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Twice my dog ran away and they always help find him. Thanks
I brought my 6 month old puppy in because he hurt his right hind leg the vet said it was his ankle...he wrapped his ankle and everything never offered a xray or a follow up..to make a long story short......after taking my puppy to a orthopedic specialist he fractured his tibial...which means he broke a bone in his knee...now because its been more than a month surgery won't fix the issue.. So I have a pure breed German Rottweiler that I paid $1200 for he will always have a limp and the bone in that leg may not grow correctly....shop city is unwilling to cover the cost of the specialist.... Had they offered the xray from the jump my puppy could have had surgery and we would be happy that he was able to get fixed.... Will never ever use this facility again...
Doesn't RecommendKhaleesa D.Took my fear aggressive dog to mattydale hospital for the first time. They didn't want me to be with her during the exam so I went to the waiting room. When they brought my dog out, they informed me that during the exam she ripped out one of her nails trying to get the muzzle off. No problem, accidents happen. What really angered me is that they then prescribed antibiotics and charged ME for it!!! You would think they would offer them free considering this happened on THEIR watch. I consider this poor business etiquette and will probably not return. 20 dollars for antibiotics that I'm sure did not cost them anywhere near that!!
Never take your pets here for any reason.I have never had such a horrifying experience with a vet before. First of all, the secretary is the rudest woman I have ever talked to. I was freaking out when I brought my dog to walk in hours because he could hardly walk and this wretched woman couldn't even make eye contact with me. Then when they were taking him away to give him x-rays I was sobbing because he was scared to go without me and the technician was even colder towards me, you would think that people who work with animals would have a little more sympathy. When I picked him up I thought I would get to talk to the vet but he had "stepped out" and all I got was a voicemail. Then a few days later he developed a cough and was having sneezing fits because the kennel room where they hold your dog until you pick them up is not sanitary. When I saw another vet for the cough he told me that for his injury x-rays were totally unnecessary and that Dewitt was just trying to take my money.
The vet is a jerk and will treat you like you're stupid. He constantly insults his own employees in front of clients and the employees will tell you about how badly they're treated if you ask them
NEVER GO HERE. Here's what you don't know about Dewitt animal hospital that you need to know. When you board your dog there, your dog takes up a space that a stray animal was or could be taking. During busy times like the summer this means that dogs are frequently euthanized for no other reason other than to make space for your dog to board there. Also your dog is therefore right in the same room as as many as 28 other dogs including strays that almost always have fleas and kennel cough. I've seen many many dogs catch something from being in that kennel. Your dog will not be walked or played with at all it will be fed and let out into a tiny concrete space no bigger than a bathroom and that's it. There is a constant immature feud going on between Dewitt animal hospital and the volunteer group that comes there known as Syracuse pit crew simply because Syracuse pit crew tries to walk the dogs, train them, and rescue them by way of adoption or getting them to a no kill shelter and Dewitt animal hospital thinks for some reason that can't be done. They constantly whine about this volunteer group "wasting their time" and having to do paperwork to get them to a different shelter. Why? Because it's much easier for them to deem the dog they knew for 5 days that's scared shirtless "too aggressive" and euthanize it. They do not strive to provide animal comfort they simply want their animals out whether it's alive or in a garbage bag just depends on what's more cost and labor effective at the time. They will even euthanize friendly dogs and lie to the public including potential adopters that wanted them the day before saying either that they were adopted by someone else or that they were too aggressive. They frequently urge their employees to lie to adopters and clients who board their animals about the strays. They have a very brusque attitude to anyone who actually is kind to animals and wants to see them rescued. There are outbreaks of lethal diseases there more than an other vet clinic or shelter in the area. Your cat would be lucky not to catch FIP or FIV while boarding there. There is so much more to the story but basically don't spend your money here. You are fueling a slaughterhouse and endangering the life of your dog or cat if you do.
They killed my dog 4 years a go.He went in for an ear infection,they took him in the back to treat him and a week later he started to go down hill (he went blind,deaf,paralyzed and had to be euthanized).
They were very expensive even with there constant $20 coupon
The staff is either incompetent or liars... i have a friends of animals certificate i paid for, and specifically called ahead to find out what additional charges the dewitt animal hospital would charge and I was told hI would need to pay for a distemper shot apx $20 and for him being bigger and I would Not pay for an office visit because its covered with the certificate I paid for. So what did they do, they gave my dog a booster shot and weighted him and then they charged me a ridiculously priced office visit and the shot, after they told I wouldn't be charged then they forced me to pay and said "oh sorry you were misinformed" this is unacceptable business practice and I recommend you get an estimate and contract before service if you go here or they will most likely rip you off. In addition the office is disgusting, I would not feel comfortable going here anyway.
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.