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9770 E Alameda AveDenver, CO 80247
This past Labor Day (2011), we picked up our German Shorthair Pointer from daycare in the AM after a weekend trip. He was not acting like himself a…
6701 Washington StDenver, CO 80229
From Business: Animal Health Care Denver is a locally owned companion animal veterinary practice. We are here to take care of your canine or feline loved one in times of need. T…
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As a regular client, I took my dog in for an emergency as she had been attacked. Office staff said sorry were busy and gave me a phone number for another place. They may have been busy but she was bleeding and they wouldn’t even look at her or give me a towel for the blood! I took her in another time with a limp. Same story’. Expensive, indifferent and unprofessional!
The staff here is amazing!! You can tell they really care about the us as the clients and our fur babies! I will for sure bring my pets back to this office! I have seen all the doctors and they are all so caring and amazing. Very knowledgeable with everything I asked them! I can't think of a better place to trust with my wonderful babies.
Dr Summar is the best. He really cares about your pets and you. Highly recommend! Been seeing him for 15 years
What an unfortunate circumstance with last experience with Dr. Cahill. I had the opportunity to work with “Dr. C” and have him care for all of my pets since 2003. He was thorough, kind and caring, prompt and on task on all calls, except the last two. Please keep in mind, I considered Dr. Cahill the “cat whisperer” and referred him to many of my cat owner/cat worshiper friends over the years.The last two house calls, he was between 30 and 90 minutes late, which would be understandable with the mobile vet business if any communication (“on my way”), apology was offered, etc. But no consideration was extended.In addition, a wellness check for two and kitty cold for one took 2 ½ hours (after 90 minutes late). This included not a full check of two cats, just a visual -“they look good,” to misplacing meds that were in his truck the entire time. He explained weighing them took the most time.Then came the bill, which I called and asked for clarification. This is the true disappointment. Dr. Cahill made sure I understood how much his business has grown over the past 12-14 years. He defended all charges for one home –three “house call” charges. I’m still not clear on what an injection was administered for, for one of the cats that was weighed and “eyed.” The whole bill was in excess of $400. When I asked if our three cats, contained in a condo was overwhelming, he took my suggestion of not using him for house calls.The visit before this was $467 to let me know of the only cat at the time, of his food allergies… It’s difficult to negatively review Dr. Cahill in this way. However, with his extreme growth over the past decade, the niche he’s made for himself, it’s caused unprofessionalism, lack of patient’s owner’s time and billing that is exorbitant.Thank you for your interest. It is my hope Dr. Cahill works these things out, unfortunately our patients/pets weren’t important enough to help him rethink some of his practices/billing.Janet, Parker
I, too, wish I had know to look at yelp and other sites before I went her. She has a special for $250 dental cleaning. I took both of my kitties in at 8 am. She did not show up until 10 am. Why I waited is beyond me. All I can guess is I was pretty out of it with a 102 temp after going to the dr. the day before. thought I would be paying $500. She kept printing of reams of paper, if this happens it cost more, etc. I did not sign any of them. I was so sick I went home and came back to get my poor kitties. She would not give me my cats until I paid her $1,500.00. That was not the price I was quoted, but she would not give me my cats so I had to pay her. I immediately stopped payment on my credit card. I fought it for 6 months but lost. At least she did not get any money until 6 months after. Worst of all I got home and Francesca was very ill. I was so scared and called her and she says well it isn't because of the dental. She said to bring her in and she hydrated her and she began to feel better - that was free. What a horrible person and not a vet in my opinion. This was years ago and I know how to check people out now. I am happy to say she went out of business; Every time I pass by I am so happy to see she cannot be doing this to others and harming pets any more. At least I hope she is not, I hope she didn't set up shop somewhere else under another name.
you saved our princess!! we are forever grateful!! we would recommend THE VETS hospital to anyone and everyone!! god bless you all! we are absolutley happy with how much genuine care for animals that the whole staff expressed! muah!!!
I was so thankful that every one that works there (side note: they are all women and I believe that is because women work more for their heart than they do for money.) was kind, considerate and very helpful. They cared for the cats and the costumers.
This is the best vet I've taken my little Duchess to, they care for her as she was their's, everyone in the office is the best. She's had cancer since 2012, but didn't know this vet yet, when I call about a concern they have me bring her in right away. They are so caring and I trust my Duchess with them. They also have a great pet insurance. Duchess is 12 years old with health issues. The doctor talks to you in a way that you understand. If something needs to be done he explains it to you and lets you make up your mine.
BEWARE.inadequate care with my 6 month and 1 day old Mastador hybrid Labrador crossed with Mastiff .Charlie they drugged him starting a 9am and again just before the neutering surgery at 12;30 Charlie was the last of 4 pets to be fixed that Monday we know this because we asked questions...and got the records of what they gave him..the drug they gave Charlie before surgery was called Acepromazine they give it to animals that are freaking out like over the 4th its a tranquilizer.they gave it to Charlie and His sister Izzy in order to cut back on the anesthesia.Either way..this place killed mine and my husbands puppy that so called vet owner of this facility was very apologetic tried to tell me Charlie could of had heart problem..NO! he himself examined Charlie no mention of heart issues My old vet had checked Charlie .Charlies was healthy...BUT ....THE DRUG ACERROMAZINE CAN CAUSE HEART PROBLEMS .This so called vet told Us Charlie had come through the surgery fine so we questioned recovery..He said Charlie was licking and moving his tongue later someone notice he was'nt breathing in his cage.Charlie was not fully recovered from the anesthesia before they cut corners an called it good on Charlie ..Charlie Died because someone did not do their job and stay with this little guy till he fully recovered Trust me they know this tooI
Dr. Sebunya found the time to see my Sammy, we did not have an appt and he needed care that day. I can only say thank you for the wonderful care we received from all the staff. I will never go to another Vet, I would give the 100 stars if i could.
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.