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1785 N Highway 97Redmond, OR 97756
From Business: Since 1942, Redmond Vet Clinic has offered high quality medicine and surgery for the companion animal, equine and ruminant. Our Veterinary Clinic is a full servic…
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I am so disappointed in this Vet office. I brought my dog in for a breathing issue. A day later and $1200 later they had absolutely no answer for me they wanted to cut a hole in her neck and place a tube to make her breath. I took her to a different vet and within 10 min they knew exactly what was wrong with her and said that Bend Vet Clinic did a poor job and should have been able to diagnose her. Her symptoms were obvious. I will never set foot in this office again. And will make sure that all of my friends and family never put there pets lives at risk by letting that Incompetent vet anywhere near them again. I am so disappointed. This used to be a competent clinic.
Referrals are a powerful thing. My dog needed a yearly check-up (and her vaccinations), but she also had a lump on her belly that had developed since her last year's check-up. My daughter recommended her vet, Dr. Shaw. She said she trusted him: he was experienced, knowledgeable, caring, generous, honest, open, and responsive.I am so glad she did!He's caring, sincere, and empathetic (animals love him). He genuinely cares about his patients well-being. He is warm and accessible and makes you and your dog comfortable. My dog acted like he was a member of her family, he was very attentive, reassuring, and calming.Trust: I love that he is an experienced holistic veterinarian who looks at the whole picture. He has great medical expertise (sharp, up-to-date, professional skill) a great diagnostition (and great surgeon)!Communication: he's a great veterinarian with excellent communication skills, open and responsive. There was a three way flow of information (between you, your dog and the veterinarian). He not only a great listener, he clearly explained the diagnosis and treatment options.Hospitality: on the first day, my dog loved the veterinarian and his staff! I loved the warm way Betsy Henshaw greeted my dog (at the front desk) and offered her a bowl of clean, cold water on a hot day. Jennel Wassenaar was gentle and friendly, my dog didn't notice the injection. After my dog's tumor was removed, Tammy Datwyler walked me through post-operative care. Dr. Shaw always took the time to educate, was patient answering questions and concerns [you can ask him anything, he takes the time (and has the kindness and patience) to educate you without talking down to you].My dog is healthy and happy. I am so grateful. Dr. Shaw and his staff have a great bedside manner, they are very compassionate, both to animals and their owners. They were also affordable. I am glad my daughter recommended Westside Pet Hospital, they are passionate about animals and committed to giving them the best care. A sincere heartfelt thank you to Dr. Shaw and his staff!
Peggy is knowledgeable and personable. My last visit was for a follow up for my dogs suspected canine infection. She didn't even charge me. She understands economic hardships and provides excellent care for very reasonable .
Amy, Christina and of course Dr.Hill are so wonderful,kind and helpful. Dr. Hill always takes his time to explain everything to me and would never try to tack on extra unnecessary charges. He is an excellent surgeon and you can always be sure that they will take the best care of your pets!
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.