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5120 Shelbyville RdIndianapolis, IN 46237
From Business: Our full service hospital opened in 2004. Our friendly veterinarian, technicians, and assistants have over 26 years combined experience and are ready to serve all…
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I took my new puppy Chase to Bridgeview Animal Hospital because it was close to my house. When I called to set my appointment I felt like I was calling family. They were very nice and were able to work around my busy schedule to get him in. Chase is the first pet I have ever owned so I did not know what to expect. The entire staff was very nice and really informative. I could tell they were trying to make me feel at home. The place seems like home with a tvs and childrens toys in the lobby. I went into the visiting room ,the lady was eager to pick up Chase and play with him. She told me what he would need, his shots, and a neuter. Dr. Graves came into the room and Chase really liked him. The doc had nothing but good things to say about Chase and he was also eager to give me some great tips on getting him house broken. I expressed to him that I didn't have a lot of money, he smiled and said "we have a special plan that will work great for you". I never knew you could make payments on pet care if only they did that for humans. I also don't have to pay for visits anymore either. That made the whole thing worth while. I would recomend everyone to take their pet to Bridgeview. THANKS TO EVERYONE AT BRIDGEVIEW A+++++
I just moved to the Fishers area and was looking for a new vet. came across Bridgeview Animal Hospital and saw that they offer a new client exam coupon. So I took advantage of this great offer and called to make an appointment to check the place out. The person who I talked to was very welcoming and was able to get me in the same day. When arriving for my appointment, they greeted me with a smile. some vets that I have been to, the staff seemed like they did not enjoy their job but here, you can tell they woke up on the right side of the bed. The nurse that took care of my baby was very gentle as she can be very nervous around strangers. The doctor I saw had very good bed side manner and I felt comfortable with her. I have met some vets that don't seem too compassionate about the care of other peoples pets and for that reason, I have put my business elsewhere. My baby was not as stressed as she normally is so I think I have found my vet home. As long as she's happy, I am happy:)
I have mixed feelings about this clinic even though I have been going there for quite a while. The vets are knowledgable and have always taken good care of my pets. I've had several animals they have helped me with in the last moments of their lives and the vets have been caring and compassionate. However, the staff is either hit or miss. Some are very good, some are less so. They make mistakes on medication dispensing, are cold and uncaring to both owners and pets. And the prices seem to go up and up each time I go in, to the point I can't afford them. It seems to have a split personality - caring knowledgable vets yet a money-making machine that's hit or miss in the front office area. I am looking for another caring place more affordable with better staff. When friends ask if they should go to this clinic, I tell them keep looking. But if they want good vet care, staff that may be below expectations and can afford the prices this place can work.
We are new to Indiana and were fortunate to go to Bridgeview and Dr. Graves for our first appointment. Beginning with an initial phone call to make an appointment and then all during our meeting with the special lady (and I apologize for forgetting her name) who set up Lacey's records, took our information and clipped Lacey's nails and then meeting with Dr. Graves....it was just terrific. Everyone was friendly and caring and made us feel at ease and welcome...and Lacey was treated carefully and succesfully. I wish 'people' doctor's could have such a wonderful 'bedside manner'!! I will be recommending Dr. Graves and his staff to all the pet owners I meet in our new neighborhood at Britton Falls. Thanks so much to everyone. p.s. The additional information - email- and follow-up phone calls were just wonderful and I feel so comfortable having this group of professionals available to help me take care of my kitty.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience with both Bridgeview Animal Hospital and Bridgeview Grooming Salon. It's a "one stop shop" for all of my needs for all four of my precious fur babies! Everything about this place is fantastic. The facility is probably one of the cleanest veterinary offices I've ever stepped into, and the costs are incredibly reasonable. The staff is always courteous, friendly, and informative, and the doctors take the time to listen to your concerns & address them head on. Every single time we visit we feel valued and important! Bridgeview Grooming Salon is the best in the Indy area! The groomers are always kind and gentle with my pup & he's always excited to come in and see everyone! Kim has been grooming my dog for ages and he always looks fantastic. She treats my dog as if he is one of her own. Definitely check out Bridgeview for all your pet needs!
My husband and I have been very impressed with this state-of-the-art Vet Clinic. Dr. Graves and his staff have shown exceptional care for our dog. It's easy to see why Dr. Graves has received top Vet. honors in the country. We've commented that our dog's office is more high-tech than our our family physician's office. Very few doctors have digital imaging in their office. It's so nice having a Laboratory and Pharmacy all located in one place. Our dog has received post-cards, emails, and even phone reminders of upcoming visits. Their user-friendly website provides helpful tips, coupons, and on-line scheduling. We've also been impressed with his Grooming Salon. The staff their took extra time to assure us on our puppy's first grooming experience and a free Vet. exam was included. Bridgeview has thought of everything and has shown excellence in all they do.
I have a cocker spaniel that I have taken to many different grooming locations around the northside of indy and I finally found a great groomer I can trust at Windermere Animal Hospital. Her name is Sunni. My dog is very old and has multiple health problems and she always takes the time to talk to me and is very gentle and patient with him. The prices are very reasonable and they also offer special packages and services. I am very pleased with Sunni and the rest of the staff at Windermere. I will only be taking my dog there from now on. You may find cheaper prices at PetCo but it is NOT worth it. The service is completely different and so much better at windermere. I HIGHLY recommend!!!
The attention to detail the vets and staff give you and your dog is amazing. Such friendly people who clearly love animals and what they do. I have been a client for over 10 years and would not dream of going anywhere else. Dr. Havens and Dr. Johnson are very compassionate. I have 3 dogs and one had to be euthenized. They were so wonderful in making sure that my dog and family had all the time they needed. I also have a special needs animal that required a referral to a specialist and that office sang the praises of this hospita. You can trust them with your baby.
SOMEONE USED MY EMAIL ADDRESS TO CREATE A PROFILE BUT DIDN'T FILL IN ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION. I REALLY WOULDN'T TRUST THAT THIS IS FROM A REAL PERSON. I'LL BE DELETING BETHANY23 AT THE END OF THE WORK DAY. Absolutely love this place, doctors are great with my cats. I have seen 2 different doctors and many different techs and have no issue with any of them. I have tried to do my own pet stuff (dewormer, tick/flee meds) and have brought my cats to them twice now because my meds did not work.
I picked a puppy from the Human Soc several years ago and found the poor animal to be in horrible health and on deaths door step with several life threatening conditions. Dr Graves and the staff diligently stayed with the treatment program and literally save her life. Whthout such attention the animal would of never survived. I'm forever grateful for this effort as the dog is approaching 5 years having no difficulties. More than competent attention and completey recommended.
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.