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Thanks Dr.Freeman Hazel's great care I honestly can't say enough good things about Southeast Veterinary Neurology . I had to take my three year old dog to them on a Monday 2/11/13 because the Pet emergency had diagnosed her with a spine problem and told me if I didn't have surgery done the problem would get painfully worst for her. I took her to Southeast Veterinary Neurology and Dr. Freeman did an MRI on her and highly recommended surgery. We ended up having to do emergency surgery on her spinal cord because her back legs had become paralyzed. She called me at work and carefully explained everything about the procedure. After surgery, she called me to check in and explain how the surgery had went. She had to stay with them for a couple of days following surgery, but we visited and realized that her staff was just as awesome as she was. They constantly complemented how great my pet was and it was obvious to us that they treated her as part of their work family. When I was able to take her home with me, they made sure that we knew what was needed to nurse her back to her happy playful self. They also called to check in on me and my dog's progress. Whenever we visited their office It felt like the entire staff stopped what they were doing to come greet us and walk our dog out with so much care. I could tell that they genuinely loved my dog and I knew that they were taking the best possible care of her. While the price is expensive, it is 100% worth it. I always felt like they were looking out for my dog's best interests. They encouraged me to stop in or call whenever I wanted/needed help or information. Allison was BEYOND phenomenal and was so informative. The front desk staff, Michelle in particular, were so friendly and warm and made me feel welcome every time I called or came in. I know that it's traumatic to take your pet into an emergency clinic and even harder to receive news that you weren't expecting and/or dreading. However, everyone on this staff made sure I was informed along every step of the way. I'm so grateful that we were referred there because I know that my dog was in the best care possible. Thank you to all the doctors and staff at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. You have been amazing!
One night my Dog came home after a short walk. He screamed in pain and lifted up his right paw. I took my baby to my normal Vet and they took some X-rays. First they thought my baby had a bone fracture. We paid extra and forward the x-rays to a radiologist. The result came back negative on the bone fracture. Then my vet gave my baby a muscle relaxer shot and things got worst... My baby started to screaming in pain more often. During the (painful attack) he would runs in circle and snapping his mouth. During that period I was super stressful and fear for my dog condition. Then my normal vet told me there is nothing they can do and I will have to take my baby to a pet neurologist. And they told me to try Dr. Wong. My first visit with Dr. Wong, he exam-ed my dog thoroughly. He explained to me that with my baby behavior most likely is slip disk. Normally only MRI will be able to determined. Since my dog would still walk and lifted up his head during the exam. Dr. Wong said we can try to crate rest him for two weeks and if my dog does get better. We might not need to go the expensive route. After the two weeks crate rest, My baby really did get better. We went back for the 2nd visit and Dr. Wong was very happy with the results. We didn't have to go back since then. I really think that Dr. Wong is very caring Vet/Neurologist. He explained to me very clearly what my dog might have and my option of treatments. If he is one of those people who only want to make money, he could simply told me to go with MRI/Surgery route in the first place. But no he didn't. Now that my baby is all better and healthy. I'm really happy that we did choose Dr. Wong. Thank you very much Dr. Wong.
