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3209 E Evans RdSpringfield, MO 65804
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My dog was hit by a car on a Sunday night so we needed emergency care. The vet there was so rude! my husband called before coming in she sounded annoyed. She snapped "does he need a muzzle" (her tone frightened us) She said it would be a couple grand up front and no guarantees and she wouldn't help him tonight. Then posted how inconsiderate people who bring there pets in on vets "who have lives outside of work" are. It was heartbreaking! My puppy made it thru the night and went to the other clinic on pleasant prairie road next morning. No broken bones and not even a charge to check him out. This also happened when my cat had a giant gaping hole in her neck. First vet said she they won't treat unless the cat stayed the night and they wouldn't give even an opinion on If she looked like an emergency but they said it doesn't matter they're book. The animal medical clinic receptionist said bot fly, took it out. No charge.
Animal Medical Center is the ONLY veterinarian my family, friends, and I will take our fur babies to. Not only are they professional and very knowledgeable, they also CARE. They are so sweet to All of the animals and so kind to all of their customers. Highly recommended! We ❤ our vet!!!
We've been using Marshfield Vet for the past 8 months. I would not go to anyone else in the surrounding area for any of my pet or livestock care. All of the docs take their time to get to know the issue and the animal history and take their time to explain what needs to be done. They are all knowledgeable and respond as quick as possible to calls. The office staff keeps good records and make sure phone consults are handled expeditiously.
I have nothing but contempt for Marshfield Veterinary Clinic. Last year my German Shepherd was hit by a school bus around 3:45 pm. I quickly laid her in my truck and yelled to my wife, "Call the vet and tell them I'm coming in." Before getting there she called my cell phone and said they had no one who could take care of her. So I went to their competitor, Animal Medical Center. Even though they were not my dog's vet they brought me in immediately. Sadly, there was nothing they could do, but at least they were there. Later, my wife told me that the gal who answered the phone at Marshfield Vet Clinic sounded totally nonchalant and callous. She simply said, "there's no one available to see your dog." I can't tell you how much I loathe that place.
I called them to try and bring in my female who had puppies, but hadn't passed a placenta, and was in very bad shape. They simply told me they were too busy to help my dog. I told them I didn't think she would survive the day if she didn't see a vet, and they didn't care. I've never delt with such a terrible vet clinic in my life. They absolutely don't care about the well being of animal. Appalling.
I had a pregnant bulldog that was 63 days into her pregnancy.They refused to perform a c-sectionon her due to a test they took on her that supposedly showed she would not be ready for another 24 hours. Needless to say within 8 hours of taking her home she came into full blown labor. causing a rush 1 hour drive to the vet at 3 o'clock in the morning.just so they could get an emergency veterinary fee, they put my dog and litter in harm's way.
Most caring and friendly vet. They helped my kitten recover after a sloppy declawing. I'm happy to say that since her visit she is almost healed, happy and playful again. This is now the only vet I take my kitten to and highly recommend them.
Please do not take any pet here. I took my 6 month old kitten in to be spayed and front paws declawed. I picked her up the next day and was told she could lick her paws, she would be fine. When home I looked at her paws and they were raw and I could see bone. I called the office and again they told me its fine. Three days later I call the office again to see if its normal for my cat to have not used the bathroom since her surgery...again its fine. Well she did use the bathroom the next day, but her paws are still sore and raw. I did go get a cone collar so she would stop licking her paws. A week later with her paws getting worse and her limping I took her to a different vet in Marshfield MO. OMG what a difference, everyone there was friendly and caring. The vet told me her paws would be fine but it could take up to several months to heal. The job was done sloppy. This new vet sent me home with a month worth of pain medication, antibiotics, and an antibiotic ointment for her paws. She didn't have an infection but he want to make sure she didn't get one. This new vet even took her stitches out a week later and didn't charge me for that even though another vet did the surgery. I felt so bad for my kitty. A month and a half after surgery, her paws are almost healed, still sensitive but she's becoming the happy playful kitten I knew before this nightmare began. If your looking for a wonderful friendly vet go to Animal Medical Center in Marshfield MO. They're also very reasonable and have convenient hours. I wish I had known about them first.
I left my dog there so they could get a urine sample and they were supposed to call me and they didn't at five I called them and they told me they couldn't get one so I went up there to get her and ask if they have even taken her out all day and they said no so I took her outside and got a urine sample in five minutes but yet I left her up there all day for no reason. Every time I take her up there it's like this they're very unprofessional
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.