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Dr Tran and Mari are amazing. We have been using them for years. So compassionate and always there for you. Thanks for all you do.
Bad kitty!The lady that brought us back never introduced herself. She didn’t show any interest or compassion for my kitten. She simply said she would take her back to see the doctor where she would get her shot and declaw consult. I asked if I could go with her but she said my appointment didn't allow for that. I've never heard of having a consult where you don't meet the doctor. I was uneasy about this because my kitten hasn't been around many people so I wanted to be with her to make her feel safe. Reluctantly, I agreed and she picked up the carrying case and left the room. While waiting I looked around the room at the all cards, photos and gifts received by the doctors and staff for their many years of caring and service. This helped to ease my mind a bit.When the lady returned my kitten was in a state of panic. I tried to console her but she was too upset. I told her I’ve never seen this side of her and wanted to ask, "What did you do to her?" I felt that would be rude so I refrained. She told me my kitten hissed at them as they unzipped her case. She also said due to her behavior, she would be a difficult case and as a result I would pay more. Basically, instead of paying $120 for the front two claws I would now have to pay $170. Meanwhile, my kitten looked as though she had been possessed and I couldn’t calm her down. I couldn't believe we didn’t receive a better introduction to the clinic and from the tech or that the doctor wouldn't even come in to meet myself or my kitten. Doesn't a consultation consist of a conversation between the doctor and the patient/owner to discuss the procedure, risks, options, recovery time, expectations and cost? Suggestion, don’t treat your people or pets like a number. Show a little compassion and patience and treat new patients as if you want them to come back regardless of how busy you are. As for me, I’ll never bring another animal back to your "take a number" clinic.
It was my second time out there. May have a long wait time but people are friendly and prices are worth it
I was so surprised to read the poor reviews for this facility. I guess it really depends on which Dr you are going to. Phoebe has been going for physical therapy for a torn ACL. Dr Schmidtchen & her assistant April have both been incredibly supportive & have helped tremendously. Phoebe is normally terrified to go to the vet. They make her feel as comfortable as possible & she loves all the attention. The front desk staff have all been friendly, polite & professional. My wait time has seldom been over 10 mins & usually we barely sit down before being called back.
This has to be the biggest disappointment in any vets office I’ve ever been to. To start things, don’t plan on going for a visit here with your pet unless you can clear out your entire day, as it will take all day for any procedure they do here. Second, all of their files/records/etc are all on paper. There isn’t a computer in this place, so they frequently misplace/lose files and important records for your animals, which could result in injury, or even death to your pet! Lastly, (although I could continue for days and days), the staff here is completely inexperienced and unprofessional. It seems like they have new people every other day, and no one seems to know how to do their job efficiently. Took my dog in for a broken tooth, and was told to come back another day for an X-ray because they were “too busy”... are you serious? I thought this was a vets office, here to help animals? Not leave them in pain and suffering longer than they have to be. Not sure how this business has so many positive reviews, my guess is they’re from the employees who work there.
I called after 10 PM with an emergency..I got the voice mail that said text and someone would get back with me, so I did. NO ONE EVER GOT BACK WITH ME! Now I have a dead pet..I called the next day to see what happened, if they received my text, ECT...I was told by the receptionist that they would get back with me..NO ONE EVER GOT BACK WITH ME! So I call the next day, day 2, only to be told that is basically my fault that my pet died because I didnt specify if I was a client, which I am. I live over an hour away and was willing to drive my pet there in order to save it. I was told that they get so many texts that this is just how they do things at that office. They could of asked me if I was a client but instead they let an animal die by assuming I wasn't. The woman on the phone was cold and acted as if my pet wasn't an important issue. That I basically was "over reacting to the situation." Never in my life have I ever heard of a vet clinic doing this! I even tried calling local vets, even they called back saying they couldnt help and suggested places to call. I will be looking for a new vet clinic to take my exotics to from now on! I will be letting everyone I know and those I don't what happened and how I was made to feel. DONT OFFER EMERGENCY SERVICES IF YOU DONT WANT TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEM! RIP Arthur...we will miss you and love you always.....
I took our three pets , Lily, Layla, and Tilly, to Shively Animal Hospital yesterday as I have been doing For the last several years. Elizabeth was wonderful with our two dogs and cat. She was very calm and professional. We had their shots and nails clipped and I bought heartguard for the two dogs. I even had a question about a growth in one of the dogs and she was able to answer all of my questions and was very pleasant and helpful. They are very reasonable also.
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've been using Dr. Tran and The Animal Emergency Center for over 10 years. Not only do I use them for emergencies but also for routine pet care. If your pets are confined to the hospital, you may go visit at any time they are open! Dr. Tran is an excellent surgeon and offers holistic treatment for your pet as well as conventional. The Vet Tech, Mari, is very caring and loving with your fur baby.
He is a fantastic vet I have used for over 20 years. I would not take my animals anywhere else.
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.