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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Absolutely horrifying. Took my dog in on a Thursday picked her up on a Saturday she was punctured in the belly either by being bitten or an object. When I spoke to Karen the manager she showed no empathy or concern and continually defended the business. My dog wasn't hurt when I dropped her off and she was hurt when I picked her up. I know things can happen but at least take care of the animals and your customers and show that you care if you're going to be in this business. Worst experience ever. Still accumulating vet bills.
Wish I could give it NEGATIVE STARS!We have been taking our dogs there for over 5 years. And Westbury's is not close to our home nor easy on our pocket book. One of my poor dogs is allergic to grass and chews her feet until they bleed, all day, every day. She has been on the same medication for it for 4 years now. We called in a refill, which keeps going up in price... but i digress, last week and they say it will be ready for pick-up the next day as usual. My wife goes out of her way to get the medicine the next day and they only give her a 4 day supply (we have always gotten a 21 day supply). She asked why only 4. They said that's all we can get until we pay to have a yearly exam!!! Why didn't anyone tell us that on the phone the day before? What if we did't have the money for all that within 4 days? Did I mention they are grossly expensive... way more than other vets! They are doing nothing but holding my dog's medicine hostage until I pay up!They could care less if my chihuahua chews her paws off!!! All they care about is $$$MONEY$$$! I clearly see now that they have absolutely NO compassion for animals. They would rather hold my dog's prescription hostage for hopes I fork over $ to them within 4 days, than to just ask me when would be convenient for me to schedule for my dogs annual check-up. Both my dogs are healthy, up to date on all their shots, we paid to have them microchipped, had teeth cleaned, etc.What's the moral of this story? Well I have an appointment for BOTH of my dogs to have an annual exam TOMORROW! Guess where... NOT AT WESTBURY'S!!! I promise that Westbury's will never get another penny from us, and I will gladly pass my 100% honest, first hand experience to anyone with a pet to deter them from that place. I've put up with the rude girls that answer the phones there for way too long anyway, and did I mention the high prices? So Westbury's did me a favor. Good day sir.
I love my three dogs!! My dog Stella has been going for nearly a year! She always has a great time and comes home exhausted from all the playing and running she gets to do while I'm at work! The staff is so sweet to Stella and they all know her by name. They greet her lovingly and take great care of her! Thank you!
Wonderful staff and medical team. Dr. Austin and Dr. Jan have been wonderful with our pets. The doctors have always been knowledgeable of new proceedures and treatments and have helped my husband and I to make informed decisions. Price quotes are always discussed BEFORE any treatment is given. An itemized estimate is explained and discussed beforehand with an expected cost and any potential price increases. (Tooth extraction, pathology, extended anesthesia, etc.) These doctors are loving and caring as well as dedicated practitioners. I am so glad we found Westbury Animal Clinic.
New owners have destroyed this clinic. Their price gouging isn't due to an increase in their costs. Our new vet's prices are half of Westbury prices. One month an abscess on one of our cats was $230. The following month this exact same procedure cost $550. Staff changes monthly. New technicians are poorly trained. One couldn't even apply flea treatment on one cat. After speaking with former employees they've told us how extremely unhappy they had been with their employment. Everytime we called we were put on hold. There is no longer a personal touch like Drs Miller and Greathouse provided. Everything is business-like and geared towards their profits. They insist on providing unnecessary procedures. We spend an average of 7 to 10 thousand dollars yearly on our pets' care. We have now transfered all 30 of our cats' records to Northwoods veterinary clinic where prices are reasonable and care is provided with a personal touch. When checking reviews please notice the marked difference between last year's reviews and this year's. Notice the drastic change to a decisive downward trend.
Professional, reliable, and fabulous customer service. Our sitters truly care about giving our pets a happy experience during their visits. So nice to have this option, and to have a service that we can trust! Thank you!
I am a new client but I have heard so much good about them. This is why I tried them. I am very glad I did!! I am here to stay!! My favorite vet is Dr. McGinn!!
We have been going here for many years. They are always very professional and caring. They try to get you in and out as soon as possible, even when they are short staffed. Our dog got an eye infection and they were supper sweet for getting us in and out. Love this place!!!!
I could not possibly be more pleased with my recent experience at the Westbury Veterinary Clinic! We have an older rescue dog who had severe dental issues, and we took her to Dr. Pam at Westbury. When we saw the state of her teeth on the X-rays, it was heartbreaking. It's a wonder the poor little gal could eat at all with all the pain she must have been in! Dr. Pam, assisted by Malissa and Kim, removed all but her canine teeth as they could not be saved, and polished up those four remaining teeth until they sparkled. She is now a happy little dog and no longer in pain. The care and compassion shown by the Westbury staff was top notch, as was the service we received. Thanks to EVERYONE at Westbury!!
Just moved to SC and a neighbor recommended this vet. I found Dr Dorsam and all his staff to very friendly, down to earth and caring. The Dr took a good deal of time to throughly explain a plan to help my dog with the terrible anxiety he is having after 2 moves within a year. He was knowledgeable but also compassionate and I love those qualities in a vet.
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.