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1111 Alameda Blvd NW Ste EAlbuquerque, NM 87114
From Business: We offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, food therapy and massage. We practice both complementary and alte…
9901 Montgomery Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87111
My sweet little 14 pound dog was attacked by a pit bull not on a leash here in the parking lot of my complex and a friend recommended VCA for their …
2740 Wyoming Blvd NE Ste 1Albuquerque, NM 87111
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
4001 Louisiana Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110
From Business: Del Norte Animal Clinic is a family oriented practice that follows its patients from puppy/kitty to geriatrics to end of life. Our mission is to provide the highe…
10141 Coors Blvd NW Ste AAlbuquerque, NM 87114
From Business: At Southwest Veterinary Medical Center We know that pets come in all shapes and sizes, so we are happy to treat exotics pets. In addition to cats and dogs, we als…
1913 Candelaria Rd NWAlbuquerque, NM 87107
From Business: At Rio Grande Animal Hospital, we are a full service small animal hospital with 2 doctors and a full staff of experienced, compassionate professionals. We provide…
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Hitler reincarnated as a little old lady vet named Donna M. Trent-Heite. If you want to see the face of true evil then this is the place for you. If you want to feel scammed by your vet, this is the place for you. If you want your loving animals cared for by someone with a heart this is NOT the place for you. You will end up spending $100's and be right back where you started. ANY other vet in New mexico is hands down 1000% better then this place and you will save money. Donna M. Trent-Heite the devil is waiting for you.
Best place in town i love bringing my dog here, amazing customer service and repeatable people in the clinic
Love these women, they made my 4 legged baby all better. Thank you so much Ponderosa animal clinic. You definitely get a two thumbs up
My Apple head Chihuahua was the victim to a bully. He wouldn't leave her alone. He grabbed her back leg and hurt her. We feared he popped her leg out of the socket. All the vets we called wanted to charge x-rays office visits and a large amount if it needed to be popped back in. I found Ponderosa and they got her in immediately. They understood my financial situation. We took her in and they examined her and put her on a pain med as well as a joint supplement. They charged very little compared to other vets. They told us it was sprained, most likely it was pulled. If we wanted they would do an x-ray and if she didn't seem better by Monday bring her back for an x-ray. She already seems so much better. Thank you staff and vet at Ponderosa.
I'm so thankful to have found this place! The people there are very kind and knowledgeable, and I will absolutely go back for her future needs. Thank you Ponderosa!
Took our dog in after a freak accident -- being impaled by a piece if rebar. They took us immediately to the back and updated us in our state of confusion/panic. Nurse and doctor were very patient and sympathetic to our situation. Great people and they love animals.
I agree with the previous reviews, although, I would say that Dr Skains is better than Dr Bingham. Dr Bingham cares more about her bottom line than she does about animals. I have been taking my cats here for years before Dr. Bingham was even part of this practice. Ever since I met her/cat had an appointment with her, I have been trying to avoid her and only take my cat to Dr Skains. Here's why: Dr Bingham is constantly talking over me during the appointments and doesn't listen to a thing I have to say. She is always pushing unnecessary medication and procedures for my cat, and even got to the point where she refused to treat my cat unless I agreed to what she said. She acts more like a pharmaceutical rep or salesperson than a vet who cares about animals. When I called to talk to Dr Skains about this situation, she was a bit rude about it, and insisted on talking over me rather than listening to my side of it. Needless to say, I will be finding another place to take my cats!
We know that Abbey is in great hands and we aren't scared about leaving her here. Thank you. We will be back to pick her up.
Front was very friendly and loved the extra attention for Dexter from the Doctors. Highly recommend them!
Dealing with these people was a nightmare...already stressed about sick kitty and their main focus was racking up the charges...couldn't even be bothered to clean urine off kitty or recheck kidney values even though they had charged me a ton of money...won't let you into treatment or hospitalization area so who knows what they're doing back there ...find anywhere else take your sick pet
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.