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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
PW has no room to complain. Yes the 10am goes before you because you are a walk in and they had an appt. They fit the walk-ins in the best they can. Great service by the staff and affordable. Dr. is brilliant. I can patiently wait because I know I am receiving the best service without being gouged.
Walkin not first come first serve mex receiptiinist can go in order, you can be there at 8 and people at 10 are served, Idiots waste your time, go elsewhere!!!!
I took my dog in after he'd be attacked by a coyote and the Dr came in and asked if he had any wounds wider than an inch and I said no and he walked right back out. Then the assistant came in and took him back to clean his leg up and when he came out his leg was even bloodier because they cut him a bunch of times while shaving him.
I went here after a friend highly recommended him. I took my 19 year old cat in because she had a respiratory infection and needed antibiotics. Without even looking at her he basically insinuated that she should be put down if she was that old. Told me a big, long story about how many cats don't live past kittenhood and I should be happy that I had her for so long. He reluctantly told me he'd treat what was treatable and gave me the antibiotics and her a cortisone shot. Three weeks later she is alive and well and doing much better. The only good thing about the experience that it only cost me $52 to get out the door. I think this guy is okay for non life-threatening issues but I wouldn't trust him to do the best thing for my pet if there was a big problem. Plus the place was filthy and smelled hideous and the doctor's scrubs looked like they were soaked in mud, rolled up in a ball, dragged on a rope behind a truck for a few hundred miles and left to dry for a month. Me and my cat both needed a shower after our visit.
The only vet in the area who would help our puppy on Saturday morning. I called several in Visalia, Hanford, and Tulare but no answer or they would not take walk ins.
So very upset and disappointed with the lack of service we received today! Took my puppy in after he was attacked by another dog at the dog park. They said they were no longer seeing patients. They suggested I take my puppy to Reedley or Kingsburg. When I asked for the name and number for the vet in Kingsburg, they couldn't provide it!! Luckily another pet parent was able to provide me with the name. Come Monday morning I will be requesting a copy of my puppy's record and making Dr. Gaheer at Kingsburg Veterinary Clinic his primary vet. I WILL NEVER RETURN TO SOUTH COUNTY VETERINARY HOSPITAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They have an all new staff. Yay was quicker than it used to be an no rude people. I used to hate going here because of the lady at the front desk.
Worst manager in Fresno county. I've never encountered such a rude, disrespectful individual. Been going to this vet for years and have never stumbled upon a person more abhorrent than the manager at this clinic. Never going to this place again so long as that staff is there.
I have taken my baby girl to this office for several reasons the staff is great and the doctor is excellent! They saved my baby's life the last time I took her she stayed 5 days and I didn't have to pay thousands I will never take her any place else I have had nothing but good experiences there this place is truly a blesssing.
I just booked an appointment over the phone and after being hung up on twice, I finally got through to a very snippy vet tech or whoever answers the phone. She was extremely rude and I almost said just forget it, but I love Hatayama, so I guess I'll have to deal with rude people to get the vet I love. It would be a good idea for your staff to take a class in customer service.
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.