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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
My cat was having problems urinating on and off since 12/15/2016. I took him to another Vet in NE Phila. They gave him an injection of antibiotics plus 2 weeks of pills for a bladder infection, had us collect a urine sample AFTER giving him antibiotics which would alter the results of the urine test. They charged me $270 only for him to have his symptoms return in 1 month so I was faced with the decision to go back to 1st Vet or go to another office. Fortunately, I opted to go to Frankford Animal Clinic.I felt comfortable with them immediately and that only got better by the end of our appointment. It felt like you were among friends as they were warm, caring, thorough, and professional. They explained everything to us and reviewed the urine test results from the other Vet. The other Vet told us that he had crystals in his urine & may need a prescription diet and possibly have his penis removed if he didn't improve. This sounded rather extreme since it was his first time with any problems & he's 9 yrs old. Fkd Animal Clinic exceeded my expectations and I'd highly recommend them to anyone. Dr. Petlakh gave him an antibiotic injection that'll last 1 month so we didn't need to give him pills 2X/day. They were 1/3 of what the other Vet charged us and his symptoms haven't returned. Within 12 hours of bringing him home, he was drinking, eating and playing. Thankfully, my guy is doing so much better. They will be our go to Vet for any medical care. Keep up the great work.. Kudos!!!
My 4 cats have been patients of Dr Bree's for over 4 years....It was always routine visits until last December when I took my 10 year old cat Sandy in for what I thought was a small issue...Dr Marc found a mass and she was taken in on Monday for surgery...Dr Marc called me personally after the surgery and they encouraged me to visit with my "baby" during her 2 day hospital stay. I was kept informed and Dr Marc went over every aspect of her illness, and surgery and subsequent treatments.....Although we had hoped for the best, her biopsy came back as an aggressive form of lymphoma....Dr Marc took the time to research the best treatment for her and together we came up with a plan that worked for Sandy. For a month I was in the office 3 days a week for treatments and after treatments the staff would call me and inquire as to how Sandy was doing....I didn't just leave the office and was forgotten - they cared and made it known we were not just a number to them. I am now in the office twice a week and I cannot say enough good things about this kind, caring facility. In the four years I have been going there, I have never seen a cleaner animal hospital. When I dropped my cat off for surgery at 7am the girl at the desk was disinfecting and when I was visiting at night after office hours the staff was cleaning and mopping and disinfecting! Spotless would be an accurate description! I would never trust anyone but Dr Marc or Dr Roblejo to take care of my babies....
I have been a client of Dr. Roblejo since 1975, when he also owned Somerdale (NJ) Animal Hospital. My parents had several cats we took there. Dr. Roblejo is a kind, wonderful vet. My Maine Coon, Fonzie, was ill. Dr. Roblejo took him for a couple weeks, said "don't worry" and we got him back and he was fine. He charged us nothing! He is a caring, wonderful man. I followed him to Bree's when he sold Somerdale. I have had several cats and they have done nothing but be like family to me. All the vet techs, Dr. Roblejo and his son, Dr. Marc - Helene (Dr. Roblejo's wife) and Renee' the Office Manager and Head Vet Tech....are like family to me. I have had a few cats in severe situations and they have NOT charged outstanding fees? Where did that customer come up with that? Go to Center City or Voorhees NJ and see what you get charged. I travel from Haddon Heights NJ to Phila. to see them...only 25 minutes travel. they are caring, wonderful people and I have been through severe heartbreak with losing two cats within 6 days of each other and I went to their office for consolation. They saved several of my cats when others knew not what to do. I love them and will always be a client.
Could not have a more appropriate name for an animal clinic!! Brought my 8 month old kitten to Dr.Murarka for neutering and the first set of standard vaccines. I couldn't be more satisfied and pleased with the care given to my cat. The doctor is gentle, knowledgeable, and truly kind. I found him online from friendsofanimals, but he was also recommended by a friend. The fees are reasonable and fair but, most importantly, the care provided is of the highest quality. Dr. Murarka worked for 20+ years at the ASPCA and is involved with other humanitarian organizations as well (he's been on Animal Planet & National Geographic helping animals. His staff are pleasant, resourceful, and respectful, to name just a few qualities (but not limited to) My kitten came through his surgery with no problems, and it's because of these wonderful, caring folks. They'll provide you with all that you need here. With all the organizations Dr. M has been involved with, you just know he does so because of his love for animals. Choose these great providers, you won't be sorry, but very happy and satisfied knowing your pet is truly in good hands! (Thank you Dr. M and staff, "boots" is doing great because of you :))
Jessie our 12 year old Yellow Lab Mix became sick and lethargic. We carried her to our neighborhood vet who said there was nothing he could do and we would need to put her down. We were not going to accept that decision without a second opinion. We then took her to Queen Village Animal Hospital which our son said was excellent. We were told she would need surgery to remove her uterus but that she also had a severe infection throughout her body and her chances of survival were very small. Jessie had the surgery done and then the waiting to see if she could fight off the infection began. Jessie never gave up and the wonderful doctors, workers and staff of Queen Village never gave up on her either. They monitored and gave her loving care constantly. After several days of waiting and praying, we got the call that she was showing signs of improvement. Jessie made a full recovery.... Jessie is now 15 1/2 and even though climbing stairs and getting on the couch are a bit difficult for her now, she still acts like a puppy when it's time to go for a walk. We cannot put into words what these extra years with Jessie have meant to us.
