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2032 E Oakland Park BlvdFort Lauderdale, FL 33306
I've been going there for 4 years now with my 3 dogs and been always so happy that I recommend them for everyone. Place is clean and you can see tha…
2209 N Dixie HwyWilton Manors, FL 33305
They have a really good selection of healthy food for your pets.
49 N Federal Hwy Suite 249Pompano Beach, FL 33062
From Business: We offer all the services from our salon at your front door step in our state of the art mobile grooming van Why choose us? Our groomers have passed the required …
521 N Federal HwyHollywood, FL 33020
From Business: Choosing a new veterinarian can be a difficult and worrisome process. We know how important it is that your pets receive only the best in preventative and diagnos…
130 S Flamingo RdPembroke Pines, FL 33027
From Business: Emergency Service Available Complete Veterinary Care Special Interest Avian & Exotic Medicine & Surgery
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I struck GOLD when I found Weston Lakes Animal Hospital! I give them 5 stars overall! They have the most affordable prices, customers NEVER pay for the exam fee (They waive it every time!), they always give the best customer service, have 24/7 Emergency services available with a REAL Ambulance that comes to your house, etc., I explain more (below), but I HAVE TO recommend this place to EVERYONE! Being that I've been involved in dog rescue for several years, I've been to many animal hospitals, some were god, some bad, but every one lacked something in one area or another, I was frustrated b/c I never was able to find the complete package, until now! I can honestly say that they are a PERFECT 10 & I'm now a happy, loyal client for life! I've even referred my Mother & her 2 Labs Daisy & Chloe & I NEVER would have sent my own Mother there if they weren't the best! Actually, my Mom was VERY impressed & happy & now she's a loyal client for life as well! They NEVER charge an exam fee (All other Vets charge $45-$60)! They offer financing (without a credit check via icare), the entire staff i9ncluding the front desk, the Vet techs & the 2 Doctors are OUTSTANDING! Everything is new, clean & spotless (Even in the back!). They take time with you, fit you in if it's urgent, they treat my dogs like family, with compassion & tenderness! They do everything in their power to help, they work with you in every way possible, they are so friendly, they even remember our names! They are so intelligent & they do not nickel & dime you either like some of the other Vets do! They're fair & honest people & they don't over charge or suggest unnecessary procedures just to hike up the bill! Their estimates & bills are far cheaper that any Vet I've ever been too, when I compared their charges vs. past Vet's invoice charges for the same items! The service & value is truly an incredible deal & savings! And they are Rescue friendly! And what's even more incredible, is that they are open until 9pm, 7 days a week plus they're on call 24/7! They even have a real AMBULANCE that comes to your house in emergencies or after hours & even THAT is affordable too! These people awesome & are really in this business for the right reasons, they truly love animals & love what they do! So, I urge every single one of you reading this right now, to go there, get a free exam, try it out, meet the staff, see the place & you'll never want to go anywhere else, ever again!!! Make sure you tell them that Charlese with Ginger the (GSD/Lab Mix) & Zuco (The White German Shepherd) referred you to them! I was so happy with their service that I promised them I would write an honest review about them online & tell EVERYONE. I think all my family/friends need to know about this incredible place! They really do go above & beyond & deserve to get their name out there, as they're fairly new at this location in Weston, FL! And please know this: I don't get any discounts or anything free for saying any of this nor do I know any of them personally so you can trust that my review/recommendation is 100% REAL! Thanks for reading & good luck with your pets!!!! I hope you take my advice & go try them out! You won't be sorry & YES! You can totally Thank me later, LOL! AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICALLY THANK EVERYONE AT Weston Lakes Animal Hospital FOR SUPERIOR, OUTSTANDING, 5 STAR SERVICE WITH THIS AWESOME REVIEW THAT I'LL BE POSTING ALL OVER, B/C I AM JUST SO ASTONISHED & IMPRESSED WITH YOUR BUSINESS!
