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2740 Wyoming Blvd NE Ste 1Albuquerque, NM 87111
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
9901 Montgomery Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87111
My sweet little 14 pound dog was attacked by a pit bull not on a leash here in the parking lot of my complex and a friend recommended VCA for their …
6401 Menaul Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110
Do NOT take your fur babies anywhere else but here. They are absolutely the kindest, knowledgeable professionals dr. Alborta is the BEST ever you wi…
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DO NOT RECOMMEND FOR ANY SURGERY ON YOUR PET. What we experienced: Dr. MacDougall used too tight mesh on a Dane dog's ear hematoma that caused a permanent hole in dogs ear. - Dr. MacDougall would not put same dog on antibiotics after a neuter/pexy and dog developed an infection. - Dr MacDougall broke off catheter during a TCI procedure on Dane bitch. When I came in next day for second TCI procedure Dr. MacDougall started insisting on a surgical AI instead. I said no & during second TCI "discovered" broken tip of catheter deep inside her. Had to do a surgical AI as could not retrieve without anesthesia. - Dr Thompson botched an entropion surgery on 10 week puppy leaving her with extremely loose eyes as she grew causing eye irritation from allergens. Specialist corrected. - Both Dr's misdiagnosed blockage in Dane bitch & released with ok for lake trip saying blockage in colon & would pass. After no change in status could not get a vet to call back for 2 days and then on Sat, 30 minutes before closing. Brought back in for surgery at opening on Monday. Left in Dr MacDougall's care but Dr Thompson preformed surgery. Despite no motility in her intestines he chose to preform a spay blaming it "at my request." Was told she had to remain overnight & tech would be checking on. When tech checked on at 1030pm she was in distress with classic bleeding out symptoms. Despite having major surgery & performing a spay on a large breed dog Dr Thompson DID NOT RETURN TO OFFICE TO CARE FOR. Prescribed opioid for her anxiety over phone and she was found dead on floor in am. I had to call office to find out my dog had died. State necropsy showed large amounts of grass still in her stomach & cause of death was bleeding out due to loose ligatures at right ovarian pedicle. - Office would not turn over medical records for my dogs despite being paid in full. Took 3 weeks & certified demand letter to finally get. Mistakes happen in medicine but incompetence & lack of care caused my dogs death.
One of the worst experiences I'll ever have. I adopted a dog named Chance, he was a pit bull mix, very very sweet boy. I dropped him off here on August 13, 2016 at 6:00p.m so he could get fixed I didnt know that would be the last time I would see my boy alive. He ended up dieing here because apperently the machine "malfunctioned" and part of it blew up and another piece ended up coming out and it ended up killing him. I took my dog bere for a simple procedure here and he ends up dieing because the vet "didnt know how to work with this machine" which means he shouldn't have been using it in the 1st place. I only got to own my baby for a week and they killed him. The vet who did this procedure was William C. Tompson III. Im not trying to say he is a bad vet because he did Chances free check up and everything went so fine. But please if you must take your dog here to get fixed really think about this and be sure to ask Thompson to work with a machine he actully knows how to properly work.
We have been taking our pets to Los Lunas Animal Clinic for years and have been very pleased with their care and concern for us and our animals. They have helped our pets through some very serious illnesses and several end of life decisions and have always been compassionate and loving in their care. They treat us and our pets as family and that means a lot to us. We would highly recommend them to anyone needing the best animal care in the area.
I had no choice but to go here my dog cut both her paws to the bone on Labor Day weekend all vets were closed. I took her in and they were very slow when there were no other animals or people in the building. It took about an hour and a half for them to even take her back after they already knew what she needed. The vet assistant was not knowledgable about anything. I paid for the take home antibiotics and pain meds for her and they almost didn't even give them to me until I asked for them. She didn't know how many days we had to wait to take her sutures out she didn't know how many sutures she even had and on top of that the suture job was awful! I spent over $700 dollars for service that was complete crap. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Go to your vet if possible or a different ER
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.