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I will not be returning here. My wife waited an hour or more after the appointment to be seen (nearly EVERY visit is like this. The minimum has been about 30+ minutes).I’ve spent copious amounts of money for half-assed service and lazy diagnostic work. They can’t give good recommendations for anything, and they medicate constantly. I still don’t know for sure whether my dog has a prostate, thyroid, or bladder problem after 5-10 visits over the past year, and each doctor tells me something different from the doctor before. Prescribed a specific food to treat a urinary problem (80 bucks per bag for over a year), only to be told by another doctor that he *might* be allergic to that food because he has high yeast production and licks his paws a lot. She proceeds to recommend a different food completely from the medicated food that he was prescribed by a different doc at the same clinic. Then I’m told he should see a dermatologist.Three different drops were prescribed to treat a corneal ulcer. Two were prescribed initially with an antibiotic pill for ANOTHER ear infection (I clean his ears 2-3 times per week, sometimes once at least). Then they say he needs a third after the initial two were administered flawlessly for at least 3-5 days as prescribed (with no success). Third visit for the same problem. Ulcer is worse after giving drops to the schedule and order they’ve recommended and yet ANOTHER antibiotic (this one’s pink). Ulcer is still not healed. He’s on his second E collar as well...Now I have to go to a specialist (250 just for the diagnosis, no idea how much for the treatment yet, and I’ve already spent well over 500 with McCormick). He’s been on thyroid medication (for over a year), but they’re not *100% sure* he has a thyroid problem (might be a prostate issue now?).Thousands of dollars spent at this place ZERO actual answers. I’m going somewhere else, I recommend you do too.
DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT GO HERE. Hear me out. I went to a vet to see what was wrong with my dog. They said he had a slip disc and couldnt do surgery so I called NVS. I asked the receptionist how much for slip disc surgery on a Boston Terrier? She said $3300-$3700. I had to work that night so I told them Im sending my girlfriend up there with my credit card can you charge her on my credit card without me being there they said sure. They then did a MRI on him and found a tumor. No surgery done to my dog just a diagnosis of a tumor and guess what they charged my credit card for? $2800 and said I still owe them another $150. When I got up there after work they immediately sent me to a room so I wouldnt be near there customers and I waited for 30 minutes and I finally went out to the waiting area and told them Im not waiting in a room for that long. They then send a woman in there and I told her what I was quoted on the phone and she said she would look up the phone conversation and see what was told as they apparently record phone conversations. I said well thats perfect do you mind if I can get a copy of that phone conversation? Swear to god this woman without blinking an eye said no thats our personal property. Folks thats when you know you've been conned. I left this place with a burnt CDROM of his MRI a dying dog and a $3000 billing statement. I told them are you guys really going to do a USMC Iraq war veteran like this? She said let me go get your dog so we can get you out of here.
DO NOT I REPEAT DO NOT GO HERE. Whatever the receptionist quotes you over the phone multiply that by 2. They are told to low ball you over the phone and then they will rip you off. The woman surgeon I spoke to said she would listen to the recorded phone conversation and I then asked if you don't mind can I get a copy of that phone conversation? At which she replied no that's our personal property. They charge you for every damn thing you can imagine itemizing everything. Do you really want to pay $125 for using there scalpel? I was at home sleeping so I could go to work and sent my gf up there huge mistake. They charged me $2800 just to see what was wrong with him. The receptionist quoted me $3300-$3700 for everything. Lie after lie after lie first they said they could do the surgery but it would be 50/50 prognosis. Then they said next to none chance of success.
Will never go back again. Not only were they not knowledgeable enough based on their decisions, they both overdosed and caused unnecessary injury to my cat. First, they drew blood from the inner back leg as opposed to the front. The vet's reasoning: she stated that she "has trouble getting a vein on the front leg" (she never tried the front legs, nor did she hit the veins on the first try btw).Second, she not only drew blood from one leg, but both and 2 vials worth (this was just a regular check up). Not only did she draw from both legs but I actually witnessed her pulling on the plunger over and over to force blood out. I was not happy about this and my cats legs were bruised and tender for some time after.Third, my cat does not do well with the vet and needs a little sedation to calm him. Well, they completely overdosed him that he still had trouble with balance the next day and he didn't fully recover for 2 days. Not to mention that they used only 1 drug as opposed to a cocktail, which is the preferred. I took a chance due to economic constraints, though I will not make that decision again. Would not recommend if you truly care about your animal.
