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4641 Colorado BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90039
From Business: Founded in 1990, Animal Specialty Group is a veterinary practice center in the United States. It is fully equipped for all types of medical and surgical cases. Th…
1535 S Sepulveda BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90025
Today my dog was hit by a car. He scooted out of the house when I was on my way out the door to go to work. The guy that hit her didnt even stop.…
18300 Euclid StFountain Valley, CA 92708
From Business: At VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital, our goal, in partnership with your veterinarian, is to provide compassionate care of the highest qualit…
12108 Venice BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90066
i TOOK MY DOG LALA TO THEM AND I REALLY HAD A GOOD EXPERIENCE. THE STAFF WAS COURTEOUS AND PROFESIONAL. THIS IS DEFINITELY GOING TO BE LALAS NEW VET…
11718 W Olympic BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90064
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
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Dr. Schwartz was able to handle the emergency care that my dog needs. He is great when it comes to his job. I just wish that they can improve their customer service, some of the staff are not that welcoming.
If you want your pet have adequate care (I'm not even saying "good" or even "great" care) STAY AWAY FROM DR. RHEE. A few years back I brought my beloved chihuahua girl to him, because she was not eating. I dropped her off on a Monday. Dr. Rhee's office called on Wednesday saying that they cannot see what's wrong with her and that I should pick her up, which I did. But something was wrong... She still wasn't eating, so I brought her back (my BIG mistake) on Thursday morning, hoping he would try other ways of figuring out what's wrong with her. Well, I was so wrong. Dr. Rhee decided that his golf tournament with friends was more important and he left the clinic at 3pm!!! Later I found out that my beloved puppy had swallowed some cotton and that later that afternoon her intestine had ruptured after throwing up after much retching. If she would've been supervised they could have seen what was happening to her: After her intestine ruptured (after the strain from throwing up and AFTER Dr. Rhee had left), sepsis or blood poisoning set in: body temperature rises, heart rate increases etc. This all could've been prevented if Dr. Rhee would've stayed on the premises at least until the clinic's official closing hours. But nobody who knew what to do stayed around to watch over my baby! She died that night, alone.... from neglect!!!!! Her death was completely preventable, had Dr. Rhee stayed around and cared enough to check periodically on her, particularly after she'd thrown up. I find Dr. Rhee's actions neglectful, unethical and cold hearted. If you truly care for your pet, STAY AWAY!!! All I got was a phone call the next morning at 8am that my puppy had died. Imagine, you drop her off and besides not eating she's fine and the next thing you know she's gone!!! I'm still traumatized from that event and am to this day afraid to leave any of my pets overnight at a vet and any surgery brings up that horrible time Dr. Rhee had me go through.
so happy I found these people. They saved my beloved dogs live 3 weeks ago and I couldn't be happier
I've used them for years and have never had a problem. This last time I went there because my cat was old and having seizures. They recommended putting him down and I was heartbroken but they were so nice and sweet about it. Will continue using them for all my animals.
High prices. They're in the business of making money. I told them I didn't have a lot money. The bill was about $950 for blood, cytology, X-rays, and physical exam $100 of which it took less than five minutes. They are not compassionate. This is not the only bill I pay. Couldn't adjust prices to help me get the dog healthy.
I am sorry about your best friend dog who died at the animal get away hospital, I don't take my dog there anymore since when I complaint about dog's urine at their front door with a smell, the hippo lady who works on the back cleaning dog's feces heard my complaints that day and did not do anything about it at all , she got offended by telling me that she does not want to hear my lecture, her name is Nancy z the hippo and the filthy bitch , I asked to see the owner so I can tell him about the urine , guess who came to see me and he insist that I will call him Dr; Ruiz wow since when . I know him working in front of the office and his name is george, people called him Dr joke, when he inject your dog half of the fluid is out and the needle is almost broken into your dog skin I heard, all he has in his mind is to call him Doctor Ruiz, he did not take my complaint seriously and he did not care about my dogs contracting germs or bacteria from other dog's urine , all they want is your money but I don't let them to perform anything on my dogs anymore because they are not professional at all, and the owner vilacano is the last one to know what is going in his management because also he is having the beginning of Alzheimer himself, last time he forgot if he had injected the dog and the person was charged , story and story been told about this hospital, they need to remove the bad ones such dr Ruiz and the hippo one who like to cover her ass by lying and gossiping at all time instead keeping the place clean. they need to get a new crew to renew the hospital under a new management , customers are always right and they suppose to respect us since we the one who are providing their living or paying them the money. the management or the doctor cannot handle your complaint cannot handle your pet welfare at all , so seek somewhere else till the management will get better, George wants me to call him Dr Ruiz or take my dogs somewhere else, , does it tell you that he is weird and sick in mind , exactly I ran out because I got scared of his behavior , his skin turned red and he was shaking , probably hang over .
