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4930 W 6200 SSalt Lake City, UT 84118
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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…
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…
965 E 900 SSalt Lake City, UT 84105
Friendly and capable staff, sterling facilities, and knowledgeable and caring veterinarians make University Veterinarian Hospital a place I know tha…
2530 W 4700 S Suite B-1Taylorsville, UT 84129
This was actually the best vet visit I've ever had. I took my kitty in for bladder issues and Dr. Neville took more time than any other vet I've eve…
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Nickel and Dimed - Was initially quite satisfied with vet services here. I've come in for vaccines, anal gland expression, surgery, and multiply health certificates for travel. Recently, I came in for yet another travel certificate (this time for travel in Europe) and was told by the office manager, and then again by Dr. Rachel Walton, that it wouldn't be possible to travel with my dog because of a mandatory wait time that would fall outside my dates of travel. Dr. Rachel Walton spoke with me for two minutes and did not examine my dog at all (didn't even have him on the table). I assumed I had not incurred a fee because no exam had taken place. I was quite surprised to get a call later that day saying that a fee was indeed being charged for the two minute conversation. I was taken aback, especially since I come in for so many services (again, in just the one year I've been living here). I spoke with Practice Manager, Dana Thomas, about the situation and to ask what the actual fee was. She was quite rude and spoke over me as if I was her child when I was explaining to her that I was more than happy to pay the fee and get a new vet. Honestly, it's not even about the money, it's about the principle. I guess it was worth it for them to lose a consistent client over $25 (again, not for a dog exam, but for Dr. Rachel Walton to repeat to me what the office manager had just told me - a full two minute conversation). If Dr. Rachel Walton had even placed him on the exam table and felt around, I'd be more than happy to pay, but again NO EXAM OF ANY KIND TOOK PLACE. I guess when you take your pet/family to a place for repeated care you expect to be more than a dollar sign, not the case at University Veterinary Hospital & Diagnostic Center. Makes one wonder if the care they provide is what is actually needed or if they're playing on fear for your pet's health to make another quick buck. University Veterinary Hospital is the equivalent of a shady mechanic.
I have been taking my pets here since moving to the area in 2012. They have exceptional doctors and staff. Besides exceptional clinical skills they are so empathetic and kind. I have several seniors and a couple of hospice kids so we see each other quite often. An added benefit is the deep & varied knowledge base. The doctors consult with each other to find the best course of treatment. I've been going to Vet clinics my entire life and Sugar House is by far one the best!!!
Always been very helpful and explain everything well and very good helping me remember her shots. Helped understand what has happened and what needs to be done and very honest staff
I've visited a few veterinarian clinics now, and I haven't found service like this anywhere else. This hospital is easily the best in my experience. The front desk is very people-friendly and seemed more than happy to spend a few extra minutes with me and my hectic schedule to set up times to bring in my dog. Employees from the back have even come out to say hi to my dog so she actually really likes going to the vet. Waiting time is minimal. The technicians and the doctors are all VERY approachable, knowledgeable, and straightforward in their findings and recommendations with my dog, and the service at a GREAT price compared to other places I've looked into. I'm always on a tight budget, but setting up a time for all my dogs isn't really an issue with them, so I can afford to keep coming back often. I won't go anywhere else.
I brought my Quaker parrot in because he had taken ill. I was initially told that the appointment would be considered an emergency visit because all appointments were booked for that day. Upon arriving to the clinic there was a cancellation and I was told that my parrot would be able to take that time slot, so I would not have to pay the $50.00 emergency fee. Due to my pets declining health I ended up euthanizing her. I realized after arriving back home that I had in fact been charged the emergency fee. I called and was told that " all appointments that day were emergency visits". This just didn't make sense because when we first arrived the receptionist announced to the tech that the " emergency bird" was in. It was only later during the visit we were told about the cancellation and that we would not be charged the fee. For me, it's not really about the $50.00 ( I ended up paying $350.00 for an exray etc) it's about customer service. When you are running a business all staff members should be on the same page.
My dog got a terrible infection after a spay. Took her back to Cottonwood and they could not have cared less. Ended up taking her to AVC and they gave her antibiotics and she was better in a few days. My $400.00 spay turned into a $700.00 weekend. Front desk employees were rude and uncaring. Will not return!
Camp Bow Wow is great! Service is awesome! Staff is so helpful! I won't take my dogs anywhere else. ����
This was the worst vet I've ever been to! I took my cat here for a life threatening bladder infection and ended up waiting over an hour after my scheduled appointment. Finally, I was sent to a back room where I waited another half hour for the vet to come only for her to not listen to me about what my cat's symptoms were, not spend anytime with us and to misdiagnose my cat. She prescribed only steroids for an infection and I still paid $200 for it! A week later, the steroids made the infection even worse! So I took my cat to Mountain Vale who correctly diagnosed his infection within seconds and prescribed pain killers, antibiotics and a special food for UTI issues, which cost me the SAME as my visit to Mid Valley which LITERALLY almost killed my cat. This vet is shameless and probably shouldn't be in business anymore.
Friendly and capable staff, sterling facilities, and knowledgeable and caring veterinarians make University Veterinarian Hospital a place I know that I can take my pets for the best care possible.
I have been bringing my dogs here for years. The staff and the doctors are very friendly and professional. And it is amazing that the front desk staff knows almost every dog's name that comes for a visit.
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.