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Would NEVER recommend this place. I have had 30+ years dealing with different vets, had numerous dogs. They should be ashamed of themselves, especially Dr. Hassinger, one of the owners. I had a $10,000 experience here. won t go into all the details here. Feel free to e-mail me and I will. Simply stated, my estimated costs finally were billed at THOUSANDS above. I had to pay the bill before I was allowed to take my dog home, and then he died 3 hours later. When I called and asked to speak with Dr. Hassinger to discuss all my concerns about extremely poor treatment received at this clinic, he refused to speak with me and filtered me through their admin manager. I even tried writing him a certified letter. Still refused to speak with me. It s ultimately all about money here. My credit card company agreed and refunded over $2500. UNETHICAL, IMMORAL AND SHAMEFUL! It s been a year since I have even been able to write this review, it was so painful. Shame on you, Dr. Hassinger and Northeast Veterinary!Do yourself a favor, and in an emergency, make the drive to the clinic in S. Abington. Stellar service and compassion there....world s apart from the treatment your beloved pet will receive here.btw, I have proof in writing from my credit card company of the $2,732.14 REFUNDED to me! Email me and I can provide proof and tell you more about all the lies and shortcomings. Northeast can TRY to tell a good story and it's a shame that it's left up to office staff to handle and not the doctors who are actually charged with the care of our beloved pets.
administration was a big help thank you for that
Horrible, unprofessional, insensitive I paid 150 and within 5 minutes i was out of there. They handled my dog like a rag doll and hurt my dog moving her in ways that her body isnt designed to do and she cried in a way i never heard. He then warned me he was going to do something else and that she will feel more pain and she might bite him. My dog never bite no one. He is lucky i didnt twist his neck instead I cursed him out and got the hell out of there. I would drive around the world for my dog to get proper treatment. They should be closed and loss any certification or degrees these jokers have.
Can I give this place 0 stars? I took my dog here with what seemed like an emergency to me. The "vet", who appeared to be about 19 years old, told me she didn't know what was wrong with him--but didn't believe it was an emergency. If you don't know what it is how are you to rule out that it may in fact be an emergency? Everything she told me was followed by a contradictory statement, "well it appeared to be this, but it may not have been" and "it looked like bacteria under the microscope, but it may not have been." I was absolutely disgusted by the lack of answers and compassion from this place. $300 later and literally NO more information than what I walked in with. If you want to spend a lot of money and get no answers or help for your animals--definitely go here, otherwise find somewhere else.
My dog Nemo had two surgeries performed by Dr. Hassinger. He did a fantastic job with each surgery. If it's the cost that turns people off, I must say you only get what you pay for.
I like to start by telling u that the days prior to this day in general the cat was perfectly fine, running all over and being her normal self But on the morning of June 3rd, the cat was just layin around, didn't want to move, eat or just be bothered. We new something was wrong! Called all different vets with emergency after there name( probably about 10 different ones. Finally we found Plains Animal Hospital we got them on the phone and we explained the situation as explained early in this review. We asked what it would cost to have our cat Sydney looked at ASAP The female that took the call said and I quote " well it will be $95.00 for the emergency visit and $55.00 for blood work or x-ray so with no other choice, and no more suffering for Sydney we said were on our way there! We arrived there , they took the cat to the back while we filled out paperwork and the check for $150.00 dollars. As were waitn in the room to hear the status of our Sydney. Doc comes out and says they need another $180.00 dollars to do blood work when they lady on the phone told me the $55.00 was for the blood work. We were so distrot and confused. I explained to the doc what was said on the phone to us and kept insisting that the $55.00 goes toward the balance of the blood work and u must have misunderstood her and I said No if this conversation was recorded we would know exactly what was said So after we scrapped up the $150.00 dollars just to get her to be seen and what I thought was to be saved! As much as I argued that the conversion on the phone and the payment I had just made should have saved our cat. The way the doctor was so persistent on extra $180.00 instead of saving our Sydney we felt bullied and trapped there with no more money than what we had given them she through out the " well u can have her out to sleep" This kitten wasn't even a year old. It was one of the worst days we had in our lives and the shortest life of a cat I have ever had! It was the worst experience we have ever had at a place that is supposed to care for animals but was only worried about the MONEY. So with no other choice, and didn't want Sydney to suffer, she was put to sleep. We were told to wait outside near a side door for like 45 mins to carry our kitten home in a BAG. So if u if u have a bottemless checking acct. and can't hear on the phone. There waitin for u to bring your beloved pet!!
I had to put my dog Shannon down due to bloat on 3-17-13 she was 13-1/2 the staff and vet were fantastic, they were professional and compassionate. I opted to get my pet cremated with her paw print in a cast in a beautiful picture frame, the ashes were in a beautiful wooden box with her name etched on the front, the company that prepared her even placed some of her in a nice card, a touching way to remember your pet, the company that does this is A++ in my book. My other dog Rocky has been seen by Dr. Meg McBrien numerous times for a spleen tumor for ultra sounds, she is loving & truly cares about your pet, it's the best place to go when your pet needs expert care in a emergency, I would not go anywhere else. She even gave me a copy of my dogs Ultra Sound to take with me since I was moving to Fl.
Two words: NEVER AGAIN!!!
I have had many of my animals to this hospital throughout the years and have never been given anything except exceptional care and compassion. I disagree with the other reviews here. I can understand completely why it would it may be necessary to explain to someone that if they could not afford the expensive medical care for their pet and could not use credit to pay for it, that the only other humane option would be to have the animal be put of its misery. Why would you want your animal to suffer? I know I would not want any of mine to sufferand that is why countless times I have sold stocks and bonds and other items to afford their health care. It is as expensive as it is for people, same equipment and same technology is involved. It is a huge obligation and commitment to own or I should say to share a life with a pet on this planet. I have VPI pet insurance on all my pets and it is economical and it affords me the opportunity to provide the health care for them that I wish to provide for them. It is a sacrifice to provide for these beautiful creatures and they should be the priority, not ourselves, vacations, homes, cars, etc. I think this hospital has been doing a wonderful job and it is a shame that a small percentag of people can disparage such a great track record like his hospital enjoys with the majority of us.
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.