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5926 S Lagoon DrPanama City, FL 32408
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The vet here is amazing but his staff is SUPER rude. Everytime I call I'm on hold 6-20 minutes. They have an attitude and talk down to you. The majority of the visits I've made the desk techs were talking about each other/their coworkers loud enough everyone waiting could hear. SUPER SUPER RUDE STAFF.
Dr. Barr is a rarity in this area as he is knowledgeable, compassionate and reasonably priced. I cannot imagine trusting anyone else with my dogs or my clients' dogs!:):)
I have 3 dogs and Dr. Barr and his Staff are amazing!! They can get me in at last minute with no questions asked. Dr. Barr is one of the best Vets I have ever dealt with and I would recommend him to any and everyone!! Thank you Dr. Barr and to your wonderful staff for taking such good care of my babies!!
I was taking my dog to another local vet to treat his eye, after 6 mos and no results I was told they needed to take his eye. My daughter urged me for a second opinion. Thank God for this vet, he diagnosed the problem and prescribed a low cost had medicine and within 24 hours my dogs eye an immediate improvement. The infection was gone and his eye was open for the first time in months. I couldnt believe how low cost our bill was. He truly cares for animals and their owners.
I have used Dr. Barr for years. He is all about the animal, not the money. He is a wise, experienced and kind man who will take the time to answer questions about your pet. His prices are reasonable. You get the same vet every time, and you get to see him, which I have found is not necessarily true elsewhere. If asked he has provided an up front estimate that is quite close to the mark. The office is not new, but it is clean and much cleaner and nicer than it was under the prior owner who is now down the street charging twice as much. They always have been there during posted hours and offer an emergency service; while it is not cheap, emergency service never is and they state the cost up front. Mike C. and Junoooo, you need to read all of the other reviews (ALL are 5 star) and try some other offices. I have and you too will be back and sorry for the junk you wrote.
the office stinks bad, and everytime i go there for something small it turns out to be more than $100 bill. Not impressed at all !
Dr. Barr is one of the best vets I have come across. He came highly recommended by my daughters neighbor. A puppy was dropped at my house and unfortunately the owner did not come back to get her, the few days I had her she seemed to feel sad then she started getting sick. Dr. Barr was very nice and very informative. She is now there being treated and I feel very comfortable that she will get the best care. You will truly love this man, he has the best bedside manner for your pet and you. Thank You Dr. Barr! We truly need more like you in this world! I can't wait for her to be well and home :)
Dr. Barr came highly recommended to us after having been established at another good veterinary clinic, I was hesitant to switch. The new puppy we got had been a patient there and we wanted to complete her shots and care that they started. At some point I planned on moving back to my vet. Dr. Barr was very informative and so kind. He remembered details about my pet and recalled them to us as he talked about his earlier visits and how much our puppy has progressed. I'm sure he probably sees so many people and patients, so either his memory is superb or his documentation is extremely precise. Being in the medical field, we are very impressed by that. Our puppy is a member of our family and we like the Dr- Patient relationship and concern he shows. His prices are vet good and I feel he is just overall an honest veterinarian who doesn't sell me what I don't need. He did not disappoint. We will stay with him because he has shown us that we matter to him..
The Dr. there truly understands what it means to have a practice to treat animals and not have to have all the profits go into some big fancy building but instead be able to offer great care at a low reasonable price. Animals don't care if the buliding is new or the office is, they only care if the people are nice and the outdoors are nice also. The vet there knows this and has won me and my babies over
Dr. Barr is the best veternarian you will ever find. Period. The level of knowledge he provides and the genuine concern he has for the animals in his care is extraordinary. Dr. Barr understands and sympathizes with the pets owners as he would if it were his pet that was in need of care. The most affordable and best vet for many, many miles... it's a no brainer. Do your pet and yourself a favor and take your animals to Dr. Barr, he will extend and improve their lives.
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.