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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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If you don't read another comment, please read this one! This ad lists services provided, but please think about services they DO NOT PROVIDE. My daughter is a college student, and after reading positive reviews on Facebook, I called and made an appointment for her beautiful Golden Retriever, Prince, to be seen by this clinic. LET ME REPEAT...PRINCE WAS A PATIENT OF THIS CLINIC. He was only two years old and yesterday, our daughter found Prince unresponsive after business hours (Friday 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.). She called me hysterical, and said she didn't think he was breathing and the answering service told her if he wasn't breathing, there was nothing they could do, but she could bring him to Savannah (an hour away) and then listed how much an emergency visit would cost. My daughter was hysterical and in shock. I will never know for sure if Prince was really dead when we called, and unfortunately, I will never, ever know. I called the vet's office and received the same recording with the same number that my daughter did. I was shocked to learn they were in SAVANNAH, not Statesboro. So, if your dog has been bit by a snake or hit by a car, you have to drive over an hour away? What is an emergency? I would say it is a matter of life or death and time is of the essence. I learned a horrible, but valuable lesson. No matter the warm and fuzzy service a veterinary clinic gives you during regular business hours for normal things, please think about what your pet, your family member, means to an office after hours. There are several vets at this clinic, and they can certainly rotate emergency call like our Thomasville clinic. I have never done business with a vet's office that did not offer emergency services, and I assumed that all vet's offices offered emergency services. Please do NOT make this assumption. Prince relied on us to make good decisions for him, and I feel we let him down. He was our family, and our hearts are broken.
Dr. Morgan has cared for my cat Shenandoah for 15 years. He is the best! ALL of the staff at SBRVH are amazing. They are loving and caring.
Healing is said to be an art & a science. But it's more with Dr Morgan & team at SBRVC. It is inspired & God blessed. In good times & bad, they will treat & your loved ones the same as they would want for themselves. It's excellence in an otherwise mundane world. Chuck C
"Dr. Morgan" is a happy name for all of our pets. He has been their primary care veterinarian for almost 20 yrs. Extraordinary treatment, compassion, and concern are qualities difficult to find......you will find all of those at Statesboro-Bulloch Regional Veterinary Clinic. Thank you.
Dr. Morgan has cared for my dogs nearly 20 years now and more recently Dr. Nessmith treated our elderly dog while Dr. Morgan was on vacation. Both of these gentlemen are caring, professional, and knowledgable veterinarians. The staff are always friendly and concerned that my pets receive the best care possible.
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.