I have never been to your clinic. I live in Kentucky... I just saw the news (via Facebook) where you helped that paralyzed dog by performing a $6000 neuro/spinal surgery to save its life and then made sure that family got their dog back for Christmas. This news has completely restored my belief that there are people/veterinarians like you in this world who will do a thing like this. You see, almost 2 years ago, I lost my beloved Tuff Stuff at 7.5 years of age due to a slipped disc and then paralyzation. But he could feel the pain, and he lost control of all of his functions. He could not even lie down without screaming out in pain. After 4 days of prednisone and tramadol for him, and no food or sleep for me, my vet told me there was nothing more that could be done for him, short of the surgery that would cost at least $5000, and there was still no guarantees. We simply did not have the money... I could not stand to see my baby in so much pain and had to make that God awful decision to humanely euthanize him. I could not, for the life of me, understand WHY no vet would help me... Upon reading this news, I am instantly transported back to January 2013, when I lost my baby. All of the raw emotions are upon me again as if it just happened all over again. I just want to say Thank you for helping that dog, and its family. And for putting that faith back into my heart that there ARE veterinarians out there like you, even if I wasn't lucky enough to have known you myself, that are in the business because you LOVE animals, and because you truly care. You have a heart of pure gold!!! You are amazing!!! I just really, really needed to tell you that. Sincerely, with all my heart, Angela Howard ❤️
I definitely recommend that you bring your pet to this place was great. They were very informative and friendly! I can not explain how grateful I'm! I was searching on Google for a Pet Emergency, My dog bit a toad and by the time we got there he was stiff and unresponsive. It was a horrible experience. Dr. and staff dropped everything they were doing and spent hours attending to my dog and going above and beyond to save him. Each staff member genuinely cared about my dog and would not give up on him. After a few hours of relentless work they were able to stabilize him against all odds. They were extremely knowledgeable and caring during the whole ordeal. Thank you Miami Pet Emergency I really appropriate your efforts During visit, the staff at Dr office went out of their way to make sure I felt comfortable in the waiting room. Dr explained to me very clearly what my dog might have and my option of treatments everything they did and all medication provided was exactly what he needed and that it was miraculous that they were able to save my dog considering how bad he had been poisoned. Now that my baby is all better and healthy. I'm really happy that I did choose "Miami Pet Emergency" blessings to of employees and staff for the excellent care provided to my dog. I will not take my dog anywhere else and I recommend this place to anyone looking for a REASONABLY PRICED EMERGENCY!!! place that truly cares about your pet! staff are truly awesome!! I feel they sincerely care about my dog, and not about how much they can charge for visit. That's rare!
Dr. Wong is the must have neurologist when a member of your furry family is in need! Being new residents of Florida it was a tremendous relief when we were referred to Dr. Wong for the care of our 7 year old beagle Miss Daisy Mae who suffered a slip disk. Having been through a ruptured disk with our very first beagle many years ago and having an amazing neurosurgeon take care of her, we knew we needed and wanted someone of Dr. Wong’s reputation and caliber and board certified in the field of neurosurgery. From my first emergency call to him early that Thursday morning through her subsequent surgery, hospital stay and home recuperation he was consistent in phoning us with daily updates and follow-up later when she returned home. Dr. Wong was wonderful with Daisy, he got down on the floor at her level, sat with her and examined her. He was gentle, calming and patient with her and with me when I had questions and/or concerns. Dr. Wong explained his findings and prognosis and our options in a clear and concise way in a setting that was not rushed or pressured. We were able to come to a clear-cut plan for surgery and recuperation. Dr. Wong did an amazing job with our girl and while she is still living with a few temporary restrictions she shows that she is more than ready to be out exploring and chasing after scents. Thank you Dr. Wong and your wonderful staff for giving our girl back to us for many more years to come. Sam and Debbie, The B-Girls Miss Daisy Mae and Cleo and Tallulah Belle their furry feline sister.
