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201 W 67th CtLoveland, CO 80538
From Business: VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado, an AAHA-accredited veterinary facility located in Loveland, is a group of board certified veterinarians, who have…
2713 W Eisenhower BlvdLoveland, CO 80537
From Business: At Blue Sky Animal Clinic our purpose is to provide our clients and their pets with the most up-to-date, quality veterinary care. Each animal's health and well-be…
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This clinic PRESSURES you into services that you DON'T want!!! Because of that, my precious little furbaby just passed away because of them!!! THIS IS A FACT
Very close for us to drive to. Very Friendly & Professional staff. Talked to us in a very caring manner. Supreme Fantastic Customer Service! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!🐶🐾😍
I found out suddenly that my cat had a rare form of cancer and short of heroic measures, that would probably prove futile, there was nothing to do but put her down. Dr. Tyszko called me on a Saturday, clearly and kindly laid out my options and walked me through possible scenarios. She was patient and caring as I came to terms with the information I was being given. When the day came, the staff at Boyd Lake were amazing. They were comforting and kind. Dr. Doherty gave me a hug, made sure my cat was comfortable and provided me with plenty of time with her. When it was done, he gave me another hug and commiserated with me briefly before leaving me alone to say final goodbyes. A few days later I received a handwritten note from both of the vets at the office. Excellent vet center, would highly recommend it.
I was referred here by my Veterinarian for treatment and ultimately surgery to fix a cleft palate on my newly adopted senior dog, Henry. I found them to be very responsive, helpful, professional, organized, and most importantly, provided us with excellent veterinary care. I would highly recommend this clinic! This is a complicated surgery with varying success rates, but I'm very happy to say Henry's surgery was a success.
Absolutely disgusted by the way I was treated when I took my dog here. I saw no vet myself, just techs. One that took down all info on her & later to tell me what plan was,another that went over charges in anoyjer room & had me sign, another that took me in for easiest payment method in another room, & finally another that reviewed discharge plans. I felt I was in a factory going thru assembly line.I did get a call from the vet that afternoon letting me know what would be happening & she ended The voice mail with "give Your dog lots of love & snuggles, tonight while u watch a movie & have some popcorn too. I love lots of butter on mine!" When I shared that with others, they all felt the same as me. The approach I received, I feel was not sincere.
SENIOR DIABETIC CAT SUCCESSFULLY TREATED----We took our cat into Dr. Thomas' clinic because our cat was losing weight and she looked like death was nearing. The tests revealed that she was in renal kidney failure. My husband and I were very emotional at the idea that we may have to put our beloved 13 year old kitty to sleep, but Dr. Thomas explained our options. She suggested that we could take our cat to another clinic that offered intravenous dialysis, which we did, even though Dr Thomas was clear that the treatment may not work. (The 3 day treatment was almost $1700- ouch.) After our cat was treated, we took her back to see Dr. Thomas for all follow ups, plus we eventually went on vacation and had our cat boarded with Dr Thomas. As part of our cat's health regiment, Dr. Thomas told us that we would have to give our cat a DAILY fluid treatment for the rest of our cat's life. As scared as we were of subjecting her to a painful life (daily fluid injection by needle), we have to report that we are VERY HAPPY we listened to all of the advice provided by Dr. Thomas. It's almost one year later and our cat has such a great life and is full of energy. (Our cat is very used to the process of getting her fluids, which only take about 5 min. We recommend this treatment if one is considering it.) Dr. Thomas directed us through the entire process of helping our cat, including calling us often to check on her status. Truthfully, that first day we took our sick cat into Dr Thomas' office, we thought it was more humane to put our kitty to sleep, but Dr. Thomas had a persuasive attitude that our cat could get through this and still live a happy life. Even though we questioned this, Dr. Thomas was so passionate about her advice that we listened and are grateful we did. My husband and I both think Dr Thomas profoundly cares about cats, posses knowledge and experience and offers realistic advice. We trust her with our cat's care and health. Her staff is also worthy of mentioning as they are truly wonderful as well.
I took my senior cat in to make sure she was comfortable in her old age because I live hey close to them and my regular vet passed away. They ran blood work and determined she was diabetic, all other organ functions were good. They wanted me to start giving her insulin shots twice a day in hopes that they were treating the correct form of diabetes. There are 3 and they couldn't tell me what kind she had from the blood work they ran. They said it could go the other way and kill her but if they had her there and saw her going down hill they could try to reverse what they did and try treatment for a less common form of diabetes. I'm not chancing her life on it. They added medications for bladder infection and special diabetic food it was well over $300 with no definite diagnosis. They wanted to put her in intensive care and made me feel like a horrible owner for not doing this treatment that could kill her! She was dehydrated from eating the wrong food but she wasn't on deaths door like the tried to scare me into believing. I researched it a lot and changing her food to high protein to start. It seems to have done great! She's been much more active after just changing food! This was about a year ago. I love all of my animals! I've had her since she was a kitten, almost 20 years! I will not torture her with unnecessary shots the last year's of her life! Always research before letting vets do life threatening procedures! No matter how bad they try to make you feel...there are almost always alternative treatments! I've discovered this from working decades with rescues that have their own vets...that aren't racking up bills for their employers...
I love the vet clinic here!! I've been going to them for many years now and they have been wonderful. Dr. Tyszko has been great to me and our pets, she makes follow up calls and has even given me info on our pets that they do not see (our chickens) when one was hurt. Since I've been taking my pets here, I have never even considered another vet! Highly recommended :)
I like to board my pet here but I always come back to charges that were not approved by me nor my spouse. They never try to work with you and do not have decent communication. If my pet is going to see a vet I want to know then not when I get back.
I believe that a more eclectic view of feral cat treatment should be offered and presented to future clients. A TNR option is not always the only option to advertise in terms of feral cat treatment.
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.