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8028 Big Bend BlvdSaint Louis, MO 63119
I'm a first time visitor of this clinic when I had a 3 A.M. emergency with my dog. We were promptly triaged with no wait at all. The vet took grea…
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Riley is my daughter's Boxer that was adopted from SE Missouri around 8 weeks old. Dr Don Bojrab was her Vet for about the first 6 months, we noticed Riley was having a few loose stools right about that time. Then my daughter moved with her fiance to Omaha, Nebraska. Riley's condition worsend, her stool was getting thinner and as time went on she began bleeding every time she defecated. Riley began losing weight and her personality was changing, from a sweet loving dog - to an angry dog. Our daughter took Riley to several Vets up in Omaha - they tried so many different treatments and food on Riley - Nothing worked. It go so bad that Riley couldn't control her bowels and the bleeding was getting so bad - she would just defecate blood!! $1500 and several Vets later, our daughter calls us crying and frantic that she can't take it anymore - Riley is in pain and suffering and she didn't know what else to do!!! So, I immediately called Tesson Ferry Vet Hospital and talked to Dr Don Bojrab..he did not know that this was still going on with Riley. So, he said, "If you can get Riley to St. Louis, I will gladly try to see what I can do for her?" I then drove 14 hours round trip to get Riley to Dr Don. He kept her for over a week - took her outside himself to see how she was defecating, he looked over all the treatments the other Vets had tried, he looked at what foods Riley was eating, he researched her symptoms and called another Vet that treats alot of Boxers. He did everything that the Veterinarians in Omaha did Not!! He really cares about the animals he treats!!! Finally, after a few weeks of trying things and watching her closely - he found that Riley has a rare genetic disease, common to Boxers called Hisitive ulceratic colitis (I am sure I botched this) she has to be on a Very Mild diet the rest of her life!! She had to take a Super antibiotic to kill off anything in her colon that could continue to irritate (causing the bleeding) and some other meds but after about a month she was weaned off of all medication and is medicine free now - just eating Science Diet ID!!! She is a different dog today - Healthy female weighing 51 lbs. no longer bleeding with a normal stool AND she is no longer Angry dog!! She is hyper but a very happy dog!! So is her owner!!! Dr Don was the ONLY vet that took the time to keep her overnight and watch her closely - the other Vets did not!!! Riley would have probably died had we not brought her back to STL to Tesson Ferry Vet Hospital - the WHOLE staff there is great - they really care about your pet!!! We can't Thank them enough!!
I completely disagree with the low ratings for Kingsbury Animal Hospital. I will also preface my review by saying that both my mother and sister are veterinarians, so I have had a lot of exposure to veterinary practice over my life. I adopted my dog, Alice, just over a year ago from a local shelter. A few weeks after we brought her home, we started recognizing signs of separation anxiety. When Alice was at her worst, she chewed completely through her crate and injured her face. We came to see Dr. Brammeier for an initial behavior consultation for his assessment, diagnosis, and recommendations. He had a Behaviorist attend the meeting as well. Dr. Brammeier was thorough and explained everything in a detailed, calm, and respectful way. I could see that he understood the stress my husband and I were going through in learning how to deal with Alice's condition. I have worked with a few folks as I figured out how to manage Alice's anxiety. Unlike some other professionals, Dr. Brammeier and his staff did not sugar coat or make false promises. They were supportive and informative. I was so impressed with this first meeting that I started bringing Alice for her regular veterinary appointments as well. With a lot of hard work and persistence, we have had a lot of success with Alice over the past year with help from KAH. I now also bring my new dog, Billie Jean, to KAH for her regular check ups. We last saw Dr. Shaw - he was kind, thorough, and attentive. I highly recommend Dr. Brammeier's office for veterinary care and especially for help managing your pet's behavioral issues.
I cannot praise Lemay Animal Hospital enough. I moved relatively close in 1999, and have been taking my 2 cats and 1 dog there ever since. The doctors are all amazing. Dr. Majchrzak is boisterous, funny, kind, and willing to take the time to explain exactly what is going on so that you can understand and make informed decisions. Dr. Taff is quiet, kind, compassionate, and clearly dedicated to his work and his patients. Dr. McCord is funny, kind, dedicated, and devoted to his patients. I have seen all three doctors, and have been happy with all three. In the past year, I have had to put both cats, and my dog to sleep. Dr. Majchrzak put my first cat to sleep, and could not have been more kind, caring, and compassionate. Dr. Taff put both my second cat and my dog to sleep, and he was also amazing, compassionate, caring. They both gave me time by myself, after my babies were gone, to hold them and grieve a bit. While my babies were alive, these three took the best care of them that I have ever had from vets. In addition to the stellar care, they are amazingly reasonably priced. I rave about this place to anyone who will listen. The building is old and not fancy, but if you want vets that will care about your pets and you, and will give you top notch care at a reasonable price, don't go anywhere else.
