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Took my dog there to get spaded, ended up another dog there ripped her up. They put her harness on and never said it happened. I found out 3 days later when I tried to pet her she flinched I looked at her chest and she had been bitten. I took her back and they said she must have fell on some glass in my yard. For one thing she never went outside except to pee and even at that time I went with her, plus I live in Portage we don’t have glass in our yards. He charged me to stitch her up when it happened on there facility, they are dishonest and lier’s my dog will never go back there.
We have taken our pups there for many years. Good service, we were treated with courtesy and care. When one of our dogs coded in the car the doctor dropped everything and immediately went into action. We have nothing but good to say about this office.
Such an affordable price compared to other veterinarians in the area. I had my kitten tested for feline leukemia for only $30. My kitten also received a check-up for $40. There were no extra surprise charges or new client expenses. I called the office early in the morning and the receptionist was able to schedule an appointment for my animal later that day. My pet was in great care and even with a college student budget the vet charges were beyond reasonable. Highly recommend this facility walk-ins are welcome but staff prefers appointments.
I am so sorry for the lady that had the bad mishap with her horse. But I have never had anything but good with Dr. Applegate! She takes all the time it takes & helped my cat when the Dr. I had been going to misdiagnosed the cat & the treatment the other Dr. gave was wrong. Dr. Applegate, at first glance, gave me a medication that started working within a day. He had been very ill for over a year with on going treatment from the other vet.. My cat has put his weight back on & is doing well. He was skin & bones & I had Dr. Applegate down to put him down & she had a cure! Dr. Applegate is NEVER been wrong with my animals, her prices are so very reasonable and she is kind, gentle & very, very informative. I don't know why there is such a difference is reviews but I only have the very best to say about Dr. Applegate & will always call her for my pets care, with trust!! Sincerely, Judie Lake
A kind, compassionate lady, Lynn has always been super with my horses, cats, dogs and willing to take on challenge of any animal / pet i have had, she rescues many animals on her own as well, helpful, professional, organized, and hard working. I have nothing but good things to say about Lynn Applegate, I have known her for over 23 yrs, I am thankful for her selfish nature, to arrive day or night in emergencies , or for assistance over the phone. A lovely, compassionate woman, who has sacrificed so much to be a on call, horse and animal veterinarian in Kalamazoo and surrounding areas.
Vets arent Breeders, theyre NOT experts in certain traits or behaviors in specified breeds-like the AKC, they dont even have expertise in nutrition as one would think a vet would... Google the Vet program at U of M and see what I mean. THEYRE DOCTORS! Theyre the FIXERS, whos job is HEALING and SAVING LIVES! Life is Learning,NOT blaming,Open your eyes people!!
I'll try and keep this short and to the point. Lynn is rude, unprofessional and full of misdiagnosis. To sum it up, she misdiagnosed my horse and gave her treatments for a week that she did not need which then only lead to my horse making an absolute turn for the worst and having another vet come out and have to put my best friend down bc it was far too late. Ready for the best part? The night before I had to have her put down, I noticed things were getting really bad, called Lynn and told her she was dragging her back legs, fever and didn't wanna walk as she was standing in the same spot for hours and wouldnt budge on my command, she told me to give her probiotics and let things take its course, slurred every word as well! So I did as she said seeing how she's a "professional". Here's another kicker. I called to tell her i had to have her put down and she says why, I explained that the phone call i made to her about dragging her rear was a serious one and she claimed I didn't call her!!! To me, she was trying to cover her ass bc she knew she was in the wrong, or maybe she honestly didn't remember bc she was "slurring her words"I'm disappointed and I wish I would have never called her out, Bc There is a chance I could still have my horse. After the fact I find out all of these horrible things about her, apparently she's known for misdiagnosing and running with your money and she's banned from a few barns. She's now banned from mine. So fair warning to all, stay away!!!
I have always received wonderful service at Pet Vet. I have an elderly dog who can no longer walk and Pet Vet has always taken wonderful care of her. I frequently use the boarding service, and my dog is always welcomed with a big smile. Pet Vet also offers a service at their boarding facility where they will send you an email and a photo of your pet, so you can check in on how things are going, while you are out of town. The staff is caring and friendly. Pet Vet also quickly fills the prescriptions my dog needs.
I recently had my dog neutered here after adopting him from the pound. I was given no discharge papers or even pain medication. They had forgotten my leash that I came in with and took my dogs tags off and sent him home with nothing.
I've been using Dr. Gorham and her brother, Dr. Gorham, for our veterinarians since 1987. They always know what to do and talk over with us what we are wanting. They are extremely thoughtful of our feelings, and I don't know of any smarter veterinarians! If you have an animal problem, I would advise you to go for the best advice!
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.