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I'm delighted to be back in Springfield after being out-of-state for close to ten years. I used Pakrcrest Vet for over 15 years and always found th…
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Dr. Ramsey has been my vet for about 10 years now. I have nothing but amazing things to say about her and her practice. Dr. Ramsey was one of those vet students who finished school early because she was so smart. I bet she was even top of her class back in college and ver school. She offers her amazing talents to her clients and their owners at more than reasonable rates. Most important: Dr. Ramsey saved my dogs life. My 3 year old golden retriever came down with some rare disease (idiopathic chylothorax as it would eventually be named). I brought the dog in for unusual breathing I noticed. Doctor Molly took x-rays, identified a build up of fluid in his chest, and drained over 2 liters of chylous fluid out of my dogs chest. She recommended we go to the vet school at the University of Missouri to talk with their specialists. She even offered a voucher to help me cover the cost of the visit because I was a college student at the time and she knew it would probably be hard for me to afford all of this. I didn't listen to her though. Instead I immediately went to a specialist in St. Louis because I had a family there and it seemed more cost effective than going with her recommendation. They examined my dog," in St. Louis and gave me the diagnosis I mentioned above, as well as recommending that I give up on the dog and put him down. Like most people who care about their pets, I wasn't ready to give up. So I went to the MU clinic like Dr. Ramsey recommended. A few surgeries later, they had saved my dogs life. He is still alive and happy and healthy today. There is no better veterinarian in the area than Dr. Ramsey. You read my story. This lady and this place could save your best friend's life... they saved my best friend's life. :)
Dr. Molly Ramsey has been caring for our animals for several years. They don't hesistate to jump in the car when we say "let's go to Dr. Molly's!" She's very thorough in her exams and makes sure to explain everything to us. She's just as good at soothing anxious pet parents. She's even come to our home for house calls and is always available for questions, even by cellphone or text. When prescribing medications or recommending treatments, she always takes cost into consideration. She once called four area pharmacies to find the cheapest place to get our prescription filled. Her staff is every bit as wonderful. She keeps up with the latest technologies and developments in the field, and consults mentors and specialists to help explore all options. I not only recommend her to all our friends; I wish she could be my doctor!
I'm simply thrilled with James River Animal Hospital. I drive at least an hour just to take my birds to an exotic animal Vet. I have been very happy with the knowledge, patience, caring, friendliness, and respect that I have observed at the clinic. They are very client and patient oriented. It is hard to find a vet that can care for exotic animals. I've used Dr. Hardy for at least 15 years. I have 7 birds and they all see him at least 2 times per year. The prices are very reasonable and the extra time driving is worth it to know that my birds are getting the best care possible. I'm always amazed at how many exotic animals he works with in addition to dogs and cats. I would strongly recommend James River Animal Hospital to anyone that is looking for a good Vet.
Dr. Robertson and staff are the most compassionate animal lovers and people friendly individuals I've ever met. They have cared for my five dogs and two cats through the years. When the time came for the passing of my beautiful old man, Quincy (golden retriever), they made a difficult decision less painful. It has been 6 months since his passing and the grief is still strong, but his last minutes were peaceful and loving thanks to Dr. Robertson. They even sent me a beautiful sympathy card. I continue to see Dr. Robertson, even though I live in Springfield. The drive is worth the care for my pets. I tell everyone with pets that they should use Cobblestone for their pet needs. They're worth the drive!
I highly recommend this kennel to any dog lover! We went on a 10 day vacation and left our "four legged children" at this kennel and will absolutley use them again when we travel! One of my dogs is very shy and somewhat scared of new people and the owners were so compassionate and loving to her, she became friends with them in no time. The kennel is very clean. When I picked up the dogs, their beds were washed and the dogs didn't smell like a kennel (like what we've experienced at other kennels). I will be using A Bit Of Country K9 Kennel again! Thank you for taking such great care of our precious babies.
They love their job and it shows. They are so nice and caring. Plus they are more than reasonably priced. I usually spend only half of what I would spend at any other vets office. I recently took my dog in for his last check up on his broken leg and to get his cast off. They only charged me $6 for the medicine he needed for his irritated skin. Any where else probably would have charged me at least $35 just for the visit. I would recommend this vets office to anyone looking for a new vet.
We have taken all of our animals to Dr. Molly (4 dogs, 1 cat) over the last 9 years. She and her wonderful staff have provided first-rate care to all of them. I can't recommend a veterinarian more enthusiastically than I do Dr. Ramsey and Nixa Animal Hospital. In 35 years of pet ownership I can honestly say I have never had a vet with more expertise and compassion. I continue to drive from Springfield to Nixa to make sure my animals remain under her care.
Absolutely wonderful staff and vets! I have always seen Dr. Harvy, he has seen my dogs reptiles and has always made them comfortable. I have even had surgery on my bulldog who had what was thought to be cancer and he did amazing! top notch vet at reasonable rates and friendly staff!
We have gone to Dr molly for roughly 10 years now and she has treated our pets from puppy stage through the end. She and her staff are amazing! They are caring and fair in all of their interactions with us. We love our dogs and wouldn't trust them with anyone else.
Dr. Molly is the best Vet around!. She is kind, patient, and an incredible doctor. She goes above and beyond to make sure our two cats are getting the best care possible. It is with great confidence that I highly recommend Dr. Molly Ramsey.
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.