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I am so happy to have found a wonderfully knowledgable and caring veterinarian since relocating to the Palm Harbor area. Dr Murphy cares for my Bul…
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If you want your animals to suffer and your heart to ache retain their services!!! All others stay away!!
Dr. Anders is great. I highly recommend him for his honesty, intelligence, experience and concern for his patients and their owners.
Took my dog into the clinic at 10:30 pm. He was lathargic and could not stand up. They took temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, mm /crt, attutude, body condition and xray. After 4 hours and $603.00 it was determined that my dog had slight heart mummer, his digestive was distended firm, his musculoskeletal was a bit off ( but not the issue) . Their assessment was Lameness (couldn't stand (KEPT falling over) and heart mummer. The xray was to take up to an hour to read. It took over 2 hours. My dog received pain med and a muscle relaxer. Both shots and some fluid. We went on our way. If they had taken a stool sample, they would have known the problem. Took my dog to my vet the next day. The reason he couldn't stand up was because of pain in his abdomen. ER clinical noticed gas in colon, but did not do a stool sample. My vet infored me that when there is pain in a dog''s stomach, it can radiate to his back. That is why he couldn't stand up. We spent $603.00 and left there not really knowing the real problem. Found out from my vet that my dog has a bacterial infection. My vet took stool sample is how vet knew. Terrible experience. We only think it right to get our money back or at least part of it Terrible experience and a group that let me take my dog home that could not stand up. I would rate them one star because Collett (tecnician) was very nice to do his vitals. Can't say a lot about the rest of the crew
Wonderful place the staff there is amazing. The love and care they give is like no other. I trust my babies with no other.
Veterinarian and vet tech were both very thorough, patient, kind and funny. I had a pleasant time during my visit at Central Animal Hospital with my dog and plan to bring my cats for any vet needs as well. Prices are reasonable. I did not wait long at all. Above all, the veterinarian made sure that all of my concerns and questions were resolved before he moved forward with any tests and treatments. My dog felt very comfortable here as well, which is unusual for him. This says a lot, to me, about the staff and the atmosphere at Central Animal Hospital. I highly recommend this location.
I have been going to Dr. Stephanie Montor for years with my maltese Zoey. She developed congestive heart failure 1.5 years ago. Dr. Montor has regulated her meds to give her the most optimal life with her condition. Dr. Montor contacted a vet pharmacy for me and saved me over $500/mo. on Rx. She took the initiative in calling them, ordering the Rx. and following up on the outcome. She and her staff are so caring and bend over backwards to help in any way and make the visit a positive one. I would advise anyone that adores their pet to go to 4th street pet hospital for their care. You will never be sorry. They are the BEST!
4th St Pet Hospital has been one of the best veterinarians in St Petersburg. Super friendly and professional staff.
the best in St. Pete. Everyone is very caring, they love and care for all the animals. not your typical vet office as they are not about the money-they are about your "kids". We are blessed to have them. Orange Crush is so happy now-he is never stressed to go there as he knows they are there to help. Tracey B
Great place., always treated my animals with the best care. Treated me better than just a client.I have moved out of the area, however referred a client of mine moving to St Pete.
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.