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Will NEVER use this vet again!!! Rude & they didn't even examine my dogs. I left spending170 for yearly shots & all they did was rub my dogs. No teeth exam, heart.. nothing!!! Did I mention rude??
I took my dog there because it had kennel cough and they took care of her. Unlike my vet that I put her in the kennel for, he told me that there was nothing that I can do for it. So I didnt want her to suffer no more and the staff was very nice to me and the vet took her time with us to explain what she was going to do with my dog. She is now better and to think that my dog could of died.
when my dog was attacked by another dog they took such great care of my Bella.i cant thank them enough.I take both my dogs to them for all their shots and needs!very caring staff.
I highly recommend this place. The Dr. saved my Luna's life! We were vacationing in Pigeon Forge and if it weren't for her and her ultra friendly assistant we would've had the worst vacation ever. She was so patient. This woman is a saint!
To not go to these kind, friendly, and professional people would be a disservice to your pet. Dice and I say hello Dr. Bartley!
All I can say is, if you have a pit save your money and time and go somewhere else. Was somewhat OK with the front but was disappointed in the back wwith the Dr.
Best vets anywhere! Staff is friendly and helpful.
Cannot recommend. Front office staff is unfriendly & seem bothered to help you. While waiting, my dog pooped on the floor. I told them (it's a small waiting room) and it took them quite awhile to clean it.. with no disinfectant, just a dirty mop. One vet here missed my labs bad knee (which required major surgery & was immediately recognized by another vet) and sent us home with instructions to keep him kenneled for 10 days w/pain meds. Find a friendlier, cleaner, more responsive & thorough place to take your pets!
I'm taking the time to write this review not only because of the poor treatment my pet and I received, but because I don't want others and their pets to suffer through the same.Basically, I recently found a domestic bunny that someone must have released into the wild, and as I have never owned a bunny, I wanted to have it checked by a vet to make sure it was perfectly healthy. I brought my bunny to mountain home and was charged $58 for a check-up that consisted of checking the bunny's heartbeat, telling me the bunny was a boy, and that the lump on his shoulder was nothing to be concerned about. A week and a half later, I notice a large wound on the bunny's face, shoulder (in the same place where the lump was before), and its chest. I call the vet at 1:30 pm asking if they could possibly see the bunny that day. The woman says to bring him in at 3:30. I pack my bunny up and drive the 45 minutes to the vet. This is when my experience with the clinic went wrong.I arrive at 3:30 and the woman behind the desk looks at me and accuses me of missing my appointment for 10:30 that morning... I tell her I didn't call her until 1:30 that afternoon, and though it was her mistake she does not apologize. Okay, simple issue of entering the wrong time into the computer, not that bad-but she then tells me that the vet on duty that day is actually allergic to rabbits! So, she asks me if I can come back tomorrow, but I, again not knowing much about bunnies, am afraid these wounds may be infected and could potentially be fatal, and I also don't want to subject my sick bunny to another stressful ride in the car, so I tell her that I'm going to try and find another clinic, and I am SO glad I did!I called another vet in the area, and they agreed to see my bunny immediately. As soon as the vet picked up the bunny, he knew what was wrong with it, which was that my bunny had warbles (fly larva that hatch in a bunny's skin and can be very dangerous) and he explained they had been there for longer than 2 weeks--so the lump the Mountain Home Vet said was nothing, was actually a warble wound, and the Mountain Home vet also failed to notice the other swollen areas. The new vet then informed me that my bunny is actually in fact a girl and not a boy like the Mountain Home vet had told me! I was then charged less for extracting larva from wounds and for antibiotics than Mountain Home charged me to give me a completely erroneous check-up!I could continue to write about how rudely I was treated by one of the women working behind the counter when I contacted Mountain Home about their errors, but I'll just say that based on my experiences there, if you want to be overcharged for poor treatment of your pet and yourself, then by all means go to Mountain Home. Otherwise, I would NEVER take my pets there!
I took my dog there because flea got him and the where extremely nice to me and my dog. He is a pit bull and must people are scared because of his breed. everyone was very Knowledgeable
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.