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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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Not open about their polices. (Moved to 330 E. Battlefield) My last vet (Thrive in Austin, Tx) allowed me to not to a heartworm test for my dog since he was on heartworm prevention already and had a previous heartworm test. Therefore I declined the heartworm test when I went to Springfield Veterinary Center, explaining that my dog was already on heartworm prevention. I WAS NOT TOLD THAT DECLINING THE TEST MEANT THAT THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO PRESCRIBED ANY PREVENTION TO ME. They had time to mention this when I asked how to get medicine online for my dog and was told that the online seller just had to contact them. I understand that different vets have different policies but I would not have declined the test if I had known the result. When I found out that they did not allow the prescription from the online provider, I called to find out the issue and was told they did not have a heartworm test for my dog so would not provide it even when I pointed out my dog had a test from 2014 and be on prevention since. I'm still angry that I wasn't informed of this policy when I declined the test or when I talked about getting heartworm prevention. Will never go to them again, rather eat the cost of going to another vet to get the heartworm prevention. I increased the score due to being offered a free heartworm test after the Veternarian called me back, though I did not take him up on it.
Springfield Veterinary Clinic, gave me hope for my dog!! I had taken for years to another vet, he started having seizures, they kept telling me he is an old dog and sent me home. My daughter takes her animals to SVC and I went with her when she had to put her cat to sleep. It was the most loved moment by the staff, I was in awe! I decided to take my dog there, I brought my kids with me, I was positive I was going to be told the same as my other vet, he is old and that is just what happens! I went there with no hope and after Dr. Wiseman checked my dog, suggested a pain management plan!!! I couldn't believe it!! I was given all the pros and cons of the medicine, and started the plan, I can't believe the difference in my pet, he is back to himself, It has been almost a year and my dog is still doting GREAT! I take him every couple of months for blood work and how he is doing. I walked in with no hope of saving my best friend and walked out with a plan of a road to recovery!! My family all go the SVC now, the staff is the BEST, they know my pet when they see him, they will call after visits to check up on him and send him cards!! I have never seen a more dedicated staff!! I am a SVC for life!! Thank you!! Renee Lawson
Dr Jane has been amazing with my little guy! He was a rescue, born at animal control, and as most puppies go - he has had an interesting 1st year. She is always calm and sweet with Carlos and he loves going to see her. She and her staff are amazingly thurogh and always super helpful! They have a pet portal you can access online which keeps track of his wellness visits, vaccinations and monthly Trifexus. They send out reminders via email and also give you a quick reminder call before appointments. Thankfully I have only had to bring Carlos in once (so far) for an emergency! The staff was wonderful in keeping me calm and also making sure he was well cared for. We were out in the yard and he went chasing after a squirrel - somehow he ended up snagging a toe and nearly ripped out his entire toenail. I, of course, was in a state of panic because there was SO MUCH BLOOD. I rinsed his foot off and applied pressure, to no avail - at that point I thought my puppy was going to lose a toe. They got him bandaged up (which he took full advantage of) and out of pain immediately! They are wonderful and I'm grateful for Dr Jane and her staff offering such good care for my baby boy!
Bradford Park Veterinary Hospital saved our precious baby's life. Amos, our 13-year-old Basset/Beagle, was diagnosed with a massive tumor in his stomach that abscessed and perforated into his gut, thus becoming septic. He went under emergency surgery in the skillful hands of Dr. Shelley. It was a long shot that he would pull through because of the severity of situation, but Dr. Shelley worked a miracle with our boy. All the technicians and the staff were extremely helpful, kind, and positive. Dr. Wiest worked with us throughout the whole process with the utmost professionalism, honesty, and care. A heartfelt shout out goes to Shawna for taking a personal interest in Amos and keeping us updated on his progress. Bradford Park Veterinary Hospital is undoubtedly the best in the area, unparalleled in their physicians, staff, and services. I am forever grateful to them for saving Amos' life.
Bradford Park is absolutely wonderful, they saved my dogs life. My dog, Bowser, recently had to have emergency surgery to remove string that was wrapped around his intestines. I am so very appreciative of Dr. Sifferman who is our normal Vet and Dr. Shelly who preformed the surgery. The Doctors kept me updated on Bowsers condition before, during, and after his surgery. He ended up having an incision that was about 8 inches long and over 20 staples in his stomach. It has been over a month now since his surgery and he is completely back to his old self! The staff at bradford Park is always very helpful and friendly and you can tell that they truely care about the animals. If you want your animals to recieve the best care at the best price, without a doubt this is where you should take them!
Our family are long time clients of Bradford Park and Grant Avenue. Our dog's have received top quality care and the doctor's are always engaging and care about the comfort of the dogs. I am disappointed to learn Amy Blevins, long time staff member and manager, is no longer associated with either Hospital. Amy was the reason I stayed with BP/GA after a negative experience with a current front desk person. Amy reassured me I would not need to interact with the hater [my word] and she would make sure future visits were professional and smooth. She kept her promise. It's unfortunate BP/GA were sold to National Veterinary Associates, a corporate business. The first time the personal touch I appreciated about BP/GA and Amy disappears, I'll be looking for a new veterinary facility.
I am new to the area and I feel very fortunate that I found this vet clinic on my first try. The staff was friendly on the phone when I made the appointment, as well as when I brought my dog in. The clinic did not have that typical vet clinic smell. My little poodle gets very nervous in vet clinics, but Dr. Cynthia Wiseman sat on the floor and held him in her lap while she did the exam, and that calmed him right down. She also took the time to answer all of my questions, and I didn't feel rushed. I cannot express how positive an experience it was. I can't imagine there being a better clinic around.
Those of you that keep reptiles know how difficult it is to find a vet that will treat them. Dr. Enderson will treat reptiles, and is very knowledgeable about them. He has seen several of my snakes and does everything he can for them when something goes wrong. He removed a cancerous tumor from my yellow rat snake, prolonging her life for several more years, for instance. It's such a relief to have a vet here that knows reptiles, and even goes the extra mile if need be. Five stars is not enough.
I could not have found a better place to take my pets! I love SVC. They are very caring and helpful. I have been taking my cats there for 4 years and I could not be happier. They make sure to do everything they can to take care of my babies and they try to make it as easy as possible for me. Theire new extended night hours on tuesdays is great as well- those who work all day and cant find time to take pets to the vet now have a chance to go in with their kids!
SAAFhouse Spay Neuter Clinic has helped tremendously with the area pet overpopulation! I volunteer with rescue groups, foster, TNR and have taken several dogs and cats in for their spays and neuters. The staff has always been very professional and compassionate. They treat our pets with kindness and concern for their well being. To date they have provided thousands of surgeries and prevented litters of tens of thousands of unwanted cats and dogs.
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.