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Dr. Kaur and staff are excellent. Whether you are going for medical attention for your pet, using the Bed N Biskit services, or Grooming....the ent…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
We are so lucky to have Shively here. These doctors care so much, and they forego a lot of the perks that many vets in the area enjoy just to help as many animals as they can possibly help. I have seen them take squirrels who were hit on the road, free of charge, and any person who needs help for their animals is seen, regardless of ability to pay. They accept cash and check and do prefer to get payment at the time of service, but my brother was offered a payment plan for a VERY expensive treatment that wd not have been possible anywhere else. I used to take my cat to The Cat Clinic, who insisted on expensive blood tests, vaccinations, and overnight stays just to give her an x-ray that I wanted bc of a cough she couldnt shake. I went in 3 times in 2 months, telling them she was sick and asking for a diagnosis. They saw me for 10 minutes each time and prescribed drugs without knowing what was wrong. They pushed prednisone on me every time, without even bothering to do an xray. They charged me over 300 for blood tests and then wanted to charge hundreds more and put her through more shots and stress before they would even consider an xray. It was like they didn't want to listen to me, almost out of spite. I was always very polite and obedient with their nonsensical directives. That is a red flag to me in dealing w a vet-when they won't even bother to let you ask questions. They were also rude every time I went in. I never thought it was a big deal until my cat needed actual care. I took her to Shively after getting treated like crap by Cat Clinic for 2 months, and within 15 min of getting her back to the vet, they had done an x-ray and confirmed lung cancer. Imagine what time and money I would have spent and what trauma she wd have endured if I had stuck with the crappy vet at Cat Clinic. Shively gave her fluids, b12, and supported me til the end. I paid a whopping 65 for the 2 xrays and vitamins and fluids. That is a steal. The vet, Dr. Robin, actually cried a little with me when she gave me the bad news. She offered me a much-needed hug and more than that, she provided gentle loving attention to my sick cat. I also have lovebirds and Shively is one of the few places who will see birds. They saved my baby girl's life when she was egg-bound. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this place. You should always expect to wait several hours when you go. They don't take appointments bc they want to see as many needy animals as possible, so they essentially work a triage system. You will get seen, however, and you can leave or wait in your car and they call when it's your turn. And rest assured that when you get in, the vet will be attending to your animal-not a tech. You will get the best care anyone can find, and at about 1/2 the price of most any vet. I trust them 110%. People come from all over the area for good reason. I only wish my boyfriend had done so when his 6 month old kitten was killed by a negligent country vet who botched her spay surgery. Our animals are too important to put behind our own comfort. Shively is just what it should be-a true animal lover's hospital. Get to Shively about 10 min before they open and it will significantly expedite your visit.
I literally never write reviews for anything, but my experience here was so incredible I had to come and share it with everyone. I wish I could give them more than 5 stars. My 10 month old puppy woke up paralyzed one morning. I took him to a DIFFERENT emergency vet right away, who told me unless I paid $5,000 for a surgery my pup would never walk again. That wasn't in my budget, and the vet told me I needed to put him down- that he would never walk again. Distraught, I brought my puppy home so my boyfriend could say one last goodbye... Then we PLANNED to euthanize him the next morning together. That night however, we decided to go get a second opinion (even though first vet seemed 100% positive of the condition) We went to BluePearl, since it was one of the few places open. The staff was so kind. I will say this, we had to wait about 3 hours, but I would have waited 3 more for the great service we received. The staff was so kind. They checked in with us regularly, and answered all our questions. Then the vet came in- Dr. Cullman-Clark!!! I ADORE THIS WOMAN! She was so kind, apologized for the delay (we had come on an unusually busy night), and took her time with us. She did not rush us one bit. She suggested it was a different condition, and said to wait a few days and look for improvement. She even went to the back and MADE us a sling out of medical material to help him walk. Well guess what guys- 3 days later and my little pup is out there running around and walking!! Almost back perfect, although he cant go up or down steps yet, its only been 3 days. If I had trusted the first vet, he would have never even been given a chance, or I would be $5,000 in debt!! Not only that, but the vet called me to check, and then called again on her OFF day to check on my puppy and me!! How kind is that? She thinks he should be back normal within a week or two. I would suggest ANYONE in any type of emergency situation to come here first before anywhere else. I have never met anyone who so genuinely cares about their patients. Cost me $85 dollars :-) THANK YOU BLUEPEARL
I have been going to Shively Animal Clinic for about 7 years and from my experiences with my dogs and cats can highly recommend them. Yes, you will have to be patient and wait, they do not take appointments and because their prices are very fair, maybe the best in Louisville, they are VERY busy. Don't expect all the frills, bells and whistles as you will not find them here, that's not what they are about. They are about giving your pet the best possible medical care at the best possible price. I live in the eastern Jefferson County and the vet that I used to go to about 2 miles from my home gouged me every chance they could, I discovered Shively Animal Clinic when my Maine Coon Cat had "blocked" and Goshen Animal Clinic gave me a quote of $1900+ to have the major surgery that he needed to survive. A friend of mine that owned a pet salon/kennel told me to take him to Shively, which I did. I was lucky enough to get Dr. Joyce on my first visit and my cat had the successful surgery and was hospitalized for 3.5 days and is doing great today at 13 y/o...total cost for everything...$687.00!!! They never try to do more than necessary and have always been very caring, even though they are extremely busy and work very long hours. Needless to say, I have never gone back to Goshen Animal Clinic and happily drive the 23 miles to Shively for the great and affordable care that my pets deserve.
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.