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From Business: Valet Vet is a mobile veterinary provider for household and exotic pets. Valet Vet offers all the same services as your neighborhood clinic does, but with the con…
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Both the veterinarians and the support staff here are wonderful with pets, and one of my dogs is difficult to handle.
My dogs are also my bestfriends, that's why I'm glad that there's this clinic that I can refer to whenever my pets are experiencing some problems.
I have thought about this for a couple of days before I decided to put out a notification review. I am just sick. I am so unhappy and just plain disgusted. I wish I would have never heard of this place.In May of this year I took advantage of an anesthetic free method of teeth cleaning for my 11 year old Yorkie being performed at KOSMOS in Scottsdale. I was inexpensive ($179) and his teeth looked marvelous. I have been getting his teeth cleaned every year as yorkies are known to have congenital issues with their teeth.About 2 months later he started having really bad breath. I started cleaning his teeth with dental wipes daily and foam daily as opposed to weekly. As time went on the breath was getting worse and I could tell there had to be an infection in one of his molars in the back on the left-hand side. He was very touchy when I cleaned there. His front top and bottom teeth were rock solid and by cleaning daily I noticed no movement or loosening of his teeth. JUST the infected one in back.I had his teeth cleaned by Dr. Barnes at Del Lago last year and it was a bit expensive but I was told that all of his front teeth were stitched in to ensure they were stronger. He did a fantastic job. I so totally regret not going back there this time. I frankly do not care what it costs as long as my service dog (I am a paraplegic) is healthy, happy and will live many years to come.Since they did a good job with the anesthetic free and I like Dr. Mark I scheduled Sammy for a cleaning on October 24th. He had to go under for a full cleaning and to address the infected tooth. I was not contacted for advice or notification that they were extracting multiple teeth. They removed the infected tooth and all of his lower front teeth. I cried in the office and cry every time I look at him. There was no reason for those teeth to be removed. I would have said no had they called me.I am still so upset 2 days later that I cannot concentrate at work nor leave my apartment. I paid $510 for this butchering and have absolutely no recourse. His cute smile is gone. He has been the only reason I get out of bed most days since my motorcycle accident in 2002. I got him at 8 weeks old after I got out of the hospital. If he goes, I go, that simple.So, go to this hospital at your own risk. They should have asked me, I would have rather let them fall out by themselves or gone to a specialist for a second opinion. I live on disability and this cost and the result is breaking my heart. I am so upset. If you care about your animal like it is one of your children then avoid this hospital.
Our lab has been a periodic patient here for over three years as a "snow bird" dog. This holiday week, he injured his ACL while fetching, and we booked an appt. with our Wisconsin vet because we are driving home this week. We understand this injury due to previous discussions with our vet, etc. Surgery is likely the next step which can only be done in Wis. due to our schedules. Our vet WI vet called our AZ vet to get a precription filled. He called me back and apologized saying our AZ vet not only was quite rude on the phone, declined filling the precription and even said we weren't patients there. Really? We drove over to chat with them - and they did indeed find our records. Then the person (a vet) who declined the precription attempted to defend herself. My WI vet said it is common and accepted practice to respond to another vet's request for a precription...but not here apparently. Ultimately, we dealt with the matter without any help from them, but did inform them our lab would not be their patient anymore. We'll be looking for a vet that is NOT affiliated with a big franchise like VCA.
Dr. Howard is arrogant and wouldn't take the time to listen. He was quick to form his own opinions, and wouldn't listen to any other possibilities. Do you want your vet to be the type that pays attention to all facts before making a determination, or do you want your vet to be an arrogant know-it-all that won't take the time to research factors first?Front reception is understaffed and the people they do have up front don't seem to be very knowledgable.
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.