Feb 10, 2016
"I'm shocked at all the one-star reviews for VERC. We just took our 14-year-old dog there when he started exhibiting symptoms of a seizure or stroke with absolutely no advance warning or signs. The care we and our dog received was incredible, from the ladies at the front desk to the vet tech who monitored our dog overnight to the veterinarian who oversaw his care. Dr. Eyles was very compassionate, thorough, and professional as he explained the possible diagnoses and prognosis before we made a decision on how to proceed. Yes, the cost for all of the tests, medications, treatment, and overnight hospitalization was high, but to be honest, when you consider that if a human went to the ER for similar treatment, it would cost 4-5x as much easily, so it wasn't an unreasonable cost, in my opinion. Check their costs for lab work versus what you pay the hospital next time. It's the same thing, but people get ripped off by the insurance industry. Anyway, because our dog has had some slowly progressing nerve issues recently, and what was going on could be connected to that, we knew it was possible that euthanasia was the right choice. The vet discussed this with us, mentioning considerations of quality of life for our dog, along with also giving us the other treatment options if we decided to proceed in that direction. Ultimately, we decided to try the treatment and choke on the cost, but our dog is now back home with us. I guess it's all a personal matter of how much you're willing to pay for treatment for a family member, whether human or animal. It turned out that the results of all of our dog's blood work were excellent for his age, and Dr. Eyles' suspicion about what the cause might have been was probably spot on. If we weren't willing to go through with treatment, we might put down an otherwise relatively healthy dog due to a possible one-time episode. Our "Old Man" is now home, hanging out like he always did, and could possibly be with us another year or two. My parents have used VERC in the past with a rescue dog they adopted who had a number of health issues, and they were also very pleased with the service they received. I would gladly take either of my dogs here again if necessary."