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1285 S Sheridan BlvdLakewood, CO 80232
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
2950 S Bear Creek BlvdLakewood, CO 80228
From Business: Fox Hollow Animal Hospital is a full service animal hospital and welcomes both emergency treatment cases as well as pet patients in need of routine medical, surgi…
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DON'T TAKE YOUR PET THERE! Can't even begin to tell you how bad my experience was. I took my dog and left to go to another clinic that cares about the animals and not just the money..
I have searched for a VET I could trust for 40 years and I finally found one. This Lady loves animals and you can tell it. Also very fair charges as wellRick Berman
I have had the great pleasure of taking my dog to Dr. Brett for close to 9 years. I couldn't have been more pleased with him and the entire staff. Dr. Brett has correctly diagnosed and treated Bradley for everything from anxiety (lightning issues) to ear infections ( a beagle), to mysterious lumps and general check ups.Every time he was spot on with his solutions. Dr. Brett has always used the most effective tool to help him reach a conclusion. Things like biopsies, ultra sound , X-ray , whatever it took. He left no stone unturned.I highly recommend this Vet Clinic to anyone who loves their pet and is looking for top notch care.
I am a new client to Drs. Landin and Miller and the 4 Paws clinic, and they are now my permanent veterinarian. Like many other reviewers, I could not care less that this clinic isn't spa-like with upscale furnishings, coffee, etc. like some other clinics (and believe me, you WILL pay for those extra amenities, and they have nothing to do with the care your pet will get!). The vets at 4 Paws are kind, compassionate and above all, knowledgeable, which is what I want in my vet. I've had pets my entire life, and I have never had a vet take the time to review x-rays and educate me about the physiology of my dog's spine the way Dr. Landin did. The clinic is busy.. there's no doubt about that, because they have a lot of clients (which should tell you something), but I have not felt rushed or ignored any time I've been there. So grab your latte at the Starbucks on the corner, ignore the furnishings, and relax knowing your pet will receive the best care possible.
My family has been taking our animals to Front Range Vet Clinic for over 25 years. We have had such great care from Dr. Brett Sargent and the wonderful staff there. Brett is an excellent vet who explores options and is great at followup. I would happily recommend Dr. Sargent and Front Range Vet Clinic to anyone. They will take great care of your precious pets!
Brett A. Sargent is a horrible "vet" and human being who misdiagnosed my puppy and best friend. Diagnosing a tumor to be benign and only needing to be removed if any growth was noticed, when in actuality it was the early stages of a Mast Cell Tumor. Growth did not occur until 15 months later, rapidly growing from 2.5 cm in diameter to the size of a soft ball overnight. Becoming dangerously close to his lungs, eliminating surgery as a first option. When I called to ask Brett about his original diagnosis and to send my dog's records to my new vet, he lied and claimed to have diagnosed something different, even though I read to him what he wrote in his treatment plan. I could not believe it, despicable. Chemotherapy (vincristine) was utilized to reduce the size of the tumor so it could be removed with clean margins, however, the tumor would come back and eventually lead to the passing of my companion when Paladia and Kinavet were no longer effective. AVOID THIS HORRIBLE PLACE AT ALL COSTS!!!!! Brett should not be allowed to practice medicine if he cannot be honest with his patients. A responsible vet would not claim to know what is wrong with a patient when he actually has no clue.
My family has taken our pets here for over 20 years. On occasion you run into someone having a bad day, who doesn't? it's hard work.Dr. Landin and her staff are the most compassionate people in the business. She has a better connection with animals than with people, I'm fine with that. I'm fine with the office and decor, im LOVING the prices. All of this shows they are in the business for the right reasons. If you want to take your animal to some urban spa and are "offended" by the decor, get over yourself. If you don't like the care or suggestions being offered, say so...you are your animals keeper. Don't blame someone else for your inability to speak up. If you want a vet that puts your animal as a priority while respecting your wishes AND being reasonably priced, go to 4 Paws. I have never in all my times going there had an issue with a lack of empathy, communication, or understanding. If there are people who have seen attitude issues, I would guess its because its a reflection of their own. And if you really have an issue, take it up with the doc, they listen, and listen well. The times I have had to put an animal down, DR. Landin and her staff were there in solidarity, crying with me. I seriously will never go anywhere else, and will be devastated when Dr. Landin decides to retire.
I want to Thank and Recommend Dr. Kim and her staff for the amazing care they have given my animals for over 20 years. I also want to thank Dr. Kim for her kind and gentle compassion she gave me and my dog Chyna in taking care of her last moments and the handling of her cremation and remains. She came to my home after a long 12 hour day and helped me with her departure. This woman is a saint when it comes to taking care of all of my animals. Thank you Doc Kim and God Bless you and your staff.
Dr. Barnes & his staff are wonderful! I cannot say enough good things about them. They truly care about every animal that comes in their doors. Dr. Barnes is straight forward about what he feels is best for your pet based on his years of experience & his understanding of the love you have for your pet they love animals & puts them first! His office is more like a pediatrician's office; they understand our pets are family. Dr. Barnes has gotten on the floor with my dog to examine him; he has helped me over the phone with suggestions on behavioral issues. He saw my cat in an emergency situation saving him. My dog was stolen & was brought to his office to be chipped Dr. Barnes & his staff acted quickly & cared about my dog as if he was each one of theirs. Dr. Barnes may of lost a customer because he choose to do what was right (getting my dog home to us) I believe they were almost as happy to have him returned as we are. His care is top notch, his ethics are the highest, and he expects the same from his staff. His pricing is extremely fair & I have never been charged for unnecessary services or pushed into any services. 10 STARS!
My Husband & I go to Dr. Bob's we have 2 purebred dogs, Buddy & Lila. The staff is always so very helpful, and always calls to see how the dogs are after any visit. I called Dr. Bob's on a Saturday afternoon, concerned because Buddy was bleeding from his mouth, they said come on in we'll wait, and they did always spend time with you to understand whats going on with your pup. We won't take them anywhere else!
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.