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I just returned from Richland Creek and wanted to write a review for those of you that might be looking for a Vet. I have a 9 year old mixed cat that is my best friend. I would pay anything for her health and happiness for all that she brings to my life. With that being said... First off, I took her to the Cat Clinic for eight years, paying higher prices and for someone who specializes in cats. I thought I was getting what I was paying for, but after several visits with no results, I actually had to diagnose my cat with the same symptoms that I'd take to Cat Clinic for help with. My cat was in pain for over a year due to Stryuvite crystals in her urine that could have been found with a simple urine test that was never suggested. Since leaving I have heard of other stories, including people who have lost their fuzzy friends there, please never go there. Richland Creek was my choice after much deliberation for Sadie's check up as well as her first dental cleaning. I'd heard they had good prices and were quality people. Upon getting her home, some 12 hours later my cat couldn't stand up. This went on for 24 hours and the next 48 hours had me worried I was going to lose her. All she did was lay around like a rag doll, essentially lifeless. I took her back to the vet out of worry three days later. I hadn't seen her drink much water, or use the box much. They gave her a shot of steroids and also some IV fluids to help her be more hydrated. I took her home and things improved, except for the little scab where they stuck the IV needle in, on the back of her neck. This scab, opened up several days later and fearing an abscess I took her in. The told me it was a heat spot, and I have to disagree. My cat has never had a heat spot, is indoor and the wound is exactly where they stuck her. They shaved her neck area, and trimmed her claws along with two shots. The total for this was 90.00.. They charged me 15.00 to trim her nails, and 5.00 just to write a prescription for new food. The meds were 50.00 along with the 20.00 visit. I'm a firefighter by trade, not rich by any means and really felt taken advantage of. I don't think that they money saved is significant and I also have to question the level of care. I just want a Vet that has integrity and who also understands that money doesn't grow on trees. I won't be taking Sadie back to Richland Creek, and once again find myself looking for someone who not only understands their owners, but more importantly is just a solid Vet. I hope this helps with your decision for your pets.
The were very helpful in getting me an alternate way to give my dog his meds. I have no problem with them except they don't take checks and I had to go get cash. I do not have a debit card and did not want to use credit. Next time I take cash with me.
Everyone needs to know that this office is greedy and not really interested in the pets and their owners.With the Pet Med Mobile, which we have used for a few years, I would have thought differently until what just happened to us!Please be advised, if for some reason you need to order something as simple as a flea and tick medicine for your dog, thru a service like 800-Pet-Meds, this clinic will refuse to work with you to get it done.The front desk person I spoke with was very rude and seemed to find my trouble funny.Be advised, while you are trying to take care of your pet, this clinic is not really there for you.
Took my miniature schnauzer (has many allergies) for routine comprehensive exam after moving to Greenville. Had used another locations for around 7 years. Blood test revealed supposily thyroid problems, gave me medication, he took two pills and got really sick. Went back several times, they then thought pancreas, turned out negatived. Went to a new vet, she smelled him and said he had diabetes. His blood sugar was over 800 and it had destroyed all of his organs by that time. He was put down yesterday, could not even walk, drink, eat. He was 10 1/2 years old The vets with their expensive blood panel did not even check for diabetes. He was overweight so the vets would at least check for blood sugar. I blame these vet's immaturity and lack of reviewing his blood test for killing my dog. Would never recommend Banfield, their fees are outrageous and and could not even determine he had diabetes.
Absolute worst Vet experience I've ever had. Let me start by saying that the Doctor and the Vet Tech that assisted it were nice and informative for the most part, but the overall experience was lacking severely. Two days ago a pitbull was wondering around the yard, so long story short I lured her into the backyard to see if she was ok. She had two white fungus or scarring spots on her nose. Her nipples were leaking a little and she was slightly bloated. We couldn't tell if it was pregnancy or malnutrition. She also had severely ingrown nails. We walked in at 10:45 am. We didn't leave until almost 1pm. 90% of that was spent in the waiting room and we were only number 4 in line when we arrived. The other 3 were very simple, casual check ups. When we finally got to the triage room it seemed to me that the Vet Tech was either more informed or more willing to give free information than the Doctor was. They had no idea what the spots were, or could tell me anything else about her condition. They couldn't even tell if she was pregnant or not. Then they quoted me several hundred dollars on skin scrapes, xrays, antibiotics and several other things that COULD work, and not wanting to really give me a professional opinion on which was more likely, I had an idea and asked myself, so I asked her if I could buy simple over the counter antifungal and try it to save money before going through all the expensive tests. She begrudgingly admitted that it wouldn't harm her to try and if she had a fungal infection, it would cure it. To top it all off at the end of the visit it took 15 minutes, just for the women behind the desk to stop socializing long enough to process our payment and fill our simple antibiotic prescription. That was fairly overly priced.All in all, we left the office more than 3 hours of our life gone, $100 less money and absolutely no more knowledge of this poor dog's condition than when we got there. Would not recommend at all.
Worst vet ever. This place would rather euthanize your pet than treat them. Do not take your pet here if you care for their well-being.
I have been taking my pet family to Pleasantburg Veterinary Clinic for almost 20 yrs. and wouldn't consider going any where else. the whole staff is friendly and caring,and Doc is very concerned about every pet that comes through the door.He takes his time and explaines what is going on with your pet and answers all your questions.
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.