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8028 Big Bend BlvdSaint Louis, MO 63119
Had my dog euthanized 4/15/17 and from my initial visit on 4/13/17 everyone was extremely professional and awesome. The vet explained everything, an…
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This was the worst customer service experience of my life. I made a complaint and they told me to find a new vet, for my dog in kidney failure.
I had a terrible experience with this clinic. I would not recommend. Unforeseen charges, bad service. Quick to push me out of the office without covering my issues.
DO NOT TAKE YOUR FUR BABIES HERE!!! I took my 11 week old puppy here after she had been stung by a bee. Within minutes, her face and eyes were puffy and swollen. By the time I got her to this hospital, she could barely see. I told them she was having a severe reaction to the bee sting and needed direct medical attention. They took her away from me for a moment, then later returned to tell me she was fine and put us in a room by ourselves. I heard 2 people talking outside our door, one of them stated, "she could have been given benedryl and would have been just fine." Yet no one came into the room to speak with us. We went untreated and unspoken to for 25 minutes before I left and took her to GrantView. This office is not professional and at no point did anyone come in the room, offer advice, or even say what the plan was. The room I was in was filthy, sticky yellow goo was on the floor, so I held my pup the whole time. They did not seem to be worried about her severe reaction, they gave her no water (which is an obvious thing to give some one with an allergic reaction). I could have taken better care of her at home than they did! GrantView was understanding of her emergency and was very attentive to us. They called back and made sure she was doing well and made sure I was comfortable with the treatment plan before leaving. I will NEVER take any of my fur babies here ever again. If you have an emergency, your likely to wait 30 minutes to be seen.
I have been taking my dog here since 2012. The staff and doctors are very kind. Always happy with how Ditto is treated.
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.
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
The best in St. Louis!!! I have been luck enough to find this place 4 years ago after having less than great experiences at a few other offices and could not be happier with their care. I have two cats and two dogs so having a place that I trust is important.
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.
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.
Love this clinic, they have been amazing with our pets. We have an elderly lab and a younger mutt with a lot of allergies. Their care and patience has always been greatly appreciated by us.
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.