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My wife and I had made an appointment to bring our 16 year old poodle to be put to rest. Our beloved friend had stopped eating and refused water.She had also become blind and deaf the past year. After many days of discussion, we had decided that the best thing to do would be to let her rest with dignity before she got any worse. When the technician began to inject her with a sedative she cried out in pain. At that point my wife requested that the vet check her to see what was going on.Dr. S. entered the room and seemed very agitated and impatient. At one point Dr. S. stated that they were closing and that we should be considerate of the employees. Some thing was not right with the initial procedure as the Dr. took our dog to another room to apply additional sedative. He returned a few minutes later with a tech. who applied the final medication which allowed our beloved friend to pass on. During this procedure Dr. S. continually stated his job description did not include doing this procedure. My wife and I felt very uncomfortable the whole time and what should have been memorable last moments with our friend was diminished by Dr. S. and his angry words and demeanor. We gathered up our friend and couldn't leave that angry atmosphere quick enough. I will never, ever go back to that place again. Shame on you Dr. S. for your lack of compassion and professionalism. We didn't need to be scolded at such a sad moment.
If I could give no stars I would. So my dog was drooling excessively dr. Amy said he had an abscessed tooth. She aid he needed to be neutered(because that was part of the problem) and he needed x rays to rule out cancer(because he had a bump on his ear) We chose to only remove the tooth. left specific instructions to not remove the bump as he had it for years and it caused no pain. Dr. told me she would call me once she cleaned his teeth before removal in case there was anything else wrong. got a call 4 1/2 hours later saying he would be ready for pickup in a couple hours and they removed 5 teeth 4 tumors and the lump on his ear and I owed an additional $488 on top of the $450 I had already paid for the tooth removal, blood work, exam and meds. so now my dog is missing 5 teeth and a chunk out of his ear supposedly tumors that I never saw and im stuck with another bill. they tried to tell me they got my approval when I signed the consent form before surgery but that was for only the one tooth. and then told me she removed the lump on his ear because she was curious and it came back not cancer. I am absolutely blown away at the way my dog was treated just so she could get some extra money. would never recommend this place again.
Honestly I don’t have enough words to describe how wonderful my experience was with the entire staff here .Simply said , I picked this animal hospital from a large list of them online to take my cats too because they were the most affordable after I did my calling around for estimates even though they were the furthest for me to drive to.I didn’t know what to expect because of just how much LESS expensive it was going to be but... I was incredibly blown away with how this animal hospital AND the entire staff AND my cats entire treatment / surgeries / aftercare was , how each and every aspect of it beyond surpassed the top of my very high standards list ...I highly recommend this place to everyone.My experience here was probably better than any place that cost a million dollars to take pets too , and they are the least expensive, by far!!!Thank you Dr Amy and all of your wonderful staff !!Muffin && Nathaniel say thank you too!! 🐾❤️
This is the worst animal hospital in the world. Even if we were approved for credit cards at that moment to save our dog, they wouldn't take or even touch our dog. Greedy! You guys have a place in hell
My small dog got out of the yard and was attached by another dog or coyote Tuesday night. We rushed her in to AMC got there at 715pm and she was brought straight to the back by a front desk girl, I told her she was attacked and breathing abnormal, lots of punctures all over and a very large laceration on her rear leg. Word for word that is what I said - none of that is written on medical notes. She came right back to tell me that it will be $500 for an emergency exam and blood work and xrays etc.. Ive been a vet tech for 9 years so I have been around long enough to know what needed to be done right now: exam, pain inj and xrays. I explained this and she told me she would let the doctor know to start here. I advised her if there was a puncture into the chest that we would not want her to suffer and we would euthanize.10 min later I met with the Dr.H and he told me that she also needed IV fluids to treat her shock before they did xrays, and that she looked ok otherwise and as long as the xrays had no protruding punctures into her chest that she would have her laceration(cut) and small skin punctures repaired that same evening. We felt okay knowing that he seemed to know what he was doing, and he was confident that she would be okay. We signed an estimate and left a $500 deposit for 24 hours of care and the laceration surgery with medications to go home. I called the next morning at 8 am and asked the front desk how my dog was recovering from surgery. She told me that they "got too busy" last night to do her surgery and that she would be done later, call them back at 5pm. I asked for a doctor to call be back with an update, at this point Im a little angry that she sat there all night without care. My husband gets a phone call at 830 am that our dog is under anesthesia and is not breathing! They told him it would be $1500 additional for a chest tube and for them to attempt to get her breathing again. They attempted CPR but were unable to save her. 855am she was pronounced dead, they called and asked if we wanted to come see her and told us they would get her ready. We got to the hospital and sat in the waiting room for the doctor so we can hear the reason for her dying. The tech carries my deceased dog in a white trash bag to me while I am in the waiting room. Talk about cold and heartless - they treated her like she was trash and did not care about our feelings. You want to mourn and grieve in private, especially when you are just getting news of your dog dying under their care. The doctor explains to me that while he was in surgery he started cutting tissue from her chest puncture and "noticed" that it cut into her chest cavity and her lung collapsed. Our dog died from pure negligence and poor veterinary care. If the skin punctures were protruding into her chest cavity - this would have been seen on xray. You can see free fluid and free air on xrays. The doctors mistake cost us our dog.To top it off they asked us to pay a balance, and justified this by saying they didnt charge us for "lots of things." My dog may be alive today if I chose a better hospital. Stay away from them, they do not know what they are doing and no other pet should suffer like ours did.
He took care of my Chihuahua when she was attacked and let me tell you the best care for her he provided. I recommend him to everyone. Him and his staff are very caring.
Affordable and friendly. Made my puppy's first experience very comfortable and easy. And such nice people.
Horrible place to go. 1st I took 1 of my dogs in for a lump the vet not even taking her temperature felt the lumps said remove those and remove 2 other skin tags that she's had forever wanted them all biopsied. Didn't sound horrible but $1800 (now getting meds and 1 lump removed somewhere else for $500). A few days later I took another dog for pregnancy xray, I waited over an hour after the doctor got back from lunch) they took her back only got 1 xray I wasn't even shown the xray but I opted to get a disc so I could see it. Omg it's the worst I've ever seen she told me 4 puppies with a little edit on the picture it looks like way more. I paid alot of money so she could have a safe delivery now I'm going to sit up for extra time watching her cause I have no idea how many to expect.
A neighbor brought in my dog in yesterday this clinic. My Shi Tzu ran out and I couldn't find her anywhere. I searched and searched, thank God the clinic called me after they realized my dog was chipped. I recommend this place because they care!!!!! Thank you AMC for getting my dog back to me. They are professional and get things done.
Don't trust your pets with them especially for emergencies. I went to this place more than once before. The first time was to get my cat fixed. I noticed is that there was urine and poop that happened within the crate. I was worried that my poor kitty had been in that pungent smell for a while and they didn't take him out to go or anything. Yes, I did take my cat out to go beforehand. The second I went for his rabies shot . Thought I'd give a second chance and the lady in the front desk seemed bored with her job. I did see a lady and a man rush in with their injured dog who had a broken neck and paw. The lady at the desk who helped me didn't even show sympathy for the other lady. She just said that it would cost 500 dollars for the dog's treatment and wanted the money right away. I felt so bad for the lady because she is in tears. It took until she paid for them to actually start the treatment. What kind of service is that? Never again. They lack professionalism and want money.
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.