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121 E Main StWest Jefferson, OH 43162
From Business: If you live in West Jefferson or the surrounding area in Ohio, then you have picked the perfect site to find a veterinarian. Dr. Paul Stephenson, Dr. Tracy Arvin,…
2685 S High StColumbus, OH 43207
Dr. Sears and his staff are wonderful, caring people. By far the best Vet I've been to, which is saying a lot as I've had animals my entire life. Th…
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We took our little kitty, Buddy, to MedVet last night when he suddenly lost the use of his back legs. We had no idea what the heck even happened. The staff at MedVet were so kind and compassionate. They took him back immediately when we arrived to try and stabilize him. The Veterinarian, Dr. Quigley (I think was his name), was so patient with us in explaining everything so we could make the best decision for Buddy. Although we lost our dear little Buddy last night, I don't think his last hours here on this earth could have been more dignified and peaceful. My husband and I are extremely grateful for the wonderful care our furry little guy received.
Thanks for all of your hard work you invested in my chemo protocol and making me cancer free. I am feeling great with a lot of spunk.
I thank you for sharing your own heartbreaking experience with your dog when I made a difficult decision. In such moments, empathy means a great deal.
Thank you so much for all that you and the staff at MedVet have done for Brass.
MedVet is really a phenomenal place and I tell everyone this when I have the opportunity.
Shelby means to much to our family and I have always felt like your team felt the same way. It means so much to clients/patients to have that.
I would like to thank you and your group for what you are doing for our wonderful working dogs. Please extend my gratitude to your group of dedicated professionals.
I’ve been using the MedVet specialty and emergency services for my own animals, rescue animals, and client referrals for many years. Dr. Barnhart and his staff set the bar so high.
We drive 1 1/2 hours to bring our Mia to receive the best. She has been blessed to be in the care of Dr. Barnhart and Dr. Foss as well as the entire support staff at MedVet. It is without a doubt the most extraordinary facility as it has only the best interest for your pet in mind. I have never ever thought it to be about the cost. Mia continues to amaze us all, her love for life on this earth is contagious and her appreciation for the genuine care from MedVet is seen in her quick steps to get inside to check on everyone. For a dog that shouldn't be moving shows how miraculous this all is indeed. I would highly recommend this facility to any and everyone. God certainly led us there and we will be forever grateful.
Go to OSU. They don't care about your pet, they're only worried about money. They also don't get results back in time. Also, their dermatologist are idiots. You would think someone who specializes in the skin of animals would know what skin cancer is. Charge you 600 for a skin biopsy, tell you it'll be back Wednesday, Wednesday comes they tell you no it won't be in til Friday. Friday comes and the dermatologist is out of state? Really. THEN after finding out our dog has malignant melanoma, they call you and try to sell you a bunch of very expensive options and treatments, for our 12 year old pup who is clearly dying. They do not care about us or our dog they just see it as more money.
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.