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1221 Grange Hall RdDayton, OH 45430
From Business: Apple Valley Animal Hospital's mission is to enrich the lives of our clients by nurturing the human-animal bond through high-quality medicine and compassion. Our …
8015 N Main StDayton, OH 45415
I love this vet. They really care about my dogs. I brought in a stray cat that had been hanging around my house, and they gave her medicine for ve…
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I've taken my 4 Pekingeses to both Dr. Diehl & Dr. C & they've given them the best care ever. Have never had any problems!!! They've been our vet for 10 years & we've had nothing but EXCELLENT care. Dr. Diehl would even call on a Sunday to make sure my Alissa was doing okay. He's fabulous! Highly recommended!!!👍🏻👍🐾🐾🐾🐾
Well... long story short... they absolutely did everything they know and could possibly do and saved my cats life!! Unfortunately I took my sweet cat to another vet, as they were close and my cats hate being in the car, and they preformed an unnecessary surgery on a Monday and then sent him home on Wednesday to die. I called Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic, where I absolutely should have taken him in the first place, and they told me to bring him in immediately after explaining what has happened. He spent 7 days under their close care and supervision and saved his sweet life!!! Everyday Dr. Diehl called let us to let us know how our boy was doing and truly couldn’t have asked for any better care than what they provided to our sweet boy. Truly if it wasn’t for their passion, care, and love for what they do and their love of our furry kids I truly don’t think our boy would be here right now!! Thank you so very much to Dr. Diehl and your amazing team for every single thing you have done and your passion to care for all of our furry kids! I owe you and your entire staff so much and more!!
Highly recommend both of the veterinarians at this location. Very friendly and helpful. Wouldn't take my pets anywhere else!
Even though I hated having to go to an emergency vet instead of my regular vet (emergencies do happen)... this place was great. Very nice staff and they looked at all the possibilities of what could be wrong. I highly recommend this place!
First class across the board. The staff is wonderful and Dr. Summers has a way with cats like I’ve never seen. He pets them and talks to them softly and they calm right down. It’s amazing. I’ve been bringing my cats here for years and I would highly recommend them.
The doctors and staff are outstanding. Dr. C is the most caring and thoughtful veterinarian that I have ever met. She is very intelligent and takes the time to listen to pet owners and find the best possible treatment. She genuinely cares for each patient that walks in the door. Dr. Diehl is also very caring and intelligent, he is great about getting patients in on short notice and response time for bloodwork is very quick. I am happy to bring my pets to either doctor and know that they are in safe hands.
Last year, this vet prescribed medicine (4 different scripts) to manage our eldest chihuahua's congestive heart failure. He must take the medicine every month. We asked if we could fill the prescriptions at an online pharmacy whose pricing was half as much or less than what this vet was charging. We were told that we could do this but we would be charged a "fee" to transfer the prescriptions. When we asked about the amount and purpose of the fee, we were told that it was $10 per prescription and that it was for the purpose of the doctor reviewing the scripts before approving them to be transferred. Shocked at this "fee", we contacted the online pharmacy and several other local vets to determine if this type of fee was typical. Those we spoke to indicated that this practice was unusual and that the only real purpose for such a fee is to discourage customers from switching to other providers.When we reached out to this vet again, we asked if this was a "one time" fee or recurring, and they assured us that it was a one time fee. Hoping that we would finally be rid of this vet and its deceptive business practices, two months ago (April 2017) we paid the fees.After two months of smooth sailing, just yesterday (June 5th, 2017) we received a notification from our online pharmacy that this vet was not releasing the prescriptions. Shortly after, we received a call from this vet informing us that we were required to pay the fees yet again, before they would release the prescriptions. When we explained to them our conversations with office staff from two months prior, particularly pointing out that these fees were explained as "one time only," we were told that it had always been the policy to charge the fees every time the scripts were to be renewed. We are at whit's end. We can't trust anything that this vet is telling us but we've spent so much money here on exams and prescriptions and fees, it seems prohibitively expensive to switch to another vet.
This vet is horrible and a thief. They only care about making money and not about helping animals. The final straw for me was when I took my cat to them for an open abscess. The vet said he needed surgery to see what was going on and then would clean it all out and get rid of anything bad. It was going to cost $800 and from past experience I wasn't sure exactly how much it likely would end up being. I decided to take him to another vet for a second opinion. So about $300 paid already to this vet (for nothing done...they didn't even shave the area to take a better look at the area) I took him to another vet. There they shaved the area and washed the spot. They gave him antibiotics and some medicated powder to put on twice daily...all costing less than $200. Within a week he was healed. Wish I had read reviews before going to Alex-bell vet clinic
Lisa, file a complaint with the BBB. This is the only way this office can be stopped!
BAD PLACE...BAD PEOPLEI used this vet for all my animals and felt it was a good place. NO MORE. They don't disclose all information and will let you spend, spend and spend more. Both animals had to be euthanized and the emergency clinic. The last one was kept overnight for observation and was told it would be $30. When we got there it was well over $100 and things were done we had not approved and she was released to us and they said she was fine. She couldn't even walk when we got her home. We took her to Dayton Care Center only to discover a fever of over 106, facial twitching and depressed with tachypnea and tachycardia. Was told she probably had a brain tumor. I stopped payment on the postdated check I HAD TO GIVE THEM in order to get our pet. Once I stopped payment I started getting threatening calls from the Centerville Police for "writing a bad check for services rendered and theft". WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER ANIMAL HERE. NOT EVEN WORTH ONE STAR BUT NOT GIVEN THAT OPTION. SHOULD BE A NEGATIVE 5.
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.