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Dr ellis and bellinger have always done a great job any time we have an emergency they have always managed to get us in their busy day and have even stayed after hours to tend to them i highly recommend their services to anyone
The two doctors here are very professional. Whenever I've had an animal that got sick and took them here they would help even if I didn't have an appointment for the day. They do their best to accommodate for everyone that goes through their doors. I'm so thankful for them being here
They want you to think they are compassionate but don't be fooled! They presented my deceased dog, (who died in their "care" of unknown causes) in a GARBAGE BAG! I will never forgive them for that.
We have a foal that is inutero, the owners of the mare we gave the horse to with contract. We can not get the vet to give us any information on the foal, if the mare is even pregnant. The doctor has waited 2 days to call us has be unprofessional and refuses to tell us if the mare is still pregnant. We are in a law suit and have a contract. Totally unprofessional and unskilled. He is suppose to be an equine reproduction specialist and yet refuses to tell the owner of a foal if the foal is still alive. Additionally met this doctor a few years ago when I had to transport a persons horse coll-icing in the middle of the night. Poor rude service horse had to come back several times. They did literally nothing and charged her. I would say take your horses anywhere but here.
Dr. Roach is a very good vet. Saved one of my cat's life by knowing immediately what was wrong. I spent a lot of money at another vet and they never figured out what was wrong and the cat died. As far as the review below. The same employees are still there ever since I have been going there--more than a year.
This is by far the best vet that I have ever used. The only reason I even found out about him is because I was researching vets who still do ear cropping and was pricing. He has the best prices withing 100 miles which is what attracted me to his office to begin with. After being offered a free consult for the ear crop and finally getting a chance to meet him, immediately I could tell that he doesnt do this for the money and its something that he is passionate about. She had her surgery today and for free hand I think they look great. He did exactly what I asked for and only charged me an arm (got to keep my leg). He was very thorough with the after care and was very knowledgeable and explanatory of all of my questions I had that pertained not just to the surgery, but also to my dog's particular breed. He is extremely polite and well mannered as are his staff. There are so many more positive things that I could say but I just don't have the room. All in all a wonderful veterinarian that I will go to again and again with all of my current and future pets, as well as recommend to friends.
I have used Northside since they opened, and I wouldn't take my dogs anywhere else! I love that they offer 24 ER service, just in case I need it - but hopefully I won't!!!Doctors are great, staff is friendly and all are compassionate :)
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.