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5875 N Academy BlvdColorado Springs, CO 80919
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 …
1635 W Uintah St, #EColorado Springs, CO 80904
From Business: Full Service veterinarian services and emergency after hours clinic. We are here to assist with wellness checkups, surgery, animal hospital. We are ready to take …
855 Citadel Dr EColorado Springs, CO 80909
From Business: Welcome to Rezac & Associates Physical Therapy, LLC. We value our patients and work in collaboration with their rehabilitation goals, values, and sensitivity to m…
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…
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Do NOT take your cat here! Our cat got into a lily and ate some of it. Knowing that some plants are harmful to cats, we called our vet (well, they are now our former vet), Carefree Cats. We told them that he'd eaten the lily and thrown up and asked if there was any danger. We were told that since he'd thrown it up, he'd be just fine.Thankfully we got a second and third opinion. Turns out that lilies are very toxic to cats and that the only chance they have of living through it is immediate treatment of IV fluids.As I write this, I do not know if our cat will live or not. We won't know for a couple days. What I do know is that if we'd listened to Carefree Cats, he would for sure be dead. Oh, and when we told them all of this, the vet basically blew us off without as much as an apology.
HORRIBLE. Overdrugged my cat and almost killed him. Recommended a surgery that wasn't needed ($800). Put a catheter in my cat that was WAY too big causing extreme swelling. Bad mouthed my cat in front of my children calling him several names. I just took him somewhere else and was treated SO WELL. Said my cat was very well behaved, which he is. And, clarified all of the above AT NO CHARGE. Don't ever go here unless you want to get ripped off and your cat mistreated. Plus, the manager "publicly" apologized on my Google review but basically called me a liar and has done ABSOLUTELY nothing to fix the situation. Almost $500 to this vet in the last 2 months to get treated insignificant and have my cat injured (from the oversized catheter).
The Staff Wayne and the New Dr Dave are amazing I drive from Aurora I have 2 doggies they take the time with you and answer all your questions and the prices are great.Thank you Wayne and Dr Dave.
I have been a client since 2007. I absolutely love the professionalism and care that all the staff has provided over the years. I would highly recommend High Plains to everyone!
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.
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!
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.