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Great prices. Kind, patient office staff. Clean environment. A bit off the beaten path, but that's not a huge deal. One concern though. They did not give me any discharge instructions after my pet was "fixed". Nothing besides return in 2 weeks to remove stitches, and only feed 1/3 of normal feeding. I went online to another vet site and found out how to post op care for my pet. However, with that said, I'll still continue to bring my pets there.
Efficient, evidence based care with fair prices for charges. Obviously puts the health of the animal first and researches it.
On December 5th my boyfriend and I rescued two twin, 4 month old kittens. After moving into our first home together we thought they'd be a wonderful addition. We set up a visit with Barbara Peppin to have our kittens neutered a few weeks after adopting them. We dropped them off and later got a call that one of the kittens had stopped breathing and had to be put on oxygen. We rushed to her clinic and she immediately took him off oxygen, the only option being that he breathe on his own or die. His tongue hanging out, his eyes wide open, with a tube shoved down his throat, and his heart racing, we kneeled down in front of him, petting him and cheering him on to breathe again. We thought that was it, but he took a breath and then another, until he was breathing on his own. Crying and smiling because our kitten was breathing again, we sat there just wanting to be with him in that moment. Barbara, only a few seconds later told us we needed to leave because her clinic wasn't a place to "hang around". We simply wanted to be with our kitten, and she made us leave there, not knowing what to expect or giving us even a moment to process what was going on. We got a call later that night that Theodore had passed. My boyfriend and I were crushed, knowing he died with a person he didn't know, and feeling like we didn't get the chance to really say goodbye. Due to Barbaras rule about not "hanging around", our last moments with him were very limited. In my opinion any human being, especially being a veterinarian would have been more than willing to let us be with our kitten who was barely hanging on. The next day we went to pick up Theodore to take him home and lay him to rest. She asked what we'd like to put him in and I was completely taken back. I'm sorry, but any reputable veterinarian who puts animals to rest, and apparently has animals die on their table would have some form of box to put your deceased animal in. I told her I had nothing and to my shock she brought him out in a garbage bag. Yes I said it, a garbage bag. Not only did our cat die on her watch. But due to her carelessness for people who wish to take home their pets we were forced to take our kitten home in such a barbaric way. The next day we went to get his twin brother who was ready to be taken home after recovering from the surgery. And to our dismay she made us pay for the oxygen of my deceased cat Theodore. How could we owe her anything when our kitten left her clinic dead in a garbage bag? It was one of the most sickening, barbaric, most disgusting experiences of my entire life. Things DO happen, whether it's a human being or an animal. Sometimes there is just nothing a doctor or veterinarian can do. But what they CAN do, is comfort you, be respectful, be caring, calm you, inform you, and make the awful situation a little less horrific. It's half the job if you ask me. I truly wouldn't wish this experience on my worst enemy. For you, and your animals sake, take your pets elsewhere.
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.