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4930 W 6200 SSalt Lake City, UT 84118
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1220 S State StSalt Lake City, UT 84111
From Business: Town and country vet hospital is a well established, full service small animal veterinary care facility. We provide: Complete medical care Surgical care Dental ca…
1221 E 3300 SSalt Lake City, UT 84106
From Business: This is NOT your parents' pet care facility. Nor is this the "same old Brickyard Kennel." We have new management & a whole new style -- come on in, & Experience t…
2530 W 4700 S Suite B-1Taylorsville, UT 84129
They killed two of my animals in which one Dr got demoted for. The Dr thats taken over is no better. They are expensive and you never get a complete…
1519 W 9000 SWest Jordan, UT 84088
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From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I am so very impressed at the Holladay Veterinary Team, especially Dr. Pratt with his demeanor and knowledge. If you are looking for a caring, knowledgeable, friendly vet, I highly recommend Holladay Veterinary. Dr. Pratt and his team are wonderful. I was unsure of a diagnosis from my usual vet regarding a broken tooth in my 9 y/o boxer and wanted a local vet who had additional dental training and found Dr. Pratt at Holladay Veterinary and he definitely fit the bill. Called late Friday and got a Saturday 9a appointment! I can’t believe we were able to get an appt. that fast, especially on a Saturday morning. Even better, they are open seven days a week 7a-8p. The location and hours are convenient, the facility is clean and welcoming and I got right into a treatment room. In the first five minutes I was with the vet tech, I was so impressed with her knowledge and the way she interacted with my dog. Teeth are a hard thing to examine in a dog! Shortly thereafter, Dr. Pratt joined us and examined my dog as well – not only his teeth but a general well-checkup on his eyes, ears, hips/joints, etc. He is very nice, personable and was very caring towards my dog – allowing all the kisses and sniffs that come with meeting someone new. Dr. Pratt spent time explaining the dental issue, what needed to be done to correct it and then answering all of my questions (which were a lot). I never felt rushed and he was very thorough. We had dental surgery and Dr. Pratt kept us in the loop throughout the day and upon pick-up we met with him once again to go over the procedure performed and aftercare. Prices are competitive, if not less than other vets out there. I am not one to shop for a cheap price when it comes to my dogs – whatever it takes is what I’ll pay, so this wasn't the reason I sought their services. It was a nice surprise, however. I am so very impressed at the Holladay Veterinary Team, especially Dr. Pratt with his demeanor and knowledge. If you are looking for a caring, knowledgeable, friendly vet, definitely visit Dr. Prat and Holladay Veterinary.
After the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I rushed home to Salt Lake City with my gimpy cat, Norah, in tow. I had been dealing with the vets in Japan enough to know that she has hip dysplasia but even with an interpreter I couldn't get much help with her there. I had to return to Japan, but left my cat with a friend who took her to see Dr. Huston on my behalf. The office staff and the doc were very accommodating with communication over email and the Dr. Huston herself made time to speak with me over the phone at length about Norah's hips. She and the staff went as far as to look into surgeons/specialists who could do a hip replacement (my cat had no hips anymore at this point) in Utah and were very good about keeping me posted on what they found out. About 6 months later I came back to Utah for good with a second kitty. I brought both of my cats in for shots and follow up on the hip situation. I got to see firsthand how natural and patient Dr. Huston was with my cats and how well they reacted to her. Norah is a very shy cat who used to hide her face under my shirt at the vet in Japan, but was very cooperative with Dr. Huston. She surprised me my telling me that Norah's condition made her curious and that she had started reaching out and learning as much as she could from specialists on the subject. Knowing that she cares and loves her job that much, and seeing her with my cats, was an experience I'll always hold other animal hospitals and vets to. In the end I have not moved forward with hip replacement for my cat- but I bought some glucosamine at her suggestion and feed my cat in a way that keeps her at the weight her hips can handle. Norah has been improving so much and even chases the other kitty around- pretty amazing for a cat with no hips and arthritis in what she has left of them! The cost for vaccination, x-ray, visit, a month supply glucosamine supplement, and kitty painkiller (very rarely used and still plenty left) was around $200, and that really is reasonable.
We've been going to this clinic for over 4 years and today I'm very frustrated with them. I feel the vets are nice enough but the people at the front desk are not friendly. They seem to act as if you are bothersome to them (this has been experienced at many visits, not just my one today). My grandma (who cannot drive) asked me to stop and pick up some allergy medication for her dog. She had called earlier in the day to make sure the medication was ready and they confirmed it was. When I got there the office was very crowded. I was told to sign in at the front desk. I asked them if I needed to sign if I was only picking up a medication and they told me "yes, so we know the order you came in." I counted 8 people ahead of me, all with pets on leashes. I sat and waited for a while as every few minutes they called a new person, with their pet, to the back. They were making me wait in the order of arrival to pick up the medication, even behind the people who were waiting to see the vet. This, to me, is very bad customer service. Because I was on a time limit, after 15 minutes I walked out without the medication. I came home and told my grandma that it was time to find a new clinic.
This is a fabulous place! I took my 2 Chinese Crested (1 - 14 1/2 yrs old and the other 7 yrs old) and my Mexican Hairless (11 yrs old) for their interview. Yes I said interview. They don't only want to meet and speak with you, but your dog must pass the Canine Camper Interview. The interview consists your dog meeting another dog the same size and then a couple dogs and then several dogs. When they introduce the dogs, they are very smart and introdue them as a dog would. They allow each to smell the others behind, all while being very controlled. Then the dogs stay and interact for 2 -3 hours or lonoger if you wish to ensure how they will do. Once the dogs pass the test, then the staff meets and they are told about each of the dogs and how they interacted, etc. It was fun watching the process on the tv and even better that the dogs were tired from their experience without being overwhelmed or intimidated. I also like that there is always a human in with the dogs in the play area. Looking forward to the kids having an overnight with them. I live approx 1 hr north of this facility and it was the only facility I felt comfortable enough to allow my dogs to be boarded at.
