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Stay very far away from this place if you love your pets! Dr. Darien Lawrence recommended very expensive procedures and suggested possible surgeries that my biewer terrier did not need at all. Her diagnosis was 100% incorrect. The medical plan to include recommendation of possible surgeries that she suggested would have cost loads of money and was totally unnecessary as my dog did not have any of those conditions. In addition, while I was explaining his symptoms and what I observed during his episodes she was rude, not patient cutting me off during mid sentence, condescending and did not truly listen at all. She kept asking the same questions over and over, and I gave her the same response.I was charged a ridiculous amount to a doctor that is clueless and rude. Even though I was very concerned for my fur baby I had a strong instinct that this is not a good vet and I should not take my fur baby back to her for treatments of any sort.I followed my instincts and continued looking for another vet. I took my fur baby to Dr. Lawrence thinking he was having pain in his patellas, when he was young he had surgery on patellas. During the episodes that he was having it appeared that he was in lots of pain, and I thought it maybe his patellas. Immediately after taking my dog to Dr. Lawrence I found an amazing vet. I told the new vet my dog's symptoms and what I observed during his episodes. The new vet immediately knew what was wrong with my dog and recommended that I change him from a chicken diet to a turkey diet, add pre biotic and pro biotic to improve his gut. I did tell Dr. Lawrence that in addition to the pain he was vomiting and had diarreah for all episodes and she couldn't figure out what was wrong with him! that it was stomach pain due to the food and allergies.But she did suggest very expensive procedures and surgeries!!!She is all about the money and not the well being of my fur baby.It has been close to 1 year and my dog has not had any episodes at all.
NEVER trust these people. The service is horrible,the wait time has always been more than 30-45 minutes even when your the first one in the door! I paid them for a kitten plan for a stray kitten I had found,but she was too young for the shots and procedures, when I returned with the kitten 6 months later they told me I would have to pay the $130 again for the shots the kitten never received since I had not returned sooner.Instead of caring for the kitten they manipulated their policy to get more $ which was obviously their true concern.I will never recommend this place or the insensitive female veterinarian and her aid who refused to honor the plan which had already been paid in full!These greedy folks dont even deserve 1 star from me and I hope all my fellow pet lovers avoid their services as well!
Went here originally for puppy plan with new dog. Staff was nice and seem affordable.But when I had to bring in my 15 yr old dog in to be euthanized because he lost quality of life I was charged over $170 and he was under 60 lbs. We already had him in room and on table when I was informed of price!!! We took him home to bury him! I found out from another animal aid office that their cost was $45. Feel like I was raped at $125.+ difference in price and during a really sensitive time, at least for us as the owners.Will never return again to this office!!!!
The staff was all friendly but so enthusiastic about all the animals coming in. Easy peezy! Made the follow up appt for Cooper to get neutered.
100% the vet is great! He remembers all his patients, takes his time, and is very understanding. That being said. I left beyond furious at the level of service I got from the "owner" this morning. So long story short(ish) in September my bull mastiff had an ear infection so he was given antibiotics. It went away until a few days ago, so I went back for some more. I asked the vet if there's an ear rinse that he recommends that can keep these infections at bay and he told me to just use the rinse that I got the last time I was there. I told him that I wasn't given a rinse, and come to find out that I was charged for one but was not given it. So the vet told me I needed a different rinse to help with this ear infection. So while explaining everything to the owner I was expecting that the first rinse that I paid for and didn't receive would either be reimbursed to me or credited to my account so I could pay for this rinse. But no. She flat out refused to give me my money back for something I didn't get. But told me she would order more and I could come back yet again and pick it up and have it for future use. Nice eh?! So not only am I FORCED to pay for something my dog does not need, but because they didn't give it to me last time I had to spend another $88 dollars for this visit for the same thing. It's a shame they don't treat their customers as well as they treat the animals. I'll be taking my four dogs elsewhere thank you very much!
On 2/16 i went here with a dog who was suffering with pain and stiffness. They fit me in quickly and resolved the issue immediately. The doctor and all of the staff were very kind and attentive, and treated my dog as if he were their own, and me like family. I am a snow-bird, and was happy to find my Florida vet with them.
Love this office. My Daisy is so happy to go and get checked out, except for her shots but she would be anxious about that anywhere. The WHOLE office are friendly & professional and treat my Daisy like their own. Highly Recommend !!!!!!!
My dog had a shoulder instability and was limping. Dr. Lawrence did shockwave treatments. Her assistant did ultrasound treatments. My dog has not had a problem since. It is nice to have this level of sophisticated care available so close. Used to have to go to Orlando.
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.
Great 1st visit with my dog. Entire staff, along with the Doctor were great. Will recommend to others.
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.