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I find the review from a couple years ago quite entertaining. From my experience with this vet's office, we must be talking about two completely different places, or more than likely, a very ridiculous and misleading customer. My dog comes to work with me every day and is a blue heeler who is very attached to me, as I am to him. He started to act very funny and they were able to get him in immediately. They kept him all weekend and when I drove by on Saturday evening around 9, Trent happened to be in and I stopped to ask if I could visit him awhile. With no hesitation, he let me in and didn't rush me out at all. He visited and explained everything thouroughly, as he'd done before when I went in the first couple times. I highly recommend this vet's office. I'm not originally from around here and used to drive 2 hours South to take my dog to my old vet, until I found this vet's office. The ladies at the desk are friendly and caring as well.
Would definitely give 0 stars. This is the worst place I have ever taken my dog, and we have had her for years. They treat the owners completely disrespectful. We picked up our dog, and I told Jo the secretary to cancel our next appointment, and after that, she would NOT give me my dogs medicinal papers, even AFTER I ASKED for them, she said "Nope have a good day" and for once, I'm almost positive that they cannot keep our medical papers, after payment was made. On top of the fact that I asked specifically for them, and they were in HER HAND. She even said that they were the papers I needed, and refused to give them too me. Illegal? Maybe. Disrespectful? Completely. I have too have those, if she ever needs another vet visits, or anything happens, her medicinal papers have too be given too the next Veterinarian. Working at a Vet Clinic is seems like that lady would know that! On top of the fact that everyone there was beyond rude and snobby to us, the cost is outrageous. Over $300.00, and they charge a total of $110.00 just for the fact that it was after hours, actually it wasn't, but it was a Holiday, and they were off. Our dog broke her front leg when she got lose and ran out the door, and we called everywhere. This Vet had an on call number, so we called, explained, and the Vet came in, after we waited in the parking lot for him for almost an hour. Then he comes in, takes my dog, Xrays, and tells us too just leave her there. He did not tell us anything. But because he came in and checked her out it was $110.00. They also charge not only for the medication, but also for every single pill they give her. The cost for them "administering medication" was more than all 3 medications combined. When I would call for updates on our little girl, they would not tell me anything and always seemed as if the fact that I care about our dog was just to hard for them to understand. Since it was considered an emergency, we were charged extra. When we called to ask how much our bill was before we went too pick her up, they blew off my question. Ignored it completely. We went too get her and it was over $300.00 and they said they "would not release my dog without full payment upfront" even though the bill that they handed us, has payment options. It was ridiculous. I explained how it was an emergency and not like a planned visits, and they said "well you don't need a dog if you can't pay too take care of it properly." Sorry I'm not one of those people who has an extra $300.00 lying around the house, I work for a living as well as my husband, and we don't always have that. It was crazy. And ridiculous. They said they were going too keep my dog, and in 10 days "send her away" if we could pay it right them before 5. We had too call family and friends just too get the extra cash together. I'm in Veterinary Tech college, and this place is worthless. Full of nasty rude people. We would never use this guy again, he doesn't even deserve to be called a Veterinarian.
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.