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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I will never bring any one of my babies here again. Ever. My cat had worms and she went on herself when I took her here to be taken care of and treated. The smell was so bad and being pregnant I got sick. I walked out of the room to do what I needed and came back to find out that gave my cat two doses of medicine without my permission and wouldn't tell me what they were. I couldn't pay the bill at that exact moment due to card issues so my ex paid for it after having to board her for a few days. Was very uncomfortable with it might I add. But I figured it was a misunderstanding and decided to give them a second chance so I boarded my cat again, the day before yesterday I took her in and the knew me and her by name. Yes that's nice. But told me she needed her shots, only the one which is rabies so I was told. (But why have them now when a month ago she didn't need them) I paid for that (that I was aware of) and a week of her staying there which came to 177.94.. I went in yesterday to see her and they told me they gave her three shots that I knew nothing about, also flea medicine of a high dose when I specifically told them four times "I gave her flea medicine last week, she doesn't need it and do not give her anything". What do they do? A high dose of flea medicine on top of what I gave her a week ago. Also when I was in there I seen a very beautiful loving dog that just had her ear worked on. I loved on her as anyone would do, and remove my hand to find blood. I looked at her ear to see an open wound and no stitching. Also, they let me in the back to see my cat and the operating table is right in the middle of the floor and with a cat that just had surgery on the side in a closed case. I feel that should be in two separate rooms and that it is unsafe and unsanitary. I'm asking for the rest of my money today for the rest of the week at 8am and getting my cat out. I will never go here again and I'm reporting them Monday morning.
They are wonderful with all of mine they tried to save both of my animals. RIP Precious and Ginger
They need to be shut down they killed my dog and I will never take another dog there again worse vet ever
We take our best friend here all the time. They are friendly, helpful, they answer all of our questions and our dog absolutely loves them. We took our dog to be neutered and he had to stay overnight after the surgery. We asked if he would have to lay in a cage by himself after the surgery and the assistant there told us quietly and off to the side that she would just take him home with her for observation so he didn't have to be alone after surgery. I recommend this vet to all of my friends and co-workers.
We are really touched and amazed by how much care goes into the treatment and procedures here.
I really appreciate the excellent care Bella received. Dr. Jones' surgical expertise removed $7.10 in coins from Bella's stomach. Bella is eating very well and acts her normal/ mischevious self.
Wabash Valley Animal Hospital is a great place to take your doggies and kittens there wonderful with are basset hounds
They are the greatest, Thanks for the card "in memory of Frankie"
The vets are so loving, caring and patient. The office staff and techs are awesome, too. I highly recommend this office.
Dr. Jones and all of the staff at WVAH show a great love for the animals you treat, which makes it very easy to entrust our much loved pets to your care.
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.