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If you are looking for a vet with bedside manner and a staff that cares for your beloved as their own, pay a visit here. The Doc and the Practice Manager go above and beyond to welcome you as part of their family. You're more than just a case file number. You're not being upcharged to make monthly numbers. :LHVC provides world class service and has the latest state of the art equipment. You and your pets being served by professionals who live by the Hippocratic Oath. If you are new to Lancaster County, give them a ring. If you are currently dissatisfied, give LHVC a try. My 12 yr old Great Dane, Apollo, gives LHVC a paws up as does my diabetic cancer survivor, Furry Sparkles.
I took all 3 of my dogs to Doctor Bill Lewis and Staff for their annual vaccinations and check up. This is always a very stressful time for them. When we arrived at the clinic the staff greeted them with smiles, pets and hellos! All tails wagging and ears perked up! (YAY). When we went into the exam room they all got nervous, but the technician came in, greeted them again with soft words, some love and attention to each one - and I watched them visibly relax. Then, show time....Doctor Lewis came in and he took the time to examine each dog thoroughly, he spoke to them and explained to me exactly what he found. He gave the vaccines without even one yelp!!! After all 3 pups were examined and treated, we left happy and healthy as could be!!! I could not ask for better service from the staff or the Doctor....................THANK YOU EVERYONE at LHVC. OUTSTANDING.
brought my dog Gordon in the first time because I found a small red spot on his belly, Dr said let’s take it off, I have no problem spending money on my dogs, I’m about $25,000 out of pocket right now in medical bills for the 2 of them, but I don’t want to put them through surgery for no reason, I questioned the fact he wanted to operate, a week later it was gone, it was just a cyst, not sure why he couldn’t test it first to see that before wanting to perform surgery. Next time I made an appt for both dogs, just a checkup but mainly to get their nails done, after they were checked then I’m told they can’t do the nails that day because they are short handed, so that was a waste of time. Next, my dog Gordon started to show signs that something was wrong, vomiting, wasn’t eating good, noticed it when I came back from a vacation, my friend was dog sitting, anyway the Dr says his stomach was upset from us being away, a few days later he’s still not eating much, it’s a Sunday, I go to PETS ER and they check him out, draw blood, turns out he has Pancreatitis and is in Kidney Failure!!!!! Gordon was in very bad shape. How does a vet not see these problems? Thank god he is doing better now. After all this I didn’t really want to change vets right in the middle of his illness so I decide to continue his medical care for this illness there during the day, and back to the ER for overnight care, this went on until Wednesday when he was able to come home. At the ER they gave me updates, they shared the test results with me, this place would just say, the numbers got better, wouldn’t show me the actual results so I can see how much progress, any time I had a question for the Dr I had to ask the receptionist who asked the tech who asked the Dr, then the answer went back to the tech and the receptionist to tell me. What???? Is this a joke????? Finally today I demanded to speak to the vet, they said we don’t do that here, he’s too busy, lol, I hung up phone and found a new vet.
Lincoln Highway Vets seem capable of the mundane care of a pet such as immunizations or neutering. However, we just had to euthanize our 8 year old Lab who was diagnosed with Pancreatis and Diabetes, after we took her in for not eating, vomiting repeatedly and diarhea. she went to their hospital for 4 days. the they told us to take her home. The next day when I called in to note that she was not eating...they had me come in. They gave me 5 varieties of pills...including a thyroid medication?? (but nothing for diabetes). We were unable to get her to take even one pill (we tried a pain pill). She was dead less than 15 hours later.They never apologized, never expressed "Her situation is serious, and we aren't really sure what else to try". Instead they accused me of not trying hard enough to give her the pills - actually claiming that THEY gave her pills (though her bill charges for all medications as injection form??) We are distressed.
Had Dr. Dymun and she was fabulous and understanding with our asthmatic cat whom we also found out had heart disease! She was so wonderful and helped my cat feel better in no time!
We had a problem that now has been taken care of. We should not have been treated the way we were but finally got a phone call to resolve the problem.
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.