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June 19, 2016, my dog Cooper had his first seizure during grooming, we sent him to the nearest hospital - Sunridge Animal Hospital immediately.They did several tests on him, including Utrasound , blood testing and ect. Dr. Abraham was his doctor at that time After all kinds of testing, the Dr. Abraham told us he was fine and the seizure was caused by anxiety. We paid the hospital around $700 for the service next day on June 20, 2016.On January 30,2017, we took Cooper to a new animal hospital due to our family relocation. He had a seizure when he was walking into the hospital. The doctor there was able to control him immediately. She asked for his medical history. We told them Cooper had one seizure happened back in June 2016. They reached to Sunridge hospital and ask them to fax his testing results. The front desk lady said they don't have Cooper as their patient. So I called in again. I told the lady my name and my dog's name. She said she cannot find the information. I asked her to try to look for information from other sources. I told her I remembered the date, Dr.'s name and even the credit card I paid for the service. She said, "sorry, ma'am.. I cannot help you. The only way I can search for the information is either by owner's name or your dog's name". I was disappointed by her response. I told her there should be a way to get Cooper's medical record because he was there for sure. I asked her to try again and I told her it would save us $500 for run the testing again. She said, "no..." and she said she cannot find either my name or my pet's name. And she said I must remembered the hospital's name wrong. Her tone was so rude and impatient. So we told her we will dispute the credit card charge if they deny that they provided service to my dog. She said go ahead."Thank you" Sunridge Animal Hospital so much for wasting another $500 to run the test again. Thank you" so much for adding me so much pain on top of watching my baby going through a seizure.
We have been going to Valley Ranch and Dr. Reese & Massey for over 6-7 years. We have never had a bad experience and would recommend them highly. We recently had to put down our 17 year old dog and Dr. Reese was with us the entire way. She gave us our options, gave insight but left the final decision to us which is the was it should be. The office can get busy, but we have always been treated well and more importantly so was our pet.
I am surprised by the negative reviews, but to each their own. We have been going to Dr. Reese & Dr. Massey for over 6 years and have never had a problem. They were always compassionate and supportive and gave us the best advice they could leaving final decision to us. We recently had to put down our 17 year old and Dr. Reese was there with us the entire time. The office can get busy, but the staff has always treated us with respect and treated our dog well.
I have taken my dogs here for years. One of the best vets in the city. Dropping off your pets to board however is a bit of a wait. However it's well worth it for the excellent care and wonderful staff here.
Make sure you know about the doctor before you go. The first one I picked did my poor dog wrong for a spay , and the second dr there I saw fixed the problem. I'm very happy with the second dr. If you have any questions you can give me your email and I'll give you names etc. ... : )
We contacted them because a coworker told us they were excellent at an extremely reasonable price. They got us right in, listened, and were empathetic to our concerns. Dr. Rose was knowledgeable and highly skilled. Her bedside manner is as top notch as our award winning Perinatal Doctor. They literally told me to go to this link and print the new client coupon that cut my first bill in half. http://greenvalleyvets.com/new-clients/Our experience with the doctors and staff at Green Valley Animal Hospital speak a great deal to how much they care about the animals they serve and the owners they service. We are so thankful to have found them.
Do not go to this place. They DO NOT care about you or your pet. Been twice now and paid for a full "exam" for my cat and never even got a call back to tell me what was wrong. The second time, same cat is sick and they want to make an appointment later in the week. I would give this place a -5 stars if I could. I've seen drive thru treat pets better! This place is a (curse word here} joke.
New to NV and had our 1st visit. Our appointment time was for 3:30 pm. We were told twice "someone will be with you shortly". The doctor finally came into our room 52 minutes after our appointment time just saying, "Sorry for the wait.". The doctor was nice, the facility very clean and the front desk clerks nice but there is no excuse for a 52 minute wait with no reasonable explanation or sincere apology.
Stay away. Despite some favorable reviews we disagree. put our dog in kennel while we were away and asked them to look into a cough he had developed. When we picked him up we were told he had a heart murmur but they gave us no medication. His condition continued to get worse and when we brought him in they took an Xray and compared it to his previous one. Suddenly he now had an enlarged heart and collapsed trachea! They wanted us to go across town to a specialist and have a Cat scan on his heart. His condition worsened overnight and we decided his suffering was too much and opted to put him down. They put me in a room and I waited 15 minutes for a vet. While waiting for the vet, my dog died in my arms. The vet merely said, "Your dog is dead, do you want me to do an autopsy". I told him no, what good would it do now? We believe that if they had diagnosed his problem sooner he might have had a chance or we would have put him down sooner so he would not have suffered. Vet was uncaring and more interested in cutting our pet open. Definitely will not go back. there again!!
As a long-term client of this GVAH, I have previously rated them very highly on various boards and websites. At that time, Dr. Tawny was in charge.Recently, while out of state, my dog required surgery. Since GVAH has his records on file, and he has multiple, severe allergic reactions, I called the office and asked for Dr. Rose. She did not return my call. The next day, I explained how critical it was that my dog receive surgery and again asked for a return phone call requesting his specific medical info. (I needed the name of the drugs administerd during his previous surgeries.) FIVE days later, still no records and still no phone call. We could not postpone his surgery any longer, so I had no choice but to demand they produce the records immediately. (Under NV law, NAC638.0475, the records are to be produced to the owner within 48 hours of the request.) They still refused to give ME the records, but finally relented to send them to the surgeon. The staff informed me that since Dr. Rose was not doing the surgery, or getting paid for the surgery, she would not be able to give me any medical records. I would have gladly paid any price at all, just to have the necessary records to insure the safety of my dog. I would never recommend GVAH again and will work to revoke all previous ratings which were positive
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.