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If they had zero stars I would give them that. been going there since 2005 . you see the comments that are good .look at the dates. Dr tom was incredible but now hes gone and the the lunatics are running the asylum. rude doesn't come close to these people. how about they don't care . I called which is a miracle to get in and asked for an appointment my shi tsu was suffering. i called 10-16-17 and the said come in on 11-08-17. the good docs are gone their prices doubled. I went to lake way vets their were how Dr tom was 10 years ago. got right in love the staff. and the medicine and the docs visit was less then $60. I love this place and will never go back to all creatures. I think if Dr tom knew how his patience were being treated he would fire the lot of them. unprofessional uncaring rude and the care is so sub par.
How are you to get ahold of them all number are either fax or info only. No will answer to talk to you.
Today was my worst vet visit ever and despite many years of coming here and prior excellent service from Dr. Tom and his team, my family is never coming back. Today we checked in at 11:00 for an 11:15 appointment. I was told about an hour wait and if I waited outside they would call me from the side door. We went outside and waited. We were waiting with two people with 10:45 appointments and one person with a 11:45 appointment. At about 12:30 everyone was still waiting so someone went in to check only to return and say she was told only one person was a head her. AS each of the rest of us had appointments earlier I went in to check. They had forgotten us. I had to wait ten minutes to speak to a receptionist. I voiced my displeasure at being forgotten and complained I had been waiting nearly 2 hours (this was at 12:40) I was told you checked in at 11 so you have only been waiting 1.5 hours. As if this is the appropriate response. After that no one would talk to me, no one apologized, and we waited for 20 more minutes as they saw people who came in after us! By the third time we were skipped we loudly started complaining and were told those people had been scheduled before us, which we knew was not true as we had been waiting with them! Then a vet proceeds to explain to us we were missed and a mistake was made but they would see us shortly. She was not apologetic but proceeded to lecture us about how we were infringing on the people being seen's time with the vet. We were told if we didnt like it we could get our records and leave. 1:10 we get seen by our vet, who is the first and only person to apologize (thank you crystal you have been a good vet and if you ever go elsewhere let us know we will patronize your business) From there I have to wait another 20 minutes to check out, pay, and get my records. I am upset but also deeply saddened that a vet I once raved about has fallen so far. Your front desk needs serious help.
Sadly, now that Dr. Tom is gone, and several of the vets have moved on, there's only a few good ones left working here, and they are overwhelmed. To top that off, the prices have more than doubled, and it is no longer worth it to drive all the way to Eagle Point to see them anyway. And yes, they turn you away now, even in emergencies :(
Was very disappointed and upset with these people. My poor birdie collar puppy had a fox tail in his ear, and was in a lot of pain. These so called professional veterinarians turned my puppy away. How can you turn down a puppy in need of medical help, and call yourself a veterinarian? ?? Very heartless people!!! This made my heart break! He's just a puppy!!!!
Best place to take your pet!!! Doctor Tom is awesome!!!
This is by far the best vet we've ever had. The lobby may be crowded and the phones hectic but they've never let us down. Patient, kind, capable people who really care about our pets...and so reasonable!
We have been going to All Creatures for more than 10 years, and I wouldn't take any of my pets anywhere else. The price is unbelievably affordable no matter the procedure, and my pets have always been treated well. It gets a little chaotic in the lobby because they are always packed, but you never have to wait very long to see the dr. I give them 5 stars!!
At first I was hesitant because it was very crowded when We arrived, but our ( me and my quadroped kid) wait time was relatively short. The Doctor she saw was gentle and very considerate. She even had an assistant hold my dog when she gave her her shot, so I wouldn't be the bad guy. :-) When it came time to pay the bill I was Shocked at how low it was. This will difinitly be our lifetime Vet's office!!!!
WOW ! and thats not a good wow. it smells very bad , staff is rude. Yep it's cheap but you get what you pay for.
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.