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We have been going to Your Pet's Wellness for our cocker spaniel since we moved to the area. She has been there for check ups, shots, and lastly for eye surgery. We always found them a little pricey, but they seemed to do a good job and were always so nice to our dog when we came in. However, we did not like how we would ask to get a quote for the services when we would make an appointment and it would never fail that we would walk out paying much more. Seems like they pull the old bait and switch often. A few months ago, our dog had her eye surgery performed by Dr Miller who made it sound like a routine procedure, but two weeks later her eye went back to its original state. Dr Miller was surprised but performed the surgery again. Two weeks after the second surgery, her eye went back to its original state again. At this point Dr Miller suggested we go to a specialist and admitted that she had not done this procedure very often which she never stated previously. At this point we were already out 4 figures in costs for the surgery and our trust and faith in Dr Millers practice have been tarnished so we will no longer be using their services. We had tried to communicate our concerns with Dr Miller for a month after the last surgery, but it was very hard to actually get into contact with Dr Miller. When we did finally get into contact with her, it seemed like she was more concerned with the money she made off the surgery than the care of our dog.
I have been a customer of Chicago Cat Clinic for over a year and spent in excess of $1000.00 in fees, but apparently asking for a refill of prednisone was too much for them to handle. They demanded a blood test costing $80.00 for a refill of the prescription which cost $10.00. Also, at other times they would want a blood test for no reason, My cat isn't sick why do you want a blood test. They would become surly or offended. You have to watch them constantly or they will inflate the bill with any number of possible charges. They are not to be trusted. Even lf you think you have a vet you can trust they will try to give you a vet you've never seen before and so the game begins again. I will not be going back to this clip joint.
I would have no doubt recommending this clinic, particularly to anyone who wants nothing less but the best service for their beloved pets.
A great place to take your animals. MY dogs love these doctors and they are always so gentle and caring. All the workers are great.
What I've noticed first when I went here is that their clnic is clean and the equipment are well taken cared of. I give this clinic five stars based on just that.
Owner is so cheap wants do give every shot that is possible to charge people.. Never again
We've been with the hospital for at least 20yrs. When our Beloved "Poopsie" needed bladder surgery. Great care was given to him until his demise in 2001 . I only have praise fir their services!!! I thank GOD for them.
Thank you for caring for our Chocolate, she will be missed.
People who write negative reviews usually are negative people. With that being said this clinic is affordable, friendly and professional. This may not be a state of the art building but it works. They have always been very nice to me and my cat.
The veterinarians at this clinic were very knowledgeable and friendly. They make people feel secure that their animals will be well taken care of, and seem to have a way with the animals. I will send all my friends here! Great with animals, great with people
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.