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I'm sitting right in front of the veterinarian right now I had brought a box of flea and tick pills in that I wanted to replace which I purchased here I'm going to agree with the lady about the receptionist being very unprofessional she told me 4 times that I did not buy these flea and tick pills here okay we live in a rural area I don't go anywhere else I've been doing here years and never had a problem however after today I will not come back I think it's very unprofessional sit and argue with a customer. I did buy the flea and tick pills there she punch my name and it shows I have purchased many but she swears that was not one of them so after today I will start using chewy as I sit outside the veterinarian I pushed and chewy in the same name brand was about $60 cheaper you just lost one of your customers people
We've dealt with this veterinary service for many years and they've never failed to do their best by our pets--from the very young to the very old. In addition to having a few more dogs and cats than average, we also take in and rehome strays from time to time, so we have to keep a close eye on our bottom line. BCVS is an honest, budget conscious, no frills operation whose primary focus is large animals, though they see small animals on the side. But this is balanced with compassion and decency. As I write this, Dr. Reed is caring for one of our dogs who is refusing to eat after surgery, even keeping her across a weekend. I could not ask for more than that.
Dr. Herrin and his employees are great! I had a walk in concern about my pet and they got her right in and was extremely caring about my cat and my concerns. Dr. Herrin came out to talk to me about the condition I had. I take all my pets to them. Highly recommend this vet over any other vet in Cassville.
The receptionist is completely unprofessional. They care about the animals about as much as the dirt on their shoes. We had our cat spayed and once we got her home she was bleeding everywhere. When I called about my concerns they informed me that she was bleeding more than normal when she woke up. Thanks for informing me of that when I picked her up... After the 2nd phone call they told me to bring her in and they will take a look. All they did was wrap her up with quaze never informing me of the condition. The wrap threw her equilibrium off and she was throwing her whole body around. I finally took her to the other vet in town and they took care of her much better. I recommend Herrin Animal Clinic over this uncaring, hateful establishment.
i came it with a sick dog he was very quick to tell me i need to this and that after paying the money to do it he informs me my dog is sick and only chance i have at saving him was water....even my 5year old knows an animal needs water... he died two days later from what i suspect was some kind of poison he got into when he escaped. when i called to ask about euthanization when i realized he wasn't going to make it they were very rude took my number never got back to me i finally called back and they wanted to charge me three times all the other local vets after spending hundreds there already that day! would not recommend to anyone!! very unprofessional and his priorities are with money not the animals!!
I called the emergency after hours number. Dr. reed got back with me quickly and was very helpful and comforting. Thank you.
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.