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I knew before going to this clinic that the technician/receptionist was going to be unfriendly because she was like that over the phone. She vacillated between somewhat friendly and rude and condescending. I thought, "The Dr. is bound to be better". No chance. No welcome smile, no hello. I can say I think the dog had good care but they are desperately in need of some social skills. I took a dog in that wasn't my own, I was dog sitting. The tech and the Dr. just huddled together, leaving me totally out of what they were doing, as Lucky yelped in pain. She said the dog was a woos, because no other dogs cry when they're getting a shot. She tried to teach me how to hold the needle but I had trouble. She got very impatient with me until I told her not be mad at me, I was new to this. Magically, a veil lifted from the Doctor's and tech's eyes and they were as friendly as could be. Probably realized, "Oh, oh. it's review time". The office was shabby and if you can overlook the nastiness, you might be okay there. I don't know about prices because the owner paid for everything. I would never take a pet there
If you can get past the rude and condensending receptionist staff the vet care and the costs are best we ever seen!!! I think it's ridiculous that the vets allow their staff to talk to and treat people the way they do. My low rating is because of the front desk service.
Hands down.. Dr. will tell you the way its is, from Show Breeds and pet's' God Bless You... Only a 4 star for the simple fact, people are skeptical. Whatever, Thank you Doc., Gino
Ditto Deborah and Tracy comments. Was referred to Salem Vets ~2006 and haven't even thought of going elsewhere since. Vets are kind & compassionate, consummate professionals, and their rates are very reasonable. I've already paid them highest possible compliment - repeat business & referrals - and will continue to do so.
Decent vet care, but have tried to push vaccines and other treatments that my dog doesn't need, without our consent, and have been rude to us both over the phone and in the office.
This is the best place for animal care that I have ever been to hands down. I cannot say enough about both Veterinarians. The first time I went there was because my current vet at the time was completely over charging me for something I knew they were misdiagnosing. My friend said Salem was worth the drive so I called them. The vet nailed the problem which wasn't good, then their compassion blew me away. Since then I admit that I looked for someone closer since it is over an hour drive, but I could not find anyone that gave the same quality of care. They explain everything and they love the animals. OH, and they are HONEST and never do something that doesn't need to be done. I love them and will never switch again. On the negative side, more and more people are figuring this out and they are very busy. I feel so blessed to have them caring for my pets.
I took both of my dogs for vaccinations and within a few days one of them gets kennel cough after he was just vaccinated for it! So I take him back in and had to pay another exam fee. Two exam fees, vaccine costs, medication, I'm now out over $400 and they would not even waive the second exam fees since the doctor "spent" time with my dog. So basically I paid over $400 to get my dog sick at the vet's office - the only place he was around other dogs - and to get him better. Will never go here again!!!
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.