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223 Siebert RdPittsburgh, PA 15237
I can't hardly type the emotion of feeling like your among Angels. My miniature schnauzer was rescued by me in 2012. His previous owner was sweet, b…
5309 Campbells Run RdPittsburgh, PA 15205
If there's a life threatening emergency spend 50% more and drive the extra 20 minutes to PVSEC.You'll waste your money and jeopardize your pets life…
1720 Ferguson RdAllison Park, PA 15101
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
12 Mccandless AvePittsburgh, PA 15201
From Business: Welcome to the BIG EASY Animal Hospital, the only Hispanic veterinary hospital in Pittsburgh, located in the trendy neighborhood of Lawrenceville. We are a full-s…
853 Falcon Park RdNew Kensington, PA 15068
From Business: For more than 60 years, the friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Valley Veterinary Associates has been serving the people and pets of the Lower Burr…
807 Camp Horne RdPittsburgh, PA 15237
From Business: As the most comprehensive, multi-specialty veterinary center in the Western PA area, PVSEC serves the needs of pets in challenging conditions. The partnership bet…
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The office is so warm and inviting. The amazing staff as well! They will do anything to make sure you get the best treatment for your pups, without pushing you to buy extras or guilting you into something.
If you love your pet, please go elsewhere.I’m really not being dramatic, just telling the truth about my experience. My cat got progressively sick over a weekend, so until Monday I researched the internet extensively. I arrived to the appointment well prepared and had a good idea about what was wrong with her. Dr. Boccella dismissed every single point I made and cut me off mid-sentence numerous times. He actually ignored everything I said that did not play into his quick diagnosis. He was positive that she had swallowed a foreign object. However after the X-ray, I was told that her stomach was actually empty. He gave her some fluids and antibiotics and sent us on our way.Almost none of her exam was done in my presence. They even took her into another room to take her temperature. I also never saw an X-ray image. I got a very pushy, money-hungry vibe from the doctor and the entire staff. I’m still not even sure if he did an X-ray or gave her the fluids and medicine. She’s had fluids given to her before and it creates a very visible bulge on the back of her neck. She looked exactly the same when she was given back to me and didn’t seem any better. I took her to another vet to get a second opinion. And they diagnosed her within 10 minutes. She needed emergency surgery that day to save her life.Her condition could be seen in an X-ray as well as felt by touch, and all of her symptoms were text book.Thankfully, she is fine now. But I find it very disturbing that I had more knowledge via Google than this doctor. The moral of the story is: please trust your instincts when it comes to your pet, after all you know them best. Having a degree does not always make someone an authority. Compassion and attentiveness are key. Rather than just going through the motions, shouldn’t a vet actually want to heal patients? And they MUST listen to the people who speak for them.
Showed up at 4 for a 4:30 appt with only ONE person ahead of me...was still waiting @ 5:15 when I finally walked out...fuck this place!
If there's a life threatening emergency spend 50% more and drive the extra 20 minutes to PVSEC.You'll waste your money and jeopardize your pets life at Met Vet.They are in way over their heads when it comes to serious problems but it won't stop them from taking your money.Inexperienced, fresh out of school staff.Save your pets life and go to PVSEC. David H
No longer Dr. Myton. She retired and Dr. Fisfis passed away. Practice is now under new owner with limited days and hours.
Dr. Shaw and his staff are wonderful. They always show care towards Clyde. They are knowledge as well as priced to allow anyone to receive quality care for the beloved pets.
If you are looking for a good vet for your pet, I highly do not recommend this one. If you want the best for your pet, this is not the place to go. Those fools don’t know what there talking about nor do they know what there doing. If you want a good life for your pet, never let them step foot in that place, it will be your worst mistake.
I’ve been going to them for years and never had one problem. The two reviews that are negative are bogus. This Clinic is a low cost spay, neuter, vaccinations place for animals.
Jen and her staff are the best pet sitters in the area. No one compares to them. Professional and they care about your animals like they are your own.
STAY AWAY..STAY FAR AWAY...Should of listened to my gut feeling after I read reviews. Took my cat for an emergency visit since my own vet was closed. Cat had not eaten in 3 days. Had blood work done whIch came out fine. Diagnosis: kidney infection..hmmm. Was given antibiotics and the cat was given fluids, injection to stir appetite and something else. If not better in the morning, we will do x-rays. No improvement. Went back next day and x-rays showed water/liquid around the heart and most likely cancer. What?? I had my beloved pet put down. I asked for reimbursement for the $130.81 I spent on usless/unnecessay meds. Denied. Was told anger is a part of grief..omg..anger is just plain anger when there is cause.. Total bill was $683.11 including cremation. I will always regret this decision. Don't make the same mistake...
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.