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14036 Whittier BlvdWhittier, CA 90605
From Business: Macy & Thomas Veterinary Hospital is a well-established, full-service, small animal veterinary hospital providing comprehensive medical, surgical and dental care.…
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First off I believe St. Francis Animal Hospital is under new (or at least maybe two years old) ownership. My mom used to take our pets there and didn't like the female doctor on staff. I took my cat in today to be spayed, and the staff seems to be all new (at least since the last time I was there a few years ago). I gave St. Francis 4 stars. I feel there staff was very helpful, professional and made me feel welcome upon entering the business. They have low cost spay and neutering which was really helpful since I've had this abandoned cat for three weeks and don't quite have the money to be spending up to 300 dollars else where to get her fixed. Over all the staff was very helpful and caring. I would like to add that the reason I didn't give 5 stars comes down to the fact that the abandoned cat which we have adopted as ours was come to find out pregnant. Which we did not know or find out until after they had fixed her and aborted the babies. I was informed by the staff that if there were any complications or information I needed to know they would call my husbands cell or mine. I didn't receive a call until they were ready for me to pick her up. And I find out that she was pregnant after the surgery was completed. I feel to better improve customer/pet owner satisfaction if a pet is pregnant and they are planning to spay a pet the owners should get a call letting them know the pet is indeed pregnant before they go ahead with the procedure to find out what the owner would like to do. Like I said this cat was abandoned and I knew nothing of her medical history, and had no clue what so ever that she was going to have babies. You can imagine I was completely shocked. So over all I think I would recommend this animal hospital to another pet owner, but if the staff of this pet hospital does read the reviews I would like to ask them to make it a part of there procedure when fixing a female animal either call or some how inform the pet owner of the pregnancy before continuing. And pet owners I might suggest letting them know if there is any possibility that your pet may be pregnant what your wishes are before you turn your pet over. [Edit] -- 7/30/12 I took my kitty in today as a follow up to get her stitches removed. Again the staff was very helpful and caring. Took us right in, even apologized for our previous visit even after explaining to us that there was no way they had the time to call and inform us of the cats pregnancy, for leaving her open during surgery to call would have greatly endangered my little kitty. I have changed my star rating to 5 stars after today' s visit when I was told to further stop any issues like this in the future they will be suggesting to any pet owners who are getting a animal spayed, to ask for a scan if there could be any possibly that your pet might be pregnant. I'm happy to know that they considered my concerns and are making an attempted to better improve there service. They are a caring and helpful staff and I would again recommend them to any of my pet owner friends.
I have not been to St. Francis since the Fall of 2009, when I was employed there for a brief time. My experience at this veterinary clinic was nothing short of tragic. Roaches infested the hallway where the food and blankets used for the guest animals were stored. I would leave my purse and jacket in my car for fear I would bring home roach eggs embedded in my personal belongings. The kitchen was used for the doctor to cook her every meal, and the dirty dishes would be piled in the sink, her leftover food on the floor and counters. While only having a week or two of veterinary experience, I was still required to assist in surgery and to prep the animals beforehand. Many times I would feint from the sight of so much blood as the inexperienced assistant would try time and time again to find a suitable vein in the arm of a small dog or cat. I heard, and hope, the vet is no longer under the management of my former boss. If that is true, they must have had a difficult time renovating the worn down decor, replacing the broken equipment and terminating their various infestations.
This is a good Hospital, i dont know why people give it bad reviews its under new management, The staff is wonderful my mini poodle was really sick and had horrible breath, i took her there and they called me during the cleaning and told me they needed to remove all of her teeth, i was really sad but the dr promised she would do what she could to save some, and she did just that, and my dog is back to normal better then ever she even put on weight, and they were sensative to my problems they even have dogs that they love, then a few weeks after that my large dog was bit by a rattle 3 times in the face and neck. we called ahead and rushed her there in 10 minutes, the drs did what they could to help her ... but in the end it was to much venom. they did make her as comfortable as they could with pain medicine. but i always take my new animals and old ones to this vet for grooming also. i like this hospital and will continue to bring my pets here and recommend them ..
Dr. Rhorana is the best ever!!! He saved my dog Tyson from parvo. Local animal hospital would tell me that he wouldn't make it and was going to be too expensive. I was devastated, then I got referred to st. Francis Animal Hospital (under new mangement about 9mo). Dr. Rhorana took him under his wing. Tyson stayed at the hospital for a week. Dr. Rhorana was so humble never gave up. The staff was amazing! Always greeting me and letting me stay however long with Tyson! The price was incredible compared to what I would have paid for. Dr. Rhorana cares and feels how much our pets mean to us. Go to him! I'm forever thankful I have my Tyson back. Thank you Dr.Rhorana and staff!
I can't believe someone would write a bad review of this place. I was just in there maybe 2 weeks ago and I thought that the vet and the staff were amazing. They really took the time to fully examine my Ringo (boxer) I love him so much. The prices were very reasonable and I don't know how that lady in the other review can say they had a dirty hospital and should be shut down. The place was beautiful. Very clean and smelled great. I would highly recommend this vet to everyone. I really enjoyed them, I am going to take my pets there for everything. They have really cheap vaccines, baths, exams, etc.
I took my puppy there to get her puppy shots, as well as my older dog to get his booster shots. They have a great vaccine package for puppies for a decent price. The vet did a great job of answering all my questions and the young lady that did the shots for my puppy was very nice to her and even gave her a little treat after the vaccines. Also I just have to let everyone know they have vaccine deals on Mondays from 12-4 and Saturdays 12-2. If you go during one of those times you save good money on the shots, which was really nice for my bank account. I would recommend this hospital to everyone.
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.