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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
Had my first visit 6 months ago with my cat. It was a scheduled visit.. but I waited more than an HOUR for her to be seen. Unimpressed.....That was stressful as I then had to rush to get to work! Had a six month follow up today (six month) ..same cat same allergy problems. My second impression was just as bad as the first! Doctor comes in, doesn't bother to introduce herself.. I had to deduce rather she was the doctor or not. She obviously enjoyed speaking much more than listening. It's one thing to know your business as a doctor, we get that "you're smart".. but completely another to actually understand your patient and carry on a conversation with pet parents! Three or four people were involved with my cat's visit,.. one clueless to what the other was ever actually doing. My cat was weighed... twice,.. I was asked if she had yet receive a shot... to which I replied quickly YES. While it was explained the things they were doing without asking, I was never once informed regarding the issue of accruing COSTS! Needless to say.. 30 minutes later my bill comes to more than 2 hundred dollars! Seriously.. an antibiotic shot was 80 dollars, and they scraped her skin to give me a "negative" on SCABIES for 32 bucks? And it never once occurred to any of these people to quote me on what the costs for these procedures would be?? After the sticker shock.. I asked what they could possibly do in the way of ANY discounts .. specifically the 60 dollar office visit.. after being an established patient. They could do nothing,.. offering not a single cent off of this bill! My conclusion has been that this is a profit over pets business... And I will never be returning to VCA Dudley Ave. ever again.
NO HEART!Your pet will die before they see you unless you have an appointment!!! My wife recently tried to get our dog in for an emergency (we could not get into our regular vet because of mud and road slides after heavy rain) but because we had not been there in the last 3 years they refused to see our dog. I explained to them that it was an emergency but was told that made no difference, they were not excepting new clients at this time. So it's just money and convienience for them, your pet count not at all. If this were the only vet around I would live without a pet rather than count on any sympathy or service from this place.
Wonderful vet! He has always done Great with my animals. Saved my chihuahua when she was a baby, thought for sure I was gonna loose her, saved my Moms kitten. Has always been kind to me and my pets.
I would never recommend this vet. While the staff was solicitous, I was highly unimpressed with the veterinary. My cat had been suffering diarrhea for a while, but he did not have a poor appetite or lethargy. Despite the fact that I had brought a sample, she refused to test, it saying that it could not be worms. She also suggested running a multitude of tests and sent off his sample to be analyzed for obscure diseases without checking for obvious things.
I have to say I love this place. The daycare owner is so super nice, and the workers are so great with my kids. My kids love going to daycare and have learned so much by going there. One of my children has a milk allergy and they accommodate for her. I think that is amazing considering some of the other daycares in the area that I interviewed weren't willing to do that. Peace of Mind has been fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone.
my 52 year old mother recently brought in her 2 year old cat because the cat wasn't eating after being treated with amoxicillin at this same clinic. my mother had been feeding her cat yogurt via syringe to avoid starvation. Doctor Sullivan verbally abused my mother in a loud manner while ''running tests," which took ten minutes. he railed on and on at her about her past due bill in front of everyone in the waiting room, while tears poured down her face. He then proceeded to tell her the cat had diabetes, and blamed my mother. She asked if Dr. Sullivan could help her cat get better, to which he continued screaming at her that her cat would be better put down because he didn't personally feel my mother could afford insulin. my mother was in tears the entire time he was screaming at her. she is a lonely woman who loved her cat more than dr. Sullivan could imagine. he took $70 from her that day and sent her home with a dead pet that likely only had temporary high sugar from not eating anything but yogurt. my mother is heartbroken still, and I am thoroughly outraged at dr. sullivan's bedside manner. financial concerns are a private matter and should not be discussed in a loud, cruel manner in front of other 'patients.' this man Sullivan is a monster and laughed in my mother's face while pocketing her money instead of consoling her, which is something any reasonable human would understand is not acceptable. Mom still hasn't gotten over the pain of losing Purr, who was her bedside companion (my mother has health problems) and doctor Sullivan added public humiliation to that pain, as well as unnecessary financial burden. it doesn't cost nearly half as much to have an animal put down by necessity for a legitimate medical reason at other, cleaner, more professional vet hospitals in the area. this place has the feel of a musty dogfighting basement, and I wish I had been beside my mother to tell her that Purr deserved a second, more pet-oriented and less money-driven practitioner. To others thinking about coming here to save money - yes, most of their services are cheaper, but at the cost of yours and your pet's well-being. The staff at Kincaid's is ill-mannered and cranky, and the doctors are unforgivably disgusting of character.
I had heard good things about this clinic, but my family's experiences with this clinic have been awful; (1)Dr. Sullivan threatened to have my cat's head 'cut off and sent to Charleston for rabies testing if I didn't get a rabies vaccine' for my ill 16 year old cat even though she'd been vaccinated every year since she was a kitten and yearly vaccinations were no longer the law. She wasn't due for her shots for another year and by veterinary guidelines she was too ill to receive them even if they had been due. (2)Another time the staff held my dad's extremely weak, emaciated 18 year old cat by the scruff of the neck for the woman vet to put it to sleep... they wouldn't let him hold her. They just pushed her down on the table, pulled her head back by the scruff and did it... didn't even sedate her first like other vets do before giving them the medicine that stops their heart. This cat had no history of any aggression and was not showing any signs of aggression when my dad took her to them. She was too far gone. My 72 year old dad couldn't talk about how they handled his cat without crying. (3)They charged him (and my brother another cat on another occasion) $60+ to euthanize their pets while other local vets charged $35 to $45 at that time and gave the medicine to sedate them before giving the medicine to stop their hearts. This facility is dirty and ill kept, but I had been told that 'other people liked the clinic' so I tried it ONCE and never returned . All three of us have switched to different vets due to the way our animals were treated by Kincaid Animal Hospital's vets and staff.
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.