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6565 N Territorial RdPlymouth, MI 48170
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I had a sick 16-year-old kitty. He, like most cats, hates going to the vet. It had been two years since his last visit. The night before I took him in, he was vomiting every 2 hours. I called Parkway and they had an appointment at 3:00 in the afternoon. I spent the whole day cuddling and loving my precious baby boy. When they weighed him, he had lost 5 pounds. The vet examined him and stated that the muscle mass in his legs was weak. She said, based on these two factors, she suspected cancer or kidney disease. I burst into tears. She explained they could do tests, x-rays and probably give him some meds to prolong his life and I would have to bring him back for bi-weekly visits. At 16 years old, I decided against that. I didn't want to put him through that kind of trauma. I decided to put him down. The staff was very compassionate and loving. They gave me time with him to cuddle and say goodbye. They let me hold him, during the injection and he died peacefully in my arms.I left the office heartbroken. Pet's are family. He was family. I am grieving. I checked my mail the other day and it it was a beautifully written sympathy card for me. I touched me deeply.My experience with other vet's is that they play on your emotions and do needless tests, to jack up the bill. Not Parkway. I will be forever grateful for their kindness.RIP Salvatore.
This place is all about making money. They don’t care about your pet or your feelings. Our 14 year old dog was unable to walk, unable to stand, loss her bowls, throwing up, drooling the list goes on. They wanted to hold her for 12 hours and run tests. Never gave the option to put her down. We told them we can’t afford all that and they gave her a shot for nausea and sent us on our way. We took our dog home and waited for our vet to open. Needless to say we had to put our dog down this morning. RIP Roxie!❤️
We got prompt and courteous service. They were so nice and took great care of our puppy. Would highly recommend this veterinary emergency service to everyone.
Their only concern is the money. If you love your pet, go somewhere else. I brought my 4 year old Shihtzu in. Her hind legs stopped working overnight and I brought her to this location for help. Within 30 seconds, the 'Dr' diagnosed my dog with IVDD. No X-rays, no physical exam. She had me set my dog on the floor, observed her from afar and said 'she has IVDD'. She left the room and returned with a book showing a diagram of the disease. She said 'if we could afford it', we would need to rush her to a neurologist for a MRI ($2,500) and surgery ($7,000)...no guarantee. This news was devastating. When I explained that we would not be able to afford it, she prescribed pain meds and left us with a 'good luck'. I asked many questions hoping to hear just a bit of hope. I asked if it's possible that this was temporary. No. I asked if this was from an injury. No. She said that this just happens to short/long dogs and it wasn't an injury or anything that could have been prevented. There was nothing we could do. I left the office with a broken dog, a broken heart and $300 less in our bank account. There was no mention of alternative therapy. While they didn't tell me I needed to put her down, it was absolutely implied that she would not get better without surgery. My young, full of spirit and spunk family member was given no other options. I went home and spent the entire night researching IVDD. YouTube had videos of inspiring stories and amazing recovery. This was NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. The internet provided more information for free than I received during a 20 minute $300 visit. Alternative therapies...accupuncture, chiropractic, hydrotherapy, laser therapy. Not one of these was mentioned. Within one week after this nightmare began, my beloved dog is WALKING thanks to the Howell Animal Hospital and their affordable healing options. It makes me so sad to think of the families that have lost their pets due to lack of information and staff carelessness.
My 5 week old rescue kitten had gotten stuck, I mean covered in glue and poison, from a rat glue trap, I rushed her up here with not even a penny to my name and these people were able to save her and clean her and didn't charge me a single cent. I've never been so thankful before. This is the only experience I have here but it was miraculous. Give them a chance, that doctor has a kind heart. The lady at the front desk was very kind. This experience was so traumatic UNTIL we walked through the front doors, they were helpful in every way.
Dr Gorman was absolutely fantastic with our kitty cat, Dante, after he injured himself and required surgery. She fit us in quickly for an initial exam, communicated well with the surgical clinic and emergency vet we had to see, called personally to check up on him and then also to assist with additional medication he needed, and was SO knowledgeable, caring and kind which Dante and I appreciated. I'd highly recommend this clinic! Thanks so much, Dr Gorman and your staff!!!!!
the by far the WORST place to go to they were mean to my dog and rude to me. did not tell me what they were going to do to my dog IE;testing in till i told them i was going to walk out. they made me pick up my dog to put on the table with no help from the doc but to sit there and look at me. NEEDS TO CLOSE THERE DOORS DON'T WAST YOUR TIME HERE
My dog went into labor on Thanksgiving. By 10:30 pm she started pushing out a puppy hind legs first. Puppy was half out and that's when it went down hill. Rushed her to Veterinarian Emergency Services immediately. We wanted to save the puppy...they weren't so motivated. Took over an hour to even look at my dog and by the time they did the exam, the puppy was dead. Our dog needed an emergency C-section. Demanded $2500 up front to do it. Had the money in the bank but being the middle of the night on Thanksgiving that just wasn't going to happen. Couldn't even take out those kind of funds from an ATM. Nor would they accept a check. They gave me ZERO options. It was beg for the money or take your dog home to die. Borrowed the money from a relative. They waited another TWO HOURS to get to the C-section. Additionally, they said they would spay her to avoid another pregnancy...didn't happen. One year later, my "spayed" dog is suffering a case of full blown Pyometra. If you need emergency services go to another clinic. This one needs to be shut down!
Avoid this place at all costs. It was an absolute nightmarish experience. First of all, they have money hungry robots working here. There was no compassion or concern for my sick little cat. My kitty was sick after coming home from the vet (Dr. Gorman, Sheldon Vet in Plymouth), she was given either too much of a sedative or allowed to become hypothermic, or both. I know this not because of speaking to neither the ER zombies nor Dr. Gorman but due to speaking to another vet about the situation. In fact, Dr. Gorman doesn't take after hours calls and actually (on her voicemail) recommends the vet ER. But I digress!Basically, they told me I'd have to pay $2,800 (!!!!!) up front to have them care for my cat overnight (they didn't even tell me what was wrong). When I said that I didn't have the money, they said that she probably wasn't going to make it through the night. One of the most devasting decision of my life. >.< I took her home and called my old vet, Dr. Cavender, at Salem Vet, and even though we were no longer patients and it was 10:00PM on Saturday, she talked me through how to make my kitty better. ADDITIONALLY! She said if my kitty got worse, I could bring her in for overnight observation for $25.00.The staff at the Vet ER will take advantage of your love for your animals. Don't let them.I highly recommend finding a vet that will answer after hours emergency calls. They're out there.
I have been going to Parkway close to 20 years. They treat my animals and I as if we were family. I have recommended all of my family, friends and even people I dont know to take their animals here. I mostly see Dr. Bares he treats my animals as if they were his own. But if he is not there I am completely fine to see any other doctor. To the whole staff thanks so much for being so caring and kind.
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.