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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…
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…
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…
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I have used Dr Pierce for 7 years. She is exceptional, not only in her care of the animals, but also in her patience with humans :)
I took my blind diabetic dog into High Country Veterinary during May 2017. Dr. Debrah Germeroth performed tumor removal surgery and during a follow up appt Dr. Germeroth pulled dirty scissors out of her pocket and stuck it into the wound to spread it apart. I seen red flags and should have paid attention to them such as office is located in a very dirty pit area and they keep their windows open to allow the dirt to come into office. My dog had an infection that started the day after surgery. No antibiotics were given on the day of surgery and her insulin level was too low for proper healing. The lymph node was also swollen and not removed by Dr. Germeroth because she said it was fat. My dog had a continuous bad infections with almost daily trips to the vet for dead tissue removed for almost a month until I took my dog to a different vet. The last was straw was when Dr Germeroth didn't care about the staples not holding the tissue together so dirt and hair would get into wound. The new vet adjusted the insulin level and fixed Dr Germeroths open mess that she made and my dog healed perfectly. The surgery end up costing double the price because of the infections and seeing a different vet.My dog still had a lump in the same area after the surgery and Dr. Germeroth said it would go away. Well the lump turn into another large cancer tumor and lymph node was still swollen with cancer. I had the tumors removed in Oct 2017 and my dog healed perfectly with zero problems. It's clear that Dr Germeroth might save you money in the short run but in the long run I paid a total 2,400. Dollars for 800 dollars surgery. My dog is very tough and survived Dr. Germeroth dirty work. We all suffered greatly and I have written evidence from new vet to defend us.
My sister Dawn and her husband Craig lost their beloved boy Ike on July 9th. Sadly today they suffered another loss when Dawn went to pick up Ike's ashes from Animal Emergency Care Centers located at 5520 N. Nevada Ave Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO. Dawn verbally requested a private cremation of her boy Ike. Due to her emotional state at the time and signing paper work through her tears she did not catch that the cremation she signed and paid for was not private. I feel strongly that because she stated verbally she wanted a private cremation that the staff should have clarified the paperwork before they cremated him along with other animals. She has no way of knowing if she even has any of here boy's ashes. This is a 2nd devastating loss.
Please be advised that this practice has changed hands. All new staff, including veterinarians. My general feeling was that they have less experience and more of a profit-based attitude.
I've been going to Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital since 1989. They truly do care about the welfare of you and your pets. Their entire staff is exceptional, polite, friendly, and kind.
The staff at Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital was very kind and explained everything clearly. They really took their time with my dogs.
I brought a very sick old girl to Dr. Scott, as always he did his magic and after treatment, medications, and lots of TLC our old girl is all better and thinking she is a puppy again. I cannot thank enough Dr. Scott and the staff at Yorkshire Veterinary for helping our furry family member.
What I like most about Pine Creek is the convenience. It's close to us, making it easier for us to get care for our older pet whenever needed.
PPES rocks, especially the amazing, Dr. Ko. I didn't realize that this facility also handled highly specialized services such as MRIs and specialized surgeries until my Ginger, a 12-yr-old heeler, blew out a disk in her neck. It put her in an extreme amount of pain and was quite debilitating. My vet highly recommended him and sent me directly to have her examined. He found that she had herniated a disk in her spine and required surgery. He was so thorough and patient with me and my questions. Shegot an MRI and went into surgery. He kept me informed every step of the way. When I brought her in, she could barely walk and seemed to have no chance of life without pain. Dr. Ko assured me that if the surgery went well her quality of life would likely be very good! He was SO right - we are in day 5 of her recovering at home and she is already trying to dance around prior to her being released for regular activity. In fact, she was up walking the day after surgery! Dr. Ko is my absolute hero!
I would recommend Pine Creek Vet to anyone. They treated my dog when she got caught in barbed wire. I was very thankful for their help.
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.