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This is by far the best vet that I have ever been to in 40 years. The staff is friendly and accommodating and do their best to help whenever they can. Dr. Holm has answered her phone in the middle of the night to reassure me. She has squeezed my dogs and when they need help immediately. Even though I drive clear across town I will never go to another vet. I would recommend her to anyone. If you think money is her goal, try the overhead. Bills and staff must be paid.
Loves the options that Dr. V gives us, thank you Dr. V and also the personnel care to!
I would recommend this clinic to any animal owners. Dr. Wilder completed removal of a huge fat tumor surgery on my dog with a great success. The price for services was honest and affordable. I am going back to the clinic very soon with my two dogs.
I went there with my twelve year old yorkie in need of medical attention not knowing it was the end of the line for her. They kept me in a separate room and let me pay in that room before we had to put her down. I was a mess losing her and I thought they were very professional and answered all my questions
We had the worse experience at Auburn Animal Clinic with our dear dog. After treating him with medication for a disease, he suffered a stroke. When we took him in to put him out of his misery, they treated us terribly, We were told to keep him outside in the parking lot until our scheduled time, no one else was in the clinic at the time. I refused to leave my dog in their parking lot and proceeded to take him into the clinic. After asking to have him put out of his pain we were told he had a treatable disease and our appointment was really at 11:30, this was at 11:15. We had to insist he be euthanize we were not going to allow them to treat him any longer. I will NEVER take another one of my animals to that clinic and have them touch an animal of mine or anyone else I know. The doctor seemed much more interested in making money than the welfare of our precious family member.
Prescribing a 50lb dog a medicine dose for a 120lb dog led my dog to have neurological damage. Thank goodness my baby is doing better over time but she will have permanent eye damage.
Dr. Holm and her staff are absolutely wonderful. We sought her opinion after being told there was nothing we could do for our 5 year old lab's torn ACL. From the first moment we met Dr. Holm she did everything she could to make my anxious dog calm and relaxed. Never has a vet taken the time to do this for us. After the surgery she sent me pictures to assure me how my dog was doing and kept in contact with me through the recovery process. We are so thankful to her and her team for giving our dog a chance to be the healthy active pup he is.
I went here years ago and Dr. Helland saved my new pup from parvo. It was a little known disease at that time, but he recognized it and treated it promptly and with success. Now I have another dog with unknown issues and Dr. H is there giving it his all to get the answers. I have faith he will. He is excellent at explaining things and providing every option available.
Dr Holm and her staff are great. Numerous times she has proven she knows what she's doing. Thanks to her and her staff my boy made a full recovery. Keep up the great work.
Very knowledgeable and caring.
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.