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7856 Quivira RdShawnee, KS 66216
From Business: Quivira Road Veterinary Hospital has been administering quality veterinary care since 1981 and have proudly served in Lenexa, and the surrounding areas of Shawnee…
7280 W 105th StOverland Park, KS 66212
From Business: We understand how important your pet is to your family. We appreciate the opportunity to work with you to ensure that yours will enjoy a long, happy and healthy l…
9630 Antioch RdOverland Park, KS 66212
From Business: At VCA Cherokee Animal Hospital, we help pets live long, healthy and happy lives. We work hard to deliver the best medical care for your pets, and the best experi…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr. Tarrant (Mike) and Natasha and all of their staff have been so good to our dog, Ashes, and my family. We had a business near them and started taking our previous dog to them, sort of by default. However, after hearing stories about some other places, we began to realize just how lucky we were to find them. My dog loves to go there (unlike another place I've taken him to) and runs for their front door as soon as we get out of the car. I feel that says a lot about how he's treated there. We've had nothing but good experiences there. I'm really going to miss them when we move to Baltimore.
We've been using Arbor Creek every five weeks for two years for Murphy our Maltese. Best Groomer ever!
I was very happy to find a place that would take my guinea pig, and I must say I was very impressed. Everyone was so nice and answered any questions I had.I will tell anyone who asks me about this great hospital.
We were given a recommendation to this vet and boy are we happy. Dr. Tarrant practices alternative pet care in addition to traditional medicine. He also focuses on pet nutrition and offers many products or recommendations. Dr. Tarrant is great with our puppy and spends a lot of time answering all of our questions. Great great vet!!!
When we first moved to Olathe we continued to commute to Prairie Village for our vet/boarding services. However, after hearing great comments from neighbors about Arbor Creek, after a year or so we decided to give it a try. We have since transitioned all of our services for our Lab here. In addition to routine vet needs, we have also used Arbor Creek to board her many times and have always had a good experience. As someone who was hesitant to transfer our vet care based on a trusted relationship with our prior vet, I would recommend Arbor Creek.Jessica Jasa, Olathe, KS
I brought my 9 week old Cane Corso Mix into Arbor Creek for the first time for an emergency visit this week and i was blown away by my experience. Judy and Alyson were extremely helpful, both over the phone before-hand and when we arrived. I was all out of sorts and worried about my puppy of course, but felt much more at ease the second we walked in the door. They had a room already waiting for us, and Alyson was very understanding and thorough in explaining to me what they were doing and why they were doing it. After just a few minutes of being in the room with Alyson, i felt comfortable knowing my baby's health was in their hands. We did not have to wait long at all before Dr. Tarrant came in to exam Bo. He was very polite, smiled a lot, and introduced himself right away. He was also very thorough, explaining everything along the way. He wanted to keep Bo for the afternoon, which i appreciated for more than one reason. Although i was beyond worried about my puppy, i had to get to work as soon as possible to avoid getting in trouble and any other vet could have just told me to take him home and keep an eye on him. It also just made me feel better that he wanted to keep him to watch him, even though by this time he seemed to be doing okay, he wanted to be sure before sending him home. They took care of my puppy all day, making sure he had plenty of toys, and a yummy lunch:)This all happened just yesterday, and i have already cancelled Bo's future appointment with his old vet and rescheduled it with Arbor Creek, and i haven't stopped bragging about my experience since i walked out that door last night with a happy, healthy puppy.If you love your pets as much as i do, Arbor Creek is the only way to go.
We took my sister's dog Charlie there and when we called and said it was an emergency they said bring him in right away, after waiting an hour for him to be seen. He was not acting normal, not wanting to go outside he seemed really weak. The vet looked at him and said give him pepcid ac for his stomach, saline for a mucus in his eye and benadryl. We got home and 20 minutes after we left Southside Charlie pooped on my floor and he had worms, I immediately called Southside and all they wanted was the stool sample. The vet gave us antibiotics and said he would be fine. Well he wasn't. Charlie passed away within 12 hrs of leaving there. I called them the next day and they were rude and showed no compassion what so ever. I have called them 3 times to talk to someone in charge and never received a call back. Take your pet somewhere else! Somewhere that they actually care!!
Dr. Tarrant, Natasha, and the rest of the staff are AMAZING! We have been going to him for years with our two dogs, Loren and Macey. I can honestly say that Dr. Tarrant and his staff love my dogs just as much as I do. My older dog, Loren recently broke her leg, and Dr. Tarrant was able to give us 3 options for her treatment. Then last week when my dog broke her splint for the second time in 2 days, he got creative and made a stronger splint that won't break apart with my 75 lb. dog. Dr. Tarrant always takes his time with our dogs and answers all my questions. His staff is always friendly and helpful. I would also like to say that his prices are reasonable compared to other local vets.
Dr. Tarrant and his staff are AWESOME. I have taken my cats there for over 2 years. We have never had any problems or concerns about his advice and care. They make visits very simple, clean, care-filled, and fast! And they don't charge crazy prices for their services. Their love for animals shows!
If you love your dog as much as I love Cody you would go here and let Dr. Michael Tarrant and his staff take care of your pet. He is the most patient, thoughtful, considerate and hard working person I have ever worked with. He helped save my dog from vaccine reactions and he is still in treatment but he is so close to being himself again. Everyone there treats you like family - even my dog feels at home there - he is not afraid, he does not run or quiver. If 'people' doctors gave you the time, feedback and support that Dr. Tarrant does - the world would be a perfect place. I would give more stars if they were available!
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.