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1163 Helmo Ave NSaint Paul, MN 55128
From Business: Â At Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota, we pride ourselves on providing the very best in emergency and specialty care for your pet. From toenail inj…
1430 Marshall AveSaint Paul, MN 55104
I have been bringing my puppy here for several months mainly because it was close. The puppy shots were a mess. They had me come in 4 times for sho…
7545 147th St WSaint Paul, MN 55124
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 …
1208 E 66th StMinneapolis, MN 55423
I was tired of paying the $60.00?? (Miniature Poodle) prices for a groom and what I saw when I waited for my dog to be groomed told me never to go …
8830 Lyndale Ave SMinneapolis, MN 55420
Since being taken over by VCA, their prices have skyrocketed. Their care is really excellent, but you can match them in terms of quality at less e…
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I have never written a review for a Veterinarian or a clinic before but, I feel I must. It is a long story but, I found out about Dr. Hollibush through a friend. My dog needed emergency surgery or else he would have perished within hours. Even though Dr. Hollibush was not my vet ( at the time), he had never met my dog or me he stayed after hours and saved my dogs life. The clinic is small but, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and skilled. They are caring, kind and affordable. They are genuine down to earth, friendly and knowledgeable. I felt welcomed, comforted by the procedure and overwhelmed by the compassion of the staff. There are Vets that are good with animals and vets that are good with people and I have to say that Dr. Hollibush is extraordinary with both. I am a client for life. I would never trust my animals to anyone else ever. I was very fortunate to find Century Animal Clinic. I found out the hard way that the vet I had gone to for over 15 years was not equipped nor did they show compassion for me or my animal when an emergency presented itself. I can only say don't wait to have an emergency to find a fantastic vet that will go the extra mile. Try Century Animal Clinic and you will not be sorry.
Exceptional! Dr. Dalton, the owner of this business and a veterinarian, donates spaying and neutering, and other free or reduced-cost veterinary services and products for our service dogs in-training. The time and energy and compassion he and his incredible staff give has enabled our organization to place 10 Service dogs with inmates in a Federal Prison. The inmates are raising and training Assistance Dogs for placement with persons having physical disabilities. As the inmates learn to train and care for service dogs, they have the opportunity to develop skills such as emotional and social competence, leadership skills, increased levels of responsibility, empathy, and emotional regulation. Over the approximately 18 - 24 months the puppies are in FCI Sandstone they are taught up to 90 commands to perform such tasks for their future partners. If not for the integrity and community caring of Dr. Dalton and White Bear Animal Hospital, We simply COULD NOT provide this program to the inmates - period. We have a very significant investment in our dogs and program. WBAH has earned our trust and respect in every way...they not only treat our dogs like they were thiers, but they treat 'em like family!
Dr. Moore at Skadron Animal Hospital is the best. I brought both my dogs to see her from the time they were pups until they were both old and sick and needed to be put down. She is always professional, compassionate and understanding. She went above and beyond the call of duty taking my calls almost daily while we adjusted my dog’s medication for Cushing’s disease. She cried with me when it was time to put him down. I later received a hand-written personal sympathy card from her along with a poem. She also made a donation in his name to an animal charity. She always made me feel as though my dogs were her favorites. I’m sure that she made all her clients feel this way and that is what makes her such a wonderful vet. When it is time to get another dog, I would not consider any other vet other than Dr. Moore.
At first, the office may look a little run down, but Dr. Ryan and the whole crew make up for that. They are all incredibly knowledgeable and fast. My two dogs are usually terrified of the vet, but they have a gentle touch which brings my dogs from terrified to calm in a matter of minutes. They always clips their nails and make sure the bill is appropriate. I never have any trouble getting an appointment when it's convenient for me, and have never had to worry about waiting past my appointment time. I will keep bringing my dogs here as long as I live in St. Paul, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves their pets as much as I do!
I've been taking my cat to Maplebrook Pet Care Center from the time they opened and have been bringing my dog there since I adopted him. The staff at Maplebrook are kind and cheerful and they always remember my pets! You can tell they truly love animals. As a new dog owner Dr. Kristina and her staff answered my many questions and made me feel more at ease. I've boarded my dog Max at Maplebrook while I was away for military training-he has a blast and I have peace of mind while I'm away. I'd recommend Maplebrook Pet Care Center to any pet owner!
Thanks for getting rid of those stones that were keeping Ritchie from peeing!! (sp?) He's a happy dog again, back to marking his territory! Also, thanks for taking time to get to know him. All of you with human-finicky dogs, Dr. Stavros knew that it takes time to gain a Dalmation's trust. Granted, Ritch still gets nervous at the hospital but who wouldn't when someone messes with your peepee! At least the doctor can handle him without a muzzle.
I am a new client at this animal hospital. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Dr. Thomas Skadron was my doctor and I absolutely LOVED him. He is caring, thorough, and sweet. My old vet was just so so and my neighbor suggested Skadron and now I am suggesting it to everyone I know. Clear difference in time, effort, consideration. Is it OK to fall in love with your veterinarian? I think Ii have.
This is not your average money grubbing vet! They are honest, believe in old school methods with a holistic approach and really do love animals. Yeah, the building and staff might not be highly polished all the time because they'd rather spend their time and resources on the animals instead of marketing their designer dog carriers!
I have been taking my animals here for many years. They have treated my guinea pigs, birds, and dogs with love and affection. They always do the best for your animals. They were able to find problems and fix them when other vets either gave up or missed the problem. This clinic is outstanding! I highly recommend them!
Very caring, helpful, and thorough service. The office staff, vet techs, and vets are all great! They are flexible with my schedule, and very caring with my pet! I wish every place had knowledge and customer service like this one. I highly recommend and will be coming back even though I'm moving across the metro.
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.