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We are new to the area and I chose this vet because of his "rough around the edges" reputation. I find that he, along with people of his mannor; are very honest, helpful and caring. Unfortunatlly those people being honest and rough or blunt, can come off as "rude," although I don't agree that he is rude. Regardless of what you hear from someone on their opinion of any matter; always see for yourself. I take my three dogs of all different sizes ; ) there any time they need care. I have NEVER left feeling like my questions went unanswered. In fact my Great Dane is afraid of men with facial hair, he happens to have facial hair; so he took the time to get to know my four legged baby. Instead of making him feel trapped in the room he eased his way into shutting the door and on to doing the exam etc. Most vets wouldn't even consider that, they would have the in and out, "Get it done" type of mannor. If you are "soft" or fragile in the feelings department then you may have a different opinion. However consider the fact that he is a VET no a HUMAN Doctor and he may communicate better with animals because most people are rude, inconsiderate and judgmental; unlike animals. He doesn't sugar coat it and doesn't seem to give a lick what anyone thinks. That's my kind of "people" but if you don't appreciate honesty and the fact thate he's not out to empty your pocket book then you may not feel the same. The bottom line is; if you want what is best for your pets, then I highly recommend this Vet clinic. However if you can't handle someone who is very busy coming off a little "short" or "condisending" ( as someone else said in their review)..then find someone else. If you only meet him the first time remember this is a military town and he sees so many people on a one time basis that, he might not consider being personal. He has a rough voice and may come off like a Dr. House (so to speak) but he is the best I have ever been to. He never runs a large amount of tests or does the "trouble shooting" approach, like most vets; intstead he gives it to you straight... Obviously he cares about what is best for all your pets and their needs, that's what's important.
Dr.S and his staff are far more comforting/ informative than anyone I've seen or talked to while seeking help for my young pup. We adopted from a local shelter and one day later we had to bring him to emergency care where they suggested, after we payed an insane amount for admittance/ a parvo test, that we try and send the dog back to the shelter get it put down or pay over six hundred dollars to keep him over night. ONE NIGHT. We took him home after paying about three hundred dollars for him to be hydrated and medicated with hopes of finding an alternative vet. The first place I called didn't want us because we had never been there before, the second was on holiday hours, the third was Pulaski. They accepted right away, Dr.S explained to us the statistics of our dog's survival less than 50% and told us that he would keep him and try as hard as humanly possible while keeping in mind the hours he's actually in his office. When I left the office I was prepared for anything unlike when I left the emergency clinic crying...yes Dr.S is blunt but it's because he has to be. Not all animals make it.
This is the only vet in the area that allowed me to bring my pet in for an emergency appointment. I had actually called them while sitting in my car in the parking lot of an animal hospital that would not see me since I had never been there before. (My regular vet, on post, was gone and hadn't been replaced.) When I called the Pulaski Clinic they told me that I could come right over and that they would get me in with the Vet in just a few minutes. Consequently, my pet had a total physical ($30) and a full battery of blood tests done ($100). NOTE: payment is due immediately after the appointment and your total may vary from mine. The doctor gave me a good report on the spot and confirmed it later in the afternoon by calling me with the blood test results. I have heard warnings not to use the Pulaski Veterinary Clinic so I may have just been blessed that time with a good check up. The vet that I saw does have a very rough demenor and that may have a part in his bad reputation. For yearly exams and medication I will seek out an alternative clinic.
If you're looking for fast and effective service I would recommend this place. The staff was friendly and helpful. I recently went with my new puppies and I felt they received great care. The Vet seemed a little pressed for time, its understandable being that he seems to be the only vet there and had a lot of furry customers waiting on him; despite being busy he took the time to answer any questions and concerns we had. Though sometimes the way he answered was a little condescending, as if we knew absolutely nothing about dogs, he still took the time to answer. Albeit, I've been to clinics that were a tad more cleaner and had little treats for your pets, but as far as service, this one is not terrible.
I called for an unscheduled walk-in appointment during normal business hours for a red ring on my dog's back leg. I was concerned that it could be ringworm and wanted to have it checked out right away since we have a toddler in the house. The vet looked at the spot for about 30 seconds and said that it looked like a tick bite that would go away on its own. He then turned around and entered information into the computer while I stood there holding my dog and my daughter wondering whether or not the appointment was over. When I realized the appointment was over, I walked to the front desk where I was charged $40 for roughly a 5 minute appointment.
wow, since you received great care, you should try the exam and meds, before you make judgements. sometimes you need to find out things yourself, instead of listening to others. i have been taking my pets there for about 15 yrs. he is a rough around the edges country doctor. some situations that happen are out of his control, just like any other doctor. compared to others i have been to in town, he rates the best. i have dealt with the others, and i did not receive very good care.
The nurses tere are so good with my pets. I have been going there since i gotone of my dogs that had alot of problems when i found him. Theyhae been very fair with there prices and ot my puppy in good shape! I recommend anyone who wants there dogs or animals to have good care to go here!!!
Took our beloved dog to be cremated. The staff and the doctor were amazing. Very compassionate and treated our baby with dignity. These people are wonderful. Everything was as promised. Thank you .
I brought two dogs to be under his care. The staff was utterly amazing and very nice. The doctor was informative no fluff type guy that explained what I needed to hear!
great vet...always caring and has always gone above and beyond or my "babies". I have recommended this vet for years!
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.