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(4.8 out of 5, based on 4 reviews)

75 SOUTHMOORHEAD, MN 56560
(218)236-9059

493 miles away
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Debra B.
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Rating: 4

F-M Animal Hospital & Moorhead Pound

posted 5 years ago

I will separate this reivew into 2 components: the city pound and the vet clinic. Both of these services are housed in the same building, but I feel that they need to be reviewed separately. This facility is located directly across the Red River from Fargo, ND.

Moorhead Pound:
I find it odd that a city run pound is housed in the same building as a for-profit business as a vet clinic. I don't know who actually owns the building, but I understand that the city pays for vet care for impounded strays up to a certain period of time, around 5 days. This area pound does tend to keep strays for much longer than this if there is space available to house them and they are highly adoptable. The woman who manages this pound is extremely knowledgeable, kind, compassionate and very skilled in handling the dogs and cats. In fact, I think that she has more first-hand experience and knowledge than a couple of the vets there.

The Moorhead Pound serves as the shelter for strays for the entire Clay County, MN. The manager of the pound is the one who contacts the Fargo Humane Society and the local area rescue groups when a highly adoptable stray comes in. Members of area rescue groups also come to the pound to select animals to save from euthanasia. The local humane society has too limited amount of space in its facility to house many animals, and the majority of rescue groups operate through foster homes with no shelter facility available. The number of animals placed into rescue groups is limited by the number of foster homes available. I have gotten 5 of my foster cats from the Moorhead Pound.

F-M Animal Hospital:
I have had experiences with the vets at this clinic ranging from poor to great. My experiences have varied due to which vet that I interacted with in this group practice. This is the clinic that I take my fosters to, and I understand that they do give a discount to the rescue group. However, I really have to advocate for the best care for my foster cat with one vet who is more concerned with sparing the cost to the rescue group than providing the best treatment. Since I am not a "true" paying client, then I am not always high up on the treatment totem pole or always given priority in scheduling de-sexing surgeries, especially spays. I haven't had any problems with scheduling cat neuters. I need to balance getting the proper care for my fosters with maintaining a decent relationship with this vet clinic, and this has at times taken the skills of a diplomat. The big advantage in taking my fosters to this vet clinic is that they invoice the rescue group directly, and I do not have to pay up front and submit receipts later for reimbursement.

I have had to be pretty forceful with one vet in terms of negotiating treatment and discussing differential diagnoses. There is one vet who is a dream to work with and takes the time to explain treatments and surgeries to me. However, since this is a group practice and I can't control when my foster cat has an acute illness and needs to see a vet as soon as possible, then I don't always get an appointment with this vet.

With one foster kitty, I got so frustrated with getting her the right care that I took her to my private vet and paid for it out of my pocket. I felt that strongly about getting this kitty a proper diagnosis that I went to the vet whom I felt the most comfortable with and who treated my concerns with respect. I am an experienced cat owner and do know quite a bit about cat health. I may not have gone to vet school, but I am very observant and know my cats well--whether they are my own or my fosters.

The front office staff is fine to work with, and generally pleasant, as are the vet techs. I will be honest in saying that I have issues with one vet. His heart is in the right place, but his diagnostic skills are a bit lacking from my point of view.

Pros: Moorhead pound is the best run of the 3 Fargo area pounds

Cons: Quality of vet care very dependent upon which vet you see

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Gail
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Rating: 5

Great

posted 5 years ago

I have used this clinic for my personal pets in the past and they have a kind and caring staff. They also house the local pound where they treat the animals with compassion.

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