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I visited Midway for the first time last week with my roomate's cat when she became lethargic and lost her appetite, fearing the worst. It ended up being a simple skin infection from a flea allergy; a shot of antibiotics and a shot of cortisone and less than a week later she was like a new cat! Since I didn't end up spending a fortune like I was afraid I would, I went ahead and made an appointment for my own cat (which was today) for a health check and to catch her up on her overdue shots. I'm very pleased with the care they both received, and very confident in Dr. Ketner's knowledge and expertise. I chose Midway because the building and the grounds has always looked well-kept and cared for, and the reviews I've seen were good. The inside is just as clean and well-kept. The prices are very reasonable as well. So far I'm very satisfied with this animal hospital!
Just had to put my beloved dog of 17 years down. I was treated with respect and understanding, and the price was more than fair!! If I ever adopt again, I will be taking my pet here.
Dr Jones's vet clinic feels like a country vet straight out of James Herriot. It is an old farmhouse just north of BG on Main Street (Dixie Highway) with wood floors & doesn't smell like a vet clinic. I wouldn't be surprised if Dr. Jones lives upstairs.The staff was excellent, from the lady who scheduled my kitten's appointment on the phone to the girl who took him from me when I dropped him off, to the cashier who took my money. Great techs, they called him by name & reassured me that he would be all right after they hacked his balls off.He's a stray who followed me home & demanded I take care of him, even though I tried to tell him I already had a cat & 2 cats is 2 too many for my 300 square foot apartment... Neuter, all vaccinations, pre-anesthesia blood work, & a microchip was only $200USD, certainly a fair price for the work. The neuter was half the price that the Wood County Humane Society would charge...My little dude healed just fine within a week & was back to his old self faster than I expected. His incisions healed wonderfully, & the stitches dissolved as they should have. Technically, Dr. Jones does great work, he's a helluva vet; they even trimmed his claws(which were problematic - he scratches everything!) down when he was under without me asking!I have 4 complaints, though, for which I deduct 2 stars.1.) I didn't meet Dr. Jones. I love my kitties & would have liked to at least see the man who was going to cut my little buddy up...2.)The paperwork I received after the surgery was half-assed. They listed his age as 2.5 years & that can't be right, based on how much he's grown in the 8 weeks I've had him. Other fields in his personal information form were simply left blank, as if they didn't care to do the paperwork. A human cannot leave things blank when they visit a hospital, it should not be acceptable to leave things blank at a vet clinic.3.) The exam room is right next to the cashier's desk. I took my cat to Dr. Jones on the recommendation of my friend, a professor at BGSU, & he tells me that last time his little buddy got sick he paid the bill while watching an elderly couple's elderly cat be euthanized. Call me crazy, but I think that heartbreaking moment should be a little more private than that. At least close the door...3.) My cat came back with fleas. I had him for 5 weeks when I brought him in for surgery & he's a cuddly little guy. The morning after I brought him home from Dr. Jones I woke up with 7 flea bites in a nice flea line on my torso. My other cat (she has much thicker & softer fur - both are indoor-only cats) still has major dermatitis on her neck and ears, 3 weeks later. Flea collars have mostly solved the issue & I haven't been bitten since that first night. Call me crazy again, but I think a cat shouldn't come back from the Vet with fleas; just like a human shouldn't come back from the clinic with MRSA...All in all an excellent experience, service-wise, but I will not be bringing my female to Dr. Jones for her annual vaccinations in November. Here's hoping (& I REALLY want to believe) that the fleas were an anomaly, but I'm not willing to risk it.
I took my Pitt Bull here to have his ears cropped. About a week after this occurred he broke a few stitches. Being concerned, I called the hospital. I was having difficulty getting off work to take him in and asked to send pictures to an email to see if I needed to get the time off. I was told this "wasn't a great idea" because they rarely check the email. Apparently a customer telling them that they are sending a picture isn't cause to check it? They then told me if I could get off work the next day to go ahead and bring him in. I called around 12:45pm, to let them know I was going to try and bring him in as I had gotten a break from work. I was then told that all they had was a 5:15. When I said I couldn't do that, I guess that means that I just cross my fingers that he is okay? The response " OK" and a hang up. I wound up here for this procedure because they were the only ones in my area... I should have researched and driven farther for a clinic that actually cares about my pet. Never been more disappointed.
We have had him as our pet's vet for the last 16 years. He is kind, answers all of our questions, and doesn't try to rush us out the door. I would recommend him to everybody.
Dr Jones is awesome and so are his prices. I called them for the first time when my kitty was having trouble urinating. They urged me to bring him in right away because his problem could be fatal. I bought my kitty in right away & Dr jones was straight forward with me in the possible outcomes that could happen with my cat. But thank gosh he ended up alright and Dr Jones saved him. They are the most reasonable priced vet I have ever been to!
I am a college student who can't afford to pay hundreds of dollars every time I need shots. Dr. Jones is cheap and truly cares about your pet. When my puppy got his rabies shot he was having a reaction. I called at 11:00 PM and left a voicemail stating my concerns and he called me back within the half hour offering help and even said I can bring him back in if I continue to be concerned throughout the night. Truly cares and he was very helpful! Would recommend to anyone with a pet.
I took my cat...which was loosing all her fur..to Dr Jones and his solution was purrfect!!! She is now a beautiful furry black cat!!
I resuced 2 kittens an 1 got sick on a weekend and before i was even a clint of Dr. Jones he called me back over the weekend and helped me out with the kittens, Took them to him the following Monday and he told his time and told me what was the problem and now he is my vet for all my Kitty Kats...........
Its not a HUGE fancy vet clinic like a lot of them are. However, his prices are great and you honestly can tell he is into his work because he loves the animals not just for a good paycheck like some clinics I have been into. Per example my dog got ill and he was on call all hrs if I need or was worried about anything......not for a charge just because he cared. He's a RARE find!
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.