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1430 Marshall AveSaint Paul, MN 55104
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 …
1014 Dale St NSaint Paul, MN 55117
Very concerned, caring staff. They have been amazing with our animals. I happened to be there when a gentleman came in to say thanks for caring …
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Incredibly kind staff, clean facilities and prompt service for walk-ins and the charges are not really expensive like regular vets.
I'm a healthcare professional and travel for my work and needed to take my dog Harley to a vet in town. Eagan Pet Clinic had excellent reviews so I decided to take Harley to see them. Excellent staff and very compassionate about our needs and my concerns. They were reasonably priced and the vet discussed Harley's treatment plan with me, which didn't include selling me unnecessary treatment options. The clinic was clean and well maintained. I highly recommend them. Thank You Eagan Pet Clinic.....keep up the fantastic job!!!!
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.
Prices are extraordinarily high and staff push unnecessary services to increase revenue. My mom's dog had allergies that was eventually solved with Benadryl. She didn't make that discovery until spending several thousand at Scenic Hills under the advice of their staff. And it wasn't even Scenic Hills that suggested the low cost solution, it was another dog owner. My mom bought the pet insurance Scenic Hills offers and two months into it had to give up the dog because my mom got very, very sick. Her dog had been in once for his annual visit which included the typical blood work. I called to cancel the policy and discovered his one visit was $400. They explained without the pet insurance, she loses the discount. In comparison, my vet (which I also believe is pricey) charges about $500 for my two dogs, one of which is geriatric, for their annual visit. This vet totally takes advantage of pet owners. Steer clear.
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!
Many thanks for the outstanding service Dr. Stavros and his team have been providing my family since the late 90s!! Highly recommend them, as you will not find a better veterinary clinic...
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.