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8610 Blue Ash RdCincinnati, OH 45242
From Business: Veterinarian Dr. Peter Hill and staff at Pet Care Animal Hospital provide the most advanced and compassionate level of care for dogs, cats and exotic pets in the …
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I hated this place. No one introduced themselves as to who they were when talking to me and giving me info so I always had to ask. I thought the woman with tattoos on her chest and wrists was the vet tech but it was the veterinarian herself. I didn't know what was wrong with my dog and it turns out they didn't either yet they brought up the word "cancer" and tried to play on my fears and guilt me into spending lots of money on testing. They are unethical and I don't know why this facility isn't investigated. People in other fields are monitored all the time by administrative agencies (attorneys, physicians, bankers), why aren't they? I ended up paying $400 with no answers. Went to a regular vet and was told my dog just had dry skin. I'm seriously considering filing a complaint. They totally take advantage of people's emotions. When I said something about the amount to a vet tech she put her finger up not her lips in a "shhh" motion and said: "don't say anything too loud about the amount or they'll suddenly find hidden charges". They get a star for being open and a star for being on my side of town. Otherwise, worthless.
Based on my experience, the care here is excellent. And, yes, it will be expensive. That being said, I have to agree with the comment below that mentioned the cllinic's OBSESSION about being paid for services. Can't remember the exact details with one of my beloved dogs. I must have forgotten my check book and not had my credit card with me. The woman behind the counter (technician or DVM -- couldn't tell) wouldn't give me my animal to take home. I had to race around in my car to find an ATM (several miles away) and withdraw cash. Then return and fork over the money to the vaguely rude woman. The veterianarian I then saw when my dog was released apologized and said she hoped I didn't think they were holding my Labrador for ransom! This was about twelve years ago. I brought another beloved dog to the CARE center for treatment about five years ago. The medical care was excellent. However, all this time later, I do recall that one of the young women at the front desk was an incredibly cold and unsmiling bit h. I should have complained about her. I guess that's what I'm doing now.
I had to go there the other night for the second loss of my second cat, my Family, in less than a year. They were just as comforting, as kind, as accomodating, as caring as they were the first time with my girl. Dr Jeff Smith, Katie and Erika were helpful, supportive, quiet and so comforting. Even brought my boy a drink of water we asked for and they had a blanket for him to be cuddled in although we used our own. They were so kind and so sweet, and they gave me as much time as I needed with my boy before I had to let go. I highly recommend MedVet, and they have always done a good job... I suppose because I don't want to download this app for this site, I can't leave an official review - but consider this a 5-star review for MedVet on RedBank Rd of Cincinnati.
I have been a MedVet client since at least 2002, traveling to the Columbus office for care not available in Cincinnati. I was very happy when MedVet opened its Cincinnati location and was able to return my cancer dog to her original oncologist in 2011. MedVet has been nothing but professional to me and my pets. I expect a high standard of care for a specialty and emergency practice, and that is what I get. I also get a partnership with the veterinarians who have examined and treated my pets. They consult with each other on their cases, so we get an even better medical perspective and value. I am versed in veterinary care so know what we are getting the real deal. Highly recommended.
I have been taking my pets to Park Plaza Animal Hospital for over five years. The staff are always extremely helpful and friendly, both on the phone when I have scheduling and billing questions, as well as in person when we bring our pets in for checkups or treatment. The doctors have always treated my pets very well and made me feel comfortable going over any treatment options when necessary, making sure I understand what is needed and how I want to proceed before taking any action. I have never had a bad experience at Park Plaza, and would recommend them to anyone who values having a friendly local business who cares about your pets as much as you do.
I've had both good and bad experiences with MedVet. Unfortunately it seemed to depend on which vet was taking care of my pet. While two of the vets were very caring, competent and honest one of the vets wasn't honest with me and I spent a lot of money on a pet that never got well. He performed numerous tests which I wouldn't have had done had I known my pet's prognosis. Be sure to ask questions about the big picture - don't put your pet through unnecessary stress and pain if you don't know the chances of survival.
I find the comments below disturbing. We took our little rescue dog to them because his left rear knee cap became dislodged and wouldn't return to its original position. Very painful for him. We were seen rather quickly and had the surgery done the next day. We were give the cost of the procedure up front and any recurrent visits. We expected it to be expensive since we did not have any pet health insurance. Please don't give these folks a hard time. It is a business you know.
I have been taking my dog to Dog Day Every Day in Beechmont for several months now. I wish I was able to give them 10 stars. They treat her like a family member. I know that she is treated well because she drags me to their front door when we arrive. Every member of their staff is friendly, attentive and makes you feel welcome. I love the fact that she is never in a crate. She has become a very social dog. She is worn out when she get home.
I have taken several of my dogs there to see the specialists. I have been treated with the upmost respect and honesty. I have had a doctor tell me when test were not necessary and when they were. They recently saved my dogs life. The surgeon was phenomenal and her internal medicine specialist is the best ever. I feel blessed and lucky to have these wonderful people helping my fur babies and myself.
Its all about the MONEY Took my dog in for a cut on her foot on a Friday night paid 350.00 for a bandage and a couple of pills was told it should be OK, bandage fell off the next day I re-bandaged her myself.The following Monday we took her to our vet she got 5 stitches and went back for 3 visits,and it cost about half of what they charged.
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.