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San Bernardino, CA 92401
12759 Foothill BlvdRancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
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939 W 40th StSan Bernardino, CA 92407
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1309 N Mount Vernon AveColton, CA 92324
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Dr. Duprez is a truly amazing vet! I first met her at the Glendora clinic that I had been going to for years. Within our first meeting, she diagnosed a thyroid condition in my lab, Xena, which had been missed by the other vets in the clinic for years. Later, when Xena suddenly started going blind at age six, she again correctly diagnosed the problem, gave me excellent referrals, and supported me as Xena transitioned to a sightless world. Later, she saved my sanity, when my beloved chihuahua, Cricket, started having anxiety issues. I was seriously going to pull my hair out, but Dr. Duprez came up with multiple strategies and finally brought peace back to our house. When Dr. Duprez moved to the Valley Animal Hospital in Bloomington, I chose to follow her, because she is that good. Now instead of driving 7 minutes to the Glendora clinic, I drive 40 minutes out to Bloomington and she is totally worth it. Cricket ended up developing a bladder tumor and again Dr. Duprez researched her condition and gave us multiple strategies that included drugs and iv's. She bought us an extra year with our beloved Cricket. We lost both Cricket and Xena earlier this year--within just a few months of each other. Dr. Duprez went above and beyond to support us, as we struggled with the hardest decisions that we've ever had to make. When the time came to let our girls go, she grieved with us. How can you not love a vet that loves your furry babies? She continues to help our family--she just assisted us with the adoption of our first boy pup-Zeus. He really completes our family and we have Dr. Duprez to thank for that. Dr. Duprez is an amazing vet-I just cannot rave about her enough! I completely recommend her for the care of your beloved furry family members.
I am SO ashamed that it has taken me this long to get around to writing a review for this truly amazing animal hospital. Especially when the resident vet (Dr. Duprez) is somehow capable of performing miracles! My story begins a few days after having checked my kitty out of Center-Sinai Animal Hospital where I spent an arm and a leg to have a fibrosarcoma (a fast-growing malignant tumor) removed from her hip. The doctor there assured me that he had removed ALL of the tumor and that it would not regrow. Boy, was he wrong. Within a few weeks, the tumor was back and growing like a wildfire. I was now both broke and absolutely petrified. Upon a friend's recommendation, I took my beloved fuzzy friend to Dr. Duprez. Dr. Duprez was incredibly nice but informed me that there was a very slim chance that she'd be able to remove all of the tumor. I begged her to try to the best of her ability, and she agreed that she would do so. After a surgery that lasted several hours, my cat emerged from the operating room half the size she was before she went in, but with all of her limbs intact and, best of all, with NO TRACE OF THE TUMOR!! Just when I thought things couldn't get any better, the amount Valley Animal Hospital charged me to save my cat's life was only about A THIRD of what Center-Sinai Animal Hospital charged me to fail at the same endeavor! Dr. Duprez is simply an angel. Even though I have recommended her in person countless times, it is the least I can do to recommend her to all of you YPers who value your pet's life as much as I do mine. My cat is happy, frisky, and 100% cancer-free to this day, three years later. Thank you, Dr. Duprez! You are an absolute lifesaver! :-)
Dr Duprez is awesome! I had a bully that was losing hair like crazy. It got so bad I started referring to him as "The Incredible Hairless Wonder Dog". I went through several vets including a very reputable local bulldog vet, but every vet I went to didn't even stop to listen to my description of his symptoms or the previous care/advice I had been given. In fact, most vets I saw didn't even really seem to like dogs. They were all quick to simply say "he's a bulldog, they are known for allergies" and then send me out the door several hundred dollars later with a bag of vitamins, ear washes, and antibiotics. All of this was just a temporary fix, they problem always came back as soon as he was off the meds. Then a good friend referred Dr. Duprez. When we went to see her, she got down on the floor with my poor hairless dog, scratched his ears, and told him how beautiful he was. All while listening patiently to my long dramatic hairless saga. Then she worked with me and found the perfect combination of medication and care to manage the problem. And it didn't cost much money either. I finally had my snuggly, fluffy dog back! Dr. Duprez is more than just an amazing vet. She is a true friend to animals.
