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7061 Youree DrShreveport, LA 71105
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physic…
641 Bert Kouns Industrial LoopShreveport, LA 71118
From Business: Southern Hills Animal Hospital in Shreveport, LA is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout t…
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Dr. Sears has been our vet. for the last 10 plus years and my baby's love to go for their visits. They are not nervous as in the past before we found this very special, personal and caring doctor. His staff is also very caring and helpful. I will not take my very special baby's to any other doctor I thank God for bring me to this pet vet. Toby, Angel and Scooter love you and God Bless you, your family and staff.DiAnna Logan
They make you feel so welcome. Fast and friendly service always. They really take the time to answer every question even if you think it's a crazy question :) couldn't see us going anywhere else.
Our dogs have been treated and boarded at UVH for years. As soon as we walk in the door the doctors and staff greet us with care. Our dogs love it! The clinic is clean, organized, and professional. We recently had to rush our dog to UVH after he started acting strange. They immediately started treating our dog, and I believe their expertise saved our dog that day. We are very grateful for the UVH doctors and staff and highly recommend them.
We have been using there boarding service for 3 years now and couldn't be happier with the treatment are dog gets when he is in there care
My experience with this clinic was nothing short of wonderful. I was greeted by a very compassionate staff at 1 am upon discovering my lab had ingested a portion of her Kong toy. They immediately began treating her as soon as we entered the building. I never went more than 20 minutes without someone coming out to update me. Dr. Jones and her staff made me feel completely at ease. I knew that they were the perfect team to care for my four legged child. To be an after hours emergency vet, I was shocked by how reasonable my bill was! It was much lower than I had expected. The facility is also clean, state of the art and fabulously decorated! Thank you again for making sure that we have this care available in the middle of the night.
There is no animal care in Shreveport that can compare to that of UVH. Dr. Adam Foret and Dr. Catherine Foret are two of the most caring and knowledgeable in the field. When I switched from another clinic to theirs, they had already obtained my pet's records and studied them (not just glanced at them) before I arrived. When I lost a pet, everyone in the clinic wrote a personal note on a card they sent. They truly shared my grief. I know my pets are VIPs at UVH!
No one on staff to care for a sick bird. Staff wouldn't let me leave a message with a question for the vet in case he could call me. Nice to see that customer service is alive and well in the sate of Louisiana.
I have used The Cat Doctor for almost 10 yrs. Dr. Pam and the entire staff are the nicest, most caring people in this profession. I can walk in with my cats just to socialize anytime. They always have feral cats up for adoption, with NO adoption fee. Dr. Pam will take the time to discuss different issues & treatments with you. She is absolutely WONDERFUL!The boarding rooms are like a play land for cats, clean, always smells so nice. I don't usually write reviews but I just had to write this one and let you know, you can bring your cat here with confidence that they will get the BEST, most loving care here :)
I had an absolutely amazing experience! They were quick, but thorough. I've been over-charged by veterinarians in the past, but they brought me out a price list before they did anything. There prices were reasonable and whole assortment of tests and medications for my dog cost me less than my usual trips to the vet. Also, two of the doctors on staff, besides the one seeing us, came in and introduced themselves to me. It really made me feel like they legitimately care about animals. I have found my permanent vet!
Spent over 5 hours waiting and over $300.00 later and I still have to take my dog to my vet tomorrow. Was not happy with my visit.
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.