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1347 E 74th AveAnchorage, AK 99518
From Business: Offering veterinarians and emergency veterinarians services. We are an ever growing hospital. We are now a 4 doctor practice and offer appointments 7 days a week …
2639 Boniface PkwyAnchorage, AK 99504
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 …
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I never post reviews online however when I read an earlier, defamatory review of Dr. Shannon Kesting I felt I needed to step up to defend her. My experience with Dr. Kesting began years ago when I brought my aging German Sheppard in to be seen at PetER. She was obviously very knowledgeable, and fortunately for me very patient as I am one of those people that requires a lot of information. She took the time to explain everything in a way that I could comprehend as a lay person in a heightened state of anxiety. But every bit as important as that is the fact that she was (and always is) exceedingly kind, empathetic and warm. I was thrilled when she opened her own practice regardless of it being across town from me, and over the years I have entrusted all of my pets into her care. When my Great Pyrenees, Ally was nearing the end, seemingly overnight she could not bear to be moved. It broke my heart to think that I would have to put her through so much pain and fear to get her to Chester Valley just to say goodbye. I called Dr. Kesting and par for the course she came through for me. That evening she showed up at my house and allowed Ally’s last moments to be surrounded by her loved ones in the comfort and familiarity of her home. Shannon was there with hugs and understanding in our time of sorrow. Most recently our newest addition, a very active puppy, ran under our deck and came out with a badly bleeding foot. My daughter called me at work after she realized the bleeding was not going to stop. I rushed her to Chester valley, while phoning to say I was on the way. Even though it was evening and they were closing up shop they assured me they would stay. The minute I entered everyone sprang into action and started to take care of my frantic situation. Apparently she had stepped on a small nail that had punctured an artery. Dr. Kesting calmly took control, immediately got her into surgery and saved her little life. Now she is as good as new and terrorizing us in puppy fashion. I could go on about my eldest daughters bulldog with the skin condition or the fact that Dr. Kesting saved a one eyed kitten that was found in a dumpster by taking her in to her own home or the other animals that have been given food, shelter and love to reside at the clinic rather than meet an untimely end due to her kindness. I consider myself very lucky to know her and find comfort in the fact that she will be there when I inevitably need her again.
I just wanted to say that everyone that works at the pet stop are genuine and care about you, they go over and above to make sure you are taken care and completely understand that your pet is as important to you as your kids would be and that your pets are part of the family. I unforturnately had to put my loyal dog of 14 years to sleep and the care and understanding and support they gave me can not be equal to any other vet that i have used in the past. If you are looking for honest, caring, fair priced, and friendly vet to help you with your animal of any kind I would highly reccommend The Pet Stop. Once they know you its like you are part of the family and you feel like you are going to basically a friends house (if thats possible going to a vet) laughing. They have a wonderful groomer name mike who is fair priced and takes great care to groom your animal any way you perfer it. I have see several of the diifferent doctors their and ofcourse I have to say that Dr. Wilson is my favorite hands down. But the others are just as knowledgeable and take the time to help you in any way they can. They have great hours so that you don't neccessarily take time off work to have your pet seen. If you are looking for a new vet or are unhappy with the one you have give the PET STOP a try I guarantee you won't be dissappointed,
As a life long Alaskan and a pet owner for over 45 years, I can not say enough good things about the amazing Dr. Kesting and her staff. Dr. K saved our sweet cats life when all other vets said that we should put her to sleep. We were blessed with 3 more years with our happy and healthy cat. Dr. Kestings kindness and willingness to go the extra mile for our cat truly sets her apart from all other vets in Anchorage. Dr. K and her team followed up with us on a regular basis to make sure that we understood what needed to be done after the life saving surgery as well as continued to follow up when our cat was well. We now have a new addition to our family in a 10 month old cat ~ Chester Valley is our vet of choice and I would never consider taking our family anywhere else.
Cornerstone Animal Hospital has really caring vets. Gardner Montgomery is probably the most wonderful I've found and more importantly my dog (who was typically fearful @ the vet) was completly at-ease with him. Unfortunately, my dog was suffering kidney failure and I choose to have her put sleep. This hard choice & the process of seeing it through was gently and professionally supported by Dr. Montgomery. The man doesn't even have a business card. He just provides awesome care. Thanks Doc! **I strongly advocate: if you need to have your pet put to sleep have a seditive given 1st to relax them and stay with them if you can remain calm and comforting in their last moments. They are never with us long enough.
I don't know anything about parakeets, but I do know the people at the Pet Stop. These people are amazing. Dr. Wilson was the primary vet tending to the health of my black lab for 15 years. The service and care we received from everyone there was tremendous. My dog loved going to the vet even though there were times that weren't much fun. That tough day came when it was time to put him down. The staff outdid themselves in making sure everything went as well as possible for both of us. The actual procedure went flawlessly. It was fast and easy for the dog which meant the world to me. I can't thank you folks enough. I highly recommend the Pet Stop to anyone searching for a great vet.
I cannot recommend Dr. Kesting and her staff more highly. I have a 15-year-old dog who has moved all over the country with me, so we’ve seen a lot of vets. Dr. Kesting is, hands down, the best. What distinguishes her is her combination of medical competence, people skills, and animal love. She’s great with my dog, and she’s also great with me. She’s very good about keeping me appraised of the situation and explaining things in as much detail as I want. She is also affordable and sensitive to the kinds of cost-benefit decisions that pet owners have to make. Muldoon is a bit of a haul for me from west Anchorage, but it’s totally worth it. I recommend Chester Valley to everyone who asks!
I want to thank Dr. Scott Rapp and all his staff for the help and treating our non human son. I would highly recommend anyone to take there child to you. You all made a very difficult day so much easier. I am truly grateful for everything you did for us and our son so he wouldn't have to suffer. My husband was the first human hand to touch McKenzie and the last one to touch him as he went to sleep. My god keep him safe in heaven. Again I want to thank everyone at Cornerstone Animal Hospital and Dr. Rapp you are the best. Thank you, Kimberly and Joshua Scott
4/4/2016 I ended up paying $713.79 for my 1 year old cat to be spayed! After the first visit my bill was $457.75. They put a soft cone on her and sent her home. I had her home for 20 minutes and noticed her stomach was open. I brought her back and was charged an additional $256.04. They said she was able to chew her sutures out even though the cone was on. 4/5/2016 The manager called me the next day. He said they make a mistake by charging me extra to re-stitch. I was refunded $256.04
I have lots to say about the professional, sincere and honest vet, Gardner Montgomery. I have been to a few different clinics, and this was the one vet and clinic who I really feel cares for the animals and people! The vet techs and front desk staff are equally as wonderful, and it all makes a big difference when it comes to the trust and honesty of vet care. Thank you Cornerstone for doing such a great job!
Dr. Kesting has been a great vet for my cats. She is smart, caring, and dedicated to her work, which is a great combination. When I found that one of my cats had an eye infection just as the clinic was closing for the night, she put off personal plans to deal with it. The infection was gone in a couple of days. I would recommend the clinic to anyone.
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.