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1488 Washington BlvdConcord, CA 94521
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14790 Washington AveSan Leandro, CA 94578
I would like to start by saying that throughout my life I have been to vets from Maine to San Fransisco and have NEVER had the care that I experienc…
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We have taken ALL of our dogs here for their entire lives & haven't had a problem until recently. I am so disappointed in my last interaction there. I woke up one morning to find my dog had unexpectedly passed away. We were in total shock. We called Disney who said to bring our girl in & they would handle cremating her. Upon our arrival, a woman came out w/ a black bag to take our dog inside... my fiancé & I opted to take her in ourselves in a blanket brought from home. They take us through the back entrance. We lay her down & before we could full set her down the women says, “Do you want your blanket back?” My fiancé & I looked at each other & said, “well yeah..” & before we knew it she had ripped the blanket out from under her. I had a confused look on my face but ignored it & proceeded to say goodbye to my baby. It was very uncomfortable as they sat there & watched us; zero privacy provided to say our goodbyes. A few mins later, as I we are crying/hugging our dog, the staff brings a dog back into the same room & proceeds to laugh/play w/ this dog as if we were not there. I was so utterly upset as to what was going on. I already felt rushed because she had passed so suddenly & it was a Saturday so they were closing early. To bring another dog back & play w/ them 2ft away from us while we are mourning… I was completely appalled. I am disgusted w/ the bedside manner that I encountered that day. Complete disrespect; no empathy, & no compassion. It was absolutely not what I expected. I thought we would be provided w/ as great of an experience as someone can have given the situation. I understand that working there you encounter these situations often & may become “numb”, but that in no way justifies how they acted. I am a ER RN; I am surrounded by death just as they are & I would NEVER act that way towards someone’s family. Needless to say, we will not be bringing our 2nd dog there to be cremated nor will we be bringing any future fur babies there to receive care.
Don't bring your cat to dr. Leonheardt , I made my mistake and my cat died on their table . She kept saying they don't have ultrasound , so she doesn't know what's wrong with my cat and cat was bleeding after she was poorly spayed.
Sage did a very good job on the knee surgery. They were kind and friendly and answer every question when I call. Very professional.
Dr. Rothe and the rest of the team at Disney Pet Hospital are fantastic! Focused on what's best for your pet, they are a caring and fully equipped hospital, also providing boarding care. I can't recommend them to my East Bay friends enough.
Absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Concord Veterinary Clinic.
I used to go to across the street but I had heard that All Bay was better so I gave them a try. Wow, what a difference! The Doctors and staff are the same people that were there 12 years ago when I used to go with my Mom when I was a teenager. They obviously love their job and it shows in how they talk to you and handle the pets. Dr Lentz is wonderful and explains everything in as much detail as you want. They have a really cool computer system that prints out a report card with all their recommendations, details of the exam, future reminders and even a picture of your pet. I know that they will tell me what I need to do to keep my animals healthy. They were not high pressure to sell me anything and they gave me a detailed estimate of everthing they suggested and let me think about it before making a decision. I ended up having them take a lump off my dogs nose that ended up being cancerous. I trust them and suggest you give them a try too. They saved my dogs life and I didn't even know he had a problem!
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.