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Serving the Brandon Area.
From Business: Mobile veterinary clinic providing physical examinations, in-house diagnostic testing, vaccination, dentistry, and surgical services
LOCATIONS Throughout FloridaMiami, FL 33169
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Dear Dr. & Mrs.Kane, I wanted to personally thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done for me and especially my Missy girl. I deeply know you understand how much she meant to me that's why you are the great people you are. All of us that have come in contact with you know how caring you are. You truly are an asset to our community and we all know you perform your skills from the heart. As you know(for me not having children) Missy was so much a part of my life, as she was my comfort especially that my husband was on the road so much. In difficult times she was always there, and one look or one hug from her seemed to always help me get through those days. I am truly grateful to you, Dr. Kane, for working so hard with me as to help with her longevity and quality of life. I learned a little about medicine and alot about death. I honestly believe Missy held on to take care of me to be stronger to move on to the next phase of my life. Care giving for the last four years with family was extremely difficult. Missy was the easiest. Missy was a great patient, her mother was not as good, but maybe if I get another pet, I'll know more now and I will be alot better. I still miss her very much and sometimes think I hear her cry out for me or I'll run in the house from the yard thinking she's awake and I need to feed her-but she's not there. I cried for about three weeks after she was gone, just once in awhile now. I wanted to get you something to thank you for just the person you are & how much trust and caring you brought to my household. All I could remember through the last year of Missy's life that it was all about time. I remember always asking you was it time for her and you'd say - no Donna it's not time. Everytime I brought her home after a visit with you, I was relieved, grateful and comforted that she would still be with me. So I got you a small token of our appreciation for all you have done. This gift reminds me of all the times you said, No Donna it's not time. I hope you will look at it when you're having a rough day and remember life is all about time that you spend helping animals and their families giving the quality of life to their pets as you have always done. You are the best at what you do and we are grateful that you & your staff are here for us all. I must say thank you again for your contribution to your alumni, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. I was truly honored on Missy's behalf to receive their card. I didn't quite understand what this was. I called them and spoke with Patricia W. from the Veterinary Medical Dept.-she was wonderful to me. She didn't expose your gift contribution to me and remained confidential. She did say it was very rare for a Dr. to do this and said Missy must have touched a special part of your heart. I always knew she did. Thank you for honoring her life-she was worth it. They told me if I wanted to visit their facilities they would give me a tour. So, thank you so much and I hope our gift is one you can use in the office as a memorial to both of you. For now, I'm going forward and maybe I'll see you when I decide to another love of my life. Very Sincerely, Donna
I have taken my dogs to Care Animal Hospital for 10 years, beginning in 2001 when we moved to the area. We chose the clinic because of a referral and location. We have stayed loyal to them because of the care they show our dogs and our family. When we started going there our dogs were middle age and had minor health concerns and as they aged the staff helped us to understand their changing health needs. When our beloved dogs passed away the staff was very understanding and kind. The week before Christmas we got a beautiful, 8 week old chocolate lab puppy and brought him in for his first appointment. He was healthy, but not as playful as we thought he would be. Within two days of the appointment he was listless, not playing or eating. We took him back and were told he had Parvo and had a 30-50% chance of living. We were devastated, as were our children. What happened during that week was amazing. The entire staff of Care Animal Hospital helped our puppy to survive this horrible virus. He was hospitalized, placed on antibiotics and other medications, given IV fluids and even a blood transfusion!!! We brought him home on Christmas Eve and still had to give him medications and prompt him to eat and drink. It has taken a couple of weeks for our puppy to fully recover! He is one of the lucky ones in his litter, as several others have died from the virus. The staff and veterinarians at Care Animal Hospital have given us a greater understanding of the importance of timely vaccinations. If our puppy had been given his vaccines at the right time he would not have been as sick as he was. I am grateful to them for saving his life. I always have and will continue to refer animal lovers to Care Animal Hospital because they are the best!!! kristine butler
My kit-cat Shy was injured one night while roaming the yard. He came home not putting any weight on his front paw. I watched him over night, hoping it wasn't serious. The next day, it was not hard to decide to bring him to the vet. I wasn't aware of any emergency vet's in the neighborhood. I thumbled thru the yellowpages.com. I called two vet's offices and decided to bring my baby to Animal Lover's Hospital. Over the phone, they were more reasonably priced, and seemed more concerned. When I brought Shy into the clinic, they had us in an exam room within minutes. They answered all our concerns, and paid close attention to what we informed them about our Shy. They went over our options and cost. They allowed for us to make our decision without any prejudist. After we made our decision, they began caring for him right away. They made sure we understood all the medicines and procedures Shy would have. They stayed open late, just to care for our Shy. They treated us with the upmost concern and respect. Shy will have to stay for a few days. When he is better and back home, I will conclude this review. I would reccommend this facility to anyone who loves their animals. My cat is a special cat. I love him very much. I wouldn't trust him to just anyone.
