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Mission Animal Hospital it's the worst place to take your animals THEY DONT DESERVE NOT EVEN ONE STAR!!! if you love your pets please be careful and go somewhere else. Unfortunately I took dog because he had a "Cherry Eye" something really common in dogs, something that can be fix really quit but went we took him their they told us he needed a bunch of medications and the medications never worked they made mad dogs eye worst for a whole month they didn't know what diagnostic to give us, all they wanted was money after 1 month and 2 weeks they told he needed surgery, we didn't let them do it and they still continue with the surgery and they butchered the eye he didn't know what he was doing so he decided to just stop and leave he's eye like that. When we got him back after almost 1 hour waiting to get him back, my dog he look so bad they gave me my dog worst. We waisted $1,700 for nothing and they didn't want to give our money back (and they haven't) So anyway that same night we took my dog to another Vet and they told us he did the surgery so bad they couldn't saved my dogs eye. The Dr. was so mad and sad to see what they did to our little dog for no reason. Thank God my dog it's alive and at home recovering after the new Dr. removed he's eye. Mission Animal Hospital needs to get SHUT DOWN!!! They are killing the animals all they want is money they don't care or love the animals. PLEASE TAKE YOUR PETS SOMEWHERE SAFE AND PROFESSIONAL.
Wish I could give "0" stars!! These vets murder, mame, and butcher animals!!My story was made public in the Antelope Valley Times in February 2015 when they experimentedly did surgery. For the past year, another vet has been treating him for chronic infections.After the story went public hundreds upon hundreds of other victims came forward!! Missions mission was only to do damage control by posting "fake" positive comments about themselves. A flood of positive comments alerted the AV Times to see they were all coming from one IP address.....MISSION!! Rather than apologize or try to work with us to fix our dog, Dr. Ibrahim, the owner along with his staff bullied us to either retract the article printed, claiming I lied, or they would be forced to "revoke" the discount we were given. Obviously we were given no such discount and I refused to retract the story. So for over a year this has not only been a stressful issue medically with our dog, but also mentally and financially.Avoid !
If you love your pet...go somewhere else!!! You'll be lucky to see the same vet twice...since they do not take appointments. They tell you when to come back to see the same doctor and there is always a different one. And they never leave information in your charts for the next doctor to see! Very dirty, rude and unprofessional.
As always, Dr. Nyholt and his great staff took wonderful care of my little dachshunds today. He called once he was finished working on them to update me on their progress. My own "human" doctor doesn't always do that! I wouldn't trust "my little ladies" to anyone else. Thank you, Dr. Nyholt and staff
I'm only giving it 1 star because I'm bring forced to do so to post this. This is by far the worst vet ever! They are staffed by ghetto wanna be bill collectors who care more about money than getting a diagnosis first! I've never been to a vet that expects full payments before even doing any type of blood work or X-rays and finding the problem. I was out of the state when my dog became ill and the ghetto wanna be nurse stressed me out more than helped! I will drive the hour to my vet Mid Valley in Lake Balboa before I set foot in that ghetto establishment again. Look if your animals are important to you, take them to a real vet. I only moved into the area in mid December so I didn't know of any vets when I called from Denver but I can tell you.... STAY AWAY!!!Dr A, you really should call your clients back when they call to complain, maybe that would make them feel as if they and their pets really matter more than a dollar.
I took my 5 month old pit bull to mission pet hospital about a week ago, because she was showing signs of the parvovirus. We brought her in and the told us we had to wait outside (in the cold) they charged me for an exam, that really did not even happen. They then had us walk around to the back of the hospital do to a parvovirus test. They did the test OUTSIDE! How unsanitary is that? Then when the doctor came out with the results he said "one line negative, two line positive" (he did not speak very good English) and of course a pet owners biggest fear it was the virus! But the vet said it was a more serious case because of how thick the line was (he said it was stage 2 parvo) we left a $350 down payment for them to start fluids and left her. Later that night I called to check on my pup and asked if she had thrower up and the woman put me on hold and when she came back on the line said "She hasn't thrown up from what we can tell." Immediately the next morning we went to pick her up an take her to another vet (Lancaster Pet Clinic, on K and 20th) when we got to the clinic I felt a bit of relief they let us go INSIDE where the doctor came in and when we told them what had happened at the mission hospital he told me that they DID NOT know what they were talking about. Come to find out the parvovirus test is like a pregnancy test! You can't take a pregnancy test and determine how far along you are by the thickness of the line! He also told us how many SURGICAL MISTAKES he had to fix from Mission Hospital! After one night of treatment at the hospital there was no improvement she was still sick looking (the did not offer any food or water) but after two days at the Pet Clinic she's home and playing with her family again! I wish I could give 0 stars on this review! Do not take your furry children here, it is in no way worth it! Just because they are "cheap" does not mean that it is worth it because they do not care about your FAMILY MEMBERS like you do! I recommend the Lancaster pet clinic they had so much better service and actually showed me some improvement in my sick pup(who is now back up and showing everyone how strong she is!) if you LOVE your pets DO NOT TAKE THEM TO THIS ANIMAL HELL HOLE!
Very satisfied that they have flexible hours. Especially on the weekend which is the only time I have. I enjoy the staff and that they remember who I am.
Mission animal hospital is good hospital they are open late and everyday of the year. they are very good with the animals.
The prices r very good compare to other hospital in area. I visit other hospital and i pay alot more money but when i find mission animal hospital the prices are much less that other hospitals i see
My cat has diabetes for a long time and it cost me a lot money at other hospital to but since using this hospital, I save so much money and I get amazing care for my cat
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.