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I am astonished by the negative reviews on this site! This certainly doesn't correlate with Greystone Vets reviews on google and yelp. I have been taking my pets here (2 dogs, 1 cat) since March of 2014. This is the first vet hospital I've been to that actually doesn't feel like a run-down, outdated animal clinic. The lobby even smells fantastic! And I feel right at home when we walk in. The staff never fails to greet us with a friendly smile. Dr. K is easy to talk to, and has always been straight forward with me when it comes to what pets need and do not need. The prices here are comparable if not lower than the other animal hospitals in the area. We love coming to Greystone, and will be clients for life!
I've taken my 3 cats here multiple times and I should have learned earlier than the last time to stop going here. Here are some of my experiences, none of them being good. My cat needed some blood work and Dr Kostal stuck him with a needle to the neck 5 or 6 times before she finally was able to draw some blood. I felt so bad for my little guy. They treat you like just another customer here I've never had a feeling that they were going above and beyond in any aspect. They just do their job and move to the next client. Another bad experience I took my cat in two times he needed an ultra sound because he was having urinary issues, they rubbed a ton of alcohol on his stomach and never dried any off. They just put him back in his cage full of alcohol. I took him out and he was drenched in alcohol and the cage was fuming. This wasn't once but twice this occurred. Finally I took my cat (I have 3) in because he has a sore on his lip. Dr Kostal didn't wash her hands or wear any gloves, the table he was examined on seemed dirty and unsanitized. In fact I know for a fact they don't wipe down the table because when I was checking out they immediately brought another dog in the room and I saw no one go in to clean up after my visit in the same room. Anyways she gave me about 5 to 10 minutes of her time before she ran to the back and deemed my visit over and left the receptionist to deal with the rest. I brought my cat home and my other cats count recognize him because he smelled like perfume and lotion. He quite literally smelled like a girl because this doctor doesn't wash her hands or use gloves. It caused a huge issue that I'm still dealing with right now. I just hope my cats can get along like they used to. Never bringing them back to Greystone veterinary hospital again. They don't care about you or your animals just about making money. I would advise anyone to stay away from this place at all costs.
I would NEVER go here again. Was looking for a less expensive vet. The experience was awful. They bruised my dog terribly trying to take blood jabbing her repeatedly in her paw & neck. We were both traumatized. No bedside manner or empathy. Never again!! Dr. Kostal basically told me that my dog had a mammory tumor / cancer and it was just a matter of time. My dog is a member of my family, she is like one of my children and to just make a very cold statement without any tact? After this appointment my normally energetic and happy dog who would never turn down a treat was shaking horribly, she was lethargic for hours, sad, had no interest in any treats or food until several hours later after much hugging and holding. I took her to my old Vet who while I will say he is pricey, his staff is professional, kind and knowledgeable, They actually really care about my dog and me. She was relaxed and comfortable even while they drew blood for her pre-op, although they could not go near her paw or neck due to the bruising and tenderness from Greystone. Dr. Kostal never even apologized for the lack of ability to draw blood, just said well her veins are like angel hair pasta. And your point is what? Is this your first time? I should have recd the results of the blood tests next day. I had to call them to ask them about it. I was there on Tuesday and never heard back until Friday. VERY disappointing overall. You get what you pay for folks. If you are looking for a reputable and kind veterinarian go to Bartels & Busack on State Rd in Parma.
I brought my dog in for a medical exam and the doctor and her staff were extremely nice and helpful. They didn't make me feel like just another customer and were very personable. I have jumped around trying to find the perfect veterinarian and I can finally say that I have found her! Extremely helpful and my dog got better in no time and she even followed up with me to make sure my dog was doing better. I strongly reccommend this veterinarian to all my friends and family, just wonderful atmosphere, staff, and care at affordable prices!
I have taken my two dogs and my cat to Dr. Kostal I love her as do my animals. The clinic is so clean and the staff there are so nice. Prices are affordable and high quaility care. I have never had a vet that I enjoyed taking my animals to before at such good and affordable prices. Please come see them next Saturday May 4th for the adoption day. I have also adopted a dog from them it is great please come here.
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.