Dr. Murarka has the perfect name for his practice. His love of animals is apparent in his examinations and treatment. Our elderly cat got suddenly sick late on a Saturday afternoon. We did not have the money to take her to the local 24/7 emergency hospital, as they can be quite expensive. On a long shot, we called Dr. Murarka. Regardless of us not being one of his current clients, on a Saturday night, he drove an hour to his office to see our cat and treat her. Unfortunately, her age and health were so bad, that a few weeks later we had to bring her in again. Dr. Murarka tried his best, sometimes miracles cannot happen, and she passed away at home the next day. We took her to Dr. Murarka's office to have her cremated. His concern and *compassion* for our loss was wonderful and very much appreciated. We picked up her ashes yesterday. Amber was in a beautiful cherry wood box, her name engraved on a brass plate on top. I would recommend Dr. Murarka if you are looking for personal attention and someone who truly cares about your animals. Bart & Dove... Parents of Amber
Thank you Queen Village Animal Hospital for taking such good care of my kitty. I heard such wonderful things about QVAH from friends and family so when I adopted my rescue kitty and needed a vet I knew this was going to be my choice. It was important for me to find a hospital where there is compassion for both the animals and the owners and where I felt I could completely trust the doctor taking care of my cat. I've had a great experience here. The vets are knowledgeable, understanding, respectful and helpful. I'm greeted with friendly voice when I call and a smile when I walk in. After Ella was spayed all my questions were patiently and thoroughly answered. I had a post-surgery concern a few days later and my call was returned by the end of the day and again, my questions were answered fully and thoughtfully. The facility is clean with state of the art equipment and the feel is warm and comforting. And, from what I can see, the prices are in line or lower than other vets in the area. I wouldn't want anyone else taking care of Ella.
Dr. Radbill has been our family vet since I was a kid. Now married with children of my own, we too have a number of pets as I did growing up in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. Dr. Radbill has helped me care for many new baby pets, and guided me through integrating them into our family with our other and sometimes older pets. He has even provided dental care on a few occasions. Dr. Radbill and his staff have operated on 2 of my pets and helped care for them when they've been under the weather. They call to check on them a few days after the visit and they even sent a sympathy card when a beloved pet passed. These are the little things that count. Dr. Radbill and his staff are the best. My pets and I have never once had a bad experience at his office and it shows that they are really there for the animals and their sometimes distressed parents. I've never even thought of going anywhere else and I recommend him to everyone searching for a great vet. I hope he never retires!
My friends all told me to come to Queen Village for my pets. I recently moved here from California and was very happy with my vet there but had to come to Philly for my job. Along came my 2 cats and dog. I have been a client of QV for 6 months and thought they were awesome. The prices were reasonable and staff was welcoming. I saw Dr. Wellens and he was thorough and seem to genuinely care about my pets. He spent alot of time answering my silly questions and I found that to be refreshing. It came time to pay the bill and it was surprisingly reasonable. I did price shop other hospitals in the area and they were more expensive than this hospital. It is a clean and classy place and my pets loved it there. Parking was a little hard to find at 6pm but i still found a spot. QV has something called a smart card available to clients. FREE PARKING! Who knew! I highly recommend this hospital and hope never to have to switch again.
This review is only getting two stars because they were able to fit me in the schedule immediately, however the service was sub par. My cat was having breathing issues so I immediately brought her here. She was very briefly looked at and told all she needed was an antibiotics shot and decongestant pills. It was very expensive, 130$ for maybe a half an hour of service. After realizing the cat still has issues I made several follow up calls only to finally reach the vet days after my third call. I feel she was neglected and not given the proper care she deserved, especially for the money. Apparently some places are still more involved in the business of making money and less with the proper treatment of our beloved pets. I have given it time for her problem to clear up but sadly I have made a major mistake coming here and am baffled how this place can even call themselves a Veterinary hospital.
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.