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1533 Malvern AveHot Springs National Park, AR 71901
I'm used to big dogs that stay outside. My wife decided to get a small little yapper dog and I have no clue how to take care of them. This vet rocks…
1301 Amity RdHot Springs National Park, AR 71913
From Business: Dr. David G. Jolly has been in equine practice for 30 years. Eight percent of his practice over the last three years has been devoted to wound study.
111 Temperance Hill RdHot Springs National Park, AR 71913
From Business: Internal Medicine & Surgery * Dentistry * Boarding * Tourist Pets Welcome * Saturday and Sunday by Appointment Only AMENITY Boarding - Bathing Weekend Pickup & Dr…
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Best veterinarian I have ever went to. Kind, and caring. Has true concern for the pets and thier owners. Dr. Fletcher did for me what no other veterinarian would do. Thank you Dr Fletcher you have my deepest appreciation, more than you know
I LOVE this place and the people who work there. After much research, I decided to board my Siberian Husky with the staff at Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital. She has been staying with them when I am out of town since she was 8 months old. I would recommend their boarding services to anyone! The staff is friendly and remembers me and my dog, and my dog is ALWAYS excited to come! So much so, she cries until I get her out of the car to go inside! It is evident that everyone there truly cares for my dog. Dr. Brian is always polite and easy to talk to, and the ladies behind the desk are always eager to help. The staff in the back love to tell me stories of their time with my dog while boarding and I've never had a negative experience. We love Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital!
A couple of things about this vet you need to know:They will not check the information on a dog before putting them down. This happened to me when a relative of mine took my dog in and had them put down without my authorization despite the fact they were not anywhere on her paperwork. I was not even given a phone call of confirmation. But it sure was billed to me though.They are extremely disorganized on the chain on command. I brought in two of my pups under the clear understanding with one of the staff that I had called prior to arriving that I would only be charged for one office visit. When I was charged with two, they kept telling me that Dr.Bell is who told them to charge me two, and when I finally got to speak with Dr.Bell, he surprised me by yelling at me and telling me because I asked questions at the visit it took too much time to answer them and that he was sure I was lying about being told I was going to be only charged one visit. He also made it very clear he wouldn't drop the charges and that he wouldn't see my dogs again until they were paid. So, he's apparently very short tempered and impatient dispite what he puts forward in his doctor demeanor.This place is very nice, and the staff are nice too (unless you have a dispute), and the doctor is nice (again up until you have a dispute) and the prices are cheaper than most, but I wouldn't trust their word for anything. If you are told something by someone, have it confirmed by someone else or even Dr.Bell himself before going through with it. Get it in writing if you have to. And as for the safety of your animals, well, don't be a fool like me and let the wrong people take care of them while you're gone. It probably wouldn't do much to have them put a note in the your baby's file.
I took my 11 year old dog here for vaccinations after using a vet in Little Rock all of my dog's life because we moved. He had never had a reaction to vaccinations. Lake Hamiltin animal hospital gave him 9 vaccinations (this includes one DHP vaccination of three). My dog became extremely sick and had to spend 4 days here receiving IV fluids, antibiotics, pain meds, etc. In my opinion the welfare of my dog was not the top concern. It is my opinion, after thorough research, that they completely over vaccinated my 11 year old, small breed dog who was at the highest risk for vaccination reaction and should have been only given the core vaccines. In my opinion the welfare of my dog was not the top concern. It is my opinion, after thorough research, that they completely over vaccinated my 11 year old, small breed dog who was at the highest risk for vaccination reaction and should have been only given the core vaccines. (parvovirus, canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus, and rabies).
We took our puppy in without and appointment. They rushed her to a room and started tests on her before i even finished paperwork and even though they were busy at the time. Dr. Bell was wonderful with her. Even with the tests, medicines, and office visit it was half the price I was expecting. My dogs will go to no one else now.
If you love your pet, stay away from this business. The website looks great, so I took my sick cat Molly here. The staff took her away from me for her labs and exam. I could here the vet behind the walls referring to "the cat". After a very long time, she was brought back to me, lethargic, could barely stand and later covered in diarrhea. Our visit was $271 dollars. I was even charged extra for a platelet count which is part of the cbc panel that was drawn as well. The vet was arrogant, showed no compassion and clearly a business man. Even registration paperwork asks for personal information such as your ss, drivers lic #, and work info. ??? I should of seen the red flags, and wish I had been warned.
I haven't owned a dog since my 14 year old Blue Heeler passed away back in 2007. I just recently replaced him with a maltese puppy a few weeks ago to fill the void. I used Lake Hamilton Animal Hospital faithfully years ago, and that hasn't changed one bit. Just as amazing as ever with their smiles, services, and heart. Looking forward to at least another 14 years of having them on speed dial :)
I'm used to big dogs that stay outside. My wife decided to get a small little yapper dog and I have no clue how to take care of them. This vet rocks because they take care of the important things that keep it alive and that I don't have time for. Jennifer makes sure she doesn't go to the bathroom in the house and all I have to do is give her clean food and water, so you are looking at one happy camper.
I couldn't be happier with their services. I left town on business for a few days and not only did they groom my poodle, but they provided room & board for her and applied all necessary vaccinations in the process. I came home to a very clean, happy, & healthy Misty and that means the world to me :)
I was recommended to try their clinic on Airport Road from a friend who had a great relationship with them. I have never been raised around or owned animals before, so I had a million and one questions about how to raise a puppy. Dr. Brown was very patient with me, speaking to me as if we had been friends for years. She even recommended a book that is already making a positive impact for me. I am very fortunate to be a part of the whole experience.
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.