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220 E Kings HwyShreveport, LA 71104
I would like to say I've taken every pet I've had to Dr. BROWN. Not only did she save my dogs life, she's operated on him a few times. He was 2 yea…
3308 Industrial DrBossier City, LA 71112
This is such a wonderful vet. So compassionate, caring and helpful. This is one of the best teams ever. So selfless, I have never ever met anyone th…
7013 Sand Beach BlvdShreveport, LA 71105
From Business: Shreveport Veterinary Internal Medicine is a referral-only practice providing advanced veterinary care for dogs and cats. We believe this goal is best reached thr…
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Great animal care, clean facility and friendly staff
The customer service here is atrocious! Their motto should be "Treat them and street them." They do not put cones on the dog that need them, their excuse "There are just too many." My question is "So you don't put them on after surgery, what stopped them from licking the incision the night they stayed at the clinic?" Being that they work on donations and also ask for them when you take your pet, you would think they would be a lot more helpful and friendly. Being in business you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar. I think the concept of this place is good. However a helpful and courteous staff would help this place financially. But I guess you can't have low cost and friendly staff.
My 3-4 month old kitten was neutered here. Their team took very good care of him and the surgery was done very well. His recovery was remarkable. The office team is quick and efficient. This business offers financial assistance (free service) for low income Louisiana residents, but there every day prices are VERY affordable.
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.
I took a work interview with them for a vet tech position. I was told that I would be paid for my time. (8 1/2 hours) Before I left that day, I was told that they would give me a call the next day about the interview. They never called. It took me multiple attempts to get in touch with them. After 2 1/2 weeks, I got the office manager and asked about my payment. She them proceeds to tell me that they "don't pay for work interviews." I literally can't do a thing because I didn't document anything.Watch out for these scam artists. This business is very unprofessional. -Daniel
Very compassionate and professional with great prices . They love your fur babies and you love them .
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.
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.