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When we lived in Orange County we took our two pups here for boarding and day care. Not only were all staff members very professional but treated our babies as if they were their own! We miss having the Irvine Pet Complex near us!
I took my little dog to Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in the middle of the night. I found out later, this place has been in the news and has changed their name multiple times! First let me point out... Upon walking in, a document is shoved in my face with big bold letters. HOW MUCH ARE YOU WILLING TO SPEND TO SAVE YOUR PET. They want a number so they can charge you that amount. After receiving a drug from another emergency vet the same night, my dog immediately started panting and having problems breathing. Instead of taking her back to the vet who gave her a medication she should not have had bc of a heart murmur, I took her here. First thing they ask is for $1000 up front fee. I believe they knew she was going to die when they initially assessed her. Instead of telling me this. They sent me home. Had I stayed at least she could have died in my arms. Or been put to sleep while in my comfort. I get home and the doctor calls. Dr. Katherine Kramer. I'll get to her in a minute.. She asked me if I would like to put her on a breathing machine. She would have to be anesthetized. Again, not a good call for a dog with a heart condition. I told her absolutely no! Why would I put her at even more risk? After I tell her I don't want to do that, she calls back 10 minutes later to say my baby girl passed. They knew she was going to die, but instead of letting her die in my arms they gave me false hope, so I leave her there to rack up the bill. This doctor clearly saw dollar signs. As for Dr. Katie Kramer, DVM. I have never met anyone so smug in my life. And btw she has NO SPECIAL TRAINING. she's just a regular vet with no ethics. I am in the most pain I've ever felt. This place didn't help and I would not ever go back there. Both of my primary care vets read over these reports and BOTH have said they would have suggested euthanasia. Instead, my little dog suffered by suffocating to death, alone. I have filed a complaint with the CA. Veterinary Board.
I took my dog here after taking her 2 other places, and they were able to diagnose her with a ruptured cervical disc. They took great care of her, and the vet was amazing. The staff was incredibly nice, very knowledgeable, more than helpful and went out of their way to make her comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone.
Horrible place. My dog was so traumatized he died within two days after visiting this place. I went to go get my dog groomed, have his teeth cleaned and his nails clipped. A day after coming home from the groomers, he was not eating or drinking, he was unresponsive and he couldn't walk. It was so alarming that I took him to the emergency care veterinary. On the way, we stopped at Kriser's to ask what had happened the day before to see if any information could help the veterinary determine what was wrong. The receptionist was SO rude, unprofessional and defensive, saying that they had no record of cleaning or grooming him and that we couldn't prove anything and it wasn't their fault. After taking my dog to the vet, we ended up having to put him down. To top things off, while dealing with the lose of a beloved family dog, the receptionist had called Animal Control and reported me to the police. The police immediately closed the case after I proved that he was well taken care; and suggested that we take civil action. Please DO NOT take your dog here. I wish I never had.
The cleanest pet facility I have ever seen, open 24 hours a day... everyday! Love this place, so do my dogs!
We had a HORRIBLE experience here. My girlfriend dropped off our dog for a grooming at 8AM. There were no calls or texts to update how our dog was doing. Six hours later I get a call saying he is ready to be picked up.A check-up exam was supposed to be completed by the time I arrived. It WASN'T. The receptionist was totally DISORGANIZED and couldn't even find the medical file. She asked if I wanted the vet to check him at that point (since they didn't earlier) and I said okay.It took the vet about five-ten minutes to do the exam, which I found to be incredibly fast. How do you thoroughly check a dog in that amount of time and still hold a DVM license? That is unbelievable to me. On top of that, when I asked to speak with the vet about lumps on my dog's skin, she was unavailable, because she was with another patient. Really? This is how you treat first time customers??When they brought him out he seemed FRIGHTENED & TIMID. He wasn't his usual self, wagging his tail, and happy to see me. He yelped a few times when I was holding him on the leash, like his neck was HURTING.When we entered the apartment, he went directly under the bed, and he was SHAKING, WHILE FACING THE WALL. He still won't come out. He seems like he is in PAIN and I will take him to another vet, if he isn't feeling better soon.After he went under the bed, I called the complex and amazingly their only manager is out of the office, and the only one to speak to is another receptionist.Please take your pets somewhere else to be groomed and receive medical attention. I'd hate for others to have the same experiences we did with this place.
Great services at affordable prices.
I took my pet to Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital/Irvine Regional Animal Emergency Hospital for an examination-I gave specific instructions to the doctor to please be very gentle with him as he was fragile. I took my pet home after the exams and later that evening he developed bloat. I had no idea what this was and No-one said this was a possibility. I rushed him back to the hospital where they "de-bloated" him (another traumatic procedure). The doctor released him to me and even still I was not told about the seriousness of this condition or that he could die if he was to re-bloat again and not be close to the facility for treatment. Well, he re-bloated the next morning and taken to the hospital where hours later my pet suffered several heart attacks and died a very traumatic death. I was very disappointed with the care given by this facilities staff and Dr.'s Christopher Eich, Courtney Zwahlen, and Lara Ashbran.
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.