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Our elderly dog, Cole, was given excellent care during his declining years by the staff at Terrell Mill. Dr. Robinson always spent time with us talk…
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This vet Sent my 9 week puppy with double pneumonia home. Took my puppy to blue petal and they immediately admitted him. The vet told me he could tell that I was not going to be happy no matter what he said so he told me to take my dog home. I'm glad I had better intuition and took my puppy to blue pearl. I don't feel this vet cares about animals at all. He was more concerned about keeping his scheduled spray surgery than taking time with our puppy in respiratory distress and tried to get our puppy out the door as fast as possible. I was trying to get my puppy help and he was rude. My dog would have died if I had listened to this vet. Thankfully I went to blue pearl and I will never go back or recommend this vet.
I have a not so nice cat Ninja, when it comes to taking him to the doctor. The staff and Doctor at Animal Health Center treated us so well and never once said a word about my Ninja not having any manners while he was there. He is a very old cat and I have trouble medicating him and sometimes even loving on him. The doctor made sure I could give the medication needed and home without problem and called to check on him a few days later. Thank you so much for taking such good care of my Ninja.Angela Baker
Hard to believe Carryn W. is reporting on the same vet practice. We LOVE Tritt! The front desk is helpful, Dr. Beard is amazing and we appreciate their bedside manner as well. Our Cola is scheduled for a spay on 4/28 -- I can't imagine taking her anywhere else. We have always gotten follow up calls and reminders for monthly treatments (flea season / heartworm). Couldn't be happier with the services provided!
This practice is negligent for many reasons. Follow-up is poor on all accounts. From medication they dispense, to appt mistakes on their part, procedure follow-up, blood and urine blood work and not calling to inform us, on 2 different occasions, that our dogs ultra sound was canceled (which she never recvd, but paid and promised for). We allowed/trusted this practice to treat our dog for 3 mos. (Aug-oct) and paid over $3000 to watch her health rapidly decline. Several times we called to get guidance just to have them prescribe another pill (again with no follow-up ). Even asked for a vet visit, not necessary was their response. Overall, not concerned about the health or care for the pet, just the Money. Plus, front office staff not helpful or pleasant.We did switch practices and glad to report our dogs health is improving as of late November.
My father took his cat to Animal Health this location. Baby kitty has not been acting well. They did not tell him what it would cost before that did all (bunch) of test. Running up a bill for $447.87. The cat is 10+ years old. All they could say when consulted about the bill was he did not ask. Really he is 85. They sent him home with a needle and a fluid bag to give to the cat for kidney failure. Really remember he is 85. He is not a vet., Or maybe these people are heartless and money hungry and do not know how to recommend that the cat would suffer with this condition and needed to be put down. But now IF this does not work as the vet stated the charge to but the cat down is only $150.00. Really..... I WOULD NOT recommend the people to my worst enemy.
Great veterinarian with affordable prices.
The people at AHC really love animals and provide top notch care. All the staff are very friendly, compassionate and knowledgable. They truly love their job and my pets and I highly recommend you try their services.
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.