Gettysburg Animal Hospital Inc: Dodson John A DVM

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  • 996 Old Harrisburg Rd

    Gettysburg, PA 17325

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  • 717-334-2177

About Gettysburg Animal Hospital Inc: Dodson John A DVM

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Mon., Wed., Fri. 8:30am - 5:30pm;Tue., Thu. 6:30am - 7pm;Sat. 9am - 1pm;Sun. CLOSED

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Although I've had only good experience with all other vets and staff at Gettysburg Animal Hospital, Dr. Dodson was stunningly condescending and rude. I had been misinformed by his staff about when to arrive for a procedure for my pet. The hospital door was locked when I arrived (on time, re: the instructions), and no relevant staff was present. A very nice kennel staffperson agreed to try to find out from Dr. Dodson what was going on. She disappeared for a few minutes, returned, and gave me a second set of instructions requiring me to wait for at least an hour. I asked to speak to Dr. Dodson WHEN he was free. Not a minute later, the vet rushed into the waiting room and, without giving me a chance to speak, chewed me out for pulling him away from sick pets. He then gave me a third set of instructions. In a tone clearly implying that I must be stupid, he said "it's very simple." I objected to his tone, and he replied angrily, "That's too bad," and stormed out of the waiting room as I tried to explain the mixup about instructions. I've never before written a bad review of anyone, but this was inexcusable.

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Although I've had only good experience with all other vets and staff at Gettysburg Animal Hospital, Dr. Dodson was stunningly condescending and rude. I had been misinformed by his staff about when to arrive for a procedure for my pet. The hospital door was locked when I arrived (on time, re: the instructions), and no relevant staff was present. A very nice kennel staffperson agreed to try to find out from Dr. Dodson what was going on. She disappeared for a few minutes, returned, and gave me a second set of instructions requiring me to wait for at least an hour. I asked to speak to Dr. Dodson WHEN he was free. Not a minute later, the vet rushed into the waiting room and, without giving me a chance to speak, chewed me out for pulling him away from sick pets. He then gave me a third set of instructions. In a tone clearly implying that I must be stupid, he said "it's very simple." I objected to his tone, and he replied angrily, "That's too bad," and stormed out of the waiting room as I tried to explain the mixup about instructions. I've never before written a bad review of anyone, but this was inexcusable.

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I've been going to GAH since 1996 and I won't take my animals anywhere else. The vets there are willing to listen and explore other options and they don't rush to do unnecessary diagnostics or prescribed meds that aren't needed - that in itself saves tons of money. They also won't use your animal as a guinea pig - if it's out of their line of expertise, they say so and give you referrals. The office is basic, no high tech computer systems and they don't take credit cards - this keeps costs down even more. I've never had an experience there that would make me look for another vet. I've referred a lot of people there and haven't heard any negative feedback. So far, GAH has taken care of at a minimum of 15 animals for me. The track record is pretty good in my opinion!

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I've been going to GAH since 1996 and I won't take my animals anywhere else. The vets there are willing to listen and explore other options and they don't rush to do unnecessary diagnostics or prescribed meds that aren't needed - that in itself saves tons of money. They also won't use your animal as a guinea pig - if it's out of their line of expertise, they say so and give you referrals. The office is basic, no high tech computer systems and they don't take credit cards - this keeps costs down even more. I've never had an experience there that would make me look for another vet. I've referred a lot of people there and haven't heard any negative feedback. So far, GAH has taken care of at a minimum of 15 animals for me. The track record is pretty good in my opinion!

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We take our 4 dogs and 5 cats to Gettysburg Ainmal Hospital and are always treated to great care. We have been going to Dr. Dodson and his staff for 20 years. During this time, we have also rescued pets that were "seniors" and when the time came to put them to sleep due to age, we were treated with dignity and sympathy. We even received sympathy cards in the mail to let us know how much they care. SInce they do not accept credit cards, the fees are always low and reasonable. We have even referred friends and family from Maryland to come up to have their pets cared for at a lower cost than they would pay in the Washington area, and they make the drive!

