VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital
1828 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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02/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Just picked up my miniature dachshund after four days of boarding and was told there's a mandatory charge of $29 and change for a bath they must give the dog BEFORE I TAKE HIM HOME! That's right. An absolutely unneeded service. I wish I'd read CitySearch before taking him there. \n\nWhen asked why the mandatory bath, the office manager, Leila McIntosh, explained that customers complain when their dogs go home dirty. Obvious solution: Make a bath a customer option. Her answer: That's not our policy (sounds like the US Postal Service, right?)\n\nIt takes me five minutes and less than a gallon of water to wash my dog. This is clearly an attempt to rip off their customers. Avoid, avoid, avoid. If they would do this sort of thing for a buck, who knows what they would stint on when it comes to your pet's care.
09/07/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have used a number of clinics in this chain of S. Florida animal clinics (Alton Road, West Avenue, Aventura, South Miami, Brickell Village). They are run by a Dr. Rappaport who seems more businessman than active veterinarian. They are clean, modern and well-equipped and run as ""for profit"" businesses.\n\nAs such, going there for routine care is like going to Neiman Marcus for household goods - nice but not better than cheaper alternative. \n\nThe value of the clinics is the quality of the vets and there are a few that have that rare combination of experience, communicability and clinical acumen. For that reason, I would always take complex cases to specific vets, one of which is Dr. John Barr. He was a technician before becoming a DVM and is bilingual, having grown up in the Canal Zone (the American zone) in Panama.
04/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I would give negative stars if possible. never ever take your pet here. I took my dog in to remove a bone from her intestine. I was assured the surgery went well and that she was fine. When I visited and noticed that she had vomited I was told it was due to the drugs they had just given her. When I noticed she was not herself; I was told it was due to the drugs. The vet, John Barr, released her to me after 2 days; said the lack of eating was probably because she was finicky. Within 6 hours she was dead, and I fully blame this place's lack of care and/or incompetence for her death. They let her sit in a cage suffering and dying while they did nothing but run up my bill.
11/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This place is the worst specifically CARMEN T. Do not let this liar touch your dog. She SAYS she does what you pay for but in fact she doesn't. I paid for a bath which includes her ears but I was concerned about her ears and asked to be called if further testing was needed as they were irritated. Carmen said they were just dirty but I took her to another vet today to have a 2nd opinion and she has an ear infection.\n\nCarmen was rude and told me that it's common sense to simply clean your dogs ears weekly. DUH! I treat my dogs like babies and I pay to have them bathed by a groomed WEEKLY so don't tell me how to care for my dog when I do!\n\nI actually had my dog at this same vet the week before to get soayed and the week before that to have a bath so how the hell is she going to accuse me of not cleaning my dog when I just gave them $1000.\n\nShe said it was dirt and nothing more but I didn't buy it so I took her today to Pet Parade and not only does she have an ear infection they also didn't FULLY remove her stitches.\n\nI come from a pet loving family and reused my new baby 6 months ago. I love her and will not do her any injustice! I am going straight to Tallahassee on this one.
06/28/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Dr. BARR, at Alton Rd. Animal Hospital, is a GIFT FROM GOD to the Animals and their Owners ? as a Veterinarian. Dr. BARR has years of invaluable experience giving him Knowledge and Wisdom to Help Heal the Animals. He is an INCREDIBLE LISTENER, he never rushes me as I explain the symptoms, and then He shares his knowledge and experience, and together we agree on the Plan of Care for my Animals. He Never pushes any Diagnostic tests that are not necessary ? in fact ? He is the opposite- in that He is always trying to save me money. Dr. BARR recommended me to go immediately to the Orthopedic Specialist when my dog?s back legs stopped working! My dog was recommended to have immediate Spinal Cord surgery in which she had a Laminectomy for a Herniated Disc! I am SO GRATEFUL that Dr. BARR knew immediately what to recommend, and who to recommend me to for the Spinal Cord Surgery! My dog fully recovered from the surgery in 8 months and she has been walking independently ever since! DR. BARR has a Heart ? Full of COMPASSION, and the GIFT of HEALING the Animals ! He is an EXCELLENT, GENTLE COMMUNICATOR when explaining his Recommendations. He is the Doctor I have chosen to put 2 of my elderly Animals to sleep ? after He had done everything to provide them with the Highest quality of Life. DR. BARR is Truly an ANGEL. And I THANK GOD EVERYDAY that GOD LED ME TO DR. BARR to be the DOCTOR OF MY ANIMALS ! You and Your Animals will be AMAZINGLY BLESSED if You choose Dr. BARR to be Your Veterinarian. With INFINITE GRATITUDE, Monee Clay, Frisco, Sage, Velocity, Spirit and SoBe ? South Beach\n\nYour comment is awaiting moderation.