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520 W Union Hills DrPhoenix, AZ 85027
From Business: 1st Pet Veterinary Centers are 24 hour full service veterinary hospital in North Phoenix near I-17 and the 101. We are always here for your pet, and offer 24 hour…
3539 W Bell RdPhoenix, AZ 85053
Nobody wants to have their pet in pain, and nobody wants to have to make the sickening decision to have them put down. Today was the second time in …
2901 W Agua Fria FwyPhoenix, AZ 85027
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physic…
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I HIGHLY recommend this place. I took my English Bulldog to be spayed and have an umbilical hernia repaired. Dr. Diskin was wonderful and very informative. From the moment I walked in, I felt welcomed and my dog was so attached to the woman at the front desk (I apologize I don't remember her name). She was very sweet to my doggy. Dr. Diskin was awesome. He is very straight-forward and I am just happy with the whole process. My dog is now on a stricter diet (Dr. Diskin informed me that she was a little overweight). I was able to make my appointment online and that was great, and I was reached no later than 24 hours and my appointment was confirmed. I took her in and the office was super clean. I just can't say enough about this place! It was affordable and I am happy with everything! All the other places I called wanted to charge an arm and a leg, and I really lucked out when I came across PAWS. I had called another spay clinic before I found PAWS and they didn't call me back for 3 days and in that time, I found PAWS online and didn't hesitate to make an appointment after reading the reviews. I would recommend that you do not go anywhere else but here for your pet to be spayed/neutered. They truly are superb. You won't regret it! Your wallet and your heart will feel good about it.
My boyfriend and I brought our two male kittens here to get neutered, and we are extremely happy with this place. First of all, the lady in the front who handed us our papers to fill out was extremely friendly and welcoming. The way a employee's treat customers is VERY important to me. She held a conversation with us the whole time we were waiting which I thought was really nice. She alone made me very happy with the decision I made to come here. Especially since I recently had a bad experience with customer service at a vet I WAS using. We had Dr. Diskin and he was also very friendly. We had no problems at all. He did a great job with the kittens, and they were back to normal that night/the next day. Someone said that there are hidden charges but that was definitely not the case for us. It was $45 each cat, and we payed exactly $90 at the end of the day. They have great service and awesome prices. I wouldn't see a reason NOT to come here. I will definitely be bringing my cats here whenever they need something done now.
This place is the best. When another vet told me my cat had 3 to 7 dies to live, i was distraught. 5 days later, my cat was a little slow, but didnt seem she was about to die. So i called here and they had me bring my cat in right away. They confirmed my cat had kiidney problems, but they were positive about her future. They have had her on an iv for the past 3 days and her blood levels are returning to normal. And my 7 year old best freind should be home in a few days with a healthy future. I know cats live short lives, but with the help of this vet, i may have several months, if not years with the best kitty i have ever known. The whole staff is very caring and concerned. I will never go anywhere else. If you are new in town or looking for an animal clinic, please try here first. I never write reviews, but i don't know how i can ever repay all of the wonderful people at this clinic.
I have never received vet care that is as caring and compassionate as what we have found at Deer Creek. Recently, we had to make the decision to euthanize our beloved 14 y.o. Lab. We were greeted at the door by two vet techs we know and love, who escorted us directly into a waiting room so we could deal with our grief privately. Dr. Higgins was amazing with us and our three children, and of course, our sweet dog Leo. The next week, we received Leo's paw print set in clay as our gift from DCAH and a card signed with personal notes by the entire staff. We found DCAH shortly after we moved to Phoenix last year. Besides being kind and knowledgeable, they also have a great pet rescue program! We adopted a sweet and silly Bernese Mountain Dog named Captain who has been an "angel with fur" to our family. I really can't say enough good things about Deer Creek!
I spend a lot of money on radiographs, blood work in different hospitals to find out why my little Sheba is limping. Nothing worked out good and she was getting worse every day. My friend refered me to Dr Sandhu at Christown Animal Hospital. Staff was very nice and treated me and my little Sheba so good I was realy impressed. Than comes the doctor in he asked me few questions and through examined the Sheba. After examing he told me Sheba has a Pattelar luxation grade 3 on the left side and grade 2 on the right side rear legs without doing any Radiographs. He told me only surgical treatment is a permanant fix and reffered me to a specialist. Specailist examined and told the same thing. We schedule a surgery and Sheba is back to nomal enjoying the life. what a wonderful diagnostic skill Dr Sandhu has. It is definately a God given gift which most of the vets don't have.
I had a wonderful experience in every aspect of getting my dogs spayed. I made the appointment online for the following week. I received a confirmation email and phone call the following day, explaining pre op instructions. Both of my dogs were scheduled the same day. I was greeted with extremely friendly and helpful people from the beginning to the end. They obviously have a love for all of the animals that they meet, and treat them like their own. The final cost was less expensive than it would have cost one of my dogs to get spayed by our vet. The incisions are tiny and healing quickly. They even include post op pain meds for no extra cost. The Dr. Followed up with an email the next day, "just checking" on how they were doing. I will recommend family and friends to PAWS as well as taking all of my future pets to them. Thank you PAWS!!!
Great surgeon. I am a client of Dr Sandhu since year 2002. He is taking care of my 2 dogs and a cat. I always got great services with a affordable prices. This week I adopted a new cat and took her for a spay and declaw. I was surprised with the surgery it was a very small incision and cat was back to normal when I took home like she never had any surgery. In 5 days declaw and the spay incision was completely healed without any complications. I know Dr Sandhu had a great diagnostic and treatment skills with 32 year experience. Now I realized he is a great surgeon also. I always recommend my friends and family to visit Christown animal hospital and boarding.
My poor Baxter a 2 year old Pomeranian was coughing since March, Tried every thing took X_Rays, treated with different antibiotics, blood work was negative for Valley fever. Finally on the recommendation of my friend I went to see Dr Sandhu. Hospital was clean and staff was very co-operative.Dr Sandhu looked the X-Rays taken by the other Vet. examined Baxter very good and told me he suspect Valley Fever even though the blood work came negative. He started on fluconazole. Baxter stopped coughing in a week and started eating drinking back to normal. He send the blood work for recheck in 4 weeks and this time Valley Fever came back positive and confirmed his diagnosis. I was really surprised with his diagnostic skills. The prices compare to the other two places I went to were much lower.
I would highly recommend Dr Fisher and the staff at PAWS. Everyone was very professional and kind. The waiting area was large enough to keep pets separated if needed. No frills in the exam room but the focus was entirely on my pet and me. Dr Fisher went over some other maintenance recommendations for my young Boston Terrier and took his time examining her. When I picked my pooch up she was not groggy just a little quiet. Her incision was small and beautiful and the sutures were under the skin so there were no stitches to take out later!! I was given 3 days worth of oral anti-inflammatories. The total cost was $85!!!! I was quoted $360 at BF! Check this clinic out....they are conveniently located at the 101 and Cave Creek Rd.
I have 6 year old Lab mix which was having problems with bladder control. I went to Christown Animal Hospital the staff was excellent. place was clean and Dr Sandhu is very nice and knowledgeble person. He diagnosed Rocky for blader stones and gave us an estimate of $650 for surgery. That after noon I called few places to find a better price but to my surprise every one was asking for over $1000 for cystotomy. So we scheduled a surgery with Dr Sandhu. He did a fantastic job. Rocky came back home same day in the evening and next morning was back to normal. It changed my thoughts about the veterinarian. There are vet's like Dr Sandhu who cares for pets more than the money.
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.