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I'd like to address the previous review from Ms. S (Ms. Crosvy). As the owner and Veterinarian at Washington Pike Veterinary Hospital, I make it a point to thoroughly educate all clients as to the recommendations for pets' diet, flea, tick and heartworm protection. I don't push the most expensive products. I do talk to owners about what is available and what can best meet your pet's stage of life. We follow the AVMA's protocols for vaccinations. Unfortunately, in our location, there is a lot of mis-information running around that I try to correct. If that's "pushing" a client to spend money, I don't view it that way. Pet ownership is not an entitlement. Pets have just a few basic needs that I make certain all owners are aware of, including, for dogs - Flea, tick and heartworm protection. Fleas and ticks carry diseases that I am seeing an increasing in prevalence around the clinic. Heartworm disease can be fatal however, there is monthly prevention to make certain that all pets don't get this disease. All clients have the right to refuse a recommendation. As a matter of fact, I typically tell folks that my job is to make the recommendations, they can choose to ignore anything I say. It won't hurt my feelings. For new puppy owners, I do talk to them about about a common and deadly puppy disease called Parvo. Lots of new information has come out on this disease and I'd like my puppy owners to be made aware. This disease can live in an environment for many years. It is very important for puppies to be kept out of Parvo contaminated places. I don't think that's a scare tactic. I think that's a fact. Information helps keep puppies safe. I find it interesting Ms. Danielle - that this exact same review was placed on the Google Review listing for the clinic but with a different name (Tiara Danielle). Neither one was seen at our clinic on Sept 30. We did have a new client visit who was so clearly under the influence that we notified the police. Hope that wasn't you. I don't expect that everyone will like me, however, I would appreciate the chance to explain our clinic's policies and approaches to medicine. You hiding your true name, prevents a chance for us to sincerely apologize for your unpleasant experience. We do have office pets at our clinic. Both are rescued animals. We always ask clients if they mind these office pets company. Since Veterinary Medicine has such a high level of Compassion Fatigue, these pets help the staff and the clients during very difficult times.
We love this place! We have been taking our two mixed breed dogs here since they were puppies (over 3 years) and have never had a problem. The staff are friendly and remember our dogs by name. They always pet them and give them treats. We have boarded them here as well with no problems. The vets do change so if you want only one vet to treat your animal, you might have to request that. We love meeting all the vets at the clinic though, and I feel this gives our dogs great overall care. They are quick to get you an appointment when you call and to give you any lab results you are waiting on. We have an anxious dog and they go above and beyond to make sure she doesn't become more scared or nervous. I would recommend this place to anyone!
I have taken two of my dogs to this clinic when they were extremely ill and had to be put to sleep. They were extremely kind to us. Very kind to my dogs. Also I took my late cat to them when she became extremely ill with kidney disease. Again, they were very kind to us and gentle to my beloved kitty. I highly recommend them The only drawback is that they are very expensive, but you do not have much choice if your vet does not have emergency hours and this is the only clinic open on weekends and holidays.
Special Thanks to Dr Bridges and all the staff. After calling my veterinarian and 2 other friend recommends Washington Pike. My dog was sick, Called my veterinarian at 11:30 they close at 1:00 today they said they're booked up I explained what was wrong she informed me they couldn't see him.11:45 called Washington pike veterinarian explain what was wrong they agreed to see him although they closed at 12:00. Everyone was very nice and excellent with my dog, very caring. THANK YOU AGAIN
Thank God for Dr. Joe Kendrick he took special care & time for my little puppy so that he could make him a strong & happy lil boy. My puppy went thru a big move from TX to TN and fallen ill very quickly. I didn't know who to trust with him but Dr. Kendrick assured me he would handle his care and that's exactly what he did..Thank you to Dr. Kendrick and the wonderful staff here for making a bad time in our lives a lot better and very quickly.
I took my Boston terrier there she was deathly sick. Our vet said to take her there and let them do a sonogram of her stomach.i really though I my little Boston was done. They did the sonogram and then told me what they could .She had a tumor in her upper intestine . Dr Tuttle did surgery took the tumor out over a week ago .My little Boston is doing great ! They saved her life. You get what you pay for ,the best care available .
My regular vet sent us over there when we couldn't figure out why my 11 year old dog was losing so much weight. They were wonderful!!!! They let me stay with her all night when she was recovering from her surgery. ( They even offered to let me watch the surgery...but I wasn't that brave) I am very grateful for their kindness and I appreciate everything that they did for us.
Dr.Cathy Bridges is a wonderful veterinarian, and the whole office is fill of sweet, no-nonsense people. You never get the feeling that your being gouged, this office is very open and doesn't try to hide anything. Dr.Bridges is gentle but firm with the animals and very patient in general. She is obviously current in her research, and extremely knowledgeable and very personable.
The Doctors and Staff are the best! They offered me an afforable wellness plan for my dog and I couldn't be happier. It's like going to a regular Doctor. I pay for preventative services, so it's not an insurance plan. They are open 7 days a week which fits my schedule. Give them a try you will love it!
Thanks so much to the staff for your professionalism and conpassion assisting my daughter,son-in -law and grand-daughter in the recent passing of a member of our family "Holly" to lung cancer. Thanks for the paw-prints. We shall continue to bring our little loved ones to your facility for care.
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.