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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 …
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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This place is supposedly the top exotics vet in Indianapolis. I brought a rabbit I rescued in for a simple exam (more than most vets at around $60) for an unknown respiratory issue. The vet spent less than ten minutes with me, whisked him away for observation, and barely let me say goodbye to my pet. This is standard. Most animals who come to this vet are taken for overnight observation. After x-rays and 4 nebulizer treatments over the course of 2 days, the total bill was $265. Despite my asking, the vet refused to see me when I came to pick up my pet. A vet tech responded to my questions about his issue and treatment, diagnosed at pneumonia. They gave me baytril (an overused animal antibiotic) for fourteen days. Someone mis-measured the dose and it barely lasted 9 days. I returned after having done my own research. I wanted to administer the treatments at home. I went to pick up the antibiotics for the nebulizer treatments from the vet they charged me almost $70 for 4 days. Doctor was again unavailable to speak with me. This time, the vet tech told me all kinds of things DIFFERENT about my bunny's condition than either previous vet tech I'd talked to did. Now I was broke, completely confused as to what was actually wrong with my pet, and the doctor refused to speak with me, again, to confirm the issue. They were now asking for $600 for just an endoscopy and ct scan. They never performed cultures to determine which antibiotic would work best. End of story--Dr. Lennox has horrible bedside manners. Everyone at this clinic has an attitude and no one cares about you or your individual pet. Like another poster said, this doctor's concerns are primarily academic, and while this may lead some to think that this makes her a good vet, it does not. The vet techs here are rude and short. Please find a vet who is knowledgeable about rabbits and can also cater to the pet and pet owner populations. They are out there. Dr. Lennox is not the best option.
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!!
This Doctor went out of her way to help me with my weasel. I was completly in the dark about how to care for her. She had been brought in as a baby and I couldn't find a dr. to take care of her. She actually closed her office and came to my work to meet me. She was very knowedgable and I was amazed by her ability to size up the situation. She was honest and helpful and I am very thankful to have found her. Later, I aquired two ferrets and would not even think about going elsewhere. I recently spoke with her about doing surgery on one of my ferrets and was given a written estimate for all charges and the staff was great because they explained what every single charge was, why it was recommended and how much the options cost. I was then able to work with Dr. B to create a personalized treatment plan that fit my budget. I was very happy with the surgery and the cost was exactly what she said it would be. Her staff even rememered me when I called with questions. The personal service was great. Try this Vet!
I have a red eared slider and it had gotten this bump on the side of the head. Took him in for an exam that cost like 20 dollars less than anywhere else and the doctor knew right away when she stepped into the room what was wrong. He had an abcess where is ear was because of an ear infection. She told me that surgery would fix it and gave me what i thought was a reasonable price and said i could pick him up later that day. I got a call from the doctor when everything was done saying that the procedure went well and hes ready to go home. when i came to pick him up the doctor was there and said that they had taken a culture from the ear abcess and if i wanted they could send it off and make sure there wasnt any bacteria growing in there. I was very impressed that they would waste time and equipment to prepare a test they didnt even know was going to happen. For peace of mind i agreed to it and there is nothing wrong with him and he is doing great. i would recommend this place to anyone.
I got on this site and was very surprised by some of reviews I found on here. My experience was very pleasent. I was greeted by one of the nurses( i think they called themselves technicians) with a smile and she put me into a room right away. When the doctor came in, it was like she knew what was wrong with my rat right away, or at least had a good idea. after asking me a series of questions, like most doctors do, she told me that the next step would be to get blood work done. Some of the other reviews talk about having to pay more than quoted, but I was given a very detailed estimate and the nurse came in and explained all my pricing options to me and talked to me about care credit, which helped me alot. By the time Snickers(thats my rat) was out of the hospital, he was happy as could be and I didn't pay any more than what the estimate told me. I'm sorry for those other bad reviews but I think you should give this place another chance.
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.
I found both the vet and the tech to be more than helpful. I have been a tech, the people who are complaining that they took their animal to another room without you there is a reason they do this. Most animals are freaked out in the first place, some procedures require a good"hold", most owners would A.) Freak out and think they were holding their "baby" too tight, but this is necessary to keep everyone including the animal safe and B.) The owner freaking out would only aggitate the animal more. I have to agree with the comment if you want a vet that will kiss your behind and you want to pay out the nose for that service..go elsewhere, but if you want affordable, compassionate care that might require a little wait time then this would be the place for you.
I took my pet harry a rat due to some mites. I was very scared due to reading many horror stories about vets giving wrong medications or to much and having very bad outcomes. They treated harry so nicely i was right away put at ease.they ended up clipping his nails and washing his feet because he was itching so bad he also had many scabs. He was sent home on three medications and his mites and scabs were gone within a week. He is doing great and just looks so much healthier. I just wanted to say thanku so much and i would highly recommend this place to any rat owners who is in need of a vet. Thanks again.
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 had a FANTASTIC expreience at Binford Pet Wellness Clinic. Staff are the most friendly I have ever met....helpful and they know their stuff! I have met 2 of the vets at the clinic....Dr. Hull and Dr. Hall....and both are really nice and helpful. they understood that I don't have unlimited funds and were able to work within my budget to get my dog treated...something most other vets just won't do. They obviously care about their "patients" as well as the owners. If you want a good, affordable, clean, nice hospital, then just give them a call. 5 Stars all the way!
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.