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14302 Ventura BlvdSherman Oaks, CA 91423
From Business: **Beverly Oaks Animal Hospital & Emergency Clinic** is the premier 24-hour full service emergency service provider in San Fernando Valley. With a 9700 square-foot…
7301 Fulton AveNorth Hollywood, CA 91605
My mom and me have been coming here 20 yrs. All they want is to help your pet. It's the cheapest place around. It's not nice the staff might not be …
10268 La Tuna Canyon RdSun Valley, CA 91352
Took my dog there for a short 4 hour stay and then a trial overnight, no supervision in the sleeping quarters. He was left with a long rope inside t…
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Everyday I have to ask myself, "what's wrong with people?", and today was no different. It's fine if you don't want to help someone, but don't tell them you do, have them drive a long way, and then treat them like CRAP!!! What's the point of that??I had the very BAD fortune of meeting that rude woman Laurel, and her equally RUDE sidekick receptionist. What a pair... "doom & gloom!" You have to wonder if they wake up everyday saying "how many people can we make miserable today?" I came in, heart in hand, hoping to get help for my poor poodle, that is in pain, and peeing blood, but all I got was YELLED at! The atmosphere was soooo NEGATIVE, that when the evil receptionist got on the phone, I grabbed my paperwork and my dogs, ran out the door, got in the car and took off, APOLOGIZING to my poor babies all the way home, for ever taking them to such a place!!! I would NEVER let an animal around that kind of HATE!!!Sad, because I had planned to offer to help them, for helping me, IE: Foster, help with fundraising, volunteer where needed, and when I get the huge check I'm waiting for, donating to them for the help, but NO! Had I read all her horrible reviews, I never would have gone!"Live, learn, and SPREAD THE WORD!!!!"I just REAMED the activist that referred me to this hell-hole, and she promised to NEVER send anyone there again and said she'd spread the word, thank GOD!!!!
Love this place. Little slow but they are thourough and friendly and holistic. They really care about the animals and the staff is very compassionate. They moved locations and are now on Victory in Glendale.
I used to rave about this place and gave them a dozen referrals Dr Christian Sharp seemed very personable and seemed to love my golden RAs of last 1-2 months he has gotten less friendly and personable towards me and stopped interacting with my dog. My dogs health has been declining and not feeling well and always had a runny nose and watery gunky and droopy eyes- Christian told me it was just allergys and give him benadryl..... I kept asking if he maybe he has an infection and could we put him on an antibiotic to see if it would work.... He kept INSISTING that he would have a temp/fever... And being he didnt mention he didnt have an infection ( I have been asking since early December .Finally he was getting so bad I came back Saturday 1-12 and he gave me antibiotic and did blood test - Monday he told me I WAS RIGHT.... He had an upper respiratory infection- which I'm sure was taking a toll on his heart and health.... He got to week to even walk Tuesday and kept collapsing and his eyes were so gunky and droopy I had to put him down. The vet who came to my house to put him down told me he had been suffering from dry eyes and they have special drops for that to relieve the burning pain he had been suffer.I want to know why Dr Christian couldn't SEE that diagnosis???And why he was so adement that he could NEVER have an infection without a fever?Please people- Dont trust his diagnosis and if you think something off with your pat- don't ask.... Demand it!I guess as long as my dog was sick he would make more money off of me instead of helping my dog get better.I will always believe had Cody got put on antibiotic in December his health wouldn't have declined!So very disappointed in this Vet! :(((FUI- I found out that they will make a payment plan for people- (well only there special) people.... I witnessed it it on Tuesday Dr Christian Sharp- I'm very disappointed in you. I trusted you and so did Cody
We've taken our dog here for about two years. They did a neuter and several check ups etc. I also get my dog groomed there. Overall good service, but they can be very pricey. Recently needed a refill on my dog's prescription (standard worm preventative) and they wouldn't do it without an expensive office visit. After all I've spent here you'd think they just do the refill (I was getting it online) but no, they want their money. So yeah...good service, but they're also a little overpriced.
