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4720 Barnes RdColorado Springs, CO 80917
From Business: Founded in 1983 as Aaron Animal Clinic, the Colorado Springs veterinary hospital changed to Faithful Friends Animal Hospital after Dr. William Puryear and his wif…
7530 Rangewood DrColorado Springs, CO 80920
Dr Rothstein is one amazing human being and one fantastic Vet! He has treated all my babies and is remarkable in his time, his care and his genuine …
5875 N Academy BlvdColorado Springs, CO 80919
From Business: Our passion at VCA North Academy Animal Hospital is to provide top-notch, personalized, veterinary care in an environment that is both welcoming and comfortable f…
5557 Austin Bluffs PkwyColorado Springs, CO 80918
From Business: Since 1997, we have provided the best possible care available for our pet owners' companions. At Polo Springs Veterinary Hospital, we consider it both an honor an…
3455 Briargate Blvd Ste 100Colorado Springs, CO 80920
From Business: Since 1986, Briargate Blvd Animal Hospital has been an outstanding veterinary care provider for pets in the Colorado Springs, and surrounding El Paso County commu…
1607 N Circle DrColorado Springs, CO 80909
From Business: If you live in Colorado Springs or the surrounding area, then you have picked the perfect site to find your new family veterinarian. Dr Arlene Amato is a Colorado…
4575 N Chestnut StColorado Springs, CO 80907
I took my dogs to this veterinary clinic for treatment for kennel cough after taking them to another veterinarian previously. \r \r I initally calle…
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Please why cant I give NO stars?? You do NOT give a crap about the animals you supposedly care for!!! You are money hungry people. I will pass along nothing but ugly comments. I cannot believe you are so unprofessional that you hang up on your now former customer.
This team is AWESOME! For whatever reason our usual Banfield could not take a walk in when our Lab injured her hind leg the other day. So I called this Banfield and she was able to be seen that day. The pre, during and post care has been exemplary.Thanks guys for taking such good care of Autumn!Eva, Terry and Autumn R.
This clinic is gruesome and horrendous.The staff is rude callous and desensitzed My cat Priscilla suddenly took ill, before I realized it she was at heavens gate. I check hamletts website so mention of scheduling an appointment to put my baby to sleep.We arrive at 9am and I tell them my cat priscilla is dying. they ask me did I have an appointmnet I said no as I thought it was a walk-in bases, the receptionist tells us to have a seat and to call for an appointment. Really we are there Priscilla is dying so the receptionist checks with the Vet he, she denied Priscilla services,Why, because they had 40 spay and neuter and two euthanasis scheduled for the morning.i called to complain to the office manager Sandra Moe was just as rude, insensitive and could care less. Ms. Moe told me they where overbooked and under staffed She was trying to equate her recent hospital stay with the death of my Priscilla .Hamletts has a butcher assmbly line operation going on in the back, because of the excessive surgeries they need to be reported and I will be looking into it. I can't believe they have the best intrest of the animals in mind. they all could use a sensitivity chip. My heart was broken and i was crying they could care lessGood luck to everyone who takes thier animals there I will not patronized them agin.they are horrible Lilithia
I can not say enough good things about this clinic. Staff is totally dedicated, compassionate, educated and tries hard to please. Dr. HANCOCK is very knowledgable, educated and compassionate but does not mess around when it comes to our pets. BTW, Dr. Hancock donates his expertise n years of time to MISSION WOLF outside of Gardner, co. Yes, I have had him become stearn about caring for my pet because i had a weak moment. He was more concerned than my stupid question n making sure I understood. My pet came first. My favorite professional tech is Wayne and he keeps the dynamics of this clinic top notch. I LIKE THIS CLINIC!
I had a great experience at Clearview Animal Hospital. The staff are all very compassionate and professional. The doctor was very thorough, and really took the time to explain our dog's illness and treatment options. I highly recommend them!
