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3550 S Inca StEnglewood, CO 80110
1209 Miner StIdaho Springs, CO 80452
From Business: Serving Clear Creek County since 1984, we strive to provide the most compassionate care for your small pets. Our clinic offers in-house laboratory testing, provid…
13606 Xavier LnBroomfield, CO 80023
From Business: Broomfield Meadows Animal Hospital has been providing quality veterinary services to the dogs and cats of Broomfield, CO, since 1996. We are a small veterinary fa…
682 S Pontiac StDenver, CO 80224
I wouldn't trust my cat Pearl to anyone else! Dr. Wolcott is such a nice man, who is so good with animals, I would highly recommend his services to…
12155 Lioness Way Unit 104Parker, CO 80134
From Business: Our brand new facility offers a warm, inviting waiting room, state of the art exam rooms, surgeries and recovery rooms, along with the friendliest staff you will …
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Table Mountain Vet Clinic is the place I recommend to all of my clients from Clearwater Dog Training. 5555 W Evans, Denver CO.I have used them for years and anyone I send there is always happy with the service and the Doctors there. They really care about their clients and do wonders to save so many lives that other vets did not treat correctly.
We have been using another vet in the area. Our dog needed to be seen and they could not get him in for 2 weeks. So I called Francis Vet and got in right away. The office was clean. We got into our appointment right away. Unlike our old vet where we used to wait and wait to be seen and they always try to upsell, push tests, and medication, Dr Francis wasn't like that. She said she could prescribe a topical ointment but suggested we just use an over the counterantibiotic which way cheaper. I highly recommend her.
We were new to the area and needed to find a vet--this vet had very high reviews and was recommended by the groomer we use. I want to state that this post is not meant to point blame--just to let other pet owners be aware of what happened to us: My dog was old and had some medical problems which made the dental surgery she needed very risky. My dog was a pure bread so medical complications are pretty typical. We reminded two of the technicians on the day of her surgery that they cannot begin the dental surgery without confirming that our dog was able to handle the sedative. Somehow whomever was administrating the sedative did not check our dogs chart and began HEAVILY sedating her. The vet stopped the injection--but not soon enough--our dog had already received more sedative than her liver could handle. The details of this injection process are unclear because we were not there (even though I requested being present); we must believe what we were told. But this resulted in brain damage and days of suffering where my dog could not move or even lift her head. Much to our lament, once our dog was able to move again (3 days later), we realized that the damage was permanent. Weeks later we decided to put her down so she would not suffer anymore. She was an older dog and we can not solely blame this vet for her death, but the blatant negligence of the vet and her staff lead to our dogs early demise. Who knows how many years she would have had, but this story needed to be shared. Not only was our dog over-medicated and suffering for days, but we were still asked to pay for this visit. This whole experience was a tragedy--its been months since this occurred, but my family and myself have been too saddened to even think about posting this review. We will never use this vet again.
I had a rare healthy parrot that I left in the hands of GoldenView Veterinarian hospital run by a Kris Alhgrem. We boarded my Bronze-winged Pionus, named Bronco, because we had to visit a sick relative in Florida on Friday March 6th. While in the care of GoldenView Veterinarians in Golden, they conducted a wellness exam which results showed that Bronco, our parrot, was healthy. 2 days later, we get a call that the parrot fell off his perch and Dr. Kris Alhgrem sent us a picture of our bird, who had just past his wellness exam, dead. They sent a picture of our dead parrot to our cellphones. Autopsy was performed in house (to clear the vet of any wrongdoing, cremation followed). Needless to say, my wife and I were devastated. I need to now move because every thing about my present home reminds me of my poor 3 yr old bird that passed away due to something that happened in the vets office that the vet is not coming clean about. Today, the doctor just called me to tell me that they were charging me $409.00 for the wellness exam, which showed he was healthy. I am at my wits end, because I loved that bird with all my heart and these heartless vets are trying to take advantage of my sorrow. Additionally, the bird was proven 100% healthy by the very same veterinarian in the wellness exam conducted when he first arrived at the clinic. They cremated the bird to remove any trace of wrong doing and are now trying to charge me an excessive amount of money due to their incompetence.
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.