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We took our cat here three times explaining that he was losing weight. They looked him over a bit and sent us home. Said he was ocd and licked himself too much. Ok, so we use this hairball stuff and he won't throw up so much. The second visit because that didn't work, they say he's neurotic and maybe were moving too much furniture around or something making him uncomfortable. At this point his bones are very defined but, they say he's fine.... So the third time we take him, we have every test but an ultrasound done, still nothing turns up. We get sent home again. Some time later "a few weeks" our cat is in such bad shape, he's writhing in pain. We call this vet as soon as they open because we know he needs to be put out of his misery. My wife and I with tears in our eyes are told the doctor is very busy today and to give them a bit and they would call us back. So they call us back a few minutes later and leave a message while we're getting our pet ready. The message says the doctor says she's very busy today, that we should call our nearest vet locations to try to find someone. I called ONE place after this message, they were very busy too. Yet told us to come there immediately! We spent approximately 5-7 minutes bringing him in and out of that building..... So what I'm saying is, this place was happy to take around $1200 for scheduled visits for our Crash, but couldn't take 5 minutes to end his suffering. We loved him and will not let our other pets suffer the same fate. We trusted you.....
I called this place 4 TIMES and all times I was put on hold for 10 minutes, I never spoke with anyone since the person that picks up the phone put me on hold just after answering. I would've been a new client and was calling to get my puppy established there, but I guess I'll take my business elsewhere since they have such bad customer service. I had heard about the convenience of their emergency services, their hours, and such, but it's not worth being put on hold forever, or better yet never being able to speak with a person.
John GI"m sure these complainers went somewhere else. I had to take my dog in for emergency at 4am on a Sun.and all the Vet and his Asst.wanted to talk about was helping him. I wish I remembered their names but it doesn't matter. In been their for3 different procedures and they have always been great. The counter help also pleasant, professional and careing. If not a little busy from all the happy customers I might add that I talk with in the waiting room. ����
So at the Del Prado Location, some of the staff was really unprofessional. (In particular the older woman with big eyes, blondish hair). Forgot to catch her name as my intentions were not to write a negative review. It's very unprofessional to get onto another employee, especially one that seemed new, in front of the customer that it had to do with. Poor lady was almost in tears as this other woman made both of us feel really bad about "me" coming 10 minutes late and not running it by the doctor. I was so close to telling her that she had no right to be so rude! If you are tired and stressed, don't bring it to work- go home. Next, there was an issue about "price matching". Now, I am 100% sure that when I made the appointment I was told that they do this. Therefore, because I heard about you on 105.5 earlier that day I decided to switch over to your office since you would price match that procedure. Sounded great on the radio PLUS price match! Why not? I didn't have the name of the person that told me about the price match over the phone, but I did have the exact time I called to make the appointment. Besides, in my office I have my staff initial beside who schedules the appointment so we can always back track to whom made the appointment. Anyhow, that's neither here nor there. They shut me down so quick like I was crazy. they were shocked that I was even saying that, disregarded it like it was nothing and so I ended up paying the highest fee out of all the Vet's in the area. Approximately $40 more than the rest. I'm new to the Cape, so I called about 6 offices near me. Besides that, I do have to say the the Vet himself and his Tech were nice gentlemen. They seemed very kind and friendly.
We have lived in Cape Coral for 29 years and have used many groomers over the years. Today we visited the Pink Poodle for the first time with our 11 mos. old Shih Poo puppies. What a wonderful job! We have had our puppies groomed several times in their short lives, and this was by far the best grooming they've had. They look wonderful, cut just the way we had requested, and came out very happy and in good spirits. I would rate the Pink Poodle the number one groomer that we have visited in Cape Coral, and it isn't even close. The staff was very friendly, the grooming was perfect, the facility very clean, and the price is very fair. We can't ask for anything more. We will definitely be returning and I would recommend the Pink Poodle to anyone.
I took my babies here, and I understand she is a one person operation, however, her attention to detail is extremely lacking. She did not fade in around the face or anywhere. I mean my 15 year old could have done a better job. My one baby still had hair in the crest of his eyes, and one long hair coming down from the side of nose going into mouth. She missed several spots of small mats on one baby. And there are bloches of hair missing on my other girl on her chest you can clearly see from across the room. If you just dont care about how your dog looks, then go there. I only went there, because my regular groomer had no openings and they needed groomed and there was a holiday around the corner. It is a good thing my very good friend is a retired groomer, she is going to clean them up for me. I am not happy.
She did such a great job on my Husky. I have been recommending her to all of my clients. She treats your pets as if they were her own. That is very important to me. My Husky looked like a new dog. Awesome job!
Horrible groomer! I took my baby yorkie there. He ended up catching something that makes him itch. He is on Trifle lexis and never has fleas. The place is filthy. When I told the owner she was very rude and said to take him somewhere else. DONT TAKE YOUR BABY THERE!
I recently had to say good bye to my beloved springer Gator. Though out all his problems with being a diabetic....Dr. Monte was always there with concern and availability. She would always take time to work him into her busy schedule. The staff are great. I never encountered a rude employee or a non caring one. I will continue the care of my Brittany with them and any future four legged baby.
Pet grooming salon has the worst customer service attitude I will never go back at the end of the day they do whatever they want with the service
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.