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2281 W Eau Gallie BlvdMelbourne, FL 32935
My cat Skittles got outstanding medical and personal treatment by the entire staff! They are fabulous and I'm not sure how Skittles would have fare…
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…
4521 N Wickham Rd Ste 102Melbourne, FL 32935
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Horrible! I went there yesterday for the first time to have an ultrasound on my pregnant female. The veterinarian came in put the probe on her stomach for two minutes. Told me she didn't she no pups and left. She didn't take her time to find the pups. So I had to find another hospital to confirm her pregnancy. It was a complete waste of time and money. So disappointed.
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.
Great 1st visit with my dog. Entire staff, along with the Doctor were great. Will recommend to others.
Love these folks! They were inexpensive, knowledgeable and kind. When our family had to put down our beloved Golden Retriever, Bailey, the whole staff was extremely sweet and sensitive. We even received a card with his paw print a few days later. The doctor explained everything so we would understand and gave us plenty of time to say goodbye.
Terrible service. My female cat has hyperthyroidism but was not detected by their vets. Every other test was done and I performed two urine tests because they were sure it was a urinary infection or diabetes. Those tests were negative and she was still losing weight so we took our cat to The Cat Doctor and she performed many tests but came back with hyperthyroidism. She is on medication and is back to a healthy weight. I was being charged hundreds of dollars and no help. Please go somewhere else if you love your cat. PLEASE!!
If you want a quick in and out vet then move on. Dr. McCloud has been with me since before she opened her doors. She's been with my babies through the good, the bad and the really bad. We love you Dr Karla
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.
Dr Burger and Ben are the best !!
Best in the business. Been taking my dogs to Dr. Burger for 15 plus years.
Been a patient for years with dachshund, very very disappointed in one of there receptionist, won't say a name. When my dog was in need of her epilepsy pills she insisted I needed to make an appointment to get her levels checked, which I fully understand but it vwas Friday at 5:30pm and she had one pill left. My fault for that, I totally forgot to make the appointment prior. So I asked the doctor would just give me four pills till Tues, the soonest I can get in. Well..the receptionist told me no, I explained if jazzyndidny get her pill she will gominto a major seizure and could die. Nope, had to have an appointment... So I asked to speak to the doctor, maybe I can get some compasion from him or her. She said they would call me back between patients... So come 6:10 pm I called them back and they were closed. Now I have no pills for her and no call back. They did end up giving me four pills the next morning, thank God. But get this, they just sent me all my dogs record and fired me as a patient... Really???? Is everything about money... Couldn't the receptionist have just a little compassion??? Do they not realize these "dogs" are our family...going out of protocal to save a dogs life to much to ask????? Did this place thinkmi would ever bring my pets there again???? Beware of the not so compassiate receptionist!!!!
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.