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700 W Republic RdSpringfield, MO 65807
I'm delighted to be back in Springfield after being out-of-state for close to ten years. I used Pakrcrest Vet for over 15 years and always found th…
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I took my three little dogs for their routine shots and to see why one was coughing, They did an x-ray. Could not read the x-ray. Had to do another of which they charged me twice. One supposedly had an enlarged heart but she would be OK with heart medication and might live for a long time. To make a long story short we have lost one dog and another is still in jeopardy of dying. The third almost died all in spite horrible care I dropped her off to have her teeth cleaned. They pulled all her teeth? The other he broke off when cleaning and left in. I had to take her in for emergency work at the Blue Pearl in Overland Park. The first dog with the heart problem lived for about two weeks.The second never regained her strength. Another dog down. My little one was in such bad shape she had to be taken to Blue Pearl. She has an auto immune disease and was also dying.I would never take any dog to Dake Veterinary Clinic. For all they did and all I had to buy it was almost $800 to take care of my dogs. I think that money should have been returned. Caution to everyone if you take your animals there their lives will be in danger. Dake and his office staff is lazy and does not care about animals. Never Ever take you precious babies there if you want them cared for properly. Dake had all three of my babies all at once and missed up on all three of them resulting in two deaths out of three dogs.His office had the gall to tell me that I signed to have teeth pulled and I informed them that I signed for teeth CLEANING with maybe some extractions but not all the teeth in her head as they did without any explanation. We should never have almost lost our little dogs from Dake's "routine shots" and incompetence. He tried to blame us? No go!!! I have all the paperwork! I have no use for this man, his uppity, demeaning, greedy wife and inexperienced office staff. Fair warning to all of what goes on there and what danger faces ahead. You may well lose your dogs too. Do not go there.
Awesome, helpful, caring and compassionate. Clean facility too easy access, quick appointment times
I don't have a problem with the vets themselves. My problem is with the people behind the counter.I took my dog to them.He is 7 years old. We live on a farm and give all of our puppies their shots.We did not know we had to have receipts for these shots in order for him to have surgery.I was told that without proof of this they would not give him a needed surgery.My problem is if this is your policy then give full disclosure when I am filling out new patient information. Don't wait 2 years later when my dog needs surgery and then be rude about it.I really love the vets but won't be back because of the office help.
Over a month after I took a dog to Dake's for an emergency visit I got a bill in the mail for charges they "forgot" at the time of service, with a late fee added on!Why was I asked to pay a late fee for a mistake they made?I payed the entire bill, but they willnot be receiving my business again.
Great vet! Would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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.