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This was years ago but after reading some other reviews, I feel the need to tell you my experience with this hospital and my cat, Kennedy. He had his spleen removed at a different get clinic, was kept overnight and released the next afternoon to come home..shortly after coming home Kennedy started coughing and vomiting so I took him to VCA on Galena..when I got to see the Dr I specifically expressed NO LIFE SAVING MEASURES to be done as I was pretty sure he was all ready gone when I took him there..they take me back to see him and he has an oxygen mask on and then his leg moved..they had given him an injection to try and save him after being expressly told not to! I told them to remove the mask which was reluctantly done as I saw him take his last breath. And on top of that the tech asked how much medicine to draw up to euthanize him and I told her she didn't need ANY because he was all ready gone..her response was to push past me and ask the Dr again and he said I was right, Kennedy was gone. To have to go through all that on top of the stress of knowing your pet was dying was inexcusable.
As a veterinary student, I am utterly disgusted by this animal hospital’s behavior. In late August, our cat was treated at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital by Dr. Juliana Hilbert. After making personal, familial decisions for our pet, it was clear that Dr. Hilbert had her own opinions on the matter and did not respect our decisions. As a future veterinarian, I understand that one should never judge a client or owner on the decisions that they choose to make. Unfortunately, Dr. Hilbert did not uphold this. Instead, she insisted on pushing her own beliefs and opinions, while our cat was on his deathbed. After I kindly explained to her our own wishes and thoughts, she blatantly grimaced. She not only made us feel judged, but have us questioning her future ambitions as a compassionate veterinarian.Furthermore, after understanding our desires and beliefs, she rudely told us that “her technician could not stand [there] all night” to manually breathe for our cat. While our darling cat was on his deathbed, she additionally told us that such could be quite expensive. Subsequently, she began discussing other options, such as automatic ventilators, and went to her computer to write us an estimate. We had spent much money on our pet without any issues. Money has never been a problem or even a concern. I understand that God has blessed our family, and that many other families cannot do the same for their pets. However, Dr. Hilbert’s veterinary style has truly shown us that she treats her patients as numbers and not as individuals. As stated previously, I understand this occupation since I have the honor of being in this field. She strikes me as one of those veterinarians who are numb to the pain that their patients and clients undergo each day since she sees it day in and day out. This type of mentality is horrendous and goes against everything that veterinary medicine set out to establish many years ago. Again, she has our family questioning her future as a veterinarian. In addition, Dr. Hilbert’s professional and ethical standards must be questioned. As an emergency room veterinarian, she is responsible for contacting the patient’s owners in order to discuss the health concern in question. She failed to do so. Furthermore, each time my husband tried to contact this woman, a technician explained to us that she was busy. We have never experienced the deliberate disrespect that Dr. Hilbert imparted on our family. Instead of calling us with an update on our cat’s condition, she called us to explain to us that our pet had stopped breathing. We had called her facility multiple times before her phone call, but, as noted earlier, she was busy. Lastly, the matter that has appalled our family the most is the fact that Dr. Hilbert sent our deceased pet home in a Covidien WingsTM Fluff and Polymer Underpad box. She did not have the common sense or decency to send out cat home in a respectable box/coffin. As a veterinary student, I am well aware of the pet coffins that various facilities provide. I had asked the technician for such a box; instead he laughed in my face and stated that “[their facility] was not the Hinsdale Animal Cemetery”. Our cat’s primary veterinarian is a VCA doctor in Indiana. We have only had the best experiences at VCA, and the utmost respect for this corporation. Unfortunately, Dr. Hilbert does not emanate this corporation’s mission statement or overall purpose. I truly believe that she is a disgrace to veterinary medicine. Though, I hope that she takes this situation as a learning experience for her future as a veterinarian and her future patients. We only wanted the best of care for our cat, and are truly disappointed that we could not find such in Dr. Hilbert or in VCA Aurora Animal Hospital.
We've been going to VCA in Aurora for 16 years and have had nothing but exceptional service whether it was emergencies or routine care
DO NOT GO HERE!!!! just lost our 8 year old Golden because he got bone cancer diagnosed by Shawna Greene who works at VCA Aurora. She told us our dog was a good candidate for leg amputation and that the cancer would not spread anywhere else in the body. Once the leg was amputated Jake did 5 rounds of chemo when Dr. Greene told us he was CANCER-FREE! but that was a LIE! NEVER once did Dr. Greene show my father the x-rays of Jake and where the cancer was. Only two weeks after Jake was supposedly "cancer free" he went back in for his last round of chemo. She then tells us she wants to switch to a different type of chemo. (which you should never do to a dog after already 5 rounds) Dr. Greene then tells us the cancer has spread to his lungs & theirs tumors growing on his rib cage. HOW THE HELL DID THAT HAPPEN JUST IN TWO WEEKS?? why did you lie to us? why did you give us faith? why did you make us spend 10K if you weren't going to tell us the truth or put 100% into helping our family. If Jake wouldn't have gotten his leg amputated he would have had anywhere from 2-4 months to live. Dr. Greene told us with his leg amputated he would get up to two years. Jake only got to live for 5-6 months after diagnosed and had to do chemo the whole time. He never got to be himself and I 100% blame Dr. Greene for her lack of knowledge, care & honesty. I have had over 5 Goldens in my life time and not one has ever got cancer and if they ever did then i would NEVER take them to another VCA EVER AGAIN! the saddest part.... my sister worked at VCA in Aurora for over 2 years and has to see how horribly our family was treated...why would you tell us he was CANCER FREE? was the 10K really worth it? Dr. Greene is the most unprofessional vet Ive ever known. she never returned phone calls or emails. If you are going to be an Internal medicine doctor then tell the TRUTH! OR GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
I've been going to Dr. Sam for about 10 years with my hedgehogs, and he's been great. I had two with heart problems which he diagnosed immediately and they both lived another year with the medications they were on. He's always caring, takes time to explaine everything and has even called me on Sundays to check on a sick animal. He is a bit high energy as someone mentioned and he did have another exotic vet with him for awhile that I didn't like at all, but I can't recommend him enough.
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.