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1209 Miner StIdaho Springs, CO 80452
From Business: Serving Clear Creek County since 1984, we strive to provide the most compassionate care for your small pets. Our clinic offers in-house laboratory testing, provid…
4690 S BroadwayEnglewood, CO 80113
I recently switched to this vet and am so much happier with them than my previous one. I've brought my chihuahua in three times and am pleased with …
682 S Pontiac StDenver, CO 80224
I wouldn't trust my cat Pearl to anyone else! Dr. Wolcott is such a nice man, who is so good with animals, I would highly recommend his services to…
12155 Lioness Way Unit 104Parker, CO 80134
From Business: Our brand new facility offers a warm, inviting waiting room, state of the art exam rooms, surgeries and recovery rooms, along with the friendliest staff you will …
5790 County Line PlHighlands Ranch, CO 80126
I got my dog's teeth cleaned here today. He's doing fine, and his teeth are pearly white, but I would like to leave 3 pieces of constructive critici…
5640 County Line Pl Ste 1Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
I have a 2 year old Great Dane who was diagnosed at 4 months with hydrocephalus. While common in certain breeds of smaller dogs, it is an unusual co…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr Barnard is the best! He has/had taken care of two of my cats and four of my dogs. I have never had a problem getting an appointment or receiving a call back from Dr B no matter the time or day. I usually bring all of my dogs at one time for their exams and shots, and he is patient with my millions of questions for each of them. If I have an issue that needs to be addressed immediately and he is out of town, he tells me exactly where I can get the best treatment. The ONLY time we ever waited for an extended period of time waiting for Dr B to come in the room was when a dog was hit by a car and it was a life or death situation. And all of the while we were waiting, a member of his staff would come in to make sure we were doing ok, apologize for the delay and offered to reschedule the appointment if my fur babies were getting restless. If someone doesn't want to have any patience or understanding if there is an delay or emergency, then they should find a different place to go....but, as for me, if one of my fur babies was in a life or death situation, I wouldn't take them anywhere else, and I would hope that the people who had appointments and were waiting for the doctor would understand and be thankful that it wasn't their fur baby in that life or death situation.When it was time to let my sick cat end his suffering, Dr B opened his office so that my fur baby didn't need to suffer for even one more minute. He allowed me the time I needed to say goodbye and even waited for my husband to get there afterward so he could say goodbye too. I have taken my fur babies to different vets before BWAH and I will never go anywhere else! If you want a vet who will care for your pet like it was part of their family, then Dr B and his staff doesn't come any better!
Obviously some people writing reviews on here have questionable morals and aren't averse to lying outright about places. When I went up on here to get the phone number and saw the reviewer who had either obviously never been to the clinic or was faking a bad review for some other reason I had to respond. I took my 14 year old doxie to three other vet clinics for over the course of two years and spent thousands of dollars on misdiagnoses and this vet correctly diagnosed her disease and had her back to acting half her age again in less than a month. The first reviewer is right, the vet gets down on the floor with them and they instantly love her. My other doxie is normally very protective and doesn't like strangers but I brought her along the second time I went and she took to the vet like she'd known her for years. Trust me, I've had cats and dogs for over 40 years in the Denver area and this is by far the best vet I've met.
I must say thank you, thank you, thank you to Dr Lee for saving my sweet girl. She had to have emergency surgery to remove, of all things, a sock and a mess of string from her stomach and intestines. He was very patient and kind in explaining everything to me as I was a blubbering mess at the thought of losing my sweet gal. He was quick to take her to surgery and I am so pleased that all is well. He is an amazing blessing to me and my gal. Because my gal is also epileptic and was having seizures, I am so grateful for all the extra special care that was given to her. Also thank you to Drs. Michelle and Dr Todd for the great care and compassion they have always shown my gal during this visit and all other visits she has had here. To all the techs that were a part of her care, Thank you! The staff here is amazing. I must also include, Lisa and Janice, the girls at the front desk. Always welcoming even in their busy busy days.
My dog loves visiting Dr. Wells at Tender Care Animal Hospital! I have never seen a dog get so excited about going to a vet's office until I started bringing my dog here! My dog, Emma, just had a major surgery to remove an obstruction just over a week ago, and I brought her back in today for a re-check, and and she could not contain her excitement to be back! Dr. Wells clearly loves what she does and is so good with all pets. Ever since we got Emma, Dr. Wells has made herself available to us from giving advice about training to helping us through stressful times. She gets down on the floor and plays with them and really makes each visit fun and relaxing for pets and owners! I recommend Dr. Wells at Tender Care Animal Hospital to everyone who wants a positive experience and relationship with their vet!
We have been going to BWAH for 24 years so even prior to Dr. Barnard taking over the practice. We would not take our cats anywhere else. Dr. Barnard is a skilled and professional vet. At the same time he handles the animals with tender loving care. As soon as he walks into the room he loves on the animals to put them at ease and is also doing an exam at the same time. He never rushes. He listens well. He instills confidence. The staff at BWAH, especially Rhonda and Destiny, are always professional, courteous, efficient, and caring. Don't hesitate for a moment about taking your animals to BWAH.
Both of our dogs have been to Columbine. The staff & doctors are very knowledgable, kind and caring. It's the only place our dogs would run to - literally wining to get out of the car and run to the door! We have taken the dogs there for emergencies & surgeries as well as regular check ups. Dr. Lee, Dr.Gundy, Dr.Todd and Dr.Russell have all been great. My Westie was hospitalized there last weekend and we ended up having to euthanize her. Dr.Russell was so kind and thoughtful, making the sad ending a peaceful & memorable experience. Thank you Columbine! Don't change!!!
Caring and Personal - I have been bringing my pets here for 13 years. They are a bit on the pricey side, but not much more than the other vet offices in the area. They are also more than willing to work with you about how much you can afford to properly take care of your pets. When I brought my dog in to be put down the staff was nothing less than caring and professional. They gave me all the time and comfort I needed. After the fact I received a card in the mail giving even more support. I would never advise anyone to go to another office in town.
I've been taking my dog to Columbine Animal Hospital for several years and I love the entire office. The vaccination clinic is a great time and money saver but I've also been in for emergency appointments. But the entire staff was so great about making me feel at peace with my decision (it just meant slower healing time and more work on my part) and called periodically to check on the dog's progress. My heart and the dog's wound healed fine. I highly recommend taking your pet here
Dr. Wells and the entire staff are great. We needed a new Vet after moving and I'm really glad we found Tender Care. Both our Golden Retreivers loved her. They got lots of treats and she did the entire exam with them on the floor in the exam room. Our older Golden was shaking and nervous when we first got there. I practically had to drag him out the door after the exam was over. Great Vet!
My cats are very shy and gets scared at the vet. I wanted to find a place that would take their time and treat my cats gently and with patience. The vets here are so great with my 3 shy boys! They understand cats and take their time. I always have a bunch of questions and they also spend extra time with me. I love this vet!
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.