TESTIMONY @ the BEST Dog Trainer in South Florida! (Broward County) This is an un-bias testimony about a dog trainer I found on Craigslist a little over a month ago & I want to recommend him to EVERYONE!!! I have NEVER met him before this & have no connection with him in any way, but he is so incredible, I want to tell the world, so more dogs like mine, can have a chance at being saved & rehabilitated! Anyone who needs a dog trainer, NEEDS to call this man! He TRULY IS incredible! MY STORY: I adopted & saved a 90 lb. dog (Belgian Malinois mix I think) from euthansia at the Miami Dade Animal Services shelter. She is sweet & so loving with us but she hates other dogs & people. She wants to KILL other dogs & although she's never bitten a person, she has the potential to seriously harm someone. I couldn't even take her out for a walk b/c as soon as she would see someone walking another dog, she would go into attack mode & lunge & pull to get at the other dog. I love this dog, she's stolen my heart forever.... she sleeps in my bed every night & she's incredible with my teenager & we'll NEVER let her go but she needed serious training. I TRIED to rehabilitate her myself, I read books, watched videos, researched dog training on the internet, talked to dog experts of message forums, ect. & NOTHING WORKED!!! To be honest, she was SO BAD that I thought it was hopeless. I kept her home 24/7 & I really was about to give up hope that she could ever be rehabilitated & live a normal life until I found Mike Clark & decided to give him a try & see if he could help me rehabiliate her. The first session with Mike, changed my dog. It was incredible! I could NOT believe the MIRACLE he preformed in one hour! He IS another Cesar Milan! He KNOWS dogs! I can't explain it any other way. He stopped her leash pulling, he trained her to heel & sit & walk by another dog and person without lunging or trying to attack in ONE FREAKING SESSION! THAT'S how good he is! We're still working on her training & she's a different dog now. Thanks to Mike, I can now walk her every night & she sits & heels on command & no longer pulls me down the street. My shoulder isn't ripped out of it's socket anymore. Life is good for us & for her & I have this amazing guy to thank for it. So to anyone out there who needs a new dog evaluated or obedience training or if you have aggressive dogs or dogs that don't get along with other dogs or people, ANY dog issues at all, call Mike ASAP! He CAN & WILL help you! He is absolutely AMAZING & the REAL deal! He's a retired policeman where he was a police dog trainer for 35 years. He has his own business called "Champion Dog Training" @ 954 748-5423 www.championdogtraining.com & you can find his ad on here too.
My Border Collie, Scotty and I just completed our first 5 week course of Obedience training with Mike of Champion Dog Training. Scotty is a 2 yr old rescue who was very sweet with zero “manners”. I needed quick, focused obedience training in a hurry and knew Petsmart was not going to cut it. After much online research, I found Champion Dog Training and got in touch with Mike. From our first lesson, we left with results. I left with tools and a new understanding of my dog (and a firmer voice). At the end of 5 weeks, not only does he listen up, but heels, sits, stands, stays, downs, etc like a soldier. We still have plenty to learn and continue to practice daily what Mike has taught us. We will begin our 2nd Obedience course with Mike in a couple of weeks. He offers 5 week courses for different levels of obedience training which you as the handler participate in or will board and train your dog for 2 weeks straight and you come pick up your “new” dog. Either way you will get results and your dog will have the manners and obedience you’d always hoped for. Mike is a kind, patient, experienced, professional dog trainer that delivers results. He is a retired BSO police officer and K9 trainer. I struck gold with Mike at Champion Dog Training and you can too. I don’t believe anyone has ever trained with Mike and was disappointed. As you can see, there are no mixed reviews; and for good reason.
I drive all the way from Lighthouse point just to drop my dogs off for baths & spas, groomings, daycare and boarding. I have a yorkie and Labrador retriever who love to play all day in the indoor/out door play areas. They come home so happy and exercised from playing all day. Since The Barkers Pet Center has opened I have been coming here for boarding and all the staff is really friendly. The owners Vaida and Shai have a passion for dogs and they are the best in the businesses. They really care about their customers. Their loving and caring staff gives me followup calls to see how my pets are doing. Paula and Mario are absolutely the most professional pet groomers I have found. The both provide full scissor cuts and the grooming is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. The boarding facilities' are also superb. The overall cleanliness and the special personalized care they give to each pet is out of this world. The owner Vaida is always there to answer any questions you may have about your pets special diet needs. I have never seen such friendly staff. There's nothing standard about Barkers.
