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4001 Louisiana Blvd NEAlbuquerque, NM 87110
From Business: Del Norte Animal Clinic is a family oriented practice that follows its patients from puppy/kitty to geriatrics to end of life. Our mission is to provide the highe…
1882 Plaza Del Sur DrSanta Fe, NM 87505
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
1111 Alameda Blvd NW Ste EAlbuquerque, NM 87114
From Business: We offer Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine including acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs, food therapy and massage. We practice both complementary and alte…
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Mike Dobesh:Besides immaculate bedside manners to patients and animal owners, he is extremely knowledgable and was able to do surgery on our dog even though she had a dire prognosis. Price was very compatible. Will recommend to my best friends.
I lived all over the country and this is one of the best vet clinics I've been to. They really seem to care and know when we came. We have had two sick dogs and had many a visits, phone calls, and questions they never seemed to mind.
While traveling back home cross country, Fenix had a crisis. He started panting and collapsing in the car while we were crossing the desert. I called Dr Stan from the middle of nowhere and made an appointment for as soon as we could get to town. Dr Stan is a calm aware professional and calmed Fenix during his diagnosis. He needed immediate surgery for an abdominal mass and Dr. Stan proceeded to troubleshoot a complicated health profile. With Dr Stan's expertise Fenix recovered, and was able to return to his job as my sister's service dog.
Dr. Heyman butchered my 11 year old akita during a routine tumor de-bulking procedure, calling me during the surgery asking whether I wanted to amputate his leg or euthanize him. During this conversation, he stated he would not be charging me for a surgery gone awry but once I arrived to pick up my beloved pet, said he changed his mind and charged me anyway. He has zero compassion for animals and their pain - he sent me home with 3 tramadol for a hundred pound akita who was hemorrhaging and could not stand on his own. Dr. Heyman is seriously incompetent and should not be practicing medicine. I warn against trusting any animal to his care let alone your most beloved companions.
Hands down the WORST animal hospital I've ever experienced.The first time, I had a scheduled appointment for my 2 dogs. Arrived on time (a few minutes before), filled out all the paperwork, and then waited. And waited. And waited. For an hour and 15 minutes! I understand emergencies and all, but COME ON!Second time, I called to order some refill prescriptions and heart worm medication. They tried to look up my account with my last name, no luck. Then my phone number, still no luck. They finally found my account through one of my dogs' names. At that point, they realized they had input BOTH my name AND my phone number incorrectly. Because transcribing things correctly is apparently above their intelligence grade.They asked for the correction. Unknown to me, they managed to STILL get my phone number wrong. Are you kidding me? These people want me to trust them with medications for my pets and they can't even accurately transfer numbers and letters? I don't think so.Fast forward to today when I go to get the 4 medications. I go in and they only have 2 of the 4. For the other 2, they say they can only give me written prescriptions. Wait, what??? I asked why they couldn't have told me that over the phone. No explanation. They tell me I get them online. No sh*t! You're an animal hospital, no? Frankly, I would have ordered them online, but my dogs need them now!I again asked why they couldn't have called and told me, and this is when they tell me they couldn't reach me because the number wasn't working (because they had input it incorrectly a SECOND time!). That they didn't have the common sense to go to my file and look at the phone number I wrote on my intake forms (and no, my 2's and 9's look nothing alike), speaks volumes to their level of operation.Seriously, I wouldn't trust these people with a cactus much less my beloved pets!DO NOT USE THIS ANIMAL HOSPITAL!!! UNLESS YOUR ONLY OTHER OPTION IS A DRUNK INFANT WITH A RUSTY KNIFE AND THE SHAKES!!!
I took my 16 year old Jack Russell to Dr. Hinko for a dental. He had extremely horrible teeth which were affecting his quality of life. Dr. Hinko performed the procedure on this old guy with no complications whatsoever from the anesthesia. He now has shiny clean teeth and I can tell he feels much better. I am very pleased and would recommend him highly.
Service and quality, you can not find a better veterinarian in the area. And all that work there, love animals providing a very personable/animal visit. Highly recommended.
Do not go to Smith Veterinary Hospital, Inc. Worst Vet in Santa Fe. They refused to see my sick dog with a sprained or maybe even broken ankle because 5 years ago we complained about being overcharged, Smith overcharged us by $500 for ringworm medicine for a cat. These people should be investigated and shut down for mistreatment of animals. I will be filing a complaint with the better business buraeu. No vet should refuse a hurt animal treatment because the owner complained about being over charged once.
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.