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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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So it was my first time seeing this vet because my puppy needed shots I paid 172.00 for all of his shots and there was this outraged older man who intern started cussing at me for no reason then continued to harass me and my friend Darcy I complied with the receptinost and staff they did nothing about it and then told me my dog could not be boreded there and today me and my fried were fired as clients I see that we are not the only ones this is one of the most unprofessional Bussniess I have ever been to they only want your wallet and the resepcniest are rude and have no idea on what they're doing clearly they donot know how to run a proper clinic and have no customer service skills I would never ever recomend anyone going here they will treat you nothing more than a dollar sighn.
We love Laurel Oaks. Our dogs always receive excellent care and I have never had an issue getting seen. Personally I do not think the prices are too bad, yes it is more than some smaller clinic but for a full service vet with excellent quality care I do not think the prices are bad. We use them for boarding, grooming, and medical care. I have no complaints.
I have trusted this clinic with all my pets over the past years until they allow my baby to die during the night in a lonely cold cage. After stating that she was getting better, we were informed that she died early in AM in a lonely cage. I would and will not trust this clinic with any pet that I have. They are overpriced and don't provide the proper care. I will take my pet anywhere else but Laurel Oaks.Frank S.
My daughter took her dog in and was quoted $200. They did not run just the two test that was needed but ran more. Our bill was over $400. They seem to run up charges by doing more test. I had them do the same to me. I don't take my four pets there any more. They have you do an antibiotic shot $102 instead of pills. BY THE WAY YOU CAN GET THEM AT PUBLIX. SAVE THE MONEY!!! DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND FIND A GOOD VET THAT DOESN'T USE CUTSIE BIT TO LULL YOU IN TO THINKING IT ALL ABOUT THE ANINMAL. FOR HER IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY.
We have been to this clinic three times in the past four months.1) Our poochy got electrocuted2) Pooch has an abscess that needs removal3) Pooch laid in a fire ant nestFor the first visit, I called to see the price I'd be charged for his exam and was quoted $50.00. Dr. Clark saw our dog Kettle and he fell in love with her immediately. He, out of character, smooched her all over the face and they instantly bonded, something we've never seen him do with a stranger. They said they were so grateful he was still alive after the electrocution that they didn't charge us a cent.For the second visit we saw Dr. Craig and she was equally as gentle with our dog. We had to have an exam, blood draw, antibiotics, and a heart worm med - our bill came to $87-ish.For the third visit our dog had a rash/postule like gathering on his underbelly. We were informed it was from fire ants, which are plentiful at our place, and with the calming spray and visit we only paid $27.00. Our poochy's sad, little bumps all cleared up within two/three days of applying the treatment received.As far as other's comments on estimates. I noticed these were written quite awhile in the past. I am scheduling a small surgery for our dogs abscess and they printed me out an estimate right on the spot, itemizing every treatment. We've had nothing but great care, quick service, and affordable costs. Perhaps there were older employees causing some of the previous office complaints, because we have never once experienced any of the below. We live on base and have more affordable options here; however, the competency & service at Laurel Oaks is greater hence our frequenting their establishment.
Dr Clark is a really good vet. I was recommending them up until i was recently "fired" as a client because i request estimates. I had a dog with a swollen face and he couldn't open his mouth. I took him in and got meds. He required surgery, which i had planned to do at Laural. However it was estimated at over 800 and they were requiring vaccines on a sick dog. I had an appt schedule for the day Dr Clark wanted to do it. I contacted another clinic that i had been to before which was a few hours away. Another trusted vet. The estimate was 200 cheaper and no vaccines were required on a sick dog. So i elected to go to this clinic for his procedure and she was also willing to do the procedure the next day since i could not get meds into him due to his pain. I canceled my appt at Laural and when i spoke to the receptionist I explained my reasons why. A couple months later I spent about 2000 there within a 2 week time period with different dogs. While there I requested an estimate, and wrote down specific tests i was requesting. I was told they would call me with the estimate. Time went by, i contacted the manager who i was friends with to see if she could email me the estimate. She said she would print it and when i picked up a prescription for one of my dogs i could pick it up. Well the estimate was not correct and again i explained exactly what i wanted. I never did receive the estimate so i went else where. I ask for estimates because i have to budget. Not because i have to vet hop. Being a veterinary technician for over 17 years I understand all that. I do have different veterinarians i use for different reasons. and when my budget doesn't work with the estimate i get I have to go elsewhere. Despite being asked not to come back i thought i would let others know my experience. Never have had an issue with Dr Clark, shes a good vet.
very very pricey and they push services and products on you,that you did not come in for.
I just adopted a new puppy and needed to see a vet whithin three days per my adoption contract. Laurel Oaks was able to get me in immediately and worked around my crazy schedule! Our visit to the office was very smooth Rian and Kayla at the front desk were very helpful, the Dr. Clark and her assistant Victoria were very good at explaining puppy vaccinations and general puppy care. The hospital even had a trainer, Tasha, who came in our room and gave us an entire puppy care package and was able to answer all of my questions regarding introducing the puppy to my older dog and begining training. We even signed up for puppy classes! It was a great expirence! Can't wait to start classes!
I recently had to leave town for a family emergency, and was panicking about finding last minute boarding for my two dogs. After several calls to places in town I called Laurel Oaks Animal Hospital and was very pleased with the receptionist who answered the phone. She was very understanding about it being last minute and even offered to call the vet i usually see to get their records so that I didnt have to rush to get that done as well! it was a huge help in the rush of packing! She called me back after recieving the records to let me know that my dogs needed 2 vaccines that had not been given at the previous vet. I was shocked to learn that the previous vet had told me they had been vaccinated for everything when they were still lacking protection. The staff at Laurel Oaks was very knowlegdgeable and explained what the vaccines were for and why they were important for keeping my pet safe and healthy. I have seen some complaints about prices but believe that you get what you pay for and the education and care that I recieved were top of the line.
I would not recommend this clinic. They charge you for every breath they take. If you bring a new puppy to them, they will give you all this stuff for your puppy, and will tell you its a necessity then you walk out paying for soap free shampoo, a bag of supposed free puppy food - according to the vet tech- which they still charge you for along with all the other stuff. If you board your pet, they charge you for a flea pill even if your pet IS ALREADY ON a flea preventative. They do sloppy surgeries according to a friend who used to work there and I will not take any more of my pets there.
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.