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When getting a new pet, you may be concerned about whether pet insurance is right for you. Find out if you should work pet insuran…
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I highly recommend Dr. Soboroff, Dr. Lander, and the New York Cat Hospital veterinary nurses, technicians, and front desk staff. They have always treated each of my medically needy cats with the utmost compassion. When making clinical recommendations, Drs. Soboroff and Lander never fail to prioritize the best interests of my cats. I always feel like my cats and I are in the best of hands. Many thanks, New York Cat Hospital, for going out of your way to optimize the health of my cats!
My dog and I travel overseas to various locations and each time a different passport has been required. The front desk team has always been amazing in navigating through this very detailed and multi-step process as well as doing everything possible to ease the stress and burden on me.
We have had to bring our cockapoo in twice to ABC Animal Hospital for the same back pain issue amounting to over $600 this year. The first visit with Dr. Tufaro was fine, if not pricey (the reviews saying they really try to milk you for anything they can are accurate). However at both visits, I inquired about getting my dog her necessary vaccines since I was paying for an exam fee anyway. The doctor both times said to come back another time, there wouldn't be an exam fee, just the cost of the vaccinations since she was just there. So 2 weeks after our most recent $400 vet visit I made an appointment for my dog to get her vaccinations, and asked the person on the phone to confirm that we would in fact not have to pay a $70 exam fee. They told me they would call me back that day, which never happened. After calling and again being told I would get a call back, I pushed my appointment back a few days. An HOUR before the appointment (which had been scheduled nearly a week before) I get a call that "the doctor doesn't remember telling you you don't have to pay for the exam fee and since he didn't write it down he will have to charge you it." .... Because of the staff incompetence we have to pay more out of pocket for these vaccinations? I then spoke to the office manager who told me I was being very hurtful and that she doesn't get paid to speak to me on the phone and a ton of other illogical comments and insisted that it was not an exam fee but rather a $55 "recheck exam fee" that is charged, and that this was different than an exam fee because it costs $15 less. Will not be returning, this place REALLY tries to screw you.
Very poorly run office. I called for an appointment with the oncologist after our regular veterinarian found a lump on our dog. We had been to Blue Pearl once before with no problem. This time, however, I called from the veterinarian's office and was given an appointment for two days later. My husband and I both rearranged our work schedules to take our dog into Blue Pearl--only to be told when we arrived that there was no record of an appointment. I showed them the call log on my cell phone. The young man at the front desk apologized, and said he would talk to the office manager. He came back and said that we would have to come back another day. While I appreciate that he tried, I find it unacceptable that the office made a mistake and did not fix it. The manager never came over to try to work out the situation, or even to apologize. I was already worried and stressed about my dog's medical problems, and this experience made everything worse. Not only was our dog not examined, but now we will have to take off more time from work to come back. If you have another option, I recommend you go elsewhere and save yourself the time and heartache.
On 2/2/2017 my old lady cat of 19 years died at home. On 2/3/2017 took my cat for cold storage at Dr. Butler 145th street clinic until I could make arrangements for cremation. My wishes was to take my pet to my usually place for this service for they offer a viewing, same day witnessed cremation and return of ashes for a price. Dr. Butler clinic also arranges pet cremation through her husband crematorium services in NJ. Butler said it was cheaper than where l wanted to go. I asked if he also had viewing and witnessed cremation. She said no and I said I'll THINK about it and let her KNOW. I found out later the same services offered in NJ cost about the same at both places. On 2/4/2017 I call and let the receptionist know I made a appointment for cremation and would pick my cat up on 2/6/2017. Picked up cat on 2/6/2017 and gave my cat quick inspection from within the pillowcase I brought her in to the clinic on Dr. Butler request. Butler or one of her workers had pose my pet curled up tight with her face somewhat covered with her front legs. Of course my cat was froze like I needed for cremation, but not right for viewing but it is what it is. When I got to the cemetery and my cat was set up for viewing, I saw her face was gone. No eyes. No nose. No mouth i could see. Only fur. Could not move pet legs to see what else could have been missing for she was froze. Lucky this time didn't let friends and family come to view.Dr. Butler decided to either take large specimens, autopsy or alter my cat corpse without my knowledge. My old lady cat had bad teeth but it was no reason to make her faceless. Maybe Butler needed to know why my 19 year old cat die of advanced old age or sickness. Maybe she figured I was going to use her husband NJ crematorium and none would be the wiser on what she did or was going to do with my pet remains. Maybe she figure that my cat had a black face I would not notice on closer inspection that she had no face any-longer. Even her brow and nose whiskers was gone. Lucky I didn't check my pet out really carefully in Butler office or I would be in prison right now. Luck I didn't decide to cancel the cremation and defrost my pet like I was thinking. Cat may have been cut open and fell apart right in front of me. I'm sure paying to placing one pet remains in storage for pick up later don't mean do what YOU wish with them. All I know I will NOT be using Dr. Butler 145th street animal hospital for any of my pets again alive or dead.Be careful of the veterinarians you chose for your pets like you would in picking a doctor for yourself, your child or loved ones. Even then still be careful of both professions.
I am kind of know as the cavalier guy of Tribeca, over the years I have had many. Dr Xanthos is very knowledgeable and was really pleased to work with me, appreciative of thy knowledge of the breed. With my two new pups we were very much on the same wavelength about over vaccinating. My dogs are not scared of going to the vet, I think they think it is Dudley's paw. All the staff know the dogs names- i know they have pulled up the records but it makes a difference. Willie thinks he works there. I highly recommend the place & staff
A superior vet.His little clinic has succeeded for over 20 years because Dr. Weiner has such a loyal clientele.We all know veterinary care can be expensive.So the money must be spent wisely.Dr.Weiner doesn't pad bills with unnecessary testing or b.s. supplements.If he suggests a test it's because he truly believes it will be of diagnostic value.And he will use the results to offer sensible options that,in the long run,could save you a bundle on wasteful surgeries or other pricey treatments.He is a highly experienced,highly skilled animal physician with common sense.And he runs an honest business.He is as good as it gets,particularly in this city.I thank you Dr. Weiner for the outstanding care you've given my pets for nearly 20 years.I consider myself and my beloved pets extremely fortunate to reside just a few blocks away from Gotham Animal Clinic.
Top notch vet services for everyday needs and also severe illness cases. Very experienced docs and nurses. Caring staff!
I love Dr. Fierman and Sylvia. They are caring people who truly love animals and want the best for them. When I call and leave a message, the response is quick; it's not a hassle to set up appointments and if you have to wait a bit, there are always treats for the dog. Of all the vets we have been to, Dr. Fierman is the most thorough, caring and most reasonable with fees. He does not order unnecessary tests as that has been my experience in the past.
If I were to be asked which pet clinic I should recommend, this probably belongs to the list. Good staff, clean place and lots of dog lovers.
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.