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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…
10843 Philips HwyJacksonville, FL 32256
From Business: At Baywood Animal Hospital, we give your pet the kind of care you'd expect for yourself or your children. We can meet all your pet's health needs, from simple sho…
8384 Baymeadows Rd Ste 6Jacksonville, FL 32256
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13760 Old Saint Augustine RdJacksonville, FL 32258
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I like this hospital very much. Very reasonable pricing and staff is friendly !!! Lady doctor that I saw took her time to explain me about my doggy.
It's a scam! There is a class A lawsuit going on with them right now about changing there after they do the work. And will keep your pet in till you pay them. They're terrorist.
I was told my dog needed to have an influenza vaccine for boarding. I was told that there were two shots but the second shot was included in the first shots price, $45. I brought my dog again for the second shot, and the girl told me that it would be another $45. I told her that I was initially told that the second shot was included in the first shots price. The girl left for a while and came back and said she was trying to see who told me that. She said that there was no way to waive the fee, only the exam fee which would be another $50. I nicely told her that if there was a cost for the second shot, we would just not get the shot and we would leave. She left the room again and then came back with the doctor. The doctor gave my dog a shot, so I thought that they were going to be nice and keep to their initial word and not charge me the extra amount. Once the shot was done, they took me out to the desk, and told me that it would be $45. I told the girl that I had told the vet tech that if there was a cost for the shot, I would not get the shot and we would leave. She told me that since I signed the paper with the cost on it, I had to pay. She just kept telling me that if I don't want to pay something, to never sign the paper.
I dropped my dog off and was told the one shot she needed would take an hour. I signed a form asking for a call if there was anything more that was necessary. I returned in 2 hours only to wait for another 45 minutes. Upon receiving my dog I was told she needed additional exam and price was almost doubled. When I explained I had checked box to receive call for additional procedures the clerk could not answer and could not get anyone to explain the reason for the error. Total incompetence and poor business practice. I would not suggest taking your pet to this poorly run establishment.
my dog went in friday because he threw up and Dr.June said he was going to be fine. Took him back saturday because he still was not feeling well. They did a full panel of blood work and x-rays and dr.showed us his blood work was fine and x-rays were ok a little swelling in his prostrate but thats normal for dogs that have not been neutered. She gave us some medicine and told me his spine was a little sore to the touch so she was going to give him a shot of morphine and he would probably sleep for about 24 hours. Feed him some chicken and rice tonight. Welll $597.00 he had not moved a bit not even stood up so I went a got a syringe so he could at least get water in him. Sunday evening he still has not moved and when I went to give him some water he was gurgling and started to tremble. My husband and I snatched him up and headed to Orange Park vet hospital (only one open on Sun) and on the way I was driving 80mph and my husband was holding him and telling him to breath! when we reached the hospital a nurse came running out and grabbed him and took him to the back. She came out within 60 seconds and told ushe had passed. We were devastated!! So...I guess I am trying to tell you when the give your animal medication or a shot askthem what to look for if there are any reactions to meds. I would not want anyone to go through what we went through. I looked up on line and the shot she gave him does have the reactions he displayed but we were not informed..Very lonely and sad missing my best friend
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Extremely disappointed. Have worked with their exotic vet Dr. Linda and had nothing but problems. When I asked to speak with her about charges, she was extremely rude and would not let me speak. She then was overhead saying "if she could fire customers, she would". Needless to say, she won't be firing me because I won't be back. She was extremely disrespectful and turned nasty very fast when I inquired about charges (that were not explained in full at the time of service). Would not recommend any place that lets their employees talk to or about customers the way she did.
Been coming here since 1978 when I lived in Arlington. They are compassionate and caring. Only one Doctor in the past I did not care for and she went elsewhere shortly thereafter. Never rushed and take time to explain in depth what is best for my animals. Will NEVER go anywhere else. They have earned my trust. You can trust your loved ones here also.Brought my "friends" dog here for boarding about two years ago and when I came to pick him up, he followed the tech back to the door. Strutting like he owned the place. He is a special dog, maybe he got special care.......maybe they all do......
Dr. Acree and his staff truly are God sent. They are so very compassionate in their care of our furry loved ones and us. Unlike others in this field that care about $$$ first, they put your baby's needs first. My family was blessed with finding them after Dr. Hite retired. They never act like they are rushed, although they are always busy. They will come and get you, if you prefer to wait in your car. They even have two entrances to make it easier. When you have more questions, feel free to call. They patiently answer or call back with the answers. Dr. Acree has personally called several times about our babies. They never make you fell ignorant. Recently we had to send our baby girl Sheena to Heaven, after everyone had done everything possible to save her. They gave us all the time we wanted to say our goodbyes and helped us make arrangements for her cremation. When we picked her cremains up, they again were very sympathetic and asked how we were all doing. They were the same way several years ago when our boy Zelos died suddenly.They are truly the best asset and people around. May God Bless and watch over all of them.
Awesome experience! Dr Silverness & Dr Kirk really we're helpful with my senior cat with kidney disease. The staff also were very nice & obviously care about their patients.
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.