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Horrible experience with a ZERO star rating They are very very money hungry and are only concerned with that. Show no compassion for your pet and if…
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Great Doctors, wonderful staff and amazing care for my kitty and doggo. Wish they had a bigger building and lot, these folks deserve it.
Rude, Impatient, and Judgmental!Front desk staff needs to take a lesson in customer service. I received a letter stating I could no longer bring my dog as a patient because they assumed I was being disrespectful and rude. When asked why they only gave me one reason...: i.e. I was playing with my dog in a room with a window, when I tapped on it for him to get up on a bench to see through it because he heard another dog barking. In their notes they perceived this as "being impatient and disrespectful, frantically tapping on the window for someone's attention". If that was the case (which it was NOT), none of the staff came to see if I needed anything or to ask why I was tapping.They don't care about customer service or the well-being of your pet; they are simply trained to collect your money for their over-priced services. I do NOT recommend taking your fur babies here.
Horrible experience with a ZERO star rating They are very very money hungry and are only concerned with that. Show no compassion for your pet and if ur a breeder they are already against you. Triple the price for the same procedures other vets charge and are just plan rude. Added fees on your balances. Do NOT honor military due to no military discount like other vets offer. Spent over $4000 at this vet for nothing but death! They show NO remorse and show no care for your pet. NEVER AGAIN will i ever take any of my animals there. Its in the best interest for you to choose a different vet as well that will care for ur animal and not just ur wallet! Beyond pissed off and any of my experiences there and was shown ZERO compassion for my losses. Please choose a different vet for the sake of your pet!
Dr. Sioux went above and beyond to care for my puppy! The staff are caring and helpful! I would recommend this clinic to anyone.
Please advise going to these animal hospitals. They have overcharged us and ran unnecessary tests. After $1,500 we decided to go to AHomeVet. She ran one test for $60 and solved all the problems. After complaining we received no compensation or apologizes. If you don't believe me go to billings watchdog on Facebook and review other posts. Will never go to again and get taken advantage of.
I have a very favorable opinion of Grand Ave. Veterinary. I have two dogs and brought them both in at the same time. I didn't have an appointment. Just walked in and they were able to check both dogs and give them the vacinations that were needed. I was so impressed with them that I've recommended them to family and friends.
Horrible customer service. I brought my puppy in for her first vet visit and thought it would be fun to let my 4 kids come along. The staff was incredibly unhelpful, even with my dog. The building is situated right on Grand Ave and my small children were going out of the front door into the tiny parking lot right on the busy street. I was trying to control my large puppy who was overstimulated with the public outing and could not run after my kids very well. No on lifted a finger to help with the kids or the dog and probably would have watched them get run over before thinking to help. I also had two occasions besides in which the staff were rude or dismissive to me in person and on the phone. They have no understanding of basic customer service standards. Terrible.
1) An older front desk worker with short spiky hair will berate you if you are the slightest bit past the due date of your pet's annual exam. 2) you'll receive an excessive amount of check up reminders via email, snail mail and phone calls. 3) They will shame you re: your pet's care, regardless of how well you care for your pet. I am switching vets.
Was referred by my vet in Hardin after my dog broke his back. I was really nervous dealing with someone new. My vet had called and the staff were informed and ready for us when we got there. They explained everything that he needed and the cost. Happy to say after his surgery and the patience of my son he is doing great.
Friendly, personable doctors and staff and one of the most reasonable priced places in town
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.