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3670 S 108th StMilwaukee, WI 53228
At 0300 am we knew we would not be bringing Maggie (17 years old, and very sick) home. we called the clinic to tell them we were coming. They were…
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I recently had to have surgery on my sheltie for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). My regularvet could not get her in for another week and a halfand I did not want to wait that long, consideringthe pain that she was in. So, judging from myprevious experience at spirit of 76 vet clinic, andknowing how professional and caring they were,I chose to have them do my sheltie's surgery.(I personally have a friend that goes here as well, andmy father does with his sheltie, chance).Dr. Seebard was the one who did the surgery on my sheltie and I have to say that he was really a wonderful doctor. He took the time toanswer any questions that I might have, and alwaysgot back to me prompty. This was a very traumaticexperience for me, as well as for my husband.You see, our dogs are our children and they meanthe world to us. Also, their prices were reasonableand the doctor even went out of his way for us,just to 'fit' us in for an appointment. And, he waskind enough not to charge us for the appointment,or office visit, because we needed something clarified. I would have to say that there is a sensethat when you walk in that door, that these peoplereally love animals and will do anything for them!~God Bless you for that~I was very impressed.Thankyou for everything.-Tammy Straube New Berlin
I moved from IL away from a wonderful veterinarian. Finding one in the Milwaukee area that seemed to care as much as the old vet did was hard. We found Alta View and I was happy. Granted I was not used to the "office visit" fees (as I have 4 dogs) but I understand the concept. The prices are truely reasonable and the doctors are all wonderful and really seem to care about what I feel is important for my dogs. Not the attitude "I'm just gonna do it cause I can". When I call I have ALWAYS been able to talk to a doctor, what a concept I cannot even get that attention with my physician. We recently lost one of our dogs and the care and compassion they showed and still are showing is a wonderful comfort. I reccomend this facility and these doctors to any pet parent that really wants to feel like your pet matters (and you too).
I want to start by saying that this is by far the best Vet Clinic around. I've been to several different clinics and i just could not find one that cared about my pets and how i felt. And this vet clinic is all loving, caring, respectful, and understanding! I couldn't ask for more. The doctors are just amazing they help me around my budget, yet still giving my pets the care they need. I feel comfortable here. Both Dr. Malueg and Dr. Helmbrecht are so caring and understanding and the vet staff, the receptionists there are all so warm and caring, they love pets and their owners. I recommend this clinic to all people who are looking for a great one of kind clinic that you will not see anywhere else.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about the caring staff at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic. Our dog needed surgery and due to unknown genetic issues with our dog, she required much more care than originally planned. Additional surgeries required our dog to stay over 2 weeks in the care of the staff at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic. The attention they gave not only to our dog, but to my husband and I too, was invaluable. Dr. Sarah and Dr. Work took as much time as we needed when explaining procedures thoroughly and clearly so we could understand. The patience we were given by both the doctors and their caring staff was fantastic. If I could give 10 stars out of 5, I would!
I had the good fortune to bring my Yorkie “Lolla” to Park Pet Hospital and also see behind the scenes. I Highly recommend them! There are no bill surprises; they are honestly looking out for the pets and clients best interests. You have to try this clinic for your pets, it was so worth the 1 hour drive for me to have these doctors as my veterinarian. Dr. Jacobs is a board-certified specialist in canine and feline medicine and surgery, He is the only ABVP certified practitioner in Milwaukee county. Along with Dr. Cathy Poehlmann and Dr. Hoppe they are so incredible skilled and compassionate. I love everyone their!
I took my dog Trell to Bayshore Veterinary Clinic and I was worried sick cause he got a nasty cut under his paw. Man they took care my dog right away. He hed to stay overnight and it hurt my feelings but, I knew right away he was in the hands of some careing people cause dispite the cost, they worked with me and my insurance company and made me feel like I took one of my kids to the hospital. That's the kinda care you wanna see ur pet in and they showed they're care. Thanks Perry and the Doctors and staff of Bayshore Veterinary Clinic. God bless you.
I love Dr. J. I take all five of pits and 1 chihuahua and my moms dog. We drive from Waukesha because the prices are reasonable. He even gives me prices breaks for having more than one pet. I been going here for years. When my Ice had puppies he gave her an ultrasound so I would know how many pups to expect. I have high expectations and this place meets it, it's also very clean I just was there resently in May 2017.
Hello, I brought my 100lb pit bull Sparky to get his shots and my experience there was amazing. I was very nervous as Sparky can be intimidated easily, but all the nurses were extremely kind and the Doctor was informative and awesome. He took great care of Sparky. Sparky was happy during his visit and loved the treats. Thank you doc and your staff for everything. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Spirit needs more credit! It's a gem sitting on the corner of 76th and Lincoln. We LOVE it here! The Doctors are friendly, caring, professional yet understanding, The prices are perfect! Not to high... It IS under NEW management staff, and the owner is Dr. Semandel! If you are thinking of changing vets, or are new to the area, come check this place out! You will NOT be disappointed!!!!!!
I trust Dr.Z with my cats! Both my cats have had various issues and complications and he has proven to have an amazing amount of knowledge and love for animals. I Love the fact that his prices are great, he is direct and upfront with you about the animal and his hours are flexible. I drive quite a distance to get to him, but he is worth it!!!
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.