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Dr. Sauble was great. First time my 10 year old Bichon was in today. Had surgery for several growths and dental care. He truly went above and beyond to fix my dog. Thank you Dr. Sauble.
Please please fire that receptionist. She is doing your business a disservice. Your loyal customers don't need to be treated badly...she has no customer service skills and should never handle the public with her attitude.
Horrible receptionist. They cancelled my appointment without notification. Then proceeded tell me it was my fault for not contacting them in advance. I've always been very happy with the vets but I'm finished trying to work with the receptionist. I hope they read and see that their loyal customers are getting turned away at the door, or in my case on the phone. I'll never go back.
4-31-2015 As a repeated customer of this firm. I took a limp, suffering, dying cat into their office to have put down to end it's suffering. They said, because that particular cat had not been there before, they would have to charge me $108.00. The last cat I had put down there cost $48.00. I refused to get ripped off by them, gave them a piece of my mind and they let me leave with that poor suffering cat in my arms. Took the cat to Ark's in Hedgesville. They rushed the cat to a room and did the civil thing as I expected Spring Mills Animal Hosp. to do(but didn't) for $28.00.... They lost a good customer(as I have 10 well vetted cats) and showed me they are only in it for the money, not love of animals. DISGUSTING..!
This place is a joke. My lab was mauled by a pit bull and I rushed him over there as he was bleeding perfusely out os his face. When I arrive and tell the girl what is going on she says, "um well you might want to take him to Hagerstown as we are closing in 30 minutes and don't have time to get him in." Awesome service and overall care for my dogs well being. I left and will never go back. We are pulling our dogs records and moving to Shenendoah next week since they had "time" to see hIm.
This place is great! My dog was mauled by a pit bull and 2 other vet clinics refused to see him as they were busy. Meanwhile he was laying in the back of my truck with blood gushing out of his face. We called Shenendoah and the young lady said bring him right in and I'll get a room ready. They took him right back and the doctor assessed his wounds and told me they would sedate him and stitch him up. 45 minutes later he was ready to go home. I will be switching both dogs over to this clinic for all future visits.
So happy they took great care of my cat when she was sick
Our dog had spinal surgery and was on medication to keep swelling down. The medication needed to be refilled. I called 4 times and still have not spoken to a veterinarian. This was our family vet office for years. I find it extremely unprofessional and just plain rude. I do recommend Dr. Hillman or Dr.Gallup
I have been going to Big Spring Animal Hospital for 17 years with my dog (age 11) and 2 cats (ages 8 and 17) and many foster cats. I have found the doctors to be very compassionate and competent for the animals and patient with me to answer all of my questions. One of the vets even volunteers for spaying and neutering a day and a half each week at the animal shelter. I'm sad that a previous reviewer lost a beloved pet. My dog showed an allergic response to a very common pain medication for animals, and now there is a large yellow sticker on her file reminding all to not give her that one if she needs a pain medication. Because the vets can be quite thorough, or when emergencies whoosh in, the wait can be longer than I want, but that's my only criticism in 17 years. The entire staff is very polite and the receptionists are friendly and efficient.
I have used Dr. Sauble at this office for 15 plus years love him he is wonderful. Unfortunately he has another vet in there now Dr. Rankin she has a horrible attitude towards customers and animals. After all these years it saddens me to switch vets but i will not deal with hateful attitude any longer. I will be taking my dogs to ark animal hospital from now on.
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.