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3421 Forest Hill BlvdWest Palm Beach, FL 33406
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…
15240 County Line RdSpring Hill, FL 34610
From Business: It is our goal and pleasure at County Line Animal Hospital to provide quality pet care at reasonable fees. This allows for the best possible care and services for…
5732 Rowan RdNew Port Richey, FL 34653
Wonderful vet and would recommend to anybody!
2740 Curlew RdClearwater, FL 33761
From Business: Always accepting new veterinary patients. In house lab and radiology services. Expert Grooming and Boarding. Dogs, Cats, Lizards, Birds, and exotics. Let us care …
13305 Orange Grove DrTampa, FL 33618
What a fantastic facility, we ended up adopting our kitty from VCA, unexpectantly-just went in for cat food and voila...another kitty. This special…
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Please DO NOT bring your pet to this butcher as they will order medications that your pet does not need and will order un-needed tests to ring your bill up.Vets are unqualified to treat your pets and have no compassion in treating them. The would like to put down your pet rather than treat them. WORST ANIMAL HOSPITAL IN FLORIDA.
We have taken our 5 dogs and 2 cats over the last 10 years to Dr Y. He is awesome! Our pets can't speak so sometimes it's difficult to pin point exactly what is going on. Dr Y is always thorough and honest. He gives you options and his opinion if you ask. I moved and still drive 45 minutes to see him. I don't understand the problems others have had but we have really appreciated his honesty, integrity and fair pricing.
I took my cat in because he wasn't eating, they ran every test you can think of on him and said his stomach was hurting him that's why he wasn't eating. Made sense to me, so they gave me liquid food, vitamins and meds along with a appetite enhancer. A 10 day treatment that I had to cram down him, also sold me a big bag of food they guaranteed he would eat after the ten days Well ten days went by and my cat still wasn't eating, I mean nothing I even try to get him to eat Steak and Shrimp and he turn his nose up at it...so I called Southside and told them what was happening and they sounded concerned and the doctor would call me back ,well Im still waiting after calling them again after two days and them telling how sorry they were that nobody called, they turned around and did it again, still no call I wander if they would call me if I reversed the charge of the $550.00 I gave them??? Some body said it right all they seam to care about is your MONEY!!!
My puppy had severe intestinal blockage. We took him to an emergency vet where they recommended Southside because they were "cheaper". So we take him to Southside the next morning, and they ask for 1200 down, possibly 500 more of its severe enough. So wanting to save our puppies life we payed. They said only x-rays, blood work, and fluid would be done that day, and that surgery would be done the next day. They also said they would keep us up to date on everything that happens, so i was absolutely shocked when they called in the middle of surgery (after saying they weren't going to do surgery till the next day) having me make a life or death choice, and saying that we would have to pay another 700 to keep him alive. My father who was with me at the time said yes, since my boyfriend (owner) was not present. We go up there to talk to them about our dog, and to see what we could do about the price, since we already gave them 1200 that morning. All together they wanted a 1000 more, 700 right then and there and 300 when he gets discharged in two weeks, plus medicine. We tried working with them, and tried to figure something out, which the rude vet tech didnt help with at all. We finally figured out a payment plan, after they assured us our puppy was doing great and better than they expected. The next morning, they call us three hours after they open letting us know he passed last night from a minor seizure, and that the vet could not resuscitate him. And still expected us to pay after the fact. Because of this poor service and lack of communication throughout our experience, i would never recommend this vet, nor would i ever take another animal there. I would rate them with no stars if i could, we as animal parents are quite frustrated, and having been to a few other vet offices, i have never dealt with one this money focused and heartless before. Choose a vet who cares about your animal and yourself, before the money.
Waste of money i spent over a grand on my puppy she wasnt eating and she had a a bloody stool they hooked her to an iv and gave her a blood transfusion we called several times to check on her they were rude and gave us the run around they kept her for a week we were told the doctor advised not to give her food when we called to check on her the last day we were told to pick her up shes worse than when she was dropped off she can barely stand shes just skin and bone and nothing has changed with her stool but shes starving shes trying to eat everything but we were told not to because it would mess up her stomache since they starved her before When They told me they would not release her until she was better
I have taken my English Bulldog to Dr. Weirather several times and was happy with the outcome. But I needed surgery to have his tail cropped and was quoted a price for everything included, which the doctor his self quoted me. I scheduled the surgery and the day I dropped him off for the surgery I was told that there would be additional fees once picked up. I was not happy and spoke with the vet his self and he stated that he did not quote me that price and "he was the one that decided the pricing and how long the animals stay". He was calling me a liar. He was the most rudest person I have spoken with that is in a customer service industry. I will never take my animals to this facility ever again and will never recommend someone that does not have any integrity.
This place is amazing! I've take all 4 of my dogs here and always leave happy. Doc Y is extremely knowledgeable and practical. He's been very kind to my dogs but the best with my new frenchie. Its nice to feel that your animal is loved and cared for when you take them to the vet and the techs and Doc Y have made me feel comfortable and make my dogs healthy again. Whenever we leave I am never left with unanswered questions. Doc Y explains clearly whats going on with your pet and the best path for you and your furry family member. I could not say enough good things about Southside Animal Clinic this will be my only vet for as long as they are there. I recommend EVERY person I know with an animal to come here.
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.