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Very unhappy with visit to this Banfield Hospital!! Will not ever go there again and would advise others to make a different choice. Here is why: Kitty had a flair up of chronic cat acne that was not responding to home Rx. This condition is a common problem and requires, at the maximum, a bit of hands on to clean the area and apply ointment. The cost? A ridiculous $40 for an “office visit” which apparently covers the privilege of having office staff “check you in”. Exam, treatment and meds cost another $100. I was not able to make an appt. as only one vet on duty. Option was to take kitty in and leave her until they would "fit her in". Won't do that again! Since I was not there, do not know who did the exam or what it involved. Vet did call to confirm problem and describe basic remedies and treatment (common knowledge) which consisted of an injection of antibiotic and some ointment. Also that they had found flea dirt but no fleas. Opted to have flea treatment as well. Picked up kitty in afternoon. Her chin was more irritated and swollen than when I took her in and looked like it had been washed hard, but black acne residue was not removed. Kitty received an antibiotic injection. The vet tech came out and gave me a tube of ointment to apply 2x/day along with the flea treatment medicine 1x application, which I assumed would be something they applied. I asked the vet tech to apply it, which she did. I felt that for $140, they could at least do that!
Dr. DeCent is by far the best veterinarian I have ever met! I brought my dog in for a routine exam and shots. He sat on the floor with my dog during the visit, petting him and gently checking him over. He even covered my dog's ears to tell me that he needed to lose 5-10lbs! ����Then, because he knows how expensive the shots are, the exam was free! FREE!! That's unheard of in the veterinary field! He really wants the best care for the pets without having to break the bank of the owners! I just think he's amazing and I send everyone I know to see him! If you're looking for an amazing and caring doctor for your fur baby, go to Custer Vet Clinic!
As a walk-in, it took them 25 minutes to let us know they couldn't see our puppy. Really bad customer service.
This place is so busy because they are cheap. Unfortunately they are too busy to properly care for any animals. You get what you pay for. If you love and care about your animals pay the extra money and go to a real vet
This place is wonderful! Let me say it again. .. this place is wonderful! The staff and vets are really nice. I'm really glad that I found this place!
Wonderful people! We recently moved to our first duty station here from Georgia and went to this clinic versus the one on base. No regrets! They treat our great dane, Apollo, like a celebrity and they are so caring. They always work with us and I couldn't recommend them more!!!!
Dr. ray Decent and his staffs are very friendly. I would highly recommend them for minor wellness exams and treatments. But if your pet needs surgical or dental treatment, BEWARE!. My dog came home and died of severe dehydration for dental cleaning. Knowing that you can't give food and water before, while waiting(7 hours) , and after the procedure, my dog was not given I.V fluid during the procedure which is standard in other vet clinics.I took him to another emergency vet clinic,his veins had collapsed because of dehydration.
Both the Vets and the staff here are excellent! I brought my dog in because she had a mammary tumor and needed surgery. When they were operating on her they also found another very large tumor that they said was one of the largest they had ever seen that they removed. From the minute I brought my dog there there main focus wasn't on when they were going to get paid, or how I was going to pay. It was on my dog and her well being. I knew this was going to be expensive, but more than worth it to have my dog. So when It came time to pay for their services I was relieved to see how fair the final bill ended up being. Another thing that I was pleased about is that they let me split the bill up into a few payments. The Veterinarians knowledge and expertise saved my dogs life! I have no children, I have my dog and she is one of the most important things in my life! I have nothing but good things to say about Lakewood Veterinary Hospital and I praise them at every given chance I get!
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.