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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…
11359 Old Saint Augustine RdJacksonville, FL 32258
We just relocated here from Houston, leaving behind a vet that we and our dog truly loved. As our dog has required so many special needs, it was a …
3901 Southside BlvdJacksonville, FL 32216
The previous review is unbelievable. I think this person may be confused and be reviewing another animal hospital. I've been going to Briarcliff f…
2404 E Broadway AveMaryville, TN 37804
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We used Dr. Silverness first for my daughter's pet rat who had massive tumors and we decided to put her down. Dr. Silverness discussed everything with us, talked about other options, and the projected cost. She respected our decision. We later received a nice condolence card my daughter still has. When I needed a vet for our new cat, I tried going somewhere else nearby, but the vet just treated my cat without asking permission or giving me an idea of the cost, elevating a $35 visit to a $115 visit. After paying in full, two weeks later they sent me a bill because they "forgot" to charge me for something. That's when I went back to Dr. Silverness. Every visit, she would outline what kind of things I should consider doing and print out a sheet with the costs on it. I checked off what I wanted and knew exactly what it would cost. Nothing was ever pushed on me. She was wonderful with both of my cats. Unfortunately, she no long has her own practice, but I will follow her wherever she goes.
Dr Acree is trustworthy, compassionate, and affordable. He's been my vet for many years. He has a big heart. He has seen my pets through some trying illnesses...and sometimes they have been due to my stupidity of not seeking his care soon enough. It's a tough lesson to learn when one realizes their pet has been suffering. He never says to me that I should have come sooner...my babies have been fortunate enough to come through and recover. Lucy's eye recovered with his care after I ignored that it was watering for two weeks...it took three months of treatment before her ulcered eye fully recovered. That was a sobering lesson for me. He was so compassionate to me and to Lucy. And once, years ago, when I STUPIDLY retreated my cat with topical flea medication after I bathed her, POISONING her, and later found her near death, Dr Acree treated her with an antidote and didn't charge me a thing, and she recovered fully. He's the best vet I have ever found. He really cares about the animals.
I've been very impressed. Dr. Silverness & her therapist took so much time with us! We were at our last straw with Foster & his complications from his FHO surgery. Dr. S set a plan together in terms of physical therapy that we can do at home ( showed me exactly what to do & how) recognized a few things that I think our regular vet may have even over-looked and I believe we are on to seeing some positive results for a change! The facility is very impressive, everyone was freindly. Her rate was very reasonable. I guess the few sourpuss's that are complaining about getting "nickled & dimed" can always go & wait for two hours at the Humane Society Vet Clinic & get tossed around from room to room if they want CHEAP. I can appreciate what the doctor & her staff put into the time, the care & the concern that they gave to me today. My pet is worth it.
I have been visting Herschel Animal Clinic for over 16yrs. I have taken dogs and cats to this place. There is no fluff here, but they know what there doing and treat the animals and you with great respect. A long time ago a Jacksonville woman left all her money to this clinic on the promise that they would keep it affordable and to just take good care of the pets they see. This place has even seen horses. If you have a animal that might need surgery they may refer to you somone else as they do not have all the equipment needed (they work on a tight budget). This is the place to go if you really care about your pest and not helping that other vet pay for his new Jag. There is always a line and it is a first come first service. They have always helped us out and they can help you out too.
Luci was a very healthy, happy mini schnauzer for 9/1/2 yrs; then suddenly seizures began for no apparent reason. Dr. Matthew Wilson, Amanda, Leilani and all the rest of the staff at MRAH have been a blessing. They've known Luci since she was 8 weeks old and I've always felt like they take care of her like she is their own. Luci loves, loves loves going there; she greets the staff when we arrive and happily goes with staff to have the "prodding" tests done (fecal exam, temp, etc). With the excellent care and medical expertise of Dr. Wilson, Luci's seizures are 98% controlled (they are never 100%). I was happy Dr Wilson & MRAH were Luci's healthcare providers before the seizures. Now I'm eternally thankful I chose this facility.
I have been going to Herschel animal Hospital for quite a while now I had never read reviews but was trying to find prices for annual shots & ran across them I do not recognize my hospital from some of these reviews ,this is not the hospital I have been going to all these years, I have a little Chihuahua that is a little overweight & while there is usually s wait to see Dr. room is usually full of other animal lovers so time goes very fast. I would not say staff is overly friendly but are good at their jobs & animal is well taken care of, the main thing people should remember is these Drs. are your pets Dr. & that is who needs the service not you. I am so glad Dr. Plant did not leave ,very caring vet.
I have been taking my pets to Mandarin Veterinary clinic for over a decade. When I first moved to Mandarin I tried two other vets before I found one I (and my pets) were happy with - and I could not be happier with Dr. Jones. She has treated my cats with care, skill and concern and helped us all through trying times. My cat Tikki had cancer and Dr. Jones did chemo with him and he lived a long time after the cancer. I had years more with a beloved pet due to those treatments. Dr. Jones takes great care of our cats (Tigger, Genji and KC). KC had a punctured eyeball and Dr. Jones did very delicate eye surgery and saved her eye. I think the clinic, the staff and Dr. Jones are great.
New to the area and even though Julington Creek Animal Hospital is only 5 minutes from home, I avoided it because of the reviews. I have a 15-year-old dog who requires frequent vet visits and I was also worried about affordability and the walk-in wait time. After spending loads of money with poor results at another local vet, I decided to give Julington Creek Clinic a go. The wait time was less than 5 minutes, the office is immaculate, and the staff were caring. The vet (Dr. Rod) was compassionate and practical -- he even gave me a written estimate for care (and it was beyon reasonable). Best of all -- my old gal's issues have been properly treated and her tail is wagging again!
I just purchased my puppy from Puppy ave and I received a free visit from Ark Animal Hospital. I have a regular vet but I went any way. Kesha was very helpful answered all of my questions and gave me handouts so that I would have information to read at home. Dr. Maxwell was very through and explained all that was done and what I could expect on the next visit. Lastly April was especially helpful. She went over the discounted vaccine packages available. The discounts came in handy since I just spent a lot of money on Dasher. I was so impressed Ark Animal Hospital is Dashers new Vets.
I just want everyone to know how great the doctors are at Ark Animal Hospital. I was visiting family in Jacksonville when I noticed Lily had blood in her urine. I did not know the area and my friends said that if you want the best care to go to Ark Animal Hospital. I called and they took Lily in right away and within an hour they had diagnosed bladder stones. Lily had the surgery that afternoon and went home the same day. I just wanted to let others know that if your pet is really sick and you want the best care then you need go to Ark Animal Hospital.
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.