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Dr. Adam Laughlin is absolutely amazing. He takes the time to answer questions and always puts my pet's health as a priority. I will never take my pets to anyone else!
Dr Chris & his staff are the best anywhere. He has been my vet for more than 4 years and has taken great care of all my animals. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
The worst vet clinic ever! The staff is very rude. No one at the clinic cares about you or your pets, they treat you like you are nuisance to deal with. Dr Davis is not compassionate at all, extremely hard to talk to & is very lazy in his approach to finding out what's wrong with your pet. Instead of finding a solution the first visit or 2, he takes the long way around to get more money by having you come back over & over. All he cares about is getting your money to pay for his new veterinary clinic. He dropped the ball on our pet & in turn it cost her her life.
So rude! I called to ask a question and you could tell whoever it was he didn't want to be there and I said thank you and before I could finish he hung up!
I've brought animals to Dr. Davis' clinic for five years. The staff over the years may have changed, but Dr. Davis sets the tone. Everyone there loves the animals. He also encourages the young people he hires and works around their schedules. They all go out of their way to care for my dogs & make me feel good about leaving them or diagnosing them. His practice has grown & the new doctors he hires are the best. If I'm ever worried, that's where I go for compassionate care for my pets, my "family."
Family Pet Hospital, Dr Bray and all of her staff are exceptional. I've taken my pets to them for many many years. I receive the same outstanding service each and every time I bring my pets into the office and they always take time to make each pet feel special.From getting a new pet to having to make the decision to euthanize, Dr Bray is honest, caring and very compassionate in sharing your options. She doesn't push unnecessary testing or treatment. She gives you the information to make a informed decision. My pets are my children, so I am very aggressive in my treatment options, but Dr. Bray always lets me know how this could affect quality of life vs more time. Letting go is never easy, but with their help I know my animals have had the best quality of life & care available.
Dr. Newsome is fantastic. I met him 18 years ago when my first dog Max had an allergic reaction to bees. He's been my vet for everyone of my pets since then and I missed him when I moved out of town for a few years. He's always so gentle with my Bostons and knows them as soon as they walk into the place. I'm glad I have a vet like Dr. Newsome!
This was my third visit to the clinic. Everyone has been fabulous! All of the doctors have been compassionate about my pets and their health. The fees have been very reasonable. So much better than our last clinic!!
There is no better place to take your pets. I've been coming here almost 10 years now and Dr.Newsome has been great with all of my family's pets. He has saved the lives of my cat and dog before, and I have also taken my pets in for well puppy/kitten check ups and routine surgeries and have not been disappointed with the service I've gotten from him. I've even had to have him put a dog down and all of the staff were wonderful during that time. The only issues I've had were a couple of times when the staff forgot to give me a medication or when they gave me a 6 month instead of the 12 month dose I paid for. The quality care that Dr.Newsome gives makes up for it though, and this place is also one of the cheaper vets to go to.
The staff is extremely rude, and Dr. Davis automatically defends his staff and refuses to address the problem. He informed my husband that he doesn't care how much money we've spent there and made excuses for his staff. Dr. Metcalf is extremely sweet, & seems to actually care about the animals. Dr. Davis owns the clinic & he does NOT care about you OR your animals. We have had several procedures done there, & not once have they called to check on our dog the next day or anything. They NEVER have a Dr. on call & just refer you to the emergency clinic. Save yourself the stress & heartache & go somewhere that genuinely cares about you and your pets.
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.