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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
Do a good job with routine check-ups but a little expensive. Very caring and helped me through a difficult time putting my yellow lab to sleep.
I have been bringing my own cats & dogs here ever since this clinic opened aprox 20 years ago.Dr. Sharma is an EXCELLENT WELL KNOWLEDGEABLE vet and he & his staff are BIG-TIME animal lovers.They are willing to squeeze people in at last moment, he is available for both scheduled appointments as well as 24 hour emergency care. His prices are much more reasonable compared to other vet clinics and the pets of first time people receive a free head to tail vet exam ($35.00 value)Dr Sharma also gives discounts to pet owners of multiple pets, as well as discounts to senior citizens and military veterans. In addition, he also has some really good money saving coupons towards your pets vaccinations, heartworm tests, dental work, spay/ neuter surgery among other things.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR SHARMA. Bring your dog/cat to him, & let him know I was the one who referred you to him. He will give you even more discounts when treating your four legged family member if you tell him I was the one who referred you. My name is Kitty Wuerl.
Worst vet experience I have ever had. I would not recommend this to anyone. It was very dirty and unsanitary. I had to come here unexpectedly because my cat had a UTI and this place was the only place that could get me in the same day so that part was great. But everything about it was just sketchy and awkward. Every time the vet tech and vet would either come in or leave the evaluation room I was in they wouldn't close the door and my cat could have ran out if I didn't close it right away. Then the vet kept trying to convince me to get my cat declawed and said it was a "painless procedure". My cat is 3 and past the age that is recommended for that. The thermometer that he put in my cats rear didn't even get cleaned afterwards, he just put it back in the container on the counter. They also charged me $160 for the "exam", medication, and shots (don't even know what these were for). He just wrote down these numbers with out referencing any price log. Did he just pull these numbers out of his ass?? Very unsatisfied and would never go back.
Great service and treated my Bailey with great ❤. Knowledgeable staff. I would recommend to my friends and family.
I boarded my dog here and she was covered in feces and missing the top skin of her nose and bleeding. Not a satisfying experience.
My husband and I brought our cats to the West Allis Vet Clinic the 4+ years that we lived in Milwaukee. From making appointments to picking up prescription food to ordering lab work, everyone at the clinic is friendly, helpful, and professional. It gave me a peace of mind to bring my cats to such a great clinic, especially my late elderly cat who had multiple serious health issues during her final years of life. Their rates are competitive, and they provide reasonable recommendations for testing, diet, home care, and other aspects of pet health. Pets and pet owners alike are treated with respect and compassion by everyone at the clinic including receptionists, nurses, and vets. The only reason that we switched vets this winter is because we moved. I will continue to recommend the West Allis clinic to family and friends in Milwaukee. Thank you for everything that you do!
My wife and I had 2 chocolate labs. When my wife moved her in 2007 from Marshfield it was hard for her to find a vet as good as the one she had up there. After doing our research on vets in the Milwaukee area we found the West Allis Veterinary Clinic. My wife grew up on a dairy farm and after she saw that Dr. Dan worked with large animals and with dairy she said we have to see him. So needless to say we have been taking our girls to him for 9 years and can't say enough good things about Dr. Dan and the whole staff. We are thankful to find a team that is so loving and passionate for each of their patients. We had to put one of our girls down in September of 2014 and we did it at the Animal Hospital and the next day we received a call from Dr. Dan giving his condolences and his favorite memory of our Sadie girl and later in the week a card from the Doctor and staff. With that being said that shows what kind of team works there. I highly recommend them for your local veterinary clinic.Kim, Ryan,Aspen the late SadieMcDonough
I took my very cared for Mack in for eye surgery and it turned out flawless west allis vet did a great job not to mention they treated him like a king. I would send all my friends and family there thank you to the staff
My first and last experience at community vet clinic was the worst experience I have ever had at any business, vet or otherwise. My lab was attacked by another dog and, new to the Bayview area, I had no local vet and randomly selected them to call. When I told them what happened and asked if he could be seen, the lady I spoke with first told me no that they were booked but then after putting me on hold, told me one of their doctors was done early with surgeries and was available to see him. Mind you, I would have been perfectly understanding if they could not see him and I would have taken him elsewhere or to the emergency vet clinic I work at (which was not my initial idea only because it is 30 mins away) (but in hindsight was what I should have done).When I got to the clinic and walked in with my bleeding dog, one of the receptionists (dark hair) looked at me disgusted and said "would you mind waiting outside with him?" Not all with it, I turned around and walked him outside and stood there for a couple seconds in the cold and windy weather while I got a grip on what just happened. I then stormed inside and asked them how long they expected me to stand outside in the cold with my injured dog and let them know I was more than willing to go elsewhere. I explained to them how extremely rude and unbelievable it is to basically tell someone their dog is bleeding too much and you need to wait outside. FYI I didn't immediately go elsewhere because I didn't want to waste anymore time trying to find a vet. He could have had internal injuries or something that I could not see. A bit later, the female doctor came out and took us back outside to look him over. After getting more information she said she was going to take him in the back to look him over. I came back inside and dark-haired receptionist who seriously needs a reality check began to say condescendingly that she made us walk out because she was concerned about infection control, transmittable diseases, and OSHA. which I then responded I work at an emergency vet clinic, used to work at family practice. I am perfectly aware of blood transmittable diseases but this is a hospital setting and that is not the way you handle it. You take the animal into a room or in the back immediately, you follow them around with a rag and sanitizer, you wrap a towel on their wound (which I had, just needed to get him in the door so I could put it back on), you keep other dogs away, bug you don't tell them to wait outside all disgusted. She responded to my vet experience by saying "well maybe your clinics aren't up to date on their OSHA and infectious disease protocol". At that point I withdrew from arguing with the idiot. I sat and waited for the doctor to update me with the plan of action and what she found after cleaning odie up and examining him. 25 mins later. Nothing. So I asked what was going on and they said he was being stitched up. Uuuuuggghhhhh. Why would you not talk to me first?! I figured he'd need stitches and of course I was going to pay for it but you ALWAYS talk to the owners before doing anything. What if I didn't have the money? It was $250. And on the medical records that I took with me it says "owner elected" that treatment plan. I never elected anything. That is so illegal! In the end, my pup was fine and that's all that matters. One of his stitches came out and they did a really crappy job at bandaging his wound so I ended up having to take him to a different doctor but as I said, my boy is A-ok so that's all that matters. And the fact that I will never ever recommend that vet office to anyone.
I can tell that the doctor is serious with his job and wouldn't settle to just giving little advice. If I need a doctor for my pets in the future, I will definitely come back here.
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.