I have been to this hospital a few times recently and I will never go anywhere else. I have seen all 3 doctors there (all females) and they are all just wonderful. First time I went I had to put my dog of 14 years down. I was a wreck and so distraught I could hardly manage my emotions. The girls at the front desk were so kind and sympathetic. They asked me if I wanted to take care of everything first so as not to have to deal with anything after it was over. Then she put me right in a room and told me to take as long as I needed to. After a few minutes went by a doctor came in and explained the process to me very gently and her kindness was heartwarming. Explained to me that my sugar would feel no pain and she would just go to sleep. this was the first time I ever had to do this so I was very apprehensive about it. they gave her the first shot which was a sedative to make her relax. then a few minutes later came in to administer the final http://drug.it was very quick and I could see that she went very peaceful and with no pain. It was a very sad day for me but the kindness and care I received from the doctors and staff I will never forget....thank you all so much for caring like you do. Judy Thomas
Duprez Tracy L. DVM @ Valley Animal Hospital is wonderful , compassionate and sincere, I had taken my puppy to a different hospital and they x-rayed the dog and could not find what was wrong with the puppy. Dr Duprez Tracy L. DVM suggested doing a exploratory surgery and she found the problem, you would never believe a piece of dental floss could do so much damage to a puppy, puncturing the intestines and causing so much havoc to the poor little puppy, Dr Duprez and team were so good to my sick little maltese guy, and treated him so well. If it wasn't for Valley Animal Hospital, Dr Duprez and Staff, my puppy Elias wouldn't be here to day. Recommend these people yes definitely without no hesitation. These people have heart. I have a lot of animals I breed Maltese and have to been to many vets through the years. These people are the best. I would stake my animals life on it and I did. Happy I have made the right choice. And continue to go there and now for all my pets needs. 993 W Valley Boulevard, Suite 120 Bloomington, CA 92316-2258
Hello there, I am trying to answer the last comment made regarding Dr. Cox, not to take your dogs there, blablabla.... well number one, Dr. Cox is not God, but he is also not the doctor there any more. Dr. Duprez and other vets are now the ones who are caring for our animals, therefore, please regard my comments about Dr. Duprez. I trust her 100%... she not only helps all the puppies I had, but now with my 4 dogs continues to do a great job, not to mention my sister's German Shepard... she saved his life! I have never met a vet that is as compassionate as her. She treats our fellow pets as important creatures as they are. She is highly intelligent and capable and after her, I don't believe I'll ever find a vet as she. Thank you Dr. Dupres for moving to Bloomington!
Well I can say from first hand experience that the doctors at this clinic are the best. They are compassionate and really care about our pets. They are definately not in it for the money which can be seen by the prices they charge. I work for Valley Animal Hospital but have also worked for the humane society and I can tell you the prices are very comparable. But there is no comparison to the quality of care. I see everyday the compassion and caring these doctors bring to the clinic and it makes me proud to be an employee there. It may not be the most gorgeous, high tech facility there is, but the love and caring they have for the people and their pets more than makes up for that.
We have been taking our pets to Dr. Cox for a number of years. He is a compassionate straight shooter with regard your pet's health. He is very knowledgeable and saved our poodle Lucy from a lot of unnessesary procedures. We had taken her to a local vet (we live in Glendora, CA) and she was misdiagnosed with a bladder infection becaused had a bladder control problem...we took her to Dr. Cox, described her symtoms...Dr. Cox prescribed hormone therapy and she was all better. Dr. Cox has been a vet long enough that he has seen it all and knows how to deal with it. Kudos to Valley Animal Hospital and the staff...they have always been great about appointments and service.
My family has been bringing our pets here for years and they always take care of our furry babies just liks they were their own. Before we found this place, we tried other places closer to home in Rancho Cucamonga but the caring service and reasonable prices are well worth going out of the way. It's always easy to get a real explanation of what's going on with our pets and they'll help you understand all of the treatment options without trying to rope you into the most expensive solution. I know that my pets will always receive the best care here.
Dr. Tracy Du Prez is amazing. I have 6 dogs and would highly recommend her to anyone who needs a loving, caring, professional and honest vet. She is is a skilled surgeon. I brought my precious to her when he was knocking on death's door and she amazed me with the level of detailed care she gave him. I was able to sleep at night knowing he was getting the best care available. I live in Glendora, where she practiced previously and believe me, she is well worth the drive. Her prices are fair and her care is incredible.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.