I drove a friend there to get her dog spayed. We got there 10 mins early for her appt & were checked in right away. The receptionist answered all her questions (some of which were pretty basic as this is her 1st puppy ever) & offered good advice for where she could get more info if she wanted it.My friend went back w/ her puppy while I sat in the waiting area. I've worked in the medical field for 25 yrs & thought I'd seen just about every bad, rude, ignorant behavior people can come up w/ when they're stressed out, but some of those customers really were unbelievable. They marched in, making demands, interrupting the poor receptionist when she tried to ask simple stuff like, "Do you have an appt?" They acted like she had a nerve asking that, like whatever their crisis was, the entire clinic, & every other customer & every other pet should come to a grinding halt just because their personal pet was sick. I don't mean to sound insensitive, but why do some people think their sick dog is more important than the sick dog that got their before them, or whose owner made an appt? It's just selfish.I didn't get a chance to tell the staff how amazing they were for putting up with all that because it quite literally went on for nearly the entire 30 mins I was there! 1 owner after another came barging in, demanding they get their pet seen immediately. Seriously - those girls ought to get hazardous duty pay!So, Ladies, I didn't tell you then but I'm telling you now: You are angels! In the face of extreme bad manners & outrageous demands, you kept your tempers, tried to explain things to people who didn't want to listen, & somehow managed to keep things running smoothly. You took terrific care of my friend's puppy, & shared with her things that will help her be a better dog owner. And your extra patience with the little old lady who was hard of hearing, well, you get extra gold stars for that one (I've been there - I know how it is!).Keep on doing the great things you do!
DO not take your pet here, UNLESS you want to spend needless money on services you do not need. Medicine we needed here was $40 in the beginning and after they found out I had a coupon it was $56. Unprofessional and cared about lining their companies pockets, not about the customer. Please look for a private vet and do some research. I have been dealing with vets for 49 years and the incident was appalling!
Do not take your pet to ANY Banfield they all have the same motto...make the visit as costly as possible. I have had cats for 49 years, and not a small amount since I have always had them as pets and rescued. I had a cat starting to get URI (Upper Respiratory Infectio) and a good vet would have examined her and recommending starting her on an antibiotic and having me watch for improvements. Banfield wanted to run blood tests, a chest x-ray, test her for FIV/FELV and FIP, and then go from there. Although there is nothing wrong with all these tests, there's almost no probable need, unless she does not start improving. Also, there is no such thing as an ACCURATE test for FIP...the tests have false positives and false negatives, therefore definitely unnecessary! My point is, the amount they tried to get me to spend, was definitely uncalled for and ridiculous...not to mention I found their drug prices on average much higher, sometimes as much as 250% The cat was just fine and is happy and healthy. When you look for a vet, make sure their number one priority is you and your pet, not padding their wallet. Also, do some research on core and non-core vaccinations, while there are some very important ones there are also many non-core that are not.
I made an appointment for next available neuter in October 2016, for January 2017. The receptionist said they sometimes have cancellations and I may get an earlier appointment. I was happy when I got a call in November 2016 to bring my dog in the next morning. The receptionist went over the usual, no food or water after 9pm, drop off and pick up time. Although I just had knee surgery the day before, I did not take my pain meds so I could drive my pet to get neutered the next day. When I arrived, the clinic had no records of anyone calling me about space opening up and told me to come back in January (my original appointment). I even showed them the incoming call and two minute conversation I had with their clinic. Still, no service and no appologies for their mistake. I simply got "I understand how frustrating it is".
This is the worst place you could ever bring a pet, honestly. It is simply about the money and bleeding vulnerable pet owners dry. I can not express how much loathing I really have towards Clear View Animal Hospital. We brought our very sick and very old cat here several months ago. I was agonized, my first true pet that had been with me since I was a young child, it really puts you in a vulnerable state. I couldn't see it in the moment until it was just too painfully obvious but looking back it was always clear that the vet pushed and guilted me into multiple very expensive tests that were not needed. This went on for weeks with my cats suffering only increasing. Thankfully I did realize what was going on a couple days after getting her blood tested, he said somethings definitely wrong with her kidneys and theyre diseased but that it's treatable with an expensive diet and medicine and on top of that we should run more tests. I saw what was happening now, how seedy this "hospital" really was. We decided to get a second opinion but I wanted to get that blood test and not have to waste the time of having it redone at another vet and I had not faith in them to ever send my cats files over. I went in all nice and smiles and asked for a copy. Once I had it in my hand I told them off, how awful it was, how they were charging us something like 7 times the price of a medicine that we could have legitimately purchased online ourselves. They looked like they had there hands caught in a cookie jar and tried to make excuses. I asked them to fax the rest of the files to the new vet and left. Well they didn't do that of course. If that doesn't show you how little they care about your pets this next bit will. I gave the new vet the copy of the bloodwork that I had and she explained to me so sweetly and tenderly that the bloodwork clearly showed that my cat HAD END STAGE KIDNEY FAILURE AND HAD DAYS TO LIVE. Did Clearview Animal Hospital tell me this no, no of course not there main priority was my families money. They were legitimately in my opinion willing to let my cat die in agony for their personal gain. We put my cat down the next day she finally got some peace. Excuse me but fuck Clearview Animal Hospital.
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.