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830 E Lake Rd NTarpon Springs, FL 34688
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I booked the groomobile and have legit medical issues however in order to get groomed despite medical issues they expected me to wait outside in the sun between the hours of 10am to 12 noon just for them to groom my dogs horrible. Aviod!!!!!!!!!
I asked if a manager was available and the receptionists exact words were "you can tell me what you need and i'll determine if they are available" great way to run a business...into the ground
My dogs love the staff. I go out of town a lot but I know they're in good hands.I'm not sure why people are complaining about the prices. They're very competitive with other hospitals.... I've taken my dog to other places for the exact same things.... check ups, boarding, grooming. The prices are very similar. Staff is better.
My dog has been going to kennel cuts for almost a year now where we have had no issues until today. Today when my dog got home from the groomers we realized his flea collar was removed and not put pack on him. We use the seresto flea collar (approx 70$) which has worked very well for us over the years (highly reccommend). When we realized the collar was removed, we immediately called to let her know. It was about 505 (they close at 5). We picked him up arou d 430, so it wasn't very long after. She was extremely rude on the phone with me raising her voice and telling me she was in Tampa and was not coming back to give me the collar that she will put it in her mailbox and we can pick it up tomorrow. This collar is supposed to remain on your animal for the whole 8 month period or will become inactive. She then told me that these collars do not work anyways, and I'm giving my dog cancer. She also said when dogs come in with flea collars, they typically throw them in the trash. I would highly suggest if you use an expensive flea collar such as seresto you do not keep it on your animal when dropping off. When i informed her of the fact that she is not a vet, but a groomer she again started yelling at me over the phone and eventually hung up. As I said, we've been going here for about a year now and never had an issue, but as soon as you get on her bad side or say or do something she doesn't agree with, all hell will break loose. Everyone has their own opinion and I hope that not everyone has a bad experience like we did today. I am moving out of the area in 2 weeks and was sad to leave this place, so I brought him in for one last spa treatment. I am no longer sad and hope to find a new place that cares more about their customers.
My dog Charlie has been going to downtown Doggy Daycare for 2 years and it is the best thing that ever happened for us. As soon as we pull off the highway on the Fifth Avenue he starts hopping around in the car chanting at the bit. When we get out of the car to go in he's dragging me to the door soon as we get in off he goes wagging and yapping. It is his favorite place on the planet. They wash my dog anytime I ask them to they do not cut nails there as someone stated in another review. The dogs are running constantly if they're high energy and that does tend to wear the nails down. People there are kind humane and love dogs they are also very knowledgeable. Their areas for small dogs and large dogs old dogs and young dogs they have constant supervision you never have to worry. The play yard looks just like your backyard would look if you had a whole bunch of dogs running around in it it is not pretty two humans but it looks wonderful to doggies. They have agility equipment shade when it rains they have mud they have pools that they put out for the dogs there's a lot of interaction.
I have been a Groomobile and Laurence follower since my "Baby" was a puppy , almost 12 years ! I would not trust anyone else with my dog !! They have been like a family to us and can not say enough good about them . Highly recommend Goomobile. L.Schwartz & Baby
Dr. Antz and her staff are wonderful! All of our dogs have loved them. They go above and beyond in taking special interest in caring for them. Thank you very much!
We have taken both our Dog (Pit bull) and Cat to see Dr Antz and Crew for some time now. Both for checks and also for Emergency Procedures on both animals. Dr Antz and Staff are always accommodating to quickly getting the animals in to be seen. Their communication has been amazing, they communicate before and after the surgery to let us know the status. They have great follow ups to make sure the animals are doing good after the fact. Couldn't recommend them more and they deserve more than 5 stars.
I used to feel very bad about leaving my dogs when I had to go on work related trips. I tried other places in the area but my dogs seem to like this one the most. Friendly staff. When I leave them their tails are still wagging.
I rescued a puppy that was dumped at a park & discovered later that it couldn't hold food down, which explained why it was so skinny. My regular vet was able to test for worms & a chip, but I had to schedule an appt for Friday to see the doc. So Wednesday, I walked into Pet Pal to have this pup evaluated. They charged $30 for the office visit & $88 for a single view x-ray. I received an Rx but had to refill it at Walgreens. The office visit & x-ray totaled $118. The Rx cost $10 more at Walgreens. PP burned a CD containing the x-ray to take to my regular vet.I took this pup to Gulfport for her Friday office visit. The x-ray on the Pet Pal CD was so poor that Gulfport had to take another. Gulfport's charge was $20 for the same x-ray view that cost $88 @ Pet Pal. At Gulfport, I was charged for medication, fecal exam, x-ray 1 view, & office visit totaling $84, & they clipped this pup's nails for free.I've heard that Pet Pal is a low cost Vet yet they seem to be fleecing their customers. Why would Pet Pal charge over 4x more for an x-ray than Gulfport? Pet Pal refused to reimburse me for any of the inflated x-ray costs & they became defensive. I'm trying to keep this pup out of their system. When I mentioned this, they said that they wouldn't have accepted this dog but that it would 've had to go to animal control. I should've asked why but I suspect it's because the pup may be a lab/pit mix, which may explain the inflated x-ray cost too. The vet at Pet Pal reassured me during the visit that if I chose to euthanize her, that I shouldn't feel bad because it would be humane. They claim to be a no-kill shelter but now I suspect that this pup would've been euthanized if they had taken her.This was my 1st experience with Pet Pal & it will be my last. They aren't cheaper than Gulfport, not even close, & they weren't reasonable. Why did they fleece me when I was trying to rescue a puppy that had been abandoned at a park? I certainly don't look rich.
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.