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Guinea Pig Ovarian Cysts - I took my 4 year old guinea pig, Marshmallow, to a regular dog/cat vet who could not diagnose her. From there, thankfully, I was referred to Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic. I took Marshmallow to see Dr. Woods 9/6/12. Marshmallow's entire middle section was swollen and she was losing hair in the same area. She was diagnosed with ovarian cysts. She was scheduled for surgery 9/12/12. Dr. Lennox, Dr. Woods and team successfully removed both cysts which weighed in at nearly half Marshmallow's total body weight. I was so nervous about my tiny Marshmallow having this major surgery, but in just a few minutes following surgery she was up, walking around and eating hay. Amazing! To be safe, both doctors preferred to keep Marshmallow overnight to be sure she did not have any reaction from the surgery. I live about 30 minutes away and did not want to risk the possibility that I might not make it to the clinic in time should an emergency arise overnight. Dr. Woods actually took Marshmallow home with her. Knowing what a nervous mess I was, Dr. Woods sent me texts with status updates and even a couple photos of my sweet Marshmallow. I was so incredibly happy and grateful with the service and kindness of Dr. Woods and team that I took my other four guinea pigs back for a check-up, something I had not done before. Happy to report, five months later, Marshmallow is fabulous as are the other four!! If you have guinea pigs, do not go to a regular dog/cat vet. Select a vet that specializes in small exotic-type animals. I am so very grateful to have found Dr. Woods, Dr. Lennox and team at Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic...they saved my Marshmallow's life!!
I cannot say enough great things about this daycare. I have recommended this place to SEVERAL friends and rescue groups. While the person below was upset about a scheduling issue, this has not been the case for my family, my rescue group family or coworkers that have attended Wigglebutt since its opening. The owners, Ben and Nardra are some of the most rescue friendly people I know. They work closely with many groups in our city to help with temporary boarding of foster dogs. Although I am a long time customer, there have been a couple of times when I make a last minute call and they are full and I can't get in. I GET THAT! I understand that the line has to be drawn. I know first hand also that they have been full and have taken my dogs because they were aware of a family emergency. When I was unaware of a cut my dog had on his pad, they found it and called me. I was able to get my dog into the vet immediately. The wound was a couple of days old and I was SO gateful they found it. This business donates weekly passes to rescue goups for fundraising raffles. They organize a team for the MuttStrutt each year. Their workers volunteer for rescue group events. The facility is clean and well cared for. All four of our dogs go to Wigglebutt. All of them have some "special needs" in one way or another, either behaviorally or health. The staff has ALWAYS worked closely with our family to make sure everything is taken care of. I have NEVER been disappointed by this business and give it 5 stars...would give 10 if I could.
Not bad but getting worse.When I first started going here, they were great. Friendly, attentive.Now, they have some new vets (who are nice) but it almost seems like a regular doctor's office where you get your five minutes and then they are gone. The staff is still very friendly and my dogs do not have a problem with any of them. However... I called to find out the results of the bloodwork and three days of phone tag and finally another vet called and left a message on the results! Now, I called a week ago to renew the medication for one dog and was told they would call me back by the end of the day. I called and left a message a couple times now, but I am still waiting to find out if the medication has been renewed. My dog has run out and I am about ready to find another vet.I give it three stars because they were decent and staff is nice, I trust them to take care of my dogs, but their vet's customer service seems a bit lacking of late.
This is one of the best animal clinics you will find in the Indianapolis area. Their prices are very reasonable, but much more important to me is they are caring and compassionate. Dr Borst and crew have helped several of my animals through some bad times and then, when "that" time eventually comes, they compassionately help my animal (and me) through the dying process. Just yesterday I had to say goodbye to my beloved dog Ellie. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it, but the entire team helped me through it from the front desk staff, to the techs, and then of course Dr Borst. They were all extremely caring and very aware of the pain I was going through. It was still a very sad day, but made much easier to take by this place and the team there. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
Great 1st time experience! Got an appointment right away on a Saturday. My schedule is crazy at best, so wow! My 8 yr. old German Shepherd Kita was done quickly, I got a call at time estimated, but couldn't pick her up right away, and they were very accommodating! When I got there, she looked beautiful and she was happy. They did the best haircut she has ever had! She didn't look nervous at all. I get her cut every summer because I could brush her till the cows come home and I get enough hair for a new dog every time! Plus, she gets miserably hot! They are definitely my go to groomer from now on! Thank you for such a great job! Oh!, and did I mention how reasonably priced they are?!
I have been using this grooming service for about 5 years now. The groomer comes to your house and all he asks is that you have a place for him to plug in his electricity. Other than that, he runs the cord, sweeps the pup away, and they come back within 30 minutes fresh, clipped, & clean! No drive time, and no trauma for your pooch by having him/her stuck in a crate or kennel. I think the best part for me is knowing that my dog is being pampered and having a pleasurable experience. She is always glad to see him and is excited when she comes back in to 'show off her new do'. :-) A++ service. Thanks A Shag'N'Waggin!
I've been taking my birds to see Dr. Lennox for 10+ years. She's a great veterinarian and very kind. Once she even took my sick African grey home with her and took care of him all night. And I just learned that aparently she's like the only "board certified" bird vet in all of Indiana, which is cool! She REALLY knows her stuff. So its well worth the drive to see her!The staff is also nice and very knowledgable. A few times I've seen one of her interns and I've been pretty happy with them. I love Cori at the front desk. They've always taken great care of my critters! Highly recommend!!
I took my puppy to the Binford Pet Wellness Clinic today, and was so impressed. The technician did an EXCELLENT job explaining all the different shots and medicines they recommend. There was absolutely no pressure to get any of the non-mandatory treatments, or to go with the pricier options. In fact, they did everything they could to help keep my costs as low as possible. They were quick, efficient, and knowledgeable. They even sent me home with a kit full of information. I'm completely satisfied with the Binford Pet Wellness Clinic and would recommend them to anyone I know.
This place was recommended to me so I gave them a call. Nobody answered but the message on the machine says nail trimmings are walk ins only. So we loaded up the puppies and made are way there. Once there the open sign was on but a hand written note says the door would stay locked while the dogs were being washed & to knock on the window. So I did and I saw someone inside and all the dogs were barking. After waiting 15 minutes we packed up and left. Gave them two stars because of the recommendations but my experience has me not sure what to think, very disappointed!
We have been using this company since moving to Indianapolis in 2001. They are great!!! They have taken care of both are Rottweilers. And our present Rottweiler is quite a challenge as he does not like the grooming experience at all with anyone. I always feel so comfortable turning my animals over to the them because I know they are going to be well taken care of. The price can not be beat by anyone in this area. Again I can not say enough good about them.
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.