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3765 E Yosemite AveMerced, CA 95340
From Business: Animal Medical Center is a full service veterinary hospital that provides routine preventative medical care for healthy pets and critical care for sick or injured…
Serving the Merced Area.
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I definitely don't recommend this clinic. I just took my dog for her first appointment where she was treated poorly. No one attempted to greet or be kind to her before, during or after the visit. When the tech went to weigh her, my dog had half her body on the scale and we were giving her verbal commands to get her other half onto the platform. Instead, the tech roughly grabbed my dog's collar and dragged her onto the platform. We had only been at the scale about 10 seconds, and if I knew she was in that much in a hurry, I would have physically moved my dog myself. At that point, I wanted to leave but felt like I needed to stay given that my dog might have an ear infection and it needed to get treated immediately. When our dog was met by the vet, he asked us some questions and then roughly grabbed my dogs ears. My dog started whining and yelping in a way that I've never heard before... I asked why she was in pain, but I got no answer.After that, the tech came back to do an ear wash. Throughout the process, my dog was howling and crying. My dog has had other procedures in which I was warned it might be painful and, even with that, she never made those kinds of noises. I grabbed my dog to hold and pet her and asked the tech if she could stop for a bit. The tech looked at me with what seemed like annoyance and said no she couldn't stop. I took the clinic's word that ear washes are painful and that it couldn't be stopped at any point, but they should have told me what to expect. And given the painful experience, they showed no compassion or offered any kind words to our dog as it was all going on.Besides all that, the office itself looks rundown and the exam room didn't appear sanitary. While waiting for the tech/vet, I kept dodging a cricket that was running rampant and wondering what the mystery brown liquid in the specimen container was on the counter. Not good.
Best Vet for miles around. Very reasonable fees too. He won't hype you to run up the bill either. Great guy, Dr Byerly.
I've know Doc for years! Alway been professional, courteous, and knowledgable! He's a great Dr. The only Dr I'll ever use!
While attempting to locate a boarding location I was on hold for over four minutes and then disconnected. Nothing like being told that my patience is appreciated and that my call is important. My service has gone elsewhere.
I took my French Bulldog, Rutger, in for a nail clipping under sedation in March. Instead of waiting to sedate him, the technicians tried to clip his nails without sedative, which agitated him greatly. They were chasing him around with a blanket trying to catch him, which appalled me. But I was assured that this time they would be able to care for him properly and took him in for nail clipping on July 20th. Never was I advised on fasting before the sedation, but after the tragedy that occurred, the Dr said it "wasn't a concern" since the sedative is supposed to have a suppressant to keep the dog from vomiting. I put him in the car after the procedure, but noticed he was not well, so I brought him back in the office. My dog and I never got to see the doctor again. The receptionist went to speak with him, came back, and assured me Rutger was alright to go home. At home, Rutger was greatly agitated and having a difficult time breathing. He finally walked around, vomited a great deal, then walked a few more steps and collapsed. He was not breathing, so I rushed him back to the office. They could not get his heart beat back and he expired there. My daughter spoke to Dr. Byerly on the phone, who said that even though he hadn't eaten since breakfast it "was not a concern" since the sedative has a suppressant. But obviously they did not take enough precaution in the case of our Rutger. He told my daughter that Rutger walked out of the office just fine, but in reality I had to carry him out. I just don't understand why they let me take him home, even after I came back in and let them know he was not well. They didn't check any of his vital signs, and the Dr didn't want to see him. I feel Dr. Byerly could have saved Rutger's life if he had just taken a bit of time to check him out when I came back in, and kept him for a while to see him come off the sedation. On the phone, he told my daughter they might have been able to do something had they been there right away. She told him he should change his policies for sedating animals and not let them be taken home, to have them stay for supervision. This would probably have saved our little dog's life. My wife and I have both called and asked Dr. Byerly to call us today, but received no response. I want to ask him why he refused to check on Rutger when I was right there in his office, and why he doesn't keep sedated animals under supervision to make sure they are okay. Please do not take your pet here. This is the most shocking, painful experience we could imagine, and Dr. Byerly has given no answers to these questions. It's as if he didn't feel our dog was important enough or care about the risks involved and his welfare. Now Rutger's gone, no thanks to Dr. Byerly, his staff, and his policies. No one in the Ragsdale neighborhood has him as a vet, and now our family understands why in the worst way possible.
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.