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901 Jordan Blass DrMelbourne, FL 32940
I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
329 E 9th StHialeah, FL 33010
From Business: We offer a discount 10% off your first vet visit exam or first pet grooming by just mentioning that you saw us on our Website or Yellow Pages
14732 N Kendall DrMiami, FL 33196
From Business: Veterinary care for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and bunnies, and other furry, feathered and scaly pets. From routine examinations to daytime emergencies, vaccinat…
14525 SW 42nd StMiami, FL 33175
From Business: Dream Lake Animal Hospital provides state-of-the-art facilities, and we offer some of the region’s highest quality veterinary care services. The well-being and he…
6380 S Dixie HwySouth Miami, FL 33143
From Business: Our expanding professional staff will continue to provide full medical services for all companion animals including dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small mammals…
19101 Biscayne BlvdMiami, FL 33180
This was a positive experience for both me and my dog PANDA the staff are very accommodating and friendly. Definitely recommend this to ANYONE with …
1828 Alton RdMiami Beach, FL 33139
From Business: At VCA Alton Road Animal Hospital, your pet's health is our top priority, provided through high-quality, professional care and genuine personal service. We pledge…
7950 NW 53rd St Ste 337Miami, FL 33166
From Business: The Empowerment Initiative Corporation seeks to create a more permanent solution to addressing homelessness and to prevent the repeat cycle of becoming homeless. …
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Decided to save time and took my two chihuahuas to this clinic which is closer to my house than my usual one in Hallandale. The invoice for dental they gave me was for over $3000 and noted "likely to increase". The same services at the Hallandale clinic costed me $1300 last year. I picked up my dogs, paid $105 for an estimate (!), and drove to the old clinic. What a waist of money and time (the check-in process took hour and a half even though i made appointment in advance and they didn't have anyone else at 8am...)!Update: Thank god they gave me inflated estimate! When I warned dr Barbosa at the hallandale clinic about being careful of not breaking my chihuahuas jaw when doing dental extractions he laughed and asked how old that doctor I just saw was... He was right about that... young and pretty as any intern should be... My dogs are feeling wonderful and i saved myself at least $2000 and from "likely complications"...
rip off , do not go there, i went there to cure my dog for skin allergy, charged me 500 dollars and did not gave me a diagnose . After 20 days antibiotics that killed my dog liver rush came back and the old doctor retire and Dt Davila did not want even to look at my dog without charge me after i just pay 500 dollars, plus another time i fount a wounded cat and they refused to help, they only care about money not animals, I would not refer to anyone i know,
Dr. James McCoy, in all my 30 years of being a dog owner, is the most intelligent, empathetic, and kind Veterinarian. He administers care to my poodles as I would want care administered to me. The staff at Bayshore Veterinary Clinic is always friendly and accommodating. Bayshore Veterinary Clinic is the best vet out there.
My many pets and I have been greatly and kindly served by Bayshore Veterinary Clinic for nearly 30 years--without ever thinking of looking elsewhere for a better vet. No such person exists. The team of Dr. McCoy and Dr. Crespo is ideal, a perfect blend of experience, full hearts, deep knowledge and--well--wisdom. It is important to me that I am able to call them even after hours or on a Sunday when there is a big worry or an emergency. They are available and always helpful. You can count on them. Sometimes when you have a sick pet, it can be difficult to think of all the questions that should be asked. They understand this and always take time to carefully explain what is going on, how it might be treated and what the outcome might be. Being doctors, they are advocates for their patients who cannot speak for themselves. What is best for the pet is always the goal. They communicate well, often phoning for an update or to offer a new idea when someone is sick. I like their thoroughness and care, and in their clinic they have modern equipment that helps make diagnoses correctly and quickly. Any veterinary care is expensive; here I believe you get great value. What makes the clinic such a special place is the staff--animal lovers all--knowledgeable, professional, efficient, helpful, polite, cheerful. Many of my neighbors also are clients and admirers of the outstanding people of Bayshore whom we trust with our beloved pets.
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.