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I do not recommend nor will I ever return with my dog. There is a very serious lack of quality of care. Nor is the supervision adequate. Staff are blamed for all actions.
I searched for a vet that could very safely clean our Yorkie, "Dolly"s teeth. Found Dr Renee Lewis who together with a really professional team did an excellent job. The teeth in the photo were all yellow and thickly encrusted. Dolly also had extensive gum disease. Now I'm sure Dolly will be much healthier for many more years. Over the years we've taken our pets to a number of truly good vets in Vegas, but none can compare with expertise and care taken by Dr Lewis at Pet Health Hospital.
They seem friendly but are not good vets. Took my 15 pound dog in for teeth cleaning. She was healthy, but not eating because of a bad tooth. I new of only one tooth needing pulling. They pulled 8. On top of the med to put her to sleep for teeth cleaning, they gave her antibiodoc and pain shots, then lyme, rabies, bordetella, DTap shots. She was still out of it when picked her up (dropped off 6:45 am and picked up 7:30 pm). They said not to worry, it may take a few days for her to snap out of it. If she coughs the next day it's normal. She never coughed she was just out of it. SHE DIED IN MY ARMS EARLY NEXT MORNING. All of the for a cost just under $1,000.00. They deny any wrong doing. IF YOU VALUE YOUR PET, DON'T TAKE THEM TO THIS ANIMAL HOSPITAL!!!
STAY AWAY!!!! The vet refused to see me or talk to me when picking up my dog to answer questions about my concern. They refused to provide me the records of alleged "findings". They refused to give me the name or contact info of the General Manager. They refused to give me information about who owned the practice. They charged me for a surgery drug I was not asked or told about. If you have integrity and nothing to hide, why refuse to give out information when asked? Take your pet somewhere else. Bringing mine to this dumpster fire of an organization was a huge mistake.
Drs. Holt and Animal Kindness staff have cared for our pets since 2000. We appreciate their knowledge, expertise, professionalism, and compassion. Dr. Holt presents diagnostic and treatment options with respect to the animal’s quality of life, not merely survival, They truly care for the welfare of their patients, not only business.
Please do not take your pets here. I took my 6 year old Pitbull to have her checked out. She had eaten a lot of grass and wouldn't eat her own food. Dr Francis wanted to keep her overnight, so I said my goodbyes and left her under his care. The next morning I tried calling multiple times with no answers. They are supposed to be open at 8 am. I called and called, with no response until around 10 am. He said he was on a house call and that he wouldn't be back to the office until 1 pm. He had no information for me on my dog. I was parked in his parking lot when I received the call so I knew nobody was there. I called the Veterinary board to see if there was anything they could do to get me in to see my dog. I went home and an hour later got a call from Dr Francis that nobody should have to get. My dog had passed some time in the night or early morning. Alone. Not being monitored. Please, if for any sort of emergency, take your pets elsewhere. Also, the Veterinary board DID say that he needs to change his hours to reflect him being private practice and possibly call ahead only - and the hours still have not been changed. Will be reporting this to the board.
They seem out of order. They make sure they get paid but don't make sure your animal is diagnosed. I took my car in on a walk in, they charged me 530 for nothing basically. X-rays, blood work, pain meds. They told me they would call me the next day, and I called THEM three weeks later. The vet I saw is "only there once a month so they passed me off and didn't follow up. Meanwhile my cat got worse. I made an appointment and they put my cat down for 225 dollars. Just a vet bank. They are God and they pick who they care about.
VCA at Hualapai is Great with pets, you can tell they really care about your furry friend. The staff is Very professional and friendly and Dr Strobeck was amazing with my cat. The new addition to the furry family needed a surgery And judging by the looks of how the cat arrived at the clinic I thought he was not going to make it but Dr Strobeck manage to make him better and calm me down also, he inspires confidence and he cares. Totally worth every penny I paid. I totally recommend this clinic, and I tried 4 others clinics in the past ... so believe me, I got info to compare.Thanks to the VCA at Hualapai staff and Dr Strobeck
Dont go to this place. Just like other review's, all this place cares about is money. they charged me $52.00 for 1 shot of medicine, i looked up this medicine when i got home, and 1 whole bottle of this medicine cost them $22.00.. they charged me 1000% more.. horrible place... they dont care about the animal or the people
HI. ON CHRISTMAS EVE WE TOOK OUR LITTLE CHI POO NAMED ANGEL TO ANIMAL EMERGENCY CENTER AND HAD NOTHING BUT A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. THEY HAD TO OPERATE ON HER BECAUSE SHE HAD A INFECTION THAT COULD HAVE KILLED HER. WE WERE REAL HAPPY WITH THE DOCTOR AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS. ANGEL IS BACK TO BEING HER OLD SELF AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR THE EXCELLENT WORK.
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.