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8028 Big Bend BlvdSaint Louis, MO 63119
I'm a first time visitor of this clinic when I had a 3 A.M. emergency with my dog. We were promptly triaged with no wait at all. The vet took grea…
4814 Lemay Ferry RdSaint Louis, MO 63129
From Business: Southwick Veterinary Hospital has provided compassionate veterinary care in the St. Louis area since 1975. Our goal is Caring for Both Pets and People. We do this…
550 N New Ballas RdSaint Louis, MO 63141
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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I completely disagree with the low ratings for Kingsbury Animal Hospital. I will also preface my review by saying that both my mother and sister are veterinarians, so I have had a lot of exposure to veterinary practice over my life. I adopted my dog, Alice, just over a year ago from a local shelter. A few weeks after we brought her home, we started recognizing signs of separation anxiety. When Alice was at her worst, she chewed completely through her crate and injured her face. We came to see Dr. Brammeier for an initial behavior consultation for his assessment, diagnosis, and recommendations. He had a Behaviorist attend the meeting as well. Dr. Brammeier was thorough and explained everything in a detailed, calm, and respectful way. I could see that he understood the stress my husband and I were going through in learning how to deal with Alice's condition. I have worked with a few folks as I figured out how to manage Alice's anxiety. Unlike some other professionals, Dr. Brammeier and his staff did not sugar coat or make false promises. They were supportive and informative. I was so impressed with this first meeting that I started bringing Alice for her regular veterinary appointments as well. With a lot of hard work and persistence, we have had a lot of success with Alice over the past year with help from KAH. I now also bring my new dog, Billie Jean, to KAH for her regular check ups. We last saw Dr. Shaw - he was kind, thorough, and attentive. I highly recommend Dr. Brammeier's office for veterinary care and especially for help managing your pet's behavioral issues.
In the past,this office was quite hectic due to the amount of patients that were scheduled. But,Dr Wagenknecht doesn't work with Barc anymore,so the patient load has been reduced. Even when time was limited,I was always happy with the service provided. He is very quick and efficient with spay and neuter. I've never had a large aftercare bill following a surgery he's performed. The animals actually came from the office happy and active as if nothing had occurred,and I would have to contain them to keep them from playing too much. In the middle of a rushed morning,he took the time to speak with me directly on the phone and apologize for a misunderstanding that occurred with the front office. He also briefly spoke with me in person to address concerns I had about anesthesia,even though it was bustling another morning. He truly wants you to do right by your pet and will work with you to assist in costs to provide the service your pet needs. I don't know about the situations concerning the bad reviews,but I am pleased with his experience. An affordable vet that can perform delicate surgery is hard to come by. I suggest having your conversation planned if you are concerned about not having enough time to speak. I don't think he's rude at all. Perhaps he's just short with nonsense.
I can't speak highly enough of the Animal Clinic! I will never take my puppy anywhere else. As a first time pet owner, they were MORE than accommodating to all of my questions. Happy to provide info on training and pet behavior, take my questions over the phone, and spend lots of extra time with me telling me what to expect from my new puppy. EVERYONE that works here is amazing. I know that everyone on staff loves my dog as much as I do. They always remember us, and are so nice and knowledgeable. I see doctor Frazier, but doctor Feldman is also really good (seen him once or twice). Everyone is so friendly and personable and happy to help. They do not hesitate to go the extra mile in giving care and making sure your pet is comfortable. They act first out of concern for you and your pet - not just there to make a profit. I reccommend them to anyone with a pet. I moved away from the area and still drive 25 minutes to go here for routine visits even though there is another veternarian within 2 blocks of my house. I love this place
We have gone to Dr. Wagenknecht for over 20 years and have NEVER had a negative experience with him or his staff. He has taken care of every dog we have ever had. He's gotten them through some rough probelms and gotten us through also. He is very upfront and honest with you but he also sincerely cares about the animals and how they are being cared for. His staff is as caring as he is. His appointments are always on time unless an emergency comes in. Which is understandable to me since I have been that emergency more than once. I really love the way Doc cares about the welfare of the animals and making sure they are fed and taken care of properly. Very caring and will be our vet until he retires. I have read the negative revies in this column and I find them hard to imagine. I have been with him for over 20 years and NEVER had an experience anywhere close to what they say happened to them. They are GREAT at the St Louis Pet Clinic. And they just moved into a bigger more convenient location.
Simply put, I have a petting zoo--dogs, cats and a guinea pig. Simply put again, I adore them all. With all of them, I need a veterinarian who can work with me on scheduling and cost and still talk to me like I'm a human being. A clinic that provides as stress less an environment for my cats that are already whigged out from a car ride. I need technicians who aren't afraid to show me how to do things and will even let me help a little (I don't mind being the bad guy). I need receptionists who recognize me and see me as a valued pet owner, not just a valued customer. I also need a place that will recognize occasionally I need something just a little different than what they offer and will support my decision to seek care elsewhere. Heck, they even call to make sure everything is okay! This is why I choose KAH.
My dog became sick at home and was unable to travel. Dr. Goman came to my house and provided fast, professional and caring service. After that I switched to Normandy Animal Hospital and have never looked back. Dr. Goman and his staff truly love animals and their owners. They possess the knowledge and experience to keep your pet healthy and happy. The most important reason I choose Normandy Animal Hospital is that they treat my dog like a family member. I’ve referred several of my friends and they have all been amazed at the service that they have received.
I am a pet lover, and I have to say that Dr Brooks and her staff is by far the best group of pet care givers I have ever met, my dog Mac hated vets, but this group made him happy to be cared for, they were totally supportive to me through his life and in his passing. They also love my cat 'Little' who they let develop a great peronality which he still has today, I wish I did not have to move, I miss this group so much, you will not find a better vet anywhere, thank you for be there for us Affton Vet Clinic
Saint Louis Cat clinic was a godsend to us. We moved to St. Louis 6 years ago and hoped we could find a vet as good as the one we left behind. And we did! We have 3 cats who feel like St. Louis cat clinic is family. The doctors and staff are kind, compassionate, no barking dogs, and most importantly they keep up-to-date with new technology and treatments. They will call in a specialist if necessary. Their hours are great too. I highly recommend St. Louis Cat Clinic...could not be happier.
took my 10year old mini pin, Bentlie there with nerve and back trouble. their normal vet couldn't figure out what was wrong and he continued to get worse. He could not stand and put weight on his front right leg without it giving out, he could barely keep his head up,After the initial visit i could tell a differnce and after routine treatments, he is back to normal acting like a crazed puppy!! I am so grateful they were able to help! A+++
Dr. Johnson is a vet who has extensive expertise on vision issues. One of our dogs that we rescued was apparently born blind in one eye. Dr. Johnson assessed and diagnosed our dog's vision issues and helped us determine how to best treat the condition. We are extremely appreciative of the excellent veterinary advice that we received from Dr. Johnson and that the care and attention that he provided to our pet.
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.