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Took my 10 year old cat Sonny here to be looked at because he was breathing heavy and making gagging sounds. Sonny had blood taken which had to be sent out, and an X-ray was given as well. After the X-ray Dr. Avtar determined that Sonny had asthma and then decided to treat him with an injection of steroids and antibiotics and give him fluids via I.V. That proved to be a bad idea because Sonny immediately started throwing up so the tech calls in the doctor who has her stop the I.V., bills me $475, then sends us on our way telling me to call if something happens. My appointment was around 4, by the time I got out of there it was 5 or so. Sonny was much worse that evening when I brought him home as opposed to before taking him to Wayne Mercy. By 1am I determined that Sonny needed to go to emergency, I rushed him to the emergency vet in Novi. Before even taking an X-ray the doctor knew Sonny had a heart condition and fluid on his lungs and when they did do an X-ray, it was determined Sonny had an enlarged heart, fluid on his lungs and congestive heart failure. They kept him 2 nights but got him stabilized and well and sent him home with medication. This all cost another $1100 on top of what I already paid at Wayne Mercy ($475). Now I was informed by the emergency vet that Sonny had limited time to live because of his condition but could live another year or so provided he keep taking medication and whatnot. After a week at home, Sonny responded well to his medication and looked better, his breathing was almost normal. Out of the blue Sonny threw a clot and had to be rushed back to emergency only to be humanly euthanized. I am not blaming Wayne Mercy for Sonny's heart condition as that was something that was already going on. I am blaming them for misdiagnosis (asthma), which it was not and for treating him with fluids which only added to his already fluid filled chest and made him worse! Avoid this place and their old equipment. They never even called to check on Sonny!
If I could give negative I would. My sisters 17 year old dog had a major seizure and was completely paralyzed so it was definetly time to let him go. I called around to find a vet that didnt require an appt. Took him in and tge tech brought us right in the room to wait for the vet. After a few minutes I see a foreign man rush into the building and a minute later that same man is coming into the room, doesn't introduce himself just says he's giving Jake a sedative and then he'll give the second shot. After a minute he takes out his stethoscope and listens for a heartbeat. He then puts his fingers on where I would assume he hears the heartbeat and takes the syringe and sticks the needle in and then slowly pulls it out and sticks it in occasionally pulling back on the plunger getting blood in the syringe, he repeats this at least 5 times then he pulls it completely out and looks at it and there is a little bit of blood in the fluid and I ask is there a reason why you're not injecting and in broken English he says something to the effect of I'm looking for the heart and this Blood isn't the right color so he sticks it back in and pulls it out a little and does this at least three more times before finally injecting. After a couple minutes Jake is still breathing so he precedes to do this all over again in the meantime my sister is standing next to me crying her eyes out because she has to put her dog down. Now I understand that it is acceptable to inject into the heart to put a dog down but from my understanding it is the last resort when you are having difficulties he didn't even attempt to put it in the leg this took an enormous amount of time and was completely uncalled for. I will never take an animal there again whether it's to have the animal put down or a simple injection it's as if he had no sympathy for the animal or their owner.
