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2132 Amnicola HwyChattanooga, TN 37406
My 14 year old cat, Tildie, who had never been ill a day in her life, became critically ill. I am new to the Chattanooga area and ended up taking he…
6200 Shallowford RdChattanooga, TN 37421
I have used other vets but this place is the most caring and kind animal hospital. They took care of me as we'll as Rocky my cat. The minute you wal…
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Took my sick cat there this week at midnight to be seen. Vet recommended $500 of “things” to do to evaluate cat. I started with x rays and some blood work; after analyzing I was told she couldn’t find anything wrong, however she could give him 2 shots- one to ease discomfort and one for hydration—another $100. Since she (vet) didn’t have an explanation for sickness I declined her offer to spend more money. (They obviously work on commission). Cat not better next day, took him to Middle Valley Animal hospital to our normal vet and paid fairly for MORE blood work. Vet came back with bad bad news that my cat was in grave danger of death and kidneys failing. We had to have him put down. What a shock given the “no news” diagnosos at river only 11 hours earlier. I paid RIVER For boodwork, And they said “can’t see any abnormalities!” And 11 hours later, office visit with another vet tell me he’s dying- woah River! Cat was only 1 and 1/2 years old and healthy. Be concerned to take your pets here! I’m not impressed with the obviously “non experienced” veterinarians in training who work night hours without supervision or guidance of a seasoned vet!!! Oh, and go by the bank on the way- you’ll need lots of money!
Last night around 11:00 P.M. EST we noticed that one of our puppies isn't putting any weight on her back left leg. Our primary veterinarian is fully booked for another week. Our veterinarian recommended that we call another clinic or go to an emergency clinic. We called around until we found availability at Highway 58 Animal Hospital. I wish I had read the reviews and found another clinic... The front desk staff was nice but that's where the good part of our experience ended. We went back hopeful that they could help our puppy. The vet tech veterinary technician was very impersonal. The table was dirty and covered in dog hair. Our puppy is only 2 weeks and 5 days old so I was concerned about the risk of contamination and disease. When I asked her to clean the table she exclaimed that she'd just cleaned it. I pointed out the dirt and dog hair on the table. After giving me a snarky glare she sprayed and wiped the table down very quickly. Reluctantly, I set the puppy down on the table with a towel. She came back with Dr. Lebron Brock. Dr. Brock came off very impersonal, not compassionate and dry. He took the puppy and began to examine her. He listened to her heart but never check her ears, eyes, mouth, nose, or other parts. He only examined her leg and moved it different directions. He said that he couldn't feel any fractures, torn ligaments or joints. We were told to wait until Tuesday and then bring the puppy back in if she was still bothered by her leg. He didn't prescribe her any pain medication but said that she was in pain if she wasn't using her leg. He also wanted to take X-rays on Tuesday. I feel that I have been ripped off for my money. My own primary veterinarian recommend that she go to an emergency veterinary clinic. He treated the examine like quick cash in his pocke. He examined her for an estimated 5 mins. maximum. I've never felt that a veterinarian didn't care about the well being of animals. Regrettably, I paid and signed for no answers on my puppy.
They've taken care of all of our pets.... 7 dogs and a hedgehog. We love them! All docs, clinical, and admin staff are wonderful... as is Faye in grooming! Everyone is very caring and docs are great to explain things and take plenty of time ����������������������������
As a walk-in patient, I had to take my cat, Stevie Cat somewhere ASAP for an infection in his eyes. My regular vet suggested Animal Clinic East. Dr. Liu was very professional and was so gentle with Stevie. With their hours of practice and wonderful staff, I will be taking Stevie back for all his veterinary needs. Great job to all the amazing staff.
I take my dogs to Dr. Craven who is a wonderful vet and an excellent diagnostician. I've also used Dr. Pilkington who has always done a great done. I highly recommend these vets at the clinic.
I had my schnauzer neutered at Wally's 9 years ago. He had no problems at all. I'm going to take my newest puppy soon.
Just want to say thank you very much for the care you gave us and our Abbie , I will never forget it.
This vet is fine if you are just wanting yearly shots, nails trimmed, etc. but I would not use them for anything else. My dog went in for a daily blood glucose test, at pick up time, the vet said she was having issues and needed to stay overnight. They informed use we would be called in the morning for an update. I asked if I needed to take her to a 24 hr vet, was told no. The next morning, we called to check on her and was informed we would be called back when the vet was finished with rounds. Keep in mind, They open at 7:30 a.m. We were not called back until after 11:00 a.m. and were told she had suffered from multiple seizures and was in kidney failure!!! The vet on duty informed us, that the vet on duty the previous day, had called him and informed him our dog was in very bad condition. That was not the impression we were given the day before. I understand things happen that are beyond people's control; what I do not understand and will not forgive, is the fact I was not informed for over three hours, my dog was suffering. By the time we got to her, she had no idea who I was and was almost unrecognizable. Had I been informed earlier, I would not have allowed her to suffer that much. We euthanized her shortly after my arrival because nothing else could be done.
Wonderful n very helpful n kind they treated me n my dog with great respect n gave me excellent help n advice thank you Mckamey
Excellent patient care. Very knowledgeable doctors. Location is very convenient. ER wait is very short.
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.