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We take our 4 dogs and 5 cats to Gettysburg Ainmal Hospital and are always treated to great care. We have been going to Dr. Dodson and his staff for 20 years. During this time, we have also rescued pets that were "seniors" and when the time came to put them to sleep due to age, we were treated with dignity and sympathy. We even received sympathy cards in the mail to let us know how much they care. SInce they do not accept credit cards, the fees are always low and reasonable. We have even referred friends and family from Maryland to come up to have their pets cared for at a lower cost than they would pay in the Washington area, and they make the drive!

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I recently took my cat there and we saw Dr. Kulkinski. The whole reason I made the appointment was to have my cats anal glands drained because she has a funky smell going on and she has had diarrhea since I brought her home from the shelter. She refused to drain her anal glands. She didn't even check or look at her bottom. She only put her on some antimicrobial drugs and said if it didn't clear up to change her diet. While the drugs are working to harden her stools she still has a smell going on and I just know it's from her anal glands. What good is a vet when they can't even service your pet? Also they only accept cash or check. Pretty ridiculous considering how high vet bills can get.

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I recently took my cat there and we saw Dr. Kulkinski. The whole reason I made the appointment was to have my cats anal glands drained because she has a funky smell going on and she has had diarrhea since I brought her home from the shelter. She refused to drain her anal glands. She didn't even check or look at her bottom. She only put her on some antimicrobial drugs and said if it didn't clear up to change her diet. While the drugs are working to harden her stools she still has a smell going on and I just know it's from her anal glands. What good is a vet when they can't even service your pet? Also they only accept cash or check. Pretty ridiculous considering how high vet bills can get.

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Just a quick reply to the woman who will not go back because her dog got the virus it was vaccinated for: I am not a client of Gettysburg Vet, nor do I work there. Something the general public isn't aware of is that there is a small chance a disease can be contracted from a vaccine. Many vaccines are killed versions of the live virus, sometimes animals and people can actually get the illness they are being vaccinated for. Also, some immune systems do not react to the vaccine in the intended way and a resistance is never formed. I know this isn't a discussion forum, but it should be stated that just because your dog got an illness it was vaccinated for doesn't mean the vet or his/her staff made a mistake. People sometimes still get the flu after they got the flu shot...

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Just a quick reply to the woman who will not go back because her dog got the virus it was vaccinated for: I am not a client of Gettysburg Vet, nor do I work there. Something the general public isn't aware of is that there is a small chance a disease can be contracted from a vaccine. Many vaccines are killed versions of the live virus, sometimes animals and people can actually get the illness they are being vaccinated for. Also, some immune systems do not react to the vaccine in the intended way and a resistance is never formed. I know this isn't a discussion forum, but it should be stated that just because your dog got an illness it was vaccinated for doesn't mean the vet or his/her staff made a mistake. People sometimes still get the flu after they got the flu shot...

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First... I'm very sorry to read the review about the poor pup that got too sick after his shots. It's unfortunate but we have to remember that Vets are humans too .. and we all know humans are far from perfect... therefore mistakes are possible. As far as my review... I adore these people. They have at one point completely saved the life of one of our cats and have one nothing but good things for my other cat and my dog. Pricing is generally fantastic (i.e. my dog recently was very sick and for $160 she got a last minute office visit, a FULL physical exam, blood work, 2 medications, xrays and a special brand of dog food .. although I think that some things may cost a little more than you might expect. The staff is ALWAYS ready to jump and I wish I knew her name but there is one lady there that when i've had emergencies she has gone as far as calling other appointments and asking them to switch times so they could get my "kids" in. I took my friend and her cat there (unfortunatly the kitty needed put down) and even though they stayed open late for them .. they got the needle loaded and ready but poor kitty passed before she got her shot and they refused to charge us for anything except the regular office visit, around $30. So I guess what I'm saying is ... if you live within reasonable driving distance you should definitely give them a chance.

P.S. They do have one option aside from cash and check payments. You can apply for "Care Credit", they don't advertise it but when they had to save the cat for me I did not have the $1,000. That's when they told me about the card. It's a credit card type of thing good only for medical purposes - human and critter alike. A lot of practitioners take it but you'll need to check with the doctor before you count on it.

