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6602 Hollywood BlvdHollywood, FL 33024
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Hollywood Animal Hospital IS the place to take your pet. Dr. Jon Dee saved my dachshund's life when she had blown a disc and couldn't walk. She was 8 years old at the time. After the surgery, I would go and visit her every day. They would let us have time in an examination room and once when a room wasn't available they put a blanket and some water outside so my dog and I could be together. She did walk again and lived until her passing at the age of 16 years. Just recently my cat, Sheba, was diagnosed with a tumor in her throat. Dr. Sessa, at Hollywood Animal Hospital, operated on her and removed the cancerous tumor. My cat was treated as though she was one of their children. It was so comforting knowing she was in good hands. The cost was very reasonable being it was major surgery. In addition, I've never had a long wait when I went for an appointment. If you did it was probably because they had an emergency which is understandable. Wouldn't you want them to take you right away if your pet was in distress and hold off on non emergency cases? HOLLYWOOD ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PET!
I am giving 5 stars due to Dr. Ann Murphy! Otherwise, I would not give more than 4 stars due to the after hours technicians, staff and doctors not knowing answers to simple questions. That, definitely, needs to be improved. Back to Dr. Murphy. I have never ever encountered a Vet with so much love, compassion and caring for the animals! My sweet baby passed away today, 2 weeks shy of his 16th Birthday! My dog lived that long because he was under Dr. Murphy's care! She kept him alive for an extra 4 years due to her extensive veterinarian knowledge and experience. If I ever get another dog, I will follow her wherever she goes. Thank you, Dr. Murphy for everything you have done for our Spencer. My son and I are forever indebted to you! You are a TRUE human being in every sense of the word. We LOVE you! God bless you and give you many healthy years to come Feiga M
I am a senior veterinary student at the University of Florida and I feel more prepared to enter the real world after completing an externship at Hollywood Animal Hospital. I am a certified veterinary technician who has been in veterinary medicine for over 12 years. My goal is to become board certified in critical care and to work for a practice similar to Hollywood Animal Hospital. After spending about four weeks total with the Hollywood Animal Hospital veterinarians, I would highly recommend them to other veterinary students and pet owners alike. The doctors and staff have provided an excellent experience for me and my classmates. The level of expertise and care provided by the doctors and staff are above and beyond many of the practices I have visited. I would love the opportunity to continue a relationship with the practice in the future.
I am lived in Hollywood for a long time and have been use to going to a clinic right next to my house. I decided to go to Hollywood Animal Clinic instead and was quite pleased. The doctor actually spent time with me and made sure that all 7 of my puppies were in good health, informed me of alot of information that I didn't know. Answered all of my questions and I left feeling that they really care about their patients. Thank you to the entire staff for a wonderful experience. Oh yes when I got home I had a question for the doctor on the medications and after a brief hold on the phone, the doctor answered and gave me the information I needed. I never had that type of experience at the Animal Clinic near my house.
very nice animal hospital I like the service, but when you go on line to fill out your information about your pet, it said when you bring your pet in for service,make sure your pet is on a leash or in a container, but when I visited the hospital for the first time I had my pet on a leash but notice a black cat sitting on the counter. I ask the young lady to move the cat because I am afraid of cats, she did but when I came back the next day for a drop off the cat is in the lobby in a chair (again the cat is not in a container as they ask clients to do). If I wanted to sit down I would have cat hair on my clothes. I guess I will need to fine another hospital.
Last night our boxer Sammy gave us the signal "it is time to let me go ". Cancer took his energy. We were a mess on the ride there, tears, laughter and sadly soon to be our last ride together. Courtney made a huge impression on us, her care was beyond her years. We hugged him and kiss him before he left the room. I choose to look in to his beautiful eyes one more time. I asked Courtney to let me know when he was gone, she did, she informed me that he went peaceful while he was being pet. Thank you so much for being the beauty of this sad journey Courtney. Sincerely Lucy Katz.
Nice friendly staff but BEWARE of hidden tacked on charges. Ask up front. Make sure you know if Vet is going to examine your pet. I only needed a booster shot for my Frenchie she was seen at another office in Nov.2012 this is Jan 2013. SHE DIDN'T NEED ANOTHER EXAM. The receptionist knew that she had all her paper work showing vet history. I asked only for a booster shot. SO to my surprise I was charged by the Vet as he came in examined her (which she didn't need) and charged me for an exam 38.00. Totally wrong totally unnecessary.
I would like to write to praise Dr. David Shapiro. My dog Lucky had very bad bleeding cysts on the underside of his paw., He was in great pain and licked the area constantly causing it to become worse and worse. Dr. Shapiro performed laser surgery on Lucky. It was a hard 2 and one half month recovery. We followed his advice to the letter and Lucky is now completely healed and walking well again. I feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Shapiro as Lucky's vet surgeon. He 100% knows what he is doing and is kind and caring as well.
Doc Farley and Staff have always been there for my Gina (black Lab) who came from a cold cement cell at Broward Animal Care and Regulation. He performed her Spay surgery and did all shots and exams for her first 5 years. I placed many a phone call to their office for info and advice and they always made time to talk to me. Since we moved Gina goes to a different Vet and I can see that she does not have the same rapport with that Doc that she had with Doc Farley. Suffice it to say: We miss you folks!
Do some research and pick an experienced vet. Make your appt with that doctor specifically. I used to see Dr. James Dee, a very experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate vet. Also Dr. Herrington did surgery and he was an expert too. I've moved too far north to continue going to HAH but I would recommend them highly to anyone who can get there.
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.