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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…
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 …
13760 Old Saint Augustine RdJacksonville, FL 32258
8321 Dames Point Crossing Blvd NJacksonville, FL 32277
From Business: Dames Point Animal Hospital is an AAHA accredited full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Jacksonville, FL. Our professional and courteous staff at D…
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I have taken my cats to "A Cat Crlinic" since first hearing about it, in probably the late 1990's. Dr Allison Rogers, the founder, is a wonderful person and excellent veterinarian, and I cannot say enough good things about her. This clinic is fully 45 min. or more from where I live, but I feel it is worth it to make the trip with my cats. Cost is about equivilent to other vets, but what the Cat Clinic vets have is extra training in cats as a specialty. My understanding is that most veterinarians while being trained in school concentrate on dog illnesses and treatment. Dr Rogers, and the veterinarians working for/with her are all totally and entirely vets for cats. It does make a big difference in my opinion. The cats are calmer in the waiting room, with no dogs or other animals there with them. I feel that Dr Rogers was the main reason my former, much beloved cat, lived a full 21 years of quality lifespan. She checked his blood, his kidneys, diagnosed his hyperthyroidism and treated it....She also found a tumor in his ear which several veterinarians at other clinics had described as ear mites and given me ear mite medication for----she was the first vet to clear up the ear infection (by taking samples and sending them to a lab, as opposed to just looking at them and making an assumption. That also allowed her to put him on the correct medicine to get rid of them! ) Then, she was finally be able to see the tumor, which no one knew was there, and she then referred us to the Veterinary Surgical Clinic for removal (it was benign). I appreciated her being able to find the tumor and not just keep assuming it was ear mites; also that she had no false pride in that she referred him immediately to specialists to remove it. I've always appreciated the Cat Clinic. They are warm, caring and professional and seem to truly be concerned for the cats. They have a very nice boarding facility for the cats as well. One of my friends kept her cat there for many months while she was deployed overseas by the Navy. I highly recommend the Cat Clinic, at either of its' two locations, for any cat owner/lover!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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......
I've been taking our pets to Dr Roy since the late 1980's. He had a thick Indian accent but let me tell you...he's awesome with his knowledge and expertise. I've had 3 dogs and now one cat who we've had since she was 4 mos. old who is 19 1/2 yrs old (about 98 comparative to humans) and just left the office with her. The care is expert and genuine. He had low overhead so you're not going to see a gorgeous waiting room with piped in music but it's clean and they care. He will be honest and up front. We won't go anywhere else. You can trust him. We do!
When God created Dr. Acree He truly broke the mold. He has been our vet and our friend for at least fifteen years - I lose count. He truly loves every animal he treats and grieves with us during our losses. Our son passed away a little over two years ago and Dr. Acree came to his service. What vet would do that? I encourage anyone looking for a vet to take their pets to Cedar Hills Animal Hospital. The entire staff is wonderful. Once you take your pet you will never want to take it anywhere else. God bless you all Dr. Acree! - Georgi McAllister
I would just like to take a minute to tell you Dr Acree treated our Jack Russel after a very nice couple saw him get hit by a car on Edgewood last week, Dr. Acree and his staff tried everything to keep 'Puc' with us, Puc is in heaven now and Dr.Acree and his staff were warm and helpful with our loss. Great vet, I would tell everyone that they are great people with Big Hearts and went above and beyond the call of duty. Dave & Neva
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.