We took our two year old Maltese to Smith & Shedd, after her vet of two years couldn't figure out what her digestive problems were caused by. After literally spending over three thousand dollars at her old vet, we still had no idea what was causing Minkie to vomit and have loose stool sporadically. Her prior vet actually said "sorry, there's nothing else that we can do...she's a dog. Dog's are always getting into things. You need to make sure she's not getting into things." Getting into things? After spending three thousand dollars? Ridiculous!!! Smith & Shedd came highly recommended from a friend, so with apprehension, we decided to give them a try. Our first impression was how genuinely sincere the front staff and technicians were. Dr. Smith was also very sincere, and had our baby's problem narrowed down to two possibilities, just by examining her and reading over her piror records. We had to fast Minkie that night. The following morning, they took blood samples, and by the next afternoon we had the results. We had spent thousands at her prior vet, and now with less than two hundred dollars and one visit, we had her diagnosis. Minkie had an unusual disease called a liver shunt. Next they used their ultrasound to diagnose where the shunt was located. Thankfully, hers was of a type that could be fixed surgically. Now it's been over six months since her surgery, and Minkie is the picture of perfect health - her coat is no longer dull, she's put on over two pounds, she is much more energetic, and most importantly, she hasn't had any diarrhea or vomiting since the surgery. Seldom have I had such a wonderful experience with any professional, including mine and my husband's own doctors, that could compare with that of Smith & Shedd. I would recommend them highly to anyone with an animal family member!
We are thrilled with XOXO Pet Sitting services and would recommend them to anyone wanting a worry free alternative to putting their pets in a kennel. We have been using XoXo Pet Sitting for some time and we (and our dogs/hedgehog) are always thrilled with their services. They know how important people's pets are to them and from her first visit with our dogs, they loved her and she really enjoys loving on them. She provides us 3 visits a day and that is just what we need for our older dogs that have good "control" of their bodily functions. It is also really nice to have someone we trust stopping by the house several times a day while we are out of town. The variety of having someone coming and going is a deterrent to those with bad intentions and it gives us a sense of security. This really is the best thing for our pets as well. They are SOOOOO much happier being at home, not in a kennel (which we used to do and they HATED it). We like not worrying about our dogs not eating or being stressed in a kennel as they have in the past. Also there much less chance of contracting any communicable illnesses in a kennel setting. NOTE: During holiday season she books up pretty fast, reserving/paying early ensures you the care your pets need!
I bought a puppy from PetLand and in order to activate the warranty, I had to take the puppy to Smith and Shedd for an initial exam. After reading the reviews for Smith and Shedd, I have to say I was a little weary about this place. I work at a doctors office so i know the power the reviews have on a business. First off, the facility is BEAUTIFUL. Kudos to the designer! Overall my experience was very nice. I'd take my puppy back if I lived closer to their facility and I wasn't already happy with another vet I've used on my other dogs. I met Dr. Smith who was VERY nice and accommodating. He answered all the questions we had. The tech explained things nicely as well. The only thing we had to pay for was the flea/tick treatment. As for the bad reviews, I feel for the consumer, but like I said, I work for a doctor's office so I do feel for the vet's office as well. Some places go through growing pains when it comes to employees. As for pricing, it's the same for a vet's office (I think lol) as it is for a doctor's office. There are pay scales based on the location of the facility. Based on my experience with them, I'd recommend them to a friend.