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 impossible 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.
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I am very fortunate to have found this vet hospital. Though some of the younger staff could use some more training on "animal-owner bedside-manner," and understanding the urgent care needs of animal patients in the waiting room, the doctors and experienced staff here could not be kinder or more helpful. Finding such a reliable and reasonable priced animal doctor like Dr G. is a blessing to me. He cared for my rescue chihuahua for two years. He is an excellent doctor; has an enormous work ethic-he lives in the building even; offers services for much lower prices than I have found elsewhere; and is building a wonderful business that I am happy to, and will continue to support. The rest of the reviews that say this is a good place are not wrong. When you walk in this hospital you will recognize right away that money is not thrown at showy exteriors. The place is what it is: A growing veteranary hospital run by a small, dediated team who are not gouging thier customers with high prices because animal care can demand high prices and get high prices. The doctors will give you options-including estimates for procedures, and then it's up to you to give them the go-ahead, or not, on things that might be too expensive for you. this is not glittery with expensive fixtures or fancy paintings. One thing it is, though, is a dedicated animal hospital with people who know what they're doing. They do amazing surgical procedures here really inexpensively and they are great at explaining to you what is going on, and at being patient with you. Thank you Dr. G!! I was able to afford veterinarian bills for much longer to keep my dog comfortable, healthy, and his little ticker ticking thanks to the care at S. Seattle Vet. Hospital. I'm so glad I found them from searching reviews on line of where to take my little Carlos. Sincerely, Dr. R Cogburn
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 care 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:)