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6555 28th St SEGrand Rapids, MI 49546
I have been training and selling police dogs and military dogs for 7 years. Was a military k9 trainer and 2 years of sheriff office K9 handler and I…
3166 29th St SEGrand Rapids, MI 49512
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
3012 Shaffer Ave SEGrand Rapids, MI 49512
We have 2 German Shepherds that we brought to All Heart for boarding. They were in good hands. Plenty of photos of them eating, being walked, playin…
1527 Michigan St NEGrand Rapids, MI 49503
I've been taking my dog and cats to Northeast Cat & Dog Hospital for a few years now and have had nothing but positive experiences there. Dr. Hoove…
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THEY ARE WONDERFUL!!! You won’t be sorry if you bring your pet there. I wish I had found them sooner.
First off, the whole building smelled like pee. I understand this is a small vet but really? Maintain your facilities.Second, the nurse that checked us in made it seem like we were an inconvenience to her and she did not seem happy about being there. She was rude and unpleasant and did not acknowledge my dog barely at all.Third, the doctor was a complete jerk. He was extremely rude and talked to me like I was an idiot. And from the moment he walked into the room, my dog went crazy. He has NEVER done that with any previous vets. EVER, and he is four years old. My dog was so uneasy with this guy.Overall, don't waste your money. I was EXTREMELY disappointed, especially since I read all the reviews and wanted to take my dog somewhere nice. These people are unpleasant and don't seem very happy about their place of employment. When I go to a vet I expect it to be clean and maintained as well as my dog and myself treated with respect and kindness. This place is NOT the place to go for that!!
The vet is a complete jerk who isn’t professional. I can’t even believe I went there as long as I did. They put ointment in my dogs ear due to an ear infection and when I contacted them about my dog’s loss of hearing I was told to wait a few days and it was fine. I called back and one of the staff said to wait another week....... it had been almost 3 weeks and my dog can’t hear and I’m being told to wait. They didn’t even clean out her ears before they put the ointment in her ears. When I finally was able to talk to the vet I was told that she was old and it could be a cyst or tumor and I could have a CT scan but that would be very expensive. If I wanted an appointment it would be another week. Look jackass you put ointment in my dogs ears and she is now deaf. I took her to another vet who is wonderful, Cascade Hospital for Animals, who said my dog was allergic to the ointment and it is unlikely she’ll hear again. I blame myself because I trusted they knew what they were doing and cared. Would she be able to hear if they addressed it when I first contacted them??? Mike, it’s time you retire because you lost your passion & empathy a long time ago.
Expensive. I live 2.5 hours away. After a $400.00 diagnoses. (Another Vet took the x-rays that I had already paid for.) The morning of the operation I was half way to Grand Rapids when they called my cell phone and told me the Radiologist wasn't coming and postponed the operation. (They did tell me they could do the ctScan someplace else but it would cost more than the $5300.00 they were going to charge me.) So I went to another Vet (VetMed in Bay City) and they said they would do the operation for $1500.00. Blue Pearl uses your love for your pet as a profit factor. Blue Pearl is all about the money. Don't take your pet to Blue Pearl.
I have been training and selling police dogs and military dogs for 7 years. Was a military k9 trainer and 2 years of sheriff office K9 handler and I brought my female malinois Paris in today for an x ray to see how many puppies we had in there and the vet staff was extremely helpful and answered every question I had. I tend to find that many vet offices I go to have less knowledge about dog reproduction than I do from the years of breeding and experience I have with breeding but this vet office had over exceeded my expectations and I will be recommending anyone and everyone to this vets office thank you
I continue to refer friends and co workers to Family Friends. They never disappoint - I always hear "We Love Them". Consistent, Kind, Compassionate, Efficient and Welcoming. Thank you for caring for my Dog for the past 7 years
Veterinarians always are very helpful and passionate! Couldn't ask for a better vet hospital to bring my animals to.
Unsatisfied with staff interaction. Staff did not treat us fairly or provide sufficient care to prevent post surgical decline.
If I could, they would be getting a zero. My dog went in for a visit, and was startled (on top of him being in pain from an infected foot)- so barked at the dr when the dr was coming into the room. Without getting more information on his behavior or even suggestions- like offering a muzzle, which most offices have, if the dr felt unsafe- kicked him and my boyfriend out. Before my boyfriend even said a word, the dr told them they needed to leave. Without even being concerned about my dogs infection. The dr then went as far as clearing the lobby as they walked out because they decided our dog was aggressive. Now before this happened, he saw other people and other animals, in the lobby and was near the check in person, to get weighed; and didn't bark or act aggressive once. In the past he is protective, but once you get him in the back room away from us- he is docile. I then called them asking for a call back from the owner. The dr called me back instead, then let me talk about the appointment for a while before interrupting me to tell me I was wrong and that they were the dr involved. We didn't have their name as they didn't introduce them self at the appointment. I cannot believe this is a business that is supposed to treat sick animals and then turns hurt ones away if they bark. He is not vicious- he was in pain. Then to not have the owner call me when I asked, and wait to tell me you were the doctor instead of the owner- only to argue with me? I could never imagine going back to a place that wouldn't even TRY to treat a sick dog. Our first visit there was amazing; our dog was there for shots, never barked once and loved the dr. I wish we had gotten him again.
Amazing people. Terrific service. They know us well and take fantastic care of us and our dog. I highly recommend Dr. Scholfield and the entire team!
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.