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I've been a client here for more than 13 years. My first 2 cats lived to be 22 and 23 years old because Dr. L diagnosed them accurately after another vet, who had been treating them for 2 years, based on his incorrect diagnosis, almost killed them! Within 4 days of our first appt with Dr. Labuszewski she had their test results back from Cornell and had them on a treatment program which got them back to health. I currently have 2 pure breed, AKC, show quality Golden Retreivers and 2 stray cats who adopted us! I'm always amazed at how Dr. Labuszewski can pin point my pets problem and treat it effectively. She is extreemly dedicated to her work. She is continually taking classes to stay current with the newest medicines and techniques. She always has great advice on keeping my pets healthy and is an advocate for the animal. What I like best is she always gives me choices. She puts all the treatment options on the table along with the associated costs, explains them and then lets me decide on which treatment is best for my animal. Her staff is just as dedicated as she is to making sure my pets get the best medical care possible. My animals health and longevity speak for themselves. My pets health is priority #1 at this Veterinary Hospital.
This is an exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dogs here since I moved to WNY 6 years ago. The staff has always been kind to me and my dogs. To say the vets and vet tech are competent would be vastly understating their abilities. Dr. Donovan and Dr. Hillegas provided a level of care for my very sick Golden that was so far above and beyond what is normally expected. The Doctors at this animal hospital have incredible foresight and take a very holistic approach to treatment. They don't request random unnecessary testing - trust me, I know, I have experience with vets that do this and Blue Cross Animal Hospital is not one of them. They have incredible humility and they treat their clients with the utmost respect. The treatment, care, attention and sincere kindness they have shown my dogs, and me, allowed my Hunter to have an amazing life far beyond what anyone could ever have expected. They took care of Hunter like he was their dog, like he was their family member and for this I will always be grateful to them.
I have been taking my dog Kilo to the Blue Cross Animal Hospital for the last year. The staff is always extremely accommodating. My dog is very dog aggressive, so they make sure to clear out the front room when I bring her in. Last time I requested a tech come into the exam room for nail trimming to avoid running into other dogs in the back. Everytime I make a special request they are friendly and willing to accommodate my neurotic pet (and me sometimes). Dr. Donovan sits on the floor and allows my 80lb dog to sit on her lap and give her kisses. She is very thorough and takes her time checking her out. I have never one felt overcharged, it is actually substantially cheaper than my last vet. My dog is my ''child'' and I want her to be taken care of by someone I trust. I feel that she is getting the absolute best care in Buffalo.
EXCELLENT service, employees are customer service orientated, nice and friendly, I call with an emergency Gloria a nice lady who answered the phone quickly acomodated me while other places was giving us appointments for weeks later, Valery and Dave where the Technicians who assisted us and had to deal with our coons issues, Thanks guys! and soory for the mess Pluto made. Dr.Teresa was very patient with us, answered all my questions and gave me lots of valueble information in regard of our coonhound sickness, something that I really appreciated. I will recomend this place 100% to any one who has a pet you will leave the facility with the confidence that your pet was or are in good professional hands
Suburban Veterinary Hospital by far has the most caring staff and outstanding medical knowledge. As a multiple pet owner there is always some type of issue that comes up, And SVH has come through on all incidences. From the special needs attention of my skid dish dog when getting his nail trimmed to the compassion and love they ooze which makes our furry friends excited to be there. Prices very reasonable Caring staff Endless Love& Compassion Dedication & determination I would rate Suburban Veterinary Hospital 12 stars out of 5!
I have to disagree with the review from someone stating they had lost pets here due to a poor surgeon. I know for a fact that there hasn't been any anesthetic deaths in the practice for oh about 20 years. The protocols and procedures they use are unlike any other. The owner even has a website where OTHER VETS can get the most up to date techniques for animal anesthesia. So either this is a FAKE review, or you have the WRONG CLINIC. I fully recommend ASAH and Pain Management Center to anyone who loves their furkids as much as I do.
I am actually shadowing at Sheridan Animal Hospital to get some hours for my vet school application, but I must say that this place is one of the best veterinary hospitals I have ever been to. I love that all the doctors and technicians are so knowledgeable about everything and work together very well. They are extremely polite to their clients and explain everything as clear as possible to answer their questions. I could not have asked for a better place to shadow, nor a better place to take care of your pets. Two thumbs up!
We came to Amclare after I brought my Girl Scout Troop for a visit (another Mom arranged it). I was ready to get another vet when I was charged $3.00 for a SAMPLE of toothpaste by my other vet. The doctor is very caring, and the staff is friendly. They charge fairly, and the facility is always clean. When our dog of 14 years passed, they sent a card. We will soon get another puppy, and we will definitely be back.
Best animal hospital in Buffalo as far as I'm concerned, and I've been to at least 4 in the area. All the staff and vets are really nice. I've had three dogs at this hospital and every one of them---two with life-threatening illnesses--have been treated as if they were family. There is genuine concern about the well being of my dogs. I feel their prices are average for the area, and in some cases, cheaper.
Taking my pet to Blue Cross was the best decision I could have made for her, and for myself. The receptionists are always friendly and attentive. There are multiple doctors on staff, all of whom have been extremely professional from the start. They are honest in their treatment but accomodating when it comes to budgetary concerns. If you are in the area, do not hesitate to bring your pets!
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.