Southport is my new Veterian center for my pet needs. I cannot express more appreciation for the care they gave my Sheltie Five-Oh , who recently underwent emergency surgery for a condition that I was not even aware of.Shelties have thich coats and my Five-Oh is like a furry teddy bear.When I went to the vet I thought I was going because my dog was vomiting but after a close examine the vet found a punture under the fur where he had ingested a stick that was not festering into a large wound. You could not see this unless you shaved the dog.It just never occured to me that this could be his problem.They did an emergence surgery and cleaned it all out.The vet was very concerned and treated my Five-Oh better than own doctor does me sometimes. The staff was just great and so friendly I just want to say a big Thanks . The price was great and the Vet Jon Paul went above and beyond in his service treating other small problems at the same time. You are the best. G G Goda
i was very excited to see a new veterinary clinic coming to the victoria park, fort lauderdale area. i was even more excited after my first experience bringing my dog, rymo, to dr. birken at victoria park animal hospital! dr. birken and her staff clearly have a love for animals and rymo took to them immediately. they were playful but professional and made both me and rymo confortable during our appointment. we also got a tour of the entire hospital. i was truly impressed with the state of the art facility. they even showed rymo's xrays to us on the computer in the exam rooms and we were able to check out and make payment without having to leave the exam room and wait at the front desk. this was by far our best experience at a vets office and we highly recommend dr. birken and victoria park animal hospital as your veterinarian. thank you dr. birken and the friendly staff at victoria park animal hospital, rymo and his family
A black lab showed up at our door out in the country. He was very undernourished and obviously a dumped dog. We took him in and found he had boundless energy and was a little to the wild side. We took him to 2 schools (which he failed)and the 2nd trainer, which trains local police dogs admitted our lab was the first dog in 20 years which could "break" her. A neighbor recommended Mike as sort of a last ditch effort. What a change. After his very first lesson with Mike, both our dog and us as owners, we could see a difference. His approach is kind and humane and involves both the dog and the owners. We felt confident enough in Mike to return for 3 higher training levels with our dog. Our dog has progressed though each level of training successfully and if you have ever had a lab you will understand the challenges. The dog whisperer has nothing on Mike. Thank you.
This place is one of the best dog kennels in Florida. I switched from Central Bark to private dog walker and then after my research and friend references I tried Barkers place. I had great experience boarding my dogs and the last day they got groomed. Let me tell you- they did 10 times better job than my mobile groomer. From this point on Barkers is my groomers. One thing I didn't like was when I was checking in I was approached by this lady Carla who wanted to push her training on me. My dogs just need to walk nicer on the leash that's all. They are great dogs. She was pushy and even vulgar. The way she looked and talked to me made me think she is on something. No wonder she couldn't work there and got fired. I'll be back for grooming sooner than you think. You guys do a great job overall and I'm glad I found you.
The Barkers Pet Resort is an excellent choice for holistic and raw pet food. They carry a huge selection of pet supplies and the front desk staff is very knowledgable and willing to help with questions concerning my pets diets since they are both picky eaters. They dog groomers, Mario and Paula, are beyond professionals and have been creating fabulous cuts on both of my yorkies for 2 years. There grooming salon is cage-less and has a viewing window which I love. I can't help but also mention the doggie daycare play areas are huge and my little guys come home exercised and happy every time. The Barkers even has a outdoor doggie pool for the ones that like to swim. The boarding rates The facility is clean, well-maintained, and organized. II would recommend the Barkers Pet ResortCentral to anyone, anytime.
BEST CARE YOUR ANIMAL CAN GET! Dr. Christopher Smith not only saved our dog's life, but kept us (scared owners) well informed pre & post surgery. His expert clinical skills caught a life threatening event during a routine visit. We are so very grateful to him & his staff. He is very thorough, not like typical vets that rush in & out quickly. His explanations were easy to comprehend (not full of difficult to understand medical terminology). He truly works in the best interest of the patient whether it be a dog, cat, etc! His love for animals is obvious & genuine. He called us promptly after lab results arrived & did not leave this task for a secretary. It's evident that he loves what he does. Again, we can not give enough accolades to this animal clinic that saved our pug, Milo.
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.