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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I've been taking my pets to Animal Health Center for over 2 years. They are caring, compassionate, always there to help. I absolutely recommend the team here.
I have taken three of my dogs to college hill for many years and they have always been very professional and kind. They do everything that will make my dogs extremely comfortable. I have always gotten my dogs in on the same day I have called.
If you actually care about the health and wellbeing of your pet, take them elsewhere. We took our two week old rescue kitten in because we were concerned that he couldn't go to the bathroom, something I repeatedly stated since the moment we walked in the door, and Dr. Mohney completly wrote off those concerns. Instead of actively listening to me he treated me like I was stupid and just didn't know what I was doing. Even though I told him that we'd been having trouble for the last two days, he sent us home after a brief exam telling us that the baby was fine. We ended up at the emergency vet that evening after our kitten was so dehydrated from not eating (due to the constipation we'd been concerned about that morning) that he needed emergency care to make it through the night. When I tried to call and talk to Mohney about the situation he was extremely rude and refused to accept any responsibility for the role he played. He didn't even so much as offer an apology that our kitten nearly died because of his negligence. Don't let this guy anywhere near your fur babies.
I took my dog here because my vet was not available and this place allowed walk ins. My dog had a severe cough. The vet looked at the dog for 5 to 10 mins and said he had congestive heart failure and prescribed a medication. There were no tests done or offered to be done. The medicine prescribed made my dog nearly die from dehydration. Luckily next time I went to an animal E.R. and they caught this places mistake. If I would have never gone here I might not had the stress on my familly of all of us convinced our dog was a gonner. Also the additional treatment (at least partially caused by the medication) was over 500$.
It is where I take my animals if anything is seriously wrong simply because I have known them for years and they have treated most of my family's pets as well. Doctor Bogue is knowledgeable not always very compassionate bad bedside manner. Very expensive... Even medications can cost 5 to $20 more than another local veterinary clinic. For routine appointments I take my animals to Arapahoe Veterinary Clinic
Trust them for routine Animal Care.. I have taken my dogs there for shots,stitches, and checkups. Find the Vets to be very knowledgeable and the staff is very friendly not to mention you don't have to have a appointment so it is very handy!
Today was our first visit to Indian Hills Animal Clinic, as we had to put our ailing, 15 year-old Brittany to sleep. He had failed terribly in the last 2 or 3 days and we knew it was time - past time, really - but it was so hard to make the decision to say goodbye to our dear, loving companion and friend. Our regular vet couldn't see Dash soon enough, but we couldn't bear to see him suffer any longer. I am so glad we took a chance and called IHAC. We could not have asked for kinder and more sensitive treatment to dear, old Dash, and to ourselves. I wish we had gotten everyone's names, but I guess we were too upset to think of that right then... But, we'll be back, I guarantee it, with our other Brittany. As for cost, IHAC charged us considerably less than our regular vet clinic quoted us, for the same services. Actually, they offered more services than our old vet clinic.Thank you, IHAC staff, for your kindness, patience, and understanding of grieving family members.
The staff at Willowbend is amazing. They understand my pet is my baby and they treat her as such. It really, really means a lot. They have gone above and beyond anything I could ever expect. Thank you everyone at willowbend!
This is the worst place you can take a poor animal! I took my dogs there for daycare and training. They were learning nothing and the trainer always had an excuse like they were unruly or wouldn't obey (Uh, that's why they are there, duh!). But yesterday another dog challenged one of mine and bit him in the snout. They told me there was a fight but neglected to tell me my dog was bit. When I got home I fed my dogs and they took a nap. When they woke up I noticed that one had a raised/swollen spot on his snout. I looked closer and there was blood and a hole. Then my other dog started acting very peculiar. He seemed to be scared out of his wits. When I would open the back door for them to go out to potty and play, he cowered in the corner of the room and refused to go out...even for a treat! So now I have one dog healing from an attack and another who is afraid of his shadow and has never acted like this before. I talked to the vet (can't remember her name darnit) who came on the phone in a loud and commanding voice as to try to intimidate me (no luck there) and she said my dog was the aggressor in the fight. She also said we were ONE visit past the refund policy, which by the way, was never given to me, and she would not make a one time exception. I think with all that happened she should have given me my money back. I only wanted a prorated portion, which at this point only looks like about half. I think that's fair. She wanted to do more training with my dogs but I am not comfortable with them going there. I am also starting a new job and cannot take time off work to go with them. She was totally uninterested in my plight. NEVER take your pet to this place!!
Willowbend Animal Hospital is a Wichita treasure! Dr. Johnson and his staff are such caring people and I recommend them to everybody!
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.