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4525 Highland RdWaterford, MI 48328
I just got back from my first visit with this vet. I was recommend by my mom. The staff is really nice. The vet explains everything. Their prices ar…
2870 Orchard Lake RdKeego Harbor, MI 48320
From Business: For over 45 years we have been providing exceptional care for dogs, cats, ferrets and other small animals. Our resident veterinarian, Gerald J. Lepar PhD, DVM, al…
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At my last visit to Banfield with my dog, I asked twice what costs would be, my question was avoided. They’re effort seems to be to tell me a little as possible while they run the cost up as high as they can. Even to the point of ignoring my answers. “Does your dog scoot?” I was asked. “No.” I answered. “We have a test we can do for that…”. Didn’t seem to matter that I said No. Once again shocked at the cost at checkout, I will find a new vet for my dogs. Never disappointed when it was Waterford Veterinary Hospital, now I'll never go back.
Misdiagnosed my dog. Rude staff, come off as not that very helpful. Never been to a vet that doesnt have like a stainless steel table the exam table I had to put my dog on looked nasty and discolored I'll return to pet authority much nicer facility
They are amazing and I would never take my fur babies anywhere else. The veterinarian and staff are truly the best.
Love this place! Been taking my pups here for years for their annuals and never had a bad experience. Plus the girls/techs are great
I've been coming to animal care since 2012, this clinic has done everything from vaccinating my 3 dogs, and 4 cats to all of their spays/neuters and even a cruciate surgery on my frankie. The worst i've ever encountered here was a little bit of a wait on a couple visits but not too big of a deal they have good prices, the girls and front desk are super sweet, ive seen a total of 3 different doctors over the years and have had nothing but good experiences, good record keeping i have a couple animals on constant meds.
I'm very disappointed with my first visit with my kitty to this place. This was her first physical since I've gotten her too (October 8th), so I had many questions. Dr.Spencer was the vet that "examined" my cat. I don't understand how he is a doctor. One of the first things to come out of his mouth was that he knew I got my cat on a Saturday because his wife died a day before I got her (which was a year ago for him). I mean, I feel bad, but this isn't something you discuss in a professional setting immediately with someone you just met. Also, with all of my questions I basically got an "I don't know" with shrugged shoulders and hands out. He didn't have any real answers to the about 8 questions I had. One of which was about her breed. He said there aren't any black Maine Coons which I know this as a fact to be false. He kept saying it and I didn't want to argue with him. I'm also worried that that my kitty might get sick from being in the examination room. After they told me to let her out, I figured the rooms were sanitized after every animal exam, and when I asked the doctor about it, he said that the rooms are "mopped about a few times a day". What?? They need to be mopped and sanitized after EVERY patient. He also needs to go to a dentist because his breath is horrifying. If you are going to be in such close proximity with so many people a day, it would be polite to visit a dentist. Gross. The 3 young girls there seemed pretty nice and the prices weren't bad, but I will never take my cat back this place or recommend it to anyone. And great, my cat literally just sneezed...I really hope she didn't catch anything from that dirty exam room (or doctor's hands which he didn't wash before examining her with no gloves.) All in all, I felt very disappointed when leaving this place. What a waste of money.*UPDATE* I just spoke to someone who talked to the supervisor that was there and they didn't care whatsoever about any of my concerns, so note that the replies from this facility promising to work something out are blatant lies. They also said that it's totally fine to cross contaminate germs from the door handle (and whatever else this clueless doctor touched) to my cat's mouth.
Took my 11 month old puppy to get neutered, they kept him over night because of the bleeding. and now 2 days later his stitches came out and he's now bleeding again! I called to get him immediately and the lady who answered the phone, played it off like it was no big deal and oh the doctor is in surgery, and so on and so forth. I am not happy how they cared for my dog and acting like its no big deal. I am not EVER using this place again
DO NOT TAKE YOUR ANIMALS HERE!! They abuse animals either in front of you or without you. Dr. Spencer is very unprofessional, rude, abusive and CLUELESS!! AND gave my dog the wrong set of shots!! DONT waste your money here! Even a Vet Tech walked out on her job due to the inhumane things they choose to do to animals. Go to Dr. Baylis or Project hope. Save your babies!!
Warning: if you actually like the animals you have to remain alive and well, make sure to steer clear of the vet named "Dr. Spencer". After a simple teeth cleaning my cat was dead within 3 months! Vet #2 looked into her mouth (shortly after that guy lost my business) she immediately said "there's a bad tooth & a fistula to the sinuses. He should have sutured that closed". A bacteria started to eat away at her mouth, this place is nasty & should be closed. I watched a dog get its nails cut too short & bled on the lobby floor. A tech put cream on the dog's nail, then just walks away. Then another dog came in & started to lick it off, I had to say something to get them to use a damn mop. The same tech who stopped the bleeding dog acted like she didn't see a pile of blood on the floor, lazy. Also "vet" Spencer can't prescribe things that all other vet's can? Wonder what they are guilty of? All the other poor innocent animals he's killed deserve so much better than this quick oil crap hole!
I took my puppy to this guy, and I was begging him to give my puppy a parvo test because she was throwing up and had bloody stools, he would not give her the test, and claimed she was to active to have parvo, and he gave her an antibiotic shot, and also the parvo vaccine, then she got worse, so I took her back the next day, he then tested and treated her because she did have parvo, and I have proof that your not suppose to give a sick puppy that vaccine when they already have it. My puppy did die, and he kills my puppy, so if people love their animals, don't take them to animal care hospital, because he will kill them. From Rebee Hansen Someone who loved their puppy
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.