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This is the best Vet in Town... probably the best vet I have ever been to. We have several dogs and cats and have been going to them for care for a…
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Dr. Andy Ichord is the best vet ever; very caring and friendly, . He really treats our Lucy as if she were his. Dr. Ichord listens to everything we have to say about any problems with our pet. And, he checks her thoroughly. Takes his time, never rushes; explains everything he is going to do. Staff checks you in quickly; have never had a problem with waiting long time. Prices are so reasonable, too. We have been to other vets in San Marcos and would never go back to either of them. Been going here for about 4 years and wouldn't think of going anywhere else.
A JOKE........DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY...........I moved from the desert my pet had ear surgery a few years back, I asked for an appointment with a dermatologist for an exam before I go in the hospital for surgery. He had the surgery..........JUST WANTED A CHECK UP..........and maybe meds for itching.They said NO............IT WOULD BE 195 FOR A TWO HOUR CONSULTATION......I don't need a consult I need an appoint for a RECHECK............WHO DOES THAT.............HE DOESN'T NEED SURGERY...............UNLESS YOU HAVE TWO HOURS AND NO LIFE FINE DO IT...........SORRY MY TIME IS VALUABLE TO ME...........If I could drive further I WOULD GO BACK TO ALL CARE IN FOUNTAIN VALLEY...........THEY ARE THE BEST IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA...........OPEN 24HRS
Was told my dog had a tumor on her back, immediately paid to have it removed. Not only was the stitching terrible and very haphazard, when we had the stitches removed today they wouldn't even clean the area of what had built up. Would never come here again and I don't even believe they fully removed the tumor. Should have went to another vet for a second opinion, but I was just too concerned for my animal.
I have been going to Pearson Animal Hospital since she opened it and love it. She has treated and healed all my animals! She takes the time to figure out what is wrong and heals them. She did an amazing job with one of my dogs who was hit by a car and the emergency vet was talking amputation and Dr Pearson healed him and he is great now. I truly recommend her to anyone. ����
We took our 10 year old Honey because of some paw allergies she has been having for a very long time. Dr. Ichord was very professional and took the time to answer all my questions and concerns. Would definitely recommend him again. Thank you for getting my Honey squared away
Do not use this Vet! We took our dog to him for an ear infection problem. Dr. Ichord looked at her and prescribed a medication called Tri-otic ointment. We applied the med according to his instructions. Our dog is now totally deaf! He told us she was deaf because of the infection. He lied. I checked on the internet and this product has a clear warning that giving this product to older dogs can cause deafness. He NEVER told us that. We trusted him to do the right thing. If he had told us we would never have given it to her! He knew that she was an older dog but he still gave it to her! Now we have a deaf dog and we are heartbroken. Dr. Ichord is not the caring, honest Vet everyone says he is!
Very good clinic and caring personals...I give 5 stars for all...
By far the best family vet in the area. Honest, fair prices and a wonderful staff!!! Dr Ichord is amazing!!!
I have found the staff and doctors to very accomodating and understanding. they are able to handle any typ of case. My good friend also had a large dog that needed emmediate attention and Veterinary Specialty was extremely helpful. I am sure that every case is not the same and when our animals are in bad health, sometimes there is no cure but I trust Veteriinary Specialty Hospital
My Vet moved to TX and I was scrambling to locate a Vet in the area that I could entrust my companions with. I found Dr Pearson and felt she has given personal care and sound service to the continued health of my 4 legged kidz! Thank you!
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.