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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…
9399 Sheridan StHollywood, FL 33024
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
6602 Hollywood BlvdHollywood, FL 33024
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Don't take your pet here! They killed our less than 8 yr old dog due to NEGLIGENCE! We paid them $2400 to kill our dog! We wanted answers and Dr. B called and could not tell us what happened. All set for bladder surgery and 1 hour later they call and tell us that he had 109 degrees fever!! NEGLIGENCE!!! They were not watching our baby. Should had learned our lesson; 10 yrs ago our dog Charlie had to be put down after taking him to this "emergency hospital"!! These people killed our dogs and the bad thing is that we paid them to do so!!!
I've been coming here for over 20 years Dr. Tapper is absolutely amazing words cannot express how I feel about him as a veterinarian and person. This is a place where you're not another number and you get what you pay for. If you want the best care for your animal this is where you need to go. My shitzu Gizmo lasted 19 years and one month to the day for the simple fact that Dr. Tapper is amazing and I didn't sacrifice to keep his health up including full bloodwork and dental cleaning annually with your normal vaccinations. The other veterinarians that work there are also cut from the same cloth as their leader. My American Staffordshire terrier Myah Is 12 years old and very healthy almost like a puppy despite the light aging because of the care of Emerald Hills Animal Hospitol. They're not cheap but they're not expensive the health of your animal shouldn't be sacrificed to save a buck if you can afford it.
I am disgusted with this place. I took my injured cat around 9pm and was told that it was "an after hours" rate of 94 dollars. After hours? its supposed to be a 24 hr facility! So she was examined and they said she had an abscess, fever and she might have fractured her foot but they wouldnt know without an x-ray. 600 DOLLARS WAS THE ASKING PRICE! NO PAYMENT PLAN OR ANYTHING WHICH MOST VETS OFFER!!! It had to be up front or no treatment was going to be given. No bloddwork to check for worms or anything (the reason why she was injured is that Zelda was lost for three weeks in a area where a lot of strays are living so she could have caught anything from them including leukemia.) She said that she would do the leukemia test for free but ask me is she did it....SHE DID NOT! We obviously cant pay 600 dollars out of pocket when our paychecks come in on Friday so we had no choice but to take her home. While we were taking her home, Zelda cried out in pain so they opened the pet carrier and took her out and saw the abcess had opened and was bleeding! Again ask me if they cleaned the wound or bandaged it. SHE DID NOT! What type of doctor who has ethics taught to them in school does not bandage up an open wound?! A CARELESS ONE!! So in the end, we were charged almost 200 dollars for Zelda to be put in a room and for nothing to be done (they at least gave her a shot for her fever.) Emergency care Zelda's and I's behind!!
Performed surgery on my cat, did a great job. Explained everything I needed to know.
I found Dr James Dee to be very knowledgeable, experienced and compassionate when my cats were sick. He was able to diagnosis them very quickly without lots of unnecessary tests. Him and all the staff he works with were very kind to me during those difficult times.
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.