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4984 E 22nd StTucson, AZ 85711
Took my dog to get spayed. They never gave an estimate, called me before she went into surgery to tell me it was going to cost $523. I wouldn't have…
4832 E Speedway BlvdTucson, AZ 85712
From Business: "Building a better community for people and pets" Because emergencies are never planned, the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson emergency and critical care ser…
1114 S Craycroft RdTucson, AZ 85711
We got our kitten ����spayed here last summer and did not have any problems with her surgery or her healing. No infection or discomfort exhibited fo…
2560 S Harrison RdTucson, AZ 85748
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 …
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Rileys' care after his recent encounter with a rattlesnake was excellent. The same excellent service and care we've come to expect and appreciate from Mesquite Valley Hospital.
We found that over the many years, all of our little ones are treated so well at the clinic. everyone there makes a effort to be caring.
I have used DR. CURTIS for at least 8 years or more. She is the BEST veterinarian I have been to. If you need a end of life vehicle veterinarian, she will be with you and your pet throughout the experience. If your pet is ill or injured, she will give you options for care. She has low cost options, or more in depth care. Dr. CURTIS is a friend who will care for your pets throughout their life. I have nothing but positive, respect for Eastside Pet Clinic!
Although the clinic is a bit of a drive for me and the cats, Dr. Z and the staff at Valencia Animal Hospital are well worth the trek. The clinic is exceptionally clean with separate entrances and rooms for cats and dogs. The wait time is quick to below average, and Dr. Z is attentive, caring, and hilarious too. She is one of the few vets I have been to that seems to have an equal love for all types of animals: cats, dogs, birds, etc! As a cat owner, I appreciate the care and patience Dr. Z exercises while dealing with my crabby old boy cat. This has not often been the case at other vets. The other thing to note: I have never felt pressured to order expensive tests. The doctor is very clear to distinguish between tests that are absolutely necessary, recommended, and top of the line. With a hyperthyroid and heart murmur cat, the tests alone could wipe out my bank accounts and then some. It's been really great to work with a vet that is sensitive to your limitations and helps you plan/manage your pet's care without making you feel irresponsible. She is great about giving multiple options of both diagnostics and treatment, again without pushing the most expensive plan as the mandatory course of action.The pricing for my animals medication is also noticeably cheaper here than in comparison to what I was paying at a VCA clinic and another private vet clinic. Overall, I appreciate the hospital's great care, good prices, and respectfulness. Highly recommended!
We also had a bad experience at Acacia. Other reviewers who say money is their primary motivation are correct. They push expensive and unnecessary tests on people who have sick companion animals and who they know they can sucker into paying for the tests that won't do anything but enrich the owner of Acacia, Marc Laudonio.Instead, when people have pets who are suffering from fatal diseases, they should just tell them that they are fatal and let the pet owners decide what to do instead of pushing what they know are tests that won't do any good for the pets, but only will do good for the bottom line of Acacia. I feel sorry for the "employee" vets who have to follow Dr. Laudonio's philosophy on this. They probably work on salary plus commission on selling tests. No wonder they come and go.You take your pet's life in your hands when you go to this place. And you better have lots of money for unnecessary tests to boot. There are many other vets in town that are better than this one.
Took my dog to get spayed. They never gave an estimate, called me before she went into surgery to tell me it was going to cost $523. I wouldn't have taken her there if I knew how expensive it would have been. Orange grove animal hospitals estimate was $250. I will never return, nor will I recommend them.
Not the business, but the vet. I've known Paula Medler for something like 35 years. I, or rather my dog, was her first patient when she joined a Tucson practice. Dr. Medler got me through some of the worst times of my life - when my dog (PJ) swallowed an embroidery needle and needed endoscopic surgery, when another dog (Katie) was bitten for the seventh (!!!) time by a rattlesnake and needed 3 days in doggy ICU and I forget how many vials of antivenin, when the retired guide dog (Viceroy) I'd adopted began to have seizures and needed so much medication, when my Golden (JessieV) finally reached her last days at 16 and Paula cried as much as I did - and the list goes on and on. I doubt you can find a better, more caring, more involved veterinarian than Paula Medler, DVM!! As for the application of Chinese medicine techniques, I remember when she came back from training and I watched her use those techniques, with such amazing results. She's the best. SIX stars!!!!!
If you are rich and can pay any amount of money to prolong your pet's life then you might be ok going here - maybe. However, if you can't afford a $5,000 surgery, you can expect Dr. Campbell to yell at you and make you feel horrible because you're not willing to go bankrupt to save your pet. When I told her we didn't have the money she literally said, "Well you're going to have to find it!" Then she proceeded to blame me for one of her mistakes. She took a fine needle asperate of our dog's tumor and then didn't send the test in. When we came for a follow up visit she hemmed and hawed as to whether she SHOULD send it in (all the while we thought she had). When she finally sent the test in it came back that it is probably cancer! She blames me that we "waited so long".On another occasion our dog had a lab test sent in about a tumor. When we called back to find out what treatment they recommended they were surprised we didn't know we were supposed to get antibiotics!
!) Caring, 2) Professional, 3) Clean, 4) Very reasonable pricing for surgical service.Dr.Curtis and her staff handled our 10 year old Cavalier beyond what we hoped for. The afternoon after her dental surgery, she was back to her spoiled self, begging for treats!
Darby and both of us thank you so much for the professional, kind, and consistent care you have provided over the years.
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.