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I would love to think the staff of the Dr. at Kings Canyon veterinary hospital. At the time when I was recommended to this veterinarian hospital I was connected through the Internet, I typed in the symptoms of my little dog clearly and that address popped up as a recommendation. So I took my poor little sick Lily ... I really thought I would have to put her down but Dr. looked at her and with this beautiful trusting face, I trusted and the staff was so kind and beautiful towards me and my pet. In a moment like this when you're torn between your heart and your pocketbook you understand what grateful really means and I was very grateful, now Lily is up and around and behaving as normal and happy as she has always done ! putting her down would have been a big mistake ! but I knew I had to do my best and so I did with support from the staff and the doctor I am truly happy with the services Lily and I receive... And I highly recommend this veterinary hospital...... on so many levels ! again I would like to express my gratitude and my gratefulness to people who really care. Thank you, thank you, thank you and may God always keep your establishment safe and always abundantly full... Sincerely yours Mrs. Gloria Larson Fresno California PS. Lily will be going in for some dental work next week so please send my little girl some good energy ! Blessed be !
I have always taken my pets to Cedar Veterinary Hospital for a variety of reasons. Once, when my German Shepherd had a huge tick near his tail I was in a mixed state of disgust and disbelief. How could I have not seen this tick before? It was probably the size of a grape; swollen and throbbing. Disgusting. I threw Sadie in the car and we drove on over to Cedar because let’s be honest, I have no idea what to do about bugs and insects – especially ones that are sucking blood out of my beloved dog. When we got there we were seen right away and the gal at the front desk was very sweet about it. She seemed to understand where I was coming from and didn’t judge me at all about how a tick got on my dog. They took Sadie in the back room and only about 10 minutes later they reappeared. Sadie was fine, of course, but I had a ton of questions about Lyme disease, prevention, and how to remove them in the future. They gave me some good advice and even some preventative measures I could take around my house to be sure this wouldn’t happen again. I paid them a very affordable price and Sadie and I were on our way. All in all, it was a very quick, affordable, and informative trip. I’ve never received anything less than that from the docs at Cedar.
I noticed right away how friendly the staff was and how they cared for our new member of the family, 8wk gsd named Kino. I was so impressed that I referred a family member who also became new puppy owner to a littermate of Kino. She was also impressed with the office and staff. Nice to see dog siblings being treated at the same facility so we can compare and learn from each others visits. One can see right away that Dr. Hagus loves her work and animals. She has a great puppy program and gives one time free 2.2 lb Science diet puppyfood, one month frontline. It's nice to receive free things once in awhile. I'm glad to hear that Dr. Hagus recognized good quality dogfood as I myself don't prefer sciencediet, she made me believe that she is on top of her field. Her office is very clean and organized and she sees you right away which is nice since I tend to become impatient. I will bring my 7 yr old gsd here as well, her website is www.drcharlenehagus.com for those of you who are more visual people.
What an incredible group of people! As a human health care provider I can tell you that it is no small feat to see illness, injury and even death on a daily basis and keep a smile on your face. The team at Pet ER is chalk full of true pet lovers that seem to never tire . Our beloved dog spent the better part of the holiday week in the hospital at Pet ER as she was very ill. By all rights...she shouldn't have made it. But the kind folks at Pet ER never gave up on her. No many how many times we called to check on her or came down to visit they very patiently explained everything that was going on with her. Our little girl is home now and acting like nothing ever happened. At 16yrs old we know she won't be with us long but we appreciate the doctors and nurses giving us whatever quality time we have left with her. If you want to rest assured that your pet is in capable and caring hands, trust the folks at Pet ER. They are all angels on earth in our book!
My sweet dog had been sick and declining for a couple of months when it was suggested she have an ultrasound, so I took her here to see Dr Dobbins. Because of emergencies, I did wait 3 hours and that was stressful but after that it went quickly. The ultrasound showed bad news and I knew my sweet girl was tired and had given up. I decided (against their estimated treatments of $1,400) for euthanasia. Dr Dobbins was professional, very supportive and very kind. He did not try to upsell me or get more money out of me. He went out of his way to tell me agreed with me. The vet tech was very sweet, sympathetic and professional. She administered the drugs gently, professionally, kindly, and my sweet girl went with a little sigh. I've been here in the past and was treated rudely and unprofessionally but for this visit - one of the hardest visits ever - my pet and I were treated very well and very kindly.
