone if necessary and this Animal Hospital together gives us the reassurance that we can depend upon them for the consistent competence and concern we have experienced with them.
Beware very judgemental bought my dog in kept me in a room for over and hour only to be told they can’t help me . They wouldn’t board my dog.
Dr Singh saved my dogs life she was so ill she stopped eating when I brought her to Aadobe Animal Hospital. Right away she was diagnosed with a uterus infection and was hospitalized and Dr Singh did emergency surgery..Thanks to Dr Singh and his compassionate staff for saving my baby..
Do NOT go to this vet, he wants your money and will keep your animal sick in order to keep getting it. I took my dog to Dr. Singh for months for the same issue, blood in the urine. X-ray after x-ray, urine sample after urine sample, thousands of dollars later, still no change. I decide then to get a second opinion, and take her to another vet, one appointment and one test, my dog is diagnosed with bladder cancer. Had we caught it sooner, she would have options. Now there is no options. I fully hold Dr. Singh and his incompetent staff for killing my dog. After diagnosis, I go to Aadobe animal hospital and request a copy of my dogs file, to bring to the new vet. I get denied my file and when I finally do get it, he added all sorts of information to it, about my “denial” to get my dog tested. If this were true, why spend thousands, and why take her to another vet, and allow the tests. Just a shady man trying to cover his footsteps at the expense of your wallet and your animals life. If you don’t like your pet, this is the place for you. If you have even the smallest ounce of care for your pet, heed the warning and avoid this Freud at all costs. I will say he used to be good, but he has gotten greedy and selfish, he no longer cares about animals, he cares solely about money. On a side note; my dog required a sonogram, not an x Ray, so why so many X-rays? The new vet did a sonogram right away, initially. Now on my vet papers from Singh I apparently “denied” a sonogram which is laughable, because who would deny a sonogram after spending hundreds of dollars on numerous X-rays showing the same exact thing. Heed the warning!
There is no better than Doctors and Staff at Bay Street Animal Hospital! Cheryl and the staff go above and beyond for your animals. I have been a long time customer for my own pets and recently visited with my Aunts cat. The office is always immaculate and clean and the staff is amazing. I highly recommend them!
I implore anyone who reads this don't go here if you love your animal you may wind up with a very ill animal near death and will have to go somewhere else to save your pet!
This place is very unprofessional and uncaring about the animals. if i could rate negative stars i would. do not go here
So dirty and smelly how people bring their pets that they love here is crazy Can't understand what dr is saying and he just draws pictures i think he drew the solar system when he was talking about anal glands , most of the staff was professional except for the one that yelled at the patience for waiting outside till the place opened and was so obnoxious and rude putting down all the people in the waiting room , i know people go there cause it's cheap but i would pay double for the proper care, How the board of health hasn't closed this place down yet is a miracle . gross dirty smelly
A great groomer with reasonable prices! Highly recommended! We tried taking our large dog to a Petco groomer but they couldn't get his fur trimmed or nails cut as they said he moved around too much and didn't cooperate. We took our dog here and she was able to get the job done, with no cuts and a very happy dog! He also gets hot spots every now and then and I always bring him in for a special shampoo for hot spots which is very soothing and does help a lot.! Thank you!!!! Hope this place stays around forever!!!!
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.