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807 Camp Horne RdPittsburgh, PA 15237
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No longer Dr. Myton. She retired and Dr. Fisfis passed away. Practice is now under new owner with limited days and hours.
I called the office because my 5 month old puppy wasn't acting "normal". I told them she was vomiting every time she eats and has diarrhea. They asked if she was teething, which she is. I was told by Dr. Brown that she had "textbook teething symptoms". He wanted to put her on some medicine for an upset stomach and probiotics without even bringing her in for a quick exam. I went and picked up the $30 probiotics and gave it to her. The next day the vomiting and diarrhea were worse. I called again and was not called back for 4.5 hours. I was told they were closed for the day but if I called in the morning they may be able to squeeze her in if I was still concerned by her condition. By the time I got the call back we were already on our way to University Veterinary Specialists. Within 30 min of being at UVS they performed an x-ray and found an intestinal blockage. They said if it would have been left untreated a few more days that she could have died. They asked if I notified her Vet because she had all the symptoms of a blockage, and I told them I had called a few times and was told it was teething and not to worry. They were completely baffled by this response and could not understand why they wouldn't at least check her out and just assume it was teething. UVS monitored her in their ICU overnight and she had emergency surgery the next morning and is doing great. UVS forwards all records and procedures to your primary vet. 12 days later, I still have not had a follow up or even just a call to see how she is doing. I have 2 dogs and neither one of them will be seen by Greentree Animal Clinic ever again. The complete disregard for owner's concerns, the failure of any sort of follow up knowing that she was having issues and was being taken to an emergency clinic, and the complete lack of communication from the front desk to the doctors is completely unacceptable.
This vet practice is great. Just what I was looking for my dog. Great feature: Mon - Fri walk-in appointments, including an exam by the vet!! Friendly staff, competitive pricing, convenient location. Call backs for blood testing were right on time. My dog got nervous and made a little mess in lobby and the staff was understanding, handled it promptly. My bill was explained to me and no one rushed me through the process. They also managed my kitty when I had to euthanize her. The staff and doctor were compassionate and dignified about the event, no pressure, respected my wishes and were gentle with her. I really appreciate this vet hospital for their competency and compassion.
My family has been going to this vet for years. The office staff is friendly and caring. Both doctors are incredibly thorough, knowledgeable and they take the time to explain exactly what is going on. I would highly recommend.
Taking my dog to this vet, the vet was doing an examine and for about 3 minutes continued to twist and rotate my dogs right rear leg. After the visit I noticed that he was limping and favoring that leg. I called the vets office about it and they threw some medical term at me saying he is a puppy and it will come and go. That was on 09-22-2015. They also told me it was nothing to worry about. Since that appointment he still favors the right rear leg and it is curved in under his body. I feel the vet manipulated his leg way too long, especially since he was only about 5 and 1/2 months old at the time. I feel the vet caused this problem since he had no signs of it prior to this visit. I was also told by your experienced vet that my miniature poodle would be 25 pounds when grown. I would say your vets need to learn a little more about dogs before they do anything with them.
My dog was treated on Oct 26 for Lyme diseasehe was given a prescription and recommended a flea collar. After two weeks he was getting worse, and began to vomit and then on Nov 27 had a seizure. I called and was told it would be at least two days till he could come in. My dog died on Nov 29. I would NOT recommend this office to anyone.
I cannot praise this place enough. I have worked as a vet tech in a previous job and have had experiences at numerous facilities here in Pittsburgh and Greentree Animal Clinic blows them all out of the water. Key things that you should note about this place:* They do not over charge* They only recommend services/things that they genuinely believe will help your pet, not their bottom line and they do not pressure you in any way* They are respectful and genuine to you and your pet which is hard to come by nowadays* Everyone there is patient and understanding. No condescension or poor attitudes, just positive energy all around. * They have an online pet portal so you can track your pet's vaccinations/appointments and care.* Dr Brown goes above and beyond any vet I've ever met. He has shown so much care, professionalism, kindness and knowledge that I will gladly refer anyone with a pet to him because I know they will be in good hands and his fellow vets (Dr Reuther, Dr Kelly, and Dr Mann) are just as phenomenal. Thankyou Greentree Animal Clinic for setting the bar where it should be for all Veterinary Care Facilities.
The receptionist Carrie is absolutely rude! Angry disrespectful I came Fromm pgh I'm a nurse to get medicine for my border collie tried to call over and over from work was out on hold and hung up on! If I did that to people is be fired! You should not allow receptionists to act like that to customers! Outrageous !
I would highly recommend going to Greentree Animal Clinic. Both of my cats went there, and the staff was very caring from the front desk to the vets. Since both my animals have passed on, and they sent me on both occasions a lovely sympathy card. My one cat was put down at a totally different vets office cause he needed emergency care. Only downfall of the office is that they are not an emergency clinic. But I know for sure when I'm ready for another I will surely be calling.
I struggled with my Lab's intestinal issues for over a year - he was okay for weeks and then suffer diarrhea for days for no reason as his diet/environmental exposure had not changed. My old ver and I tried, I thought, everything, with disappointing results.A friend recommended ACVC and, within 2 visits, all Buddy's issues were resolved. Dr. Terlesky thoroughly examined him, suggesting a supplement along with adding natural, healthy fiber (pumpkin). She then immediately came up with a plan of action which has work perfectly. She even called me after my first visit as she was thinking about Buddy and had a thought she wanted to share with me. She was informative while remaining kind, compassionate, and patient.The staff has always been engaging, very friendly, and helpful and, I am grateful to all.
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.