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First... I'm very sorry to read the review about the poor pup that got too sick after his shots. It's unfortunate but we have to remember that Vets are humans too .. and we all know humans are far from perfect... therefore mistakes are possible. As far as my review... I adore these people. They have at one point completely saved the life of one of our cats and have one nothing but good things for my other cat and my dog. Pricing is generally fantastic (i.e. my dog recently was very sick and for $160 she got a last minute office visit, a FULL physical exam, blood work, 2 medications, xrays and a special brand of dog food .. although I think that some things may cost a little more than you might expect. The staff is ALWAYS ready to jump and I wish I knew her name but there is one lady there that when i've had emergencies she has gone as far as calling other appointments and asking them to switch times so they could get my "kids" in. I took my friend and her cat there (unfortunatly the kitty needed put down) and even though they stayed open late for them .. they got the needle loaded and ready but poor kitty passed before she got her shot and they refused to charge us for anything except the regular office visit, around $30. So I guess what I'm saying is ... if you live within reasonable driving distance you should definitely give them a chance.

P.S. They do have one option aside from cash and check payments. You can apply for "Care Credit", they don't advertise it but when they had to save the cat for me I did not have the $1,000. That's when they told me about the card. It's a credit card type of thing good only for medical purposes - human and critter alike. A lot of practitioners take it but you'll need to check with the doctor before you count on it.

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My six puppies were born on February 25th, 2010 at Gettysburg Animal Hospital. I was very nervous when I arrived because my Bichon was shaking and panting. After the vet examined her he said that she was not having contraction but was ready to have her puppies. They gave her shots and the first puppy was coming backwards and was stuck in her canal. Dr. Dodson said that he had to pull him from her canal and that hopefully she could have the rest of the puppies on her own. I sat by her kennel and watched each puppy being born. Everytime I said here comes another puppy one of the vets came and made sure the puppy was breathing and took them away to clean them up. Jeannie the mother was very tired after her five hour experience of having her six puppies. I was very pleased with each veterarian that took care of my six puppies and Jeannie. We have continued to take our puppies, along with their mom and dad to the Gettysburg Animal Hospital because of their excellent care. I have referred many people there.

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My six puppies were born on February 25th, 2010 at Gettysburg Animal Hospital. I was very nervous when I arrived because my Bichon was shaking and panting. After the vet examined her he said that she was not having contraction but was ready to have her puppies. They gave her shots and the first puppy was coming backwards and was stuck in her canal. Dr. Dodson said that he had to pull him from her canal and that hopefully she could have the rest of the puppies on her own. I sat by her kennel and watched each puppy being born. Everytime I said here comes another puppy one of the vets came and made sure the puppy was breathing and took them away to clean them up. Jeannie the mother was very tired after her five hour experience of having her six puppies. I was very pleased with each veterarian that took care of my six puppies and Jeannie. We have continued to take our puppies, along with their mom and dad to the Gettysburg Animal Hospital because of their excellent care. I have referred many people there.

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I had found a stray young pup on my door step right before Thanksgiving and I decided after I was unable to find the owner to make him part of our family. I didn't know what shots he needed and he was not neutered yet. He appeared to be approx. 8-10 months old. I called ever Vet in Hanover to get a price on an exam basic shots and neutering. I also happen to live in Adams County and found this website http://www.acpals.org/ which gave us a thirty dollar coupon towards getting our dog neutered and recommended Gettysburg Animal Inc.. The exam was $28, Lepto shot $8, Rabies shot $12, Distemper shot $12, Fecal Exam $18, Neutering $85, minus $30.00 from acpals. I was out the door with a grand total charge of $133.00, and that includes pain medication and the follow up visit ten days later to get the stitches out. I couldn't find a Vet in Hanover that would just Neuter him for under $215.00!! The staff was terrific, the hours they are open are great, and they got me in quick. ACPALS is also a terrific organization. I highly recommend Gettysburg Animal Inc.!!!

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I had found a stray young pup on my door step right before Thanksgiving and I decided after I was unable to find the owner to make him part of our family. I didn't know what shots he needed and he was not neutered yet. He appeared to be approx. 8-10 months old. I called ever Vet in Hanover to get a price on an exam basic shots and neutering. I also happen to live in Adams County and found this website http://www.acpals.org/ which gave us a thirty dollar coupon towards getting our dog neutered and recommended Gettysburg Animal Inc.. The exam was $28, Lepto shot $8, Rabies shot $12, Distemper shot $12, Fecal Exam $18, Neutering $85, minus $30.00 from acpals. I was out the door with a grand total charge of $133.00, and that includes pain medication and the follow up visit ten days later to get the stitches out. I couldn't find a Vet in Hanover that would just Neuter him for under $215.00!! The staff was terrific, the hours they are open are great, and they got me in quick. ACPALS is also a terrific organization. I highly recommend Gettysburg Animal Inc.!!!

