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From Business: At Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we believe your pet deserves the very best. Since opening our state-of-the-art emergency medical facility, we have mad…
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I have been bringing my pets to this practice for approximately 40 years. I have always found the doctors to be thorough and kind to my pets. I think Dr Small is an amazing, compassionate doctor.
Carried my pet in on Saturday morning after spending 745.00 he was still sick on Sunday morning when they told me he should be feeling better so I called and for another 129.00 I could bring him back in for more shots. I had to end up taking him to another animal hospital!!
Beware... the two vets may have graduated, but they had no clue how to handle my dog. They had no clue how to handle me, and I was calm. I trusted them with my family member and they let me down and my dog is dead. Every time I called, I never got to talk with the vet, just the male nurse Chris. These people didn't know how to calm a dog that was having separation anxiety, so they chose to use a paralyzing drug and kept her in that state, when all they had to do was call me and I would have come back to calm her.. My dog walked in that place, but they "ACED" her and she was carried out on a stretcher. I was given a discharge paper, with information about wound care, body temp nothing to help her, just told me to keep her "ACED".. Celie ended up with Gangrene, and it spread so fast there was no saving her. they did not give me the correct antibiotics, the only instruction was to follow up to remove drains in four days. I brought her home on Saturday night, Sunday my vet came to my home, told me to take her off the "ACE". Tuesday morning my vet came again, Celie's Gangrene was now visible , it was so far advanced, there was nothing that could be done... I had to let her go Tuesday afternoon, this after AAEH got their $2500. If these two young vets had known how to do their jobs my Celie would still be alive. My dog walked in there, she should have walked out, even if it was on three legs..My vet was shocked that they released her in that condition I will never forgive then, I will never use this place again.. so be warned..
Be sure to check to see that if you are paying for hospitalization that there is actually an attendant on site at all times. Ask for estimate of charges before electing treatment. Beware of inflated charges.
Unbelievably expensive. Should be criminal to charge what they did for simple testing. Have been using emergency vets for many years and this was a totally jaw dropping experience. Hopefully, in the future, will have time to go to the local specialty clinics that charge less than this place did.
They were professional and compassionate during our crisis with our family dog. Could not have asked them to do any more and to have that kind of help on a Sunday is wonderful. Thanks to all at AAEH
"Dr. Anthony & Staff,Thank you so much for taking care of my Lucy when she got sick. It's nice to know that I now have a weekend vet. I had just about 10 years to love her and I miss her so much, but I have her daughter Sterling to love. Thanks for all that you did".
We have both cats and dogs and they receive the very best care at Westbrook. Dr. Martha and Dr. Nick are very caring, they make us feel like family. From scheduling appointments to special situations and emergencies they have always provided the highest qualty care to our "kids". Their prices are very reasonable, and the quality of care is outstanding! They do not push services on us that we don't need. We can call the doctors for advice and often they will suggest a "home remedy" type solutions before suggesting anything more expensive. Westbrook really cares, and I know they do a lot to help rescued and homeless animals too! I wouldn't trust my pets to anyone else!
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.