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14025 SW 88th StMiami, FL 33186
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physic…
14732 N Kendall DrMiami, FL 33196
From Business: Veterinary care for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and bunnies, and other furry, feathered and scaly pets. From routine examinations to daytime emergencies, vaccinat…
10201 Hammocks Blvd Ste 103Miami, FL 33196
From Business: Since 1989 Hammocks Veterinary Hospital has been caring for the "best friends" of Miami and Kendall residents and vacationers. Our loving staff, outstanding medic…
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Thanks Dr.FreemanHazel's great care I honestly can't say enough good things about Southeast Veterinary Neurology . I had to take my three year old dog to them on a Monday 2/11/13 because the Pet emergency had diagnosed her with a spine problem and told me if I didn't have surgery done the problem would get painfully worst for her. I took her to Southeast Veterinary Neurology and Dr. Freeman did an MRI on her and highly recommended surgery. We ended up having to do emergency surgery on her spinal cord because her back legs had become paralyzed. She called me at work and carefully explained everything about the procedure. After surgery, she called me to check in and explain how the surgery had went. She had to stay with them for a couple of days following surgery, but we visited and realized that her staff was just as awesome as she was. They constantly complemented how great my pet was and it was obvious to us that they treated her as part of their work family. When I was able to take her home with me, they made sure that we knew what was needed to nurse her back to her happy playful self. They also called to check in on me and my dog's progress. Whenever we visited their office It felt like the entire staff stopped what they were doing to come greet us and walk our dog out with so much care. I could tell that they genuinely loved my dog and I knew that they were taking the best possible care of her.While the price is expensive, it is 100% worth it. I always felt like they were looking out for my dog's best interests. They encouraged me to stop in or call whenever I wanted/needed help or information. Allison was BEYOND phenomenal and was so informative. The front desk staff, Michelle in particular, were so friendly and warm and made me feel welcome every time I called or came in. I know that it's traumatic to take your pet into an emergency clinic and even harder to receive news that you weren't expecting and/or dreading. However, everyone on this staff made sure I was informed along every step of the way. I'm so grateful that we were referred there because I know that my dog was in the best care possible. Thank you to all the doctors and staff at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. You have been amazing!
I have never been to your clinic. I live in Kentucky... I just saw the news (via Facebook) where you helped that paralyzed dog by performing a $6000 neuro/spinal surgery to save its life and then made sure that family got their dog back for Christmas. This news has completely restored my belief that there are people/veterinarians like you in this world who will do a thing like this. You see, almost 2 years ago, I lost my beloved Tuff Stuff at 7.5 years of age due to a slipped disc and then paralyzation. But he could feel the pain, and he lost control of all of his functions. He could not even lie down without screaming out in pain. After 4 days of prednisone and tramadol for him, and no food or sleep for me, my vet told me there was nothing more that could be done for him, short of the surgery that would cost at least $5000, and there was still no guarantees. We simply did not have the money... I could not stand to see my baby in so much pain and had to make that God awful decision to humanely euthanize him. I could not, for the life of me, understand WHY no vet would help me... Upon reading this news, I am instantly transported back to January 2013, when I lost my baby. All of the raw emotions are upon me again as if it just happened all over again. I just want to say Thank you for helping that dog, and its family. And for putting that faith back into my heart that there ARE veterinarians out there like you, even if I wasn't lucky enough to have known you myself, that are in the business because you LOVE animals, and because you truly care. You have a heart of pure gold!!! You are amazing!!! I just really, really needed to tell you that.Sincerely, with all my heart,Angela Howard ❤️
I definitely recommend that you bring your pet to this place was great. They were very informative and friendly! I can not explain how grateful I'm!I was searching on Google for a Pet Emergency, My dog bit a toad and by the time we got there he was stiff and unresponsive. It was a horrible experience. Dr. and staff dropped everything they were doing and spent hours attending to my dog and going above and beyond to save him. Each staff member genuinely cared about my dog and would not give up on him. After a few hours of relentless work they were able to stabilize him against all odds. They were extremely knowledgeable and caring during the whole ordeal. Thank you Miami Pet Emergency I really appropriate your efforts During visit, the staff at Dr office went out of their way to make sure I felt comfortable in the waiting room. Dr explained to me very clearly what my dog might have and my option of treatments everything they did and all medication provided was exactly what he needed and that it was miraculous that they were able to save my dog considering how bad he had been poisoned. Now that my baby is all better and healthy. I'm really happy that I did choose "Miami Pet Emergency" blessings to of employees and staff for the excellent care provided to my dog. I will not take my dog anywhere else and I recommend this place to anyone looking for a REASONABLY PRICED EMERGENCY!!! place that truly cares about your pet! staff are truly awesome!! I feel they sincerely care about my dog, and not about how much they can charge for visit. That's rare!
We brought our cat Dexter in after we found out that he had a bladder stones blocking his urethra. Our own Vet were unable to work on him due to being hours of closing and told us that he needed emergency work done or his bladder could burst. We rushed him over Miami Pet Emergency Staff were truly amazing! We was very impressed by the fact that doctor was persistent and very patient with all of our questions and REALLY listened to every detail about our situation what would need to be done and the available options to save our little critter. After some deliberation, we opted to have the stones surgically removed and the doctor were very helpful in working with us on the cost of what was ending up to be a very expensive operation, Staff were quick and thorough and the price wagon the high end of what we consider reasonable "urgent care", but health and alive. We are happy to report, Dexter is doing great! Dexter was a foster failure and a integral part of our family. This is kind of the emergency room staff you will like to have for your son, or your mother. We were so lucky to have met while giving the best advice for our cat. " Miami Pet Emergency" is responsible for the happy cat that continues to fill my life and that of my family's with joy. We were very pleased with the compassion, concern, efficiency, and care the staff demonstrated. If we have another emergency that requires 24 hour monitoring with any of our pets we will be sure to use Miami Pet Emergency.
