Last year, I was blessed to receive a trained service dog named Isaac. Isaac helps me in many ways. Service dogs are expensive, though, and being disabled, I live on a pretty limit income. I contacted a number of local businesses, asking them to consider making a donation toward the total cost of my service dog. One of the businesses I contacted was the Ashland Road Animal Clinic. The office manager called me and said they would like to offer me discounted veterinary care for the life of my service dog. They would provide office visits, examinations, and some other services at no cost to me, and I would only be charged for things like medications and supplies.
I say all this up front to be honest about my total experiences with the clinic. Please understand, however, that I want quality care, not only for my service dog, but for all my animals. I have three cats that have been treated by another local vet for years and I’m very happy with the care they get there. That is where I had been planning to take Isaac. I decided to schedule a visit with the vet at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic to see what I thought, but if I wasn’t satisfied with the quality of care, then I would go ahead and take Isaac to my cats’ vet.
As it turns out, I believe the care offered at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic is first rate. I’m pleased to take Isaac there and would continue to do so even if I had to pay the full cost for his care. The prices at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic (without my discount) seem comparable to other local vets and to what I pay for vaccines and the like for my cats at another local veterinary office.
At the first visit, the vet impressed me by getting down on the floor to talk to, play with, and examine Isaac. Isaac didn’t have to get up on the examination table, which he probably would not have liked. I was given a new patient kit, which included a nice accordion folder in which to store Isaac’s medical records, a sample of topical flea and heartworm prevention medication, and a large dog biscuit for Isaac.
Isaac enjoys visits to the vet at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic. The office is neat and clean and we’ve never had a long wait to see the doctor. The staff is friendly and affectionate with him and they have yummy treats there. The staff seems to care about Isaac.
On my first visit, I asked the vet about emergencies. I wanted to make sure a vet was available in case of emergencies outside of regular office hours, and one is, but I also wanted to make sure that if something happened to me and Isaac needed emergency treatment (like if we were in a car accident, for instance), that the vet would go ahead and provide the necessary treatment and I would pay later. This is a concern with service dogs, since they are out in public with their owners. I keep emergency information in Isaac’s vest, and if something like a car accident occurred and I was rushed to the hospital, I want to know that emergency workers would know where to take Isaac and that he would get the treatment he needed. The vet at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic said of course they would provide life-saving treatment in an emergency and then we’d settle up the bill later. I feel really good knowing Isaac will be cared for in an emergency situation.
Right now, I’m continuing to take my cats to the vet that’s been seeing them for years, but I’m very happy with the care Isaac gets at the Ashland Road Animal Clinic and would definitely feel good about taking other pets there in the future.
Ashland Road Animal Clinic is located at 1381 Ashland Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44905.