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5. Vca Companion Animal Hospital

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1827 156th Ave NEBellevue, WA 98007

(425) 746-1800

Please do not bring your pets here. The doctors here do not have the time to provide you meaningful care. They try to squeeze in as many patients as…

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15. VCA Animal Hospitals

20115 44th Ave WLynnwood, WA 98036

(425) 954-8056
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Cat Clinic of Northeast Seattle Pzencatlover rated
Quality + Price in One

The respected Checkbook.org gives The Cat Clinic of NE Seattle \"top rating\" for both quality and price. Choosing the right vet is a matter of life and death for your pet. At the same time, it can make a significant dent in your pocketbook. And either free up, or tie d...moreown, your own precious time. Despite the proximity of their names, do NOT confuse this business with the Cat Clinic of Seattle. Dr. Romatowski is very thorough. For instance, the time he spent actually examining my cat was at least two to three times that either vet at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic spent doing the same. He took the initiative to do these things on his own rather than wait for me to ask him to do them. Of the six vets we saw during an 18-month period, he was--hands down--the most conscientious. He doesn't push expensive procedures of dubious value, as is often the case today with vets. I would hazard more than a guess that an annual check-up here for your cat would be outstanding. I sought a secondary opinion on my cat's health from him, and the office visit I received was the best one my cat ever had. He was congenial, knowledgeable, caring. Another plus is that unlike some clinics, there is NOT staff rushing around. You don't get the feeling that you're just one client coming through a \"revolving door\" here. Only one vet (Dr. Romatowski) and a very experienced one at that. He was also the very first of four vets to test for high blood pressure, which is a serious condition for cats in renal failure. We promptly got my cat on amlodipine to keep it within the normal range. And he brought to our attention a very serious problem with theregime set out for us by the Cat Clinic of Seattle. Unfortunately, when my cat was seriously ill with melena (black tarry stool with diarrhea), he was unwilling to write a prescription for sulfacrate, a protectant/absorbent for upper GI tract ulcers, which may have been helpful in jump-starting my cat's appetite. My cat' s health began to go rapidly downhill only 24 hours after the last visit here, which the vet had not been able to foresee--and I had to go to another clinic to let him go another 24 hours later, which, for me, was devastating. The explanation of the treatment that day was particularly unclear--to what end was the injection of prednisolone? He also told me to return in 8-9 days if it \"it didn't work\" and we'd \"try something else.\" My cat was dead within 48 hours. \"Stuff happens,\" I guess. What is troubling is the thought that if I had brought him in, say, only two days after I had noticed his appetite was \"off,\" that THAT probably would not have made any difference, since the vet had not been able to, apparently, predict the seriousness and urgency of the problem even just one day before the final crash. Also, I wonder, with great sorrow, if my cat had been immediately treated for the melena and diarrhea that had occurred three times during the two-week interval before my cat's death? I had requested him to write a prescription for sulfacrate, a common upper gastrointestinal tract absorbent/protectant, which he declined to write. However, maybe nothing could have been done. I'll never know. In sum, although I think Dr. Romatowski is an extremely competent vet, I do believe that communication with clients is less than ideal. When I wrote to inform him, for instance, of the death of my cat less than 48 hours after he been to his clinic--and of my concerns about the injection given, as well as what his findings actually had been that day, I received no response. I did receive a card of condolences, six days after. I trust Dr. Romatowski's judgment more than any other vet I have been to. Also, he is one of the few veterinarian here in Seattle who has not pushed me to do unnecessary tests or other things I could easily done myself.view less

Emerald City Emergency ClinicCybil Y. rated

I recommend this vet clinic for anyone whose pet needs immediate care. I took my cat here late at night because he was very very sick. His condition was life threatening. My financial constraints meant that the hospital stay recommended for my cat's condition was impossib...morele for me to afford. Dr. Johnston is extremely knowledgable and still did everything possible within my limitations to give my cat the best care and a possible chance at recovery. I don't have words to express how grateful I am for what they did for my baby. After calling around and asking about cost estimates for treatment, I had realized that my pet's health condition probably meant that the only thing I could do for him would be to stop his increasing discomfort and pain. But Dr. Johnston did his absolute best to come up with a viable alternative for my cat, and in this case, it worked. Healthcare for pets in an emergency can be enormously expensive just like it can be for people. I was lucky enough to find this clinic where they were willing to work with me to come up with alternatives to the ideal (expensive) treatment. I had called every other 24 hour vet clinic in the area, and my options for my cat were almost non-existant. This was the only clinic that would work with me about treatment options. Vets have very little control over the cost of animal healthcare, and it reminded me very much of people-doctors trying to figure out how to make scripts and come up with treatment plans affordable for human patients. I want to point out that my good review is independent of the medical outcome for my boy. No matter how much we love our pets and no matter how much we are willing to sacrifice for them, sometimes we have to say good-bye and I understand that. Even if the treatment plan Dr. Johnston came up with hadn't worked I'd still feel grateful for the excellent care that he gave my little guy, and would take my other cat to see him without hesitation. But thankfully my formerly sick cat is now eating and happy and recovering. If it hadn't been for the Emerald City Emergency Clinic, my only option would have been to put him down which would have just broken my heart. I really appreciate the kindness and wonderful care my cat recieved; these people really care about the pets they see.view less

Emerald City Emergency ClinicFrazier B. rated

I was very pleased by the care given to my cat over the weekend - given a scary and overwhelming situation. The staff was professional, acted with a sense of urgency and were compassionate. The Dr's were thorough and spent a lot of time with me when I brought her in. The ...morecare involved an overnight stay, and was updated by the Dr on duty multiple times a day on her status and progress. I was told I could call whenever, everyday I did everyone was helpful and friendly. I felt like she was in good hands. For those who have never experienced an emergency vet (this was my first experience) it is not going to be at all like going to your regular vet. Here are some things to expect: -Expect long waits and for them to busy - especially evenings and weekends. They are going to be juggling, and there may be other animals who take priority (just like the ER). -This is not your regular vet, who has all your animals history. Given that, they likely may have to run a gamut of tests for them to diagnose. -You may have to continue treatment with your regular vet (just like when we go to the ER), they are there to get your animal stabilized. Not to create a long term plan and diagnosis. They will work with your vet to share test results, etc.... -It's going to be VERY expensive - kind of goes with the territory. I did notice they had options for payment plans. -You are going to see everything there, and it may be overwhelming. The night I was there, there were 5 other animals. Some were minor and some not. I was unprepared for what to expect, given I was already upset this added to it. Finally, if your vet is on the fence about hospitalizing (mine was) I would say hospitalize at your vet. Much less expensive and they know your animal. Hopefully, you will never have to go to an Emergency Vet:)view less

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