In order to keep their service the best, Chatoak recently did a brief survey which ended with a request for a review. Kind of amusing since one of the reviews they gave as an example was mine from several years ago. Well, they impressed me then and have outdone themselves ever since. Dr. Belding is still the best vet I have ever found.
As I said in my previous review, she saved my dog's life by finding a liver tumor overlooked by my previous vet. He never showed any symptoms, either then or in 2011 when she found a mass in his abdomen which turned out be an adenocarcinoma of the small intestine. It's about as nasty as it sounds but thanks to Dr. Belding's close attention to her patients and her perceptive brilliance, it was discovered early enough that the surgery was successful and Liam, who was the love of my life, stayed with me for another four years. When he finally passed at thirteen and a half, Dr. Belding came to the house on her own time. When she came in, Liam, who was half asleep with his head on my lap, glanced up at her, then settled back down, completely relaxed. He adored her and knew he was in safe hands.
Everyone at Chatoak, both the vets and office staff, has been unfailingly warm and caring, with special mention for one of their newer members, Dr. Srinath, who, like Dr. Belding, I first met during one of those middle of the night emergency crises. Both have the same reassuring attentiveness to their patients that is calming to the dog as well as the owner. Chatoak is the best.
One last comment regarding another review. I think it is unfair to blame those at Chatoak for the death of your dog. Vets are not miracle workers and sometimes they lose patients. Animals are living beings and unlike people, cannot let us know what’s wrong, so obviously, the first steps to take are immediate assistance to the dog’s symptoms and tests to identify the cause, but money doesn’t guarantee success. Medical practitioners do the best they can, and like anyone else, deserve to be paid for their efforts.