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I gave 1 star cause this place is one of the worst place I have ever seen! Took my dog there cause another dog bit him in the neck before they would get the doctor to even look at my dog they want to make sure I had money to pay them the concern was not my dog but money from the start next they pushed paper on me while I was so up set with out even giving me any time to think they laughed at my family and I while we were so up set about situation they acted as if it was a joke! Never did they offer me as the owner any help with finances they said they need all the money up front and would not take payments even when I offered to pay more then half at the time and the rest on monthly installments they refused!! they were more then happy to kill my dog then to save his life!! My dog had a chance to live but cause I didn't have a few thousand dollars right on the spot this place said it would be best if they killed him all cause of money Instat of saving a poor inacent life all over money!!! I can't believe This! there are no kill shelters that believe every pet deserves a chance and other veterinarians that feel the same if a pet can be saved why not give them a second chance at life! This veterinarian did think that way! this veterinarian and the staff only thought about $$$$ they are greedy,ingorent and very selfish! Please don't bring your pet there if you want your pet to have a fighting chance to live.
Any person with multiple pets know that everything happens after 6 at night and on weekends.. I highly highly recommend calling the wonderful veterinarians At St charels vet hospital across from Heart of Florida Hospital on 27 in the Publix Plaza currently
Beware! After 2 years using this office, my vet - Dr. Allison left recently, and my first visit since was less than perfect. They sent a feedback survey and I gave polite responses of constructive criticism – (happy to share with any interested party!). St. Charle’s noted I seemed unhappy, noted our communication seemed broken and asked me to NEVER RETURN with my sweet cat – even in an emergency!!! She has never done anything wrong, and never in her life even bit or scratched anyone, ever. Incredibly unprofessional!!! In summary - Solicited feedback they requested was rudely unaccepted. Poor communication. Unknowledgeable about contents of products they prescribe. Inadequate technical skills including blood draws. DO NOT BRING YOUR LOVED ONES HERE. If you are already going here – please reconsider – there are tons of respectful and knowledgeable practices around the Orlando area!
We love these people. Everyone is so nice and Dr. Parrot is the best! I trust them completely. They genuinely care about their patients.
A big and heart filled thank you to Dr. Parrot and Dr. Allison with my old girl, Maggie. I moved from NY a few months ago, and the local vets just weren't giving my girl she respect she needed! All they wanted to do was charge for unnecessary testing, when i had already had it done a month before up north! St. Charles took their time with her, and even met me at the door knowing she was a big dog who had trouble walking! Sadly our loved Maggie passed at home and even with the after care St. Charles was there! A HUGE thank you to the up front staff and Sabrina !!!
Dr Parrott and her team at St. Charles animal hospital are the best around.Dr Parrott is very accessible and always makes time to answer any questions. I have been to many vets around the country and can honestly say Dr. Parrott and her team deliver fantastic, loving, compassionate care. You owe it to your pet to give St. Charles vet hospital a try. You will not be disappointed.Tom B
They are very knowledgeable but they seem to be aloof and not customer oriented. I guess like most businesses these days, they are seemingly more concerned about billing you, and their lack of communication is beyond poor. I think adding additional staff would help and and a focus on customer service would prove very beneficial. I think they need to respect their customers and their opinions.
I wish I could give 10 stars to Dr. Parrott & her incredible staff at St. Charles Veterinary Hospital! As long as I'm living anywhere in Florida, I will never use any other vet but her! Not only is the level of treatment & medical care beyond excellent, but Dr. Parrott and every member of her staff truly *care* about your pet and you. The atmosphere is so friendly & caring at the clinic. Even outside of an actual office visit, when I had questions or concerns, Dr. Parrott and/or Ryan answered my emails almost immediately & helped out in every way possible. It can be so difficult to find a * knowledgeable* veterinarian when dealing with birds and other animals outside of dogs & cats. I feel so blessed that my little Connor (quaker parrot) and Riley (rat) have such an excellent doctor to take care of them! Of course, St Charles is wonderful for dogs & cats -- but also if you have any type of "exotic pet", this is definitely the clinic to bring them to!!
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.