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This review is long overdue. I am moving 3K miles away in the next few weeks and I will miss Dr Bacia, and the wonderful staff at Powers Drive Animal Hospital for their compassion and outstanding care. When my shih tzu puppy developed a limp that could no longer be ignored, I took her to see Dr. Bacia. An X-ray revealed (in layman terms) that one of her two leg bones stopped growing while the latter kept growing... This put increased pressure on the bone socket and ligaments which caused her limp that would have progressively worsened over time, if not addressed asap. She was in surgery the following day. Dr. Bacia gave me two options: Have the surgery done by another vet with more experience in the type of surgery required (substantially more expensive, too) or trust him (Bacia) to perform the surgery himself. Since I knew Dr. Bacia as my puppers vet, I trusted him implicitly and chose him to perform the surgery. The surgery involved slicing the ulna bone in half to release the pressure from the socket, etc. with the hope the bone would grow, heal, and eventually fuse back together over time. For two months, she was confined to my apartment with no play time while under 24/7 supervision. It was a stressful time for the both of us... but in the end it was so very worth while!!! She is once again the playful puppy I know her to be minus the limp that once plagued her. I never expected her to fully recover but she has! And I couldn't be more grateful to Dr. Bacia and the his staff!!! I highly recommend Dr. Bacia to anyone who is serious about the care of their pets. I trust Dr. Bacia as if he were my own doctor and frankly the comprehensive care he offers is better. Dr. Bacia and the staff at Powers Drive Animal have seen me through some of the worst times with my puppy. The staff is well informed and trained, and they handeled my pup with sincere compassion and respect. These people genuinely care for animals and how they are treated. I have had many animals over my lifetime and experienced a lot of veterinarians in my time... Dr. Bacia and his staff are among the best in my opinion. I so appreciate the time he commits to staying current with new methods of treatment. And I so appreciate the time he took with me communicating every detail of every process, procedure, x-ray through her recovery. I don't know how he does it all ... he is truly gifted at what he does! I will forever be grateful! The staff are wonderful, professional, and compassionate people. I honestly don't know what I would have done without them all! I will miss Dr. Bacia and his staff more than they will ever know!
Ok so I have been going to this vet for over 2 years and one thing I have to say is they are very nice ppl. They call you the next day to find out how your pet is doing and seem to genuinely care. I have taken my mom's yorkiepoo, my yorkiepoo and my Olde English bulldog there and they were always very good to them, no complaints; But recently I bought an English bulldog and that was when everything went down hill. The first time I took her there at 9 weeks they gave her DHPPC. At 11 weeks I took her back and they gave her DHPPCLB, little did I know that the L is for "Leptospirosis" This is a shot they should of asked me if I wanted to give her but they didn't. They just gave it to her and my dog had a very bad reaction and had to bring her back to them for some anti-biotics. Got her back like 2hr later :( and had to give her benydril for the next three days for her to fully recover. Next time I saw them I was asked if I was going to breed her, I said maybe and they said was i aware that she would need a c-section to deliver her puppies and they would charge $2,000.00+ for the procedure; on the other hand if I would want to spay her it will run me $500.00+ but I should do it before her 1st heat cycle. After doing some research I found out that it is not healthy to spay your bulldog so early because they will never fully develop their head and chest if you cut of their hormones so early, I also learned that the prices they were quoting me were off the charts and I should not have to pay so much for simple procedures. Anyways, needless to say, that will be the last time we go there. Thank you and I hope this helped OK so I went back on my word and went back to this place, maybe because I really like the ppl that work there IDK but anyways I was asked about my review that I left on here and was nicely explained about the “Leptospirosis” and the spaying them to soon, I was very happy about how the lady talked to me and explained everything to me. I def see where she is coming from and I understand everything she said, I don’t know if I’m going to keep going back there or not but we’ll see. This here is just what I think about this place and like everything else I do I try and find the best deal for my money so with that said I still think they are pricey in something’s but good with others. Now I have 2 English bulldog and will def be breeding this one but don’t think I would be getting the c-section with them , To end this I would like to say, this Vet is one of the nicest, and caring animal hospital I have been to in Orlando, FL and I am giving them a 4 star because they are good at what they do.
2/19/2014 What can you say about a Vet that has Saved your Best Friends LIFE? Well, that's what I can say about Dr Don Jones of Silver Star Animal Hospital!!! My best friend "Schneider", my lil 4 yr old Schnauzer was sick, lethargic, and going downhill quickly...2 Veterinarians in the town I live in could not figure out what was wrong with him, all the while his condition was deteriorating quickly... At the suggestion of my Brother, I drove the 80 miles to see Dr. Don, and after reviewing the other Vet's notes, and Schneider's records, Dr Don determined quickly what the cause of the problem was, and with a few tests confirmed it! Schneider had a Hepatic Liver Shunt! Dr. Jones immediately took actions, and thru Surgery, Meds and Special Diet, Schneider is Happier, more energetic and ALIVE than he has EVER Been! Moreover, since then Schneider had a Urinary Blockage over the weekend and when no one else would see him, Dr Jones did!!! And Corrected the problem Immediately, using a technique little known to other Vets as I have come to find out...a technique which Dr Don developed over his Many years of working with Animals! In short, I will NEVER Trust MY Best Friend, that means EVERYTHING in the World to me, to ANYONE else....EVER, than Dr Don Jones, and his Partner Dr. Wise. Silver Stars Admin Staff are as "Sweet" as they come as well! The Girls always make me feel welcome, and process all of my Pet Insurance claims, and paperwork flawlessly and with Professionalism! To me...there is no other Veterinary Hospital to go to.....Silver Star, Dr Jones, Dr Wise, and the Gals take GREAT care of us, and I will continue to take my Loved ones there for all of their Care! William Cumbie
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.