Doctor Wong saved our dog Abbie's life. About a month ago she could barely move and was constantly crying out in pain. Our vet's diagnosed her with a slipped disk as being the most likely cause and referred us to Dr. Wong.After X-rays and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis Dr. Wong performed surgery on Abbie to fix the problem. The day after surgery she looked better than she has in a month. Within 2 days you could not even tell that she had ever been in any pain whatsoever.Every time we dealt with Dr. Wong or his staff they were extremely professional and courteous and you can tell that they are all in the business for the right reasons. They are obviously all animal lovers and took absolutely fantastic care of Abbie.They also answered all of my questions without making me feel like an idiot even if they were stupid questions. I never had a problem getting ahold of Dr. Wong and he took quite a bit of time during the diagnosis and pre-surgical consultation to explain exactly what was wrong with Abbie and how he was going to fix it. He even spent about 20 to 30 minutes going over the MRI in detail with me and showing me exactly what was going on with Abby.My family cannot thank Dr. Wong and the staff enough for what they've given back to our family.
I'm honored to be the first person to write a review about Dr. Joseph Hardy and his staff.I have known Dr. Hardy since 1998. I have had the privilage of being one of his staff members/ family for 8 years. He is the most caring, compassionate veterinarians you will ever meet. He also has a bedside manner that is amazing and lost in this day in age. I was also a client with the variety of animals, I would bring in to have him treat. Ranging from squirrels, lizards, cats, and dogs, etc. What is also great about the Animal Clinic of Ives Dairy Road, is that, they don't have a revolving door. You are not going to be expecting a new face everytime you walk in. The staff loves Dr. Hardy, not only as a boss but a friend and colleague. Most of his current staff has been with him for over 10 years.Dr. Hardy, has set a high example of what and how veterinary medicine should be. And even though I live in South Carolina now, the local vets hereare simply no comparsion. If something was to happen to my Berners, I would have zero qualms of packing the car and riding the eight hours for him to see them. That my friends is how, exceptional he is..
There are not a lot of people I trust with my furry baby, but I wholeheartedly trust Dr. McNair and her team 100%. I can't recommend them enough.There are smart vets that only care about money, and then there are nice, caring vets that, well, I wouldn't trust with my pet in an emergency. Then, there are vets like Dr. McNair, who are both loving AND know what they are doing. Those are hard to find, which is why my pet and I will follow Dr. McNair to the end of the earth for her veterinary care. Seriously, she is that amazing!She truly, truly cares about animals and loves her pet patients as if they were her own. And she -always- takes her time with us during appointments. But what especially makes Links of Love special is the team! They are smart, professional, and genuinely care. At Links of Love you'll never feel like a number; they do such a great job at making you feel like family. Dr. McNair and her team really deserve nothing but the best, because that is what they give back to both our furry family members and to our community. Thank you guys for everything you have done! ♥
My 11 year old dachshund, Kirby, lost the use of her front legs and began to lose movement in her back legs. I sought the advise of the president of the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida who works with Dr. Wong frequently with down dachshunds. She told me to immediately take her to him and that age did not matter as long as she was healthy. Dr. Wong evaluated Kirby, recommended an MRI to confirm his suspicion of slipped disks and also confirmed that she would be a good candidate for surgery if her labs were normal. Dr. Wong's work with the Dachshund Rescue of South Florida and the success he has had with those patients brought confidence in my decision to leave Kirby's health in his hands. He is a wonderful vet specialist and his staff is also very cooperative and caring. I picked up Kirby 3 days after surgery and she was walking again. I highly recommend a visit to Dr. Wong at Southeast Veterinary Neurology at the slightest signs of back/neck injury.
Dr. Ferran has been my pets vet for more years than I can count. His wealth of knowledge in his field is beyond compare. Very pet that I have had has been thoroughly taken care of. My Yorkie had acupuncture for a neck problem and before finding Dr. Ferran was told he needed a operation. He had no operation due to Dr. Ferran and he lived a happy and healthy life. Now I have a Cockapoo and he was having problems with his rear legs to find out he had dysplasia and Dr. Ferran and I came to the conclusion to go with gold bean implants. He now runs and plays ball his favorite sport my too. We enjoy long walks and marks his way though the neighbor. Dr. Ferran exudes confidence and knowledge, plus his terrific personality. I tell all my friends to go to him and they are so very happy they did. Plus he has a wonderful staff that I can depend on even when I call with a stupid question. I am bless to find this wonderful vet. Lynn Milnes
I highly recommend a Miami Pet Emergency truly are one in a million.Very professional! We had a great experience. Dr took the time to fully and carefully examine our dog and staff are super friendly, professional and display a caring attitude. Miami Pet Emergency was recommended by our regular vet . We were very pleased with honesty and hospitality. We would definitely refer to emergency clinic and will go back to see if needed. "Kevin" says thanks to all of their hard work, love and dedication. It's worth every penny! EXCELLENT client service!! I don't know if everyone who comes here gets this lucky, but your BEST chances of your pet recovering are here. If you have an extra hour before making any hard decision regarding your pets health, pay a visit to Miami Pet Emergency. I feel we are in GREAT hands! Thank you to Miami Pet Emergency. We are so happy with Miami Pet Emergency, they treated our "Kevin" as if he was there own.
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.