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I had been going to janesville west/east for 3 years. I usually have quite a wait before being seen by the doctor everytime I came in. My last visit I waited 30 minutes and ended up seeing a different vet than I scheduled with. If I had an emergency which was twice they could not see me and told me to go to the emergency vet even when they were open. This was twice within the last year (2016). I recently came in for an exam and a vaccine and they did the exam and said they were done. They forgot to do the vaccine until I mentioned it. They also don't seem to keep very good notes. They didn't have on record or I guess possibly didn't even look at the record that my dog was on medication that they prescribed and refilled for her multiple times. They seem to recommend extensive treatment when it is not always necessary. For example they recommend that my three year old dog have her teeth cleaned. I work in the dental profession and honestly my dog has no staining, no heavy or moderate build up of calculus and my dog has healthy pink tissues.
We had the great opportunity to visit your facility with our 3 year old cat named Josie on Sept 22nd when she was dehydrated and very ill. She was not eating or drinking and we thought she would die. Dr Cynthia Sweet administered IV fluids, examined her and provided an antibiotic and did a blood draw to see what was going on with her. The next day the blood work came back normal. On Sept 24th Dr Katie Reed again gave IV fluids and took an X-Ray and showed abnormalities in her stomach and intestine. We were provided with medicine to stimulate her appetite and anti-nausea medicine as she was still a very sick cat. Dr Reed called to check up on her the next day and we scheduled an appointment for Sept 26th. During that appt the x-ray showed she was returning to normal and the antibiotic was now working on whatever she had. More IV fluids to keep her going. Dr Reed followed up a few more times days later to check on her progress. We are so very happy with all of the staff and the cost was very reasonable. If your pet is not doing well, the staff here will take exceptional care and go above and beyond your expectations. Thank you to all the staff for saving our youngest cat of the family. Josie is back to normal thanks to all of you. Pat & Heather
Unsympathetic to our situation, favoritism among clients or inability to properly triage. Communication was also subpar.
I had a similar experience as Tiffany and my cat died. They lied about things and were directly responsible for my cat getting worse. No question my cat would be alive today if I never came to this place. I will never forget this!
I had a similar experience as tiffany. My cat also died at their hands. They lie about stuff and insist on servicing your pet in another room and you can't watch. It's totally suspicious and I would not recommend ever. My cat is dead because of this place. I won't forget this.
Badger Veterinary is great. We needed to put our elderly dog to sleep, and we wanted a vet to come to our house instead of taking him and stressing him out. Being somewhat new to the area, we hadn't taken our dog to the vet here, but they agreed to come out for us even though he hadn't been a prior patient. The vet and his assistant were very kind and compassionate, and even took a few extra minutes to wait for another friend to be there. We'd made bacon for our dog as a last day treat, and they even fed some to him to make friends with him first.I would highly recommend them to anyone, and I will use them for all my other pet needs. They were kind and compassionate and professional.
Do not bring your animal(s) to this Vet. My daughters cat got sick he quit eating. It was only 4 days from the time it started till the time we took him in. Well the vet on call said it was fatty liver. Ok so we started treatment right away. This was on Sunday. Monday at 8AM we took him in for blood work. My daughter took him in and told them that the cat had not eaten or gotten any medicine yet. The receptionist said ok we will take care of it. At 3 PM my daughter and her dad went and picked the cat up the clinic said that they did not feed him and they never gave him any Meds water we are not sure of. So my daughter brought him home and noticed that he was worse then before taking him in for the blood work. Well I'm going to say it the way it happened. WAFER DIED BY 12:15 AM The next morning 8 hours and fifteen mins after going to badger he was gone from our lives Wafer was only 1 1/2 years old. So I do not recommend this vet no matter what.
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.