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7280 W 105th StOverland Park, KS 66212
From Business: We understand how important your pet is to your family. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you to ensure that yours will enjoy a long, happy and healthy l…
1604 S BroadwayOak Grove, MO 64075
We are 100% happy with all the care our 3 dogs receive at the clinic. Dr. Neal and staff are top notch. The after hours emergency care was awesome. …
1701 NE Colbern RdLees Summit, MO 64086
Dr. Douglas Neal is fantastic. Have taken all of our family members to him since he was pretty much first out of school (He didn't need reader's the…
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Best care for your pets!! The vet's are extremely caring and professional. I wouldn't take my pets anywhere else.
This is Sigrid Olsen I am very happy with the doctors in this clinic, but I had the worst experience with one of the staff members on the front desk. I was there for one hour she scratched out my name on the list without ever calling my name when I talked to her about it she got Ruth with me and said have a nice day like I should just leave. There is a sign at the door, saying be nice or leave. I really think she is not the right right person for the job and should leave.
I have nothing but good to say about this vet center! All of the doctors ate wonderful and caring! Our chi Ares got so deathly sick once! Dr. Crowe was amazingly compasionate! You can choose whichever vet you want, but they are all good! I sometimes get Dr. Wingert. The prices are very reasonable, and even though sometimes there are a lot of people, the wait isn't usually very long! Many thanks for helping my chi's!!!
SO IMPRESSED! We were needing just boarding, our vet's office was booked, in one phone call we received more thought and practical advice than we had gotten from anywhere else combined.. Thank you Justin, you are a credit to your profession. We will come there from now on for her care.
I agree with the other reviewer's. They reject your application on a whim without calling references or meeting you. Don't get attached to a dog! Don't get your hopes up!
The name of this organization should be changed to Animals Best Failures or Animals Best Warehouse. There are several dogs and cats at that facility that have lived there their entire lives with little or no hope of ever finding a home. If an adopter leaves 1 question blank on their application, the application is ignored. If an adopter meets all their adoption criteria but they have never given their previous dogs heartworm medication, their application will be ignored instead of providing the adopter education about heartworms. The people running this place do not think it is cruel for animals to spend their entire lives in cages or a "cat room." Instead of reaching out to other shelters and rescue groups for help in finding good homes, the dogs and cats are warehoused to spend their entire lives here. The people in charge have been described as animal hoarders with control issues whom may be well-intentioned but have no regard for actually finding these animals homes. If you need to relinquish your pet, DO NOT give it to this place! Take it to a real shelter or rescue group that truly wants the animal to have a better life and please DO NOT financially support this organization. If you or someone you know can meet this organization's stringent adoption requirements and give an animal a good home, PLEASE TRY TO ADOPT. These animals are truly wonderful and they do not deserve to be failed by humans time and time again.
The Thurber Family has been going to this clinic since 1975. The doctors are very caring. We have had a half a dozen dogs in our lifetime. They have given the yearly shots, spading every one of the females.
I have been bringing my dogs here for years. The doctors are absolutely wonderful. They are compassionate, honest and love what they do. They always take great care of my pets. I will always take my kiddos. Plus, they are affordable too!
I have came here in the past and had a good visit however, this morning's yearly visit was not the same experience. First of all, my appointment was at 8:15. I was quickly taken into the exam room where they weighed my dog and then left. I sat there for literally 45 minutes listening to all of the chatter coming from back between the staff. I have a very small dog and she must have used a large needle for his shots because he was hurting and trying to bite her. The first time I went here, he didn't even act like he just got poked. I explained that the last time he was poked, they lifted his skin on his back and he didn't feel a thing. She didn't seem to care. He is now traumatized, shivering, and very sluggish. Just not a professional experience at all.
Over the past week we have experienced extremely poor customer service, care, treatment, and service from Hidden Valley. They cut our dog during grooming which required a staple...did not provide a treatment plan...it got infected...did not return calls...sent the dog home with a soiled bed and sheets...took the staple out and gave no treatment plan and it has reopened...and they have not responded once to any of my concerns. KEEP AWAY!!! Coming here could literally be a matter of life and death for your furry family member.
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.