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Dr. Ruth Adams nearly killed my dog. After bringing my dog in for consuming chocolate I was quoted a fee of $500 dollars to treat my doggy. She hadn't even conducted a preliminiary examination, at this point. I decided to get a second opinion, and thankfully I did because I was told my dog didn't actually consume enough of chocolate to warrant the expensive treatment she had laid out. She also made what I felt were disparaging comments against black people right in front of me (maybe she thought because I am white that I wouldn't mind that sort of thing, but I did/do). Please stay far away from this place. The front desk staff are a bit sarcastic too. Please stay far away from this place!
My dog got really sick on this past long weekend and won't stop throwing up and not eating. I got scared because my dog being a lab has habit of getting into trash cans and in past undergone surgery for removal of objects from his belly. We had barbeque during the weekend god know what he got himself into.My regular vet was closed being weekend so I started calling around my friend to get their advise what to do and 2 of my friend recommended Apollo Vet as they take their pets there.I rushed to Apollo Vet and they were open and accepts walk in emergencies.They quickly took x-rays and found aluminum foil in the stomach and my loving dog got surgery in couple of hours and foil was removed.he came home next day and is healing and happy. goes back in 2 weeks for stiches removalI was surprised by what Apollo charged it was HALF what I paid last time for the surgery at my regular vetI will be changing vet to Apollo as they are open 365 day/ year till midnight and is great ALTERNATIVE TO EMERGENCY HOSPITAL and I can even get regular visits like physical and vaccines after my work which happens to be in San Francisco at night at no additional chargethank you Apollo for helping we needed the most
Offered a free consultation with Vet and a quote on treatment for finding them in yellow pages. Yellow pages has a coupon for the free consult, however, I went to YP online and they didn't have one. I was given this option just for mentioning it. Also, Yelp offers a coupon for $20.00 for the $40.00 service.Thank you Apollo, this help us financially as I am not working at this time. your generosity and concern for our pets is much appreciated.
We havent used their Veterinary services, however, we are using their Canine Rehabilitation Center. They are with out a doubt some of the best veterinary professionals I have ever come in contact with. Our shepherd is very fearful of vets since his previous experiences, but with them he is very calm, and seems very re-assured that he'll be in good hands. HE TRUSTS THEM! Which says alot from our boy. They are very understanding, and listen to what you have to say. Dr. Troy and her team are amazing. I would definitely reccommend their services.
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.