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Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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The vet tech took my pregnant,female cat out of tbe carrier by the front door. The cat ran off into the wokds never to beseen again. I went tnere 50 mins away regularly to search tbe woods,but no luck. The Persian cat that I took in to be neutered they gave flea med to without telling me. They sold me flea med for him and I applied it. He died 4 days later. I went in and inquired about my lost cat and talked to the mgr about the one that they caused the death of. She was extremely rude and told me not to ever come back there. I was in tears because I nedded to keep searvhing for her. The girl behind the counter recorded it on her phone and posted it on social media with a rude caption calling me names. I then received a letter in the mail from their mgr Amanda stating that I was fired as a client and to never come back there. Now there is a litter of kittens and many,many more generations multiplying in the woods behind Pet Luv.
This is a one Doctor Veterinary clinic, it seems to us her assistants do what other Vets normally do. Appeared to be in a hurry and we were very unimpressed with the services she provided. Can not recommend this Clinic.
I want to thanks Dr. Figuerola for helping me with my mindy sue when I had to let her go it was hard . Dr. Figuerola let me bring skippy in so he will know that mindy not coming home skip has never look for her when he get up in the morning like he always did .that help him a lot he is only 15 months. Dr.Figuerola and his staff were so nice to us . Dr,Figuerola is a very compassionate man and he love animals he is the best vet I have ever been to. thanks Dr.Figuerola and Andrew for the hugs it help me knowing that you care . it was hard for me to let go .I give you a 5 stars and I will keep you as my Vet. for my skippy .and thank you and your staff for the support in time of need thank you all for the card ♥♥♥ Ralph and Jane Brown
No stars I am very disappointed with the lack of professionalism and common courtesy from this Veterinary Clinic. I have recently moved to the area used them a few times then took a client dog there will not use them again. Was afraid dog was contagious when I asked where the back door was to bring him in since that was what I was told to do when I made the appt they told me to bring him in the front. Staff petted the dog nobody washed their hands, etc so if they touched other dogs could have transmitted diseases. Dr Zimmerman discussed possible antibiotics we could start with or I could wait on results from bloodwork which I said would wait to see what bloodwork showed. Called the next day to get results was told Vet would call me later, nobody called I stopped in picked up antibiotics after my client called and either talked to Vet or Vet Tech got told two different stories. Was told regardless I refused antibiotics for the dog, the dog was mistreated because I made him sit and or stand stay while they poked and prodded and because I asked when leaving again about leaving out back since other people were now in the clinic they told my client that I was afraid the dog was aggressive toward other dogs instead of trying to infect other dogs. To me very unprofessional to start without knowing reason yet they were not following their own protocol. I didn't get lab results until the following day (lab work done on Thurs results were there on Fri )which was Sat with emails. I will talk to all my dog show friends and let them know exactly how this business does their customers. Very disappointing!
A neighbor accidentally trapped my granddaughter's cat, took it to PetLuv Monday morning at 8 am. The cat was given shots, wormed, given flea meds, ear clipped, shaved and anesthetized (they assumed he was a female) when they realized he was a neutered, chipped and registered male. It was Tuesday afternoon at 4 pm before the neighbor was notified, only then was the owner called. Not only has the animal been traumatized, but now no one in our family, nor the the neighbor's family will be recommending this facility. Formal complaints will be filed with the county, the SPCA as well as the Humane Society where the kitten was adopted from.BEWARE!!!!!!!!!
Excellent clinic. Love everyone there. All 3 Doctors are exceptional and I wouldn't take my animals anywhere else. Everyone is very knoweledgable and caring. I feel confident taking my animals here because I know they will recieve the best possible care. Everyone from the office staff to the doctors are involved in your pets care and every single one of them really cares about your pet and you also. I highly recommend this clinic. All of the Doctors are wonderful alomg with the techs and office staff. I would never tale my animals any where else. Thank you to everyone at this clinic for everything you do for your clients and their furry family members. AMAZING !
I have been going to this clinic since 2007 and have used Dr.Rodriguez since she came to Florida in 1991. I have used both Dr. Rodriguez and Dr. Colazzos. Both are amazing and have helped my animals with great care and compassion. They always make time to fit me in if I have a concern or feel it is an emergency. Countless times they have gone above and beyond to help one of my pets. Between myself and my family and all of my past rescue animals, I have had the best care I could possibly ask for. They always explain what they think should be done, why they think it should be done, the cost, the benefits, and also the negatives with anything they do. They always answer all of my questions and address all of my concerns in detail. Everything they do is discussed with me in detail so I completely understand what is going on. Anytime my one of my pets had to stay, I was always updated on how they were doing throughout the day. The Dr called and discussed everything with me. Throughout the years I have had to put some of my pets to sleep and the entire staff, Doctors, techs, and office staff came in to console me and comfort me. They made a hard decision easier and made my dogs comfortable the entire time. I could never ask for a better group of people to trust the health care of all my animals. I will never go to another clinic. I would Highly recommend this clinic if you are looking for exceptional care for your pets. I can write pages of the exceptional care and all of the things they have done for my animals, Including walking away from lunch, staying after hours, coming in after hours, answering my questions after hours. The list goes on and on. All I can say that Everyone at this clinic is amazing from office staff to the Doctors.
All the vets are amazing. Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Collazos, Dr. Readdy, all have helped each and every one of our pets. Great staff. Beautiful facility. I wouldn't take them any where else.
Horrible customer service and extremely unprofessional. This is the last veterinarian clinic i would recommend to anyone expecially if you wanted quality care. Not to mention they are overpriced and I had to call three times to get ahold of Dr Terry Readdy to request my cats blood results. When I finally got ahold of her she told me she had, "read them already to my sister and to ask her what they said." Really? Is that the kind of service you want when it comes to your pets life being in someone elses hands? Save yourself the time and heart break. Go somewhere else. If you are going to over charge someone and then be that lazy that you can't re-read the blood resluts to the actual owner of the cat to begin with. Seriously?! I appreciate you telling the wrong person what the blood results were. Do your job right, call the right person the first time and you wouldn't have to read them twice. Thanks for nothing. They must really hate animals if they don't have the heart to tell the owner a 19 year old cat what is going on with their pets health.
I have lived in 11 different states and needed vet care in each. Dr Rodriguez is THE BEST VET my pets have ever seen. She is thorough, empathic, warm, talented, & my pets are drawn to her with a calmness. I went out of my way to visit this office & specifically work with her.
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.