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2323 S 64th AveOmaha, NE 68106
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 …
4970 NW Radial HwyOmaha, NE 68104
From Business: With over 28 years experience, we at the Animal Spay Neuter Clinic have been providing economical spays, neuters and vaccinations for the Omaha area. We also offe…
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First of all this vet clinic has two very wonderful and knowledgeable veterinarians Dr Michaels and Dr Pedist .With that being said their secretary staff leaves much to be desired .We have taken our dogs to this vet for years and have had problems with their staff . We seriously considered finding a new clinic to go to but really like those two veterinarians . I wish I could give 5 stars but until they get a new staff I have to stick with the two stars .They have two staff members that are rude , Snide , vindictive and just horrible to deal with named Mellissa and Lisa. Unfortunately I have to judge the clinic as a whole and not just on the veterinarians.
My 6 year old cat died after being seen by a vet in this clinic. My cat had kidney issues and was having trouble breathing. That vet made it seem like it wasn't a big deal, saying she should be better in a couple of days. I trusted her opinion. I left feeling my cat would be okay and kept thinking...a couple days. The vet gave her steroids and antibiotics and then okayed her to have subQ fluids, which the technician gave to her. My cat died within 22 hours, suffocating to death. After researching, I 100% believe any other vet would have known to hold off on the fluids since she was only getting fluids once a week. When I brought her back the next morning, the vet who saw her then knew instantly that she was drowning. She died within 20 minutes of walking in the door. I just wish to god he would have seen her first. This was the worst experience of my life. I can never have my girl back. Never, ever trust 1 vet's opinion. It's too late of a lesson for me to learn now. It's my fault for trusting 1 person's opinion.
Do not count on them being an "emergency" vet, despite what their website says!! I tried calling them last night as my cat was having breathing difficulties-- no answer. Tried calling again-- no answer. Left a message, but still no return call as I tried searching for another "emergency" vet. I found one in Omaha, which was quite a drive for me. As soon as I got all the way out there, he went in to cardiac arrest and died. Perhaps if I hadnt wasted so damn much time trying to get ahold of this "emergency" vet, I could have gotten him there sooner, before he went into cardiac arrest, and they could have saved him. He had fluid in his lungs and they couldnt do anything for that once he went into cardiac arrest. They finally returned my call 4-5 hours later, as they got there to open at their regularly scheduled time. DO NOT ADVERTISE YOURSELF AS EMERGENCY IF YOU ARE NOT AN EMERGENCY CLINIC!!! TIME WAS OF THE ESSENCE FOR MY LITTLE FRIEND AND YOU WASTED TOO MUCH OF IT WITH YOUR FALSE ADVERTISING!! VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!!
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.