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By: Kendra B.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
DO NOT USE THIS VET IF YOU VALUE YOUR PET! I wish I could give these guys negative stars. ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE! We have been using Alex Bell Vet for years now and the service just gets worse and worse. Last December my dog developed a lump on her head. We took her to Dr. Diehl in July because the lump kept growing. He took X-Rays and said it's probably nothing and sent us packing. Now it's the end of October and he's telling us that my dog has a giant tumor on her head that is going into her eye and that we should have brought her in earlier. I am appalled by their LACK of service. Also, they held my dog overnight (and didn't call to tell me they were going to do so) and the next day I had to call them at 4pm to ask about her condition and they said, "Oh, she's ready to be picked up now." EXCUSE ME?! Talk about a lack of consideration. I will be taking my business elsewhere.
By: M U.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
The doctors and staff are outstanding. Dr. C is the most caring and thoughtful veterinarian that I have ever met. She is very intelligent and takes the time to listen to pet owners and find the best possible treatment. She genuinely cares for each patient that walks in the door. Dr. Diehl is also very caring and intelligent, he is great about getting patients in on short notice and response time for bloodwork is very quick. I am happy to bring my pets to either doctor and know that they are in safe hands.
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By: Oliver S.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
Last year, this vet prescribed medicine (4 different scripts) to manage our eldest chihuahua's congestive heart failure. He must take the medicine every month. We asked if we could fill the prescriptions at an online pharmacy whose pricing was half as much or less than what this vet was charging. We were told that we could do this but we would be charged a "fee" to transfer the prescriptions. When we asked about the amount and purpose of the fee, we were told that it was $10 per prescription and that it was for the purpose of the doctor reviewing the scripts before approving them to be transferred. Shocked at this "fee", we contacted the online pharmacy and several other local vets to determine if this type of fee was typical. Those we spoke to indicated that this practice was unusual and that the only real purpose for such a fee is to discourage customers from switching to other providers.When we reached out to this vet again, we asked if this was a "one time" fee or recurring, and they assured us that it was a one time fee. Hoping that we would finally be rid of this vet and its deceptive business practices, two months ago (April 2017) we paid the fees.After two months of smooth sailing, just yesterday (June 5th, 2017) we received a notification from our online pharmacy that this vet was not releasing the prescriptions. Shortly after, we received a call from this vet informing us that we were required to pay the fees yet again, before they would release the prescriptions. When we explained to them our conversations with office staff from two months prior, particularly pointing out that these fees were explained as "one time only," we were told that it had always been the policy to charge the fees every time the scripts were to be renewed. We are at whit's end. We can't trust anything that this vet is telling us but we've spent so much money here on exams and prescriptions and fees, it seems prohibitively expensive to switch to another vet.
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By: Becki O.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
This vet is horrible and a thief. They only care about making money and not about helping animals. The final straw for me was when I took my cat to them for an open abscess. The vet said he needed surgery to see what was going on and then would clean it all out and get rid of anything bad. It was going to cost $800 and from past experience I wasn't sure exactly how much it likely would end up being. I decided to take him to another vet for a second opinion. So about $300 paid already to this vet (for nothing done...they didn't even shave the area to take a better look at the area) I took him to another vet. There they shaved the area and washed the spot. They gave him antibiotics and some medicated powder to put on twice daily...all costing less than $200. Within a week he was healed. Wish I had read reviews before going to Alex-bell vet clinic
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By: Jen F.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
Lisa, file a complaint with the BBB. This is the only way this office can be stopped!
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By: Lisa M.
Alex-Bell Veterinary Clinic Inc
BAD PLACE...BAD PEOPLEI used this vet for all my animals and felt it was a good place. NO MORE. They don't disclose all information and will let you spend, spend and spend more. Both animals had to be euthanized and the emergency clinic. The last one was kept overnight for observation and was told it would be $30. When we got there it was well over $100 and things were done we had not approved and she was released to us and they said she was fine. She couldn't even walk when we got her home. We took her to Dayton Care Center only to discover a fever of over 106, facial twitching and depressed with tachypnea and tachycardia. Was told she probably had a brain tumor. I stopped payment on the postdated check I HAD TO GIVE THEM in order to get our pet. Once I stopped payment I started getting threatening calls from the Centerville Police for "writing a bad check for services rendered and theft". WILL NEVER TAKE ANOTHER ANIMAL HERE. NOT EVEN WORTH ONE STAR BUT NOT GIVEN THAT OPTION. SHOULD BE A NEGATIVE 5.
By: jennifer.gross.100046
Belue M Walter
great vet very patent my dogs love him to bad his clinic can't do more
By: kimberlyking7
Dayton Care Center
You should be able to put zero stars. I guess they get one star for answering their phone. These people want $211 just to euthanize a dog on a Sunday afternoon. How can you take advantage of people in such a horrible time in their life? I have never heard of such crooks. My friend also took her dog there and he was misdiagnosed. I will not be surprised when this place goes under.
By: ejtherapydogs
Dayton Care Center
About two months ago, I had the awful experience of taking my severely ill pet to the Care Center. After being separated during the exam and told my pet had a mild non-life threatening injury. I left very unhappy with a very sick pet which died the next day at my normal Vet's office. My pet was in heart and organ failure and I would never take another pet there under any circumstance.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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