Animal Blessings Pet Hospital

★★★★☆
  • 5950 US Highway 93 S

    Missoula, MT 59804

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  • 406-721-1200

About Animal Blessings Pet Hospital

Hours
Mon 7:30am-5:30pm, Wed-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Tue 7:30am-7:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm

Pets & Animals

Pets & Animals
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Dr. Zirbel has been a veterinarian and counselor for my four-pet family for several years, and has been kind, caring, and astute throughout that time. Among many other things, she correctly diagnosed SARDS in its early stages, quickly and appropriately referring me to specialists for further testing and treatment. Her care helped assure quality of life for that dog in the coming months and years. In the case of a 20 year-old cat with multiple health issues, she was also professional and caring enough to refer me to another practitioner, to ensure we pursued all treatment options??even if it meant working with someone else!

In addition to medical visits, Dr. Z and her staff spent several unscheduled, unpaid hours on the phone with me, discussing a range of behavior issues related to age, health, and random ??stuff?. When it came time for some tough decisions, Dr. Z and her staff were again patient and helpful while I struggled with those choices.

Though my involvement with Western Montana Humane Society, I know Dr. Z to be immensely generous with her time and skills. Her care provides many special-needs animals with opportunities for new lives with adoptive families. One can always find these dogs or cats convalescing or staying over at her clinic, and her skills and willingness to donate her time are often the reason these animals survive in the first place.

I??m sorry for Tom W, the gentleman below. The loss of a pet is never easy, no matter what the circumstances; but it sounds like his issue is a whole lot more about his girlfriend and their relationship than it is about Dr. Zirbel. Shame on the girlfriend??who could have walked Roscoe across the parking lot to the Humane Society, or asked for help on a behavior problem??and too bad this couple??s issues resulted in a bad end for the dog.

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★★★★★

Dr. Zirbel has been a veterinarian and counselor for my four-pet family for several years, and has been kind, caring, and astute throughout that time. Among many other things, she correctly diagnosed SARDS in its early stages, quickly and appropriately referring me to specialists for further testing and treatment. Her care helped assure quality of life for that dog in the coming months and years. In the case of a 20 year-old cat with multiple health issues, she was also professional and caring enough to refer me to another practitioner, to ensure we pursued all treatment options??even if it meant working with someone else!

In addition to medical visits, Dr. Z and her staff spent several unscheduled, unpaid hours on the phone with me, discussing a range of behavior issues related to age, health, and random ??stuff?. When it came time for some tough decisions, Dr. Z and her staff were again patient and helpful while I struggled with those choices.

Though my involvement with Western Montana Humane Society, I know Dr. Z to be immensely generous with her time and skills. Her care provides many special-needs animals with opportunities for new lives with adoptive families. One can always find these dogs or cats convalescing or staying over at her clinic, and her skills and willingness to donate her time are often the reason these animals survive in the first place.

I??m sorry for Tom W, the gentleman below. The loss of a pet is never easy, no matter what the circumstances; but it sounds like his issue is a whole lot more about his girlfriend and their relationship than it is about Dr. Zirbel. Shame on the girlfriend??who could have walked Roscoe across the parking lot to the Humane Society, or asked for help on a behavior problem??and too bad this couple??s issues resulted in a bad end for the dog.

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I have taken my pets to Dr. Z (as she is affectionately known) since 2007. At that time, an aggressive illness swept through my pet cats, killing 2 of them in a matter of hours. Dr. Z answered my frantic 2 a.m. calls. She performed a necropsy on the 2nd cat and did not charge me for it ($100 value). She returned the body to me for burial and sent a sympathy card. When a third cat (who was 17 at the time) started acting sick, Dr. Z worked her into her schedule, tested for and diagnosed a protozoan infection, and started treatment (subQ fluids and Flagyl). Her life was saved, and she is 24 now, still under the watchful eye of Dr. Z.

Dr. Z has a background in shelter medicine, which is helpful to me as I foster cats and kittens through AniMeals No Kill Shelter and Animal Food Bank. If Dr. Z is not available, I'll use another vet. Some vets in the area are not as caring of foster animals, as they are not "pets" in the traditional sense. Dr. Z is caring and knowledgeable and even reports to AniMeals, keeping them informed and saving me time as well.

When Dr. Z is out of town, Kathleen Mikesell, DVM fills in for her. Dr. Mikesell is friendly, capable, and caring. When I had a question about a dry cough my 24-year-old cat developed, Dr. Mikesell spent time on the phone with me, telling me how to differentiate a cough from a cold or allergy from a cough that means a heart condition and how to followup once I had made that correlation.

