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My dog was hit by a bus and badly injured on a Monday and I brought him to this vet for immediate treatment on the following Saturday at 5pm because my regular vet was closed. These bastards at AHCC were also closed! I couldn’t believe it! Is it too much to ask that AHCC be open during our time of need!? While I was placing a nasty note on their door describing my serious displeasure that they closed during a time when we needed help, my dog got loose & was limping round their parking lot, when….. BAM! He was hit by another bus! Now I’m really $@!#%! I mean really, who lets buses into their parking lot especially when they’re closed! God! now I really hate this vet! It’s all their fault! Could I have gone to the ER? NO, who’s got time for that, besides its all AHCC’s fault anyway so they should have to take care of my dog. AHCC was open the next day (Sunday) but we had plans, clearly that wasn’t going to work either. So I did the next most logical thing and brought my dog in that next Friday at 5:57 pm for "immediate" treatment (11 days after he was first injured). He had multiple broken bones and some internal injuries. By this time I was sooo worried that he wouldn’t make it, I told the doc at AHCC to just do whatever it takes to make him better, cost is no object when it comes to the care of MY pets.After several days in the care of AHCC my dog is on the mend and doing great!HOWEVER! These bastards at AHCC charged me $27,000,000 … YES!! That’s TWENTY – SEVEN – MILLION – DOLLARS!!.. for the care of my dog!! Yep that’s right, and then they had the audacity to mention that if my dog would have received care sooner, that maybe the cost would have been less! They also charged me for flea medications that were supposedly needed. That’s total BS, I put that Walmart flea preventative on him five years ago as directed, and I just know he didn’t have any fleas. If he did then AHCC put the fleas on him. (I’ve heard that they keep a jar of fleas around just to scam pet owners into buying medications that they clearly don’t need.) Lastly, they said my dog was overdue for vaccines and they charged me for that too! How dare they recommend things that we don’t need. My dog was fully vaccinated when he was a puppy over 9 years ago at his last vet appointment. This is why I hate this vet, bunch of a-holes. Stand up for your rights people. I’m gonna call the Mayor, Governor, My Momma, Walmart, Kmart, Congress, AVMA, & my junior high school counselor, I’m telling EVERYONE! Not that I’m a crappy pet owner, but this pet care facility over charges people for the care they provide! How dare they!! NOW AHCC will be sorry, they just messed with the wrong pet owner!I'm not the only person complaining about this either. On Yelp you can read about THOUSANDS more unhappy customers where AHCC had an expectation of payment for services rendered. AHCC will tell you that everyone gets an "estimate" that has to be agreed to and signed before they do any work. So what!? This is how they force you to pay your bill after you agree to the estimate. What a scam!! After you help me & my pets I'd rather complain about the cost then throw you under the bus when I don't get everything for free after the fact! Jerks!
My name is Stedman. I was rescued when I was 2.5 pounds. I was skin and bone. My new owner brought me back to good health and I was 5 pounds when I went missing on 12/19/14. I moved with my family 2 months ago from Nebraska to Washington State. I don’t know my way around every well. We never needed to worry about micro chips in Nebraska but now that my new owner knows this, she is having my pet family micro chipped ASAP. Please help find my way back home. I am black and white and if you haven’t already noticed, I have a white “star trac" mark on my forehead. Please HELP attach a photo. Please call Stephanie 206-468-4822
I was referred to Sunset Pet hospital when I moved to the area from Seattle, by my dog's trainer. He felt that Dr. Shottman's demeanor and training methods would be a good match for a couple of rescued rotties with "issues", and boy was he right! Unbelievably, Tinkerbell actually liked the team there, and she was usually so afraid of vets that she'd wet herself trying to get away. For that matter, even my sketchy Starbreaker starts wagging his little nubbin when he sees where we're going. Sadly, the cats never seemed impressed, but, well, they're cats. They never seemed distressed, either. Honestly, if you take the time to form a relationship with the staff, the way you would a medical doctor, you're going to reap the most benefits here. I've been with them for almost 7 years now, and I wouldn't want to go anywhere else. I've tried a lot of different vets over the years, as I've owned pets my whole life. There are some that are cheaper, it's true, but the quality of the vaccines they buy and other, similar issues, are reflected directly in those costs. This vet takes my pet's health very seriously, but they also take my sensibilities into account. I'm not a huge fan of unnecessary chemicals, for example, but totally willing to cook for a neurotic emo rottie. By listening to my concerns, Doctor was able to immediately flex and recommend alternate treatment that has really helped my aging boy. When the unthinkable happens and it's time to say goodbye, this team is the absolute best. They've helped me through the loss of two of my furry companions, and have done so with compassion and understanding. The facility is clean but not fancy, and the staff is kind, cheerful, and they have a sense of humor. They praise my pets and tell them how good they are, until they're wagging and wiggling. They recognize how my pets bond to me and work with that relationship, unlike all the previous vets who tried to intervene or work against it. Overall, this has been the best partnership I could have ever hoped for, and I would hope that anyone looking for a "family" vet for the life of companion animals who are family, and not just pets, would consider this vet.
This is a great place to take your pets. We needed to get in on a Sunday just before going on vacation last year, they not only got us in but the vet found a tumor on my dog that was apparently missed by my regular vet. I really like the fact that they are now doing nail trims for free because my pets nails are difficult to trim and I hate doing it myself. Their staff is always very friendly and helpful, they're moderately priced, the clinic is beautiful, clean & homelike.We drive from the other side of Kent to go to this vet, it's a bit of a haul but totally worth it.
My family and I take our pets to AHCC for "tuneups" at least twice a year. We almost left due to a bad experience we had with Dr. Ferguson. We stayed because their staff knows us so well & we have the utmost confidence in Dr. Wood. Everyone that works at AHCC has always been knowledgeable & friendly every time we come in. My only complaint is I wish they were open later during the week. If you're looking for a clean, warm, friendly, competent place to take your pets, AHCC is where we've always taken our pets.
We have been taking our pets to Dr. Wood for a little more than five years now. The AHCC staff is always friendly, and great with my pets. Our little dog Chi-chi just loves Dr. Wood, he behaves better with her than he does at our house. AHCC is a clean, pet friendly facility, they are thorough and fairly priced. We used to go to a different vet, one of those low cost vets, and we didn't have a very good experience. Our pet almost died because apparently they didn't know what they were doing. We were referred to Dr. Wood by our friends and have been happily taking our pets to AHCC ever since. Some of the negative reviews you see on some of these sites are in my opinion, people that are discount shoppers looking for free pet care I guess. With what we've been through, it's been our experience that you totally get what you pay for & we are happy AHCC customers.
We have been coming here for 5 years and we feel like family when we come in. Katie and Heather at the front desk always ask how we and our dog are doing. They genuinely care about all of us! The rest of the staff is great too, all of them make us feel very cared for and they have been willing to help work with us when money has been tight in the past. We wouldn't go anywhere else!
Everyone was so ncie and helpful, the office was very clean- I didn't have to wait long at all either! Very nice and very professional.
The staff is always very friendly and willing to answer my questions I have. They are familiar with my pet and are genuinely interested in his health.
They are so friendly here and always so knoweldgeable! Most important- the lovable interaction they try to have with my pet. I also love the phone call reminders I get. I am very forgetful- It really is the best quality care I could ask for my princess!!
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.