Having had a recent pet emergency (lilies are toxic to kitties, as are many other plants and flowers, so get your fluffball urgent care, and keep flowers out of the house — out of reach is not enough, I learned), I thought I’d give a run-down on my experience with some of the region’s veterinarians.
Our beloved feline is fine, thanks to the fine folks at VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center. We were referred to VCA from another VCA clinic (on Manzanita, south of Madison), and we were referred to them by the Banfield inside of Petsmart on Watt Avenue.
Here’s my take on some of the vet clinics I’ve encountered over the years:
VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center: This is a huge, brand new, beautiful facility with quintessentially professional and caring staff. The vet who helped us, Dr. Kim, seemed like someone who would read this here blog. He was young, hip (no lunchbox purse, however), and very adept and “good bedside manner.” I heart Dr. Kim. This facility is open to anyone — appointments are taken, but they also have 24/7 emergency care.
VCA on Manzanita, south of Madison: I only experienced this clinic for about 10 minutes, and then they referred me to the hospital noted above. The two ladies working on Saturday evening were so empathetic and friendly. They were the perfect first impression to the VCA family of clinics. I heart them too.
Banfield inside Petsmart: I go here because it’s close to home, but there is always a long wait, despite our having an appointment. The vets and nurses are always ALWAYS kind. I would like to assume the long wait is because they’re tending to animals with more urgent needs than our kitty’s needs, but I honestly think they’re chronically short-staffed. Ken the Kat and I waited a full hour this afternoon until anyone came in to see us.
Mueller Animal Hospital on Freeport: This is where we went when I lived in the Pocket area. They have 24/7 access, and they are incredibly caring and thorough. They sent me a heartfelt hand-written note when I had to have my last kitty put down. I heart Mueller.
Might I also recommend pet health insurance? It costs monthly about what you’d pay for lunch or a casual dinner, and you get reimbursed upwards of 80% for vet costs.