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3000 Stirling Rd Ste 132Hollywood, FL 33021
I have gone to Carla, the dog groomer ever since she came to VCA. She's an expert in grooming my dogs as seen in my profile picture. She really has …
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…
LOCATIONS Throughout FloridaMiami, FL 33169
I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
130 S Flamingo RdPembroke Pines, FL 33027
From Business: Emergency Service Available Complete Veterinary Care Special Interest Avian & Exotic Medicine & Surgery
1630 E Oakland Park BlvdOakland Park, FL 33334
From Business: Our hospital has earned an excellent reputation by offering complete surgical and diagnostic care to our patients and their caring owners. Our state-of-the-art 60…
6602 Hollywood BlvdHollywood, FL 33024
I had a great experience with this animal hospital. My cat Ray-Ray was hanging on to life by a thread and smelled of death. The caring and gentle st…
1574 E Commercial BlvdOakland Park, FL 33334
Dr. Buzzetti has been the most caring, available, and up to date Veterinarian I have ever been to. What other Vet can you call at 1am when your belo…
1420 N Park DrWeston, FL 33326
From Business: Welcome to VCA Indian Trace Animal Hospital! We deliver the best medical care for pets and the best experience for pet owners. Serving Weston and neighboring comm…
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As a pet owner all my life, I have had my share of midnight runs to pet emergency hospitals over the years. Some experiences were much better than others...some just plain terrible. My experience with Pet Emergency in Fort Lauderdale was top notch and I am very happy to write this review. I do not think my dog would have lived if I had taken him elsewhere. I called in advance to notify them I was on my way with my chihuahua, whoes trachea was closing and he was struggeling to breathe. His tongue was turning blue and I knew if I didn't get him help immediately he was going to die. They met me at the door, calmed me down, took my tiny pet in the back and saved his life. In the meantime the tech at the front desk talked to me and kept going to the back to give me updates on his condition. Her kindness went beyond what I would expect and was more than appreciated. They kept my little dog overnight for observation and when I returned the following morning to pick him up the vet came out and spoke to me at length. I was given excellent advice in order to avoid anoth reoccurance, meds to help his condition and a follow up phone call late the next afternoon. Over and above!! Thank you Pet Emergency!! You saved my little pets life and made this horrible experience much less painful with your caring kindness to me while my pet was being saved.
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
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.
Southport Animal Hospital raises the bar for all other veterinarians. Dr. H and Dr. Carew are wonderful and truly place value on the animals they care for rather than milking their clients dry. As the Founder and President of Urban Tails and a volunteer for Sabbath Memorial Dog Rescue; I am so impressed by Southport's commitment to help rescue animals and local organizations who rescue. The hospital was immaculate ,the prices were much more reasonable than the other vet's in the area and and I didn't even have to wait 5 minutes before I was seen by the Dr. This tells me the Dr.'s respect my wallet, my time as well as my anxious pooch. Thanks again.... We'll be back! Happy Tail Wags!
Hi, my name is Hunter, I am 9 years old. My guinea pig got sick. His name is Butterball. He was losing his hair and got skinny. We brought him to Southport Animal Hospital right away. He weighed 1 pound and he had mites from the pet store. Dr. Carew took care of him and gave him medicine on his back and we sprayed oatmeal on him ever day. He weighs 4 pounds now and is so fat and healthy. My hotdog dog goes there, too... his name is Papi Pops. Butterball and Papi love going to the doctors. They are so nice there. I want to be an animal doctor one day. Thank you Dr. Carew for making my Butterball better. And thank you for cutting his nails.
My pups love this Vet.!! Staff was friendly and rates are very good. It costs me 1/3 what I was paying at my last Vet and we didn't sit in waiting room for a half and hour either, they took us right in. Both doctors, Hagadorn and Carew are extremely talented and have tremendous reputations. Dr. Carew has preformed successful surgeries on both of my dogs and again, didn't break my bank!! We are very lucky to have found such a great affordable place with a talented compassionate team. Over all I would and HAVE recommended this animal hospital highly!!!
doctors at southport are the best. they are caring, knowledgeable, sympathetic towards their patients and always put them and their care first. vet techs are wonderful and very efficient. patient care first rate. clean facility. very pleasant and extremely helpful front desk staff. i take all my animals there and refer my clients to them as well. anyone that i refer is always very happy with their services. they are great with all the animals!
Over the years, the vets at Southport Animal Hospital have taken exceptional care of nine of my animals. The staff is gentle, caring, and attentive to all of the animal's special needs. It is a large, welcoming animal hospital that provides personal attention and superior service to every client. I could not be happier or more confident to bring my pets there!!!
We love Southport!! Our pets have been visiting Southport since late last summer. Since then we have had an array of unfortunate problems arise with our many pets. Both of our dogs had to have emergency surgery and were handled with care. The staff was so supportive and informed us every step of the way. We couldn't be happier. Thanks Southport!!!
Southport was easy ,friendly and extremely affordable compared to my last 2 Vet's. Facility is clean. My pitbull received excellent care. Staff seems very compassionate and organized which is a huge plus!! All and all, you won't find a better Vet with these kinds of rates without compromising the quality of care, anywhere in SFL!!!
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.