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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…
2608 N Powers DrOrlando, FL 32818
My daughter (10yrs. old) told the Dr. she wants to be a Veterinarian when she grows up. The doctor actually allowed her to oversee her cat's examina…
5512 Clarcona Ocoee RdOrlando, FL 32810
I highly recommend Dr. & Mrs. Kennedy at Rosemont Animal Clinic. When we moved to Clermont, we tried other veterinarians who over charge or don't r…
7424 E Colonial DrOrlando, FL 32807
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We wanted to switch Veterinarians after having our puppy pass away suddenly last month, and heard great things about East Orange AH. After our first visit today with our new baby, I can not say enough good things. I felt like they saw me and my pets as individuals, not just another appointment. Dr. Agatheas took time to chat and answer questions, and the techs were SUPER sweet with my pup. They made me feel like I was making great choices already and were personable.The front desk staff took the time to chat with me about grooming, and asked questions about my pup and loved on her. I just got really good, warm vibes here. Not like some giant institution feel that some other clinics have.For those who complain about cost- pets are not 'cheap' care is not 'cheap'. Veterinarians often attend school LONGER than human doctors AND all are surgeons/dentists as well! They can't ask your pet 'What's wrong? Where does it hurt?" they just have to KNOW. Products aren't free, and neither is their time. I'm not sure why everyone thinks that suddenly because its a dog and not a person, it should be $20 for a doctors visit? If you can't afford the vet, don't get a pet. I found their costs to be generally comparable to the clinics in this area.
Best vet in the world. Compassionate insightful knowledgeable and unmatched in dedication to the well being off your Best friend.
Dr. Patina and his staff are awesome. His staff is super friendly and helpful. I have a pitt mix and she’s a handful to say the least when going to the vet and they are great at handling her and make it quick and easy for both of us. She’s had intestinal issue that they have resolved for us as well. He also has a great app for ordering medicine to make it easy to get your heart worm prescriptions. I would definitely suggest them to a friend!
My daughter (10yrs. old) told the Dr. she wants to be a Veterinarian when she grows up. The doctor actually allowed her to oversee her cat's examination! There's no amount of praises I could write to compare to this experience!
First class as far as I am concerned. Love the boarding kennel for my Mopsy. I am always happy to see my dog so happy whenever I take him there. He loves to see the employees there. Very genuine. They even post his picture on Facebook for me to see while I am away. Very Sweet!
These doctors are so capable, compassionate and experienced. I watched one of their patients being discharged after having undergone ACL surgery. The dog was happy, alert, basically did not show signs of pain. The owners said they have been coming here for years and could not say enough good things about the doctors and staff. I compare this experience to when our yellow lab underwent two separate ACL surgeries at a well-known surgical facility here in the Orlando area, and can say our aftercare experience was nothing like what I witnessed at Powers Drive Animal Hospital (or cost). Our pup suffered from extreme pain, cried for 24-hours, wouldn't eat, refused pain med. The surgical center was closed on the weekend and was absolutely no help to us. Wish I had known then what I know now!
Vet tech is horrible! I believe her name was Sharon ! I could tell she was looking down on me when I stated I wasn't able to pay to much ! The look of disgust that I'm sure everyone has seen in their life !! I would never recommend anyone go here if you are anything but rich unless you don't mind getting looked down on!
Awful! The examination room had blood on the floor was my first clue that this was a bad choice . Next the tech was only trained on how much things would cost. She seemed to only be concerned with getting us out of there . While we were attempting to get information the Dr. Peeked around the corner and asked "why are they still here ?" Her response was" They have a few questions. He reluctantly came back in and was still not very helpful. The only information we were given was set up another appointment iit will cost you $40 then however much the tests are then the treatments. Now this little dog has had a reaction to the vaccine and they will not help me or give me any information unless I pay them . sorry that won't happen ! I will her take her back there and suggest no one EVER uses them !
I have been with Dr. Patino for over 20 years and many animals. Dr. Patino treats my animals as though they were his own, always thinking outside the box. My Pit Bull...Blu has just undergone full ACL repair and now is in Cold Laser therapy, a new service he offers for healing, and hydro therapy. I live in College Park and pass many Vets on the way there and never has convenience been an option for my fur babies. I love you Dr. Patino, your the MAN.AnniMaude HeafnerA Loyal Client
Took my 24 year old cat to see Dr Sussla. He is very knowledgeable, professional, caring, & honest. My cat is in good hands with him! Worth the hour drive. Nancy
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.