I didn't have a local vet yet and my kitty, Casper, got sick. I was so nervous that it wa s something serious. Everyone in the office there made me feel at ease immediately. The doctor (Mark) was absolutely terrific and had a great personality. You could tell that the staff there really loved animals. They treated my little guy like they knew him forever. My kitty doesn't trust ANYBODY and always fights to get away. He must have felt the love these people had because he was quite calm thru the whole event! I want to thank everyone there for being so caring with the animals (and their human counterparts!) I have been to many vets in my lifetime, and til today I can remember going thru some really tough experiences with sick pets and having to make those ultimate decisions, knowing you're hugging them for the last time. I can still remember how heartless those two different vets were! I know now that I have found my permanent vet for all my "kids" here in Brandon and am happy I chose them to go to!
Dear Dr. Kane, Lyndi, Cheryl & the Staff at Care Animal Veterinary Hospital, Giving gifts is very easy compared to finding the right words to express what is in our hearts for the way in which you lovingly cared for our beloved Scotties Rocky & Teddy in their final days with us all. It is truly a blessing to have such a caring group of professionals and staff involoved with the care of our loved ones. we dearly miss Rocky and Teddy Bear and always will but it meant so much to us for the way in which you loved and cared for them as if they were a part of your own family. We cannot tell you how much it means to us to have such wonderful people as you in our lives who respected, loved and treated our pets with dignity to the very end. We cannot thank you enough. May the Lord bless you and keep you safe, May the Lord show you His favor, and have mercy on you, and may the Lord watch over you and give you His peace. God Bless all of you. Love, Keith and Denise Branly
I like Care and also dislike Care. PROS: They have in house financing it is great when you are tight on money and the payments are only $50 a month. I took a 4 week only kitten I found there and I think they pretty much saved his life he was infested with worms and almost dead from dehydration. CONS: I took my 13 year old cat there with a huge lump that came up on his back leg almost overnight the vet said there wasn't enough skin to close the wound and the whole leg would need to be amputated. It would be $465 up front and my monthly bill would go to $100 a month for a total cost of $1,525. I wanted a second opinion so I took him to Meadowrun Animal Hospital my parents have been going there for 25+ years. He said there was enough skin and he would take off the lump for $300. This is why I have mixed feeling on Care if you are in a bind and just cant afford to pay it all up front go to care otherwise go see Dr.Fischbach at Meadowrun.
Dr. Kane, I want you to know how much I appreciate what you did for Wiggles and for me. You showed true compassion to us both and I am proud to know you as a person and a Veterinarian. Few people in this world truly care and have compassion and empathy these days. I commend and applaud you for your efforts in the safe and secure care of all animals and your love for them. It truly shows in the work you do. You expect nothing less than the best from your staff and it shows as well. I know you are extremely busy, but when I am in your office with one of my crowd, I feel like I am the only person at the time and that you give me one hundred percent of your attention and time. That means a lot to me. Keep doing what you do best and trust that your efforts are noticed and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Dear Dr. Kane, You and your entire staff are eminent professionals. I want to thank each of you for the care given to Kibbie during his last illness. Thanks you for checking on him. Dr. Moses was great while Dr. Wood was not on duty. But, without question, Dr. Wood was outstanding. She is a great communicator, a kind, gentle and understanding person. She even offered to have someone drive me home on June 21st. The technician that day ( I think her name is Katrina) was truly kind and very gentle with me and with Kibbie. She carefully explained the paperwork I needed to sign. Please convey my appreciation and thanks to all who cared for Kibbie. When the time is right and I find that "special friend" I certainly will bring him to your facility for his care. Virginia C. Harris
I want to thank Dr. Kane and his truly caring staff at Care Animal Hospital for a comfortable experience for my Brutus. I just moved into the area and looked online for highly recommended Veterinarians when I came across Care and all their great reviews. I took Brutus in for his routine shots and felt completely at ease. Brutus, like I'm sure most other animals aren't too happy when they get their shots. When we walked in, the staff greeted us and made both Brutus and myself feel very welcome. The staff was very friendly and knowledgable. You can tell Dr. Kane and his staff truly do take pride in what they do. Thanks again!
The one really great thing that I can say about Care Animal Hospital is that they "care" for all creatures. As a pet sitter, I often find an abandoned baby bird or squirrel who has fallen out of their nest in storms and I once found a baby bunny. After calling Care Animal Hospital, I was able to drop the babies off, leaving them for the staff to care for and hopefully be able to return them into the wild when they are bigger. It is great to have such a place, so that I have the option to help the babies get medical care and rehab. Thank you everyone at Care Animal Hospital. "The Furry Godmother"
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.