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09/27/2016
By: Theresa T.
Three Trails Animal Hospital
I have came here in the past and had a good visit however, this morning's yearly visit was not the same experience. First of all, my appointment was at 8:15. I was quickly taken into the exam room where they weighed my dog and then left. I sat there for literally 45 minutes listening to all of the chatter coming from back between the staff. I have a very small dog and she must have used a large needle for his shots because he was hurting and trying to bite her. The first time I went here, he didn't even act like he just got poked. I explained that the last time he was poked, they lifted his skin on his back and he didn't feel a thing. She didn't seem to care. He is now traumatized, shivering, and very sluggish. Just not a professional experience at all.
06/27/2013
By: k80tay
Independence Animal Hospital
I have taken my dogs here for almost 10 years. They are BY FAR the most reasonably priced vet office I have ever taken my pets to. You don't have to have an appointment, it is walk in only. They are always busy but, I have never had to wait more than 15 minutes to get my dogs in. I have recommended them to everyone I know and work with and have never heard anything but good things. The Doctors are professional, kind and don't try to up sell you or guilt you into a bunch of tests or procedures that you don't need. I love them and would never consider taking my dogs anywhere else!
08/23/2017
By: Catherine B.
Independence Animal Hospital
I have nothing but good to say about this vet center! All of the doctors ate wonderful and caring! Our chi Ares got so deathly sick once! Dr. Crowe was amazingly compasionate! You can choose whichever vet you want, but they are all good! I sometimes get Dr. Wingert. The prices are very reasonable, and even though sometimes there are a lot of people, the wait isn't usually very long! Many thanks for helping my chi's!!!
08/08/2015
By: bill.traylor.37
Independence Animal Hospital
My wife and I have taken our animals to drs. Wingert and Becker for over 12 yrs. We are proud to have rescued (and found homes for) over 300 animals. We have dealt with quite a few vets in the 20+ yrs. This is by far the best clinic we've been to. The staff is more concerned about the health and well-being of your pets. That is refreshing in this day.
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06/13/2015
By: Jana M.
Independence Animal Hospital
Dr Becker was kind enough to arrange for Lily, my teacup Yorkie who is a rescue to be united with me, she is the joy of my life and I cannot thank him enough for the happiness I have received with her and the care that he has given her. He is truly a puppy saint and I am certain that St. Francis of Assisi looks over him with love and admiration
01/17/2014
By: Beth H.
Independence Animal Hospital
I love this place. I moved away and took my pets to another place close by and changed my mind about leaving. They are reasonably priced and use logic when treating pets instead of charging absorbent prices. I think they have both the interests of the pet and the pet owner in mind when treating pets.
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02/02/2016
By: Paula W.
Independence Animal Hospital
they are the most reasonably priced, will always work with you. the gentlest staff when it comes to your pets needs. they treat your pet as their own. the finest vet care my pets have had ever. i will not go to another vet ever. why leave the best.....
09/30/2016
By: Christian E.
Independence Animal Hospital
I have been bringing my dogs here for years. The doctors are absolutely wonderful. They are compassionate, honest and love what they do. They always take great care of my pets. I will always take my kiddos. Plus, they are affordable too!
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02/13/2017
By: Kimberly T.
Independence Animal Hospital
The Thurber Family has been going to this clinic since 1975. The doctors are very caring. We have had a half a dozen dogs in our lifetime. They have given the yearly shots, spading every one of the females.
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12/26/2015
By: Becky N.
Independence Animal Hospital
Have gone to them since 1982 and continued making the drive no matter what part of KC I moved to over the years. Worth the drive. Reasonable prices and caring service.
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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