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Dr. Suber and the entire staff at VCA are amazing! My dog had ongoing medical issues and Dr. Suber never gave up on him. Suber is not only kind and …
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Such a compassionate Vet with a great staff! I have been through laughter and tears with them and am glad I was referred to him! Thank You Dr. Murphy and staff!!
Dr Murphy and his staff are great. We called last minute worried about one of our Beagles he saw her within hours,TG she was fine.Dr Murphy is now seeking our other Beagle and running tests for her.
I feel very lucky to have found White Knoll Vet. I have two very special chihuahuas, Margarita and Bailey. The staff is very knowledgeable and go out of their way to be nice and helpful. Dr. Todd was able to help my oldest Chihuahua, Margarita with her severe health issues, and has continually been involved in Margarita's recovery. If you're looking for special veterinarian to take care of your special family, check out White Knoll Veterinary.
Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital has been a huge help to me and my family. They are always very professional.
This place is nothing but a scam!!! I will never reccomend this place to any of my family or friends! Spent over 3,000 dollars for them to tell me that the medication/ treatment will give me and my family false hope over a negative heartworm test. My dog has had heartworms for almost a year and finally went to the mobile pet vac and got a negative heartworm test !!! What a waste of my time and money with this place!!!! Will never be seeing this place again!!! Go to Paws and Claws!!!!!
The Staff is very friendly, courteous, understanding and helpful which is great! However, I am an owner of two senior dogs. One of which is 17+ years old, has been under regular veterinary care in a different state with the same vet 10+ years. We were there to get antibiotics for a urinary infection. Four things I found concerning:1) Off the bat recommended dental of extracting 10 or more teeth (over $1,000 estimate) even though he was not exhibiting any teeth issues. Food intake fine, gums not bleeding, breath is fine, nothing swollen - I contacted my long time vet who had just seen my dog 4 weeks prior was told it was not needed and gave detailed notes as to the condition of his teeth on the last 4 visits. 2) Test happy with scare tactics such as could be cancer, may have liver damage, might need to see a specialist etc. Thankfully I don't scare easily and have good knowledge of the lingo she was throwing around. Lab work would have been ($542) 3) Argued with me about Thyroid testing. I asked if she would run a full panel, T3, Free T3, T4. My dog has been on Thyroid for 4 years, we do this test every 90 days I needed to have it done again to get his meds from my prior vet. After agreeing to run the test and send to my longtime vet she argued with my about why I needed the full panel. I tried to explain they need to see how much the thyroid makes versus what it uses. Got no where. Found her to be closed minded. 4) Lost lab work - agreed to a cbc, urine being sent off for further testing against my better judgement and a senior panel which I found out later we really didn't need. I received a call the next day that they needed to draw blood again because they lost the lab or it sat in their office too long to be usable. Not sure which is correct because I was given two different reasons. I told them I had changed my mind about the senior panel, by that time, I had found out for sure it wasn't needed was denied a refund and told that I had a month to come back in to get the second blood draw or they wouldn't be able to run the lab nor would I receive a refund or credit. I think this vet is fine if you have younger pets with no major issues. I am very thankful I have the knowledge and understanding I do or I would have put my dog through way more than what was needed and beat myself up for being a negligent pet owner re:teeth. Because I felt strong armed about the the senior test, did it, as I suspected it all came back fine as did the urine. Total bill to get the antibiotics we came for $251Lesson learned, always seek a vet who has been in practice longer than your pet has been alive. ;-)
The Dr's and staff are always professional and caring. It's very easy to get an appointment in a timely manner and they have always carefully explained any treatment and care necessary. Our standard poodle, Chester looks forward to his visits there and is not a bit intimidated. We very much appreciate Dr, Ginger McCauley seeing Chester and treating him. We highly recommend this veterinary hosp and its terrific Doctors.
They diagnosed one of my puppies with parvo. Charged me $515 for treatment. 1 week later tested my other for it, she was diagnosed negative parvo. They have been kept in a kennel together from day one. They play together. The next morning the dog with so called "parvo" was back up and playing like normal. None of the $515 treatment was used.They told us the one with parvo was prepaid for vaccination as well which seemed kinda strange since considering his diagnosis. I just told my mom last week that I found it kinda fishy that we prepaid for the puppies vaccinations when the diagnosed him with parvo. So we took both dogs back in for their vaccination since they were "prepaid". We asked them when we were leaving if we were good, since no one acknowledged us we figured we were good. So as we about to pull off one of the girls came out to the car and told us we owed another $105.
Dr Strain took over this clinic that was started by his father. His wife works the front desk, and both are genuinely nice folks. He took his time to explain the various vaccinations and their cost/benefit so WE could decide which should be given to our dog. (I didn't even know that there was a $25 rattlesnake vaccine, which is important for us out in the country.) Great people, great practice. I have a new vet.
WATCH YOUR WALLET. MY INITIAL VISIT WITH A NEWLY ADOPTED DOG COST $165 FOR EXAM WITH VACS, $67 FOR HEARTWORM INJECTION AND $73 FOR 3 MONTH FLEA AND TICK MED. THEY TRIED TO CHARGE ADDITIONAL $50 FOR EXAM, AND CREDITED WHEN I COMPLAINED.THE NEXT DAY I DROPPED OFF STOOL SAMPLE AND WAS TOLD I NEEDED 2 DEWORMER PILLS FOR TAPE AND WHIP WORMS, $120 ($60/PILL).I THEN ORDERED THROUGH A REPUTABLE ONLINE PHARMACY, “FOSTER AND SMITH”, 2 DRONTAL PLUS PILLS,(DEWORMER),$22/EA, AND ALSO 1 BRAVECTO FLEA, TICK CHEW, (3 MO), $38/EA. THESE REQUIRE PRESC APPROVAL FROM VET. LEX VET CLINIC WOULD NOT APPROVE SAYING I NEEDED TO ORDER THROUGH THEIR ON LINE PHARMACY.LEX ANIMAL CLINIC TAKES ADVANTAGE OF RESONSIBLE PET OWNERS BY GOUGING THEM WITH HIGH PRICING. THEY CHARGED:- PRO HEART, (6MO.), HEARTWORM PROTECTION (BY INJECTION) $67. “FOSTER AND SMITH”, HEARTGARD PLUS, (6 M0) $46 -BRAVECTO FLEA, TICK CHEW, (3 MO) $73. “FOSTER AND SMITH”, $38-TAPE AND WHIP WORM DEWORMER, $60/EA. “FOSTER AND SMITH”, $22/EA
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.