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2304 E 57th AveSpokane, WA 99223
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
2704 N Colville RdSpokane, WA 99224
From Business: We are committed to our clients and their pets' satisfaction. Every visit starts with a consultation as we determine the look desired and if there are any skin or…
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Outstanding veterinary clinic from start to finish. The assistant who took my call to make the appointment was friendly, helpful and sympathetic. Even though my dog is a new patient, they had openings available the very next day. Priced VERY reasonably. It is a very professional, clean establishment with knowledgeable staff and caring, accomplished veterinary doctors. The staff were all so kind to my dog and I and I never felt pressured to pay for additional services or products. I'm extremely happy with my experience and relieved to have finally found a veterinary clinic that I will continue to take my pets to for years to come.
We called about neutering a cat. We were quoted 45.00 a cat. We took our 2 14 week old kittens in and had it done. They charged us 80.00 per kitten. I told them about the quote and they denied that was incorrect. This is twice the amount of everyone else in spokane area. They were very rude about the discrepency and said to go somewhere else. Very unprofessional about how was handled and gave me impression didnt care about our being a client. I will never use them again.
Dr. Schafgans has an incredible background and training. It is an honor to have her share her expertise in Spokane.
I am a veterinarian who has retired. This is the clinic we use for our family animals and livestock. We love Dr. Bellis and her staff. She has a wonderful approach to animals and people!
Brought my dog into clinic Wednesday nite.Recp insisted dog needed exam before renewing script...now at 6 months reviewRecp was indifferent...not interested...Loud voice...all but rude...Dr Moorewas not aware of dogs condition even though appt was made days in advance..and chart notes had been transferred a year ago....so sad to be greeted this way...and dog had been seen Before....WHUT!!!
I took my beautiful, elderly purebred Collie there for diarrhea concerns. They charged me $320 for the visit and meds that didn't cure her. That also included the vet tech taking a fecal specimen from another dog whose waste was gotten from their trash can, not mine as the tech didn't like doing the procedure. Now my dog is still sick and I can't afford another visit as they'll charge me again. SHAME on them!!
Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary is so very thankful for the care that Garland Animal Clinic provides for our rescued animals!!
Do not take your English bulldog ! Owner treats your "bullie" as a breed of dog with tragic defects & disregards the unique needs of your individual pet. Caution! Not advised for English Bulldog!
Our favorite vet that used to be with 5 mile pet clinic opened her specialized "kitty clinic" a few years back (well, its probably 8 years of so now!). She is a great / compassionite vet and gives quality care to your feline friend. We have been in about 3 or 4 times over the years (the only issue being proximity - the clinic is quite a distance from us!). I highly recommended this clinic (remember, kitties only!). So glad they have their own "club" with the good doctor! 5 paws up ! ;)
Love Audubon vet. They take great care of all of my dogs. I had a Korean Jindo that had a swollen disc after previously having surgery and I made an appointment to put him down. Instead of finalizing that appointment, they convinced me to bring him in and get him checked out. Dr. Wachtel prescribed prednisone and it was helping but ultimately after 3-4 months we put him down and Dr. Moore did the procedure. They were very caring and allowed me to stay in the room for as long as I needed after putting him down even though they had people waiting in the lobby. Even the receptionists remember me and my dogs. Everyone there is very respectful and caring. We now have 3 dogs (again) and continue to bring them in for all of their shots and checkups. I highly recommend Audubon Veterinary Clinic
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.