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I do not share"good experience"others claim to have.Took my boy here on a high rec by coworker. My furbaby had been urinating brown/blood x1 day&I called,made an appt.They had me wait an extra day.My concern was he had cancer.We saw"Dr.Dave"I made it very clear my furbaby history,what last 3days consist of.I was told multiple times"he looks fine to me""he doesn't look like he has cancer""if hes eating that's good,hes fine"I asked 10x please is this cancer,what tests can be done,I dont want him to suffer.Again I was told labs would be done& he would call me in 2days w/results.I was given nausea meds&antibiotics.Monday I was td he only had acute pancreatitis&keep feeding him.He then said I need to sch my dog to have surgery for"embedded foreign body"in his side.5 days he was not any better.I called office,was told to continue giving antibiotics as that's what Dr.Dave ordered. I was told to come purchase additional 2wks of antibiotics costing another $100.15min office visit I was charged $622!Visit w/Dr.Dave less then that.My dog was taken to"the back"to be examined& brought back &that's it.8 days after my visit w/Dr.Dave I woke up my furbaby dead.took him to vet in Long Beach,had a necropsy done&was told my baby died from cancer!A tumor the size of fist on his spleen,that ruptured his spleen&my baby bled out!I was told the labs Dr.Dave completed would have shown some signs.I asked about"foreign body"that he insisted I sch surgery to have removed.I was told nothing was there!He squeezed the side of my boy,left red/purple Mark's for nothing!He also said he was obtaining a culture,never got any results!I'm beyond hurt, upset and feel extremely scammed out of $622.Multiple times I was told it's not cancer.Just a UTI.He disguises me!If he didn't know,say you dont know!$600at another vet 2 hrs away to find out my boy had cancer&have him cremated.Your"awards"are meaningless in your lobby!You preyed on the love I have for my pet&used that to make some money. That is inhumane!
I took my 8 yr. Old Chihuahua in for a physical with the intention of getting a refill on his medication for seizures. Dr Gay was his doctor I was told that she believe he had a problem with his thyroids and want to do a full blood panel to check I agreed to it but turned it down when i got the bill $450.00 I told her I couldn't afford that so she insisted she do a xray to look at his organs due to me explain to her he had been previously dinosed his fluid in his lungs she listed to his lungs and said she didn't hear any fluid but did the xray to check his organs. GAY later came back and told me that he has a enlarge heart and liver and heart worms and a collapse trakea I immediately started to questioned her and told her I never been out of California for him to get heart worms she then stated" well have he", i said no. She said well he don't have heart worms then but i still want to do the test to check because his heart i failing and Wales off . I was so overwhelmed with all the information that i told the repseptionist to tell Dr.Gay to put the test on hold so she can explain to me in more detail what was go on with my dog. I asked Tammy (RVT)to explain and she said she didn't want to get involved because she didn't want to give me the wrong information. Dr. Hey came back out and I told her I wanted an explanation and she then stated that his heart is weak and she needed to do surgery on his trakea what doctor would do Sergey on a do what a "weak heart"? Major red flag then she stated that he has fluid in his lungs i told her I thought you said you didn't hear any fluid in his lungs she then stated " I didn't but you said it so then he does and I want to send him home with antibiotics ". I told her she is a joke and give me my dog. I later took my dog elsewhere and his blood work came back fine no thyroids problems no enlarge liver or heart or weak heart ,fluid in lungs and no collapse trakea. Pet owners Don't Take your furry family member this Hole .
I went there on yesterday to make a purchase for my new freshwater aquarium that I'm setting up and the young lady that helped me on yesterday was very thoughtful she took me on a tour of the entire store show me where everything was in stock great experience, my new go-to place thanks for the great service
Mission Animal Hospital it's the worst place to take your animals THEY DONT DESERVE NOT EVEN ONE STAR!!! if you love your pets please be careful and go somewhere else. Unfortunately I took dog because he had a "Cherry Eye" something really common in dogs, something that can be fix really quit but went we took him their they told us he needed a bunch of medications and the medications never worked they made mad dogs eye worst for a whole month they didn't know what diagnostic to give us, all they wanted was money after 1 month and 2 weeks they told he needed surgery, we didn't let them do it and they still continue with the surgery and they butchered the eye he didn't know what he was doing so he decided to just stop and leave he's eye like that. When we got him back after almost 1 hour waiting to get him back, my dog he look so bad they gave me my dog worst. We waisted $1,700 for nothing and they didn't want to give our money back (and they haven't) So anyway that same night we took my dog to another Vet and they told us he did the surgery so bad they couldn't saved my dogs eye. The Dr. was so mad and sad to see what they did to our little dog for no reason. Thank God my dog it's alive and at home recovering after the new Dr. removed he's eye. Mission Animal Hospital needs to get SHUT DOWN!!! They are killing the animals all they want is money they don't care or love the animals. PLEASE TAKE YOUR PETS SOMEWHERE SAFE AND PROFESSIONAL.
Wish I could give "0" stars!! These vets murder, mame, and butcher animals!!My story was made public in the Antelope Valley Times in February 2015 when they experimentedly did surgery. For the past year, another vet has been treating him for chronic infections.After the story went public hundreds upon hundreds of other victims came forward!! Missions mission was only to do damage control by posting "fake" positive comments about themselves. A flood of positive comments alerted the AV Times to see they were all coming from one IP address.....MISSION!! Rather than apologize or try to work with us to fix our dog, Dr. Ibrahim, the owner along with his staff bullied us to either retract the article printed, claiming I lied, or they would be forced to "revoke" the discount we were given. Obviously we were given no such discount and I refused to retract the story. So for over a year this has not only been a stressful issue medically with our dog, but also mentally and financially.Avoid !
I have been a client of Dr Marteney for nearly 40 years at this point - from back when I lived in Sylmar. He will have my business as long as he is willing to give a shot or treat a colic. He is excellent at diagnosis, doesn't waste your money, and keeps your horse healthy. He is a caring vet with incredible skills. We are lucky to have him in the Antelope Valley.
They are amazing they took care of our dogs Baby Girl and Chica. The Dr's and staff are the best!!! I will recommend them to everyone who needs help with their animal's. They all take their time,they are courteous,patient, they are all you need when it comes to taking care of your animal,s. Thanks so much Palmdale Veterinary hospital. Juanice Liggett
If you love your pet...go somewhere else!!! You'll be lucky to see the same vet twice...since they do not take appointments. They tell you when to come back to see the same doctor and there is always a different one. And they never leave information in your charts for the next doctor to see! Very dirty, rude and unprofessional.
A friend of mine referred me here and I am so glad that he did so! I have finally found the pet grooming center that fits to my pets' needs.
I had the unfortunate task of putting my dog down. That was successful however they lost his ashes somewhere in the mix and called to tell me they were so sorry but will refund the $135. That's the least they can do! So disappointed in the place after our loyalty thru all my pets lives! ��������������������������������
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.