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13760 Old Saint Augustine RdJacksonville, FL 32258
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If you care about your pet's health chose ANOTHER Vet. I wish I had read the previous reviews before taking my dog to Dr. Jones. She is incompetent and a scam artist. I paid close to $1,000 to be told by a DIFFERENT vet's office that my dog has a urinary tract infection. This "doctor" shouldn't be allowed to practice.She will run up your bill with unnecessary tests and exams, and provide no ACTUAL treatment or DIAGNOSIS.
STAY AWAY.....If I could give a zero star I would. MONEY HUNGRY IS PUTTING IT MILDLY..THEY MUST BE DESPERATE FOR BUSINESS. Dr. Maxwell is the most unprofessional vet I have ever met and has NONONONO compassion at all. I was referred to her for an X RAY of my 11 1/2 year old LAB in severe pain. Well $900.00 later and much testing that was absolutely not necessary. Now we are home, my lab is in severe pain and crying since we got home and guess what. PRESCRIPTION CANNOT BE FILLED AS SHE DID NOT PUT A QUANTITY ON IT!!! So being that it is Saturday, Stewart will be crying all weekend. I am seriously thinking of taking this further. DO NOT GO THERE....this review is in no way connected to the staff, strictly Dr. Maxwell.
Dr. Maxwell is an amazing vet. She knows her stuff and I trust her with my pets because they are my family.
Been using this clinic for over 40 yrs. Excellent facility.
1. Overpriced - $66 for antibiotic injection; 2. Fee for service - $5 to have prescription written DURING office visit3. Lab happy - wanted to run unrelated tests instead of taking a LOGICAL step by step approach4. Can't be with your animal while being examined; they are taken in the back while you wait UNLIKE most vets--- STAY AWAY
How is Anna Maxwell even a vet? How can someone so heinous, miserable, rude and horrible work with animals and even more so, WHY is anyone trusting their pets with this woman?????? There is no way this woman cares about your animal. She is only interested in your money, which is Obvious by the bribery they provide of you write them a good review. They will give you $5 whole dollars for a proven 5 star review. We met with this awful woman one time for a routine wellness and senior arthritis visit. She never once looked at our dog. She was so gruff and rude the dog literally hid in the corner cowering from Maxwell the entire visit. After 10 minutes of her questions and snide comments regarding our dogs health (which was perfect other than a little arthritis, the dog even has sparkling white teeth) she sent her tech in to finish our appointment and while standing in the doorway of the exam room she said "Muzzle that damn mutt". MUZZLE??? The dog was COWERING in the corner with face buried hiding from this beast of a human. HOW is this woman still in business? The arthritis treatment plan we were quoted was $35 per visit but two days later the receptionist called and told us "After Dr. Maxwell reviewed her notes, she's decided your weekly treatment will be $175 PER VISIT". i clarified with the receptionist who sheepishly confirmed. When I said "Clearly she doesn't want our business because we will never come back" the receptionist laughed and nervously thanked me. Never Ever go here. Never. I can't even stress this enough. This woman is so mean it makes me absolutely sick that she touches anyone's pet.
I have been taking all my precious pets to Dr. Kandra Jones for over 25 years. She is the most knowledgeable and kindest person and veterinarian that I have ever known. She always shows her concern and does not sugarcoat the diagnosis but tells you the truth. When I started rehabilitating wild animals, she always charged me a nominal fee if any. When I got a raccoon that I decided to raise as my pet, she was the ONLY vet that was knowledgeable of the treatment for him and the ONLY vet that was more than happy to care for him. Since that time, I have raised 4 other raccoons. TobywanCOONobie is still Dr. Jones' patient after 16 years. She has also cared and treated all my dogs and cats during that period of time. I would NEVER take my babies to anyone else. I love them way to much!I am also very pleased with all her staff. They are always very cheerful and helpful. If I have any requests for information, they always get right back to me. Dr. Jones always returns my calls when I need to speak to her and she always calls me on how my pet is doing or if she has additional questions. When one of my pets passes, she sends my husband and I a sympathy card.She is not just ANY veterinarian, she is the BEST!God Bless you Dr. Jones,Valerie and John Mayfield
I had three dogs that were bitten by snakes. The ER vet on site didn't know much about snake bites at all. There was no sense of urgency from them. We were left alone just waiting the majority of the time we were there. Since I was there, I have learned from other vets what should have been done. I'm sorry I ever went here and because I did, my dog is no longer with us. I hope they learn from my experience so no other family goes through what we went through. I have left other reviews on sites and the she has responded with lies. Just please, beware of using them. There was no compassion.
I had been taking my cat to Lakewood for a over a year. My cat fell ill suddenly, I took him into the vet & he tells me this is due to FIV AIDS! That he tested positive a year ago!! #1 I was never told about this #2 it wasn't in any of my previous paper work #3 prior to getting a 2nd cat I told them that I wanted to adopt another cat & they told me "great, we could recommend a place for you to go to adopt!" Instead of saying no you can't take in another animal because your cat has AIDS! My cat had been there for multiple issues never did they mention this was all due to AIDS. The vet said if I had approved a blood test a few months back they could of caught it in time! After spending $700+ in dental work I thought it was a routine blood test so I thought it could wait. Again, they didn't say we need to get this done because he has AIDS. Sad story is my cat had to be put down after a day & a half & this vet still didn't even mention bringing in my other cat to have him tested!
To make a long story short . St. Francis let my dog suffer waiting on ultrasound when he could have been treated with prednisone for both IBS and Cancer. He has cancer and has been give prednisone to help give him quality of life for the time he has left. It took going to another vet to get the ultrasound and help for my dogs. I am writing this to help other pet not go throw what my dog did.
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.