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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…
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I really enjoyed my experience there was able to walk in with multiple pets for just vaccines was greeted by receptionist and technicians. They were little busy but still worked quickly because one of my pets has bad anxiety. I appreciated that they notice it and cared about him being stressed out. I was not here to see the doctor but the doctor still came in and introduced himself I will continue to come here and recommend everyone I know to come here
very professional and took their time explaining the procedure after we looked at the x-ray. took excellent care of taffy anne and had followup phone calls to see how tafy was doing.
this place is ok if you have money but if your in a bad spot you cant depend on these people to give a crap about you or your loved pets. DO NOT RELY ON THESE PEOPLE FOR ANYTHING !!!!!!!! YOU GET BETTER CUSTOMER CARE AND PET CARE FROM PETCO OR PETSMART JUST FIND ANYONE ELSE TO CARE FOR YOUR BABIES
If you want nothing less but the best service for your pets, this is the place to be. Nice environment and very friendly staffs.
I have been a client with Northgate Pet Hospital for the past 15 years. Dr. Frank Lapuz has been the most conciencious and caring vet I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. My pets have all received the utmost care and his staff are all great as well. I would highly recommend this facility for all your pet care needs.Lynne
My dog was lost and the people who found him had him scanned for a micro chip at this "hospital" Long story short they were told by staff "the law is after 3 days they have the option to keep the dog" THIS IS NOT TRUE. I am a reasonable man and mistakes are part of life but the attitude and the lack of compassion from staff has been unreal. NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE to correct their mistake and im rudely told to take it up with the pound. ..that never had my dog. Avoid this place at all costs
Small local business, very kind and loves your animals as much as you do. Always works around your schedule if you need it.
We have been bringing our pets here for years. Dr. Frank is the absolute best and prices are extremely reasonable.
Our son's Rag-Doll "Cup Cake" cat got unexpectedly ill with paralysis in her back legs. I rushed her to Del Paso Veterinary Clinic on Saturday 8/15/2015 since they opened at 8:00 a.m. and since they seen her and our pets before prior to moving to Davis. When I got her in the office, the staff did not greet us with a hello, would not wait on me while we were having a family emergency of life and death. I had to ask them to hurry to look at my son's cat right away! "Can you please help me, our cat is paralyzed" They made me fill out paperwork again and charge my card for the visit while our poor Cupcake was meowing and stressed for 15 additional needless minutes. By the time we made it to the examination room and waited 10 arduous minutes more; the vet was completely unprofessional, did not say hello and appeared to be not proficient in his field. He asked me if she breathed hard like this all the time? I stated no and that she was completely healthy up until this morning when I found her in her current state, but she was obviously stressed for being at the vet office and not having the use of her back legs. I was also stressed because he could not give me answers that I needed such as taking an X-ray. He stated that they're only open four hours on Saturday and don't have the means to help her (Don't know what that means??) They could not help me and refunded my $40.00 and I had to return to Davis and expend another 25 minutes driving back. By the time I got into South Davis Veterinary and pulled her out of her cat carrier, she passed in my arms. Sad to think that maybe, possibly something could of been done to alleviate her pain in a timely manner and possibly extend her life! Don't make this mistake that I made going to Del Paso Veterinary Clinic. I will be posting our story on other websites and making an official complaint with the California Veterinary Medical Board.
Wonderful staff. Great care at a low cost.
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.