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My sassy died there today. My wife took our little sassy there today to have her teeth cleaned. We got the call that her heart stopped beating. She was a middle aged dog in good shape having her teeth cleaned. After reading the reviews of how they treat their employees it makes one wonder how qualified they are in this Vets For Less.. You get what you pay for our Sassy is dead!
Horribly run establishment. As I was there, they fired an employee at the front desk in front of customers, telling her she was a bad fit. In front of customers? Really? I was supposed to pick up my dog at 1 and when I returned they had not even started. I asked to speak to a vet but the receptionist went to the back and brought me my dog instead. Some people seem to have good luck here but I will never be back and I will spread the bad word.
I took my dog in to get her teeth cleaned. I have used vets for less several times in the past and always been very satisfied with the service. I dropped my dog off before 8:00am. No one mentioned at check in that this was a very busy day. At 2:30 I called to check on my dog as I usually had been called with an update before noon and by dog had been ready to pick up by 1:30 or 2. At 2:30 I was informed that they had not started work on my dog yet but assured by she would be treated soon. At 4:45, 15 minutes before closing I returned to the office because surely my dog would be done as they were closing soon. I was kept waiting for 15 minutes and then informed that they still hadn’t started on my dog but would shortly. They told me to come back in an hour. When I asked if my dog had been kept in a crate this whole time I was informed she had. I got my dog from a puppy mill rescue and she has always been very anxious when kept in a crate so I try to avoid it. When I go on vacation I always have a friend watch her as I know a kennel would cause unneeded stress. Now my poor dog had been left in a kennel for over 9 hours. I arrived at 6:00 and was told that they were just finishing up with my dog but she would be ready shortly. When I mentioned at the front desk how upset I was that my dog had now been there for more than 10 hours I didn’t even get an apology, just a “February is a very busy month for us”. I brought my dog in during February last year and had none of the same problems. I got no consult with the vet after the cleaning as I had with every other visit to Vets for Less. On the way home I noticed that my dog didn’t even appear groggy. Every other occasion my dog had been kept for at least an hour after her teeth cleaning to make sure she was waking up properly, but this time when I pick her up less than an hour and a half after they start the cleaning and she isn’t even groggy. I can only imagine that since she was an end of the day case they rushed through it and used minimal anesthesia to sedate my dog. Once home and I inspected her teeth I noticed they don’t appear as clean as they usually do. So 10.5 hours at the vet I have a dog who doesn’t even appear she had anesthesia and with teeth that aren’t even clean. When I received a call back from the clinic to attempt to remedy the situation I was immediately accused of lying. The vet went on a rant about how I should appreciate that the vet was open on Presidents Day and tried to use that as a way to explain why they were so busy. When I suggested that maybe they had overbooked themselves the vet stated they had no way of knowing how many cases they would have that day (even though all procedures must be prescheduled) When I asked the vet if she realized that she hadn’t even offered an apology she became angry. At this point the vet told me to find a different vet and hung up on me.Vets for less used to provide quality service at an affordable cost, but no longer seems to provide quality service or customer service.
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.