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BASED ON ITS ABRUPT CLOSURE (AND THEREAFTER) - I'd give it 1 star at best. I've almost never seen a closure handled so poorly. Out of the blue, no notice to customers, people with appointments out of luck, no information, and the vet's other facility being often rude and unprofessional and giving no explanation, "we'll fax your new vet your records, but not release them to you personally". Completely unprofessional. Customers treated like garbage. Saying it didn't end on a high note is a kind way to put it. (note that a lot of the bad reviews below were of Dr. Longo who left in 2011 or 2012, but I liked Dr. Longo and my only gripe was that it was sometimes overpriced most notably teeth cleanings to the point where we took our cats to Dr. Giangola in Manhattan and saved easily $500 on 2-3 cat cleanings in 2010, before Dr. G took over Narrows)BEFORE IT CLOSED DOWN - I love Dr. G (or did until the above, given his involvement and radio silence). I'd worked with him for 17 years, off and on, and was thrilled when he took over Narrows 5-6 years before it closed. Narrows got better, prices got more reasonable. The facility itself was never nice, but I found the receptionists and staff professional and compassionate. Waits could be long but that is just Dr. Giangola and many vets. Until the closure I would have given it 4 stars and Dr. G 5 stars. I really trusted him and in the end he breached that trust.
Most horrible vet service. They claim they see birds but they have no idea how to handle or diagnose birds. I brought in my beautiful baby canary for consultation and they killed him. The technician couldn't fetch him out of the cage, then left with a container cover open and he flew out out of the container. Then the so called veterinarian, Dr. Reichard, came in and didn't know how to diagnose my bird. They took him to trim his nails and he went into a cardiac arrest and passed away. I brought in my baby bird for a consultation to the medics and he caught death in their hands. The doctor told me that she doesn't know much about birds and has some knowledge only based on what she read on the internet. They should stop advertising that they see animals other than dogs and cats. They only know about dogs and cats. It has been the most devastating visit to the vet! Do not take your pet birds to them! The so called veterinarian there, Dr Reichard, is the worst vet I have ever encountered. She lacks the knowledge and skills, has no idea about diagnosis and treatment, and killed my bird in her examining room. Do not schedule your appointments when she works there. Most horrifying experience with that so called doctor. She is a disgrace to the vet profession!
Over the last few years, this vet has helped identify a fairly severe allergy that my cat had developed. And when they knew she would need allergy tests beyond the scope of their small practice, they referred me somewhere else. My cat is doing much so much better now, and without them she would still be suffering. Besides that, they are friendly and attentive, always taking enough time to explain what's going on, and they even remind me via text message (and snail mail) when my pet's shots are due. I can't recommend them enough, and am sorry to see that the reviewer before me had a bad experience. For me, it has been a wonderful relationship, and I would urge others to give them a chance, because we love them.They sell prescription cat food, are conveniently located, and take my concerns seriously. All good marks in my book!
This place should not even be allowed to practice medicine. We adopted a cat who was "spayed" here, only to have her need emergency surgery because she had an infected uterus. She hadn't been spayed at all and nearly died because of the carelessness of this Dr. Her stitches were so horribly done that she had huge lumps in the places they sewed her up. I feel sorry for any animal that has to come here.
Best vet ever very professional and thorough Have two cats and i go to thise clinic since they opened No complains what so ever
They charged me 3 TIMES the amount of money I was quoted for a procedure and then called me stupid for not knowing THEIR extra fees. The entire staff and the owner is UNETHICAL, RUDE, and UNPROFESSIONAL!DO NOT GO TO THIS VET!!!!
Dr. Keshner can come off as rude and abrupt but thats because he loves animals and cannot hide his contempt for an owner when they wait until the animal is in very bad shape to bring them in. I am guilty of this, and full of regret that i waited to bring my Milo in. Now he is fighting for his life and he may not survive but they gave proper treatment and responded to all of my phone calls in following days most professionally. The only thing negative i can say is that they didnt suggest i take home i.v. fluids for his battle. I requested them and Dr. Keshner agreed and seemed much nicer now that he knew i was advocating for my animal's care. I hope Milo makes it. :(
AVOID THIS PLACE AT ALL COSTS! George, assistant there with the tattoos on his arms, is extremely rude & will NOT hesitate to argue with you, even though he's wrong. He says one thing but says another later on & refuses to acknowledge what he said in the first place. I suggest recording conversations with him. He always has to have the last word as well. He'd rather have an argument with you than make an appointment. Is he trying to drive customers away? He has NO sense of customer service and couldn't care less if u go there. Something's wrong w/ him.The vet is no better. He doesn't make eye contact, doesn't say hi or bye, doesn't make small talk, and makes you feel like s___t! I also wonder if his license is UTD because he doesn't seem to know what he's doing. Thanks to him, my dog developed an infection and when I confronted him about it, he brushed it off.Place is DIRTY & the guys look really DISHEVELED & they wear STINKY, DIRTY GOWNS! This place needs to be formally inspected.
Big Shout-Out to Nine’s favorite doc. Dr. Mason!!!I am a former Cobble Hill Animal Clinic client. Nine (9) is the best and the craziest cat that hates doctors and checkups. After an intense search for veterinarian services that lasted approximately a year, I found Cobble Hill and loved it. When it merged with Hope Animal Hospital I was devastated. My comfort zone was broken. After reading the posts about Hope Animal Hospital I was very apprehensive to take my cat for his yearly visit. The free first visit incentive was irrelevant. I procrastinated until I learned that Dr. Mason who had treated Nine at Cobble Hill was on the team there. I talked with her about my uneasiness using the facility. She allayed my fears by assuring me that all would be fine. The transition from Cobble Hill to Hope Animal Hospital thus far has been good. I am more than impressed with the service my cat and I have received. Phone calls during procedures, and follow-up calls after appointments about results. I had questions about Nine’s dental appointment and left a message. I received a return call the same evening at 9:53pm from the doctor. If that is not dedication what is? I now have a totally different opinion about this facility. Thanks for your professionalism and dedicated staff. I will most definitely recommend your facility to family, friends, co-workers and acquaintances. Remember, I am speaking about my personal experience, and it has been phenomenal. I am wondering why others who have had similar experiences like myself have not posted.
Great, professional, knowledgeable service. Staff is so nice and doctor spends as much time as needed. Didn't feel rushed at all. Prices were in line or better than most other local hospitals.
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.