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Dr roger Gilley has been our vet since Hurricane Andrew days . He has saved lives for us and been one of the unsung humanitarians of our century. When a tiny puppy of ours was dying, he rescued him from a horrible expensive vet Er and never even charged me. The puppy had to be put to sleep and Dr Gilley consoled me as I cried over our little dog. Not the first time. His staff at the vet practice are all kind, funny, and efficient. You have to wait for your pet to be treated, no appointments, but tis worth it in cost and expertise. Dr Gilley makes it possible for normal people with normal income to keep our pets healthy. We had 10 dogs recently and take them all to Dr Gilley . Over the past 25 years, Dr G has been a mainstay for us and our pet family. I can't imagine being a pet owner without this vet and his help keeping them healthy and well. We can't speak highly enough of this guy and his loving vet operations. His vet techs are knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. Can't say enough good things about it. You have to wait because he does to make appointments and can see many more animals this way but - take a good book or just visit with the other nice pet owners who you will find waiting also in his office. I have met some of the nicest people there, also who love their pets and share their experiences.
Our regular vet had prescribed some eye drops that were extremely expensive like over $200 and for what ever reason, I had some misgivings about that. I took our dog To Dr Theresa . She advised me that those drops would have been very painful and were not a correct medication for our dog. Dr Theresa prescribed prednisone for the dog in drops and a low fat diet. It worked like magic and our little dog improved almost over night. It was worth the trip - I am convinced that Dr Theresa saved our dog from a painful experience and saved her sight. I addition, this vet Dr Theresa is a lovely young woman, friendly and personable. We have taken our other dog to her with success also. I was told by another vet that he had cataracts. He did not. She gave that dog eye drops and medication, don't remember what, and he is Fine ! Wow. It pays to go to a Specialist .
Called about Christmas 2017 hours and got a whole rundown thru Tuesday. Only taking Monday, Dec 26th off, we appreciate your dedication over the holiday weekend. Very courteous on the phone, not rushed off the line or put on hold.
Dr Gilley has been our vet for 25 years . He is a kind humanitarian, an excellent doctor. We entrust our beloved family pets to his care and his technicians. Over the years he has become a trusted friend and has helped us over some tragic losses, beyond any hoped for norm of his profession. His costs are also reasonable to allow normal families to take good medical care of their pets also. We love his staff, often his wife, son and brother also work with him and he has employees with him who stay . You may have to wait but tis worth while to do so. We are Jose and Gina Rosa , so grateful for the years of care for our pet family .
Dr. Franklin is wonderful! great customer service and his help when our Ms. Piggy was need he is our Vet. for all our animals.
Dr Prosek knows how by-pass the medical jargon for you to understand what is going on with your pet. My dog has PHT since 2010, a condition that is lethal on a short term if not correctly treated.By treating her for the past 5 years (yes, 5 years!, 1/3 of her life) Dr. Prosek has kept her alive and comfortable so far - she is 17 in November and now living a smooth end of life.Hat is up for Dr Prosek and his staff - Only people with such a good heart can take care of my pet's heart.
It's sad to see the bad reviews, but I think they're in response to a specific staff person, who may no longer be there, but not about Dr. GIilley. When I lived in Florida, I had so many rescued pets after Hurricane Andrew and I would usually bring him about five pets at a time. He would give them excellent care and he would always take the time to listen and explain things, no matter how busy he was. And someimes not charge, or very little. He once treated and boarded a sick homeless cat for 2 weeks until my friend could keep it, and he did it all and didn't charge anything. So, Dr. Gilley is extremely compassionate with animals and he's an excellent vet. I would always hear people's conversations in stores talking about how amazing he is, or how he saved their pets life.
I'm writing this review to respond to those who said that all of Dr. Gilley's 5star reviews are fake: When I lived in Florida I rescued and owned so many cats and dogs, from the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. I don't know how many times I came in with 5 or more pets at a time, and my bill would be zero,or $7, or less than $20. He once treated and boarded a sick homeless cat for three weeks until my friend could keep her, and the bill was zero. Not only is he EXTREMELY compassionate, but definitely not in his profession for the money. He's very knowledgeable and experienced and would never try to rush his patients along,despite having a waiting room full of people. He always took the time to explain everything. It's really sad to see negative reviews about how some people and their pets were treated during their visit. I had very bad experiences with the manager/receptionist during my last visits there several years ago, and I stopped taking my pets to him for that reason.
Dr. Franklin is always friendly, knowledgeable, and very attentive. I am happy to have found such a great veterinarian for my horse since moving to South Florida.
Compassionate and effective, Dr. Gilley and his staff go above and beyond the call of duty. They treat everyone, without appointment, in the order you arrive, and understandably, if you need to see the Dr. personally you have to wait your turn. For emergency service be smart and call. We are
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.