Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
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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Dont deserve a star. They misread a simple blood test. And wanted us to put our very rare cat down saying he was suffering. Got a second opion , and found out he was diabetic. TR hospt. seen the signs , told me so, but insisted his liver was failing, and he had hepititis. And they were wrong. And almost killed my cat. His liver is fine according to a vet who can read a blood test. The same blood test TR read and took. How can a vet make such a serious mistake. They should be reported and lose thier licience. If a vet can charge outragous money , you think they can at least read a simple blood test correctly. I feel robbed and disrespected for what some inept want a be animal Dr. put my family thru. You better right your wrong. Im not one to go away that easy. I have proof to support my claim.
Difficult to get an appointment when needed and very expensive. Also have not seen any improvement in any of my conditions.
I don't think there are enough words to express how wonderful Small Animal Vet is. My family and I have been through the gambit of veterinary offices with our pets over the years and Small Animal is easily the best we've been to. The office is clean and welcoming. The office staff are friendly, welcoming, and do their best to make sure you get in to be seen in a timely manner. The entire office takes the time to get to know you and your pet(s), not just give your pet a once over, quick diagnosis and leave. They make you feel part of a family. Our cats see Dr. Denyer, who has been nothing but kind and up front about our pet's needs. She goes all out for the animals she sees and if there is a problem, she makes sure to explain it in terms you will understand as opposed to medical jargon. Dr. Denyer was the first vet out of 3 or 4 to accurately diagnosed my one cat, Brat's, issue and got her on track to feeling better with minimum need of excess procedures and exams. Dr. Denyer has also been able to diagnose my other three cats any time they've had an issue. She explains options, and does not force you into anything- she will give you the break downs, point out pros and cons and make suggestions. The staff at Small Animal believe in quality of life over quantity, and never wish to see an animal in pain or suffering. Small Animal Vet understands that medical costs can be high and they do their best to work with you while making sure your pet receives the necessary treatment. Rachel, Dr. Denyer's right-hand-tech, is wonderful as well. She is fantastic at making sure the animals are as calm as they can be during the visit, answers questions as she can or if beyond her knowledge, will get the answer for you from someone who does.When it comes to having to put an animal down, I have never been to an office more compassionate. When it was discovered that our cat Chumba had a brain tumor that was beyond the point of being able to say she would safely come out of surgery and we had to make that heartbreaking call, Dr. Denyer, Rachel and the staff at Small Animal went above and beyond to help us through that visit, making sure we knew that Chumba would not be in pain, that they would keep her comfortable and loved throughout the quick process. Overall, I would thoroughly recommend Small Animal Vet and Dr. Denyer to anyone in need of veterinary help.
Caring vet and staff. Very pleased with the Dr. and vet tech's. Good conversations and recommendations. Not a vet that looks to cut for everything, only when absolutely necessary. Very pleased with Dr. Werkmeister, kind with dogs and people.
Do NOT go to this guy. We brought our dog in to him the other day, because he was having problems breathing so he could take x-rays. We were told they saw their last patient at 5pm. We arrived at 4:45pm. Mind you the dog is having problems breathing. We sat their 15 minutes and Dr. conti comes out and says "oh geez, its time for us to close the girls want to go home, an x-ray will take an hour, can you come back next week?" The dog is having problems breathing. "what are we supposed to do over the weekend if he is having problems?" "oh geez, i dont know". He is completely useless, cares more about his vacation time than the animals he is seeing. WE WILL NEVER GO BACK TO HIM AND YOU SHOULD NOT EITHER!!!! Luckily Ocean County Veterinary Hospital is up the road.
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.