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Sorry... I worked for her. I was a tech for many years. It was frightening watching the way she did business. Very unprofessional and feared for the animals. Wanted to tell everyone to turn and walk away. I left after a few months of being there. Jumped up and down when I heard they pulled her license. All the allegations are true!
Had an absolutely terrible experience. My weimaraner was attacked and we took him here because it was the closed open hospital. Not only we they unnattentive and just plain awkward but they didn't care for our dog. 1. Our dog had bite marks around his neck, they put a collar around his neck and pulled him to the scale! Completely unnecessary since he would have easily walked over there.2. We weren't greeted, I had to go to the counter after a few minutes of awkward silence and ask for help. 3. When given quotes and an over view about what needed to happen to help our recently attacked dog, they said they wouldn't simply do a surgery for only 200 dollars because it's not worth there time. 4. After surgery, we went to pick up our dog. We paid in full, and we were told by the tech to avoid cleaning the wounds. They specifically told us not to clean his wounds and not to bathe him for at least 2 weeks. 5. After returning home to Texas, we visited our regular vet to have the tubes removed. We were told that the medicine prescribed to us was incorrect and to stop using it. We were also told that the drains weren't placed properly and they would most likely have to be re-done via a second surgery. We were also told that we should have been flushing the wounds out with warm water 2-3 times per day. As a result of poor care and instruction provided by AHAH, our 12 year old dog had to have a second surgery. The second surgery by our vet went very well and was well done, the drains were inserted almost all the way (AHAH had them sticking out like 5 inches, cause them not to drain properly). After seeing how our regular vet treated and handled our dog, we realized what terrible service we had been given. Our dog had to be put to sleep, I just don't think his body could recover from two surgeries. I decided to leave a review on Facebook, giving them one star. Since my review, they have not stopped harassing me, insisting that I am insane and a pathological liar. I have no reason to make any of this up, I simply hope that no one has a similar experience, because it was just awful.
If I could give zero stars I would. I had the worst experience ever. I have adopted two pets from her in the last 6 years. I took my dog in and she decided to belittle me and bully me and told me that I waited too long and my dog would die. When I stood up for myself she called animal welfare on me because she is a bully. I took my dog to another vet and he said...He is not dying.., Puterbaugh did not even do a scrap and he does not have mites. He took care of my dog for pennies compared to the 540.00 I spent to tell me I was a bad owner. She is either incompetent or a money sucker. Either way it is bad. NEVER GO TO HER.. I cannot say anything wrong about the staff or other vets
Dr P doesn't sugar coat things even when you desperately want her to. Having said that she gave me a realistic expectation on my dog who means everything to me. Brought my dog in with a suspect sore on her back end and I was told it was a tumor (I had a very dramatic reaction to this news) she was calm but firm regarding treatment and she explained everything. She saved my dogs life! Not only did she do this but she did it with compassion and a love for what she does. She personally called me after surgery and told me everything. Her staff took great care for my Gracie while she recovered (I was almost worried she'd end up liking them more lol) so I am not sure how she has gotten such negative reviews but her staff is amazing they want to be there they love animals I would absolutely take my baby girl to them anytime I need a vet. I am eternally grateful to All Hours Animal Hospital ❤️����❤️����
Horrible office staff!!!!! I was lied to about my office fee being waived, was charged $65 for the dr to look at my dogs teeth for 45 seconds, then when I called to speak to the office manager; she was very very rude, laughed at me over the phone, continually hung up on me, even threatened me with the police if I drove up there all because I wanted to know why I was charged for something I was told by several staff on several occasions would be free! If you enjoy being lied to and people being very unprofessional to you, then this is the place....otherwise, read ALL their reviews on google, here and even facebook and go somewhere else!
Absolutely love our vet! He and the staff our amazing and compassionate. We always get the best care, treatment options and he is very honest. They are very reasonably priced. We will never switch. I highly recommend!
