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I'm very pleased with the service, care, and professionalism at the Taos Vet Clinic. I am new to the Taos area so when my Lab Zeus became suddenly ill, I picked them out of the hat. Unfortunately, my buddy has cancer. As bad as that is, Dr. Shupbach's rapid and accurate diagnosis, and Dr. Tillman's expert surgical skills have given us an opportunity to intervene surgically, and at least for the short term has given Zeus at least a little more quality time and life to spend with us.During this, one of the worst times we've had to face, the compassion of the docs as well as the entire rest of the staff at Taos Veterinary Clinic, have made this a little more bearable.GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU!
The lack of compassion of the vets I've seen at the Salazar Clinic is appalling. They lack empathy for the sick pet as well as for the very worried and distressed pet parent. Besides that basic skill that is the least you would expect to find on any person on the vet community, they are TOTALLY OUTDATED on their knowledge of treatment of illnesses and new medicines. Their answer for everything that they don't know how to treat is Euthanasia. My pet suffered a sudden collapse three years ago, she was unable to walk, I had to lift her, 70 pounds of chocolate lab love����, put her into her bed, slide her around the home, and then lift her again into my van, all by myself; of course those things always happen after hours, so I had to call their vet on ER call, and although kind of polite, she was also intimidating, she asked/warned me that if I was sure this was an emergency because she was one hour away from the office and God forbid I'd be waisting her time...I stuck to my gut and told her I was sure it was an ER. When we arrived she took my girl by the collar, pulled her out of the van and obliged her to walk inside the office....I was so In shock that I couldn't react properly, but I feel today that that was so inconsiderate (I apologized profusely to my girl).My girl was bleeding internally, she had to stay there with fluids overnight. Next day she had surgery, her spleen ruptured. Then we had confirmation of Hemangiosarcoma, and the vet told me, there's nothing else to do, she will die in 3 months��������. Guess what, I immediately went to Santa Fe, to see an oncologist, my girl survived THREE YEARS after her splenectomy.Unfortunately you don't have many options in Taos, but if you have the chance please take your pets to Santa Fe; if you have an emergency of course take them there immediately, listen ONLY TO YOUR HEART, and take them out of there as soon as they are stable. I had to call them recently, ER hours again, and their answer was Euthanasia. Awful vets!!!����
First off Laura Collins is absolutely the rudest individual working as a receptionist I have ever seen. After several visits and a diagnosis of diabetes I was still not told what dose to begin with for my sick kitty. I had already had a "diabetic consult" with Dr Shupbach and I returned to the clinic after spending several hundred dollars n insulin and supplies. I was too I need yet another diabetic consult visit a week later. After an appt at another clinic I was informed that the glucose meter and supplies would not work for animals. That was the very meter De Shupbach had instructed me to purchase. BEWARE of this vet clinic.
Being new to the Taos area I called several different veterinary clinics to make an appointment for a very ill barn cat who resides on the property I have recently rented. Due to the lack of kindness and empathy by many of the community concerning feral cats they have been left to their own survival instincts. If they are inconvenient they are either killed inhumanely or relocated to become someone else's problem. This cat has never been neutered which has caused him to constantly fight because of his uncontrollable biological urges. I came across him suffering with a purulent wound on his neck. I immediately called the numbers I found on-line hoping to find a compassionate response for this poor creature. I left a message on your message machine to make an appointment to have the wound seen and to schedule to have him neutered. I was told my call would be returned. To no avail! The wound is now badly infected and the cat is very ill. I drained the abscess as best I could and applied topical antibiotics to the area. I kept him hydrated and fed but he needs professional help I cannot give him. Due to him being semi-feral I need an appointed time to be able to catch him. His appearance on the property is erratic. He usually appears very late into the evening. The earliest appointment I could get from another clinic is 2 weeks away! I have a commitment out of town and have to leave this weekend. No one else here cares about this poor creature and will not take any responsibility for him. Please do not say on your telephone message that someone will call back if you do not intend to do so, or hire receptionists with at least some level of compassion and integrity...I fear this cat will die due totally to lack of human compassion.
Very unprofessional and not compassionate at all. Very disappointed with their service. I recently had an emergency situation where my small dog was attacked by a larger dog and was bitten severely and was bleeding heavily. The vet on call there was very rude and he began yelling at us and was acting very irrate he showed no concern for our poor dog who was bleeding on the table in front of him. We became frightened of this man and decided to leave to go to another veterinarian. If you care about your animal DO NOT GO THERE. We will never return there. We still do not understand what made him so irrationally upset. I have never been treated that way at any business. The front desk staff was very rude also when we tried to call back to obtain the veterinarians name to report him the receptionist hung up on us repeatedly when she finally did talk to us she said "go ahead and report it to whoever you want your no longer a client of ours" she then hung up. Its scary that people who are so heartless work in a clinic thats suppose to care for animal. I am saddened and still in shock over their lack of compassion. I hope no one ever has to go through this again. :(
Dr. Tidwell is the nicest!! Caring and patient I'd refer everyone I know! Bonus: He also has a great sense of humor!!
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.