The staff at Animal Blessings (AB) has always been helpful and polite, no matter whom I spoke with. Gerri in accounting always works with me on billing, if I need it. The practice has compassion for hurt or sick animals. Their "Angel Fund" helps pay expenses for animals staying at AB, and they will create special funds for animals with special needs, such as Lyle, a homeless pomeranian who needs cataract surgery to save his eyesight and become adoptable.

As for the negative comment left by the man whose dog was euthanized by Dr. Z, his comment does not relate to anything I've ever experienced with Dr. Z or her staff. If she euthanized the dog, I'm sure it was indicated, especially since it sounds like she was familiar with the animal.

I gave 5 stars, and I hope I've helped you understand why. I would recommend Dr. Zirbel and AB to anyone who needs a vet and look forward to continuing to take my pets to her for care.

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★★★★★

I have taken my pets to Dr. Z (as she is affectionately known) since 2007. At that time, an aggressive illness swept through my pet cats, killing 2 of them in a matter of hours. Dr. Z answered my frantic 2 a.m. calls. She performed a necropsy on the 2nd cat and did not charge me for it ($100 value). She returned the body to me for burial and sent a sympathy card. When a third cat (who was 17 at the time) started acting sick, Dr. Z worked her into her schedule, tested for and diagnosed a protozoan infection, and started treatment (subQ fluids and Flagyl). Her life was saved, and she is 24 now, still under the watchful eye of Dr. Z.

Dr. Z has a background in shelter medicine, which is helpful to me as I foster cats and kittens through AniMeals No Kill Shelter and Animal Food Bank. If Dr. Z is not available, I'll use another vet. Some vets in the area are not as caring of foster animals, as they are not "pets" in the traditional sense. Dr. Z is caring and knowledgeable and even reports to AniMeals, keeping them informed and saving me time as well.

When Dr. Z is out of town, Kathleen Mikesell, DVM fills in for her. Dr. Mikesell is friendly, capable, and caring. When I had a question about a dry cough my 24-year-old cat developed, Dr. Mikesell spent time on the phone with me, telling me how to differentiate a cough from a cold or allergy from a cough that means a heart condition and how to followup once I had made that correlation.

The staff at Animal Blessings (AB) has always been helpful and polite, no matter whom I spoke with. Gerri in accounting always works with me on billing, if I need it. The practice has compassion for hurt or sick animals. Their "Angel Fund" helps pay expenses for animals staying at AB, and they will create special funds for animals with special needs, such as Lyle, a homeless pomeranian who needs cataract surgery to save his eyesight and become adoptable.

As for the negative comment left by the man whose dog was euthanized by Dr. Z, his comment does not relate to anything I've ever experienced with Dr. Z or her staff. If she euthanized the dog, I'm sure it was indicated, especially since it sounds like she was familiar with the animal.

I gave 5 stars, and I hope I've helped you understand why. I would recommend Dr. Zirbel and AB to anyone who needs a vet and look forward to continuing to take my pets to her for care.

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On 11/10/2010 an angry girlfriend took my very friendly obedient dog to Dr. Zirbel for aggressive behavior. Dr. Zirbel euthanized him! Dr. Zirbel had treated Roscoe for years and knew him to be a friendly and obedient dog. She should have had him tested for aggression. She could have walked him across the parking lot to the Humane Society and had him tested. Instead she put him in a plastic bag and took him over for cremation.

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On 11/10/2010 an angry girlfriend took my very friendly obedient dog to Dr. Zirbel for aggressive behavior. Dr. Zirbel euthanized him! Dr. Zirbel had treated Roscoe for years and knew him to be a friendly and obedient dog. She should have had him tested for aggression. She could have walked him across the parking lot to the Humane Society and had him tested. Instead she put him in a plastic bag and took him over for cremation.

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Animal Blessings Pet Hospital is an excellent facility with a generous and kind staff. We adopted our little dog from them as they were caring for her at the time. We take her there for all her medical needs. We also board her with them. They have taken excellent care of our little dog.

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★★★★★

Animal Blessings Pet Hospital is an excellent facility with a generous and kind staff. We adopted our little dog from them as they were caring for her at the time. We take her there for all her medical needs. We also board her with them. They have taken excellent care of our little dog.

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Animal Blessings Pet Hospital is located right next to the Humane Society. They often take in animals in need from the shelter and help nurse them back to health. The staff is very warm and caring.

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Animal Blessings Pet Hospital is located right next to the Humane Society. They often take in animals in need from the shelter and help nurse them back to health. The staff is very warm and caring.

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