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I have some very old dogs and most vets didn't even want to mess with them she was very carrying and respectful to my needs and my old dogs thanks so much
My cat had an emergency facial injury appointment but when we got to the clinic and into an exam room, the doctor didn't stop chatting with visitors, talking on the phone or visiting with his staff for over an hour. The cat required surgery; BUT after this unprofessional treatment by the veterinarian (Dr. Oates), I vowed to never use his services again! If you love your pets and want them treated with tender, loving care, please stay away from this veterinarian.
We had to go here to put our 14 year old family dog to sleep. So courteous, empathetic and professional. Took the comfort of our dog and family into consideration.
Is well known for ripping people off! Will tell one price and will charge another. You can't get your animal back until paid in full.
I Have used PAH for many years, starting with Dr. Henderson. This is a wonderful clinic with wonderful staff all around. Dr. Smith is a great vet. Unfortunately, I had to find another vet (also wonderful) due to one thing: pricing. I Have multiple animals & take excellent care of them... They get regular vet care & have their entire lives. I'm Just unable to afford the prices from medication to services at this clinic any longer. Aside from the high prices, this is a great clinic with friendly staff & a super nice doctor.
we trust the care our two puppy children and our 5 cats to these guys. And as far as his wife not being a vet, well she's married to one so that's good enough for us. The staff have always treated us and our pets very well. Great group of people.
I have never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Smith, his wife, Jenn or the staff at Parkway, but I make this review without any reservations whatsoever. They have helped my daughter with her 4 dogs since she's lived in Russellville and I would trust their Veterinary Services with any of my dogs and can't think of a reason not to. The entire staff, especially Dr. Smith, his wife, and Jenn have went above and beyond each time our daughter has needed them and their services. They are understanding as can be, with those of us who believe our animals are our family. Thanks Dr. Smith and staff for always taking excellent care of our daughter and making her feel like a valued customer, not to mention the dogs feel like Kings & a Queen!
Dr.Smith and his staff are wonderful, there have been several times that he has worked with us in ways I never expected! My cat got tick fever and I took him up there worried I wouldn't have enough to save him, I had told the receptionist how much I had and they did everything possible and let me take him home instead of requiring him to shay overnight and didn't go over what I had. It was amazing to see such concern for me and my cat. (He did make it too!) The assistants know my dog by name and are so sweet!They are so honest, and helpful!
These negative reviews about Parkway, doc, and his staff are complete BS. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my FOUR dogs. The entire staff is always so friendly to me, so willing to help, and goes well above what is required by their job. I have not ONCE seen any of them use their cell phones, especially doc. For all I know, he doesn't even carry a cell phone on him when he is working. I say this with complete confidence as I've been there often with my four dogs and have taken rescue dogs there or paid for friends to get their pets checked out by doc because right trust him so much. Furthermore, I've had several emergencies after hours due to unique medical conditions with two of my dogs, and each time, Dr Smith has called me back multiple times to check on my pet and given me excellent advice. He truly saved my dogs' lives those nights. I'm heartbroken and disgusted by these untrue reviews because these reviews come from people with obviously limited knowledge and experience with Parkway animal hospital, yet their "voices" still get to be heard, despite the lack of truth. Oh, and one more thing, as far as Dr. Smith's wife acting like she knows everything and being rude... That couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, I've always been quite impressed by her professionalism and the way she defers to doc about all decisions. She isn't the type that will let you stand there and make demands or be rude, but come on, as an adult, you couldn't behave that way anyway, so kudos to her for putting her foot down. She is a wonderful, caring, funny, person and I look forward to seeing her when I visit the clinic. "haters gonna hate," but I'm sure as hell going to tell the truth.
I'm completely shocked by the bad reviews on here! I've been a client since Dr. H passed away and through the disastrous "theft" of the clinic from that short, mean dr. Since Dr. Smith has been there, I've been nothing but pleased. Yes, owning a pet is expensive, but he has always taken the time to explain what he's doing and why. If you can't afford to take care of your animal, maybe you shouldn't have one. They aren't toys. He does have a lot of different employees because he likes the pre-vet students to understand what they're getting into, as my own daughter has job shadowed there for school. The employees are friendly to everyone that I've seen. His wife is easy to talk to and will answer questions if she can. If she can't, she's not afraid to tell you that that's a question for the doctor. I have never seen him text or answer his phone in the room. The whole staff uses their phones for calculations of medications I've been told, so maybe you bad reviewers should ask questions before jumping to conclusions. The facility is the cleanest I've ever seen, even more so than my old vet before he passed. They will give you a tour of the facility any time, which tells me there's nothing to hide from the clients. I absolutely love Dr. Smith and Parkway now!
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.