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10141 Coors Blvd NW Ste AAlbuquerque, NM 87114
From Business: At Southwest Veterinary Medical Center We know that pets come in all shapes and sizes, so we are happy to treat exotics pets. In addition to cats and dogs, we als…
1111 Alameda Blvd NW Ste EAlbuquerque, NM 87114
From Business: We offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, food therapy and massage. We practice both complementary and alte…
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Very disappointed that the vet (Cole) was too busy to spend time with us regarding our very traumatised cat. We basically dealt with a vet tech (Jessica), who was superb and most helpful in our decisions re tests etc. I have seen Dr. Forsyth a few times with my other cat and he is wonderful, most professional and caring as he should be when it comes to people's pets. On the occasion that I had to speak with another vet tech. her tone was rude, clipped and downright cold. I made her aware of this behaviour and hopes that she took it constructively so she can better deal with people and their pets. She spoke to me as if I was a child and never asked how my cat was doing. Will I ever take my cats there? Only if Dr. Forsyth is available. I do have many other options in the neighbourhood, but many older folks don't. Very sad that one should be treated as if they're doing you a favour. My mistake was I could have gone somewhere else!
Been a customer for well over 9 years. Recently brought in my cat due to lathargy thirst & extreme hunger. They recommended blood glucose registered high. Suggested a panel to be done $300+ which resulted in the diagnosis of diabetes. Put my cat on insulin & into siezures. After stopping insulin Dr Abernathy says I cured your cat. You almost killed my cat! If I wasn't home that day I don't know what condition my cat would be in. Bill was almost $2k & to be told he's cured my cat. I suggest going else where.
After 20 years of going there, I will no longer do so. Their business has gone "Downhill". There are many other good vets in Rio Rancho. Go somewhere else where they care.
I had a good experience with this clinic and staff. There are a lot of bad reviews, which could be a case by case scenario.
We have been taking our dogs there for 20+ years. Dr. Abernathy is the most compassionate and kind vet in NM! He has a genuine concern for animals. I understand the frustration with the staff as they are overwhelmed but it's a small price to pay for the comfort and care my dogs get.
I am convinced Sunrise pays people to write good reviews on google. Their google reviews are phenomenal but elsewhere they are not so great. I have experienced first hand Sunrise's unprofessionalism and Abernathy's perverted demeanor. BEWARE.
Very disappointed with the way my wife was treated. If you disagree with Abernathy whatsoever, you will be kicked out of the clinic and are not welcome back. No way to treat your customers.
HUMILIATING EXPERIENCE! I agree with other reviews who have said Abernathy is perverted. Unprofessional.
Do NOT use Sunrise! Unless of course you want your animals to die. My girlfriends family is devastated after their dog was neglected and left to die.
GO ELSEWHERE. Sunrise Veterinary Clinic may be cheap but do not let your pets pay the price. One of my dogs is now dead and another nearly died thanks to Sunrise and Dr. Abernathy. If you want false diagnoses and your animals to be unattended to, go pay them a visit. Last week I suspected both dogs kennel cough had turned into pneumonia. When I mentioned this to Dr. Abernathy he insisted the dogs kennel cough was not to the point of pneumonia. Both dogs ended up being admitted to Sunrise and when my daughters and I went to check on them neither were getting oxygen. The youngest dog was in an oxygen chamber with it oxygen TURNED OFF and the other dog was not in an oxygen chamber at all when her gums were white and breathing extremely rapid. The vet techs told us that they could not adjust the oxygen chamber and needed Dr. Abernathy to do it himself. The vet tech said that Dr. Abernathy was technically in the building but was not seeing patients until 6pm because he needed to deal with some computer issues he was having. We politely asked again if we could quickly speak to Dr. Abernathy because time was running out for both dogs and they needed oxygen and fluids ASAP. Several minutes later, a vet tech came over to us and I assumed Sunrise was finally going to help our suffering dogs. Instead, Dr. Abernathy had his vet tech KICK US OUT. The vet tech told us we were being “disruptive” and that we were banned from Sunrise. Dr. Abernathy was embarrassed by his incompetence and figured he did not have to take responsibility if he kicked us out. Had Dr. Abernathy correctly diagnosed our dogs in the first place and turned ON the oxygen in the chamber our youngest dog would be alive. We headed to Petroglyph Animal Clinic after leaving and both dogs were immediately diagnosed with pneumonia. They were provided stronger medication, oxygen chambers, IVs, and nebulizers. However, the youngest dog was already too far gone and malnourished due to Sunrise's incompetence.
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.