We brought our cat Dexter in after we found out that he had a bladder stones blocking his urethra. Our own Vet were unable to work on him due to being hours of closing and told us that he needed emergency work done or his bladder could burst. We rushed him over Miami Pet Emergency Staff were truly amazing! We was very impressed by the fact that doctor was persistent and very patient with all of our questions and REALLY listened to every detail about our situation what would need to be done and the available options to save our little critter. After some deliberation, we opted to have the stones surgically removed and the doctor were very helpful in working with us on the cost of what was ending up to be a very expensive operation, Staff were quick and thorough and the price wagon the high end of what we consider reasonable "urgent care", but health and alive. We are happy to report, Dexter is doing great! Dexter was a foster failure and a integral part of our family. This is kind of the emergency room staff you will like to have for your son, or your mother. We were so lucky to have met while giving the best advice for our cat. " Miami Pet Emergency" is responsible for the happy cat that continues to fill my life and that of my family's with joy. We were very pleased with the compassion, concern, efficiency, and care the staff demonstrated. If we have another emergency that requires 24 hour monitoring with any of our pets we will be sure to use Miami Pet Emergency.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~Albert Einstein My Doxie Oscar is about 7 years old and several weeks ago he starting demonstrating pain while walking and lifting his head. I was referred to Dr. Wong (Southeast Veterinary Neurology). Before I even scheduled an appointment I received a call from Dr. Wong himself and we briefly discussed Oscar's condition. When I finally took Oscar in for an exam with Dr. Wong I realized that his kind an personal approach to our case was unique and one that I had never seen in other Veterinarian's throughout the years. My past experiences have been like a factory or may I say a drive thru. I said to myself this is a Doctor who truly loves and has an extreme passion for his profession. Before I even decided that I would take the surgical approach to saving my dogs life I felt confidence that all would be ok. Oscar finally had his surgery Wednesday, Feb 16th and today he is as if nothing was wrong. I would like to congratulate and thank Dr. Wong for his extensive knowledge and most genuine disposition. You are truly a miracle and a one that I wish there was more of in the world. We are eternally grateful to you for saving Oscar and now our family stays complete. The Garcia Family ~ A person who performs good Karma (deeds) is always held in high esteem. ~ Rig Veda
This is a place I would highly recommend. I have recently moved to this area and have no vet. i needed to take my 15 year old border collie in to be laid down, an extremely difficult thing to do. I made and cancelled several appointments before I finally knew i couldn't put it off. When I brought him in, we were treated with so much respect, the went at our speed, and the we we wanted. I didn't want to put my Scooby up on one of those tables, that would scare him further. The assistant layed out a blanket on the floor, the whole process was sweet and beautiful. Scooby looked so peaceful, he went in my arms. I am so grateful for Aventura Animal Hospital. The process was so difficult, but they did their best to make it smooth and as peaceful as possible. The most awesome thing they did: several days later, I was at the height of my grieving, I got a card in the mail. One side was all the clinic signing and on the other, beautiful , a saying by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart" and below that, my Scooby's footprint, that they must have taken after I left. AND IT WAS SIGNED, SCOOBY. All this from a clinic that I had never been to before? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!!! IF I get another pet, they have me as a loyal customer!
Doctor Wong saved our dog Abbie's life. About a month ago she could barely move and was constantly crying out in pain. Our vet's diagnosed her with a slipped disk as being the most likely cause and referred us to Dr. Wong. After X-rays and an MRI confirmed the diagnosis Dr. Wong performed surgery on Abbie to fix the problem. The day after surgery she looked better than she has in a month. Within 2 days you could not even tell that she had ever been in any pain whatsoever. Every time we dealt with Dr. Wong or his staff they were extremely professional and courteous and you can tell that they are all in the business for the right reasons. They are obviously all animal lovers and took absolutely fantastic care of Abbie. They also answered all of my questions without making me feel like an idiot even if they were stupid questions. I never had a problem getting ahold of Dr. Wong and he took quite a bit of time during the diagnosis and pre-surgical consultation to explain exactly what was wrong with Abbie and how he was going to fix it. He even spent about 20 to 30 minutes going over the MRI in detail with me and showing me exactly what was going on with Abby. My family cannot thank Dr. Wong and the staff enough for what they've given back to our family.
I loved this new clinic i found! I would recommend to everyone to go and get there pets seen and up to date with vaccinations, along with heartworm, flea/tick prevention there. The location is well kept, the staff is very friendly and knowledgable, and most importantly, provided the necessary care for my doggie. I loved the attention and the time given to explain things i did not understand or know. No sales pitch, no trying to sell extra unnecessary stuff! You guys are running a faboulos business and congratulate you on teaching/molding your staff to be as it is. Great location, loved you guys! Great job, you get an A+ in my book, and the other person who left you a bad comment has no idea what he is talking about. The coupons work and save a lot of money through them. And tags are a set price is most places as the county sells them for $30(fixed animals) or $60(not-fixed). And FYI, un fixed females can develop pyometra in the long run, which is a bad infection in the uterus and also ends up being a very much needed emergency surgery that is also very costy, or your pet can die. People should get there facts straight before putting others down, specially when they provide such great care.
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.