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My 6 year old pup, Iszybella, recently started seeing Dr Sandler for skin allergies and I must say that I am so impressed with his office! I don't typically write reviews, however it makes me so excited that he and his office staff sincerely loves every animal that comes through their doors. On our first visit, the vet tech kept Iszy entertained while I talked to Dr Sandler and then took her for a walk so that I could check out and not have her pulling on me. C'mon..how many offices do you know that would do that!? The office is clean and organized and you can tell that ALL of the staff really work as a team. As far as treatment, they said that they had seen several dogs with the breakouts that she had. He prescribed her 10 days of medication and so far her skin is looking great! Out of the multiple vets that we have taken Iszy to, Dr Sandler is also the first vet that recommended allergy testing to get to the root of the problem (and hopefully lower our overall vet expenses). Surprising right? So far, I would HIGHLY recommend giving them a try- it's worth it- and I'm sure you will see it too as soon as you walk in the office :)
Our miniature daschund Gracie injured her back and seemed to be paralyzed from the middle of her back to her to her tail. I called her regular vet but she was in surgery. We called the Mandarin Landing Animal Hospital and was told to bring her right in. When Dr. Silverness examined her she informed us that she had damaged a disk and may not be able to use her back legs again. My kids got very upset but Dr. Silverness assured them that this was not a death sentence that she could live a normal life just that she would need more care than usual. She wanted to keep Gracie for 2 days and see what she could do to make her more comfortable. She called us the next day and send there was no change she encouraged us to come visit Gracie. The next day she called and send that Gracie had some feeling back and that she wanted her to be on medicine for 4 weeks after the 4 weeks Gracie is now walking around she's a bit wobbily but i give credit to Dr. Silverness for giving us hope that she would recover and still lead a healthy life.
We used Dr. Silverness first for my daughter's pet rat who had massive tumors and we decided to put her down. Dr. Silverness discussed everything with us, talked about other options, and the projected cost. She respected our decision. We later received a nice condolence card my daughter still has. When I needed a vet for our new cat, I tried going somewhere else nearby, but the vet just treated my cat without asking permission or giving me an idea of the cost, elevating a $35 visit to a $115 visit. After paying in full, two weeks later they sent me a bill because they "forgot" to charge me for something. That's when I went back to Dr. Silverness. Every visit, she would outline what kind of things I should consider doing and print out a sheet with the costs on it. I checked off what I wanted and knew exactly what it would cost. Nothing was ever pushed on me. She was wonderful with both of my cats. Unfortunately, she no long has her own practice, but I will follow her wherever she goes.
I've been very impressed. Dr. Silverness & her therapist took so much time with us! We were at our last straw with Foster & his complications from his FHO surgery. Dr. S set a plan together in terms of physical therapy that we can do at home ( showed me exactly what to do & how) recognized a few things that I think our regular vet may have even over-looked and I believe we are on to seeing some positive results for a change! The facility is very impressive, everyone was freindly. Her rate was very reasonable. I guess the few sourpuss's that are complaining about getting "nickled & dimed" can always go & wait for two hours at the Humane Society Vet Clinic & get tossed around from room to room if they want CHEAP. I can appreciate what the doctor & her staff put into the time, the care & the concern that they gave to me today. My pet is worth it.
I recently moved to the area and Ark Animal Hospital is the closest vet to my house. My experience from walking in and being greeted by name, even though the receptionist has not seen me before was a great feeling. Since I moved here from out of state, I brought my pets records and was informed my pet did not require any vaccines at this time. I did want to meet the vet and have my pet meet the staff and doctors at this hospital. Overall it was a wonderful experience. I could see the doctor's were very busy with clients and patients; however Dr. Maxwell took the time to introduce herself and I was given a tour of the facility by a technician. It is a great feeling that I was given the consideration of the time from the doctor and a staff member to greet me as a long time client. I will certainly be very comfortable leaving my pets care in their capable hands.
I just want to thank everyone at Ark Animal Hospital. I just had Gator in for surgery and it was the best experience. The receptionist explained all of the forms I filled out. The technician Katie called me when they started the surgery and when Dr. Maxwell was done. When I picked Gator up, Dr Maxwell went over everything that was done and explained what I needed to do for gator at home to make him comfortable. I had my cat Bo Bo’s surgery somewhere else and it was more like a drive through. I dropped my cat off and picked my cat up. No one went over anything except the receptionist said to give the meds for a week. Everyone at Ark Animal Hospital cared not only Gator but also for me. They understood that I was worried and they did everything to make me feel at ease. I would recommend Ark Animal Hospital for anyone who wants the best for their pet. CGS
Dr. Bennett is a Christain, and it shows in his very caring heart for pets and people. He showed such compassion to our little JoJo. We had taken JoJo to our regular vet and they could not find out what was wrong. Someone told us to try Dr. Bennett at San Juan Animal Clinic. We took JoJo and Dr. Bennett cared for him until he found the problem. Jo couldn't eat, was getting weaker and weaker and was just lifeless. After some xrays and bld work didn't show the problem, Dr. Bennett noticed a foul odor from his breath. JoJo had thread wrapped around the back of his tongue. He sedated him removed the thread and in a few days JoJo was back to playing and was happy to be well again. Dr. Bennett worked with us, didn't try to bleed us dry with unecessary expenses. He truly cares for his patients, as well as, the owners. Praises to Greg Bennett.
Dear Staff, We just wanted to say thank you so very much for the kind, loving care you gave our dog, Nola, as she was boarded this past weekend! Everyone was so kind and welcoming, especially Chrissy. Nola was a rescue dog and is often timid around other dogs. In our previous experiences with boarding her, we have picked up a very scared dog who would not eat or sleep the entire time we were gone. We are new to Jacksonville, and chose your office due to the positive feedback we read on the internet. We were so pleased to find that when we picked Nola up, she was so happy, healthy, and well rested! Thank you again so very much. We would certainly love to make Dr. Sandler her new doctor after that stay! Sincerely, Mark and Kara See original review: http://localsearchdominator.posterous.com/lakewood-animal-clinic-everyone-is-so-kind-an
I have been visting Herschel Animal Clinic for over 16yrs. I have taken dogs and cats to this place. There is no fluff here, but they know what there doing and treat the animals and you with great respect. A long time ago a Jacksonville woman left all her money to this clinic on the promise that they would keep it affordable and to just take good care of the pets they see. This place has even seen horses. If you have a animal that might need surgery they may refer to you somone else as they do not have all the equipment needed (they work on a tight budget). This is the place to go if you really care about your pest and not helping that other vet pay for his new Jag. There is always a line and it is a first come first service. They have always helped us out and they can help you out too.
The new Pet Doctors of America facility is absolutely stunning! It is huge and offers plenty of room for pets! The kennels have been upgraded, and offer indoor/outdoor options for pets who would rather have the option to lounge in the sun or come in as they please. This new facility is extremely clean and the entire Pet Doctors staff is very friendly and helpful! There is always someone available to help! There is a people-cafe' and a doggy cafe' where complimentary snacks and waters are offered at all times. The grooming area is large and the groomers do a fabulous job on all pets! The vet staff are extremely heartfelt and kind. Every pet that enters the doors are greeted with open arms. The fact that Pet Doctors of America is open 7 days a week offers flexible appointment times as well!
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.