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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This is the BEST Veterinary Clinic ever! They have done so much for us and our terminal family bunny Chippy. We visited their office for over a year on a weekly basis and received THEE BEST CARE and concern! They have also treated our two other bunnies and new rescue dog and are so wonderful with our pets. I would NOT go anywhere else! They are the most caring, loving and professional people and are like our second family. We love the staff and how wonderful they have been to us and to all who walk through their doors! Thanks Salmon Creek!
We were referred to Animal Care Clinic due to an unexpected emergency that regular Vet could not perform. Our cat needed to have his leg amputated from a raccoon bite. ACC wanted $2,400 up front cash only. We let them know that at any cost, we wanted to save our pet and we could come up with a down payment and would gladly sign a contract for payments. They said "We don't do payments, cash only. We will gladly put your cat down for you and euthanize him if you can't afford the $2,400 today." Their first option other than PAY Up... Was to put our animal down. Should have been named the "Animal KILL Clinic" Fine... You don't take payments.... But really!?!? Your first option is to kill my animal because of a broken leg? Over money?!? Greed!!! We were fortunate enough to find a loving Vet in Astoria (Columbia Vet) that performed the whole surgery with after care and medicine for $322. The customer care that we received from Animal Care Clinic was poor and quite frankly shallow. No thanks.
Please!! Do not take your pet here!! It could be lethal to there health. DrJohansen diagnosed my dog with allergies and a ear infection and put her on medications that she didn't need because she has neither. I still have not been reimbursed for unopened product that my dog didn't need. I took her to VCA hospital because she was still sick is how I found out she didn't need those medications were I was told and backed up by labs my dog is incontinent that it has nothing to do with allergies. If I hadn't taken her she could have gotten a lot sicker. I have asked to talk to the owner and have been denied. They might be cheaper. But they rip you off in the end. If they can't find something they will just make something up to charge and send meds home with you. Please email Chicksperformancepaints@hotmail.com I am going to get a lawyer against companion pet for wrongful care/Diagnosis,charges breach of confidentiality etc. If you would like to be included in this lawsuit contact me.
These guys are fantastic! My dog needed TPLO surgery for her injured knee. First thing, Dr. Brandon did not pressure me to do the surgery. He discussed all of my options thoroughly. Then he let me decide. After getting all of the information (and doing my own research) I decided to go forward with the procedure for my dog. I had a 3 week vacation planned, and Dr. Brandon stressed that I should wait until I get back. I was so grateful for this as he put me and my dog over "just getting money sooner." My dog is doing great now! His quote was right on the money. I did not even have to pay for her rechecks and x-rays! Highly recommend them. Very satisfied!
Do NOT come here. We took our dog here because they accept Care Credit and are near us. She had hurt her leg and we weren't sure what had happened so we brought her in to be looked at. The vet did not do an X-Ray, he just felt around her leg and told us she tore her ACL, ruptured her meniscus disc, and dislocated her kneecap. We were quoted $2,000 to fix it. We took her to another vet for a second opinion and they actually did an X-Ray and found out that her femur bones had fused together as a puppy when she broke her leg before we adopted her, something ACC didn't know because he didn't do an X-Ray. We weren't told of a dislocated kneecap from the X-Ray. We had those records and the X-Rays sent to my mother's vet 5 hours from us and they said they would do a "fish line" surgery for $800-$1100 and they kept their word on that when we had THEM do the surgery instead. Let me also point out that originally we were told ACC does the fish line surgery, then we were told they didn't, so in the end we don't even know if they do. With her surgery AND two skin tag removals it came out to $1200...$800 less than just the surgery (who knows what surgery) with ACC. We just took her in today because my dog removed 2-4 of her staples from surgery and her surgeon is 5 hours away so I figured ACC would fix it. I get there and they quote me $300-340 which I was actually expecting only because I figured I'd be charged a lot. Her surgery vet said they'd charge $150. So we are going with them. In the mean time, I left my dog there because I thought she was going to get fixed up there but my husband made the phone calls and decided not to, so he goes to the vet to pick her up and explains to them how unhappy he is with their prices and at the same time is LIVID with them because they wouldn't even bandage her up to go home without charging us $30! So she was sent home with an open, gaping wound to be waiting however long before we could take her somewhere else. They obviously didn't care. He told them they were in it for the money, have given horrible service, didn't even give her X-Rays, and he wanted to talk to the vet about it. He never did get to talk to the vet because he was "busy" so he vented all of this to the front desk woman. Needless to say we are NEVER going there again and we believe all the other reviews written on here about them and think you should too. UPDATE: We ended up finding Banfield later that evening that fit her in as an emergency check-up and stapled her now completely open wound this morning AND gave us a flea RX for $105!
I had been to 6 other vets in the last 3 yrs trying to find out what was wrong with my very ill dog. He was put through unnecessary surgery and multiple painful tests, that cost thousands of dollars, without any diagnosis. Finally, found Dr. Correa and Dr. Brandon, who actually had an idea of the problem right away and then did minimal testing, at their cost, for verification. Dr. Correa and the rest of the staff are considerate, kind, and know how talk treat the animals and their parents. Their medical knowledge is impressive and far above the average Vet. I was able to give my dog a couple more weeks of comfort before he passed and am very thankful for the care given at the Animal Care Clinic.
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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.