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9027 Ridge RdNorth Royalton, OH 44133
North Royalton Animal Hospital & Paws at Play have OUTSTANDING service and provide excellent care. Dr Emily Roach is the finest vet I've ever worke…
27349 Miles RdChagrin Falls, OH 44022
Having built over 100 animal care facilities nationwide, including The Barkley Pet Hotel and Day Spa, I can tell everyone that the primary concern a…
28716 Chardon RdWilloughby Hills, OH 44092
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Dr Anni is a caring individual. She's amazing with the animals. I drive from Lakewood to take my animals to her. God bless her and the work she does!
On Oct. 23rd Monday I took my Yellow Lab 16 months old to be spayed. By Oct.26th Thursday morning, I had my heart ripped out of my chest, I had to buried my Bess. I find Vago to be a liar, insensitive, and incapable of "doing the right thing". And his assistant Penny is not without sin also. Please don't make the mistake I made, do not TRUST this person. Disappointing, try criminal negligence in my eyes. I do not forgive and I will never FORGET. Bess your death will not be in vain. Vago will be accountable for his actions. (4) times I offered you and opportunity to do the right thing (4) times and you just shunned me repeatedly. Do the world a favor and retire before you kill someone else pet, same goes for you also Penny. Shame on the both of you people.
BEWARE... This place is the WORST ever. I would say first this is not my yittle guys first rodeo. BUT this place traumatized him WITHOUT question. They supposedly treated him for high blood pressure the entire time and NEVER once told me I learned this on pick up when I questioned the bill that was much higher than I was told in the beginning. So she said let me take this bill in the back and see if u were over charged or double billed by MISTAKE she comes back and says well They charged u full price every time they took his blood pressure so I discounted it which took
WARNING. This is a very very expensive place. They will try to get as much as possible out of your pocket. Money hungry vet. Be very cautious about this place. Try Dr. Meetz. She is very honest and caring. The vet boarding is horrible too. My dogs spent 4 hours here and were extremely disturbed for days. I highly DONT RECOMMEND THIS VET CLINIC.
Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Treated my dog like it was their own. Followed up with multiple phone calls.
West Park is by far the best place for our pets! From the doctors to the techs to the staff,. they all have always had the best interest, care and confidence in treating our four legged friends! Over the last 10 years they have always delivered on their service! From late night calls, last minute visits when we had a sick pup, a quick question because our dog had eaten a whole box of fundraiser candy bars, or the annual visits, the staff at West Park has been fabulous! I must acknowldege Anna, April and Grace that know our family very well! They have allowed us to have a personal relationship with them and our 2 dogs; and we THANK YOU for that!. Anytime we call or come in, they are welcoming and very helpful! To us, this is important when choosing a doctor. So high five West Park; job well done!!!!The Haws-Pagán Family (Yukon & Zeus)
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.