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On May 30, I got a call that my dog Marley was long story short, anemic and about to pass away. I had two dogs boarding with them bc I was abroad. Dr James and Dr Jenn went above and beyond to say a dogs life by giving blood transfusion, which was great. The next morning, my roommate went to go pick up the non-sick dog. To our surprise, the name cards on the crate had been switched and the other dog was switched. Long story short, the dog that was sick was actually my senior dog who has many medical conditions, which I had not relayed to the vet. The previous day, the vet had the wrongs dogs charts and was discussing past medical procedures with me. While I was very happy that the next day ONE of my dogs was better, wasn’t sure which one was better, I was very upset about the mos information exchanges between the vet and me. On talking to Dr. James, he told me that ‘’these things happen.’’ When I explained that money is an issue bc I could have saved money by not having tests done bc I have other relevant medical info, he became aggressive. I have the following on a recording: He yelled over the phone, told me I don’t have the mental capacity to hold a conversation, told me that I can just pick my sick dog up the next day and will pay my whole bill. VERY UNPROFESSIONAL. We will be going to the news, and all of this could have been prevented by just listening and understanding why I am upset that my dogs who are completely different we’re switched up during an emergency, and in communicating with me.
This vet is awful! The owning Dr. only cares about his own bottom line, not your precious pets or their quality of care. The owner will push for your pet ito have invasive painful surgery with little chance of recovery only to be able to charge you the most possible. Please if you care about your pets take them ANYWHERE else.
My daughter took her cat here and they charged her $200 for testing and wanted to charge another $480 for extra testing. They told her the cat was collapsing due to old age and give it medication for the vomiting. The next morning her cat died. I’m not a vet and I knew her cat was dieing. THis vet is out to take advantage of people. They are all about money and not out to help your pet.
I brought my Savannah cat in because he was scratching and licking himself bald. One of the vets there found he had no intestinal parasites, no fleas, ticks, etc., which I already knew. He's never been outside. They charged me $380.00 for a 20 minute "look over", skin scraping, and found nothing. They dropped the ball. Nothing ever came from that and he's still doing the same. The next Savannah kitten I bought two years later went in for a minor surgery and Keele had no clue if he had his pain meds or if he had eaten or had been drinking after his surgery. He said he did, but that was a lie. When I got him home, he was dehydrated, and starved. He was in so much pain that he cried until I gave him the meds they had sent me home with. I don't appreciate being lied to. Also, my daughter's cat recently had a dental procedure done there and her cat has never been the same. She'll never go back and neither will I. If you love you pets, DO NOT TRUST THESE VETS! They don't care about your animal, they care about money!!!!l
The exam fee is only $20. this is half the price of other vets. keep up the good work Karns Animal Clinic, and thank you again for your low prices, it makes it easier to bring the animals in when they need it. there are often times that i woudln't bring the animals in because of having to pay $40 just to walk in the door to other vets, and so i would wrestle with "do i see if it goes away on its own, do i take them to the vet?": because there are most of the time, where the animal really does get better on its own, and wasting $40 every time can be expensive with 7 animals.... now, it wont be such a wrestling match, if i want to take them in, $20 isn't bad for a doctor to look and see if they are alright. this means a lot to me, thank you again.
I used to like this company whenever I had an issue they were quick to help me. However, I will never take my dog here again! I dropped her off with an upset stomach before I went to work. I was notified that I could either have them give her subcutaneous injections and oral medication for 390.00 but,there was a chance that I would have to take her to an ER for an IV since it was the weekend or I could go ahead and pay 440.00 for the IV medication and bring her back the next day. Therefore, I chose the IV medication due to the fact the doctors said she looked nauseous. Well, I picked her up at 5:15 pm after work and took her home. Around 7:00pm I noticed her paw was swelling to twice the size of her other foot and tried to loosen the bandages per the ER vet's instructions. However, she was in so much pain that she started to growl at me. Therefore, I rushed her to the ER where they informed me that the blood flow to my dogs foot was cut off due to the bandages being wrapped to tightly and that she would have to be sedated again to take the catheter out of her leg causing an additional 126.36 for the ER visit. Well, I called the vet the next day to have the charges reimbursed since it was their fault that she had to be rushed to the clinic. However, I was told that since I had taken her home it was my fault because, I took that responsibility into my own hands. However, there is NO ONE at the clinic after 6:00pm when they close. Therefore, no one would have been able to see that her paw was swollen and in that time she could have lost her paw due to a lack of blood. Therefore, it is an extremely good thing that I had been there because, if she had lost her paw I would have been on the phone with a lawyer before I even walked out of the office. There is no reason that a dogs paw should have been wrapped that tightly. Finally, if you have an active dog and you let them wrap their and let them keep them you may need to change their name to tripod!
I established Fannon Veterinary Medical Center since it is closer to where I live. I have cancer and was in the hospital 6 times last year. My ex-friends did not take very good care of my two dogs and one cat, so boarding them became a necessity. They did a dental on one of my rescued dogs. They were also bathed and groomed. Fannon does not do "grooming", Just shears their fur real short. When they brought out one dog, I noticed that her nails had not been trimmed. They took her in the back, and then brought her back to the waiting room. Got both dogs home, and Fannon VMC had NOT trimmed their nails! This was disappointing after all of the money I had paid them. Since the fire at FVMC, no one has answered my phone calls and messages. I NEED my fur babies' medical records and will go back to Broadway Veterinary Clinic where I had been going to since 1983. I can't afford to have all of the blood work and vaccinations done again. Too many vaccines close together can cause autoimmune diseases. I was hoping any fire damage would be repaired and Fannon would re-open.
I have been taking my dogs and cats to Broadway Veterinary Clinic since 1983, even when the late Dr. Senter was there. My fur babies have always had excellent care.
We have been going to Cedar Bluff since 2003. Have had multiple pets treated there. Very pleased with service. They really love animals and take the time to listen to the owner. We moved from the West Knoxville area in 2005 to Powell. There are,several vets right down the road over here, but we continue to bring our 4 cats to Cedar Bluff. Wouldn't go anywhere else!
Very convenient. The service was quick and efficient, but not hurried.It felt like Dr.Caroline already new my dog when we alked through the door! We'll be back.
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.