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From the moment we took our puppy in, he was treated like a king as well as his parents. Through many tests they we able to find what was causing his diarrhea and his weakness. His overnight stay he enjoyed very much because of the caring personal that work their. In any emergency I wii take him back to summit referral vet he.
Dr. Jones was very rude to me and talked to me like I was an idiot. He kept interupting me and didn't take what I said seriously. My pet is rapidly losing weight due to dietary problems, she is critically underweight and will only stop losing it if I give her supplements every 5 hours. I took her to see him to which he said "she looks fine, I see nothing wrong" and he didn't even touch her or feel for anything wrong. He is the worst vet I have ever been to. The only good thing I have to says is that the nurse in the room was very kind, and seemed genuinely concerned and was very helpful. The lady at the reception desk was wonderful too. I will never be going there again.
To start my friend took her cat to the vet in JANUARY. The vet informed her that her cat had had a stroke and that she would not make it. They informed her that she should put her cat down. She wanted to be in the room with her but was told that she couldn't be with her. She proceeded to sign the paperwork and pay her bill. This was a very upsetting decision that they had to make since she was part of her family. So, on 04-15-16 she received a call from the Pierce County Humane Society stating that they had her cat. She proceeded to go and pick up her baby at which point they were informed that she had lost a lot of weight and had part of her tail gone. Prior to picking up her baby she stopped by the Vet's Office to receive the document that stated that they had euthanized her cat back in January. So, where has her cat been the last three months? What type of Vet would treat a pet and it's family this way. DO NOT GO TO THIS VET. THIS PLACE NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN.
On Nov 14 2015 I arrived five minutes before they're posted closing time. But they wouldn't sell me some flea medication. Next time I should go to a pet store. They honor their closing time.
This vet is fantastic he saved my dog 2 different times. He is great at his job honest up front no hidden fees . I recommend everyone go check it out. The r very helpful always willing to answer questions go above and beyond for ur pet . The assistant is so nice supportive she is invested in ur pets future . Can't say enough great things
From a personal experience, this clinic almost killed my dog. They misdiagnose my little girl. They didn't perform the proper tests (collecting a urine sample), then they tested for things that were not needed. They had all my contact information but didn't call me so they could start any type of treatment for my dog. When I called to get a progress report at 11am, I was told she was doing ok and that they were running tests that would take 30 mins. I asked them to call me back. NO CALL WAS GIVEN. At 2pm when I was finally able do to work restraints, I was told my dog was in a bad way and that I should take her to an emergency hospital. So basically all they did was watch as my dog went down hill from the time my husband brought her in at 9am until 5pm. When I talked to the office manager, he only stated that he hadn't looked at my dog's case, but they had had several emergencies that day. Well, apparently treating my dog for her emergency wasn't high on their list. They wouldn't let me have my dog until I paid them almost $500 to run 2 tests (one that was unneeded) and watch as my dog sat in horrible pain. This hospital told me my dog was in Renal failure or kidney failure. I took my dog to the emergency vet hospital where they were disappointed they couldn't do a urine sample wasn't done. They also disagreed with the kidney failure diagnosis by simply reading the result from the other test that JONES animal hospital did do. It was determined my dog had pancreatitis, was in excruciating pain and should be put on pain killers and given fluids. One week and a half later, my dog is on the mend with no help from Jones Animal hospital except for the very lucky request that I move my dog to someone who cared about her care. Please be careful if you choose to go to Jones Animal Hospital. I would suggest you don't. My dog's life could have ended if I had believed what they told me. At least get a second opinion, this company/doctor care is NOT on it's "A game". I would tell you not to waste your money, but what is more important is to not waste your pet's life. This people have the potential to do both.
Metro Vet is a locally owned and operated animal hospital that treats your pets like the family members they are, providing them with compassionate care. Just like you wouldn't drop Granny off at a nursing home where you don't trust the staff, you also need to have confidence in the Doctor you trust to provide your animal's care. Here, they have generous office hours during the week, and even offer some weekend hours. The Technicians and support staff are very helpful both in person and on the phone, I have never been left wanting more answers after a visit or waiting long for my call to be returned if I leave them a message outside of business hours about a concern.Integrity is the hallmark here, great personalized care for your pets, more face time with doctors than you expect, who both take the time to explain and listen to your concerns. I probably shouldn't admit that I feel we should all be paying more for this specialized care.I am quite sure the choices made for my pet here are in its best interest, and not because it is the most expedient/cheapest/easiest approach. The attention to detail and committment to going the extra mile for every creature that walks, crawls or slithers in sets this place apart. You'll know within moments of arriving that you've made a great choice.
Let me just say one thing: Do NOT bring rats to this office. Dogs and cats may be different, but overall I did not appreciate the care that was give to my rats. They were grabbed wrong and when I spoke to the doctor, it was as if he didn't have the time and didn't understand what I was saying. My rat has respiratory infections, but he wouldn't do anything about it until I gave him proof. What the hell? If your dog has a seizure, you sure as hell won't need proof! I am never bringing my rats here. Aside from that, they seemed very pet friendly with dogs and the vet's assistant was quite respectful and nice. And my rats have cuts all over their bodies from mites, but said the didn't show symptoms. I am not even sure if he was an exotic pet doctor, but unless you want to be charged for his vague opinion, do not even try here with rats.
Was very scared to take our little dog to get spayed and everything worked out well. While it was a little chaotic at check in, it was organized and well run. I requested at sign up for special meds for our little girl due to motion sickness, and they were very accommodating. The instructions they send you home with answered all my questions and helped me to know what to look for as far as infections, licking her operation site, emergency follow up for when they aren't open at vets local to me, etc. So glad this opportunity was available to me as I wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise. They even trimmed her little black nails!
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.