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2750 N Federal HwyFort Lauderdale, FL 33306
From Business: Family Pet Medical Center is a full-service small-animal hospital and veterinary practice located in Fort Lauderdale FL. We provide primary care, surgical, in-pat…
854 East Oakland Park BlvdFort Lauderdale, FL 33334
From Business: Healing Paws Center is an integrative rehabilitation center for pets with medical ailments, recovering from surgery, or suffering the effects of aging. Dr. Jessie…
1300 E Oakland Park Blvd Suite BOakland Park, FL 33334
From Business: Middle River Animal Hospital is a new small animal practice in the Fort Lauderdale/Oakland Park area of South Florida. We provide quality medicine and compassiona…
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I have been bringing my cat and my dog here since they opened. Dr. Gonzalez is amazing. I make all of my friends go here now too.
My experience with this veterinary hospital was extraordinary! I drove 70 miles to see Dr. Zaslow and his team of boarded veterinary specialists at LVS. They took the time to thoroughly explain Charlie's condition, treatment plan, costs and options. It's obvious the compassion, the love of their patients, the medical expertise and professionalism that make this a Veterinary Hospital that I would recommend to anyone needing specialty care or imaging services. Charlie is a happy dog now wagging his tail daily!
Our 6-year-old papillon Romeo was very lethargic, vomited, etc 7pm Thursday. My vet, gentle care, recommend LVS. They saw him immediately. Money was an issue, we don't have much, but they worked with us & gave him more treatments then we could afford & did not ask us to pay the full amount quoted. . I was crying my eyes out thinking my little dog was going to die because I'm poor. My heart was totally broken! I am eternally grateful to the vet & staff who were wonderful. They all were so kind, patient & understanding. But most of all, they gave us back out sweet Romeo. He still has a bit of follow up & recovery to do but he's still with us & that's all that matters. I'm sorry about the bad reviews I read & more than sorry to heartbroken pet owners. But I have no complaints with LVS & hope I never have to use them again but if I did I would. Thank you all again & forever for saving my baby����
So typical of LVS to say any negative reviews are suspicious and fraudulent. I think some of the positive reviews must be made up or done by employees themselves. I brought my dog to LVS once and never again. The doctors were rude, kept me waiting, didn't offer help, shady money schemes, and when I said I wasn't happy with the service, the vet threatened to find me on the Internet and try to "ruin me." They even asked when I was going to "die of cancer" as they knew I was undergoing my own chemo treatment. This place is NUTS. Stay away!"
This hospital is dirty and the vets are not trained properly and have an attitude. Our female dog in labor was not watched during her stay at LVS. So three out of the four puppies died and one was left permanently handicapped without limbs. They also neutered the mother dog without asking us first and then trying to charge a few thousand dollars for this procedure. The mother dog and one surviving puppy got E.coli among other infections from this place. LVS refused to transfer the medical records to other local vets so the new vets did not know what had happened or where to start in order to try to save the mother and the new puppy's life. I strongly discourage people from bringing their pets there.
Dr. Gonzalez and his staff are extremely welcoming and professional! As good as it gets. Whenever I board my cat at the clinic or if he needs medical attention, I feel that he is in the best hands and never have to worry at all. I HIGHLY recommend this clinic!
If you are looking for a new vet or to make a change. You owe yourself and your animals a visit to Dr. Gonzalez. His prices are good, but the care is exceptional!!!
Dr. Gonzalez and the staff are wonderful, very friendly and passionate with what they do. I would gladly recommended them and continue taking my girl for her medical and boarding needs.
Dr. Gonzalez actually gets right down on the floor with treats, and takes time to make our pets feel special, as well as the owners! I interviewed many vets before I chose to go with Dr. Gonzalez. He actually took the time to take me around, show me all the different rooms and explain how an animal is treated. Being that my husband and I travel internationally, on a frequent basis, we have to obtain the health certificates for our dog. This is definitely the place to bring your pet. Dr. Gonzalez (and staff), I thank you for your professionalism and for the care you show our dog. Kudos to you!
There is no doubt in my mind my puppy will continue seeing Dr. Gonzalez and his staff for years to come! This is the best vet I have ever come too and my pup does not hate coming.
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.