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760 E Lincoln WaySparks, NV 89434
From Business: Our animal clinic is family owned and operated in order to provide the personal attention to detail that our patients and their owners deserve. From conducting ge…
255 Los Altos PkwySparks, NV 89436
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…
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I've have gone there since Doug started the business. He is a great man!Friendly, Caring and a great Veterinarian! And all his associates Cal, Janet, Claire, etc!Are Fantastic!
Very professional and friendly staff! We have only received only excellent care for our pets through the years! Best vet practice in Sparks in my opinion!
I had a horrible experience there this past week. I have been a loyal customer for several years, but this week my Jack Russell Terrier of ten years was attacked by a Great Dane. I rushed them in and he was treated and sent home with me. A few days later he woke up very sick. I took him back in (dropped him off) and received a call that he required "some" of the dead skin removed in a surgical procedure. When I picked him up that evening, I found my dog literally sawed in half. Stitches that spanned around his back and belly. I was also told that the price was now going to be $150 more than I was quoted and asked if I could afford to put him in the emergency pet hospital. $1500 into the two surgeries, I told them that I couldn't afford the vet hospital but that I would stay up with him all night and take care of him. All week I had been asking, "Is there a chance he will be okay, because if not, we don't want him to suffer." Each time I was told that although my Jack was ten, they thought he would be okay. Well, to make a long story short, I stayed up with my best friend suffering all night. He had a seizure at 3:45 am and passed away a little after 9:30 am, right when I left his side for a moment. I am at a complete loss. Was I taken for a ride so they could have more money? Yes, and in the end, my dog spent his final hours suffering. I will never forgive myself.
I have been here once. A referral from a pet supply store. The first step: phone in for appointment. The receptionist was very friendly and caring. Step two: the visit. I instantly love the reception area. Plants, trees, windchimes, etc. Very comfortable atmosphere. I met with Dr. Theresa. A lovely and empathetic young doctor. Overall, a positive experience.
I took my dog after taking him to Baring Blvd animal hospital where the customer service is horrible and where the doctor didn't even want to touch my dog because he was crying. I couldn't believe how good the doctor was compared to baring Blvd animal hospital. The doctor was very experienced and took her time to examine my dog. I will keep taking my dog to them because they actually know what they are talking about instead of just taking your money like Baring Blvd animal hospital. I would recommend advanced pet care to anyone in need of a good vet.
What a great place to go! I went in for the first time with my new puppy. The staff was very friendly and price was great. I didn't have to wait at all for my appointment I was taken right in and the doctor was very helpful and answered all of my questions. thank you again for helping me and Barkley. I will recommended to all my friends.
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.