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3912 Fernandina RdColumbia, SC 29210
Dr. Suber and the entire staff at VCA are amazing! My dog had ongoing medical issues and Dr. Suber never gave up on him. Suber is not only kind and …
7352 Parklane RdColumbia, SC 29223
Dr. Daniel and his staff are terrific! I recently added a lab puppy to my family from a reputable breeder in Virginia, and after having her for only…
1321 Oakcrest DrColumbia, SC 29223
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These guys are extremely professional & pricing is very low cost compared to other vets I have been to. They were attentive, patient, and extremely friendly with both my boyfriend and me as well as our two dogs Yuri and Jazz. The vet was very knowledgeable & even went the extra mile in regards to Yuri's followup for heartworm treatment. They were thorough and made sure we not only understood but had no questions in regards to our babies' visit and overall health. I would recommend to anyone!
Dr. Suber and the entire staff at VCA are amazing! My dog had ongoing medical issues and Dr. Suber never gave up on him. Suber is not only kind and caring but there is a reason he is referral only. He will work hard (researching and communicating with other doctors to get their insight)to give your pet the BEST care. VCA is worth every penny. Not only is Suber unbelievable but he hires amazing people. I have never been more impressed with an organization. EVERY person at VCA was warm, kind and understanding . VCA understands how scary it can be to have an animal there. They take care of not only the animal but the owner. I don’t write reviews or gush but I can’t say enough good things about this organization.
My goat was attacked by a dog and we called this place and they said they would look at my goat (Daisey). Once we arrived they refused to look at Daisey even though she had awful gashes on her neck and face. I was begging the front desk to get a vet to help and she told me they could euthanize it. Zero stars if I could please never come here.
VCA and Dr Suber has been an absolute Godsend to our family. Our dog, Eli, has had two surgeries for CCL tears, and treatments for a shoulder injury. Every experience I've ever had with them has been wonderful. Dr Suber is patient, and answers every question so that I always feel more informed and at ease by the time I leave. I'd never trust my dog's ortho needs with any other doctor.
Dr. Vebrick is a consummate knowledgeable professional in the care of our fur babies. What matters most is that she will give you her honest unvarnished professional opinion as to treatment which we appreciate. She clearly stated alternative treatments for our cat's condition and the pros and cons of each and encourages us to research on net to enhance our level of knowledge for making a good decision. She does have the best interest of the cats at heart and only ordered procedures that were clearly necessary. I have preferred cat exclusive Vets for more than 20 years as they focus on felines uniquely. She is warm and caring if you are patient and willing to get to know her.
This is the worst vet I have ever had the misfortune of dealing with. He was rude, rushed me through the appointment standing half way out the door as I was asking a few questions, and didn't even bother to answer them. The worst however, was being overcharged for the services. I was quoted a promotional price for being a new customer and then was charged four times as much. In addition, I specifically stated I only wanted one test done, and he ran and charged for a second test. When I tried to get him to return the overages, he just wanted to argue with me. He was rude, unprofessional and just not a nice person. He finally did tell me to bring my card back and he would give me the refund. However, upon arrival he only wanted to argue some more and then told me to leave his establishment while he still had my credit card, and he still never gave me a receipt to show how much he overcharged me! I have no idea how this guy is still in business. After further research, I found that this guy has many bad reviews with similar complaints. Lessoned learned! I regret having ever given Michael Sauers a chance and I would NEVER recommend.
I took my dog to get spayed may 2 he came home with a serious cough and passed it to my 6year old dog i took both to the vet and they confirmed it was kennel cough i cannot afford the medication after paying for a spay and vet visit i called this horrible place for help and the man on the phone got loud and very disrespectful with me they obviously have no concern for the health of their animals or others highly disappointed in the staff and the fact the will not help with my dogs treatment i wouldnt suggested this place to anyone and i will be blogging and leaving reviews wish i could give less than one star hateful staff and sick animals shaking my head and they are supposed to be helping these animals frauds and crooks if you ask me its all about their dollars.
These people killed both my dogs in less than a week. I specifically asked for them to call before making any decisions about our dogs. I spoke to Mrs. Ramona when taking them there. Told her this was only temporary because my apartment complex did not allow for Pitt bulls and I couldn't afford the non refundable deposit for my dog. She told me "they were trying to become a no kill shelter". Then promptly turned around neglected to put a note in the system and or call me even though I told her we would be calling to enquire about them. No they are both dead (Sage a puppy that was a year old and Terian 3 years old with trust issues who was just starting to trust me. I feel sick. Because they were trying to bite and were not use to others. No excuse could they ever make for killing our family members. If I could give less than a star I would. They completely lied to me.
Seven Oaks Animal Hospital is top notch! From the most friendly staff to their amazing doctors i would recommend this hospital to any to anyone who cares about their pet.
Love love love Dr Weber and her staff. She won't gouge your pocket with unnecessary test and try to sell you things you do not need. Very refreshing!
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.