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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
They love all my animals and treat me with respect. They have seen all of my pets and my pets even like going there.
The worst and uncooperative vet hospital I have ever dealt with. Upon arrival I asked for Fultz, I was told she was not there and a different vet would be examining my cat. After being examined by a vet, my cat began to wail in pain, I asked what happened and the vet became very defensive stating she did not rupture anything. No one said she did, We were simply trying to understand what happened. We were told while my cat was dying that we could take her somewhere else. I did snap back and asked where could I possibly take her, she is dying? "Crickets" the vet walked out of the room. In an attempt to save her I left her there. I was promised that she would remain in an incubator for the night, Approximately 2 hours after leaving we received the call that she had passed away. The next words out of the vets mouth were what did I want to do with her. I said wasn't sure. She very happily informed me that I had a credit on my account and that they could take care of her there. I returned the next day and found out that I was lied to, they removed her from the incubator shortly after we left. I asked to speak to Fultz, my son and I were having a conversation as to how rudely we had been treated and had been lied to, Fultz entered the room and I found her remarks very interesting. She advised me that the walls there where thin, and that she had been there last night and had supervised the treatment and the ultrasound my cat received. I told her that I had been informed that she was not there, the tall tale was never confirmed by any other staff member. Moving forward I took my cats remains to another vet for an examination in hopes of finding the cause of death. They contacted Rainbow for the records and were questioned why they wanted them as the cat was deceased. Well a paper was sent over that had more documentation about me and my son (added at the end of the report) versus the actual treatment of my cat. Several additional phone calls were made to get a copy of the ultrasound, needless to say Rainbow never sent it to my other vet. They had no compassion for my pet, my son or myself, but they had concern for more money.
It has been almost a year since Rainbow Vet saved my dog, Brutus. We woke up one sunday morning and he was unable to get up or walk. Brutus is a 100lb great dane mix, we thought this was the end. My husband had to carry him to the car and my poor buddy was so scared. Rainbow took us right in and did xrays, he has bad arthritis and some slipped discs in his spine. He was 11 and we were not going to put him through surgery, which they suggested. My husband and I declined and they did not make me feel bad about that. They put him on a ton of medication and suggested laser therapy(I did not believe in this), but I was willing to try something to help "our first child". I am not a believer, he is only on minimal meds and laser therapy weekly and sometime I have to tell Brutus to calm down and stop playing with is sister so rough. He is doing so great and getting ready for his 12th birthday and I have the staff at Rainbow to thank!!!!
Dr. Fultz and Alicia were so wonderful and sweet. My wife and I were so worried about our little girl, Bella. She was so sick over the weekend throwing up everything and not eating. This was the first place that actually listened to me and showed me that they cared. Bella is almost back to normal and we could not be happier. I would recomend this place to anyone who loves their pet as much as us.
I have a friend that worked for or is still working there im not gonna put them on the spot, that told me when you choose to end your pets life they cut the head off to do studies on the brain. If you leave them behind and Sell their heads and profit off your dead pets . I had mine cremated but they wouldnt let me see my dogs body 1 day after she passed they told me i wouldnt want to see her and danced around subject. I dont know if i got my whole dog or just her neck down. Never again will i go here!!!!!!!!!!!!
These people are the best. Always Highly professional and caring. Molly and everyone else are great. I recently have seen Drs. Renehan and Braun. The best.Alan Wayne Davis
Yesterday, December 31, 2016. I took my precious cat Nottygiirl to the Rainbow Vet Hospital due to her being very sick. Our regular vet was off for the Holidays. I called around and no other vet could fit my emergency visit in. I found the Rainbow Vet Hospital online. They were quite accomaditing and fit my Nottgirl in between appointments. Unfortunately Nottygirl had a large mass and was in so much pain with little chance of surviving. In the end I chose to be kind to her and end her pain. My heart as well as my daughters who helped me care for her is broken. I will and do. Miss her greatly. The decision to put her to sleep was very painful and very difficult to make. I just want others to know that the entire staff and Dr. Garner treated Nottygirl and I with the utmost professionalism and human kindness. They were so wonderful to both of us. As a result of this I will be taking my other cat, and any future family pets back to Rainbow Vet Hospital. I also want too thank them so much. They really helped me through a very difficult time. Joan Plum
Firstly, if you're thinking of going to this veterinarian, please find another. My cat hadn't been feeling well and my ordinary vet couldn't fit him in due to her surgery schedule, so we brought him to Rainbow Vet. From the inept vet technicians to the condescending, mean-tempered, and dismissive vet, our experience here was terrible and heart-breaking. I informed the vet that I was willing to spend whatever it took to diagnose and treat my cat. In the end, she treated him for the wrong condition with medication that hastened his death. We had our cat there on a Friday, and by Monday, we had to have him euthanized. The medications given were completely inappropriate I have since learned after conferring with other veterinarians. Please do not take your beloved pet here. I regret my decision to immensely. There are several other emergency clinics in the area.
I am very dissatisfied with this vet hospital they continue to raise their prices and now they charge to send records to another vet hospital which is ridiculous a doctors office doesn't even do that. I will never go back there nor will I recommend this vet clinic to anyone else. They seem to just want money over taking care of their patients in hopes they come back to them. This isn't the first time I have heard their prices are higher than other vets around and the service hasn't been good like it use to be.
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.