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4 Post RdFreeport, ME 04032
From Business: Freeport Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1983 by Dr. David Bourassa. The clinic was originally located at Dr. Bourassa's home on Durham Road. The current facil…
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Melinda S is full of it!Yes there is kennel cough going around which can be picked up anywhere.They warn U before U drop off for boarding, grooming, &daycare.It's even on the news!With this information, it is up to U as the owner to make that call.In their boarding agreement which they have U read & sign before U leave your pets clearly states that they are not responsible if UR pets,lets say,get kennel cough.U chose to take that risk.As far as hungry,I call BS on that one too!Been using them for years & have only had the best of care.I think U exaggerate just to get a jab at them for a decision U made & to give false information.They even warned me when they called to confirm my vet appointment!Yes, they do have a smell to them when they come home,it is a dog kennel of course.They have always given clean up baths when necessary & have been open & honest about it.My only issue w/them so far is the woman w/the Sumo Wrestling hair,that looks terrible! I cringe every time I see her. Yuck!
My fur babies were dirty, hungry and sick when I picked them up. After taking them to my own vet to find they had kennel cough which is contagious, called BBVA to inform and discuss if they would help with cost of treatment and NO WAY. There response was "we haven't had kennel cough here in a very long time" no concern for my pets or the well being of any other that had stayed with them. Protect your pet, find another place to go.
We were referred to this office by an Emergency animal clinic. I made an appointment and explained to the woman specifically that I wanted my dog to be vaccinated and nothing else because we had just spent over 1,200 at the emergency place. All I wanted was to be charged for that and an office visit and asked her what the bill would be. She told me she couldn't say because she was unsure of what the vet would give my dog. My boyfriend ended up bringing him and we got charged 50 for an office visit and the vet did NOTHING to my dog. They knew he was not vaccinated and let him walk out of the door with no vaccinations, still. They have my boyfriend this bs story that they couldn't vaccinate him that day cause he was in between the stage of puppy shots and adult shots and said they would have to reschedule next week to get his shots. Does this make any sense? They just look for ways to get more money out of you. The male vet was also very impersonable according to my boyfriend. They also sent us home with a container to get a sample of my dogs feces to test it for parasites. They did nothing that I asked them to do so we will not be back. I strongly urge you to take your animals to Coastal Vet Care in Wiscasset and if you are looking for an emergency animal hospital, go to Lewiston Emergency Clinic on Strawberry Ave.
We have used bath Brunswick veterinary hospital for all of our dogs and cats over the past 4 years. They have been there at the end of life for several of our very precious pet and then some of the best people on the planet. They have taken excellent care of our dogs and cats and I've always been more than willing to make payment arrangements when we couldn't afford to pay for their care right at the time but have never asked us to the way care on any occasion there prescription prices are overpriced but they're always willing to send a prescription over to Walmart for you that's the only reason I wouldn't give them 5 stars. We love them dearly and the part consider them to be part of our extended family.
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.