VCA Atwood Animal Hospital

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342 Atwood Ave

Cranston, RI

02920

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M: 07:00am - 08:00pm, T: 07:00am - 08:00pm, W: 07:00am - 06:00pm, TH: 07:00am - 08:00pm, F: 07:00am - 06:00pm, Sat: 08:00am - 02:00pm, Sun: Closed
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I took my 2 dogs to the VCA Atwood location. The vet pretty much popped into the room to bill, after we had waited almost an hour to be seen (the waiting room was not busy). He did not introduce himself, and he did not seem to have looked at either file. Nor did he bother to get a name for the dogs- he asked the tech which was which when he was prepping the shots.

Besides the usual exam and shots for my 2 dogs, I had hoped to get some help with 2 issues. One of my dogs had a growth on her paw that had not been there ever before. It had started out small, and now was larger and thus I was concerned it might need to be checked out to make sure it was benign.

The other had not grown out of stranger anxiety, even though he is no longer a puppy. So I wanted to get a handle on that somehow, with the advice of the vet, since all of our positive reinforcements and exposure techniques didn't seem to help.

His suggestion for my anxious dog was a shock collar. This dog is not aggressive- he whines and howls and quickly turns hysterical if the person or dog he is anxious about tries to come near him. Our other dog is the complete opposite, so we know it's not something we're doing or projecting on to him. He does not seek out people or try to bite them. He hasn't grown out of it so I wanted some POSITIVE suggestions besides shocking him. I don't see how shocking an anxious dog could possibly help the issue! The tech, who by the way was kind, had suggested trying D.A.P., before the vet finally showed up. I did attempt to talk to him about other solutions, but he pretty much dismissed it and was unwilling to engage in a conversation.

As for the growth on my 5 yr old, he barely looked at it and told me ""if it doesn't bug her it shouldn't bug you."" What?? I made it clear it was a new growth to the tech, not something she had since she was a puppy. However after the whole ""shock collar"" suggestion I didn't feel like trying to make this vet see that maybe, just maybe, as the owner of these dogs I might know something has changed and actually needs to be taken seriously.

Not only did he not introduce himself, he had to ask the tech which dog was which, and had clearly not looked at their hx. He never checked their gums, and he made a passing comment about being careful because of an issue that plagues the breed. Since my 5 year old had two surgeries relating to this issue, I would have expected him to not only have looked at her hx, but to actually check her movement and make sure everything was OK still and check in with us about her recovery. Clearly he was disinterested in us and our animals.

We felt overcharged (despite the free exam deal, we walked out with a 336 bill).

We were both exhausted, as in the end it was a 2 hour ordeal, and our anxious dog was a wreck. I had to wait at reception for awhile for the file to come up front, even though the place was still hardly hopping. The vet did not write an Rx for heartworm medication, so I ended up leaving because I would have had to sit and wait for him to get around to it some more.

If you go here, make sure you get the vet people swear by. We aren't going back.

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I took my 2 dogs to the VCA Atwood location. The vet pretty much popped into the room to bill, after we had waited almost an hour to be seen (the waiting room was not busy). He did not introduce himself, and he did not seem to have looked at either file. Nor did he bother to get a name for the dogs- he asked the tech which was which when he was prepping the shots.

Besides the usual exam and shots for my 2 dogs, I had hoped to get some help with 2 issues. One of my dogs had a growth on her paw that had not been there ever before. It had started out small, and now was larger and thus I was concerned it might need to be checked out to make sure it was benign.

The other had not grown out of stranger anxiety, even though he is no longer a puppy. So I wanted to get a handle on that somehow, with the advice of the vet, since all of our positive reinforcements and exposure techniques didn't seem to help.

His suggestion for my anxious dog was a shock collar. This dog is not aggressive- he whines and howls and quickly turns hysterical if the person or dog he is anxious about tries to come near him. Our other dog is the complete opposite, so we know it's not something we're doing or projecting on to him. He does not seek out people or try to bite them. He hasn't grown out of it so I wanted some POSITIVE suggestions besides shocking him. I don't see how shocking an anxious dog could possibly help the issue! The tech, who by the way was kind, had suggested trying D.A.P., before the vet finally showed up. I did attempt to talk to him about other solutions, but he pretty much dismissed it and was unwilling to engage in a conversation.

As for the growth on my 5 yr old, he barely looked at it and told me ""if it doesn't bug her it shouldn't bug you."" What?? I made it clear it was a new growth to the tech, not something she had since she was a puppy. However after the whole ""shock collar"" suggestion I didn't feel like trying to make this vet see that maybe, just maybe, as the owner of these dogs I might know something has changed and actually needs to be taken seriously.

Not only did he not introduce himself, he had to ask the tech which dog was which, and had clearly not looked at their hx. He never checked their gums, and he made a passing comment about being careful because of an issue that plagues the breed. Since my 5 year old had two surgeries relating to this issue, I would have expected him to not only have looked at her hx, but to actually check her movement and make sure everything was OK still and check in with us about her recovery. Clearly he was disinterested in us and our animals.

