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301 E Vine St Suite CLexington, KY 40507
1325 Lexington RdVersailles, KY 40383
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Don't care about the animal. They care about the profit. Just remember you can say no to every ridiculous test they want to charge you for and trust your gut because I promise you they are out to swindle you!
We took our dog to be seen for several days of not eating, weakness, and lethargy. The Vet that came in was terrible. Her assessment took around 45 seconds, and she barely touched him. After blood work and fecal revealed nothing acute, so decided that he needed "more" blood work to test his Thyroid and told us how much the medicine is and how often we would come back to recheck (she wanted to start him in the medication right away with the more in depth test also). She also gave hime antibiotics, nausea medication, and powder to sprinkle on food. We both felt right away this was not right! Next morning our dog could barely walk. We took him to another vet in Lexington who took exceptional care of him. The vet did a PROPER assessment and found he is having back pain. He got a steroid shot in the office with pills to take home, including nerve pain medication. After one day of treatment and our boy is eating and moving better. We were also advised to stop all medication the first vet gave us. So we were out $290.00 for the visit to Scott County Vet. We called and asked for at least a partial refund since there diagnosis and treatment plan was so far off, but I will let you guess how that went. We asked for a return call from the primary vetinarian to file a complaint for such terrible care and assessment, but never received a call. They got there $290.00 out of us, and that is all that matters to them!
We have been their many times with our pets. They are always wonderful! The prices are reasonable also.
Great place. Great staff. Wonderful veterinary service ! They truly love animals! They give wonderful care to my pets
DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET HERE!! The veterinarian at this clinic completely fractured our pet's jawbone. She DID NOT tell us about the fracture nor would she admit the appalling unprofessional treatment of our pet when we confronted her with proof. An exam and x-rays by a qualified and experienced veterinarian revealed the horrible trauma our pet had suffered. ALL of her front lower teeth, had been removed, or rather ripped out. Her entire jawbone in the front off her mouth had been removed as well. Never did the veterinarian own up to her mistake....NEVER. Instead we took our pet home and she suffered. We thought she just had a spay and a " simple" dental extraction. Our pet is a 6.5 pound Chihuahua. She suffered immensely and unfairly. Her tiny mouth was tore into and the vet didn't stop when she realized her mistake even though she could have. HIDEOUS, MONSTROUS, TORTUROUS ACT!!!
I took my oldest cat (only 10)there in early August of 2014 because she had developed a pea size mass on her neck. Dr Young aspirated it& proceeded to tell me it was a benign cyst. My gut told me there was something else going on, but I trusted her. 2weeks later, it was the size of a dime. I went to the afford a vet for a second opinion. They also aspirated it but first they gave my cat benadryl to help hold the cells of the mass together for a better sample. Dr Young did NOT do this. Cancer cells were found &they sent off a sample for more tests. It was a malignant melonoma. I went to Clay's Mill Vet clinic for surgery. By the time she went into surgery, it was the size of a quarter. Unfortunately they weren't able to remove all of it because it was growing into her spine. The surgeon told me if it'd been smaller he could've removed it entirely. As it turned it, my lovely Miss Honor died in May of 2015. Had one SIMPLE test been done properly by Dr Young, she might still be alive.
Super nice people, good grooming and good rates. Hours make it great for people who work! Thanks!
HAD TO CHOOSE ONE STAR, "HATED IT", IN ORDER TO POST MY REVIEW...I WOULD HAVE PREFERRED AN ADDITIONAL OPTION TO INDICATE A 'WARNING'.MY SON'S DOG, "CHARLIE", JUST DIED FROM PARVO; THEY DID NOT TEST FOR IT WHEN HE WAS TAKEN THERE DUE TO A SUDDEN ONSET OF ILLNESS EVEN THOUGH HE PRESENTED WITH PARVO SYMPTOMS. THEIR REASON FOR NOT DOING THE PARVO TEST??? THEY "DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS NECESSARY" AND DISMISSED SAME AS A "MISCOMMUNICATION" BETWEEN THE OFFICE MANAGER AND MY SON RE: "CHARLIE'S" CARE???!!!MISCOMMUNICATION, REALLY??? A FAMILY MEMBER IS NOW LOST TO US FOR ALL ETERNITY...THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE TRUSTING THIS CLINIC WITH THE LIFE OF YOUR BELOVED PETS!!!
Dr. Noble makes sure my pets get high quality veterinary care at reasonable prices. Their testing services, medication costs, and spay/neuter surgeries are half the cost of other veterinary offices in the area with no reduction in professionalism or quality of care.
Wonderful. Everyone there is kind and Dr Hancock is very knowledgeable. We've had all our animals there for a variety of preventative/routine things as well as fairly serious illnesses and she has treated our fur babies well. Prices were a little cheaper than our previous vet but even if it weren't we would still go to her because we like it there.
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.