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Dr Hill back in the day was amazing and so is the son Michael but the last few times I've been there at the new facility it's been terrible spent $300 and still didn't fix what was really going on with my baby which is barely 4 lbs beside the fact of blowing her up with fluids terrifying her and myself not fixing anything then the 2nd time I let her talk me into a new allergy shot that it's supposed to be cheaper but its $45 a month it cost me $50 this time and I have to show up every month for this ?? $137.out the door after waiting 2hrs and 15mins I'm not getting it I'm really upset and I'll be looking for a new vet very soon!:(
I adopted my dog Shiloh from a rescue a couple months ago and he is very scared of new people and places so I was worried how his first visit to the vet would be. This was my first time at Viewmont Animal Hospital and I could not have asked for a better experience! They came highly recommended from people I dog-sit for and I 100% agree! I am so glad that I found a great place with the best people for Shiloh!
It was a clean and happy atmosphere. The staff were very curtious and dr. Lindstrom is the best vet Ive ever taken my dog to.
I started with Dr. Wuest when he first opened his office. His wife was his assistant, and they treated me and my Minpins like family. Dr. Wuest and staff and always been friendly, professional, and loving to my "babies," putting them and me at ease with whatever had to be done. I recently had to put both my Minpins down and the kindness, patience, and dignity shown me, Sweet Pea, and Bud was wonderful. I plan to get another "pup" in the future and will count on Blue Skies for its health and welfare updates.Thank you all at Blue Skies and a special thanks to KK too.
Best Animal Hospital I've ever been to And I've been all over United StatesVery professional And truly concerned about my dog
The doctors are always very thorough and the staff is kind, understanding, and loving. I have been going to Viewmont Animal Clinic for 20+ years. They have taken very good care of all my four legged children. They are wonderful.
I have been taking my Shi-zhu to Viewmont Animal Hospital since he was 6 weeks old. He will be 15 years old on Feb. 6. At the present time, my dog is very sick with heart enlargement, murmur and congestive heart failure. Dr. Pope is wonderful. He gave AJ all kinds of meds. Dr.Pope really shows he cares about your dog.. The staff is also just great. They have never put me off when I've called and said AJ needed to be seen. I appreciate all the professional and kindness they have shown to me and my dog. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a vet hospital to take their pet. I could never thank them enough for being so good to my loved dog. Thank you Dr.Pope.
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.