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7670 N Wickham RdMelbourne, FL 32940
Dr. Grisly is AWESOME! He treated my leopard gecko. Before I came to Harbor City my gecko had one eye shut and she was not eating for over three we…
901 Jordan Blass DrMelbourne, FL 32940
I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
1340 Palm Bay RdPalm Bay, FL 32905
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 …
2281 W Eau Gallie BlvdMelbourne, FL 32935
They have been taking care of our pets for both emergency care and specialty doctors. They prolonged the life of our chihuahua for over 5 years. Bet…
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I have always had great results at Melbourne Animal Hospital. My own cats are treated by Dr. Good, who has always been gentle, caring, and honest, and more than willing to answer a ridiculous number of questions from a fretful owner (that being me). I've also had good experiences with Dr. Koestler and Dr. Lepore when treating my foster kittens, with similar patience, caring, and attention. Their prices are far lower than I was paying with my prior vet in another state, and they're also quite good about approving scripts I order online. Many people don't realize you can simply put in the order and give your vet's contact information, and the seller will have it approved directly. The prices of medications and treatments are largely the fault of the manufacturers. Yes, you can find them cheaper online in many cases. This is largely because a site like 1800petmeds.com orders the items in huge quantities for resale, and therefore receives a discount. A local veterinary office will likely be paying more for the same thing than a large online seller. In the case of antibiotics, you can have them called in to places like Publix where antibiotics are free, and they will do this without hesitation for you. No, they aren't 24 hours or 7 days a week -- very few vet offices are. There are two local emergency clinics MAH recommends if you call them. They're also insanely busy with a large number of clients, but I've also found that if there's a true emergency during their normal hours, they'll tell you to come down anyway and they'll work you in. They've done it for me and my family multiple times. I wholeheartedly recommend Melbourne Animal Hospital.
I've been going to Dr. Burger (Melbourne Animal Hospital) for many years. He is the best Veterinarian I've known outside of Dr. Zargas (now many years retired) in New Mexico. That means he is a "down-home", truly caring vet who's there for the animals vs. the "see how much $$$ we can get for this one" and all the new "stipulated policies" that are only draining the pockets of loving humans trying to give their furry family good care. He takes the time with you and your pet and explains what's up and what the plans are, in human language. If you're looking for good, quality care for you and your pet, that would be Dr. Burger!...Dr. Burger... Please don't ever retire!
The faculty and staff are wonderful, warm, and highly qualified. I have been a client since they opened their doors and they have given each of my yorkies excellent care and services. I have recently had my 4th little yorkie spayed and they did a great job and followed through after her surgery to ensure she was recovering as expected. I love walking in and feeling like I'm a welcome friend at every visit and that each of the animals are cared for as though they were their very own. I tip my hat to Jamie and all the staff for setting the tone welcomming rather than an institutional. I highly recommend Brevard Aid to Animals on Aurora RD in Melbourne to everyone.
We''ve been going to Sunshine for years. Recently we decided to use the "mobile vet" we've seen advertised around town & try to save some money. What a mistake. It was like being on an assembly line. No personal service, just in & out. A week later we went back to Sunshine for a skin infection. The staff was attentive & genuinely cared about Snuffy. Dr. F even found an ear infection the mobile vet missed.. They even updated Snuffy's vaccine record from the mobile vet. We compared prices & we only saved $8.50 with the mobile vet. For that amount, I'd rater get the personal attention from Sunshine rather than being "next in line" in a parking lot.
A neighbor referred us to Dr. Fontenot because Sophie's limp wouldn't go away. Our previous vet just kept giving us pills which only helped for a little while. Dr. Fontenot gave Sophie the most thorough exam she's ever had. The x-rays showed a problem in her leg bone. The doctor said it was suspicous for cancer but could also be an infection. We agreed to a biopsy & tests which confirmed it was a infection not cancer. The doctor even had to send us to Walgreens for her drugs because the vet drugs wouldn't work. Dr. Fontenot saved Sophie's leg. My only complaint is that now, we can't keep up with her on her walks.
I have been taking my animals to Brevard aid to animals for 5 years and never have had a single negative experience there. They have always treated me and my pets well, and I have never felt they were "just in it to make money." If this indeed were the case they would certainly charge more than 15$ a visit. I have certainly never had them insist on any specific product for my animals, I've always been given a choice. The negative reviewers on this page are full of crap, or work for the competition, or both.
We were visiting Melbourne from Pennsylvania and one morning our lab, Sunny, couldn't walk. We took him to Sunshine Vet Clinic and Dr. Fonteno found that all of his joints were swollen. Even though we leaving to go back home in 2-days, we went ahead with the blood tests & cultures. By the time we got home Dr. Fonteno had already contacted our Vet with the diagnosis of Lymes disease. Luckily we caught it early enough to prevent permanent damage. I wish I got this kind of attention when I'm sick!
Wickham Road Animal Hospital is wonderful! Dr. Rosen is a knowledgeable and caring Vet. The staff is equally great - very friendly, kind and concerned. We had to euthanize one of our dogs, which was devastating for us. Everyone at Wickham Road went out of their way to help us. In particular one of the techs sat with us, hugging and holding our hands, while our beautiful girl quietly passed. We continue going to Wickham Road Animal Hospital with our other dogs and have never had a bad experience.
We've been bringing our 4-legged babies here for 3-years. They're caring and professional with prices we can afford. I recommend them to everyone. Our 3-dogs get their shots, annual check-ups and meds there. And, of course, they always have a licensed vet on duty. The only thing I would change is the days they're open. Sometimes one of my dogs needs to be seen on a day other than Wednesday through Saturday.
The vets and vet techs here are the absolute best ever! We have tried a few animal hospitals and medical centers, and MAH is "second to none" in the Viera/Melbourne/Palm Bay areas. Friendly and professional, animal lovers for sure, and compassionate to us and the animals. They go the extra distance and support rescue shelters too! Thank you for all that you do for the animals!
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.