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My dogs and cats go to this clinic when I'm in Naples. They love the clinic and so do I - it's really clean and the people who work there are kind and sweet. The Veterinarian is gentle, nice and informs me of any concerning issues. I really am happy with this clinic, it's the best I've found in Naples.
Almost lost my dog Thanks toDr. Grosshart 'Well where do i begin. Lets start with the fact that Dr. Grosshart should NOT be practicing anywhere! He is unprofessional and has no idea what he is doing.(I question where he got lic ) On more than one occasion i tried to address a concern i had with my puppy at the time and all he could do was look at me and laugh. I made it a point to make my appointments with the other vet since she is great and so is the staff. Just recently i had an emergency situation with my dog (min pin 6lb) he was clearly not doing well shaking obvious sign of a fever . Was not eating or his normal hyper self just slept all day. when i took him in I address my concerns which also was couldn"t touch his back legs they could take his temp he wouldn't let them. So Dr. Grosshart decides on a pain shot without knowing what the problem was i told him that woldn't do anything for fever. When they finally got his temp 105. I told him i think something might have bite him on his back leg and he looks at me in my face and laughs. Dr. Grosshart should be bared! I took my dog to another vet the fallowing day because he was worse and he had a bacterial infection on his back legs. 2 shots of antibiotics and steroids and loosing all the hair on his back leg.(I COULD OF LOST MY DOG!!) Now is finally doing better.ADVICE DO NOT LET YOU PET BE TREATED BY Dr. Grosshart
My name is Andrea and I am one of the owner's of Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital. In order to write a rebuttal to a negative review we received on 12-26-2013 I have to create a review! For the person that wrote the negative review, I am truly sorry if you did not receive the best customer service and outstanding care for you and your pet. We have always and continue to pride ourselves on our compassion for what we do and our exceptional customer service. I would like to reach out to you and say we are sorry you had a negative experience, typically we have the opposite reaction from our clients :) I encourage you to contact me directly so that we can talk about what occured and make certain that it doesn't happen again. And for those of you that are thinking of coming to our practice for your pets I would like for you to focus on all of the amazingly positive reviews we have received and contintue to receive and don't allow one person's opinion sway you. We promise you will not be disappointed by your experience here at Animal Oasis Veterinary Hospital. Respectfully, Andrea
Dr A. Is the best! My fur babies and I love him!
My fur legged fur babies and I LOVE Dr. J. He cares for my pets as of they were his own. Dr. Angstrom is amazing as well!Melanie Lovett
The WORST veterinarian I have EVER had! They messed up my dog's paperwork, did not cure her ear infection, for which they charged me a fortune, and then 3 months after having paid my bill in cash, contacted me via e mail to threaten me with a lawsuit for nonpayment of my $20 meds!!! Too many people working the front desk and too many bells and whistles with less than stellar veterinary care = too expensive for NOTHING!
Hands down the best vet clinic in town! We are so grateful to have found them as our vet. We have been taking our 2 dogs and our cat to see Dr. Stacy and Dr. Lien for the last three years. One of our dogs has had problems with what we thought were allergies for years. We had him at 2 veterinary clinics prior to Animal Oasis. It was Dr. Stacy's knowledge that immediately told her that he had an auto-immune skin disease. She looked at the best and least expensive ways to diagnose that and we were so grateful to finally get to the bottom of his issues and finally get him treated. What I loved the most was that during this time, Dr. Stacy and Dr. Lien both went out of their way to call us personally during his flare up to make sure that he was doing ok. We never got that kind of "family-like" service from our previous 2 vets. When our cat was injured and required amputation of his leg, Dr. Stacy came in on a Saturday to do the emergency surgery so that he didn't suffer over the weekend. The technicians at Animal Oasis show their love for animals and treat them as if they were their own. Even the staff at the front desk is always professional and very hands-on when it comes to the care of our pets. The knowledge and follow-up is one of the things I love the most! It is reassuring to know that we have them in our corner knowing they always look out for the best interest of our pets.
NO STAR.. I went with my son to meet this Mobile Vet service at The Collier County Animal Shelter and they had already left I called this place several times when I was on my way the phone just rings and rings I think that this is not a good set up and now they are not open on the weekends and we can't get the dogs out with out having them seen by a vet and they become the Shelters Property and are being fixed these dogs are show dogs this just makes me very sad for my son and others that may be going through the same thing the Animal Shelter here is all about the money not returning the dogs to its family :(
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.