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Rant: Color Country Animal Hospital staff gave us a price sheet for neutering which said the service was about $100 (we have a 6 lb dog). We had the option of adding the microchip at a discount while under anesthesia.After discussing out loud with the receptionist and nurse nearby, $160 seemed fine. We decided to go for it. (We had a 75lb dog neutered there a couple years ago for $115). Upon arrival they claimed they called my number which was a non working number to confirm appt. The number called had an "801" area code. This was not my number. On the other side of the folder, all of our correct contact info was there. Upon pointing this out they giggled and said that they would correct it. I made my selections to use a laser ($60) and microchip ($55) during this surgery.I was told he should be ready for pickup between 2-3. Both my husband and I work so he was going to pick him up. I gave them my husband's number to call when ready. No call, so I called after 3. No answer so I left a VM. A little after 4 I call again. When they picked up they said they were "just about to call me, was wondering when i was coming and he was done at 2." I let my husband know to pick up. Upon arrival he was slapped with a $350 bill! What!?Maximum it should have been $220 with our other selections. After my husband asked for an explanation the staff and Dr became very frustrated, huffed, and stumbled trying to find the words. I was on the line and asked to speak to them. They explained to me that they use a catheter and give the dog a pain shot which is why its $190. They never verbally said anything about this. Just surprised us with it. After revisiting our past neuter for $115 for a 75lb dog, they sighed and said they's comp me $20 bucks.. (really?.. keep it)On a side note, our receipt says another vet on site did the surgery, not our vet. I'm at a loss for words.Misunderstanding..?Or am I being duped?You decide.. all i know is they were unorganized and unprofessional.
This vet spayed my dog a year ago. My unneutered male went crazy last weekend over her. When I called the vet and asked him what was going on, he told me that sometimes a dog will like another dog more than others and will try and mate with that dog. When I asked him why a year later would my male do this he hemmed and hawed and finally said on rare occasions a piece of an ovary will get left behind and it will produce estrogen. He said that he highly doubts that is the case here but if I wanted to bring her in and have lab work done to find out if she is producing estrogen I would have to pay the office visit and the lab work. If it turned out she was producing estrogen he would pay for the lab work. This vet is a joke! Needless to say he will not be neutering my male!
Today was our first experience with this clinic. I can honestly say the staff as well as the veterinarian are amazing. To often people will write reviews on businesses when they are displeased and just never say thank you. Well thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me and Sylvester and my little daughter comfortable leaving our precious old kitty in your care today. Definitely will be driving 52 miles one way to use you all for all of our veterinary services from here on out. Can't express the gratitude we have for each and every single one of you. I hope more people will leave feedback when happy with the excellent care and service you all provide them. Best regards, Haley & Katie You made my little 2 year old girl who lives this cat feel so good about leaving him in your care♡ he is a little out of it in the picture but you guys did a wonderful job.
I called this vet because the website says its open on Saturday an today is Saturday. When I called the girl said she had to contact the doctor and call me back. We got a call telling us that the earliest appointment would be Monday at 11am MT. REALLY???? Why say that you're open on Saturday and then not be open. Maybe because it snowed last night? Well, I'm up in the Duck Creek Village mountains and we got a lot of snow but I'm still willing to drive down because my dog is sick. I don't know, but if you're dog was sick wouldn't you want him to be seen ASAP? Especally if it's tooth problem. I know what it's like to have a tooth ache and it's bad so I don't want my dog to suffer that way. Well, I think I'll try another vet who in interested in caring for a SICK dog.
One star is too many!! This vet is HORRIBLE. I left my sick dog with him over the weekend. When I returned, I was coldly informed that she had died. He was far more worried about collecting my $30 balance than he was about my dog. As I sobbed uncontrollably, he coldly informed me that I would need to pick up the body immediately or he would dispose of it. This experience has traumatized me for life!!!!!
For the 3 years we have been going to Color Country Animal Hospital we have had nothing but a great experience and wouldn't trust anyone else with our dog.
I had my cat laser neutered which cost me a couple hundred dollars, well guess what he isn't even neutered! This vet is a JOKE!
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.