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This is absolutely the worst vet in Oklahoma. Took my dog there since I was referred there by my boyfriends friend. My dog was suffering from pyrometra and I told them she had all the symptoms, so after doing 300 worth of tests they determined that was the cause. They told us the surgery would be 1600 and we told them we could pay that the next day at 10 am if they would do the surgery so she wouldn't get more sick or pass away. But they was talking about the might have complications with her since she is a big dog if she gets off the table when having surgery they will just have to let her bleed out and die. REALLY? Than they was talking about euthanasia since they wouldn't work with us with payment in morning. All this vet and staff care about is money( as the vet drives a Tesla) and forget about the oath he had taken. But I found a vet that did it for 900 and worked with us. Brookwood is my new vet for life since they actually care about animals and just not the money .
The folks at Warwick are always there to help you with your pet...
I can't believe the one star review by Dara V. It has got to be B.$. None of it makes sense. So here's the truth...We have used Village Animal Hospital and Dr. Giles for decades! He is a professional veterinarian that really cares about animals. He has treated our dogs and cats over the years with compassion, and understanding, and will continue to do so in the future. Our neighbors have, and still do, use him as well for their animals. He has always been kind to our animals, treating them as if they were his own, and has always been sympathetic toward any suffering they've happened to have. I am absolutely positive every animal gets the necessary anesthesia before any procedure is performed. Additional pain medication after a procedure is an optional cost to the pet owner. Some pay for it, some don't. But the one's that do, I assure you, their animals DO get the additional medication. We love having Dr. Giles as our Veterinarian and will finish by saying this... God Bless Dr. Giles!
I love Dr. Cindy and staff. They stay late, if needed, even on Friday evenings. About 2 years ago, one of my dogs cut open his paw on a Friday at 6 pm. I called and they said to bring him in. They fixed him up and were very polite.
We have taken our dogs to Dr. Sam Nicolosi and his wonderful clinic staff for two decades now.We cannot even IMAGINE going to any other veterinarian.Massive applause for Nicolosi Animal Hospital!
Can say enough good things they are super helpful and happy and obviously love animals!!! This vet and vet staff is awesome. Go here if you can for boarding or vet care!!!
We have been with Dr. Simon since1993 and he has given all our dogs, Schnauzers and Doxies, nothing but the best care. I remember, back in August of 2002, he had tears in his eyes when we had to let our soul dog, Theo, cross over the Rainbow Bridge. People have commented that Warwick Animal Hospital is a little pricey, and that may be true, we have never minded that because in our hearts we know that our fur babies are getting the best care available.
I have brought my pets to this clinic since they opened in 2013. They always go above and beyond to take care of my pets. They are always professional, clean, and so good with my pets. They always go over the costs of the services that I have asked for and always let me know if there is something wrong with my pets that I didn't realize. They make sure that I am aware of everything my pets are about to need and let me know the cost so I don't spend more than my budget allows. I would recommend this place to everyone.
I have been bringing all my pets here for 20+ yrs. Excellent care from upset stomach and ear infections, broken legs, surgery, kidney failure and end of life care. Couldn't ask for more caring people. They're like family. It is first come first serve to see the vet but that is only fair to everyone. They can be busy because their prices are reasonable and a lot of the time they don't charge you for things. They will explain anything you ask about. very caring people.
We have been using Dr. Giles for our pets healthcare for over 25 years now. We've used his expertise for 5 different cats, and 3 different dogs over the years. He, and his staff have always been extremely caring, and professional. We almost always never have to wait when we have an appointment, even then it is at most under 5 minutes. He always takes the time to go over any concerns, and then gives us different options, if available, for treatment. Our neighbor uses him for her dogs too. Bottom line... we really do trust him, and will continue to use him in the future.
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.