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434 Silas Deane HwyWethersfield, CT 06109
From Business: Our goal at Beaver Brook Animal Hospital is to treat your pets as if they are our own. A full service facility, we offer surgical, dental, medical and preventativ…
PO Box 456South Glastonbury, CT 06073
5 Kirby RdCromwell, CT 06416
From Business: * In Addition to Dogs & Cats, Dr. Hess is also Experienced in Treating Ferrets, Rabbits, & Other Small Furry Pets. * Boarding Available for Cats and Exotic Animal…
334 Silver LnEast Hartford, CT 06118
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
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When I rushed my almost 14 year old Akita Tacoma in at 4 am, the staff could not help us more than they did. The staff was waiting for me in the parking lot to help wheel her in and rushed her right in for an exam and x-rays. Tacoma had bloated and at her age I could not put her thru a surgery. Dr Jason was so compassionate and caring giving me the time to say good bye to my girl. He help Tacoma in her time of need making sure she was pain free all the time. Dr. Jason and the staff then made the time then to make sure I was all right before letting me drive home alone, the first time in almost 14 years. Many knew Tacoma, as she was all ways walking free in my shop at Express Your Pet. I picked an oak box (close to her color) and was surprised when the staff had made a footprint cast from Tacoma that night for me. The techs here really care and it shows. I will all ways bring my pets here and will tell you to bring yours too. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
What can you say about a hospital that requires a "deposit" that is higher than their low estimate before they will admit a very ill pet? Our dogs health was declining fast, yet, they decided to treat her as an outpatient because I didn't have the $750 (the low estimate was $729, the high was $1128). Tonight, just 2 days after they refused her, she left us to go to the Rainbow Bridge. I wouldn't send a gator there.
Very expensive! Not the friendliest people.
I have nothing but praise for the staff. My previous vet was "too busy" on 9/25/09 when my dog died in my arms & I was frantic to bring him in. Told me to call dog warden! Animal Hosp. of Rocky Hill said to come right in. They went to my car & gently took him out for me. So, in 2010 when I adopted a rescue dog, I called them for Gumbeaux's appt. They are the best! Thank you! Maryann Laroche
Having just found this review by "sarchew", I am now writing my reply in response to her. My husband & I were also at the emergency hospital July 4th. That night was very busy at the hospital & the nurses informed all there that there was a very critical patient that the staff was caring for and that for those who wanted to wait, it would be quite a while before the doctor could see them. The nurses did come out frequently to update us & to check on the pets who were waiting. Then Ms. Sarchew and her boyfriend came in with their little dog which was bitten by another dog. Or as she frequently put it, "a F....ing pit bull." From the time she came in, all she did was, very loudly, curse about how "all those F....ing pit bulls should be shot," and how they were "evil, useless beasts". When a gentleman mentioned that the critical dog was his friends' (a pit bull who was just hit by car and fighting for it's life), she had the audacity to say 'good'. The owner's of that poor dog actually went & stayed outside in the heat and humidity rather than listen to her hateful, drug fuelled, pit-bull bashing rant. (As an ER nurse, I've seen my share of drug-using/abusing patients). Ms. Sarchew should have been more concerned about her boyfriend, who apparently was bitten trying to separate the dogs and whose hand was not only swollen but bleeding. As I mentioned, the nurses did check on the pets, even bringing Ms. Sarchew's dog into the back at one point. When a nurse brought the dog back, she said the doctor had examined it & that it was 'not actively bleeding' & stable if she wanted to wait. If not, she could refer her to another vet hospital. I'm sure those of us waiting were praying she would go elsewhere (I was). She decided to stay and wait. While waiting, I watched her constantly go over the dog. Playing with it's ears, running her hands through it's fur. Next thing we know, she started yelling that her dog was bleeding to death, then went outside to ring the doorbell. This brought a nurse out who looked the dog over again & said that the drop of 'blood' on her pants did not come from the dog. She offered to bring the dog into the back and watch it while she waited, but Ms. Sarchew declined. She then went into a tirade about how uncaring and useless the nurses were, letting her dog 'bleed to death in the waiting room'. When we were called into the room, our dog was first examined by the same nurse Ms. Sarchew disparaged. She was very friendly, polite and apologized to us having to listen to Ms. Sarchew! The doctor was also extremely polite and, considering she had a critical pet to deal with, did not rush through our pets exam. Having used the emergency service twice since July 4th, I've found the staff to always be helpful and polite. However I have to commend them for their work that night and being able to maintain their composure while dealing with a critical pet with anxious owners, crowded waiting room, & an obnoxious drama queen. And, Ms. Sarchew, if someone did call you a 'troublemaker' consider yourself lucky, because those of us who were listening to you had other names for you.
i am not discounting the medical attention and care that was given to my dog in the late hours that this emergency happened. However, I will say, this is the worst care that i have ever received. They tried sending my dog home dripping blood from the inside of her ear and god knows where else, if i hadn't pursued. When i pursued, they saw that yes stitches were needed. When they put her under, they then realized her eye had a bloodshot hemorrhaging issue, and the side of my little 12 lb dogs face had a four in gash that also needed stitches. In addition. the nurse that wrote up my estimate did not even know the procedures (that my dog would be put under using an anesthetic) and i had to correct her. Needless to say, if i hadnt pursued my dog would have left dripping blood with wounds to big to close and heal on their own, leaving her prone to infection bcus these wounds weren't even noticed or documented by the doctor. Furthermore, while the actual doctor clearly kind of sucked for various reasons stated above, she was at least nice and respectful to the owners of her patients in this time of distress. More than i can say for one of the other nurses/vet techs (beware if you see her there, heavyset, dark skin), who was extremely rude, and went so far as to make up nicknames such as "trouble maker " for me, bcus i hit the emergency button located at front door to buzz people in (after sitting out there with my blood-dripping dog that she had told me 1 hr ago, here she is shes fine.
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.