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Been going here for years. Excellent care and reasonable prices. I'm surprised at the negative reviews. Full-disclosure, I have never boarded a pet here and I wouldn't do it - not because I don't trust them but because I think it traumatizes the animal - better to get a pet-sitter at home. But for honest, decent veterinary care I'm really glad I found Aardmore
The Academy Animal Hospital is the BEST!!! Dr. Lewis is the God of animals. If he isn't God he is a Saint. He is the best person to take care of your pet . I hope he NEVER retires because to many animals depend on him. If he saw humans I would go see him myself. He truly loves animals and has their best interest at heart. He is very COMPASSIONATE and HONEST! Also his entire staff are wonderful, caring, loving people. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Dr. Lewis and his staff.
Not only is customer service bad but so is the cleanliness. I do not recommend this place to anyone. They need to find better front desk staff.
I've brought my cats to Erdman Animal Hospital for the past 5 years. I've only had good experiences with the vets and staff. They provide a great service to the community at an excellent price. My new favorite vet is Dr Greenfield. She is very patient and understanding!
I have taken my dogs here for five years, and have always had wonderful service. The staff and vets truly care for the animals, and the prices are much lower than other vets in the area. I love the quality of care at Aardmore so much, that I still go there even after moving an hour away.
My aunt boarded our dog here for Thanksgiving and when she picked him up on Sunday, 11/27/16, he had dog bite marks on his face, neck, and leg. She called immediately after getting home and noticing and they were very rude and said it didn't happen there but she has no other animals and just got home. The place is not far from her house and she went straight home. This is the second issue there. The first issue was about a month ago. My cousin suddenly passed away and my aunt called to board the dog so she could go to Virginia and they told her they would only board him if she gets there in the next 5 minutes. We will never use them for boarding again.
I have been dealing with Academy Animal Hospital for the 30 some years I have had pets and lived in the area. I find them very knowledgeable and professional in every way. The office staff is most helpful and the vets are exceptional. I have had dogs, cats, ferrets and hamsters over the years and been more than pleased with this vet. And when it is time to part with a loved pet, they are so supportive. Will continue to entrust them with the care of my pets.
I've waited almost a year to post a review on Aardmore to be sure my opinion had not changed. I had been a client there for 15 years and four dogs. However, after my last experience with Aardmore and Dr. Bradley in particular the day before my dog passed away we have gone elsewhere for the care and treatment of our pets. Aardmore used to be a great place to go and Dr. Pineau was wonderful. They always had time for questions, explained everything and never hesitated to squeeze your pet in if need be. I had recommended them numerous times to friends and neighbors, most of which went and fell in love with them. However, they got to the point where they were reluctant to squeeze you in and made me personally feel like a nuisance when I insisted on bringing my dog in twice after having a penrose drain installed and I felt there was too much fluid and clotted blood coming from it. The last visit on 10/24/14 I saw Dr. Bradley because the site had too much clotted blood coming from it. I was told by Dr. Bradley that she wasn't familiar with my dog's case and had also had Dr. Tucker look at her since she assisted in her care when was inpatient for four days there the previous week, that the drain was not in anymore (I never did find that drain anywhere in my house) to clean the area with Peroxide and given another script for antibiotics. We then had to leave through the back door because my dog had a lot of clots coming out of the site. After no improvement that evening and the next morning, we were at PetER, where the hemangiosarcoma was confirmed and by that point there was no way to stop the bleeding. When I received a copy of my pets records I found it interesting that on that last date I saw Dr. Bradley there was absolutely no description whatsoever of why we were there to see them, what our complaints were, like the numerous other notes of prior visits had, just "drain now out, clean area with peroxide, swelling now localized to area slightly to middle of upper thigh, 20 Baytril, 136 1/2, recheck on Weds." and the charge of $25. I was most disappointed that I received no phone call from anyone at Aardmore after they received the records from PetER which were faxed the next day and only a sterile condolence card two weeks later from a 15 year client. They have lost my business as I would never trust any of my pets to be cared for by them again and the business of at least two people I had recommended to them.
One of the best veterinary clinics I have ever been! Really great! I never thought that my dog can be healthy again as he is today, and I'm very happy.
Brought in our dog to deal with spot bleeding from her lower area.They spayed her,said it would handle it.She still bled darker&less watery,more meds.Back again.Now said she had a tumor on her mammary gland.Said her blood count too low,kept her there.Fourth day,said her blood was hard to clot,said possible rat poisoning.We demanded to take her.Said they wouldn't recommend it.They had to hose her down from the blood(& possibly her feces)&wrapped her so tightly with bandages.Never told us what they were for.Set us home with Vitamin K pills.She gradually got worse.Took her to another animal hospital,she had a seizure in our car right after we arrived.Woman took her in right away.She said she died. I blame our dogs death on the incompetence of this animal hospital.Barely informed us of her condition.Care more about money than pets.Informed them of her passing,recept asked if we wanted to cancel tumor removal surgery!Doc said he told us it was cancerous.NEVER told us before they killed her!
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.