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868 N 2000 WClearfield, UT 84015
OUTSTANDING! I don't know where to start with this review for Quail Pointe. Dr. Ford is exceptional. We switched to QP after a misdiagnosis and poor…
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The staff is friendly and compassionate. I have been bringing my pets here for years. They have been great. The docs are friendly, helpful, and great with my pets. I had to put my lab down due to hip pain. The years later my baby cat of 20 years fell off the bed and she had to be put down. Dr Cook was do compassionate and gave me the time I needed with her. It was one of the hardest things I had to do but the staff and Dr. Cook helped me in this difficult time. They later sent me a card of condolence. I now have two baby kittens and they have been wonderful helping me with their growth. I love these guys and they take great care of my babies.
I've been going to this clinic for seven years. I took my 10 month old pitbull mix to this clinic after her and my 2 year old boxer were in a dog fight the night before, we seen doctor Eric Krasa. The first thing he said when he entered the room was "Is that a pitbull?" My dog was perfectly kind to everyone in the clinic but when he entered the room my dog backed up against the wall, the hair an her back stood up and she growled (which is out of her character). The vet had a musle put on my dog and informed me for 45 minutes in the presence of my 11 year old son and 5 year old daughter that my dog was aggressive and needed to be taken to the shelter to be put down. He went over and over the liability and home owners insurance coverage needed to keep an aggressive pitbull. He stated that puppy classes were no use for this type of dog and giving her to a family that didn't have another female dog would only be pawning my problem off on someone else. He said that my dog would need to be sedated in order for him to clean her wounds because he wasn't going to risk being bitten. I left my dog at the clinic to have her wounds cleaned for about an hour and a half. Upon returning they were reluctant to bring out my dog the vet came in and discussed that she would need an antibiotic twice a day. (That's all he said.) When the tech finally brought my dog in the room she was crying uncontrollably and urinating all over herself and the floor. He had cut what had been a small tooth puncture wound into a huge gash about a 1/2 of an inch around and at least a quarter inch deep on the top of my dogs nose without telling be before or after he had done it and also never offered any pain medication for the now huge wound on the top of her snout or offered any advice on how to keep the huge open wound clean. I am astounded and apauled with the unprofessionalism and nerve of any veterinarian that would lecture an adult pet owner infront of their two small children on not paying for medical care to treat their injured family member but to rather spend that money on having the dog euthenized. I'm also very upset that he cut a huge hole in my dogs face without telling me first. I believe that my dog was neglected and hurt while supposedly having her wounds cleaned all because of the type of breed she is. also after our terrible visit I read the google reviews for this business and seen that another pitbull had been mistreated at this clinic by the same doctor. I'll never return.
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.