My cat was referred to this clinic so i had no knowlede of the vets and quality but i trusted my vet on this. He was right. Their services and expertise were excellent HOWEVER they were all Business! It was like a machine or you were on an assembly line! Here's the diagnosis and prognosis so your pet needs to be put down!!!!!! Oh, you need some time? NO COMPASSION. They throw traumatic news at you and expect you to just make a snap decision to Kill your baby like it is nothing! I hate these people. Yes, my baby was extremely ill But i had more than a week with him after my visit to That god-forsaken place. DON'T TAKE YOUR PETS TO THIS HELL-HOLE,
Very unfortunate experience on our second visit. We saw Kristen Caslowe in the office for a small lump on our dog's skin we were concerned about. She said we needed to do an excisional biopsy, and she wanted to use general anesthetic. When I asked Dr. Caslowe if she would do an aspiration first since it's less invasive and would give us a better indication of whether the mass was malignant (cancer) or benign (not cancer) she refused. We went somewhere else for a second opinion by an experienced vet who offered an antibiotic cream in case it is simply an infected cyst, an aspiration for non-invasive diagnosis, or an excisional biopsy but with a local anesthetic as there is no need for general sedation. The second vet took the time to explain every option and possible outcome. This experience makes me think that the staff at McCormick Vet Clinic is more concerned with monetary profit than the real needs and health of their patients. In addition, Dr. Caslowe insisted on an ear cleaning (even though I said I could do it at home) and charged me an extra $22 for it without informing me of that first. Lastly, it was clear that Dr. Caslowe didn't review my dog's file before coming in the room. She noted the crepitus in our dog's knee, which indicates arthritis, and was very accusatory towards me about it. Had she read the file she would've seen that our dog is a rescue puppy who was abused by her previous owner and the arthritis is a result of that abuse. I left McCormick feeling like I still didn't know what was wrong with the mass on our dog's skin - just that it was "concerning", and feeling like the worst pet parent ever.
Murphy Road has a reputation of being the highest priced in the area. For 8 years we put up with that taking our 2 cats and 1 dog to them. But recently a $800 bill for routine dental cleaning on our cat with two extractions was the final straw. Then the practice manager's attitude was unacceptable.
Ive been going here for years. My mother has also and still goes. I did Pitbull rescue for 12 years so I took many dogs into see Dr. Ingram. He saw 2 of mine through their whole life. They both took their last walks around the big yard surrounding the Clinic. Still brings tears to my eyes even today. I have 2 others that are 10 and he has seen them their whole life. One nearly lost his arm to an attack by other dogs one time. He could have just took it off and said he couldn't save it but instead he told me he would try and he did in fact save my boys arm. He has had a full life despite it. I now have one in there being seen with Kidney failure and hes only 7. I don't know what to think about that its breaking my heart I've never lost a dog so early. I'm trying my best to save him....I have to trust that they know what they are doing..I have to.Dr. Ingram and his staff are great and ive been to other vets but I came back...I wouldn't trust anyone else.!!
This place overall sucks! Never taking my baby, Bubba there to any ValVet locations ever again no matter what! Their rude for no reason & claim value rates, but have made frequent attempts at excessive price gouging! No doubt! Routine shots $300.+ I believe I'll pass! Where on Earth is there value in that kinda price? Overall, big fat thumbs down!������������
The Dog Spot is a great place to take my pup for daycare while I go to work everyday. My dog comes home tired and happy and I can get things done around the house. Daycare is one of the best things that you can do for your dogs. It helps them to socialize and get much needed energy out during the day. I am happy to have a place that I feel confident leaving my pup for the day. Location is sweet too!
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.