We felt overcharged (despite the free exam deal, we walked out with a 336 bill).

We were both exhausted, as in the end it was a 2 hour ordeal, and our anxious dog was a wreck. I had to wait at reception for awhile for the file to come up front, even though the place was still hardly hopping. The vet did not write an Rx for heartworm medication, so I ended up leaving because I would have had to sit and wait for him to get around to it some more.

If you go here, make sure you get the vet people swear by. We aren't going back.

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I took my 2 dogs to the VCA Atwood location. The vet pretty much popped into the room to bill, after we had waited almost an hour to be seen (the waiting room was not busy). His suggestion for my anxious dog was a shock collar. This dog has no aggression issues-- he whines and howls out of anxiety in strange situations and at strangers, even with exposure to the same places and so on. He hasn't grown out of it so I wanted some POSITIVE suggestions besides electrocuting him. As for the growth on my 5 yr old, he barely looked at it and told me ""if it doesn't bug her it shouldn't bug you."" Furthermore, she had two surgeries last year. Not only did he not introduce himself, he had to ask the tech which dog was which, and had clearly not looked at their hx. He never checked their gums, and he made a passing comment about being careful because of an issue that plagues the breed. Since she had two surgeries relating to this issue, I would have expected him to actually check her movement and make sure everything was OK still. We felt overcharged (despite the free exam deal, we walked out with a 336 bill). And we were both exhausted, as in the end it was a 2 hour ordeal, and our anxious dog was a wreck. If you go here, make sure you get the vet people swear by.

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I took my 2 dogs to the VCA Atwood location. The vet pretty much popped into the room to bill, after we had waited almost an hour to be seen (the waiting room was not busy). His suggestion for my anxious dog was a shock collar. This dog has no aggression issues-- he whines and howls out of anxiety in strange situations and at strangers, even with exposure to the same places and so on. He hasn't grown out of it so I wanted some POSITIVE suggestions besides electrocuting him. As for the growth on my 5 yr old, he barely looked at it and told me ""if it doesn't bug her it shouldn't bug you."" Furthermore, she had two surgeries last year. Not only did he not introduce himself, he had to ask the tech which dog was which, and had clearly not looked at their hx. He never checked their gums, and he made a passing comment about being careful because of an issue that plagues the breed. Since she had two surgeries relating to this issue, I would have expected him to actually check her movement and make sure everything was OK still. We felt overcharged (despite the free exam deal, we walked out with a 336 bill). And we were both exhausted, as in the end it was a 2 hour ordeal, and our anxious dog was a wreck. If you go here, make sure you get the vet people swear by.

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The staff are friendly enough, but they have organization problems. Ie. I was in vaccines the other week, they told me not to get a kennel cough vaccine, and today I am receiving calls about taking my animal in to be vaccinated for kennel cough. They also try to sell you a ton of unnecessary crap like dog pheromones to ""help"" with fearful behavior from thunderstorms and the like, after you tell them your animal is not afraid of such things. They also seem to be over priced and sneak charges in on you (ie. biohazard disposal fee...just hand the poop back to me and I'll put it in the garbage can).

Go elsewhere.

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The staff are friendly enough, but they have organization problems. Ie. I was in vaccines the other week, they told me not to get a kennel cough vaccine, and today I am receiving calls about taking my animal in to be vaccinated for kennel cough. They also try to sell you a ton of unnecessary crap like dog pheromones to ""help"" with fearful behavior from thunderstorms and the like, after you tell them your animal is not afraid of such things. They also seem to be over priced and sneak charges in on you (ie. biohazard disposal fee...just hand the poop back to me and I'll put it in the garbage can).

Go elsewhere.

Message from VCA Atwood Animal Hospital

At VCA Atwood Animal Hospital, we look forward to welcoming you and your pets. Everyone on our staff believes the better we get to know your pets, the better we can provide the best possible healthcare for them. In fact, when you come in, you'll see exactly why our veterinarians are praised for their kind and thorough care. We'll give you and your pet all the time you need, and never rush through an exam. We'll also carefully track the course of your pet's care, which is so important to your pet's long-term health. In every case, you'll be served by experienced, knowledgeable members of our staff. Our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and other pet-friendly personnel are trained to the highest standards. Their knowledge of the latest veterinary medicines and procedures ensures that all our pet patients get the best in prevention and healing methods. VCA Atwood Animal Hospital's compassionate team are committed to bringing you and your pets better health by practicing the science of Veterinary Medicine. We are a full-service Animal Hospital whose mission is to give pets the care they need and deserve to help strengthen and enhance the bond between pets and their families. VCA Atwood Animal Hospital offers emergency veterinary services in addition to standard medical, surgical, and dental veterinary care. Because we have an in-house pharmacy, laboratory, digital radiology facilities, and Intensive Care Unit, our facility enables you to make one stop for your pet's medical care. We take pride in the excellent care we offer here. We are open for appointments during normal business hours, evenings, and Saturdays.

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