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Hi my name is Shasta and I lived in Sierra Del Oro. I am writing from heaven. I just want to warn everyone I can please don't take your pets to Norco Animal HospitalI will start off with my birthday it was 3-15-2003 but the doctors had my wrong birthday. I will tell you later why that mattered. I went to Norco Animal Hospital on 11-17-2015 because I ripped my dewclaw.When I was 3 I was bit by a rattlesnake and was scared of needles. So they needed to give me anesthesia. My mom scheduled me an appt and The Dr. put me to sleep to get me better. But what the hospital didn't tell her was they were in a hurry that night so I would not get an IV with surgery. It was disaster from the beginning. They basically sent me home paralyzed. My mom and dad took me back for fluids and was asked why they didn't authorize an IV during surgery, My mom was never asked she just assumed I would have one like I always had. But the truth is they didn't do one because they were too busy. Dr Siegel is a caring doctor but just rushed. Norco Animal Hospital is about making a quota not making us pets better. This is where my age comes into play.The second Dr that I saw when I was taken back because I was so sick said well she is almost 14. I am not and I was fine when I came in. I was running, eating, playing and was my normal self. They tried to blame my age for what they had did.After surgery I had an emergency when I was home and my mom called at 8:30 am 4 days after surgery and asked for Dr. Siegel. They told her Dr. Siegel was doing a procedure and would call her back. They never gave Dr. Siegel the message. Dr. Siegel got the message by looking on her computer and called my dad at 4:00 pm but it was too late I was sent to heaven with my tongue paralyzed from surgery and my back legs couldn't move.After one huge bill later my mom and dad did everything to save me but they saw me suffering and had to let me go. Norco Animal Hospital isn't a wise choice any longer please take your beloved pets somewhere else. It's too hard looking down from heaven seeing my family so torn up. They can't sleep and are sick now too. Please don't send another dog or cat to heaven right now we do love it on earth with our family more. XOXO SHASTAI am ok now I am in heaven but I just want a better choice for other pets it is too hard seeing my family and other families so sad.
1st vist for sad event. Had to put my cat Nemo down from cancer. Staff were so kind & caring. The even sent us condolense card. Much better than the new big vet on hamner & much more affordable. I will be back with my other pets
So impressed with Dr. Wan I had to write a review, which I rarely do. My horse had a big mass that needed to be surgically removed. I had called around to a few different Equine surgeons. Dr. Wan returned my calls promptly he was able to explain exactly wanted needed to be done he gave me a worst case scenario cost estimate and a best case cost scenario estimate. I must say his prices were very fair. I could not be happier with Dr. Wan. He was able to do the surgery the same day. He has a hands on approach explained everything to me step by step. He even helped me unload & load my horse into the trailer himself. If I ever need an equine surgeon or vet I will definitely go back.
Great service and so sensitive to my pets needs. I took my dog in for limping his left hind. The doctor was very thorough in his exam, I thought. I could not afford lots of test, so I just had it x-rayed to make sure not broken. He referred me to Nancy Hall in his office who does the Acuscope Therapy. Nancy was great with my dog and he is doing so much better. I highly recommend this hospital.
I started going to this vet when a cat I had adopted from a co-worker got sick. First I took him to Acacia Animal Hospital in Corona off sixth street. They wouldn't even see my cat unless I paid $425 up front. I paid the money and they took him back. Shortly after taking him back, they told me that they needed to keep him overnight as he was dehydrated. This was a Friday late afternoon visit. They told me to keep him overnight they needed $2,600!!!! Seriously? I procrastinated as much as I could so my cat could at least get some fluids in him. Finally they told me yes or no? I told them no and took my cat home praying he'd make it to the next day. The next day I called Norco Animal Hospital, they saw my cat right away. BeBe has epilepsy and was very sick from the move (apparently not uncommon), that and we hadn't realized that he couldn't jump up to where to food was (out of the way of the dogs). We were sent home with vitamins, an IV line and bag to give him subcutaneous fluids and a prescription cat food. The ENTIRE visit cost me $114, that's it $114. The staff has always been nice, never rude. The doctors explain things to me in terms I understand if I don't already understand them. They are always super nice and treat my pets, my family.... like their family too. I would recommend them to anyone. I have 4 cats and 4 dogs (and a stray that we're trying to find the owners).
Do not go here. And get a second opinion if you get bad news!!!! The drs here dont know what they are doing or they are just out for the money!
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.