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700 S Superior StDe Pere, WI 54115
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1025 Doty StGreen Bay, WI 54301
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Brought in my best friend who happened to be a guinea pig. The owner and “expert” vet was very rough with him and killed him. Got a canned response of how sorry they were from my loss. Find another place to bring your guinea pig unless you wanted them traumatized and want to see them die.
Walking into the community gives you a warm feeling of WELCOME!! Staff is friendly and very helpful. I encourage you to take a tour. They have wonderful activities and events every month. The community is Assisted CBRF Living with a Memory Care Community. Their food includes four options every meal. Delicious.
The Facility is very friendly and overall welcoming. The residents are always doing group outings or activities. The staff is very professional and the meals are wonderful and the residents overall are express their love for where they live. The residents are very engaged and collaborate together for all sorts of activities. When I walked in they were immediate to tell me how they have pop corn and movie nights pajama days, pizza parties, Meal of choice nights from a restaurant. They talked about all of the outings they have been on and how soon they were even going to a baseball game. you know its an overall great place when even the residents are welcoming. They even offer a private family sitting room so you can have conversations with your family members with out interruptions. They are extremely accommodating and even through birthday parties and have theme nights. Most of the facilities we have toured have had an activity schedule but we have yet to wittiness the residents actively engaged that is until we came here the residents were having their nails painted and coloring and they were doing puzzles WOW!!! and one of the residents said "Its like this every day, yesterday we built bird houses and fed the birds." What an amazing feeling to know that my family could trust that if we place our uncle here he will always have something to do...
Very unprofessional here. Outdated and unsanitary. Would not recommend this place to live or work. Food is gross, caregivers are overworked, no nurse on sight, unclean, and lies are told!
They were so good with my Mom, who can have a very difficult personality now that she's gotten older. It was amazing to know that I wouldn't have to worry about her butting heads with them. They are so good for us.
My mom looks forward to having the ladies Brightstar Care come over every morning. Personally, I don't think we'd be able to keep her in our home without them.
I had my mom and dad under BrightStar's care for a few months and I thought the staff was wonderful. They were always on time and receptive to our requests.
These folks saw Charlie, my sick bird during office hours when the Avian Vet I was established with couldn't see him. They were great at examination, diagnosis and treatment! I'm impressed and moving my bird's care to this competent practice!
DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET HERE. My dog kept tearing her dewclaw and Dr. Barber recommended laser surgery. I was told it was a "minor procedure". Since My father had been taking his dog there for years I stupidly thought that AMC was reliable. I was wrong. When I picked my dog up after the surgery I had to interrogate the lady at the desk (Cindy) for aftercare information. I was told my dog only had to wear her bandages for two days and then I could remove them. Within 2 hours of taking the bandages off she had a gaping hole in her incision site. By the next morning it was completely open. I took my dog in for them to fix it. When I spoke with Dr. Barber she surmised that my dog had gotten around the ecollar THAT THEY HAD FITTED ON HER POST SURGERY. She also had an infection!!! They said she would need antibiotics for the infection AND THEN COULD NOT EVEN TELL ME IF SHE HAD ALREADY HAD ONE OF HER PILLS AT THE HOSPITAL OR NOT!!! They quoted me 400-500 for the laser removal and charged me almost 600 and THEN they charged me almost another 200 to fix a problem created by their inability to communicate and lack of professionalism. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET THERE!!!
Horrible facility! We were so disappointed with this facility! If we could go back in time-we would use a different facility. Very dirty! Staff looks like they belong in a bikers bar -- tattoos, piercing and couldn't even speak proper English. Inappropriate television shows : violent shows, Beverly Hills housewife show, young/teen pregnancy shows, jersey shore.... these shows are not for an assisted living facility!!!!Unsupervised residents when we would visit meaning we would walk in front door to find unattended residents in their chairs in front of television. Our loved one was put in a city taxi without an aide, employees would balance on our loved one's wheel chair (that's right! a female employee stood on our loved one's wheel chair and was balancing on it! On many visits this occurred. we were horrified!), our loved one was never moved/shifted out of the chair, we would visit in afternoons only to find our loved one in summer pajamas during the winter season BY THE FRONT DOOR ENTRANCE! One employee admitted to finding our loved on at the end of the hallway one night ON THE GROUND. Our loved one had several falls to the point of serious concern.There were MANY visits where our loved one's hair wasn't even brushed--but we should probably expect that when our loved one was still in pj's during the afternoon! Summer pj's during the winter season! The list goes on! During the summer the air is on and it is very cold. I understand that the staff physically works and would prefer it cold- but these are elderly people who do NOT have the same blood flow as us younger adults. On summer days we commented about how cold it was and were told that the staff gets hot when working. Really? Wow! Afterall we want our thousands of dollars every month of rent for the staff to be comfortable! The staff is very immature and unprofessional. There are many who cannot hold a professional conversation when it comes to the care of their residents. They lack in care, professionalism and cleanliness. Where is the authority in these facilities?! We were shocked as to the conduct of these homes - very disappointing.To anyone who has to place a loved one in a facility: make unscheduled visits and call at various times throughout the day to find out the character of all shift employees. Ask questions! Keep making those unscheduled visits --- just like you would do with your child's daycare.
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.