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541 Ansborough AveWaterloo, IA 50701
From Business: At Purr-sonal Care Cat Clinic, we treat your cats like the valued family members they are. We provides cat veterinary care, cat boarding, cat grooming, cat surger…
974 Home PlzWaterloo, IA 50701
From Business: You and your pet are family at Den Herder Veterinary Hospital! We take great pride in serving the Cedar Valley with top-tier veterinary care and service that is s…
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If you have been to other vets who couldn't control your dog in a humane way then this is the place for you. I have a Pit mix & they have been so great with her! I started out with them because of their excellent pricing & will never go anywhere else due to their ability to handle a strong dog who has been quite the unwilling patient. Some might see the doctors as curt but I see them as no nonsense straight shooting very busy people. The care comes through in the way they handle my dog. I can not express enough how happy I have been with their treatment of my. Also, they never try to sell unnecessary services or products as some other vets will do. They are the best!
I was calling there just to simply get some information about vaccination regimen for a new puppy and the receptionist was rude and evasive about answering questions about the regimen and costs of vaccinations. I figure if they are going to be that rude when just getting information how would they treat my pet if I were to go there. I'm guessing she might have something to do with why they have only a 1.5 star review so far. Had I seen that reading before I picked up the phone I would not of even bothered.
I took my cat here in November 2016 because he quit eating and drinking and all this vet did was check his blood and said everything was fine and sent us home. He still wouldn't eat or drink so I started force feeding him water every hour from a syringe and every 3 hours I put chicken or beef or liver baby food in a syringe and force fed him. Got all the info off the internet what to do. I did this for 2 weeks and now he is fine and has been eating and drinking on his own. This stupid vet clinic charged me $155.00 for absolutely nothing! I will never take a animal of mine there again. They are the worse vet clinic I've ever taken my pet to!
I also had a very bad experience. I took my little Chihuahua Lucy in in May of 2014. I was moving and she need to have her shots for my new apartment. He gave her the distemper and rabies shots one on each side. She started breathing really hard the next few days. I called him on Memorial Day and asked it him if the shots were causing her problem. He said no, but to bring her in on Tuesday. She died in my arms on May 26, 2014 at 4 PM in my arms. I have heard from many that a small dog like Lucy should never be given both injections at once, and that others had pets that died from this also. I was heart broken
Terrible experience with Hudson Veterinary Clinic. One star because it is the lowest rating, would not take 0 stars.First time to this vet. My wife took our heathy dog in for shots and teeth cleaning. The dog stayed over night and she picked him up on Saturday. He would not eat or drink anything all weekend. My wife took him in Monday morning and was told he had an infection. They administered two shot, an antibiotic and one antiemetic. They also prescribed clindamycin liquid, then charged another 50 dollars. When I called, they took no responsibility, saying the infection had nothing to do with the teeth cleaning. I will never go back.
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.