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1501 Belcher Rd SLargo, FL 33771
this is the first review I've ever done on any place. I had to move my parvo infected Pup from an emergency clinic to one that could watch him 24 ho…
1001 W Bay Dr Ste 101Largo, FL 33770
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I wish I could give less than 1 star......We took our little dog in for treatment and it turned into a nightmare.First they prepped her to be put down without any authorization. They took a little dog in distress having hard time breathing and held her down, shaved her leg, and shoved an I.V. into her leg and then lied to us about it! One of their Techs then argued with us about it saying we ask for it, which later another Tech and one of the doctors apologized about it, but the damage was done.At that point you could tell they all had an attitude. They were very uncooperative, cold and demanding about getting their money before going forward with any help for our little girl. We were then lied to on two occasions as we were told Ally was being put in an oxygen cage. Then they had conflicting stories from 3 different doctors about what was wrong with Ally and what they were doing to help her. "Our little dog was considered critical, why wasn't she being watched?" They had no idea that she had died in their Critical Care unit or for how long? What were their Techs doing? That weekend of horrors with this pitiful excuse of Veterinary Specialists not only cost us our little dog but almost $2,000.00!It's sad but I saw "no sign" of empathy or real heart felt care about the animals that came and went while we were there. We did see two ladies that were basically told to come up with money or leave with their poor dog, which by the way is the same way we were treated. It is very obvious that it is all about the money with Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care Center. I have been in business nationally and internationally for about 45 years and I have never seen such a poor excuse of a company, much less a Veterinary Office. If you think we are just sad or mad about losing our little girl, research us. We have always been business owners and avid animal lovers and regular backers of Puppymill Rescue as well as the Humane Society and many other animal rights organizations. We are known for not only caring, loving and doing whatever we can to give our pets the best possible lives that we can, but other's pets as well. Believe me if I shared all the details of this entire deplorable experience this letter would be twice as long. We are for real and will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone knows our personal thoughts, and feelings about your company. We work with several attorneys who all want to go after this "business" but all we want is to protect other true animal lovers from making the same terrible mistake that we did!I am posting this letter everywhere that I can find on the Internet and publishing in all the Gulf Coast Newspapers. I will be more than happy to discuss with anyone who loves their pet.(Everything and more that is in this letter is documented as proof)In Ally's memory.Larry Bennett(I have a complete letter with details if anyone would like to see)
We had been recommended to Dr. Sawyer and Tampa Bay Veterinary Surgery by our primary doctor. The reason for the visit was a broken elbow on our 4 month Yorkie. When Dr. Sawyer entered the room she immediately began discussing surgery times, pricing and what to expect. When I asked her what she thought about the break she stated she had not looked at the x-ray then left the room to go review the x-rays. Upon her return she recommended surgery and proceeded to use a skeleton bone from the drawer to explain the break, again with no physical review or even watching our dog walk. She seemed very impatient and we seemed to have no choice. They scheduled an appointment the next morning for surgery and we left. Feeling as though something was not right, we went to get a second opinion and had a far better experience. The next doctor was patient with us and we visited him twice over 4 days and had phone calls. During that time Dr. Sawyer called us pushing us to get in for surgery. Fortunately, with the professionalism of the next doctor, we came to the conclusion that the risks of surgery and the healing process were not worth the risk. I am happy to say we made the right decision to not do surgery as our little guy is doing great!I was surprised to receive a $100 bill from Tampa Bay Veterinary as the second doctor we saw twice and for much longer as he did a physical exam both times, looked at x-rays and watched our yorkie walk. I called Dr. Sawyer to discuss my experience and my disappointment, her answer was my time is not free and I stick by my recommendation. This is certainly not a doctor I would suggest to anyone. The lack of attention to detail and personal attention could be a danger to your pet. It's a doctors job to listen to the patient, do the proper examination then make a decision. Dr. Sawyer was clearly relying on the recommendation of our primary care doctor, did not list to our concerns or explain the complications with surgery and recovery period.
Most unsympathetic group of supposed to be caring people. I got an emergency call from New Jersey that my sister tried to kill herself and was needed in N.J. as soon as possible. I made the plane reservation and called the hospital and told them I needed my dogs medicine right away. They said come pick it up in 15 minutes. When I got there the uncaring receptionist told me the medicine was locked up and to take a seat. Yes I over reacted and tried to get the DR.S attention because the clock was ticking. So even after apologizing for my actions they refused to help my dog when she needed medicine and told me to find a new VET. So hope you never have a personal emergency and expect these people to understand. C.S.
I would not recommend this place to anyone. If you love your dogs, don't take there. You will regret it just like I did. They will eat you and your dog alive.
Please don't go there. All they care about is money nstead of what's right for your dog. My dog was suffering from lack of red blood cells and was directed to remove her spleen followed by other procedures and tests. I spent thousands of dollars at this hospital and none of these procedures worked. I feel that the diagnosis process was careless. My dog died and suffered with all the pain at the end. I love animals. I usually don't write a review, but I don't want other dogs are treated carelessly like my dog.
this is the first review I've ever done on any place. I had to move my parvo infected Pup from an emergency clinic to one that could watch him 24 hours. It was that or I would have to transfer him to and from a day clinic in the night clinic every day and every night. After a long search we decided on this clinic. It was an hour away from Us but definitely worth it.I could tell right when I got in but this was the right place for us. They didn't wait for payments or documents to hook my dog back up to fluids. They made him number one priority. The doctor was very understanding and I could tell she was listening to my concerns not just shoving me out of her office like some. I was told I could come visit and call as much as I would like to. Everybody was so kind. If you're unsure where to take your dog this is the place. Their prices are also pretty well for being a 24 hour clinic
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.