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1352 Easton RdWarrington, PA 18976
From Business: We are a full service veterinary hospital in Warrington. Our goal is to blend the latest in medical technology with personal care you can trust. We pride ourselve…
4197 E Bristol RdFeasterville Trevose, PA 19053
Only reason I gave this place 2 stars is because they aren't incompetent when it comes to doggy checkups, and they let me used my Friends of Animals…
845 E Main StMaple Shade, NJ 08052
I’d like to share my gratitude to Maple Shade Vet hospital and especially Sue Battel, dog trainer. My fur baby, Shana, is a rescue pit/boxer mix and…
12121 Knights RdPhiladelphia, PA 19154
These stars above are for MICHELLE!!! Micky & I (Kate) wish you a great happy better NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I appreciate (Micky to) alkl you …
3921 Miller RdNewtown Square, PA 19073
Our two dogs recently stayed at the SW Philadelphia location for 3 nights. The staff alleviated any hesitation we had to board them for the first ti…
1615 W Point PikeLansdale, PA 19446
Horrible !!!! The only reason I gave one star is cause I have to to comment. Absolutely positively horrible took my dog there sadly he passed Withi…
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My 4 month old puppy broke her tibia two days ago. Since it was late, I decided to come here because it was the closest place open. They were extremely nice, but they weren't as nice at doing their jobs. My dog had a spiral fracture, which means it goes around the bone. They put her leg in a splint and told us about our treatment options. We were originally going to keep her leg in the splint, but then we decided the surgery was the better choice. Today, when she got her surgery at VSEC, they went in, expecting to put a pin in her leg. What they found was that the bone hadn't been set properly. It looked okay from the side, but it wasn't lined up correctly on the top. Had we not opted for the surgery, her bone would have stayed and healed like this. The surgeon had to put three wires around her bone to keep it in place. I'm so upset. Will never be going here again.
Unfortunately, we had to have our rabbit put to sleep by a more experienced veterinarian. We brought our rabbit here over a month ago due to an infection in his jaw. Dr Jackson continued to treat our rabbit for one month. The infection only grew worse. Deteriorating his jaw and causing blindness in his left eye. Had the Dr referred us to sinekbe more experienced with rabbits, I believe our bunny would still be alive. I do not recommend Bucks County Vets especially for any long term care.
Paid 450 for a scratch cornea on my dogs eye, meds didn't work. They wanted me to pay another 200, declined. Took him to our regular vet paid 140 to have his ears cleaned, nails clipped, meds for eye, and meds for his arthritis. Will never go back to the emergency vet, waste of money.
Brought my dog in for a cut in his paw. After 10 minutes of looking at him they came out and told me it was not big deal. 5 minutes later he was back out with a bandage on. Sent me home with antibiotics 10 minutes after that. $400. They did not budge on the price and 2 days later his paw is still bleeding...
highly recommended! my dog Memphis has been a patient of Dr. Lucyk's for about 1 year now. He had CCL surgery at another ER vet and this office was recommended for PT. She always has great patience with my fearful pup and spends as much time as needed to explain procedures and recommendations. An added bonus... Theyre fees can't be beat :)
I had to take my cat there last night. The front office staff was very friendly. And everyone from the receptionist to the nurse to the doctor seemed very concerned about my pet. The doctor is very knowledgeable, and didn't order any unnecessary tests (which was my experience at the last vet hospital I was at). They're love for all animals is evident in their attitudes and in the way they treated every pet in there. It was a very busy night for them, yet they remained professional and friendly. Very affordable as well. I definitely recommend this place if your pet is sick.
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.