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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We take our 7 month old mixed Lab and Golden Retriever here. The staff is awesome and so is the doctor. We are very pleased with the services we receive and how we are treated but especially how "Jake" is treated.
These reviews are by far way off. The staff go above and beyond and give you plenty of options. They let you know the price ahead of time so you're not shocked when you go to check out.
I was looking for a vet close to me but after reading these reviews its got me scratching my head. All these people cannot be lying nor did they all come together to bash this vet. A couple of the reviews I read were disturbing. Putting a dog down they thought was a stray??? Wow. I mean you can't believe everything online but how is this place still in biz if the staff is really that rude. Firstly I consider my dogs family members and I am crazy about them as most pet owners are and if they were rude...oh God help them. If I had found out one of my animals got put down bc of their confusion or stupidity I would be calling for legal help. Does this vet allow you to put animals on the porch prior to opening? Thats crazy I would never do that but then again ppl work and if that was the case I would of made arrangements to be late or take the day off to ensure my animal made it safely inside. Who would walk up on the porch of this business and steal a dog's credentials? At least the dog wasn't stolen but what happened was worse. As far as the doc getting very "personal" with a client just crazy. It's a wonder they havent had numerous lawsuits
What is the point of making an online ad when looking for someone to hire into your business? There were specific instructions to follow in which it was "Show up in person and don't call" and reassurance on the ad that stated "If this ad is still up we're still hiring." I was given an application anyways because the desk lady wasn't sure if the position was filled or not. I get home later and see the ad is no longer up. How rude? Not giving an option to call and make sure before making the trip? Giving false hope? So rude and very unprofessional. Not even calling to apologize for the mistake.
This veterinary clinic is by far the worst place I have ever visited. The receptionist staff and vet were rude, unkind, and even hateful. I have never felt more insulted in my life. The man who works there got WAY to personal with me and very inappropriate. He speaks to his staff like they are slaves, and even called one a b***h to her face. I will never visit this establishment again and I hope everyone heeds the other reviews as well. These people do not need to be in business if they act this way. I would never want to be left in the same room with this man, let alone leave my pet in his care.
I have taken my pets to Dr. Moreno for years and have always received courteous, professional service. When I had to have my Yorkie put to sleep because of a brain tumor, they were very compassionate. They give plenty of options and are never judgmental or pushy.
Horrible people skills. I live right down the road and wanted to get a pet scanned. I walk in and there were THREE different people that saw me. They never once asked if I needed help or asked me to wait a minute. I walked out and went to Tillman's Corner Veterinary and the whole staff helped me and was VERY VERY FRIENDLY! I urge everyone that loves animals to PLEASE not go to Pet Doctor. The front desk is what makes the office and they sure as hell don't help!!
Dr. Myers is my hero. My dog had been having difficulty breathing and after antibiotics, etc didn't work, he discovered and removed a large piece of rawhide from her nose. Three days later, she's feeling great. Everyone in this office is very friendly and caring.
They seem to do a good job on mg animals and they seemed nice the first few times I took my animals, but the last time I went I heard several workers and the vet herself talk about me. I had literally not said anything in any way wrong or had not even looked at them funny as I'm a very quiet person who has social anxiety. Hard to believe people would talk about habitual customers who had done nothing tothem but I guess that shows their true personality.
By far the worst group of people running a business in Theodore, Alabama. Dr. Moreno and staff are extremely rude and they are liars. A client dropped there dog off early about 15 minutes til opening and left his dog at the doorstep with her kennel, nametag collar, and food. Unfortunately someone stole all of his pets belongings in between the client leaving and the clinic opening so what the staff saw at the door when arriving was to them a stray dog. They put the dog to sleep as they would any other stray dropped off at the doorstep. Later that day the client came to pick up the dog and after the staff realized from the owners description that it was the pet they put to sleep that morning they lied to the client explaining they had no idea what pet he was referring too or nothing. Dr. Moreno told his staff not to say anything as if it never happened. Now that's poor quality of a person and as a licensed veterinarian. Dr Moreno practices excellent medicine and is one hell of a surgeon but when you constantly have one of your staff members in your office with blinds closed half the day then I'm sure it is hard to focus on your craft. The lies will one day be heard and seen and they will eventually catch up in life.
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.