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Just moved here from out of state. Needed heart worm. HD my vet paperwork from recent visit for my Golden. Which included HW test. Walked in. Nope, they have to see her. She was just seen in NC. $300 check-up. Money-hungry uncaring scum. Wanted to input our info. Riiiiight.
Great vet. Comes anytime and makes house calls, does farm animals and small animals too.
I've been taking my fur babies to Elgin Family Pet Center since moving to Manor in 2007. The staff are very friendly and helpful. I've seen 2 vets, Dr. Thevis, and Dr. Brandon. Both are extremely awesome! They are caring and knowledgeable! When my old gal was very sick and on her way to the rainbow bridge, Dr. Brandon actually came to my house to "help" her along. That shows true caring. They are a bit pricey, but worth it for the great quality of care.
My 'babies' have been going to Elgin Family Pet Center after moving to Elgin in 2006! I have been impressed with all the Veterinarians on staff, especially Dr Thevis, who has become our 'Primary Care Provider'! I have always been able to set up a visit in an urgent situation as well as for routine visits. I would highly recommend the practice. Reading some of the other reviews, I would have to say that I have always been given an estimate of services. Yes, it is costly, but find me one that isn't theses days! It is difficult to run a practice and pay all staff a living wage and charge people 1990 prices!
Elgin Vet use to be such an amazing, caring vet clinic. Now their only goal is obvious to anyone who walks thru the door, making money! It's a shame that such a great clinic has changed so much.
Once upon a time there was a great Veterinary Hospital in Elgin that cared about your pets. Then in 2007 it was split in to two places, the bovine/equestrian division and the family pet center which built a brand new building. Last year the pet center was bought out by two of the doctors and it has been on a downhill slide since. It has become a money making machine for the physicians and animals are no longer a priority, money is. They did help my cat, but the cost of it was outrageous and never once did anyone talk to me about what it would all cost. I would like to think there were things that could have been postponed for a later time, but I was never offered that decision.When I complained and asked to speak to the doctor, I was told he was doing paperwork and would get to me when he could. It seems he needed to make sure all of the billing was done so he could collect every penny, which was much more important than an upset patient in the waiting room. I waited for 15 mins for that to happen. He of course then tried to turn it around so it was all my fault. I sent an email detailing my dissatisfaction and received no response.12 years I have been taking all of my animals here. I hope the Manor Veterinary Hospital treats me better since that is where my furbabies will be taken to from now on.
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.