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Very disappointed in Pickens Animal Hospital. Our dogs have been patients here for years. This morning our dog got stung by 3 wasps and started to have an anaphylactic reaction. We attempted to intervene at home, but it was clear she needed further help. It happened around 7:30 so it was quicker to drive to our vet (15 mins away) rather than the emergency vet (45 mins away). We got there around 8 and talked to a vet tech. She told us there was nothing she could do that their vet wouldn’t be in until 8:30 and we needed to find another vet to take her to. My dog was in respiratory distress and she didn’t even lay eyes on the dog to ensure it’s wellbeing. So we had to drive 20 mins with a dog in distress to barely make it in time for her to be treated by someone that cared and where she isn’t even a patient at. We will be reevaluating where we take our dogs since my dogs safety was not in Pickens Animal Hospital best interest this morning.
The vets and staff are absolutely amazing..they saved my 3 month old Chihuahua puppy from parvo ....she only weighs 1.6 lbs...I'm so grateful to them
Used to work here. The place has fostered Dr. Glenn's philosophy of the almighty dollar for years! Never been so pissed as when he was telling me to take large breed dogs, (whose owners were shown the big kennel "they would be staying in" and paid PLENTY for it) and put them in a crate in the hallway or exam room. If you board here, be sure your pet is getting what YOU want! I personally reported inept staff and was rebuked time and time again. And by the way, i wasn't a vet there but i had a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the time and was especially astounded by the way the front desk staff treated people. It's a wonder they kept a lot of clients.
I have been taking our pets to PAH for over 17 years. Those the younger staff members come and go, but the overall quality of this vet has never diminished. Most recently, I have seen Dr Burton and Dr Bennett and the level of care and professionalism is unparalleled. They have nursed our middle aged Jack Russell through an tear in the eye and bladder stones- just in the last year!I will admit they have higher prices than most and the up front staff has been short and testy at times but the Vet staff is terrific. Even with the price issues, they have let me always know up front the cost of medicine there and that it may be a little cheaper elsewhere.Both Vets (and techs!) are very informative and will answer every question to our satisfaction.The most amazing experience we have had is about 6 years ago when we had to have our 14 year old boxer mix put down due to brain tumors. The staff was so caring and understanding! We had her cremated and within a few days received the kindest condolence card with all the staff signing sympathy remarks. It made us know that our pet was loved and will be missed. I highly recommend Pickens Animal Hospital for their excellent care...but get the pet meds elsewhere.
do not go herethis is an inside tip.the place is unsanitary disgusting uneducated staff just out of school veterinarians money hungry business.they will give you test you don't need overcharging for procedures and smile and shake your hand and be your best friend and pretend they really care about your pet.they killed my pet don't let it happen to yoursI will repost repost repOst tell anyone I come into contact with about this place please do the same how they got a business I have no ideaa bunch of idiots work there.
This practice has 1 fairly good vet, who is extremely hard to get an appointment with. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend taking your pet there. My cat was seen, labs were ordered, and we were prescribed antibiotics and told that she was not in great health (which we knew) but that we had months with her. Two days later we were in the emergency clinic with a very sick cat and a $400 bill and were told that she had a day or two to live. You cannot call anyone after hours at PAH, you can't even leave a message for them. The specific vet in that office that treated our cat, if you want to call him that, was vague and uncaring in regards to our cat and certainly gave us no idea of the true gravity of the situation. I would never see this vet again.
I was a first time visitor to this clinic, having just recently moved up here from down Chas.-way. I can tell you first hand that vets are MUCH less expensive "up here"! Unlike the person below, I have no complaints. It had a clean, pleasant waiting room, the staff was very congenial and most importantly APPROACHABLE!...I could tell they were ALL animal lovers. There's no way to fake that. As to a few young staff.. well, they have to learn the ropes SOMEWHERE! I didn't get the feeling that they weren't at least very well supervised in that endeavor by a senior, more experienced staff member. As to cost, well, it helps if the "pet-parent' is informed enough to know what is needed for their individual pet vs. what can wait, what may be dispensed with entirely, etc. A vet can only recommend based on his general knowledge of the animal/situation it lives in. It makes no sense to blame him for the cost of tests he may think necessary if you're not smart enough to know if it applies to you and your individual pet's lifestyle, your financial situation,etc. and otherwise inform him of what may or may not be relevant in your case. If you need to, ask up front the cost BEFORE treatment and/or what other options may be available!for example: is a heart worm test really necessary for a 15 year-old collie with no symptoms???Or can one stretch out the test to every other year if one has been very DILIGENT regarding heart worm meds?? Also, when is "passive heart worm treatment" for an otherwise healthy and young animal a better option than the more intensive traditional treatment? And hey, some pet meds can be filled GENERICALLY at a human pharmacy if cost is an issue. The owner just has to use a bit of common sense and educate themselves!! And by the way, animal lovers or NOT, veterinary clinics ARE a business!! These people paid a LOT for their education (and probably STILL are paying!) and have a right to eat and pay their bills, too!! SOOO cut 'em a little slack, already!
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.