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IF I COULD GIVE THEM A LOWER RATING I WOULD..THEY TOOK MY 2 YEAR OLD CAT AND SWITCHED IT WITHA FERAL CAT WITH SAME MARKINGS AND MINE EWAS THROWN ON THE STREET I NOW AM TRYING TO FIND MY CAT THEY SAY THEY DONT KNOW AND I HAVE A SICK 15 YEAR OLD CAT..I TTOK IN 25 CATS AND THEY SAID I SHOULD KNOW ALL THEIR NAMES AND KNOW WHICH ONE WAS MISSING BUT I FOUND 3 MISSING SO SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ONTHERE I HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF ALL MY CATS BY MYSELF FOR YEARS READ OTHER REVIEWS ABOUTH THE DOG WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO GET A SURGERY I AM TAKING LEGAL ACTION AND HAVE REPORTED THEM TO THE OFFICE OFPROFESSIONAL DISCIPLINE AND THE STATE
Office of professions discipline website phone number 18004428106 www.nyseb.govEveryone who has a complaint please call the above number I have opened one as well this is insanity I have spent two weeks trying to speak to a supervisor who finally called today with a snarky attitude and no help at all, yelp doesn't help you need to call the above and get this place shut down I am also opening a small claims as you all should as well! These are our animals they do not have voices we need to protect them! I brought my dog here have not been in her in a long time, I am appalled at the service here and the treatment, not only was my dog misdiagnosed with a skin infection and a referral to a cardiologist for a heart murmur the doctor claimed she heard! But the $100 in medication I bought made my dog 100% worst to the point her skin was bleeding, I knew they misdiagnosed her so I brought her to a different vet who confirmed the medication given to her was actually drying her skin out the point of her bleeding because she did not need it, she didn't have a skin infection she simply had flees! One steroid shot and flee medication and my dog woke up an entire new dog no bleeding, not itching and back to her self, which I requested a steroid shot here they refused and insisted that the $100 in medication is what was needed and actually they wanted to sell me $150 in medication I denied two of them. As well the cardiologist said there was not a murmur not even a slight murmur! I called there office now six times for over a week being told a supervisor is not there every time and they'll call tomorrow with no return call, I even had the other vet fax over his documentation and report for my dog for the day. Not to mention when I was there they were unorganized keep you in a room for over an hour, these are animals you cannot teach them patience, the doctor comes in for five minutes leaves, then you need to wait for the estimate, then you need to wait for a guy to come back with this estimate, then wait for him to bring it to the back and come back again and then make the medicine.The only pleasant part of this entire office was the front desk and Glen !!
Terrible management! Waited over hour with an appointment. Left my dog with a bloody paw in the lobby to treat an eye infection on another dog.
This place is heading for a huge lawsuit. They claim to have performed a surgical procedure but never did resulting in more very expensive surgeries. With proof it was never done from another vet after they charged me. Please people if you love your pet don't go here they are a bunch of Quacks.
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.