Who is in charge of this organization? You need to be concerned. When every review, including mine, has one star, there's a problem.
Terrible experience would be an understatement! If you truly love and care about your pet do NOT go there & fully read this review! My cat was misdiagnosis by Dr. Sharp Jr., Dr. Sharp Jr. kept on proscribing her meds that eventually cost her heart to fail and led to her death. My cat was limping, so i took her to see Dr. Sharp Jr. where he prescribed her with bunch of different meds. When she seemed to be getting worse I went back and he kept on prescribing her with more meds, even though i told him i prefer not to give more pills. My cat was very healthy, I only brought her in because she was limping, him prescribing her with so many different pills for something so minute was very strange to me. The x-ray showed that there's nothing wrong with her leg and yet he kept on prescribing, instead of doing some tests or any tests for that matter to see what caused it. All along I've explained the situation to him, he was very dismissive and careless and just kept on prescribing her with more meds. My cat- Fionna, started vomiting none stop due to the meds which caused her heart to fail. After her death, I wrote to the Veterinary Medical Board, which concluded that Dr. Sharp Jr. was in fact was careless and prescribed meds that shouldn't have been prescribed to the kind of breed she was. They determined that he had no to little knowledge with my cat's breed and that indeed the meds that he gave her should have never been prescribed to her in the first place since it can trigger a heart failure and it did. I was doing everything in my power to have his license revoked, but since I'm only one person (amongst a few) they said it's not enough to have his license revoked and instead just fined him and made him take a class. I am heartbroken and nothing will bring back my cat, but you can still save yours by not going to Sharp Pet Hospital. Write me in my private if you have any questions or if you want a good referral for a great and cheaper vet in Noho.
I just brought my dog in for a sudden swollen chin, which I thought might have been from either a bug bite, an infection, or swollen lymph node. They had a quick look at him, maybe 3 minutes tops, and asked if had gotten into anything. Since the answer was no, they just assumed it was due to a slightly loose tooth he had. They prescribed two anti-imflammatory medicines and then said to hang tight while they went and got me an estimate. An estimate? This wasn't a surgery procedure, it was just for a couple prescriptions. I suddenly had that chill run down my back knowing I was about to get ripped off. I wait 20 minutes in the room before finally peeking my head out and asking what was the delay, ten seconds later they had the "estimate" printed out, like they had forgotten I was even in there.$57 for the visit. Fine, whatever. But the two meds totaled $90. Argh, annoying. Whatever, I paid.But then, while waiting for prescription in the waiting room, I Google the meds to find they are sold online at prices about 3x cheaper. At tons of online stores AND even Walmart. I ask about getting a price decrease and they say they do, do price matching to "stay competitive" but the owner wasn't there and to call Monday if I wanted to talk to him. Of course, I call Monday, give them a bunch of sites where it is much, much cheaper. They call back later to say the owner "declined" to price match stating that you never know what you are getting with these online sites and that they are wholesaling them too cheap. Fine, forget the online sites, look at WALMART, they aren't some overseas business and they have the same prices too. No luck. I had someone I know that works at a rescue go check what their vet buys Clovamox drops (one of the drugs in question) and they said their cost for it was only $10! Nice 4x markup Blue Cross.Other vets nearby offer free first visits as well, so I'd keep looking and avoid this place. The vet looking over my pet for 3 minutes and having no real diagnosis ran me about $150 out the door. I never realized these places ALSO make their money on medicine markups, which I find pretty shady. And this 15ml bottle that I paid for, seems to only be half-full, just enough to cover their 7 days, 1ml a day prescription. I'd definitely try somewhere else.
The doctors at Limehouse took exceptional care of us when my kitty was ill with cancer. They made his end of life care as easy as it could be and always fit me in for appointments. Losing a pet is terribly difficult, but with caring folks like those at Limehouse, it made things just a little easier.
Great place if you are looking for a Vet that also offers holistic medicine and acupuncture. I recommend asking for Dr. Gray.
Many are wondering what is going on with arrest of Hector Menjivar for performing surgery while lying about being a vet. I have sent people here forever.
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.