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Great place outstanding service huge selection. A coral selection like no other. The owners are always willing to answer any questions and willing to help. My favorite salt water store.
My husband and I took our very sick Colby pit bull that has been in our family for 6 years, who was like our child, to this animal clinic on May 26 2017, because our Vetinarian Dr Wagner was not available. So we started calling around to find a clinic that would examine him. However when we called the Animal Clinic on Springs rd for the appt the receptionist was very rude and treated my husband very disrespectful. They only had a 430 appt available so we took it because our dog was so sick. When we got there the ladies at the front desk were so rude and mean to us. We asked a vet tech for some water for our dog but to no avail. When the vet tech examined him she was not compassionate at all for our baby. She acted like she could care less that our baby was sick. Then the Veterinarian came in and I don't know how this heartless man got a degree to take care of animals that he acts like he hates. He treated our dog like he was an outcast and I am not sure why. He missed diagnosised him. Didn't even pull a blood panel on him and said that they were closing and we may want to take him to the emergency hospital. We never got any advice or instructions on how to treat our dog who he thought may have a spider bite or a snake bite, but wasnt sure. They gave him predisone and an antibiotic and missed the bite on his leg that my husband had to point out to the Vet. They made us hold our dog up on the table for 30 minutes when he couldn't even stand up he was so sick. When we left we said thank you to the staff twice and no one responded. Well our dog died several hours after we left there. We have never been treated so poorly in all our years of rescuing pit bulls. It was a major disgrace to our family and the breed of the Colby pit bull. We are personal friends with the Colby family who started this breed in 1889. We would not recommend this clinic no matter what. We will be informing the better business buearu, the news paper, all our family and friends in the community.
Palmetto Reef is by far the best fish store I have been to. They have a great staff to include a co-owner who has a PhD. The prices are very competitive and if you have something specific you are looking for, they will find it. Palmetto Reef is the new fish store to go to for all your needs in the Columbia Area.
We hired Robert Baker (Carolina Custom Concrete and Swimming Pools) to pour some concrete decking for our pool that was just installed. He came out on 8/22/16 (Monday) and put up 75% of the forms and said he would be back on 8/24/16 to finish the form work and put up the cantilever decking for the pool. Then his plan was on 8/25/16 to Pour the concrete and finish the job. He required I pay him 50% of the job up front ($2,500 in cash) so we did. At that point we were excited, however when Wednesday came and he did not contact us or come we were concerned. 7am Thursday came and no concrete arrived as promised and no word from Robert Baker. He texted late Thursday morning saying he had to cancel our pour to do another, and that was the last communication I have had with him. He will not return calls, texts, or voice mails. I have not heard from him since Thursday (8/25/16) and it is now (10/10/16) so I can only assume he has no intention of ever finishing my job
Did not like him at all.. did nothing for my new puppy said i dont know whats wrong had to take her somewhere else.
They are very friendly and professional. My pit-bull puppy got parvo and after calling a few vets around the average cost for parvo is 1200 to 1500 dollars which was out of my price range and in one final attempt to save my baby I called Platt Springs Animal clinic and their price was 300. I took them to them and with no surprise it was 300 even with no hidden fees. I will be a repeat customer and will bring my other dogs there. Best place around and they really care about the family's and there pets.
I read all reviews and decided to give Dr. Adcock a try. First of all, he walks in the room and removes my dog's lease and collar. Then he watches the dog walk around being normal. That man clearly cares about animals and knows what to look for. Please remember that you take your animal to be treated, not for you to talk on and on for minutes listening to yourself. Of course, he wanted to know basic reason I was there, but he observed the dog and diagnosed his problem without a costly bill. He was pleasant to me and smiled a LOT!!! Don't know about you other people who says bad things about him, but you must have sent off very bad vibes!!!
I had the brightest hopes for our project and was left extremely disappointed and all but broke. While these guys might do ok with pools/patios, we had an interior job with our floors that ended up being $2000 over budget, the crew smoked inside our home, a two week job ended up being over a month and a half and the product was depressing in the end but at least it got the crew out...and the huge mess that they made couldn't get any worse. Was told surfaces would be covered and cleaned afterward, but it NEVER happened. The icing on the cake was 2 months later, we found out through sources that less than have of the necessary products were used and it wasn't even the correct product(s) - which was the reason they said they needed more $! The only good thing to come of it was we learned a BIG lesson in asking for references. They might do better on exteriors, but don't let these guys in your home. We are slowly fixing the problems they caused now a little at a time as we can afford it since these guys wiped out our bank account.
They have always been professional over the phone and in person and have great customer service.
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.