Please avoid this vet. I am not the type of person to write complaints, but my experience with this clinic was awful. I wish I had done my research before going here. They have a lower office visit fee however they overcharge significantly for everything else, so you end up spending way more money in the long run. In addition, the xray machine that he uses is very old and the images are not digital and poor quality--yet he overcharges for xrays compared to other vets in the area. I experienced many problems during my experience going here, and it would be too long to write them all out here. After 6 days, I decided to take my dog to get a second opinion. I called wayne mercy to get a copy of the xrays that I had done, and was told they are not digital xrays and that it would be $25 to borrow the xray films from the office, and I would get the deposit back when I brought the xrays back. The experience I had with the second vet clinic was incredible. Everyone who works there was so nice and the vet really listened and seemed to care. The new vet took a look at the xray films I brought and informed me that they were very poor quality and blurry. She said that she could not say for sure that my dogs heart was enlarged because the xrays he did does not measure it, nor could she see signs of bronchitis in them. I ended up getting a new set of xrays done at the new vet clinic. These xrays were digital, and amazing quality. She did several different angles as well. I paid $100 at wayne mercy for terrible xrays and the new vet clinic I went to only charged me $88 for high quality, multi-angle digital xrays. The xrays showed that my dog did not have an enlarged heart and that his lungs were perfectly fine, in fact she said they looked amazing for a dog his age. I spent over $600-700 on my dog at wayne mercy for medical treatment for things he never had wrong with him to begin with. The new vet determined that my dog had a tooth infection, something that Dr. Madahar would of known if he had bothered to examine my dog. My dog is not a biter, but the first visit, he did snip the air when Dr. Madahar was examining his neck, to which Dr. Madahar got angry about, backing away from my dog and crossing his arms, and not bothering to examine my chihuahua further. The new vet office did a full exam, and they had no problem. In fact, the new vet also did bloodwork, and informed me that my dog was an "absolute angel" during the xray and bloodwork. Additionally, speaking of blood work, wayne mercy overcharges for this too, they charge $130 for bloodwork, which I discovered when calling around to other vet clinics, is much more expensive than most places around here charge. I paid $88 for a complete bloodworkup at the new vet I went to. Dr. Madahar also overcharged for medications (shots and pills). Additionally, when I was unable to get my small dog to swallow the very large capsule, I paid another $15 on top of what I had already paid for the pills($35 I believe) for the vet to break open each capsule, dump the powder into a container and mix it with liquid so that I could get the medicine in him easier. We took him off of the antibiotics that dr. madahar had him on and onto clynda drops. He is now back to normal, running around and being the high energy dog that I love to pieces :) Dr. Madahar was unprofessional, cold and clearly doesn't feel the need to treat people or animals with much respect. He would often ignore questions I had and my concerns about my dog were gone ignored largely. Additionally, they provided medical advice that was wrong.
I cannot say a bad thing about this place. Dr. Barb and Dr. Vicky are amazing, they explain everything along the way. The staff is friendly and they love all the animals!
This is the worst business I have ever had the displeasure of entering. I was looking around for a new vet in the area, having moved from out of state, and called to get some pricing to get my dog fixed. They made me set up an appointment for a consultation in order to give me a price. Well, they tried to charge me an "exam fee" for my pricing consult and when I told them that they should have informed me of a charge for a consultation prior to seeing me and my dog, they told me they would "waive" the fee and that I was no longer welcome in their facility. Very unprofessional and definitely not somewhere I would trust with my pet. Avoid this scam facility at all costs, I'm so glad I didn't give this place $400+ to fix my dog.
Very friendly and Professional and Caring!! would take my Pets to no other place ... and it helps that Dr. Steve is Awesome!!
We had a great experience here for my Rottweiler puppy who was tested and treated for worms on a Sunday. Very happy!
Anyone who knows me knows there is nothing I Love more than my Mishka. There is not another vet I would entrust her to. I also have Mishkas' grooming done there as well as spend time in day care (Mishkas' play day). All of the staff are super friendly. This place is Top Shelf and number #1 in my opinion.
Took my dog in for a same day office visit, after she was showing signs of being really sick. Well turns out she got an infection, after swimming FOR HOURS and HOURS in the lake, from an small cut on her neck. 2 antibiotic shots, and cream, and she is already doing a ton better! So glad I took her in, as it could of gotten even worse. PRICE WAS ONLY $108!! For the same day office visit, shot, cream for home, and in office treatment of her neck. THANKS A TON!!!
I took my cat in due to her losing her appetite and energy all of sudden. The receptionist(s) were all very helpful and nice and the Dr. was very nice and caring. The place is clean, and I felt comfortable being there/ having my cats life in their hands. Within 3 minutes of looking at her, he knew she had a liver disease called Lipidosis. He met me half way with the price I could afford compared to the price it actually was, and I am forever grateful. My cats behavior changed drastically in less than 24 hours. They saved my cat's life and I honestly could not thank them enough. The receptionist even sent me pictures of her and would let me know how she was doing or what she was up too, I loved it! I highly recommend going here, they are a great animal hospital, with a great staff, and I am definitely glad I gave them a visit!
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.