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If there was a way to give Dr. Anast and the staff at Sandy Hill a 100 out of 5 stars, we would! Have been bringing our pets here for 20 years and have never had a single bad experience. Words cannot honestly fully express how much we appreciate this business. We have honestly been brought to tears many times by the depth of compassion this vet has towards our pets and our family. Could NEVER imagine anyone better! Dr. Anast has treated 6 cats and 5 dogs for us through these years and he has always been able to properly diagnose and treat them quickly and effectively. It is so reassuring to know he is there whenever anything goes wrong with any of our pets. When a few of these family pets have reached the end of their long dusty trail, Dr. Anast and staff have been there to help everyone through with great sensitivity and compassion. Our entire family, including our 2 children, love this guy and have the utmost faith in him!! When one of our Dalmatians was in her later years she had a stroke on New Years Eve, which fell on a Saturday. Dr. Anast made a special trip into the office for us and stayed late to make sure she was stable. After keeping her overnight, she was well enough to bring home on New Years Day. Dr. Anast met us at the office that Sunday and gave us a gift - of a fully functioning dog to bring home - and to answer our questions and give care instructions. Now how many vets in this city would ever go out of their way like that, especially on a holiday weekend?!! He has also treated the occasional rat, hamster, or other small critter that our kids have collected through years. He's never turned us away and has always treated all critters with kindness - and always knew exactly what was wrong and healed their ailments! It's hard to understand how anyone could give a bad review, but it takes all kinds. As they say, you can't please all the people all of the time. All we can say for anyone who was unhappy (and obviously didn't give Sandy Hill a fair try) - it's their loss and good riddance. Anyone who truly loves their animals and appreciates having them looked after by a loving, caring, knowledgeable, and capable doctor cannot go wrong with Dr. Anast and Sandy Hill. Thank you so much for all the things you've done for our family over the years Dr. Anast! There never has been and never will be any better veterinarian. We know one day you may want to, but we hope you never retire!
As ou can see below, they eliminated the response to a disturbed individual, who goes by the name of "dieDr Anast" and I can see why. First of all, you better clean out your eyes and other parts of your body, because, obviously, you're full of it from your feet to your eyes. With yours being the only review like this out of 5 other positive reviews, there is definitely something wrong with this picture, and it appears to be you. No doubt, you're leaving something out that would indicate just who and what an imbecile you really are. I've been going to Dr. Anast for the past 30 years, and have not had one, not one, negative experience. He has treated 3 different dogs for me during that period of time and the first two lived a long and healthy lives, well beyond their expected longevity for their breeds. I expect the same for my third dog, as she is only 3 years old at present. He once had to treat my second dog to the extent that he took her to his private home and had her sleep in there so he could observe her and make sure she got all her medication on schedule. So ... don't tell me about Dr. Anast! Again, you being the only negative person of a total of 6 on this site, it only makes sense that it's you with the problem and likely the bad apple in this barrel. Go find another clinic. I'm sure Dr. Anast and everyone else would be over joyed. You're so off base here, you don't deserve the time it took me to write this, but I write it for those who should know more about Dr. Anast and his wonderful, compassionate clinic and staff. I would rather waste my time on you, rather than have to give any credibility to the childish comment you made. Your language alone, depicts a person who needs to see a doctor, and I'm not speaking of physical heath reasons. I truly wish you the best, and my sympathy wholeheartedly goes out to your dog, which you call "little friend." I sure hope you treat him better than your elementary note of criticism indicates. Your dog deserves to have an adult taking care of him. I can only imagine the life that poor dog must be leading.
My I just start out by saying if you have an exotic pet that is in need of true TLC This is the place to take them!! 6am I went to check on my hedgehog before work and her eye was bloody and swollen. Panic struck I called the first vet I found online, horrible idea, I got a hold of Animal Emergency Center 3340 E Patrick Ln, Las Vegas,NV 89120 (702) 457-8050 I explained the situation to the receptionist and she said yes we can help come on in. We get there and the "vet" took two seconds to look at her and said her eye wasn't savable and they were about to close and couldn't help! WHY tell me to come in then?!? The "vet was so rude and mean no concern for my little one! like I said took 2 seconds to look at her then said coldly," Well that eye is done for. You'll have to have it removed! We're about to close so we can't help" After my bf asked is there really nothing you can do, why were we told to come right in? the man called him a Jerk! REAL PROFESSIONAL, NOT! he needs to go sell cars or something, there's no way he CARES for any animal that comes in there! I was sick to my stomach the way they talked to and treated us! DO NOT GO HERE^ GO to FLAMINGO PET CLINIC INSTEAD! It's right down the street and MUCH better choice! We took our little baby to the Flamingo Pet Clinic at 7:30. They weren't open untill 8 but I saw one of the techs arrive, Jason, and explained the situation. As soon he opened the clinic, he got us in a room and gave her something for pain!The doctor arrived shortly after. Dr. Williams is beyond fantastic! This staff is definitely here for the animals! He spent time with her and even said it wasn't necessarily a total loss for the eye. They sent us home with an ointment to help the swelling of the eyelid, antibiotics and pain medicine. He needs the swelling to go down to see the eye and source of the problem. Thank God for people like Jason and Dr. Williams who truly care about the animals. It was about 40 mins from home but after the care we received today I would do it everyday if necessary! 110% A++++++ Thank you!!!!
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.