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4126 S Lone Pine AveSpringfield, MO 65804
From Business: We offer worry-free and interactive boarding services:Separate dog and cat boarding facilities to help reduce stress Supervised by a veterinarianPersonal and grou…
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Dr. Mike Pfanders is the most professional vet in this city and surrounding area that I know of. His staff is so sweet and gentle with your pets. Dr. Mike as I like to call him took care of my toy poodle since she was six weeks old. Through her sixteen years of life, he had saved her life more than 3 times. Dr. Mike is a gentle man when he is with the animals he is treating and examining and even plays a bit with them too I've seen. As the years went on with my poodle she developed certain problems as any pet will do in it,s life. Snuggles, my dog had got an infection and would die without surgery, he said she needed stays and tests that would cost me money I did not ve.he told me that he knew what the problem was and would do the surgery and talk later about the bill later.because of her age he told me that she may not pull through but she would die without it. He did the surgery and she came thru with flying colors. Well the years went by and she was 16 now and slowing down and having problems. It got really bad Monday sept 17th and he was putting fluids in her to keep her hydrated. He sent her home with me and told me she could pass during the nite.she did have a bad nite so I had to take her in and had to make the decision to have to make her pain go away.we had to put her to sleep that morning. It was so painful for me but Dr. Mike was calm and very passionate when he put his hand on my arm and said, you are doing the rite thing. I was able to hold her while he administered the medicine that would put her out of her pain. She passed away in my arms and I cryied,he gave me time to grieve,and when it was over he told me that he would make the arrangements for her to be creamated. I just want to say that in the 16 years that I have known Dr.Mike Pfanders he is the best veterinarian that I know and was voted vet of the year again I believe 2 or three years.and I just want to say he and his staff Jean,miss Reba and spring, I hope I didn't forget anyone are the best! I would recommend him to any one and everyone i know and do not know. Dr. Mike you are the greatest man I know,thank you for caring for my dog all of those years.Thank you so much. David Owens
recently my daughter, whom is attending college in Springfield, had to leave her cat with her Dad, by the time we got back to pick the cat up he was in bad shape, when she arrived back here I was not sure if the cat would survive. I called around to all animal vets. finally took the cat to this place, the staff was awesome, friendly, concerned, got us in immediately, kept the cat , called us regularly for update, and as of today her cat is doing GREAT. I would recommend this place to anyone,prices are reasonable,Vets and staff are very dedicated, I would like to thank all at the Sunshine Hospital for the good work they did, they made our Christmas and New Year complete. Never thought I would say this but to see her cat climbing the Christmas Tree has been an awarding experience. Would recommend this clinic to anyone. Becky Yocom
Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic is by far the BEST vet I have been to in Springfield MO. The place looks great and is always clean. The staff is very friendly and polite, happily greeting clients and their pets. Lauren is great at what she does and always returns phone calls when there is a concern. Dr. Ross is AMAZING with my two cats. She has been the most caring, understanding, and honest vet I have been to. She takes her time and truly wants what is best for my kitties. She has gone over and beyond to help my one special needs kitty and without her time, skills, and kindness – he would not be with me today. She truly wants to help the patients she sees. I have since moved from the Springfield area and have yet to find a Vet like her. I highly and truly recommend Healing Paws Veterinary Clinic.
I argued with "Dr." Blackburn for 20 minutes about whether or not my friends cat had an infected cat bite. No, I'm not a doctor, but I've owned cats all my life and cleaned up many a cat bite. Finally after 20 minutes of him telling me I was wrong, he said, "Oh yeah, you're right, that is a cat bite." Really? He gave her antibiotics and she died 2 days later. Over $150 to argue with this guy and still lose a cat. If you want to pay an arm and a leg for a visit with a big headed doctor who doesn't care about your opinion or your animals, come here. The only reason I left two stars is because the receptionists are really sweet, and never care when I bring in a stray to have them scan for a chip. But that's about all this place is good for.
This vet cares more about your four legged family then she does her facility . It is clean that's all that is important to me . I don't need a classy facility to go to that I would spend more money and get poor care for my pugs . I've never met a vet who honestly cares so much for your animals. She has stayed overnight with my pugs to make they are getting the best care . This vet is awesome and she is always busy . Shame on the rating for how you think her facility looks . Take your pet somewhere else where you can set in a fancy waiting room and get more expensive care . I however will always bring my dogs to someone who really cares more for my extended four legged family
Good people, great service. I wonder what the nay sayers hate about this place. It's an emergency clinic, not a drive-thru. They take care of the most urgent cases, which makes sense, unless you're some hoosier that expects to have a vet waiting to greet you at the door. Their prices are very fair and I feel that we got good value for the money we spent there. We're fortunate to have this service available to us in town here.
I found Dr. Smith and staff to be very professional, very well informed on the most current small animal problems and very helpful when consulted by phone. She is inundated with patients which can take time to work through. Her staff is very busy trying to answer the phone, relay messages, dispense pharmacy, and settle payments. I wish more Vets were as good as she is.
This smaller version of an animal hospital leaves much to be desired. We are not a fan of this accumulating junk pile of belongings surrounding this entire establishment. If the veterinary care is reflected on how they keep up their property one can only imagine, frankly it looks like a pig pen. Get some pride and clean up your mess!
We love how she is primarily concerned with her patients. she is straightforward. her costs are so reasonable, and she does not try to sell unnecessary extras! you may have to wait your turn, but if you go in expecting her to be busy, you can prepare. We drive an hour and a half to use her, and will not ever change.
One of the best vets I've seen. She cares more about the animals then the looks of things. Been bringing the babies here for a while. My poodle loved her and was treated with so much love till the end.
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.