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Hillside RdPottsville, PA 17901
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I appreciate Dr. Vail and the services he provides. I love that he is able to make house calls. He is quick to identify what is wrong with our pets and is knowledgeable about the best way to treat them. He and his wife are always quick to return my phone calls and help me when I have an emergency.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! We are new to this area and called around everywhere to find the most reasonably priced vet who could offer spaying for two kitties we recently adopted. The vets at Pet Day Surgery called us back within a few hours of our first inquiry call, and were able to fit us in two days later. Not only are they the most reasonably priced in the area, they are professional, clean and compassionate. One of the cats was an adult female from Philly who had lived on the streets for years and had had countless litters... needless to say, she needed more attention and care than the younger kitten. They took the time to communicate to us the other issues she was having as a result of being on the street not cared for. Both kitties are doing well and should be much more comfortable now. In short, I'm so glad we found this place!
We used this clinic for our cat's spay because it is who the animal rescue worked with. Mrs Vail was very rude and cold. The whole 'clinic' setup was very unprofessional. I will definitely not be back for future services or with any of my other pets! I do not recommend this practice.
Dr Vail and Mrs Vail are the best. I have been utilizing this veterinarian Clinic for over 20 years and have always been more than pleased.Dr Vail is very gentle and quickly finds the nature of my dogs issues big or small. Also very reasonable in regards to cost.Thank you for many years of great service,Deb GreenLebanon, Pa
Would not recommend him to my worst enemy! Him and his wife are very ignorant and rude people. If I could give no stars I would however this site does not allow that!
I took my kitten to Pet Day Surgery for spay, declaw and microchipping. The charge was about half the low end of my reg. vet's estimate. Most of the savings were realized in the spay, as the declaw was only $20 less and the microchipping was $5.00 more. The advertized low pain/ quick recovery was completely true. My kitten was back to active play, including jumping and pouncing in less than 2 wks. Were these the only considerations, I would give 5 stars. However, I must take into consideration my feelings about the whole experience. I never met the vet, nor was I offered that option. My interactions with the one staff member I did meet were less than pleasant. She has very strong opinions which she shared in a less than tactful manner. I think the price would have to be substantially lower for any other surgery that may be required for me to overcome my feelings and return to this practice. Which is sad, because the medical outcome was so good.
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.