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Had my dog euthanized 4/15/17 and from my initial visit on 4/13/17 everyone was extremely professional and awesome. The vet explained everything, an…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Our Dogs love Petropolis and that says a lot!!! I have used many facilities over the years and always felt horrible for having to leave my pets behind. Now I can travel and feel secure with the knowledge of how well my pets are cared for and not worry constantly. I can't say enough good things about the staff, they are... professional, courteous, caring, and kind...they go out of their way to make your pets feel loved and cared for. When I used "kennels" and "spas" in the past my dogs always came home acting wild from lack of exercise and attention, when I pick them up from Petropolis they are happy to greet me but they don't make that dash for the door...they say bye to their new friends and seem happy and relaxed. I love the report cards that show how much time your pet spends playing with others and how much they went outside and how they behaved. That is tremendous for me to be able to see that my pets got individual treatment and even what toys or new friends they played with, and the fact that they even let you know how much time your pet spent paying verses sun bathing well that just goes above and beyond!! We own what are considered "bully breed" dogs and this is the first facility I have ever found that didn't judge my dogs on what breed they are but solely on how they act and interact. There was no prejudice what so ever which I find amazing! I drive an hour just to be able to use Petropolis and would never consider taking my "babies" anywhere else. Petropolis is their vacation home and I can finally take vacations again!!! P.S. I tasted the treats from the bakery and I can see why my dogs love them!! LOL
My dogs, Anjelica (8) and Margarita (4), are spoiled little Chihuahuas with some BIG attitudes! Roxanne and Rob are helping me socialize them (better late than never) and train them and we have seen a difference immediately. As I type they are being boarded and I can leave them worry free knowing they love the staff an...d are getting the social skills they didn't learn as puppies. The entire staff has been amazing with me (an over protective dog mom) and my girls (who bark, bite, growl and fuss). We are joining a group of real pet lovers and gaining practical knowledge and experience that will help me enjoy my dogs more and help them understand boundaries, rewards, obedience and appreciate other people and dogs. I shopped around to all the other facilities and couldn't be more pleased or comfortable with thebeautiful and positive environment at Petropolis... Thanks so much to all of you!!!
My name is Tabby. I am a 9 month old standard poodle. I will never forger leaving my mom and all my brothers and sisters. We drove all the way from Indiana to Missouri. I cried and threw up. My new family took me to a "mean" trainer. I was so frightened, I had diarrhea. Then they brought me to Petropolis :) Rebecca was so kind to me, and I wanted to please her. I did everything she taught me. This made everyone smile - including me! Jan gives me a bath and grooms me. I can tell that this makes me beautiful, because everyone, everywhere I go smiles and pets me :) I have made friends with so many dogs that I didn't even miss my sisters and brothers anymore. My friends and I have so much fun playing together!!! I really like my friends too! Did I mention the yummy bacon-cheddar ice cream? Priceless! Come spend the day with me at Petropolis. Tabby <3
I am shocked that there are no other reviews here. Vet Grp Of Chfld is one of the very top clinics in St. Louis. Nearly ALL of the show people go there, and see Dr. Boillat. While the whole facility and advanced technology have high respect in St. Louisd, Many dog show people I know won't see anyone other than Dr. Boillat, he's THAT good. Even show people that move away, make appointments for when they will be in town. The staff is caring, the facility and technologies are state of the art, and the prices reasonable. I live in downtown St. Charles, so it is a trip over for me, but I consider Dr. Boillat, as well as Dr. Goman, with Normandy Animal Hospital and Dr. Wright at Howdershell, to be the vets of my choice, and the ones I will travel to with my animals.
Hands-down the best place to get your pet groomed in St. Louis. My dog hates going to most groomers but she loves Petropolis. The people that work there are so sweet to her and she actually gets excited when she walks in the door. Petropolis goes out of its way to make grooming (and boarding) a positive experience for your four-legged friend. My sister's dog has outrageous separation anxiety coupled with the urge to snarl at anyone who tries to pick him up but, somehow he let the groomer scoop him up like a baby and take him to be groomed. According to my mom, it was like an episode dog whisperer. My puppy comes back from her "spa day" with a spring in her step, bouncy/shiny hair and smelling better than I do!
Paxton, Samson, and Guinness (my small pack of mutts) go nuts for this place. I try to take them to doggie day care (yes I know) once a month when they get groomed. They come home clean, happy, and socialized, and it is pretty cost effective as an add-on to their normal bath service. Doggy daycare is more or less a dog park with drop off service. There are anywhere between 10-30 or so dogs that play outside together in their fenced in doggy playland (it even has a doggy pool) while being supervised by a staff member. Oh yeah - you can even get a dog treat from the bakery when you leave. It is a great way for me to pamper my pooches!
My Scottish Terrier, Gracie, is a big Petropolis fan! She's been going there once a week for day camp for the past few years and is also a frequent boarder. She gets very excited whenever we pull into the parking lot, so I know she is happy to be there. Everyone on staff is friendly and it's easy to see they really care about pets. It gives me a lot of peace of mind knowing Gracie will be well taken care while I am traveling. I also love the frequent holiday parties Petropolis throws for day campers...and the fact that they support local animal charities.
Odie and Sully always love their stay at Petropolis and are always happy for a return visit. We feel assured that they are getting plenty of exercise on the outdoor playground. They are really social dogs and enjoy this aspect of Petropolis. When the dogs are returned to us they are always well-groomed and smelling clean. Thanks for taking care of our dogs while we are away!! We also love the convenience of grooming, training, and boarding facility all in one. That is priceless!
When I travel it is so nice to know that my crazy Border Collie Harley will be in great hands. Petropolis has the best boarding facility in St. Louis hands down! I can enjoy myself knowing that Harley is happy, getting exercise, & being social in a nice clean environment. Thanks Roxanne and Petropolis for making my boy... feel special & loved when I am not around to care for him. You are truly the best!
Everyone @ Petropolis is very professional and amazing! They all treat the animals as if they were their own, and really care about each of them. Their daycare facility is one of a kind, I've tried taking my dogs to different daycare centers, but no one's daycare can come close to theirs. I wouldn't trust my animals anywhere else! Thanks for all your hard work guys!
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.