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I used to just buy flea treatment from Boynton Pet Clinic because my regular veterinarian didn't carry this brand. A few months ago I stopped, makin…
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The worst Vet in the world period!!!!I took my yorkie to him mostly because of proximity to my home. He was so rude and quite mean to his staff. I decided I wouldn’t be going back simply because of that he in turn refused to give me a copy of her shot records or a prescription because I wouldn’t buy her meds from him. I have now had to get her shots again and I am reporting him. I have proof as my new vet called and he told him he gave her no shots, got home and found the documents.
Very professional. So sweet to animals.
Just tried to make an appointment for my pet and the person was so rude I changed my mind if she is rude to the first time callers it says alot about this office terriable!!! No thank you
Dr. Rob Martin and his staff at Colonial Animal Hospital are kind, caring and considerate. Rather than trying to prolong the inevitable - while racking up a veterinarian bill - they finally talked some sense into me that it was "okay to let your cat go - you've done all you can do."My family recently said goodbye to Myrtle. After 14 good years, she joins her sisters Lily and Maxi across the Rainbow Bridge. Colonial Animal Hospital offered many options regarding Myrtle and after choosing one, they left me alone in the treatment room to say goodbye.A vet tech returned explaining that she was going to take Myrtle to another room and prep her. Moments later, Myrtle returned with a catheter inserted into the vein of her leg. Dr. Martin explained that before euthanasia is performed, a port is inserted to make it easy and stress-free to administer the injection. I'm not a doctor, but think I've explained this correctly. Basically, the older animals are harder to treat and installing the port helps with the process.I remember finding Myrtle living out of a trash Dumpster at the Davie-Cooper City Chamber of Commerce in 2003. I caught her, fed her, and brought her home. My wife complained as we already had two cats. We now had 3 cats - but no children. Back when the economy was good, she went to the vet on a regular basis - not so much so when the economy was bad and we couldn't afford it. My original thought was to have her fixed and remain an outdoor cat. That never worked out.Many years later, Lily and Maxi moved on and two new kittens joined the Lewis household. After they crossed the Rainbow Bridge, my 7-year-old twins Rebecca and William adopted Ash and Frost a few months ago. My kids love cats.My daughter Rebecca loved Myrtle the most, but it became a quality of life issue. A quality of life issue that Dr. Martin continued to suggest "the end is here." I finally took his advice.Sometimes you just have to ask yourself - "where would Myrtle be today if I hadn't rescued her from a trash Dumpster?" According to Dr. Martin, she never would have made it out of the Dumpster.I've never had a negative experience with Dr. Martin or his staff at Colonial Animal Hospital. Polite and friendly - they explain every procedure. From making the appointment, explaining any procedure or test, to the fees being assessed, I was fully informed every step of the way. As a small local practice, I was impressed and never had an unanswered question. William E. Lewis Jr.Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
I used to just buy flea treatment from Boynton Pet Clinic because my regular veterinarian didn't carry this brand. A few months ago I stopped, making the mistake that my residential community's spraying of the surrounding landscaping was sufficient. Well, 3 days ago I noticed my cat's lower lip was swollen. I researched online and tried a few possible remedies (i.e., changing a plastic water bowl to glass and even returning the different healthy cat food he had started to eat around the same time his swollen lip appeared). Although my research did indicate the possibility of fleas as a cause, my cats hadn't noticeably been scratching themselves. My research also showed the possibility of a common underdiagnosed disease, which would require a blood test. I called my regular veterinarian, but he wasn't expected in that day so I called around for price quotes for an exam and a blood test and was given just about the same quote from everyone. So, because I was already familiar with Boynton Pet Clinic (buying that particular flea treatment), I called and got an appointment for 2 hours later. Dr. Lucy (as she is called) examined my cat thoroughly and determined that the problem was likely fleas, after all - - an expensive blood test was unnecessary (YAY!). Dr. Lucy gave my cat a couple of shots and a flea treatment. That same night, I noticed a flea on my cat's face! Yep, we had fleas. When I awakened the next morning, my cat's swollen lip had already improved and almost back to normal. I'm permanently switching over to Boynton Pet Clinic because Dr. Lucy and her staff were so very friendly and welcoming, the premises were clean and, importantly, everyone was gentle and caring in their handling of my cat. The veterinarian and staff at my current clinic aren't friendly at all and I always feel like I'm going through a factory's assembly line. Thank you Boynton Pet Clinic. Soooo very much.
Please don't ever take your dog to be put down here! My husband just experienced the worst euthanization and I'm not even sure how to report this place for animal cruelty. Our dog was not put to sleep prior to being euthanized and died struggling in my husband's arms. You should be ashamed of yourselves! This was our family dog and not what she deserved! I hope by writing this someone will see it and save their family the heart ache we are enduring!
Came into the animal hospital with my 13 1/2 yr old maltese who apparently had sinus trouble. Before I left, the doctor took an x-ray of her abdomen and highly suggested that I also have a cat scan taken. My bill was starting to reach into the hundreds with a promise of hundreds more. He then gives us a drug that he just gave to the gentleman ahead of me. Meanwhile my dog has stopped eating. I ask for medicine to stimulate her appetite and a decongestant whose name I had supplied, and after 4 days, he still doesn't call for me to pick it up. We called several times to no avail w/ excuses like his pharmacist hadn't delivered it. Meanwhile my dog didnt eat for 4 days and became weaker. I brought her to Dr. Fidel in Boynton. By the next day we found out the diagnosis , but unfortunately we had to put her down. I would highly suggest that anyone who cares about their animal...and their pocket book, do not use this unprofessional and incompetent vet. Dr Dyssert is more interested in the money then in your pet.
Thank you! Very much for taking care of our Sprinkles!!
Staff was very helpful with our loves check up. You guys are great and would like to bring my pet here every single time. Thanks.
The day we met her—before we let her touch our boxer dog, Avianna— we explained she could be our veterinarian on one condition: That if necessary Dr. Cruickshank would be willing come to our home to put our dog down. Dr. Cruickshank ASSURED US she would. So we hired her. And she was our vet for the next two years. Originally her prices reasonable--Avianna was well. But costs skyrocketed once our dog became ill. Eventually bills were astronomical with no end in sight. Our issue is not with the money. It’s with the doctor. Words can't describe the anguish she inflicted on us; there is no excuse. Lucy Cruickshank KNEW from the beginning—from the first minute we spoke with her that her coming to our home when the end time came was paramount. She let us down in our greatest hour of need and betrayed Avianna. Avianna took a downhill turn on a Wednesday, the day their office is closed in the afternoon. She was unable to stand and was suffering. We left a message and waited to hear back. When she did, we asked her to put her down ASAP. Guess what? She refused to come. Kept making excuses: Her staff had left for the day (We offered to pay for them in addition to any other fees) That she needed an assistant (We offered to help her, but she refused). She told us she'd come Thursday. We pleaded to no avail. Meanwhile, our dog was pitiful and we were distraught. Thank goodness for my husband. He located an AMAZING vet who specializes in putting down pets at home. This lady was here within two hours and was THE ULTIMATE in loving kindness and compassion. She made the unbearable bearable. We're forever in her debt. This angel’s name is Rachel Thauberger, DVM(Dr. Rachel) . She is 5 STAR class act. Website: petlossathom.com. 877-219-4811. BTW, although we’ve never heard back from Dr. Cruickshank, we received the most genuine, touching condolence note we’ve ever received in our lives from Dr. Rachel—one that we’ll save and treasure always.
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.