This place was absolutely AMAZING!! They saved my baby when another vet told me either you pay 3 thousand for surgery and there's a 48% chance he will make it... or you put him to sleep!! Dr.P was able to get the bouncy ball out he ingested and was AWESOME! She helped us every step of the way and always answered any question we had thoroughly! She really really cares about your babies! I would highly recommend this place. Prices are actually affordable too and will not have you pay for stuff you don't need. Dr.P is very straight forward and to the point! No grey areas like other vets. All the staff was awesome as well!! All around a amazing place!!
I took my very sick dog to the All Hours Animal Hospital today, I got a bad feeling from the moment I walked in. There were 3 big dogs just roaming around the office, even though there is a sign that says you must have your dog on a leash. It made me nervous because my dog doesn't get along very well with other dogs, and I told them that, but they didn't seem to care. I was sent over to the scale to weigh my dog, as I am upset and crying, with no offer of help from anyone. I was taken in to a room, and right away made to feel bad. She was insensitive, and rude. I decided to take my dog somewhere else, but had to pay $65 for her to take his temperature and look at his teeth. I will never go back to this place and DO NOT recommend this clinic to anyone!
I do not recommend anybody taking their pets to this place. My family had a sick cat and we brought him having to wait 5-10 minutes before finally having to ring the bell to get service even though she saw us walk in. She ran a few tests not knowing what was wrong with our cat and even after she ran the tests she still didn't know what was wrong. At this point our bill was already $275 just for having her look at the cat, an X-Ray, and for putting our cat on the oxygen tank. She said that the diagnosis was that our cat would not live. Then she recommended a shot that would open his lungs and help him breathe in which we agreed to not knowing right away that we had to keep our cat there over night for an addition $85. We did not want to keep him there, we wanted to take him home but she refused to let us take him. We could not afford the extra $85 so she basically said that if we could not pay to keep him over night that she was putting him down which would of cost $90 but she deducted $45 off the amount. So she would take money off to put him down but not to give him a fighting chance. So in the end we ended up putting our cat. We paid a total of $320 to get a dead cat in the end and in addition to all of this she did not know what she was doing when we were put him down, she didn't even know if she had the vein or not. She also didn't know what he was dying from even though she said he was dying. So DO NOT take your pets to this place.
Worst vet experience I've ever had. I brought in my bunny rabbit to be seen because he had a few large abscesses on his back. I had taken him to another vet before and he was on anti biotics, however this evening I had noticed that one of them was gashed open and was bleeding. I knew he had done this himself because he had been cleaning it non-stop. When I brought him in, the service at the front desk was polite, but seemed a bit uneducated (he did not even know how much the visit fee was). I had to wait in an exam room for about 15 minutes and when the "Dr" finally came in she did not introduce herself or greet me, instead started off by saying, "Oh my God!" when she saw the wound. She automatically told me that his bumps were tumors when I had already been told they were abscesses and also had done a large amount of research, all of which led me to believe they were abscesses. The original vet had told me that rabbits' puss is very thick almost like putty so it is impossible to get the puss out using a needle (which I also had found through my research) but as soon as I told the so called Dr that they were definitely abscesses she immediately began poking him very roughly with a needle. As expected, nothing came out. She then began accusing me of leaving something sharp around him for him to have cut himself on. She also bashed me for the size of his cage, and by bashed I mean was outright yelling at me. As I am a first time rabbit owner I could understand her suggesting a different cage for him, but the way she was talking to me was completely hateful and unsympathetic. I was a concerned pet owner who was extremely upset and worried for my pet and I was shown absolutely no compassion whatsoever. She tried to tell me she was going to put him to sleep with anesthesia to lance the abscesses(which she swore were tumors) even though when I asked the vet tech if it was safe to put rabbits under he told me that it was extremely risky. So I took my baby bunny, told her I wasn't paying her a dime more than I already had, and got the hell out of there. Moral of the story is veterinarians need to be educated, but more than that, compassionate. DO NOT take your animals to this place. Take them somewhere that cares more about their well-being than a paycheck.
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.