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RE: 3/22/2018 Visit....If your dog has some type of poisoning or such, this review might help you before going to Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital. I am very glad that this place exists for pet emergencies. It is a $99 emergency fee to walk in the door. My dog had eaten zinc oxide ointment because he had licked it off another dog. It was totally my fault. The dog was there to get medical attention for a ton of vomiting for possibly toxicity. It is an extra charge to call some type of poison control center for $65. This is standard practice. I called the Poison Control Center for pets for $65 and got a case number for my dog. I gave the case number to the receptionist. We waited to fend for ourselves for 2 hours in a waiting room. No one checked to see if my dog was vomiting or needed water during that time. We asked about the long wait and were told that Metro Vet. Hospital (MVH) was waiting on something from the Poison Control Center regarding my dog and that was the reason for the wait time. MVH was suppose to use the case number that I got and call the Poison Control Center to ask how to handle any possible toxicity in my doggie.I AGAIN called the Poison Control Center myself after waiting two hours and was told that MVH had not even called them about the possible poisoning of my dog!!!! We then went and spoke to the receptionist(s) about why MVH had not called the Posion Control Center. The vet spoke to the Poison Control Center after 2 hours and let us know that everything would be okay. The vet did not let us speak. He offered apology and excuses for the center. There were emergencies ahead of us. He couldn't allow someone to check on us every 10 minutes. We did not expect to be checked on every 10 minutes. But for two hours they were short-staffed and no one helped us. I was told that if my dog threw up to let the receptionist know. Some policies need to be changed. Personally I do not think it is a receptionist job to handle vomiting and getting water for a dog. No vet tech or vet checked on my dog to see if doggie was vomiting or needed a drink. Doggie was there for a possible poisoning. Luckily everything was a okay with my dog. I hated bothering the receptionist. It wasn't until we spoke up, a little bit disgruntled, that anybody gave us any attention. Hire more vet techs or more vets. Don't let this happen to another possible poisoning case again! A receptionist should not have to deal with vomiting from a possible poisoning. Luckily my dog turned out to be ok. The next dog you get might not be so lucky. Monitor a little bit better!! DO NOT JUST CHECK A DOG IN FOR POSSIBLE TOXICITY AND LEAVE IT FOR TWO HOURS WITHOUT CHECKING ON IT.I wish everyone's dog health and happiness....
I had very bad experiences with a woman emergency Vet, DR. GREG CHAMBERS & the surgeon DR. SHELDON PADGETT.The emergency Vet was kept pushing for me to euthanize my dog right from when I first brought him in.Dr. CHAMBERS DID NOT FULLY COMMUNICATE THE SERIOUSNESS OF MY DOG'S CONDITION THROUGHOUT OUR INTERACTIONS !THE SURGEON Dr. PADGETT WAITED NEARLY 3 DAYS TO DO AN EMERGENCY PROCEDURE THEN UNFAIRLY COERCED US HARD TO EUTHANIZE OR JUST GIVE UP AND LET OUR DOG DIE!See my more detailed report on Angie's list or Yelp
Awful! Worst experience. All they wanted was money. Dr. Tried to push surgery for broken leg. $3500 - i do not have. And the Dr. made me feel horrible for not moving with surgery I could not afford. Asked me to call family and borrow $3000. I cried all day... I mean all day. They just left me wait in a room i thunk, hoping I would change my mind. A few days later, I took my little dog to another Vet to have her checked again and was told no way they could have done the surgery without shattering her tiny bone. Never again.
This was one of the worst experiences that I have ever had at one of my most vulnerable times. The veterinarian that was assigned to our case pressed for procedures that were unnecessary. She was very unsympathetic and lacked decent bedside manner. Leaving out of this hospital after paying for all the procedures that they said were "necessary" left me in tears because they said they might have to run the same tests again (and I'd have to pay again) if his symptoms got worst in 24 hours instead of just giving the treatment that would take care of my pup's current symptoms. My pup walked in and out of that hospital in the same condition. I love my pets, and I see them as family. I don't expect the doctors to, but if all they see is dollars signs then I will take my business elsewhere.
