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9428 Dixie HwyLouisville, KY 40272
I have been a client for 20 years. I have also been to many other establishments across Louisville. Nothing compares to Dixie Animal Hospital. They …
1212 Bardstown RdLouisville, KY 40204
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 …
131 W John Rowan BlvdBardstown, KY 40004
I have to say that being new to KY and to Bardstown, I found this vet to be one of the best I have ever known. They were caring, loving to my pet an…
8702 Bayberry PlLouisville, KY 40242
Plantation Animal clinic has been taking care of our beautiful animals for years. They are fantastic! Their staff is friendly, professional, and f…
4529 Poplar Level RdLouisville, KY 40213
Dr. Grimes has been so amazing. I have gone to him for a few years for routine stuff for my cat. He was recommended by a friend after my cat had a s…
827 E BroadwayLouisville, KY 40204
From Business: Blue Cross Animal Hospital provides high-quality and compassionate veterinary care to the cats and dogs of downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and surrounding areas. W…
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My Wife purchased a mixed beagle for me for Christmas off of the Craigs List! When we received her we were advised that she was the runt and she was 8 weeks old and she was very timid and will grow out of it. The first night she became very sick and had several seizures. I contacted the Shivley medical center and was told to get her in there asap! When we arrived they took one look at her and rushed her back for treatment! Our new pet was on deaths door and we had to leave her there with the thought that we would never see her again. Well she was there for over a week and Dr. Joyce and her wonderful staff saved our Missy and now she is a normal healthy little girl! We also discovered that the lady that sold her to us lied Missy was around 4 weeks old and very sick before she sold her to my Wife. Thank you Dr. Joyce for everything Larry & Angie P.
I personally got a call from Mary Janee concerned that I was ok with the service provided. I lost a dog due to a neighbor feeding him antifreeze. I could not have been treated better not my dog been taken care of anywhere than with Shively Animal Clinic. They not only care about your pets they care about you as an owner. I would not take any of my animals to any other clinic. The wait is well worth it to know my furbabies are getting the best treatment possible.!
Wow.. can't say enough Great Positive words...I was so happy with my 1st visit there, in comparison with other veterinarians and clinics ..very happy and satisfied..Yahoo .....finally found a vet I feel that"s honest..Oh yeah ..cleanest animal clinic ever..When I pulled in ,,saw.the parking lot was..clean ..lotsa parking space..they do have technology...so many people have negative reviews..not sure why ...cause this the best animal clinic I've been to. Thank you Melissa... Brad..Dr. Joe and all the office staff,,oh and one more thing , people who were negative about the technology..I'm sure the sweet lady on the typewriter preferred the typewriter ,, she was very nice..Thanks Shively for taking care of my new puppy.
This clinic isn't for everyone. They don't take appointments and you have to stand in line and wait for hours to be seen. So why do I give this clinic five stars? Because I love my dog dearly, and I will gladly make sacrifices to see her well. In fact, we've tried seven different vets, and Mary Jane is the first one I've found that makes me feel like she cares for my dog like she would her own. My dog had a severe allergy case, and the treatment she received not only relieved her allergies, it made her immediately comfortable. The vet also explained why other pricey services (allergy tests and annual electrocardiograms for an enlarged heart) were not needed. This was a breath of fresh air after her last vet wanted $200 to do blood work before she'd administer the vaccinations for her to get her dog license. This is after completing a full-panel of blood work three months prior, and not finding any abnormalities. They provide a tremendous service to the community by providing affordable care, which I am sure enables animals to be seen that might not otherwise get to see a vet.
Was there today with my cat they turned me away because I couldn't pay the money they wanted. The doctor just felt his tummy said he's got a bladder blockage $650 to treat him 200.00 up front then 3rd day another 200.00 then the rest they would work with me. I don't have that kind of money. I've heard for years that they was the best round that they would work with you but how is that working with me if I don't have the money that they need up front they turn me away with my cat they called an emergency. I will never go there again.
Hillview had taking care of our pet for over 16 years .We called 3 times trying to get them to see Ali,because that's the only place she had been and was very sick,passing blood . This was early on a tuesday morning was told we can't see her until thursday .After 16 years you couid'nt work her in !Hillview Animal Clinic would'nt be there when you need them,Shame on you Hillview. Ali Compton's Family
It's is a non humane veterinarian they will turn your animal away that is very sick. Cause you can't pay on arrival. They took my dog medicine out of my hand and let her leave with a busted tumor bleeding and gushing puss out of the back of her leg after I called and told them I don't have the money atm cause I'm on a fix income they didn't care they deny her infection meds and treatment please do not take your animal there they do not care about the animals they care about money.
I had an absolutely awful experience with this vet.Bad enough my pet died while in their care, but their billed price was more than their quoted price, then their office manager, Melanie, told me I was "lucky not to be charged $500 more" when I pointed out the discrepancy. She then called my friend & I liars when we voiced disappointment at waiting for 32 minutes to pick up a deceased pet while sitting in a waiting room full of other people cuddling their still living pets. She said the wait was very brief, then proceeded to call my 30 year old friend a "little girl". Compounded by 3 call back promises that were not kept as I tried to find out the condition of my pet earlier that day. If I could give a negative star rating, I really would.
This place doesn't deserve a single star! THE ABSOLUTE WORST vet. Just for my dog to get an exam...I waited over two hours. Then the vet called me two hours after I left because "it was my turn"......so four hours! Then....I was called multiple times and even text by several people in the office apologizing and asking me to give them another chance. So I schedule. And once again, I've been waiting for two hours. Ridiculous. Awful. Never again. Time is money. I'd rather pay more money for better service.
I took my dog there after hours in an emergency situation and he needed immediate help. They told me there were no vets available to see him they were both doing surgery and the only two there. This was after they made me stand outside for 10 min. In the heat with a dog in extreme pain while they looked for his chart and couldn't find it so they were going to have to make another one. Then they went through the prices of everything and what it would cost. I told them i don't care how much it cost take him back! That's when they went to the back and finally came back out and told me they couldnt see him I would have to go to a different emergency vet. He died that night...they knew they couldn't see him but left us outside in the heat then **#$% around. They should have told me immediately. I used to take my dogs there but there main concern isn't animals its all about money for them. I worked there one day and left after I saw where their priorities were. Thanks a lot
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.