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The service was great very professional and fast I will definitely be back when needed It was pleasant
I went in for an injury to my finger. The moment I walked in the door the young lady at the front desk greeted me with a smile. While she was checking me in she told me about the services Nextcare offers. The Medical staff are great, The Medical Provider Walina was very sweet and caring. I will highly recommend Nextcare to my family
Great nurses and CNAs. We called and the same day a Registered Nurse came and conducted a free assessment for my dad.
I had a very positive experience with my first visit. 2 weeks boarding, grooming and annual vet visit. Everything went well and very competitive pricing on services rendered compared to our previous Vet. I liked the fact that I was not harassed or chastised for my 9 year old lab having old hips and me not doing something expensive about it. Nice people and my dog was happy
Serenity provided care for our 3 yr old child for some time. It was the first agency we had ever used for his care. We were not aware of the Medicaid policies and later found out the agency may not have been following the policies. For years we were told that if a nurse was absent, without a replacement, they would try to cover the hours before the end of the week on Sun by midnight. We later found out after almost 3 yrs that this was not a Medicaid policy. The agency told us it was a courtesy they extended to us. Many of the nurses did not display the skills to care for our son, especially after he had a tracheostomy. We asked for training for these nurses and they made an attempt, but never followed through. They never observed the nurses working in our home. Often they failed to inform us if a nurse was going to be out. We did have two nurses that were very reliable and responsible and they were the reason we did not change agencies sooner. The last few weeks they made little effort to cover my son's hours. He had a tracheostomy and his doctor requested 24 hr care. They also told us they were in network with our health insurance. They were not. The insurance company was willing to cover extra hours for the care of our son. Serenity was not providing all the care hours his doctor recommended with skilled nurses. I was told that I wanted my son's care my way and that I interfered with my son's care. At that time we decided to transfer agencies. During the transition to a new agency they totally stopped trying and replacing nurses that called in. We received a text that my son's services would be stopped in two days. My son was very ill and needed the care. The other agency was still working on approvals from insurance and Medicaid, and the employment of nurses. I hope this review is helpful to other parents of children with special needs. This was just our experience. Not necesarily everyone else's experience.
Absolutely horrendous. I have never been to such a horrible practice in my entire life. I had two appointments with Erica Bindrim and both times I had to wait an HOUR after my scheduled appointment time to see her, even though I had to take off of work for the appointment and they refused an actual appointment time any later. One of those times, she was just sitting in her office alone completely unaware she had an appointment but the office admin refused to tell her I was there. When I did speak with her, she was completely unprofessional but I assumed she at least knew what she was talking about. Unfortunately at our last appointment, she did not inform me that I had to come back to refill my prescription, so when I called before leaving to go out of town and was going to run out – she refused! Or rather, I should say that the office administrator said that she refused and informed me that should *not* call me. I asked for 4 pills to get me through the holiday and I would make an appointment when I returned – she still said no. Now I guess I have to stop taking the medication…awesome. Please just stay away from this place. You would think they would have been a little friendlier/better mannered for a psychiatric office.
Just picked up my dog from staying a weekend in their kennel - she had welts & bruises on bother from feet & up her legs. When I contacted them to find out what happened they couldn't explain it. She is home nursing her sore legs. Been waiting for almost 45 minutes for the owner to call me back...I'm wondering if they will. Pictures were sent to them as soon as I got home and realized she was injured.
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.