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19511 24th Ave WLynnwood, WA 98036
We have 2 dogs and a cat who have each been seen at the Alderwood Companion Clinic. We live clear up in Lake Stevens and the things that continue t…
20115 44th Ave WLynnwood, WA 98036
We've had nothing but great care from this hospital, when it comes to emergency, they are swift and caring, we have had to deal with them for over 5…
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Our dog Cooper, a Chihuahua-Rat Terrier mix, has had skin allergy issues ever since we rescued him (Got him through Ginger's Pet Rescue. He was living in a cupboard of an 87 year old widowed hoarder's house in Hollywood, CA). Our regular vet had recommended an allergy medication that had a low dose steroid to help manage the reaction. The medication didn't really help much and the steroid made him put on a lot of weight. That's when we contacted Dr. Duclos' office. He was very helpful. He took me through how the medication Cooper was currently on worked and WHY he shouldn't be on it long term (i.e. weight gain). He then proposed a couple different solutions and then made his recommendation as to which one we should start with. He prescribed a medication called Atopica which is designed to block the allergic reaction from occuring as opposed to the medication Cooper was taking before that was designed to help the body manage the reaction after it occured. The Atopica made an immediate difference and Cooper is feeling (and looking) much better. Thank you Dr. Duclos!
I take in horribly abused anmimals & the throw aways, I took one of my most severely ill boys & Dr Call was so gentle with him that not once did he flinch or whimper, & he has been horribly abused by men. My other dog who came along for the visit who was also abused by men just loved him. I don't know how he does it but I'm thankful he does. His staff are as awesome as he is. It may not be a big deal in routine well care but when you see an animal on thier last leg & here comes someone who seems to just instantly connect, it means the whole entire world to me & that poor little abused soul. This will be my vet til the day I leave this world. Did I also mention that with just one look he diagnosed the "correct" problem with my boy... even though 3 other vets couldn't figure it out. Now he's pain free & playing like any goofy puppy should, not sitting here crying all day & night, or taking unneccisary medications.
I have been through three vets before seeing Dr Jones at this clinic/hospital. At the other vets problems were dragged on and on so I would be bringing my dog back in several times a month! I could tell right away that Dr Jones likes and is good with dogs, but has a no nonsense kind of attitude when it came to my dogs problems. She has tons of experience as a vet, and will answer any question you have honestly. Our dog is like our second baby, and we felt so comfortable with the entire staff and vets that we left our dog there for a week because we couldn't watch her as closely as they did!! I cannot tell you what a relief it is to finally have a clinic who will give me honest information! Thank you VCA!!
My four year old golden retriever has been a patient here for the last 1 1/2 years. After suffering from recurrent skin and ear infections for years, we were referred for allergy evaluation. After testing, Riley was put on allergy shots, medication, and regular bathing with antibacterial shampoo. It has made a world of difference in Riley, as he is now a happy, comfortable dog, no longer itching and biting his skin raw. Dr. Duclos and his staff are accessible and always take the time to explain everything. When Riley had a minor outbreak a few months ago, I was able to get him in immediately for treatment. I would highly recommend the Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic to all of my friends!
Dr. Sodhi and Sushma have always listened and cared for not only the animal but for the owner as well. Empathizing and treating to the up most (Highest Level) in care and medication that could be done at the time. Whether Naturopathic or Western approaches were chosen theowners are fully informed. They are straight forth when needed in making your choices easier. As with all life cycles sometimes our choices are difficult and final. In such cases they have advised and counseled professionally when emotions are high. This is a wonderful facility and staff and Doctor care to be held in the highest honors when it comes to animal care and owner peace of mind.
We called last Monday afternoon because our dog had suffered a back injury on Sunday night and the emergency vet told us we were likely facing very expensive back surgery. We were at the point where we were contemplating whether we would have to put our beloved miniature poodle down. She had completely lost functioning in her hind legs. When I talked to Dr. Sodhi's office, they were incredibly comforting and were willing to see us and start treatments on the same day without an MRI which costs $2,000, which they recommended by didn't require. By Friday, she has had two treatments and seems to be doing better. Would highly recommend this Vet.
Really caring office. We took Tye (doberman) to two vets and no one could figure out what was wrong. He was scratching, wouldn't eat and losing hair. The vet at ASAC figured out it was two conditions - a skin problem and a thyroid problem. They took care of the skin problem and put him on thyroid pills. Now he has hair and is pretty happy (so am I - nothing uglier than a hairless doberman). ASAC is not cheap, but it would have been alot less expensive if I had taken him here in the first place!
We took Abby, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic because she had glue ear in both of her ears. The Vet was super nice and took care of her the same day. The thing i liked the most about the visit was that they took a video of the procedure they did on my Abby's ears and showed it to me. The video was grose but i left with a good understanding of what they did and confidence in their work.
Thank you so much for your dedication, compassion, and wonderful care you provided for Kip. Because of you, Kip was able to enjoy additional quality years with us, and for that we are forever grateful. We miss Kip, but are comforted in knowing he had a fantastic life surrounded by love and care, not only from us, but also from all of you.
I have been taking my dog to Dr. Sodhi for over ten years. He is a very caring veterinarian and not only does he minister to his patients but he is very compassionate and understanding with anxious owners. He always gives me reasonable advice and I very much appreciate his holistic viewpoint. I would highly recommend him and his clinic.
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.