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Dear Dr. John I just want too thank you for what you have done for Shadow,when he was alive & not doing that great. You went out of your way too help him, But it was to late for him.When Simon was with me you treated him like he was yours. Even though he was a stray he had a home with me .. You talked me out of gettingsausage, biscuts& gravey . I think you knew I was planning on getting all three for family sticks together.. Threre sweet little puppy faceswere so sad looking I nearly was ready to sign those papers that day.And Gia at the shelter said I had too have a good Vet for them I told her that I did.And her reply was talk with your Vet, Then come back and let me know what he said.With me chocking on tears Your reply was Don't take them with them being so ill the bills would have been over your head. You and your staff knows how to take care of Shadiea You went over my head But you had a good answer for it Your Mom & I'm the Doctor.. You & your staff all answer my questions about my community cats if one is hurt or might be sick You tell me to watch it But Don't Touch It!! When Simon died you all took care of everything. I love you all so much for sometimes I need you when something wrong with one of the animals Thank You All For Being A Part Of My Family Sincerly Yours Lizz Payton
The most amazing staff! They were understanding and patient with my doggo and gave me a lot of really helpful information and showed lots of love to her. We had a bad experience earlier in the day trying to get spayed at a different local clinic, she's a reactive pit bull and sounds aggressive even if she just wants attention so she barked uncontrollably and made the entire clinic, both people and dogs upset. It was so uncomfortable and the staff was so unwilling to work with us we had to just leave. She's been through some recent traumas(having puppies, a tornado, and a big move) that resulted in some behavioral issues so it was frustrating to feel helpless and have people stare at us when I was trying the best I could to calm my dog in a very chaotic and stressful environment. The animal hospital took every step imaginable to keep my reactive pit calm, they got us back to a room immediately so she wouldn't see other dogs, and it was really great to see my baby at ease. She only briefly barked once and they handled it with grace. The environment was clean and relaxing with no bad smells and I will be back for her spay soon. I'm really glad we found a better option. This is 5 star service!
Kristine and Dr. Cupp, have to be the best vet, I have ever had. I moved to KCMO, from Los Angeles CA, in 2006 and was referred by my family to him. I have never to this day found a vet more compassionate, Caring, Kind, honest, and straightforward. He genially cares about what he does. I have lived in Miami Fl. since 2010 and I still call, Kristine and Dr. Cupp. for advise and second opinions. I would recommend him and his staff to anyone looking for a doctor that has experience. A doctor that continues to stay educated and informed, and a doctor that cares more about the animals, then the money. If I had the ability to fly back when my pets needed to go to the vets, This is the ONLY place in the entire Unites States I would go. Paul Herring and John Dworkis
Dan Hecker is the best veterinarian in the metropolitan Kansas City area. He has been my vet of choice for all the different animals that I have. When my dog Wolfie was extremely sick with kidney stones, Dr. Hecker performed an 8-9 hour surgery on my 2 pound dog. He not only survived but has thrived for at least 4 years since the operation and is still doing great. Without Dr Hecker, I would have lost Wolfie a long time ago. I appreciate the fine operating skills and the fine veterinarian skills that Dr. Hecker possesses. And I thank him for giving me so many great years with my little dog
I recently moved to the area and was recommended Kendallwood animal clinic by a coworker. I took my dog there to get a simple check up due to her age and so she and I could get to know the Vet there. Because of her age he recommended bloodwork and I am so glad he did!! It came back that she was starting to have liver problems and if he hadn't suggested and been thorough I wouldn't have known until it was too late. I am very impressed with this Vet, his clinic and his services. I am happy we found him and will definitely recommend Kendallwood to everyone!
We had three Ferrets we adopted. One had a severe Adrenal problem, one developed cancer. They were all very attentive and helped them the best that they could. Surgery was done to remove a tumor on the one with Cancer, and he was made as comfortable as he could be. Having set appointments always got us seen on time. Expecting a single doctor to step out of surgery, is a bit of a high expectation. While I understand an emergency, I would not think that walking in to any clinic, animal or otherwise.. to have a Dr drop everything they were already doing.
Noah’s Ark is a fantastic clinic that truly cares about my pets’ well-being. Dr. Jane and staff are amazing. Dr. Jane has been our vet for over 15 years and has taken excellent care of our animals. Front staff is always excited to see my dogs and have always addressed all of my concerns. The doctors have always been very understanding and cover all of the options available for an ailing pet. I know my pets are safe and happy when I leave them at Noah’s Ark for treatment. I would recommend them to anyone.
I have been meaning to put a review here, but this is the first chance I had. Dr. Cupp and his staff are the BEST!! I absolutely love them. Last year our dog Barney passed away and they were so compassionate. Dr. Cupp loves the animals. He is treating the dog we have left who has a heart condition and back problems and I appreciate Dr. Cupp so much for trying to make my Bingo as comfortable as possible.
Dr. Fortney and his wife are incredible. Truly the best vet in the kansas city metro area, so kind and helpful and incredibly attentive to both of my dogs. My dogs absolutely love him! I have dog who has special needs and she is much more calm and peaceful here than any other vet office we've gone to, Will continue to go and tell as many people as I possibly can about the perfect vet!
This is the only place I would ever take my dogs to in KC. I took them to other vets before that overcharged for service and meds but Eastwood Hills was very fair priced. They are great with my dogs and nice people. I recommended them to my sister in law for her new puppy and she loved them too, she said they are half the price of other vets for puppy shots.
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.