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I can only say good things about Dr Stark and her staff. For 15 years she has cared for my various pets with both compassion and professional knowl…
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Thank you Oak View Animal Hospital! Wonderful vets and staff that cares for pets and grooming! Appreciate you always knowing me & McGee when we come in!
I have been going to Oak View with my dog for 5 years and am amazed at the difference between their vets & staff and the previous vet clinic I went to. WOW - they know my name & my dog's name and are genuinely concerned for her health.
I have been using Oak View Vet in Hoover for 9 years and have been happy with them until recently. In the last couple of months I have had two very bad experiences there. First I boarded Roxie and Sadie there for three days in November and asked for them to be bathed of the third day. Without my permission, they injected both dogs before their bath with a sedative. Sadie was a bit woozy but Roxie had to be carried out to my car and could not walk for more than 24 hours after I got her home. They apologized for the apparent overdose.In December I boarded them again (without a bath request) and I believe Sadie was abused. She is afraid of my hand and my wife's hand when held out to her. She shivers and backs off with her tail between her legs. I talked with Dr. Price there about both incidents and he apologizes for her problem but did not have anything else to offer. Their beds were soiled and I was told that over the weekend they are only let out 2 times daily to relieve themselves.
Beware if you have a large dog!!! This may not be the vet for you.Shae Hicks was the vet that we saw. She was visibly very nervous from the moment she walked into the room and saw our dog. He is a big guy weighing around 100 lbs but he was not acting out or being uncooperative. He didn't even get a good exam because when she tried to look at him she was hesitant and afraid to touch him. So, she commented that she didn't really need to look at him anyway. I have never seen anything like it from anyone at a vets office, much less from an actual vet. My dog was in a lot of pain but he was being very good. I could have overlooked her odd behavior possibly but when my dog walked away from her to stand beside us she commented that she felt he was "being aggressive". He made no aggressive actions whatsoever. As a vet, surely the doctor should know the danger associated with naming any dog aggressive... especially one so large. I was so upset by that point it took a lot of self control to be polite. I went to this clinic because I heard good things... but obviously either I saw the wrong doctor or I have the wrong type of dog for their clinic.
I love these people! They are like family & I wouldn't consider taking my pets anywhere else.
I chose North Shelby County Animal Hospital for my pet when my Veterinarian at the time made a pretty costly mistake in the treatment of my Chihuahua. If it wouldn't have been for the doctors and staff at North Shelby my pet would have lost his eye. Thankfully, they were willing to try a procedure to save his eye before taking the easy way out and removing it. I was very pleased with the knowledge of the doctors, the friendliness of the staff, and the willingness of all involved to work with me and explain everything thoroughly through the weeks of treatment. I am very thankful for them and would recommend them to anyone who loves their pet!
My neighbor told me about north Shelby and how much she loved it. when my 11 year old dog became sick and I couldn't get into my regular vet, I called NS. They told me to come in immediately and saw my dog right away. I can't say enough positive things about them- from their sincere care, to their love for their job, to their expertise. They saved my dog's life and treated her and myself with care each time we visited. All of the doctors are wonderful and I've never had a bad experience. NS will definitely be my regular vet on a permanent basis.
Great doctors....lousy staff. Argumentative and rude. Hard to deal with when you have a sick pet.
This clinic is very good for boarding your dog or cat. They usually can fit us in last minute except around holidays like Christmas that fill up fast. I like how the staff recognizes our pets and talks to them like they were their own ( we do unfortunately have to board a good bit) The Sunday afternoon pick up is also really nice. We have not had to see the vets yet but they seem friendly and nice when we are dropping off the 4 legged kids.
Our dogs have always been like children so our vet is very important! The doctors & staff at North Shelby treat our animals as if they were their own. They show compassion, are always very prompt and have willingness to listen & offer advice. I recommend North Shelby to anyone who wants a personal vet experience!
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.