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11/07/2014
By: Jess H.
Kingsbury Animal Hospital
I completely disagree with the low ratings for Kingsbury Animal Hospital. I will also preface my review by saying that both my mother and sister are veterinarians, so I have had a lot of exposure to veterinary practice over my life. I adopted my dog, Alice, just over a year ago from a local shelter. A few weeks after we brought her home, we started recognizing signs of separation anxiety. When Alice was at her worst, she chewed completely through her crate and injured her face. We came to see Dr. Brammeier for an initial behavior consultation for his assessment, diagnosis, and recommendations. He had a Behaviorist attend the meeting as well. Dr. Brammeier was thorough and explained everything in a detailed, calm, and respectful way. I could see that he understood the stress my husband and I were going through in learning how to deal with Alice's condition. I have worked with a few folks as I figured out how to manage Alice's anxiety. Unlike some other professionals, Dr. Brammeier and his staff did not sugar coat or make false promises. They were supportive and informative. I was so impressed with this first meeting that I started bringing Alice for her regular veterinary appointments as well. With a lot of hard work and persistence, we have had a lot of success with Alice over the past year with help from KAH. I now also bring my new dog, Billie Jean, to KAH for her regular check ups. We last saw Dr. Shaw - he was kind, thorough, and attentive. I highly recommend Dr. Brammeier's office for veterinary care and especially for help managing your pet's behavioral issues.
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01/27/2016
By: Bobbie J.
St Louis Veterinary Center
In the past,this office was quite hectic due to the amount of patients that were scheduled. But,Dr Wagenknecht doesn't work with Barc anymore,so the patient load has been reduced. Even when time was limited,I was always happy with the service provided. He is very quick and efficient with spay and neuter. I've never had a large aftercare bill following a surgery he's performed. The animals actually came from the office happy and active as if nothing had occurred,and I would have to contain them to keep them from playing too much. In the middle of a rushed morning,he took the time to speak with me directly on the phone and apologize for a misunderstanding that occurred with the front office. He also briefly spoke with me in person to address concerns I had about anesthesia,even though it was bustling another morning. He truly wants you to do right by your pet and will work with you to assist in costs to provide the service your pet needs. I don't know about the situations concerning the bad reviews,but I am pleased with his experience. An affordable vet that can perform delicate surgery is hard to come by. I suggest having your conversation planned if you are concerned about not having enough time to speak. I don't think he's rude at all. Perhaps he's just short with nonsense.
01/24/2015
By: jill.cook.88
Kingsbury Animal Hospital
Simply put, I have a petting zoo--dogs, cats and a guinea pig. Simply put again, I adore them all. With all of them, I need a veterinarian who can work with me on scheduling and cost and still talk to me like I'm a human being. A clinic that provides as stress less an environment for my cats that are already whigged out from a car ride. I need technicians who aren't afraid to show me how to do things and will even let me help a little (I don't mind being the bad guy). I need receptionists who recognize me and see me as a valued pet owner, not just a valued customer. I also need a place that will recognize occasionally I need something just a little different than what they offer and will support my decision to seek care elsewhere. Heck, they even call to make sure everything is okay! This is why I choose KAH.
08/25/2016
By: tim.mcgrory
Affton Veterinary Clinic
I am a pet lover, and I have to say that Dr Brooks and her staff is by far the best group of pet care givers I have ever met, my dog Mac hated vets, but this group made him happy to be cared for, they were totally supportive to me through his life and in his passing. They also love my cat 'Little' who they let develop a great peronality which he still has today, I wish I did not have to move, I miss this group so much, you will not find a better vet anywhere, thank you for be there for us Affton Vet Clinic
09/21/2016
By: Peggy G.
St Louis Cat Clinic
Saint Louis Cat clinic was a godsend to us. We moved to St. Louis 6 years ago and hoped we could find a vet as good as the one we left behind. And we did! We have 3 cats who feel like St. Louis cat clinic is family. The doctors and staff are kind, compassionate, no barking dogs, and most importantly they keep up-to-date with new technology and treatments. They will call in a specialist if necessary. Their hours are great too. I highly recommend St. Louis Cat Clinic...could not be happier.
12/19/2012
By: pattie.o.furniture
St Louis Hills Veterinary Clinic
took my 10year old mini pin, Bentlie there with nerve and back trouble. their normal vet couldn't figure out what was wrong and he continued to get worse. He could not stand and put weight on his front right leg without it giving out, he could barely keep his head up,After the initial visit i could tell a differnce and after routine treatments, he is back to normal acting like a crazed puppy!! I am so grateful they were able to help! A+++
02/20/2016
By: Henry A.
Johnson, Ben W
Dr. Johnson is a vet who has extensive expertise on vision issues. One of our dogs that we rescued was apparently born blind in one eye. Dr. Johnson assessed and diagnosed our dog's vision issues and helped us determine how to best treat the condition. We are extremely appreciative of the excellent veterinary advice that we received from Dr. Johnson and that the care and attention that he provided to our pet.
08/13/2016
By: Maureen O.
Kingsbury Animal Hospital
The best in St. Louis!!! I have been luck enough to find this place 4 years ago after having less than great experiences at a few other offices and could not be happier with their care. I have two cats and two dogs so having a place that I trust is important.
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11/05/2015
By: Nathan K.
Affton Veterinary Clinic
Love this clinic, they have been amazing with our pets. We have an elderly lab and a younger mutt with a lot of allergies. Their care and patience has always been greatly appreciated by us.
03/29/2017
By: jrd9436
Animal Clinic Of Clayton Inc
I have been taking my dog here since 2012. The staff and doctors are very kind. Always happy with how Ditto is treated.
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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