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I had him years ago for my pets, I didn't find him compassionate to animals or a people person. when i said i didnt want a hard cone for my dog, he made me wait almost 1 1/2 after my appt time to finally get my girl. never went back, went to Orange Veterinary after that
These folks are nothing short of amazing. They are accommodating and compassionate for pets owners and four legged family members.They are informative; I love how they took the time to educate me on the new influenza virus spreading into our state. I complied with their recommendation for the health and well-being of my dog. My Beggy love William the technician and receptionist Cheryl. The best part is they allow me to schedule a morning appointment and then my pet can go to the next building for his spa day!! I highly recommend checking out all their services.
My family and I have used Snowflake for decades. Always professional and helpful. For everything from birds to cats and dogs. Ignore the people posting negative reviews who've never actually been there and are just upset at unproven rumors by a deranged woman out for her 15 minutes of fame.
I have used Snowflake Kennel for years and have always been very happy with the way they have treated my dogs, my family. Two prior instances I’ve had to go away on business when one of my dogs has been sick. Snowflake Kennel was tremendous in taking care of my dog- giving me daily updates so I did not have to worry. This last visit I had an emergency hospital visit and Bob at Snowflake Kennel was kind enough to come and get my dogs from my home so I would not worry. They took excellent care of my dogs until I was well enough to come and get them. Thank you to all those at Snowflake Kennel we love you!
Took my soft-coated wheaten terrier puppy in for a "trim" of his face and even gave specific instructions regarding the expectations. Miscommunication or misinterpretation happened as the result of the trim was more than just a trim. The equivalent of a toddler being told to give an adult a haircut using clippers for the first time. Perhaps even further detailed should have been given but regardless we will be looking for an alternate grooming service for our wheaten terrier. All in all professionalism was lacking from my point of view.
Hello,I am a Milford resident and I have been using Snowflake for several decades. I know the family personally and I 100% trust them caring for my pets. I have never once been disappointed. Go and make your own opinion. They've been around for 50 years because they have a genuine concern and passion for animals. One visit, and it's obvious. My cats are 8 years old now, they look great..great grooming and my vet visits are always resolved. No complaints here! We are looking to get a puppy soon and we cant wait to bring him there
THIS DOCTOR HAS BEEN WITH ME FOR 10 YEARS AND SHE HAS THE MOST EXCELLENT KNOWLEDGE AND CONCERN FOR ANIMALS. I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I HAVE HER IN MY LIFE.KATHY RUSSELL
I bring my dog to their vet and I really enjoy their professionalism and enthusiasm. However, anytime I call or ask about a simple thing or have a tiny question, they instantly tell me to bring my dog in. My dog is already a patient, I don't think it's necessary to charge for information or anything of the sort. I am not pleased with that. It is already expensive to being your pet to the vet.
A shelter kitten I adopted was sent to Snowflake for an exam, vaccinations & neutering. When I picked him up the staff told me he had giardia and gave me medication, the vet wasn't in to answer questions. I left my # & asked that the vet call since I have other pets & didn't want them getting sick, in the meantime I'd keep the kitten separate. 5 days later, when I hadn't been called, I called them & asked to speak with the vet. Again, the receptionist gave follow up instructions that contradicted what they told me when I picked him up - still couldn't talk to the vet. I took the kitten to my regular vet & their testing found another parasite that Snowflake never diagnosed & my poor kitten has to start a whole new medication & be kept separate for another 2 wks - it'll be a month that this kitten has had to live alone in my bathroom!! I'm so thankful that my vet at the Animal Clinic of Milford detected this 2nd parasite & that my other 3 pets won't be sick!
Placed money over pet care. Sickens me that my cat could not get appointment. I had $330 for vet care. They assumed since i am on SSA that i couldnt afford them. Very disappointed.
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.