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Bad place to take your furbabies. Money is first before the health and well being of you precious animals. They said my cocker Lucy would have to DIE along with her unborn puppies if i did not pay $ 1,600 up front. Rude and cold hearted veterinary doctor showed no signs of remorse as she had me in tears. Horrible horrible place. Vitality is not where you should take your pets. Below is a photo of my precious Lucy.
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone!! I had a horrible experience taking my healthy Persian cat in for the "Spa day" package. The price quoted over the phone changed drastically in person when I showed up to my appointment. They said it was due to a new person working the phones. They did agree to honor the price after talking to additional staff.Then 5 hours later; 45 minutes before my scheduled pick up time, I got a call from them wanting to sedate my cat with a high fee due to my cat scratching and being upset. I said that's impossible my cat is de-clawed and Do Not sadate my cat, I will not pay additional charges. They said no work was done and that I should just come pick her up ASAP.They did not bathe or brush her, they sent her home dirtier then when she was brought in. They shaved her in patches and avoided any and all matts that needed to be cut, most of them could have just been brushed out.I wish they had not touched my poor cat. They had her wrapped in a towel when they handed her to me and tried to hide the "free of charge" nasty job they did to my cat. I now need to take her somewhere else to get this fixed.This place was rude and treated me and my poor cat horribley. Very unprofessional staff they should not get away with treating animals or people like this!!!
We've been taking our animals (three dogs and a Persian) to Vitality Pet Hospital for years and we just love the Vets along with their entire staff there.. They truly care about the animals and the people that cross their paths. In the past, they've seen us through the deaths of our beloved pug, Mugsie and our Persian baby, Simba. We've received phone calls from so many of their staff, which I consider lovely "after care". It's their personal touch that makes us feel like they are part of our family and we would never consider bringing our pets any place else! Simone and family
We think Vitality Pet Hospital is a great place! We have been customer's for years and years and have always been well pleased with the Vets and the Vet Tech's. All are professional and also really caring. We have a dog that loves to go there even when she has had surgery on her knee and various other issues which would make you think that she would hate the place. Our cats have also been treated with good care and kindness- as have we. We couldn't recommend it more highly!!
Have been taking my cats & other pets to Vitality for 12 years. In that time they have saved 2 of my cats lives & done many surgeries. The staff is always friendly, knowledgeable & willing to help in any way they can. I would tell anyone I know to take their pets there for care & even for boarding. They always call to check on my pets after I have taken them in & a vet always calls if I have any questions or concerns. I love that they always remember my cats names (I have 7) & any health issues they have had in the past.
I have taken my pets here for over 15 years. They have treated my pets with knowledge, skill and love. They have treated me as a partner in my pets care and they have also treated me with respect and kindness. My pets have had some strange' not so common diseases and they have referred me to specialists in Portland and OSU Vet. School. I continue to take my pets here because of the care and kindness they receive.
We have received wonderful care for our pets for years at Vitality Pet Hospital in South Salem. Prior to the name change it was Companion Pet Clinic. We have seen many improvements under the ownership of Dr Surroz. Love the follow up phone calls and the real concern for the well being of our pets, and us. The doctors, techs and support staff have more than met our requirements of professional care for our pets. The new system of making an appointment has certainly made it much easier to access treatment, but we also have been treated in an emergency situation to our satisfaction. Five Stars to the great staff at Vitality Pet Hospital, keep up the great work.
I don't know about any improvements, but I do know that I love your staff right now:) They make my animals feel loved and make me feel welcome....they are nice, courteous, helpful, etc.., etc.... Keep up the good work!!
Thank you Vitality staff for taking good care of my dog Koa during his surgery and for having reasonable prices.
Thank you to all the staff for taking such good care of my cat Clyde. Great service!!
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.