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3340 Paper Mill RdPhoenix, MD 21131
From Business: Companion Animal Care Center provides the compassionate and attentive care you & your pet deserve. Our veterinary hospital is led by Dr. Johnston and has a staff …
10176 Baltimore National Pike Ste 111Ellicott City, MD 21042
From Business: Bethany Centennial Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Ellicott City, MD. The professional and courteous staff at Bethany Ce…
10665 State Route 108Columbia, MD 21044
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
10000 Old Columbia Rd. Ste EColumbia, MD 21046
From Business: Maryland's premiere small animal surgical specialists that are board certified surgeons providing the latest surgical techniques in: Orthopedics Soft Tissue Surge…
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We have had very good service at Hunt Valley. The vets are very caring, and I know my pets are in very capable hands. I love the doctors there, and I have seen a few. The only downside is that the wait at the desk can sometimes be longer than at other offices where we have gone. But the waiting room is large enough to separate a potentially problem pet (as mine was) from others, and they have often allowed me to wait in the exam room and take my card for payment so I don't have to wait in the waiting room.
I've been coming here for years... I had 2 take my 7yr old dog here bc he was dripping urine & had a hard time going 2 the bathroom. Took my pet here & found out there were stones lodged n his penal cavity. They had 2 take an x-ray & figured out it was 4 sm stones. They didn't even show me the x-ray, I had 2 ask 2 see if before the vet showed me the x-ray. They had 2 make an incision from the bottom of his pee pee 2 the front of his balls. Sd was going 2 pee out if the incision. 1st time they couldnt complete surgery bc there was no specialist on site to perform the surgery yet they gave my dog back to me and charged me around $500 when nothing was done & told me 2 come back tomorrow. The nxt day the surgeon was there & was able 2 complete surgery & get the stones out but they did not take the $500 off that I pd just the day b4 & charged me the full price of the surgery($1700). Couldn't explain 2 myself what i pd for the 1st time bc to me all they did was put him asleep for the surgery and woke him up when I was on my way to get my dog. When they gave me my dog back after the actual "surgery" which was they day after. They did not give me any instructions whatsoever, all they sd was to put him in a secluded room w/o ne carpets bc he may bleed 'a little.' Bleed a little? the blood was flowing out of him ea time he went to the bathroom. I had 2 use 4 Bounty paper towels folded n 4's that's 16 pcs ea time he went 2 pee, blood soaked thru ea time he peed. I would not call that "a little," one day after work I came back to a floor covered in his blood and when cleaning his incision blood squirted out of him, literally squirted. What made me really wonder about these people was when I realized that they didn't even give me a heads up as 2 what I can do 2 maintain the blood that would be coming out of him. They didn't tell me anything but 2 put him in a room w/ no carpets so he wouldn't mess up the carpet. They didn't tell me I could go & buy a doggy diaper & line it w/ maxie pads 2 help soak up the blood. By the time I realized that would be an awesome idea he stopped bleeding a together. They told me nothing of the sort.So I called them a few times asking them if that was normal post surgery. A few calls were made and I had some conversations with Dr. Brooks, one of the surgeons bc I was concerned just like any other dog owner would be. I took the dog back twice, 1 for them 2 remove the stitches & 1 2 make sure his incision didn't close up. They did not charge me 4 those visits bc they sd they were "included" in the price of the surgery. Last week I took my dog back there 2 check the incision on last time and they had the nerve 2 charge me an additional $24 4 a 10min appointment where they used a cathedore 2 chk the incision. 2 me that was going 2 be the last time I would bring my dog in to check the incision. Of all the money that I have spent there just for the surgery was outrageous & they couldn't even cover the last appointment? They told me the last appointment wasn't included in the price of the surgery and that they've "comped" me for the phone calls that I made 2 the doctor to ask questions. They told me those phone calls should have been charged 2 me but they didn't bc they were doing me a favor, they were comping me. A few phone calls? That is just crazy, I could understand if it was 4 something else but it wasn't, it had everything 2 do w/ post surgery maintenance. If they gave me info like they should've post surgery I wouldn't have to call and ask them anything. I had no gripe about the money 4 the surgery even though I feel they should've taken the $500 off the overall price of the surgery since they weren't able 2 complete the surgery that day, not my fault, but they didn't. So what did I pay for? I'm still trying 2 figure that 1 out. Who was I suppose to call with my questions if not them.
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.