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I have multiple cats and Gettysburg Animal Hospital allows me to financially take care of them without mortgaging my home. I have found them the most reasonable priced in my area without cutting on quality care. They truly are superb IMO. And I have tried many other good vets in my area but ouch the cost!!
They have no fancy website, only cash or checks accepted(no credit cards) and pass those savings on to their furry/feathered customers.
It is easy to get an appointment, not three weeks in the future. And best of all, ferals and semi ferals are welcome. Check their spay/neuter cost , dental extractions, you will be pleasantly surprised. Wish human health care would be run that efficient, economically.

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I have multiple cats and Gettysburg Animal Hospital allows me to financially take care of them without mortgaging my home. I have found them the most reasonable priced in my area without cutting on quality care. They truly are superb IMO. And I have tried many other good vets in my area but ouch the cost!!
They have no fancy website, only cash or checks accepted(no credit cards) and pass those savings on to their furry/feathered customers.
It is easy to get an appointment, not three weeks in the future. And best of all, ferals and semi ferals are welcome. Check their spay/neuter cost , dental extractions, you will be pleasantly surprised. Wish human health care would be run that efficient, economically.

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my wife and I moved here and first took our cat to a corporate vet office(will not name but it was joined a pet store chain.) These folks were cheaper, easier to see, more caring, and closer. They are great at doing the little things quickly, and they are very helpful with phone questions. great small town operation.

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my wife and I moved here and first took our cat to a corporate vet office(will not name but it was joined a pet store chain.) These folks were cheaper, easier to see, more caring, and closer. They are great at doing the little things quickly, and they are very helpful with phone questions. great small town operation.

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I had my little dog over there a while ago..Annual shots were given.My pet got the virus that was to protect him..he died after a long fight to get him well..even got a new hospital..but sadly he died and with the state of Pa..there are no rules to protect your pet..for ver errors..wow

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I had my little dog over there a while ago..Annual shots were given.My pet got the virus that was to protect him..he died after a long fight to get him well..even got a new hospital..but sadly he died and with the state of Pa..there are no rules to protect your pet..for ver errors..wow

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Every animal gets the fear of God put into them as they get loaded into the pet carrier to go to the vet. I wish they didn't have to go and I wish I didn't have to pay for it. But they DO have to go, and I DO have to pay for it. Gettysburg Animal Hospital is a good vet and, as far as vets go, they don't charge too much for basic services. I just wish my dang pets would stop eating non-food objects...

PROS: Caring staff, can usually get in for an appointment
CONS: Price

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Every animal gets the fear of God put into them as they get loaded into the pet carrier to go to the vet. I wish they didn't have to go and I wish I didn't have to pay for it. But they DO have to go, and I DO have to pay for it. Gettysburg Animal Hospital is a good vet and, as far as vets go, they don't charge too much for basic services. I just wish my dang pets would stop eating non-food objects...

PROS: Caring staff, can usually get in for an appointment
CONS: Price

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We have been taking our cats to Gettysburg Animal Hospital for years now. We are happy with the service, though we have never had any emergency issues. The closest we came to an "emergency" was when one of our cats was "improperly eliminating" outside of the litter box, but I suppose that's too much information for the casual reader. But the vets were very helpful about it.

PROS: Helpful staff. And they can usually see you fairly quickly. Good hours.
CONS: Vets are very expensive.

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We have been taking our cats to Gettysburg Animal Hospital for years now. We are happy with the service, though we have never had any emergency issues. The closest we came to an "emergency" was when one of our cats was "improperly eliminating" outside of the litter box, but I suppose that's too much information for the casual reader. But the vets were very helpful about it.

PROS: Helpful staff. And they can usually see you fairly quickly. Good hours.
CONS: Vets are very expensive.

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