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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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
I've never had a problem with this place until this last boarding! Apparently there are some new hires and they are disgusting. My dog is filthy and covered in dirt. He acted so depressed and sad when I picked him up. They put him in a twin kennel because he was too hyper and excited when they tried to walk him. No effort or love for my dog at all so they left him in there all weekend without walking him or giving him any kind of attention. Very disgusted with them for this. Then had the nerve to tell me from now on he will have to go in a twin kennel, yeah right! I will NEVER bring him there again. Never. Completely unprofessional or caring.
I went to Davis Animal Hospital for two years. My dog had an issue that Dr. Davis suggested a couple different treatments for. Neither worked, yet he kept telling me to keep at it. I visited him multiple times for this issue and each time I was charged around $45 for him to tell me nothing new. I eventually went to another vet for a second opinion because my pet's illness had gotten so bad. The other vet diagnosed my dog with a level 4 (out of 5) STAPH infection. It took them all of ten minutes to correctly diagnose and treat my dog with the appropriate medication. I was so angry that my pet was suffering for so long (months and months!) and Dr. Davis never thought to test for anything else or try another treatment since this one wasn't helping whatsoever. If this hadn't happened to my pet, I probably would still go there as they are perfectly competent at giving shots and other routine veternary care. However, if your pet has a legitimate illness that may be hard to treat or may require testing to diagnose, DON'T GO HERE. One star because my pet was in PAIN for months because of their laziness and incompetence.
Overcharged when I was quoted a certain price, never received radiographs by the deadline I had asked, extremely rude and unprofessional staff, no regard for the clients. Still have not been credited for the amount I was told a week later.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR DOG HERE. They are a ripoff. They will enroll you on monthly plans and then when you take your dog in for a exam, shots and blood work that is to be covered they will tell you to pay more money, because the plan do not cover that. It is a racket. Contacting Better Business Bureau next.
I see a couple poor reviews and I know the one receptionist seems a little stand offish at times, but they are super busy. I don't mind waiting because Dr. Cartner is AWESOME! My dog swallowed a sewing needle and we didn't know he had until a day later on a saturday at 11:30 when they x rayed his throat. They stayed after and kept him until his anesthesia wore off and they did give us care instructions. We could have lost our dog, but Dr. Cartner did an excellent job with last minute, emergency surgery. Also, my dog barks his head off so they usually get him in an exam room quick even though we may wait awhile, I've been a pet owner 41 years in many different cities and this is the best vet i have been to.
Dr. Davis has been my veterinarian for tweny years. I first met Dr. Davis when I adopted Puddin, my blue point Himalayan cat. Three days after adopting her she became very sick. Dr. Davis immediately saw her, properly diagnosed her, and began treatment. Upon researching her illness, I learned that she could've died within hours that day had Dr. Davis not correctly diagnosed and treated her when he did. Today,my precious Puddin was layed to rest. As always, Dr. Davis was brutally honest. He didn't try to run tests or suggest a whole array of treatments that she didn't really need to try to prolong her life so that he could make a few extra bucks. Dr. Davis was as he always is. . .except for the tear I caught in his eye and the lump I heard in his voice. . .Thank you Dr. Davis and a special thank you to your staff for the many years of excellent care, compassion, and honesty that you have provided to me and my family of pets throughout the years! Sincerely, Catherine McLaughlin
We borded our dog there for about a week while out of town. Later the same day we picked him up we noticed his chest was raw. He wears a harness and has never had that issue which tells me they left the harness on him for a week with out removing it!!! Now he has worms shortly after getting him back which we didn't have when we left him! Horrible service also!!! I will never ever take my dog back to them!
Doctors and assistants very nice - care is not cheap, though. Feel like they are concerned about pets and take care with them, but what is with the young receptionist? Never friendly and sometimes seems very irritated. She is the ' face' of your business and the first impression people get! Perhaps this is what happened to the Katie?
I have been taking my dog and cats there for over 5 years and they have always been terrific. They have treated my animals from wounds to other animal bites to stomach issues to infections and routine vaccinations. Every visit has been great. Dr. McCleary is the best.
We were lucky to find dr. Horton when we moved here in June, 2010. From Seattle. We had 2 dogs a lovely English springer spaniel (Sara)) &'an adorable rescue westie/French bulldog (.Karma). Dr. Horton was always at their level. She was on the floor with Sara & as someone else reviewed they got lots of treats & loved to see her. When Sara had a "stroke" in march, 2012& needed to be put down, it was Dr. Horten's day off & even though we were I good hands with the other. Vet, dr, horten came in just to be supportive. Now that's not only a great vet, but a compassionate & caring human being..
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.