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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Do not take a pet in crisis here!! My cat had hepatic lipidosis - this was clear as he had barely eatien in four weeks due to stress from a move and I communicated all of this to them - yet their concern was doing an ultrasound and running tests. After two days and $1400 they sent him back home when he was still not really eating. About 2 1/2 weeks later I took him to another vet who immediately inserted a feeding tube. My beloved kitty had to be put down three days later, but had Barton Heights done a feeding tube when I was there maybe he would've survived or at least have had a better chance.
I have been going to Barton Heights for about two years now. Today I had to take an outside cat which I been feeding to be euthanized. I felt so bad. The technician explained everything to me. She was so kind and caring to this poor cat. The vet who administered the injection was wonderful. They allowed me time to spend with the cat before the procedure. They were wonderful . I can't say enough.Janet V. East Stroudsburg PA
I came to Bartonheights with my dog Roxy as an emergency. she was at creature Comfort for 10 days, I could see that they were not helping her. The staff a at Barton Heights took us right away, Dr Greenleaf, looked at my Roxy, told me she was in bad shape, and they would take the best care they could for her. My Roxy is a dieabetic. Well she was home in 2 day.doing much better. That was 2 years ago and Roxy is doing great. I tell everyone I meet that has a dog to go to Bartonheights Vet hospital. They saved my Roxys life. I went to Creature Comforts for 8 years and they almost killed her. I can never thank Bartonheights enough for saving my baby girl.
I find all the staff that I have dealt with at Barton Heights to be extremely friendly and helpful. I went to Creature Comforts for many years, my cat died there from neglect. I tried 2 other places for my rescue with no luck. They are open 24/7
The staff at Barton Heights are very rude and the night dr (an older woman) has no idea what she is doing. We brought our 10 year old maltese in at around 11pm last week when she was twitching and falling over. They stood over us while we signed the consent paperwork so that they can bill us and the Dr ran an xray and blood panel. The Dr. had difficulty reading the x-ray and she said "I have no clue what is wrong with your dog". She gave me pain killers and gabapentin. I had to take my dog home when she was clearly sick. When I got home I decided to google the symptoms and came up with vestibular disease. I called the vet back to inquire about this and they said that that diagnosis was included in "other". I then asked why they gave me the wrong medication and she said nothing. I called another vet the next day and he told me it could be vestibular disease just by knowing the symptoms. I called Barton Heights back and asked to speak to someone higher up than the vet I saw. Dr. Wentz returned my call and was unknowledgeable and rude. I explained to him everything that transpired and he said that my dog did not have vestibular disease because it does not cause twitching or falling over. When you do a simple google search, this is exactly what it causes. All the stress from getting the wrong diagnosis and medication, caused my fianc to go into preterm labor at 34 weeks. The only thing I asked Dr. Wentz for was a refund of at least the exam fee and medication since they gave us no diagnosis and the wrong medication. He was rude and abrupt and said he would do nothing for me. I do not feel that paying $592 for no diagnosis and getting the wrong medication is right.
This veterinary office gets no stars !!!! It's all about the Money !! Money !! Money !! Brought my cat there with a urinary block the cat was in pain. They gave me an estimate of $2,700.00 ridiculous !! I felt cornered as my cats bladder was very full and they said it needed to be drained ASAP !! Or it would burst. I had to deny X-rays bloodwork and other medical treatment just to bring the bill down to 1,500!! I felt so bad for my cat and the vet said 1/2 down NOW !! Or we can't treat your cat What !!!! They are really all about the money. Left my cat there for 14 hours then picked him up and transported him myself to my own vet. My vet charged me 185.00 to treat my cat !!! DO NOT GO TO BARTON HIEGHTS ANIMAL HOSPITAL!!! RUN AWAY GO TO ANY OTHER VET OR YOU EILL HAVE TO SELL YOUR HOME TO PAY THE BILLS !!!
Did not diagnose my dog correctly. Did not refer me to a specialist as I had asked. I was a 10 year client and would never have anyone go to them. Terrible.
I had called about 7 yrs ago when my golden was having breathing problems. it was 4th of July, so I did expect to pay holiday fee. Instead I was told I wasn't a patient of theirs so they couldn't see me. They were the veterinary on called for that holiday. I then tried my vet, left a message and within 5 min. they called me back and met me at their office. This was the Brodheadville Veterinary
I wish I could give Barton Height negative stars! After being clients for over 5 years we brought our sick kitten in on Sunday for an emergency visit and cannot believe the horrid, uncompassionate way we were treated! Dr.Franklin was rude, inconsiderate and went even so far as to lie to my husband. My baby needed surgery to save his life. They quoted us $3900 and refused to do the surgery without payment upfront. I don't know about you, but I do not have easy access to nearly $4000 on a Sunday night and my baby ended up losing his life! DO NOT TAKE YOUR ANIMALS HERE! They do not care about the animals, only extorting you for every dime you have!
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.