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I moved here twelve years ago from the Chicago area, where I had been a Vet Tech for twenty years. Needless to say I was determined to seek out an exceptional Veterinarian upon my arrival. As I possess more than the average knowledge of the field I did my research extensively. That research lead me to Dr. Thomas Kanach. Dr. Kanach is highly intelligent and skilled in all aspects of veterinary care. My animals could not have had better medical care or compassion. All of the staff at Above and Beyond are chosen very wisely and work exceptionally well together. You will never find a better Vet Tech than Jenna anywhere. Often it is difficult for "pet parents" to have complete faith and trust in a Veterinarian. From the onset Dr. Kanach had mine. It has been stated:Good Veterinarians talk to animals.Great Veterinarians hear them talk back.Dr. Kanach is that great Veterinarian.
Very accommodating. Keeps me well informed of current and future care. Friendly. Affordable. Friendly staff. Have used their services for 9 years. Family members also use their service.
Dr Mehringer, the back staff & front office staff are very professional, knowledgeable, and very compassionate to our pets when we take them in. They have had yearly shots, teeth cleanings, microchip, and boarding services.
Oh my goodness! These stories are awful. I didn't read them until after I just called to get some advice about our sick puppy. The msn was really nice tho and was writing word for word what I was saying(I know this because he kept repeating them to me). Before, the women who used to answer your calls and sit at the desk made me want to punch them. Just a couple of them. I think they were there just to wear their little uniform, if you know what I mean! It's ok to be pretty and smart with a nice disposition. Hopefully the pole they're dancing on now has benefits. That's besides the point though. This gentleman was very helpful and caring. Now hopefully the Dr.will call back w some advice. But now hearing these stories it sounds like I better get a second opinion. Oh I hope u guys are talking about previous employees! We have another alot.already for our other dog. I'm so sorry for your losses and pain.
the gentleman who answered the phone was so arrogant and rude he interrupted each question I tried to ask with some sort of condescending remark. I can tell by the other reviews I'm not the first person to have a run and that was less than pleasant. I don't need to be treated like an idiot when potentially I'm getting ready to hand over a substantial amount of money. good luck with your business
My dog is dead because of them and now the cat's life is at risk because of them. Horrible. Lied about my dogs blood test more than once and told me she was fine. I knew she wasn't because she was having seizures so we tried a new vet and when they called avon vet clinic to get their numbers from the last blood test new vet was angry and said my dogs issues could have been fixed over a year ago. The numbers were plain and clear! I also took Maya's cat in right around that same time to have them look at a bump on his neck. They barely looked at it and said not to worry he's fine. After finding out about them lying about my dog I took the cat to the new vet and they actually looked at him and did a biopsy and its cancer. These people do not care about the animals or know anything about them. Save yourself and your pet the suffering and heartache and tell them to a real vet. A real vet listens to their heart, takes their temp, listens to how you describe what's going on and actually looks at your animal. This vet has never done any of that.
I'd give this place 10 stars out of 5 if it were possible. I always thought the prices were reasonable, especially considering the ultra high level of care provided. We got a Chihuahua from a shelter in 2005, and she had a couple hernias, bad knees, bad teeth, one eye and was badly underweight (she was also already 9 years old). With the help of Dr. Kanach, we were able to get her all fixed up and her life turned around. She was as energetic as a puppy until the last couple of weeks before her natural death at age 16 and a half. "Perfect" doesn't even begin to describe our experience at this office, and we couldn't possibly recommend it highly enough!
Don't take your pets here. I used to take my dogs here for routine exams and shots. That was until one of my dogs became sick and would not eat or drink. She even threw up water. When I took her to Avon Vet Clinic they told me that she just had a cold and would be fine in a few days. They didn't do any tests other than take her temperature. She kept getting worse over the next 2 days so I took her to the Airport emergency vet on west washington street one night. They immediately did an abdominal xray and found a blockage in her intestines. They opened her up to remove the blockage(some cloth and plastic, but it was too late and she died after the surgery due to infection caused by the blockage puncturing her intestines. If they had just done an xray at Avon Vet clinic 2 days prior, she would have had a much better chance of recovery.
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.