We showed up to the hospital at 6:17 on August 6th with my rabbit Dottie;we had discovered her bottom was infested with maggots.We rushed her here, hoping for immediate care,which we did not receive.Upon checking in the receptionist called back that there was a rabbit with a possible infection.We sat in the waiting room until 7,after waiting more than 20 minutes we saw the front desk.To which we were very rudely told that there were 14 people in front of us, even though we had watched 3 pets go back before us that had come in after us.When we said we were concerned,the receptionist then called a stat for our Dottie, meaning she was critical,she wasn't.A nurse came out and took Dottie away without giving us even the slightest chance to explain what was wrong;unfortunately,the last time I ever saw her alive was when that nurse ripped her from my arms.An exotic doctor student came out to explain that Dottie was not a stat and she would get the care she needed soon.At 9 we were told that they JUST STARTED cleaning out the maggots.We were also told that the exotic doctor didnt bother coming in to consult,only his student did,so she had to call him to consult on what to do.Not much longer after that,near 9:30, we were informed the damage the maggots had caused was too bad and the only option was to have her put down.They never asked if we wanted to say goodbye,they just made us pay our bill and 30 minutes later we were handed a white box with my dead bun inside,one I never got the chance to say goodbye too.Unfortunately in my mind I will forever blame this hospital for the loss of my rabbit. We showed up promptly, did what we could, and their negligence to treat us with urgency only caused Dotties situation to worsen irreversibly. Even if the hospital was not to blame for her infection getting too bad to treat, I will forever blame them for the lack of closure I have on loosing her. I will NEVER patronize this hospital again.
Very personable and caring to me and my pets. Leave there with the comfort of the care given and they don't drain your wallet!
Pet Vet no, dog vet yes, she is a little biased towards dogs so if your fur baby is a feline please don't go here.
I must say that this hospital may be a Godsend for some, mostly people with A LOT of money. I don't understand such high prices for bandages, and excessive wait times. It's one place you can't leave for less that $300. Unfortunately, that is the state of vet care these days. So many unwanted animals and it's best just to adopt them and care for them, then when there old age sickness comes put them down. It's the most humane thing to do and do they really need to suffer through cancer treatment? (only for their owners, I guess) If you don't have pet insurance I would avoid this place at all costs, unless your dog or cat was hit by a car then bring your high limit credit card.
I called before going in as an emergency to make sure that they could treat birds. I was assured that they could. Upon getting there I was told that the avian vet, Dr. Riggs was there and would be immediately consulted and that my bird was "very stable" ....an hour later I was presented with a paper stating the care would be between $600-$1200 and that my bird was now critical and that treatment may kill him but lack of treatment would for sure. I said, "OK, what have you done for him so far, and what did Dr. Riggs say"....to which I was told, "I am not sure where he went and we have done anything yet because we need you to sign off on this first"....huh?? I paid $111 when I walked in and signed a consent to treat at the same time.... why are we waiting...my bird was bitten by a cat!!! He needs antibiotics! There were NINE employees standing around the front office-area but nobody could figure out what was going on...Angie was rude and too busy training somebody to be bothered with helping a client....I told them to give him the meds, i would pay and take him some place that he could actually be treated! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE experience!! I will NEVER go back! To allow a bird with a CAT BITE to sit for 1.5 hours with NO TREATMENT is inexcusable! I called ahead and left in my pajamas because I knew it was an emergency...why did they not know that
I took my chinchilla here, because it was acting strange and kept having little seizure-like episodes. When the doctor finally came into our room, he said that our chinchilla was stable and was showing no signs or symptoms of abnormalities. He told us we had two options, have the chinchilla admitted ($400) and have numerous tests run the next day or take him home because there was nothing else they could do. We drove 60 minutes away and paid a $110 dollar fee just to bring him in and have doctor tell us to take him home. When the nurse finally brought our chinchilla back, she said that he was acting lethargic. He was spasming as she gave him to us, but the doctor said he was completely stable. As we were leaving, the doctor came out and simply said "Doing better?," then walked away. He died two hours later in my arms. I will never return to this facility as long as I live.
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.