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4445 N Shadeland AveIndianapolis, IN 46226
From Business: Offering veterinarians and emergency veterinarians services. We're more than an animal hospital! We're the place where pet parents know they can bring their pets …
8503 Westfield BlvdIndianapolis, IN 46240
From Business: Pet Pals Veterinary Hospital, in Indianapolis, offers a number of services to keep your cat and dog healthy. We offer traditional and holistic veterinary medicine…
8076 N Shadeland AveIndianapolis, IN 46250
I have taken my pets to Dr Mitchell for 32 years. He has always been very knowledgeable, kind, professional, and realistic. I never feel that he is …
5120 Shelbyville RdIndianapolis, IN 46237
From Business: Our full service hospital opened in 2004. Our friendly veterinarian, technicians, and assistants have over 26 years combined experience and are ready to serve all…
6950 S East StIndianapolis, IN 46227
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
My doggie is just now a year old. After checking my options around the Indy area, I was treated with respect and kindness by the employee who first set me up. After speaking to her, I next went for a tour. They were not aware I was coming, they did not hesitate to give me a tour. The reason? The place was immaculate for an animal boarder. There was no smell, I don't know how they do it and I don't know why they don't share their secret with vet offices. Anyway, I know the pups are never left alone when they're at day camp. There were two employees, with them the entire time I was there, to constantly monitor them. My dog was bathed before I picked her up and I was too early on Sun afternoon and she was still with the groomer. I was watching them from afar and he treated my dog with kindness and gentleness and petted her occassionally. I love this place and she will continue to go there, however, I have to be honest, it is expensive, but I have absolutely no worries when I leave her there and that speaks volumes! For the money, she is getting the upmost care!
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.
Dr Herr and his staff wer very kind, courteous, and knowledgeable. My cat Bandit has a very large ruptured abcess on his neck. When I brought him to see Dr Herr, Dr Herr saw the bill I previously paid for Bandit's initial care he was suprised. He said what I was thinking that it was too much for the services provided then he told me other 24 hour hospitals with better and reasonable prices. On Bandit's care Dr Herr explained to me this going to a prolonged healing process. He also explained the time for this wound to heal will depend on my involvement with Bandit's care. He listened to my concerns and problems following Bandit's initial care with the antibiotics so he changed antibiotics and gave me courage and hope for Bandit. I can't say thanks enough.
Dr. Dietz and his staff are the most kind people there are. They are so helpful as well... So many times we called them and they put our fears to rest. When they could have had us come in and spend money they have told us not to worry and they let us know what we thought was serious was normal. Dr. Dietz is the best Vet in town..hands down. He is respectful to all people and loves animals like no other. My wife and i 'only' take our 3 cats and dog to Dr. Dietz. We don't trust anyone else. The one comment above about Dr. Dietz being rude and money hungry is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard in my life...I am not afraid to challenge that assesment and stand up for this clinic...don't listen to that wacko!
My family has been going to Dr. Geckler since I was a young teen, approx 30+ years and then we started seeing Dr. Kelly a few years ago when our Chow Chow Bear, had Kidney Failure and Dr. Kelly was so very kind & understanding!! Unfortunately in less than this past year, I have lost 2 of my kittys & LONG TIME BESTIES, Whiskers & Kiara & with Whiskers who had a tumor under his tongue, Dr Kelly & I faught 4 him for MONTHS, until we both knew it was time 4 Whiskers to go to a better place, a place with no more pain!! BOTH Dr.s ARE AWESOME!!!!
Every person working there was great. However I asked when dropping off my long haired dog how much hair Would be shaved. They replied judt a little on her tummy. They shaved clear up her sides! I looks awful, Yes I know it will grow back, really no big deal. Just not necessary. While I was waiting I abserved many dogs being checked out. None were shaved to excess off their undersides. I appreciate face,but a little respect for a mix breed obviously well cared for clean dog would of been nice.
Dr. Dallas and staff are the best....We had to let our girl Lilith go at the Airport Emergency hospital a week ago, they told us they would notify our vet (West 56th St Vet Hospital)... On Saturday we got a sympathy card from our vet Dr. Dallas, and a note about making a contribution in Lilith's name to the development fund at Purdue, also a card about the Rainbow Bridge and a note about the Pet Loss grief Support Group. Have never had such a caring vet.....Dr. Dallas and Staff ROCK!!!!!!!
I am so thankful to have found West 56th St Veterinary Hospital! Dr. Dallas is very knowledgable and always takes a practical approach to treatment. I have had to take animals in on an emergency basis and she always makes time to see them. I will always trust her with the care of our four legged family members. Her staff is kind and very good with the animals. I would highly recommend Dr Dallas to anyone seeking vet care for their pet!
My almost 15 yr. old cat had treatment for hyperthyroidism in July 2013.,his thyroid was 13 so he was given the 2nd highest dose. He had been a 27 pound cat who had lost weight down to 9. The 3 day separation was hard but I had daily updates. At 1 month afterwards my cat had gained a pound and thyroid was down to 5. Now almost 3 months afterwards and he's doing great, has gained back 7 pounds. Radiocat was worth every $ to us!
My pets always have the craziest and worst health problems. Dr. Jackson and Dr. Glasgo always go the extra mile to determine what is going on with them. My pets are my babies and it means the world to me to have a vet that seems to care as much for my pets as I do. They staff is always friendly and helpful and I have never been waiting for more than 15 minutes before seeing a doctor. I have found my forever vet!
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.