Just got this e mail from PAH

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Dear zara,
On Friday 18th March, a new Companion Care Vet Surgery will open its doors at the Pets at Home Aintree store.
With an experienced veterinary team and a fully operational surgery, you can now enjoy the complete pet health experience all under one roof. Plus, we’re open 7 days a week.
Free vet consultation*
And if you register with the surgery before the 18th March your pet will receive a free vet consultation*.


Why choose us?
We’re open 7 days a week and there are no weekend surcharges
Our experienced vets and nurses are dedicated to providing the very best healthcare for your pet
Our air conditioned surgery is fitted with an operating theatre, in-house laboratory and digital x-ray machine
We’re easy to find and there’s plenty of free parking

not sure what i think about this
 

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Our local P@H has got a Companion Care Vet Surgery. I've never used it - for some reason a vet surgery at the back of a retail store doesn't scream out professional to me (I'm not saying its not a professional operation, this is just my perception). It's always busy though.

I do have positive and negative views about the principle of these types of surgeries as I try to see the good and bad in things, but I've got to admit I'm a bit sceptical about the whole thing (P@H - corporate machine - profits - you get the picture).
 
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I took humbug to snipe retail parks p@h vet service. Was really impressed with the vet service there. Wasn't sure on the price though but then again most vets are expensive. But i didn't mind as humbug was needing to be treated =)
 

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Perhaps the vets there could tell the staff that boars do not need to live alone from the age of 12 weeks! They are not going anywhere near my pigs. All my arguments about P@H still stand. xx
 
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Our local P@H has got a Companion Care Vet Surgery. I've never used it - for some reason a vet surgery at the back of a retail store doesn't scream out professional to me (I'm not saying its not a professional operation, this is just my perception). It's always busy though.

I do have positive and negative views about the principle of these types of surgeries as I try to see the good and bad in things, but I've got to admit I'm a bit sceptical about the whole thing (P@H - corporate machine - profits - you get the picture).

My thoughts exactly. I'm going to take Bilbo to the free consult and get a better idea of prices and see what they are like
 

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I had to go to PAH recently as I'd ran out of hay and whenever I go I always check all the animals to make sure they're ok. One time I went the guinea pigs had no hay, dry food or fresh food so I told a member of staff that they needed hay at a minimum at all times. The second time there was someone looking at the boars and the assistant said they'd need to be neutered when they're older or they'd fight and have to be seperated. I said to her that neutering does not change their temperament at all and she said oh really, I didn't know that so I felt like saying to her well if you don't know what your talking about then why are you giving advice?! To be fair to her the woman was wanting to buy a male and female but she refused to let them as she said they won't sell mixed pairs incase of breeding.
 
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Cheers for that. I have a list of questions i ask a vet before i will let them treat. If there not happy with this i walk away. Figure i might aswell go to the free consult ansd see what i think of them.

Oh and yeah ive seen the pigs in store with no food. I told a member of staff and she got all snotty saying theyd already been fed and "i own my own guinea pig" i said yeah? i have 6 and have kept pigs for 12 years. so ner to you!
 

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My local store has their own veterinary surgery and to be fair, they always seem busy.

I know someone who uses them and he said they are expensive. Personally, I wouldn't take my animals there you may as well have the free consultation just to see what they are like.
 

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I wouldn't necessarily choose to use them, however I needed a vet on saturday lunchtime and the only place around here is "Vets Now" who have a 24hour clinic, they don't appear to have a great reputation yet charge £85 just to see a piggie, over £130 if it's after 11pm- and this isn't a call out fee etc, this is just a clinic where someone is based and you walk in. To be honest if I was in the same situation on a saturday or sunday I would consider using them, but probably not at any other time.
 

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If it's the difference between somebody NOT taking their pet to a vet, particularly out-of-hours, but taking their pet to P@H vets, then I say "Please use them!"
 

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I don't really see what the difference is? at the end of the day they are a vet service. i don't know what the partnership being in a p@h involves, money profit etc.

Vet is a vet at the end of the day if they have a chance to help your pet then let them.

If anyone does go to the one i mentioned they got a huge great dane grey dog there he's huge but so friendly lol scared me as he sneaks up to you lol.
 
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Dear zara,
On Friday 18th March, a new Companion Care Vet Surgery will open its doors at the Pets at Home Aintree store.
With an experienced veterinary team and a fully operational surgery, you can now enjoy the complete pet health experience all under one roof. Plus, we’re open 7 days a week.
Free vet consultation*
And if you register with the surgery before the 18th March your pet will receive a free vet consultation*.


Why choose us?
We’re open 7 days a week and there are no weekend surcharges
Our experienced vets and nurses are dedicated to providing the very best healthcare for your pet
Our air conditioned surgery is fitted with an operating theatre, in-house laboratory and digital x-ray machine
We’re easy to find and there’s plenty of free parking

not sure what i think about this

I had no choice to use them a few weeks at to have albert pts :( Since we have not lived here long etc. Cost me £54........8...

Having said that they were very good and very understanding.
 

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I think its important that you use a vet that you are happy to deal with. I am very lucky that I live in a busy town, and have a choice of at least 3 different veterinary practices. But would also travel miles if any of my pets needed specialist care (and have done).

I personally don't like the p@h vets in the town i live in, and wouldn't recommend it. But that is due to the situations I have had. I try to avoid p@h pet department also.
 

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I've just had a look at the web site for our local P@H they are charging £85 for an out of hours consultation. This weekend I took Maisie for an out of hours consult, the charge was £40 plus £30 for sedation and x-rays. Admittidly the total for all her treatment will be just short of £300 but considering what her treatment has been and the aftercare she has had I wont be changing vets.
 
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i agree pah are rubbish! ive seen some awful things in there with my own eyes. but as has been said a vet is a vet and i should imaging will be more knowledgeable than a store assistant working on a checkout! I'm just going to see what i make of them seeing as i cant find any other I'm happy with. The only other vet ive been happy with was in the pdsa and i am no longer entitled to go there even though i asked if i could still see the same vet and would of course pay every penny but they said no! i will of course ask loads of questions and if i am at all unhappy they will see a zara shaped blur in the opposite direction!
 
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the annoying thing is i have a small anim,al hospital right by me i can literally see it from my living room window! they wont accept new clients without a referal :(
 

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the annoying thing is i have a small anim,al hospital right by me i can literally see it from my living room window! they wont accept new clients without a referal :(

Not sure which end of Liverpool you are at, but quite a few piggy people use Andale Vets in Widnes, if that's any help. xx
 
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Not sure which end of Liverpool you are at, but quite a few piggy people use Andale Vets in Widnes, if that's any help. xx

ooh will have a look ive just ben told of one in runcorn. I'm lucky i live on the edge of the city centre so i can easily get buses!
 
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