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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
Paying for your vet's veterinary costs can get tricky. Learn how to make the most of your vet visits and pay for your furry friend…
Our family has had several dogs and cats treated at Fairwood and uses its boarding services. State of the art. Good communication. Highly recommend.
My 11 year old Tabby Cat began exhibiting symptoms of congestive heart failure, and on a Saturday night, we had no choice but to take her to the P.E.C.. When we arrived we were ushered into a room where before they would even look at my kitty, they had to make sure they would get paid - $110 for an office visit - but we figured that sort of price was coming and signed in hopes of saving our kitty's life. The vet who attended to our kitty spoke to my husband and I for a total of 3-5 minutes the entire 1.5 hours we were at PEC and in that time told us he was going to take a single Xray of her chest to see what could be causing her labored breathing - at no time was the price of the X-ray disclosed to us, nor the fact that they were taking more x-rays than we were initially told. Once the X-rays were taken they Vet didn't give us any actual information regarding her X-rays, or an actual prognosis, without, you guessed it, more money! The life/wellbeing of my kitty clearly did not matter to this clinic in the slightest and that was extremely evident when the person who spoke to my husband and I the most that evening was the receptionist, about getting paid! When asked bluntly what the vet thought, about whether or not my cat was dying and if treatment was worth it vs. her having a quality of life, I could not get an answer out of him. But yet, I'm sure I could have if I had given them the $1,800 they wanted when they provided us with an estimate. Never in my life have I been surrounded by such in-compassionate people who care more about making a buck than saving an animals life. Not to mention, they took her away for x-rays and would not bring her back to us until AFTER the financial affairs were handled. So we lost our kitty that night and weren't allowed to spend time with her before we did. Places like this that feed off people's sorrow and grief to make money are a stain upon the Veterinarian Community and never again will I take an animal to them.
Chris and her team are the best ever. She cares about both animal and owner. I would recommend any one to her. She has treated all my animals for over 20 years. When I picked her for my animals vet I picked a winnerSusan Blank
Pet Emergency saved my kitten. They were so caring and compassionate and helped calm me down when I was a hysterical mess with worry the night I took her in. I am so thankful that Spokane has a clinic and doctors with state of the art medicine and knowledgeable and kind doctors that is open all night long! Thank you Pet Emergency for saving our little white fluff ball!! I have recommended you to all my friends with pets because I know their animals will be in the hands of expert doctors who really care about saving animals!!
I took my dog here to get groomed, and she came out looking like she got sent thru a meat grinder. They did a TERRIBLE job cutting her hair, it was all different lengths and VERY choppy. Now she's stuck looking like this until however long it takes for her hair to grow back. I'm completely disgusted they call themselves professional dog groomers. Will never take her back there. I do not recommend these groomers to anyone.
Been bring my standard poodle here since dawn opened they love her and the staff my poodle drag me to the door so they can see dawn Stacy Rebecca that says a lot to me if dogs love the groomer that message I do too
I took my cat to the emergency vet clinic on 1/10/14. The estimate of services I could get from them amounted to well over $1000.00.. however, that was just an estimate. I was given a choice as to what I wanted to do. I chose to have them give my kitty an antibiotic injection and a water pouch to ward off dehydration. I told them I would like to follow up with cat's regular vet on Monday. They did vitals, examined my kitty and gave him the antibiotic injection and hydration pouch. The charge was $145.00... They were really very kind to my cat and they were also very kind to me.. I told them I was on disability and had to choose wisely as to what I could do.. but love my kitty with all my heart.. Sometimes in situations like mine, it's hard because so many procedures and tests are offered with an estimate provided, that a person feels they should do everything they offer. I chose the treatment that I believed would help my kitty get better and keep him alive as I know dehydration is very serious and needs to be prevented or the animal could easily die... My cat is better today. Today is Monday. As I said, I am going to follow up with my cat's regular vet if not today, but this week. My cat is eating now and seems more lively and engaged. I would recommend the Pet Emergency vet... Just remember that you don't have to do everything on the estimate they give you depending on the condition of your animal. I believe it is our job as pet owners to make wise decisions, and sometimes the best decision is to do less rather than more and then see what happens.. You can always take the animal back with no charge again for the exam, only for tests and procedures they do.. They gave me a break on the cost of the exam from $125 to $100, the $125.00 is the rate after midnight... They didn't charge me for the hydration pouch. Overall, I believe that vets are expensive.. and an emergency vet would obviously be more expensive, but overall I was treated very well and most important, my cat was treated well.. My only request would be that I would have been allowed to be there when my cat was injected with the antibiotic and given the hydration pouch. I would recommend this clinic but choose wisely..
Great people, very nice and helpful. Won't take my dogs anywhere else again!!
We had 4 puppies, we took them in to get there first shots. One had an allergic reaction to the shots. He was dying by the minute. We had just paid our house and car payments so we didn't have a ton of money. Atleast not the hundreds of dollars they said we would have to pay to be able for them to help our dying puppy. Our puppy died early that next morning. I thought that they were a hospital for animals. It makes me sick to my stomach and broke my wife and daughters hearts. But believe I will not let this go, I know our puppy is gone but maybe I can help somebody else in the future from such a heartbreak! You guys truly make me sick
I don't understand the negative reviews I have read here. I have used this pet emergency hospital for many of my animals over the years. They have always been kind and compassionate. I have had to have 2 of my dogs put to sleep there at the end of their battle with cancer. they were wonderful. I just had to take our Pug in, on Christmas eve, who was unable to urinate for over 24 hours. They took care of him, emptied his bladder, took x-rays, gave him prescription food -he had bladder crystals - this is life-threatening in a dog. We were there for 5 hours - and the total bill was 205.00. I thought it would be much more. They told me he would most probably block again - as it would take some time for this to disolve - and to bring him back . We had to bring him back at 11:30PM on Christmas day. They emptied his bladder for us - and only charged $24.50. I called my regular vet this morning dec 26 at 8am. He already had all of the reports for the ER and I will see him today at 5PM for a check.I could not have asked for better care. Our dog was in so much pain he was hysterical - they were very kind and compassionate - despite having to work these special holidays away from their families for the benefit of our "furry " family members.
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.