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I have used many different Vets over the years and I would rate Dr. George and his staff at the very top of my list. I trust the judgement they use…
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Fourteen years of caring and professional service with reasonable prices. They’ve cared for our two dogs, three cats, and a bunny, who because of Dr Knight’s excellent care and knowledge has far outlived his life expectancy. Drs Knight and Zieman are the best.
I took a kitten in to be spay with a $20 voucher from the SPCA because it's very expensive. When I called to make the appointment and told the lady on the phone that I had the $20 voucher she gave me an appointment and never told me about all the extra charges that I would incur. So when I got there with the cat they begin to tell me about all of these charges that were mandatory along with the $20 spay, even though all of our animals are on monthly flea treatments the lady told me that I had to pay for them to give the cat one of their 24 our flea pill and then I told her I didn't need any pain medicine because with all the other spay and neuter that I had plenty then I was informed that it was mandatory that I pay for extra pain meds. I just wanted it to be done with it so my $20 spay then turned into around $60. I bent down to take the collar off of the kitten that was in the cat carrier when someone brought in a dog and its spooked the cat, so she freaked out and was trying to get away from the dog I didn't have a good grip on her so she scratched up my face and head very badly and then went running to the corner of the room. They called somebody from the back to come up to the front and I actually thought they were going to come see about me because there was so much blood that was dripping off of my face and my head and they went about checking the other people in never said are you okay or anything I stood up with my hand covering my left eye that I could feel blood and reached my hand out and said could I have a paper towel I was then given three or four paper towels and they continue to go about their day like everything was just completely normal and then one of the girls got upset because they couldn't catch the cat I started feeling the blood run down the other side of my head reach my hand out and said I need another paper towel I was handed another paper towel and then was told don't worry about cleaning the blood off the floor we'll get it. I didn't know how bad it was but I walked outside because nobody was paying any attention to the fact that I was dripping blood everywhere and sat in my car for 15 minutes waiting on my mom to come and look at my wounds to see if I should go to the hospital because there was really a lot of blood and no one ever came out to even ask if I was okay. I then get back to my house after going to the emergency room and they did tell me that they weren't deep enough for stitches but that I should get it super glued which I declined so that was on me. The only phone call I got was to see if I was going to make it back before they close to pick the cat up. And just in case anyone from the vet wants to deny this claim I will be adding pictures of my blood-soaked shirt and the paper towels they so lovingly gave me. If these two horrible women in the front desk could treat a human like this imagine how they treat your animals when you're not there and to make matters worse They literally when about checking the other people in never said are you OK or anything I stood up with my hand cover in my left eye that I could feel blood and reached my hand out and said could I have a paper towel I was then given 3 or 4 paper towels and they continue to go about their day like everything was just completely normal and then one of the girls got upset because they couldn't catch the cat I then started feeling the blood run down the other side of my head reached my hand out and said I need another paper towel I was handed another paper towel and then was told don't worry about cleaning the blood off the floor will get it. I didn't know how bad it was but I walked outside because nobody was paying any attention to the fact that I was dripping blood everywhere and said in my car for 15 minutes b4 leaving. The only phone call I got was to see if I was going to make it back before they close to pick the cat up. And just in case anyone from the vet denies this, I've added pics.
Dr. Johnson is the sweetest and throughly engaged with my animals. When my rabbit gets sick she has made a visit to my house!!! I am usually upset and worried when one of my cats or rabbit gets sick her calming vibe calms me down!!!
Dr. Slaughter and the staff at Cottage Hill Animal Clinic have cared for my pets for 25+ years. I have an American Bull Dog/Boxer and a Mastiff/Boxer, both about 5 years old... and their health is excellent thanks to the personalized care and advice I have received from Dr. Slaughter. From surgeries to grooming, to general health care, he has been right on target every time. Shortly after I rescued these fella's, skin allergies, sneezing and scratching was not being solved by medicated baths, and Dr. Slaughter recommended a change in food. I was focused on high protein foods, and he explained why I needed to change their diet, and what changes I should expect. His first recommendation solved the problem. All of the changes he forecast that we would experience have happened just as he defined them. Great, practical care. Great advice, and a staff that knows my dogs as well as they know their own. I strongly recommend Cottage Hill Animal Clinic.
We LOVE Dr. Mims & Dr. Hudson! The vets here see our goats, livestock guardian dogs, and barn cats. I've had quick, knowledgeable service with emergencies and appointments.
We rescue cats several times a year. As someone who has multiple dogs and cats, plus would like to continue to rescue pets in need, this is a great way to get a low-cost spay/neuter. The vet is nice, staff is friendly, plus the pets go home the same day.
My dog is a new patient of Dr. Bentley. Until now my best friend (my dog) had an on going illness that I thought would never get cured, but that all changed when I brought him to loop veterinary hospital. Thanks to Dr. Bentley my dog is finally feeling better. He is 13 years old and I have been taking him everywhere praying that someone could help him and I saw Dr. Bentley on channel 15 news on Mondays and I knew he was the one that could finally help my friend, and he did. Dr. Bentley is so knowledgeable and is such a caring person that if you want the best care for you true lovable friend then this is the veterinarian that you need to take him or her to. His staff is just as carrying and kind as anyone could possibly be. I am so thankful that Dr. Bentley and his staff are here. They truly are the best!
Absolutely the best! The staff was super friendly and very compassionate! They took care of my baby without charging me an arm and a leg! Cindy I would give u 100 stars if I could! Thank u so much for easing my mind today! I will be back! Tilly thanks ya'll too!��������
I am very disappointed in the care my dog received at the Animal Care Center. I took him in because he seemed to be in pain either from his teeth or back. Dr. Knight was very abrupt when talking to me about what might be wrong. She never said definitively whether it was his back or teeth that were hurting. She then told me he had a heart murmur, asked about his heart worm medication and then left the room. She never came back and explained what the heart murmur meant and gave me an estimate of 1,000.00 for his dental work. I took him to another vet today and they checked his heart, explained to me what a heart murmur is and prescribed two medications that will help reduce the damage to his heart. I'm appalled to know that he should have been prescribed medicine for this condition and Dr. night chose not to even talk to me further about it. Instead she wanted an exorbitant amount for his dental surgery. I would not recommend her to anyone. Vets should not be trying to scare or belittle people into spending money at their practice. The animal should be the most important concern.
Dr. Slaughter is a wonderful vet. I would never go to another vet. All these reviews are true. The staff is professional, warm, and extremely caring. We have 7 pets. 5 dogs, 2 cats. One of our newer dogs was a poor pitiful lost, or abandoned out in Irvington. She a bad case of red mange. Well 6 weeks later under Dr. Slaughters care along with daily treatments at hoe we have a gorgeous new dog in our home. Shiny, healthy coat and a bouncing happy pup. I hope Dr. Slaughter never retires because I wouldn't know where else to go or who I could trust. I have sent just a few of my friends to C.H.A.C. and they agree. He has the right personality and loves to come to work. You can tell. I forgot to mention here that they bend over backwards to give us a fair break financially. With all these pets that could add up to thousands a year. So that part is greatly appreciated as well.
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.