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1368 Colusa HwyYuba City, CA 95993
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 …
9801 Old Winery PlSacramento, CA 95827
Had to have my dog go here for over night stay because she had a surgery and was not responding to the pain killer and needed an overnight IV drop! …
8732 La Riviera DrSacramento, CA 95826
From Business: At VCA La Riviera Animal Medical Center, your pet's health is our top priority, and excellent service is our goal. We look forward to welcoming you and your pets.…
1936 Del Paso RdSacramento, CA 95834
From Business: At VCA Natomas Animal Hospital, your pet's health is our top priority, and excellent service is our goal. We look forward to welcoming you and your pets. Our vete…
4211 Sunset Ln Ste 101Shingle Springs, CA 95682
I have had numerous experiences with Shingle springs vet clinic and every visit I was treated with respect and excellent care for my animal and in a…
2939 Mather Field RdRancho Cordova, CA 95670
We have been taking our pets to Cordova Vet for over 24 years. Dr. Melissa Gates and her staff provide the best service at reasonable prices and I …
3901 Sierra College BlvdLoomis, CA 95650
The veterinarians here helped save our dog when they discovered she had Addison's disease. That was back in 2006, and we have been bringing her back…
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They tested my new puppy for coccidia & giardia on 7/7/17. I was told to give him Metronidazole as a precaution. Today we went in for his Parvo booster, after, he had a rash on his stomach. I asked what caused this. It was not there when I took him in. They took him back to the Vet and she said it was from stress. We were getting ready to leave and I asked about his test results. Nobody could give me an answer, after being at the office for over an hour and going no where I told them to call me when they new what was going on. 15 minutes later, I get a call from a very rude Vet Tech. She informs me that my puppy is positive for Giardia & coccidia and I need to come back because he needs two more medications. I told her that we had just finished his 10 days of Metronidazole and shouldn't we re-test him. She tells me, No, we can't do that he needs these meds. I ask her why was I giving him that other medication? I asked her to explain, she was very rude. I asked when they got the results back and she told me 7/10. So, I inquired why am I just now get the results. She informs me that, "THEY HAVE TOO MANY CLIENTS AND CAN NOT CALL EVERYONE WITH TEST RESULTS!" At that statement I was done! If you have too many clients, you should not accept new ones, and you should not have a pre-pay puppy package which is what we purchased. I was also told that the Vet I was referred to was the owner, she is only in on Saturday's and she does not have time to speak with clients. I spoke with the other Vet, told her how upset I was, demanded a refund for the puppy package because I will not be going back to that office ever again. She told me that I should have received my results last week, that it was unacceptable and that she is unable to help with refunds. The receptionist is the only one that can help with refunds, and guess what, she isn't in today! So, I am writing this to steer any new clients away, because from the mouth of an employee, "THEY HAVE TOO MANY CLIENTS".
They were amazing with my dog!! the staff was so friendly as well. Prices were good! Didn't overcharge, I will definitely be going back!!
They do a good job with routine pet exams. I haven't had to use them for anything else. They are clean and very organized.
We got two new dogs for Christmas and needed to find a vet. Monica helped us and she was super sweet and gentle with our dogs. Dr Early was very nice, great bedside manners.
Nice little office that is great with animals and super knowledgeable. Prices are around the same price as everyone else in the area. Can be hard to get an appointment sometimes.
I take my dogs to Muds to Suds at least once a month and they do a great job. My dogs are scared most of the time, but they make my dogs feel comfortable.
I buy my dog food and supplies from Doggy Bag. The owners/workers are always nice and helpful when I have questions.
Good spot for last minute kennel services. Option to have pets groomed before pick up. Staff is super nice.
I have been taking our family dog here since he was a puppy - probably about 5 years now. We have always had a great experience with them and they've always cared a great deal about our family! So thankful for such a great facility!
Great veterinary care for my two labradoodles, however, this clinic really pushes dental work for dogs, and I think unnecessarily so. The first year I took my dogs, they recommended immediate sedated dental cleaning for both dogs, but then a year later, with no professional cleanings (and limited brushing at home), only 1 dog was told to do it. It seemed inconsistent, unnecessary, and was very expensive. Great staff and location however. Just beware of the hard dental cleaning sell.
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.