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4980 S Alma School RdChandler, AZ 85248
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Absolutely the best vet I've had in 50 years of dog and cat ownership. Bad reviews are most likely competitors not real customers.
Unprofessional and not hygienically clean. I was greatly disappoint in this company.
I arrived today @ 10;05 for a 10:15 AM appointment. After waiting until 11:10 I left. I was told that if I go to any Doctor, I would have to wait that long. Wrong! If you make an appointment, you keep it, allowing for business needs, 1/2 hour is a reasonable wait, not 1 hour.
I recently went here with my new puppy and had a very good experience. Yes I got a very long speech about shots, heartworm, spaying etc, but I got the impression that they were only trying to give me all the information I needed to keep my puppy healthy. They mentioned 2-3 times how bad parvo is out here and that is why the shots are so important. They also gave me a free heartworm medicine that comes with the first visit. I thought their prices were very reasonable and everyone seemed knowledgeable and kind.
First of all, it's obvious (due to he lack of info, and the fact that it quickly follows a very negative review) that whoever left the 5 star review for Maricopa Wells Veterinary Hospital works there or is a friend of someone who works there.If I could leave 0 stars I would. Here's my experience with the M.W.V.H. When I first moved to Maricopa I brought my dog with valley fever to see doctor black. She was very nice, genuinely empathetic, and honest. Unfortunately she has left to further her education, and in my opinion anyone taking their animal to see the current Vet in practice there (Dr. V who is mentioned in the other bad review) is risking their pets health and happiness. She is extremely dishonest and only concerned about making her wallet fatter.I recently got a new great dane puppy. I purchased her without papers from an ad online that stated the pups were ready. Lilly (the new puppy) was very winy and unsure on her feet after I got her home, and couldn't eat her solid food without water being added to it. So I did some additional research and found sever weight charts on veterinary websites and great dane breeder forums that confirmed my suspicions; the puppy was only about 4-5 weeks old. Way to young to go home. I called the breeder and they admitted that the pups were actually only about 6 weeks. Great danes grow so fast that I am completely sure they were fudging the truth even then. The pups are only 6-8lbs at week 4 (my pup was 6lbs) and by week 6 they double to 12-20lbs (which two weeks later my pup was 13lbs). I immediately took the puppy to see Dr V and explained all of this. She didn't check my pups temp she didn't look her over... she didn't lay a finger on my pup. She took one look at her and announced that she was definitely 6-8 weeks. And then proceeded to write on Lilly's file that she was 8 weeks old. Why would she do this? B/c the nurse told me in front of the her that if the puppy was only 4 weeks old as I thought they wouldn't be able to give her shots or heart worm medicine. After the vet made her claim on the age of Lilly, she immediately launched into a pitch about how I needed to immediately put Lilly on Heart Guard, and all manner of things (like spaying which we wouldn't even be doing for another 6 months) that would cost me money. When I tried to bring the conversation back around to my worries about the puppy and her health the vet finally touched the dog and listened to her heart and then proclaimed the puppy had a heart murmur. Then she proceeded to try to scare me into thinking that meant I would need to shell out lots of money down the road. Not only that but she asked me if the puppy had diarrhea. I told her she did when I first brought her home but it was b/c the breeder was feeding her purina puppy chow(I saw the bag), and that as soon as I switched her food to Taste of the Wild large breed puppy chow it completely cleared up within a day. Dr V pretended I didn't say anything and proceeded to preach to me about how good Purina puppy chow is (even though I told her twice I have never owned a puppy in my life that DIDN'T get the runs from that stuff) and that if the puppy continued to have diarrhea I would need to do further tests. So I made a point of telling her again that the diarrhea cleared up immediately, and that no, I would not be switching back to Purina b/c that was the cause of the diarrhea in the first place... and her only response was that I shouldn't have switched the puppies food so quickly b/c it could have upset her stomach. B/c that makes sooooo much sense!I was not born yesterday, and I even went through a little Vet school myself before changing careers. I have since taken my puppy to another Vet that has heard no heart murmur what-so-ever.
Saturday Duncan (my Shih Tzu rescue) became ill, I believe from the Vectra 3D. I checked the internet and found hundreds of horror stories about this product. Duncan refused to eat or drink all day Saturday and Sunday. He vomited and had diarrhea both of those days, was very lethargic and Saturday his body was on FIRE from fever. I prayed over my little boy all night Saturday and Sunday morning his fever finally broke. Monday morning I called the vets office (Maricopa Wells Veternary Hospital) which is his normal vet and where I purchased the Vectrta and asked for an appt. When I read more about the Vectra many people suggested bathing the dog with Dawn as the product is oil based and put onto the back of the dog, so I did bath him with Dawn dish soap. At my appt at 2:30 with Dr. Villalba I explained the entire situation with the Vectra, she said she never heard of these issues, I find that hard to beleive, so many pets have become deathly ill from this medication they are trying to get it off the market. Duncan was dehydrated, they gave him fluids, anti nausea, anti diarrhea, anti vomiting meds in a sac under his skin on his back, but never a blood test. They suggested a course of chicken and rice 2 tablespoons at a time, wait an hour or two to see if it stays down, if it does, give him a little more, you can wait a few hours and try a few more tablespoonfuls again. It did work, he had about 6 tablespoonfuls Monday night, and about 1/2 cup of water. At 7:50 am the office called me and asked how Duncan did and I told them how he did the night before. I have MS so we really do not wake up until 10 or 11 am. When we finally really woke up, he again was lethargic, refused food and water. I called Dr. Villalba's office about 11 am and asked for her to call me, she was is surgery. I waited by the phone with my sick dog by my side until 2 pm and called again, now she is with patients. I waited until 5 pm and called again, she has an emergency, but you can bring him in if you want. Really???? You have time to see him if I give you another $90 but not time to call me back on the phone? I see how this is going. She knows what condition he is in but that is not enough of an emergency to call? I sat and waited by the phone for over 9 hours. Shows how much she cares, huh? I am a devout Christian and am (along with my friends) trying to find a reason for her behavior, but I just can't. I cannot accept or justify letting a dog suffer this way when she know his state of health. Why I keep wondering, why? How long will she let him go without food or water before she thinks it is important enough to do something about. I am guessing I have to find another vet. This one I will find on Angie's List. I cannot bear to see my baby suffer like this, and I am SURE if it were her pet or parent she would NOT tolerate this type of care from their doctor.
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.