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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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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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My mother and I have been clients of Village Veterinary for close to 20 years! We started seeing Dr. Pullon when his practice use to be down the street from it's current location. He took care of all six of our schnauzers from 8 week old puppies until they crossed the rainbow bridge one at a time. We primarily see Dr. Ely now for our pit mix and our great dane. Both, Dr. Pullon and Dr. Ely are exceptional vets; from routine care of yearly shots and blood work to complex medical issues. The compassion and the care are top notch. The thing I like the most about Dr. Ely is that he speaks with you... not at you. He makes you part of your dogs treatment team and gives you all the best options available. He has gone above and beyond to care for my great dane, Phineas, and there isn't a shadow of doubt in my mind that he cares for my boy as if he was his own. The lack of giant breed care in South Florida is quite pronounced. They often require a bit more knowledge / specialized care in addition to preventative surgical care (gastropexy). I have recommended Dr. Ely to many friends with danes and those that have seem him for visits / surgery have been extremely pleased in the care he has given their danes too. I honestly could not say enough nice things about Dr. Ely. He returns our calls, answers our emails and always finds a way to see us when we need him. I truly appreciate his approach of doing the least, to achieve the most results. Our dane has put Dr. Ely through his paces with everything from allergies, injury and potential endocrine issues. He always rise to the challenge, helps us find a solution and does so with great care of not just our dog, but us. The office staff is exceptional. They are polite and quite helpful. They even file my dogs health insurance claims for me without even being asked. They keep his claim form on file and just send the form in after each visit. The office manager, Carmen, is just the best! I just couldn't imagine going to another vets office. Dr. Ely and Dr. Pullon are wonderful and as long as we have animals, they will be our veterinarian choice. We only want the best for our dogs, and with Village Vet, they get the best.
Weston loves Dr. Ross and Mandy, he actually runs to the door when I ask or tell him we are going to see them. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful little dachshund and even more fortunate enough to have found a wonderful team (Dr. Ross and Mandy) to give me honest advice and take care of my Baby's well being. Thank you both from Weston and his Mommy.....
Dr. Ross has been seeing my dogs and kitten. He is the best vet ever. He is extremely intelligent and sincerely loves the animals. I would not trust my pets with any other veterinarian office. Thank you for all they have done for my family. Debra Greenhill
This is the only place in Palm Beach County that I would trust my pet's care to .!!!!!!!! The entire staff are the most caring people in Vet offices in this area .
Would recommend for routine care but, not for surgical services. Pets who receive surgery are sent home on the same day and the staff is not available if complications occur.
Dr. Pullon & his staff are very caring and always helpful. We have been bringing our kitties here since 1999 and have never considered going anywhere else as Dr. Pullon makes you feel at ease and is very kind, knowledgeable, sympathetic and compassionate when those "hard choices" are needed. We would highly recommend Village Vet to anyone looking for loving care for there furry companions.
The staff at Village Veterinary are very organized, pleasant and accommodating. I've been bringing my pets in for years and have been very happy with how we are all treated. I would highly recommend this clinic to everyone with cats and dogs!
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.