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Dr Thornton and her staff have been wonderful to me and my cat babies over the years. 8 yrs ago I had to put my little Pepper to sleep due to cancer. He was only 2 1/2 yrs old. I was devastated, but knowing that Dr Thornton was empathetic to my tragedy made it a little easier to bear. I currently take my 2 cats to her and trust her completely with their care. I highly recommend her as a veterinarian.
We have had Dr. Thornton and her wonderful staff give excellent care to our pets for over 30 years. In that time our dogs received great care and we are very happy. I highly recommend Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital to any one with a pet. Myron H
Sara Thornton is worst veterinarian I've ever dealt with. I took my sick little Miniature Pinscher to her. She was more concerned with trying to sell me dog food than my Dog's health. She was very rude to me when I told her I wasn't interested in buying dog food and that my only concern was my Dog's illness. Fortunately I saw her lack of knowlege and rushed my Dog to Dr. Steven Stephan at the Bernville Hospital/Spa. He diagnosed her as having a heart problem. Dr. Stephan said I got her there just in time to save her life. Sara Thornton listened to my Dog's heart. So how does a Vet not recognize a heart problem? Save your Pet's life. Stay away from this place and this so-called veterinarian. Also, I heard that where she studied medicine, is questionable. I called the office to ask where Sara got her degree. They hung-up on me.
We gave SVH a second chance: a few years ago our dog was misdiagnosed and as a result given ineffective repeat therapy here. But when it was time to have our younger dog neutered, we took an appt. at SVH because our regular vet couldn't fir him in until late March. SHV fit him into their schedule for the following Monday. We were told dogs are always kept overnight and examined the next day before discharge. However my wife was called about an hour the same day before they close and told that she needed to pick up her because he "looked unhappy". Tell me any dog who just had an orchiectomy and had a plastic funnel around his head wouldn't be unhappy! SVH should know how to deal with this... and we paid more for the procedure than at our regular vet. My wife was upset because she had to leave work unexpectedly (I was at work too) to get our dog. Picking up our dog in the morning as planned would have cause no disruption. Very unprofessional . By the way our dog was still unhappy when he got home. He said "give SVH one star"
This place format even deserve one star but it made me check a star to.leave a rating. Don't take you're pet to this place. Please take my advice. I brought my cat there two weeks ago due to seizures. I didn't care about the cost. I love my cat and cost is not an issue when it comes to her well being. But they sent one lady in to the exam room and she proceeded to tell me that it would be very costly to treat my cat due to all the tests and medicine and hospitalization. I told her it's not a problem. And she said Is he just wants me to know that it's a business and they got to pay they're employees. I told her again that cost isn't an issue. She's told me she just wants to make it clear. I said "look lady, I just want my cat to get better. Can, can you please stop worrying about the money.. but wait this gets way worse. So I left her there at the clinic, a couple days later I picked her up. I paid them they're precious money.. the doctor told me they're putting my cat on phenobarbitol and valium, and that my cat would need to come back every month for blood work and check ups... ok I could accept that if it was true. But my suspicion is that they put my cat on these dangerous meds so that they can get a steady flow of money every month from me. Wait it gets worse. I brought my cat home and she couldn't even walk. She wasn't even acting like herself, she w S a zombie. And then I noticed a foul odor on her feet. I'm telling you, her feet smelled bad. I called them back and told them. They said well you will have to bring her in for a check up... a check up? I just brought her home from there a day ago... the vet knew her foot was bleeding the day I took her there, because her claws got pulled out during a seizure. But now her feet smell and they want me to bring her back, when I just brought her home from there. I told that lady I wouldn't bring her back there if they paid me... the next day I took her to a different vet... he discovered three of her toes were infected due to the claws that tore off, that's why they smelled. He out her on antibiotics and gave her a shot. As far as the dangerous medication that schuylkill vets tried to put her on, this new vet told me he doesn't want to put her on them just yet, because they can lead to liver damage.so he ants to wait to see if her seizures get any worst. And I ha v e to keep a log and write it all down. So I was pleased with this idea. I brought Bella (my cat) home and started her on the antibiotics, and within two days the smell was gone and Bella started acting like herself again. She's feeling so much better and hasn't had any seizures, thank GOD.. schuylkill veterinary is a nightmare. I wouldn't recommend them to a worst enemy. Because I love pets and wouldn't want then treating another pet the way they treated Bella...trust me...
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.