We had been having issues with our Dalmatian Smudge in Phoenix, and for at least 3 years our vet there said that he had allergies and to just give him Benadryl. Smudge's skin was pink, he was losing hair in clumps, and he was getting fat, fat, fat... After moving to Utah, and a change of climate of fixing things(And winter knocking on our door), we went to Cottonwood Animal Hospital, where the Dr listened to our story, looked at Smudge and saids that he wanted to run blood tests to make sure, but that he could almost guarantee that it was going to be a thyroid issue. Within 3 weeks of thyroid medication, Smudge had stopped losing hair, his sin was no longer pink, he wasn't gnawing at his skin, and he had lost about 30 pounds. We've always had great service, not sure why anyone would see it differently, sure, they are more expensive than some of the competition, but the people complaining about this fact don't seem to realize that the clinic is in Cottonwood Heights, which is just a few miles from multi-million dollar homes on multi-acre lots, EVERYTHING costs more there. The service we get, even on a tight income is worth it. One time when we were due for a thyroid test(Needs a test every year to make sure the dosage doesn't need to be adjusted), we didn't have the money, and Smudge's hips were getting pretty sore, I gave him Naproxyn(BAD, BAD thing to do, BTW), and he started vomiting blood. We took him in, and it took 3 days on IV's to detox him. When I explained that we were just trying to carry over until we had the money, the Dr told us that any time we were that tight, they would personally approve one more refill of the 'script without the test, rather than have everyone traumatized, and risk Smudge's health. They also, with no questions asked, and no extra fees, let us pay his ER visit off over about 3 months, I just filled out a series of post-dated checks, and they let me choose the date for the deposit. Never a problem. I get personal calls a few days after a visit for a health issue to see how Smudge s doing from his treatment. I don't understand people like 'ddahl52' who seem to blame their displeasure with C.A.H. on meds they got from ANOTHER vet, either. Funny how the stuff I am finding online says that most of the side effects of this drug are from overdose, I guess that's C.A.H.'s fault, also?
IN summation, yes, they are more expensive, but I have NEVER had a single issue, and we now have to drive completely across the valley to take Smudge there, and it's still worth it. Try blaming the correct vet next time.