When I first went to Dr. Hill my boxer mix was limping. She had been to another vet and given medication which did not help all all. Dr. Hill watched my dog walk and said there was nothing wrong with the leg. She did a urinalysis and said the problem was not in the leg, the leg was fine but found that an undiagnosed kidney infection had hit the joints. She treated the kidney infection and the limping was over. I decided to try her out with a one of my cats that was having breathing problems. The vets I had taken him to kept giving him injections which would help for awhile but then the problem would come back and each time worse. Dr. Hill said the injections would just putting a band aid on the problem. Turned out their were a couple of pretty significant problems - when they were treated, the cat was well and has not needed an injection or any other medication in the last three years.
Even though I live in the Bay Area, Dr. Hill is my veterinarian of choice. I know she has my animal’s best interest in mind and will provide paramount service for my pet. A couple months ago, my two year old dog became very sick. He was extremely uncomfortable and seemed quite sick to his tummy. I called my local vet, they were not overly concerned and were uncertain if they could fit him in before 5pm. I immediately called Dr. Hill. I told her the symptoms, she believed that my dog had gastric torsion and directed me with my next steps for immediate help. She was indeed correct and her assistance saved my dog’s life. If I had followed the advice of my highly recommended local vet, my dog would have died. My buddy is back to his bubbly self. Dr. Hill will always be my first choice.
THEY ARE THE MOST CARING PEOPLE I HAVE EVER DELT WITH I DONATE FOR YEARS TO THE ASAPCA THEY WOULNDT HELP ME I DONATE TO PETA THEY WOULDNT EVEN TALK TO ME, I CALLED ABBEY PET THEY WERE RUDE AND WOULDNT HELP ME IM STAGE 4 CANCER I WEIGH 50LBS IM OLDER THAN MY AGE IM DYNING I LIVE ON MY SSD I TOLD ALL OF THE SAME THING YOU HAVE TO PAY 49.00 JUST TO WALK IN THAN IF THERE ARE TEST YOU ARE GOING TO PAY MORE AND I ALMOST GAVE UP AND MY LAST CALL WAS TO WATERHOUSE ANIMAL HOSPITOL I WOULD RECOMMEND THEM TO EVERY PERSON I NO AND I WILL TELL IT ON MY FACE BOOK HOW CARING THEY ARE THEY ACVTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO HEAR ME OUT I SENT THEM A PICTURE OFF ME AND MY OBGYN DR I WAS A STOVE WITH A BUN IN THE OVEN I THOUGHT SEBNSE I CANT GO TO THE APPT THEY COULD SEE ME AND I SENT THEM A PICTURE OF MY BABY TAZEY
This vet is extremely knowledgeable and very caring. I take my parakeets there and highly recommend her, especially to bird owners. I used to have a rabbit and had a very difficult time finding a vet that could really help me in an emergency. MANY vets say they treat all animals, (and I'm sure they do their best) but I learned there is a difference when I found this vet for my birds. I have seen her treat each animal that comes in with compassion, and unlike some vets I have been to, you will NOT feel rushed in and out wondering if the vet had enough time to actually find out what's wrong. She spends time working on even my tiny birds, and she is so full of information, she'll give you a clipboard and tell you to take notes if necessary.
After a referral from a great avian vet I first visited Dr. Hill in 1997 with our moluccan cockatoo. Usually his appointment is for routine nail and wing trims, but on two occasions (one an illness and the other an accident) we needed emergency care. In both instances Dr. Hill was accomodating, compassionate, knowledgeable, and rendered exceptional medical care. Soon after meeting Dr, we began taking our dogs to her as well, with the same great experiences. After many years of pet ownership and many wonderful veterinarians, we can say that Dr. Hill is truly a cut above the rest. We have come to know her well; her complete dedication to her patients is unmatched. She gives her heart, soul and all her energy to their well being.
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.