Warning- This is not a hospital it is a general practice for basic medical needs. Do not waste you pet's precious time here.My beloved dog died today... I am not placing the blame here I just wish I got better direction...I went in with my dog because she was limping, panting hard, and had a nipple that was bleeding. Upon arrival I told the vet the reasons and she doesn't even bother touching her, checking her eyes, heart rate, temperature, teeth/gums. Didn't seem like an animal lover. She tells me to hold her head and I tell her- she won't bite. I get told that the nipple could be cancer (just from sheer visual inspection) and that we should do an x-ray and blood test. We agree and she doesn't see much in the x-ray but a torn ligament, gives us anti-inflammatory pills and tells us to come back for the blood result. Next day, my dog is panting like crazy, can barely walk, stops eating and has blood splotches all over her eye balls. I call immediately and come in to be told that her blood test came up partial (she read it to me like i should know how to read a blood test report). She has an infection possibly. Then she tells me to take my dog to a bigger hospital. At this point she could barely walk. I get charged for a painkiller shot.-So my question here is she can do surgical procedures but cannot cure an infection? 2 hours later my dog passed away. Bless her kind soul...I'm sorry I brought you here.I just wish that instead of making me waste money (hundreds of dollars) and my dogs precious time that she could have just pointed me in the right direction initially instead of running unnecessary tests and telling me everything seems ok and having my pet die from a possible infection that should be easily treatable. 2 hours out of their office, I lost my dog of 10 years...I blame no one but my judgement for having come here...Do not take your loved ones here...
Where to begin. In short: never look to this place if you are considering having your animal in their care for boarding. Their judgement and medical practices are deeply concerning, not to mention their failure to communicate with pet owners over evolving medical conditions that would be alarming to anyone with a pulse and a set of eyes.First of all, we really wanted our experience to go positively when we came here to board our diabetic cat. We followed all of their instructions to bring her in for a check-up a week before and had her vaccinated to be safe. Our cat is not an easy one to deal with and we know that, so that's why we decided to pick a VET HOSPITAL to watch her in the event that anything go wrong with her diabetic care...they would surely be the ones to know how to handle it and keep her safe. We couldn't be more wrong.Over the weekend I checked in to see how our pet was doing and the receptionist let us know that she was grumpy (we expected as much) so we asked if it was serious enough that we needed to come back home, she said, "No, it's just a couple days". We didn't hear from them again because they are closed on Sundays (already a bad setup for animals who need more care than others, because you cannot get to them) and on Monday when we got back into town we were told that we couldn't pick her up that evening because they were closed. Again, bad sign. If you can't pick up your animal when you are IN TOWN they don't understand boarding special needs animals. When I finally got the chance to pick up our pet on Tuesday morning, it was a nightmare to behold. Our cat was unrecognizable; with an upper respiratory infection, blood under it's chin and paws, a bruised ear, discharge on her eyes and due to fear and stress had began urinating on herself. Next was the kicker: a vet tech came out to let me know that she wasn't eating for a day and hadn't been given her insulin in the last 24 hours. Word to the wise: this is mayday when it comes to diabetic cats. Instead, the staff was totally casual and insisted that she just needed a bath and that she would probably eat at home. I asked if a vet had seen her and how terrible she looked and they gave a vague answer that they would have to check (seriously??). Our cat looked like she had been living on the streets for years, and was so far from the healthy cat we dropped off a few days earlier.After about an hour of her being at home and looking like she was on death's door, she had to be rushed to the emergency vet because diabetics who don't eat are an urgent situation...not a, "Oh, let's just skip some doses, maybe give them a bath and not tell the owners" situation. In the end, our pet was in intensive care for 3 days and was close to being put to sleep. I never thought we would have to deal with this situation when boarding her at a vet facility, and in fact, our 24hr emergency vet couldn't believe she was being watched by vets. I called and spoke to the managing vet (I was too angry to listen to his name to be honest) and when I told him the laundry list of medical problems our cat had he chalked up to, "stress". In fact, he basically said our cat did it to herself because she's an angry cat. He also said they "lost her" at one point when she jumped out of a cage presumably trying to escape their care. Not only was their initial care terrible- but their understanding of problems arising within an animal is self-serving at best. You could tell he was trying to cover any responsibility...such as not giving her insulin and not calling us at any time to warn us of what was happening. That was their choice and it was a life-threatening one. We've worked with a lot of facilities across the years, but this was alarming and I'm usually not the type of person to write a bad review but I am honestly concerned for other pet owners out there who visit this practice. We are very fortunate to have saved our cat in time, but please go elsewhere and tell others the same.
Where have all the previous reviews disappeared to? I am sending this just to let the owner know that I’m holding back sending my next one star review of her place because I do not want to have a long discourse with her as before. I do, however, want to remind her that, per her offer and promise to refund our account in exchange for withholding our dog’s blood test results, we are still waiting for reimbursement. We received our statement and after three weeks, your facility has not refunded our account nor have they called us about this matter.We have called your facility and twice we have been told, the girl who takes care of such matters is out. We have not received any call backs from her.Please refund $240 to hour account as discussed, so we can move on and take care of our pet.
highly recommend. Have been taking my pets here for many years. Can get very busy at times, I suggest try to get there as early as possible. Plenty of staff and doctors on site, parking in the back and location is nice and clean
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.