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Mr. Sheikh, In response to Mood S (9/6/2015) I am very sorry that you were not happy with the services that you elected to have performed on your cat, Kali. For clarification, Kali was brought in for FPS’s “affordable spay/neuter clinic”. This clinic allows people within a limited budget to afford to have their pets altered. We are proud to have helped countless animals with this program and many, many people appreciate what we do for their pets. You were well aware that this clinic doesn’t permit for client and doctor to meet prior to surgery due to the number of patients we service. Of course, I meet with the patients on surgery day to make sure they are well. The staff had offered you an initial meeting with me prior to the surgery but you declined this. We always prefer meeting with clients face to face to get to know them and to establish a good relationship. We have thousands of clients and many of those are like our family. Clearly we don't refuse to see patients. I have office appointments every day and even go on house calls to "see patients". The cost of the affordable spay is $80.00. To be certain that the cut ear tip was actually from a prior spay and not from another cause (ie. Trauma of some form) would necessitate hormone testing that would cost a few hundred dollars. Tattoos are valid marks to indicate previous spay/neuter. Any vet to guarantee you with 100% certainty that a missing ear tip means your cat has been spayed will one day be mistaken and this might be a big mistake leading to unwanted puppies or kittens! I have never had a person elect to do that hormone screening instead of exploration of the abdomen to verify whether the patient was previously spayed. You paid no extra for this confirmation. You elected to pay for things that are ideal for your new cat: deworming, fecal screening, nail trim, vaccines, microchipping, viral screening. Your bill for all of that, the abdominal exploration with pre-surgical exam and post-operative pain management and boosters for vaccines 4 weeks later was actually $293. You could have just paid the $80.00 but chose differently. $293 is still “affordable” for sure. When you called with concerns about Kali you were offered an exam but didn’t want to pay to see the veterinarian who was covering for me. We offered a free exam to be done the following day but you didn’t do this. We offer free exams every single Wednesday to help assist people with hardships. It is not time permissible for me to meet with every person who wishes to have a free exam prior to the dozens of surgeries I perform weekly. This doesn’t, however, mean that the patients don’t receive ideal care but does lend to someone not getting to know who I really am and what I really do daily for many, many voiceless animals. I would suggest that you go on my Facebook to see what we do daily instead of searching through other invalidated, anonymous reviews. There is simply no feasible way to make every single person happy but I do my very best daily to make sure that I do the best I can for the animals that I touch daily—for that I will and can lay my head down on the pillow tonight peacefully.
I have been a client at For Pet's Sake for 8 years. Dr. Haring has helped me through various illnesses and issues with my dogs over the years. She is an amazing, knowledgeable, caring, compassionate person whose love for all animals is evident. She treats my animals like they are her own and has even taken my dogs home with her overnight when they have been too sick to stay at the clinic. I have never met a vet who has done that before. She has called me at 10:00 at night after working all day to see how my dog is doing and to tell me some information that she has researched or a specialist she has talked to. She goes above and beyond on a daily basis and she has saved the life of more than one of my dogs. Not one of my dogs has ever been afraid to go see her. As a matter of fact, 2 of my dogs have practically yanked my arm off to get into the office! Dr. Haring's heart is always in the right place and I think that people have tried to take advantage of that. She has a business to run and has to follow certain procedures. But when push comes to shove- she will do anything to save the life of an animal and to stop the overpopulation of our country with stray dogs and cats. Don't let a few negative reviews of people who didn't follow the rules or read the fine print sway you. Dr. Haring is top notch and will always have the best interest of your pet at heart. Isn't that what we all want for our animals?!
Steph V. We are sorry that you were dissatisfied with our "low cost spay and neuter" pre-payment policy. Our program has been set up to assist the community with management of the over-population issue with pets and the continued economic crisis our community continues to feel. Unfortunately this program initially found many "no show" surgical appointments. These surgical appointments fill up very quickly due to demand. We anticipate that our reminder call to the home to confirm the appointment will allow people last minute to alter their appointment. It is customary for all medical fields, whether veterinary or medical, to require a minimum of 24 hours for cancellations. When you contacted the office in the morning we allowed you to bring in your cat up until 11 am without penalty. However, you did not and instead you showed up in the afternoon disgruntled and demanding your money back. We most certainly would have allowed you to reschedule the appointment if there were a medical crisis involved, as we have before. You advised us differently and stated that you had not intended to maintain the appointment three days prior. We try very hard to assist the community and the pets within it and any client who knows the staff at FPS will attest to the fact that we go above and beyond for our clients and patient. Sorry that your experience was not a better one. Management at For Pet's Sake Veterinary Center
I am a farmer and as we all know people constantly dump cats at farms. My farm was becoming overwhelmed with stray cats. I did not have the money to spend $150-$200 per cat to spay/neuter. I called around to various hospitals and they all were extremely rude. No one understood my financial struggle....until I reached out to For Pets Sake. The staff was very kind and understanding. They thanked me for the good deed I was doing. Dr.Haring has an incredible affordable spay/neuter clinic. For the male cat it was only $45 which included a physical, pain control and rabies vaccine. For the female cat it was $80 which included a physical, pain control and rabies vaccine. I am so thankful that there is a vet hospital in the area that is here to actually help animals and not to just make a profit. Thank you so much Dr.Haring and her staff you are all wonderful!
My cat was very sick for a week. I brought him to 3 different vets to get 2nd opinions. All of them were either extremely expensive or didn't help at all. I came to Dr.Haring at the end and I am very happy I did. She was instantly able to spot the problem and she said her cat had a similar problem. She has a really big heart for animals and she made sure my cat got the proper care he needed for a very nice cost (thank you Dr.Haring). The staff were very nice also and the building had a very welcoming atmosphere. My cat was back to normal within a day thanks to Dr.Haring.
Dr. Haring is always so thoughtful and always gives 100% in everything she does. She treats all animals as if they were her own and she makes sure that all her clients are well educated on the latest veterinary information. She goes above and beyond to make sure all her patients are well cared for and given the best treatment possible. Best vet around!
The vet and staff here go above and beyond to help us... I came to Dr.Haring for a 2nd opinion because my dog was having a lot of problems for a long time. I drove all the way from Kingston because I was referred by my mother. I will continue to drive the long drive because of the care my dog receives here. My dog, Riley, is now much better!
I have been to many veterinary practices due to moving around the country for my husbands work. This is by far one of the best I have been to. The staff was always staying in contact with me when I kept my dog there overnight for a problem he had. Their prices are cheap and they do a very good job.
Consistently a great experience. The place it very clean and I love the new location. It is even closer to my house! My dog is treated very well their and the prices are great!
Such a amazing place! So clean and professional. Dr. Haring is so kind and always gives her 100% to her patients and her clients. She treats my pets as family!!!
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.