MY BEST FRIEND TOLD ME ABOUT THIS PLACE MY SISTER, WE HAD TO TAKE HER CAT IF 18 YEARS WHOM WAS IN KIDNEY FAILURE WE WERE TREATED WITH THE UPMOST INTELLIGENCE AND COURTSEY EVERY SINGLE TIME WE WENT THERE BY EVERYONE. I HAD TO TAKE MY CAT THERE TONIGHT. AGAIN, EVERYONE WE CAME IN CONTACT WITH FROM THE FRONT DESK, TO THE TECH (ALICE), INCLUDING THE DOCTOR (DR KRAMMER) WERE VERY NICE TO US AND OUR PET. WE WERE TREATED WITH THE UPMOST RESPECT, THEY WERE ALL VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, INFORMATIVE, HONEST AND, MY PET WAS HANDLED WITH SO MUCH CARE, MY HUSBAND AND I WERE BOTH RELIEVED AFTER OUR VISIT THERE I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT I WAIT SO MUCH LONGER AT MY REGULAR VETS OFFICE EVERYTIME I GO THERE JUST TO GET MY PET A SHOT. THESE PEOPLE AT AVC HAD US SEATED IN A ROOM 2 MINUTES AFTER WE FILLED OUT THE NEW PATIENT PAPERS, AND WE SEEN THE TECH 2 MINUTES AFTER THAT FOLLOWED BY THE DOCTOR UNBELIVEABLE SERVICE AND THEN TO TOP IT OFF THE PRICE WAS EXTREMELY REASONABLE.... I WOULD RECOMMEND AVC TO EVERYONE WITH A PET EMERGENCY THANK YOU SO MUCH ROBIN SCHIELL AND JACK THE CAT
I have 4 wonderful dogs who I've been taking to camp bow wow for over a year. 2 of which are a bit special needs. Neither of them are very playful in the group, and when they board they really don't eat much. The staff does such a wonderful job working with each of them on an individual bases. Every time I check the web cam's I see my two little dogs being held and loved on by the staff. When we've boarded them I've been very pleased with how happy and healthy my dogs are when I come to pick them up and I'm extra appreciative at how the staff takes the extra time to ensure my little dogs eat while they board at camp. And should my dogs be extra stubborn and not eat, the staff always lets me know. It didn't take to many visits before my pack really started to warm up to the staff. And even though my little dogs still aren't the most playful dogs, they both get very excited when we pull up to bow wow Its apparent that the staff smoothers them with attention.
My partner and I took in our young 5-6 month old rabbit. Dr. Wood was so wonderful. She created an atmosphere of kindness, reassurance, knowledge, and care. We adopted our rabbit from the Humane Society, and he had a scab when we first adopted him that has now healed, we wanted to just come in for a wellness exam to make sure everything was in the clear. Our rabbit Leo is a bit sassy and bites and scratches because he's trying to say he's the head rabbit in the house. Dr. Wood taught us some great techniques to do when your rabbit snips at you. She is very intelligent and knows what she is talking about. She is kind, and filled the room with smiles after what I imagine was a long work day. Thank you Dr. Wood for your help and for taking care of Leo for us! The front office staff was very inviting and friendly too, they seem to be doing very well even though they are in a temporary space while their new space is being built. Also I learned about Oxbow small animal products!
I've been bringing my dog to day camp at Camp Bow Wow for almost a year and I can't recommend them enough!! I have a very high-energy, 18 month old pit mix. A walk a day simply doesn't cut it for him when it comes to exercise. Not only does playing with the other pups all day leave him one tired, happy dog, it teaches him great dog socialization skills. He is incredibly dog-social and I want to ensure he stays that way. I can't think of a better way to do that than to spend hundreds of hours in a caring, controlled environment with other dogs who have also been shown to be dog-friendly. Capone (like all dogs) was evaluated individually before he could join the camp. That means that they took the time to 'interview' him rather than making a blanket judgment based on his breed. I trust the staff at Camp Bow Wow implicitly and am happy to know Capone is having the time of his life rather than sitting home bored and lonely when I'm at work.
Camp bow wow looks good so far. My bear hasn't stayed there for more than the 3 hour interview process but he came home tired! I love how they can choose to be inside or out when ever they please. The fact that they get a peanut butter filled kong treat before bed is also comforting! I also loved the fact that I could watch my pup interacting and playing right on my phone with their camera app! My only concern is that I did not see any water they could access other than while they are in their cabins... Or cages I should say.. I allow my dog acces to water whenever he pleases, so that is a little abnormal and somewhat concerning to me. Especially if he is playing the whole time! I could be wrong, as I just glanced over the play area when we walked through for a tour.. But I definitely did not see any from the camera's point of view. Over all I am pretty pleased with camp bow wow. Oh! and.. Their councelors are great with the pups!
We have been taking our dogs to Little Dogs for their whole lives. Walter is 9 and Lois is 4. Sometimes we think the dogs would rather be at Little Dogs than home with us. They start barking and jumping all over the car as soon as we turn on the Little Dogs street. Little Dogs is always clean and you can just tell that everyone there loves the dogs and their job. Once, Lois had a bladder infection that we didn't even know about and Little Dogs caught it and let us know and got her taken care of by the vet before we got home from our vacation. We were so grateful that they know our dogs so well that they could tell (better than we could) that poor Lois just wasn't feeling good. I will never forget how wonderful it felt to know my dogs were in the best hands while our family was on vacation. I highly recommend Little Dogs to everyone I know
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.