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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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This veterinarian clinic is absolutely amazing. I brought in my boyfriend's pit bull, who is 11 and showing concerning signs... increased trouble breathing, isolating, loss of appetite and depression. Dr. Crumley was our vet and Lauren was the technician. Dr. Crumley's bedside manner was beyond amazing. I had a horrible feeling in my stomach, and he kept me calm and took great care of my sweet pup! After doing basic radiology, he needed to do an Echo, and he was very upfront and honest with me about what the results could show. Her heart was extremely enlarged and was surrounded by blood. Once we did the Echo, my worst fears were confirmed, as we found a mass and she was diagnosed with a cardial effusion (bleeding of the heart and a mass). We decided to do end of life care, and euthanize her. They provided warm towels, they explained every step in great detail, and sat with me the whole time and cried with me. The Dr. was at her left side, patting and rubbing her. Lauren was holding her head, and comforting me. And, I got to hold my sweet girl and sing to her until the very end. After it was all over, they stayed with me for nearly an hour while I got myself together, and Lauren held Sasha as I left... They took great care of her from the minute we walked in, through the end of her life, and until she came back cremated to us just a few short days later. :) I was able to come back with my boyfriend later that day to finalize payment (which was extremely fair), and they talked him through everything as well. They helped us make a beautiful plaque, and she lives in our hearts forever... We received a beautiful card, poem and paw prints in the mail, which we plan on using for my boyfriend's tattoo. I will NEVER EVER go anywhere else, this vet has my family's heart. As we have a 14 year old cat, and a 7 year old dog... we will be using them for any and all care. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Above and beyond doesn't even do them justice. I will never be able to thank you enough for being so kind and sweet, during one of the worst times of my life.
When people ask me about this hospital and what I think about them I reply with.... they saved my dog's life! To me that's all the review they need. Not too long ago my dog Hannah got into something. I didn't know it at the time until several days later because she was acting fine. It wasn't until she lost her appetite, stopped drinking, and started vomiting did I then realize something was going on. I came in at 8:25 pm right before they closed. Most places when you walk in that late will turn you away, but they stayed and made me feel comforted while I worried what was going on with my dog. I was there well past when they closed while they rad some test on Hannah. I saw Dr. Luchetti both him and his assistant took the time to go over what was going on and what Hannah could have gotten into. Long story short we believe she got into a pack of gum, and had some early signs of liver failure. She ended up being staying in the hospital for 3 days on IV fluids. Every day, and twice a day I got a call from the Doctor telling me how Hannah was doing and going over the next steps. I don't care who you are that is impressive. I also like that fact that before they did anything they gave me an estimate as to how much the treatment was going to cost. I am not a rich person by any means, and pretty much live pay check to pay check. When I spoke to Dr. Luchetti he told me about a credit card that would be interest free for 6 months. Luckily I qualified, and was able to get Hannah the treatment she needed. Which is good because they were a bit on the pricey side, but it's understandable because they practice a high standard of care. With out this place, these people, and the medicine they practice I am sure Hannah wouldn't be with me. So sorry all of those who have had a bad experience, but as far as I am concerned Baring Blvd is the BEST!
Our dog had been diagnosed with cancer awhile back. We wanted a second opinion so we took her in to see Dr. Baker. He took time going over all the different types of cancer with us and did not give us any false hopes. The compassion and professional attitude was genuine. Knowing how we were feeling we were treated with respect and compassion. The whole experience could not have gone any better. We were able to take our girl home knowing we can make her last days happy and not feel guilty when we do have to make the decision to let her go. The staff, the facilities, and most of all Dr. Baker were all very professional just want to say thank you.
I've gone here for over 15 years and have had great care provided by ABC for multiple pets of mine from spaying, neutering, teeth cleaning, vaccinations, and my pets have always had great results and have been treated well. I have also been to Baring Blvd Veterinary Hospital, and they have been amazing too, just a little more expensive, and a little further away from me, but offer things like chemo for cancer and ultrasound to figure out what's going on with your pet and I am not sure if ABC offers those kinds of services or not. I would recommend ABC for reasonable cost care for your pets and great results.
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.
Fantastic!! I have used Baring for both my dogs. Being a nurse I observe bedside manor with people, its nice to know that Baring has great bedside manor for my pets. The talk calmly to the them and also always take the time to explain and go over what they did. I have had the assistants call later to check to make sure my animals were OK and was told to call back ANYTIME with questions and concerns. The front and back office staff have also provided great customer service. I will continue to use Baring as I feel they are the best.
We changed veterinarians because we were tired of being "just another number". These folks are VERY professional and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Their primary concern is the health of your pet. (You know, that little bundle of love that keeps you going.) I've read different "anonymous" reports and I will proudly say that our Moxie was treated well and we were educated on her care. Call me "Otisguy" and you can find me to back up what I am telling you.
We brought our dog in here as a walk in as she had been vomiting in large amounts. They were quick to get us seen, were EXTREMELY friendly, and also extremely thorough in explaining what they were doing and what things meant (i.e. what we were seeing on the x-Ray as well as what else we could be seeing). We will definitely be switching to this vet as our primary. We loved the doctor and staff here!
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.
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.