In the past,this office was quite hectic due to the amount of patients that were scheduled. But,Dr Wagenknecht doesn't work with Barc anymore,so the patient load has been reduced. Even when time was limited,I was always happy with the service provided. He is very quick and efficient with spay and neuter. I've never had a large aftercare bill following a surgery he's performed. The animals actually came from the office happy and active as if nothing had occurred,and I would have to contain them to keep them from playing too much. In the middle of a rushed morning,he took the time to speak with me directly on the phone and apologize for a misunderstanding that occurred with the front office. He also briefly spoke with me in person to address concerns I had about anesthesia,even though it was bustling another morning. He truly wants you to do right by your pet and will work with you to assist in costs to provide the service your pet needs. I don't know about the situations concerning the bad reviews,but I am pleased with his experience. An affordable vet that can perform delicate surgery is hard to come by. I suggest having your conversation planned if you are concerned about not having enough time to speak. I don't think he's rude at all. Perhaps he's just short with nonsense.
they are the kindest clinic/animal hospital i have been to in the metro area---and i have searched. i moved here in 92, had an old dachshound (16) who died in 95; i got a min pin named viva---i also adopted an abused puppy named riley---christmas of 2010 and he died on christmas night---dr mccord not only went in christmas eve late to check on him and then call me---he went twice on christmas and called--riley died at 5PM; the charge for all that very special care? $152; he also waited past closing to revaccinate my older dog, viva; this morning after much achingly hard decision making i brought viva in for her final trip---i was beside myself and they were so kind and compassionate---dr mccord left me with her so i had some time---i saw her leave---it was very very hard but i had her 17 years----all good ones----soooo point being---you need to go out to the county perhaps where its very sterile with cold steel and glass, everyone dresses alike and work by appointment only---for me and the loves of my life---i want the caring clinic---i just feel they should charge more for ytheir very special care
I can't speak highly enough of the Animal Clinic! I will never take my puppy anywhere else. As a first time pet owner, they were MORE than accommodating to all of my questions. Happy to provide info on training and pet behavior, take my questions over the phone, and spend lots of extra time with me telling me what to expect from my new puppy. EVERYONE that works here is amazing. I know that everyone on staff loves my dog as much as I do. They always remember us, and are so nice and knowledgeable. I see doctor Frazier, but doctor Feldman is also really good (seen him once or twice). Everyone is so friendly and personable and happy to help. They do not hesitate to go the extra mile in giving care and making sure your pet is comfortable. They act first out of concern for you and your pet - not just there to make a profit. I reccommend them to anyone with a pet. I moved away from the area and still drive 25 minutes to go here for routine visits even though there is another veternarian within 2 blocks of my house. I love this place
We have gone to Dr. Wagenknecht for over 20 years and have NEVER had a negative experience with him or his staff. He has taken care of every dog we have ever had. He's gotten them through some rough probelms and gotten us through also. He is very upfront and honest with you but he also sincerely cares about the animals and how they are being cared for. His staff is as caring as he is. His appointments are always on time unless an emergency comes in. Which is understandable to me since I have been that emergency more than once. I really love the way Doc cares about the welfare of the animals and making sure they are fed and taken care of properly. Very caring and will be our vet until he retires. I have read the negative revies in this column and I find them hard to imagine. I have been with him for over 20 years and NEVER had an experience anywhere close to what they say happened to them. They are GREAT at the St Louis Pet Clinic. And they just moved into a bigger more convenient location.
I love this place! I see Dr.Kemp and she is just lovely! She is informative and takes time to pay attention to your pet and answer your questions. She connects with my dog and that matters a lot to me! I saw a male vet here one time(I don't remember his name) but he wasn't into my dog as much and that was a turnoff for me. I love their operating hours and that they offer weekend and late night hours! The only reason I give only 4 stars instead of 5 is the prices. I know everything in west county is more expensive but I feel sometimes the prices are a bit high. I also feel they run a lot of precautionary tests that you don't "need". Of course you can refuse but I treat my dog like a child.(it's only in hindsight I think maybe that test wasn't neccessary) The location is ideal since I live near by. Parking could be better, but overall I LOVE this place! The staff is always nice and always loving on my dog.
We had an emergency in the middle of a Saturday night with our oldest dog. He was dying. I called the clinic to tell them we were on the way. The person on the phone was compassionate and very kind. She gave me directions to their location. Unfortunately, our dog passed away en route. They were willing to try to bring him back, but it was too late. They were very understanding the whole time that they gave us a room and all the time we needed to say goodbye. Then a few days later I received in the mail a card with a paw print of my beloved pet. It touched me more than I can say. I knew for sure then that they treated my baby with the respect and dignity that he deserved. I wish that they could have brought him back to me, but they did the next best thing and gave me something to remember him by for the rest of my life.
Simply put, I have a petting zoo--dogs, cats and a guinea pig. Simply put again, I adore them all. With all of them, I need a veterinarian who can work with me on scheduling and cost and still talk to me like I'm a human being. A clinic that provides as stress less an environment for my cats that are already whigged out from a car ride. I need technicians who aren't afraid to show me how to do things and will even let me help a little (I don't mind being the bad guy). I need receptionists who recognize me and see me as a valued pet owner, not just a valued customer. I also need a place that will recognize occasionally I need something just a little different than what they offer and will support my decision to seek care elsewhere. Heck, they even call to make sure everything is okay! This is why I choose KAH.
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.