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I've been taking my dogs to Combs for years. The veterinarians are always honest and compassionate, and I feel they have my dog's best interest at heart. Right now they only have one veterinarian on staff, which makes scheduling a bit challenging, but I've not had any issues with it. It seems there are other reviewers complaining about Combs not having emergency services available. This is a clinic not a hospital, so it's unfair to criticize Combs for not being all that you want. They don't have the staff or facility to deal with all animal emergencies, but they certainly work with their clients. Recently they had a dog come in with a broken leg that needed amputating, but the owners wanted to put the animal down instead. Combs offered to take the dog and re-home it, which they did, and they drastically discounted the cost of the surgery. They have my loyalty.
They did a really great job on Hercules. He was in there getting his balls cut off, poor darling. First time he'd been away from home. GB
I had been a loyal customer for years and thought highly of them until the day I had an emergency with my dog. I was told they couldn't see her for a week. I took her to another vet and she is being kept over night and on IV's. She would of died if I had waited. She was established at Combs and I know I've spent thousands over the years. Well I'm no longer a customer as of today. They apparently only have 1 veterinarian on staff and when my wife called to complain they told her if you drop the dog off we might be able to squeeze her in but that could take up to 2 days.
We took our kitten to Combs Veterinary Clinic for her first vet visit and our dog for his annual visit a few weeks ago. The staff were very friendly, our bill was $189. I was told that I had to bring my kitten back in three weeks for a booster to one vaccine she received. I brought my kitten back on Saturday and I was shocked with another bill of $98. On the second bill there was a charge of $39 for an "annual exam" for her booster shot. When I called today to ask why I paid for two "annual" exams within thee weeks. The receptionist said that that is the policy of the clinic, to examine the pet again before the booster. I suggested that it would be a better practice to let customers know that they will have to have another checkup at the booster appointment. In my opinion this is not an honest practice and I will be looking for a new vet.
After our dog was hit by a car, We rushed her to the closest vet. It happened to be Combs. When we arrived at 12:30 I was told, "sorry we do not have a vet here until 1:00". We had to wait in the lobby with our dog's broken leg and bleeding. We STILL did not get seen until 1:30. They told us our dog needed surgery and it would cost 500-750 MAX. We agreed and let her stay the night for surgery. When I picked her up in the morning the bill was 950! I had to apply for a credit card that I did not want because they do NOT take payments. We will not be returning due to the ridiculous pricing. I called and asked about a rabies shot and they wanted nearly $30!
Stay away from this vet, hidden fees, and a great deal of deception. They tell you everything has been covered then deny your dog refill on medicine saying there is still a extra bill you need to take care of . There excuse is " Oh sorry there must have been a miscommunication. They are all about the money and they get you coming and going.
I merely state the facts of our situation to warn other pet owners. DO NOT take your pets to Combs. We lost our miniature dachshund due to incompetence and negligence of this veterinary office. During routine blood work, our dog showed signs of having a bladder infection. After weeks of antibiotics and retesting, he had an x-ray performed that showed what was assumed to be two small stones. The vet recommended surgery. During the procedure, stones were not found, but sediment and his bladder was scraped and cleaned. He was stapled up and placed in a recovery cage. We were told everything went well, but hours later we received a call saying he had experienced “significant” bruising and swelling. He was left at the facility overnight – which closes at 5:30PM – and was picked up by us on Saturday AM at 9AM. He was vomiting by 11:3AM and I took him back to Combs. They gave him pain injections and more pills for the weekend. They closed at 1PM and would not reopen until 8AM on Monday.Our dog was due for a pain pill, but he vomited when I tried to give it to him. I called Combs and the answering machine referred me to seek care in Indy if the request was urgent. I called our dog’s previous vet in our hometown and he recommended taking him there. He mentioned that he felt the incision was placed incorrectly and that our dog had suffered a lot of post-op bleeding and would need fluids. Our dog was admitted at an emergency clinic in Indy for overnight observation. It was found that his pulse was extremely high and his temperature was low. His clotting factors were still not recovering from the surgery and his kidneys were high. He was also extremely dehydrated and that vet said he did not believe the dog received proper fluids post-surgery via IV. He was placed on fluids and overnight observation where his condition improved marginally and he was brought home on Sunday AM with the instruction to contact our normal DVM if his condition didn’t improve in 24 hours. At 8AM on Monday, Combs saw our dog and noted that his bruising was worse. He also could still not eat/drink/urine on his own. They expressed his bladder, gave him some fluids under the skin, some AD diet canned food and sent us home. His urine was brown and filled with blood. When I called 12 hours later because he still wouldn’t eat/drink/urinate, I was told they could see him tomorrow or I could express the bladder myself. 8:45AM on Tuesday, our dog was seen again. The doctor felt he may have thrown a clot from the bleeding condition she assumed he had and sent us immediately back up to the animal hospital in Indy. He was admitted where they said he was experiencing acute kidney failure. His clotting times were normal. He was dehydrated and his kidneys and urine were severely inflamed. They called for high doses of fluids and constant observation all night with a central line in his neck and a catheter to urine and monitor his output. We received a call at 3AM that said his stats were dropping. His kidneys were not responding and the fluid was causing his heart rate to drop. We arrived to hold him and spend time with him before having to put him down. All of this was avoidable in an otherwise healthy dog, which no previous kidney problems. We were told that this low-risk surgery would be fine and in the end, we not only lost our dog but spend nearly $5000 in vet fees. There are three vets on staff, but no one is on call if you have a question. The front desk can barely answer basic questions and the techs just repeat what the doctors tell them. No one accepts the responsibility for the fact that they made a grave error that compounded into fatality for our dog.
I have nothing but good things to say about this clinic! My mini schnauzer has been going there over a year and they have been pleasant. informantive and very kind! I am always greeted warmly by the desk gals! They even saw him right away when he was bitten by a snake last spring, offering life saving advice over the phone before we could get there!!! I DO reccomend this Clinic to others and will keep taking my Charlie!
This clinic has gone downhill since Dr. Comb's sold it. It's now all about the MONEY. Under the new ownership, the vets come & go (mostly go) & most of the good people who originally worked for Comb's have gone. The owner received veterinary training at a school (outside the US) that has been under investigation for years for animal neglect/cruelty. There was difficulty even getting accredited to practice in the US.
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.