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Dr Don and Dr Mike take care of my cats dogs and my rabbitsLove this vet !!! They ROCK !!!! My rabbit needed surgery DrDon I will never understan…
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09/20/2018 Dr. Adriana Ribas is a sorry excuse for a vet. doctor in my opinion. Dr. Ribas told me that my cat had jaundice, but did not give my cat the medicine, needed for it, instead, she gave my cat medicine for motion sickness, and vomiting. I looked on the internet two days after my office visit to her for information on the drug "cerenia". She gave my cat the drug cerenia tablets. I stopped giving it to my cat, after 2 days, as my cat was "lifeless". This drug for cats causes drowsiness, drooling, lethargy-abnormal drowsiness; lack of energy and state of tiredness. Causes diarrhea and anorexia, emotional disorder; your cat will refuse to eat, and causes your cat lack of appetite My cat needed to eat more, as she was not eating, properly; losing weight; not cause my cat to not eat more!! This doctor in my opinion is a quake. This drug gives your cat dehydration, when my cat needed hydration for it's liver according to Dr. Ribas, vet. Dr. Adriana Ribas told me this drug would help my cat's dehydration, but this drug works, opposite effect. Dr. Ribas gave my cat 1 cerenia subcutaneous fluid therapy in her office; and 1 cerenia injection in her office without me present, and 1 cerenia 16 mg blister pack to take home. After my experiences with this vet. doctor, I believe Dr. Adriana Ribas was trying to kill my cat without good cause. I'm waiting to see, now, if my cat lives, or dies from this drug, and office visit to this vet. doctor. According to the FDA "cerenia tablets" are not to be given to cats, only dogs.. It appears to me all Dr. Ribas cares about is your money, and more money. How is she a vet. doctor? I will never take another pet to this vet. doctor, nor recommend her to anyone that loves their "pets". Please, be careful taking your pet to Dr. Adriana Ribas at Collingswood Animal Hospital, 1419 Collingswood Blvd, Port Charlotte, FL. I'm totally sick due to this vet's care; I'm in tears for my cat. Thank you for listening.
Saved my dogs life when she collapsed in Flash CHF over a holiday weekend. Very professional and know what they are doing but being a 24 hr EV they are expensive. When your furbaby needs emergency care I would not hesitate to bring them here.
Dr V saved my pugs eye and when my peekapoo collapsed in heart failure he knew exactly what to do. Had it not been for him I would not have had the last 11 mos I have had with her. He treats the furkids like they are his own. So happy I found him as I had gone through 4 vets before finally finding him 8 yrs ago.
Sad excuse for a vet they ordered expensive tests without a exam. I paid my bill in full ordered a antibiotic The office manager Kim peeler was the most unprofessional office manager I asked her to bill me for the antibiotic she said no I said my cats still sick she said your stealing and followed me to my car. Poor excuse for a vet what happened to customer service.
I took my 11 year old French bulldog for her 1st visit to the Animal Medical Clinic yesterday where she was seen by Dr. Stevens. I passed by several other clinics because of the bad reviews I had read. I'm glad I went the extra miles. I was impressed by Dr. Stevens, and my dog liked him too. He was calm, unhurried, and thorough. His treatment plan was logical and conservative - no need for surgery at this time. I felt that Dr. Stevens honestly had my dog's best interests at heart. The fees were very reasonable. The staff was great. I am relieved to have found the right place for my dog's medical care.
Wonder place. Superb care! If you want a great vet and staff that cars. Look no further. They even have Saturday appointments! Something that is rare for many vet offices. The whole team are really sweet and I couldn't be happier with my decision to go to Groves Vet clinic.They recently removed a mammary tumor from my beloved Chihuahua. Turned out to be malignant, but they were 99% confident that it had all been removed. The staff called me as she went into surgery and after she came out. Just to let me know she is okay. She is doing great and is back to her old self. The prices were very reasonable and not expensive as some other reviews have stated. I am truly grateful to the entire office for their care and devotion to my little "Butters". You saved her and for that I am forever in your debt. Thank you!
I love this vet! We have a dog, 3 cats, several parrots, an iguana and a pig That has been seen by Dr. Villarreal. The staff is always friendly and treats our babies like family. The office is beautiful and very clean. The prices are very reasonable. We have a cat with a heart murmur and the Dr. did one test at a time to keep the cost down by not running any unnecessary testing. Which is a big deal to me because I have to keep cost down since I have so many babies. Dr. Villarreal always takes the time to answer all my questions and jokes around with us. I just can't say enough about how great they are there. I am so grateful I found such a caring vet. I highly recommend them to anyone who loves their babies as much as I do.
I used to come here greeted with a very nice people at the front desk a very polite manager also now you have Lazy skinny rude snottyblondes customer service isn't what it was
Animal Medical ClinicLoved itJust got back from my first visit there with my dog and it was a great experience. Dr. Berrish was great with Bristol and took his time...Gave ME the options on treatment to maybe avoid costly X-rays that we might not need as of yet. This Is definitely my new Place of choice to go...Other reviews that were very positive is why I went in the first place and they were correct. They also are very reasonable on their pricing so far. I'm a firm believer in checking out reviews before I go to place like this and wish more people would do so...Hope it was helpful. Jeff and Bristol Ps...Will keep you updated on further appointments.
The staff was amazing. Dr. McDonald worked within our budget and was able give our "piper" the fighting chance she needed. We drove almost 4 hours because we read all the good things about her and her staff. If anyone says anything negative about how her or her staff runs their practice, they need to join the rest of us here on earth. I ask you this, would you rather have a doctor that rushes you through, and looks at your pet like a number....or spend the time to have a Dr. That looks at you pet as a family member and give you all the options? The person that just wrote had it right....Dr. McDonald shows love, compassion, and heart felt understanding....bless you and your family
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.