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I love the veterinarians at SS Small Animal Hospital. I've taken 3 of my pets there over the past 13+ years. My husband's cat passed away 2 years after my husband died. I've never witnessed such compassion from any other vet in my life. The staff is friendly and helpful. When my dog has gone to the Emergency Center in Tulsa my vet in Sand Springs has always followed up with me and picked up the care when my fur baby was released. I wouldn't consider going anywhere else.
Brought my 9 month old puppy there April 2017. He hadn't eaten in 2 days was vomiting, weak, just plain ill. They told us it was just a intestinal bacterial infection. Gave him a shot for nausea and antibiotics.Got him home that night, hr got worse, thought he was going to die.Next morning I got him into another vet, they said he had parvo. He survived with use of IV and antibiotics. I am so upset he was misdisgnosed, my fur baby almost died.
Fantastic service. We have taken our cat and dog to Mckinney. Our cat stayed w/ them 2 days. They were very open and honest about the costs and gave us options. I was calling 2-3 times a day and their staff was extremely patient and overall impeccable. When I took in my dog over a rash, again, were very honest on what it could be and the potential costs. They told me this so I could prepare myself financially and emotionally. Turned out all is well and they even comped me a certain part of the exam. They are reasonably priced and I can't say enough about how professional and compassionate the staff was. Both the techs and vet. I will not take my animals anywhere else.
Dishonest, crooks. I will never take a pet to McKinney again, I I hope you never will either. I plan on going to the Better Business Bureau after I write this: Very very sick blind cat, part of the family. It took all my wife had to take her there to be put to sleep. She was mis-informed that "tests" would reveal the problem. $295.00 later they put the cat to sleep. We live paycheck to paycheck and this hit is hurting us bad. I was going to buy new shoes out of my paycheck, now I have to cover McKinney's greed. I wish ther was a negative star I could check.
Finding good vet is just as important as establishing your own network of human healthcare providers. After moving to SS two years ago, I researched local services and facilities. I selected this group because 1) the vets are all grads of the outstanding program at OSU, 2) they have full services and new facility, and 3) they have the largest and coolest office cat; I have ever seen that greets you at the front desk. I have both a cat and a big dog that is under their group's care. The docs, techs, and office staff are caring, knowledgable and very helpful. Whether a routine vaccination or an urgent problem, you get excellent service and great comfort in knowing your furry kid is in capable hands. Sand Springs Small Animal Hosital is highly recommended by our family.
I am overwhelmed and grateful for all that Dr. Shipman and the McKinney Animal Hospital staff has done for my pets, more recently for my sweet ten-year-old dog Jack. He suddenly became very ill over the weekend. ER doctors were not able to pinpoint why he was so sick. After he returned home he seemed to only get worse. I called Dr. Shipman first thing on Monday. She discovered that Jack had developed pancreatitis and kept him at the hospital to give him fluids and antibiotics. On the third day, he finally ate food on his own. I was able to visit with him and his appearance stunned me. He was happy to see me, not depressed and sick looking. He was ‘smiling’ again. Dr. Shipman has always showed compassion and understanding for my pets and also for me. All of the veterinarians, staff and technicians at McKinney have always shown great care for my pets. I have always been able to call and speak to Dr. Shipman when I have a problem or they are sick. And just a few months ago, Dr. Shipman and all of the vets and staff helped us through a very difficult time with our dog Sugar who developed an advanced cancer. It meant so much to my husband and I to have their care and support. I'm so thankful McKinney is there for us and they truly do care. Dr. Shipman saved Jack's life and I can't thank her enough, or her staff and the other vets.
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.