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My dogs LOVE coming to both locations of Russian Hill Dog Grooming. My 1 1/2 year old cavachon has been coming regularly to be groomed by Leonard at the Bush Street location for more than a year - not only does she look beautiful and is happy when I pick her up, she is always very enthusiastic about seeing the staff when I drop her off. Whether her hair is left long or is cut short during her grooming, she always looks adorable! These professionals take exceptional pride in their work, they charge top rates because they consistently do a masterful job. Leonard is never too busy to take the time to discuss how I can best maintain my pup's constantly changing hair/fur growth and I appreciate his input. The salon is spotlessly clean (I've even walked through the facilities to the back area) and he uses the highest quality products to care for his clients! I have been a client of RHDG for nearly 20 years and started as a customer when my family owned a larger laborador retriever - we have always been extremely satisfied with this businesses service and results!
My 3 year old German Sheperd, Zohan was experiencing intense itching until I met Dr. Singla at Ocean Ave Veterinary Hospital. I took him to several different veterinarians, because no one could diagnose his condition. Someone was diagnosing food allergy, environmental allergy, immune disorder. They put Zohan on several different kind of foods, and medicine. I ended up spending more than $3000 in vet bills. One day I went to Dr. Singla, he did one blood work for thyroid panel, first I was thinking not to do blood work because of cost, but when he told me all the signs of the condition that was similiar to Zohan's symptoms, I agreed to test for Thyroid function. Next day Dr. Singla called me without any delay that my dog has hyperthyroid condition and we started on medication for this condition. Again Zohan is feeling great and enjoying his life. Dr. Singla is great, kind and compassionate. I will recommend Dr. Singla to everyone. Thanks Dr. Singla!!!
WOW! My new fiance and I (we had got engaged that day) went here to celebrate on the evening of our engagement. We each had a 5 course meal, in total 10 different dishes. The service was absolutely amazing and the food was even better. We both left feeling full, but not too full, but completely satisfied. We had: ahi tuna appetizer, roast maine lobster, herb crusted lamb, filet of beef, seared sea bass, cheese plate, pumpkin soup, pear tart tartini, bananas flambe, and chocolate souffle. We also got 2 glasses of champagne. Since we were also celebrating his birthday, they gave us a little lemon mousse cake with a candle and sent us home with a pumpkin bread wrapped up to-go. Absolutely a must do if you're in SF. Worth all the money we paid. Only complaint is that you sit fairly close to other tables, so you don't really have much privacy.
This is another must-visit San Francisco establishment that I have been frequenting ever since it opened in the 90s. I noticed that some folks have used the phrase, "tourist trap." While I agree that tourists do frequent this spot, I must point out that this is certainly no "trap." And as someone who loves and is proud of San Francisco, I actually INVITE tourists to visit Beach Chalet, so that I can share with them one of my favorite spots in the City.Beach Chalet is also a microbrewery restaurant that offers top notch craft beers. Beach Chalet upstairs; Park Chalet downstairs - can't go wrong with either - both offer excellent libations, and also live entertainment on most nights.Oh, and if you have never been, set aside 5-10 minutes to browse the murals and museum-artifacts and the scale model of Golden Gate Park.
THE EATS:Spanish Chorizo -- A dish that came with a full, juicy, chorizo link instead of the normally smaller ground up pieces you find in a chorizo dish. Accompanied by a handful of perfectly seasoned potatoes and two even more perfectly done poached eggs. Super thin pieces of cheese were grated over the dish as a finishing touch. This dish definitely did not disappoint. If you're a fan of eggs + sausage, don't hesitate on this one! Soft-Scrambled eggs -- Super simple and classic, yet somehow they've made this a fancy $$$-worthy dish. The eggs are extremely yolk-y (very yellow, very creamy) and true to its name (very soft.) Carefully poured onto a large piece of crispy grilled toast that is topped by a couple slices of tasso ham and spinach, this dish was not only beautiful to look at, but also mouth-watering good.
We randomly picked this place while in SF and it was a great decision. It was packed and about a 45 minute wait but we grabbed a table at the bar right away. The sourdough chowder bowl was fantastic!! We also got the fish tacos but it wasn't worth the $18. They screwed up the taco order, then forgot to put it on the bill, and then added it but added the wrong amount of tacos and in the end they just comped us the tacos. The staff was super friendly and patient. Love seeing the bread being made right there and how they carry it around the ceiling in the baskets.
We had the Mac and cheese to start which was delicious. The complimentary cornbread was fresh from the oven in its own bread pan. The fried chicken was juicy and had a spicy sauce. Which was good, just be aware that the sauce is spicy (might want it on the side). We got the ice cream sandwich for dessert which was pretty frozen. Needed to thaw for a few minutes, but tasty. The drinks were great and has a sizable bar.
Good souther hospitality, great service! The food was great as well. The fiancé ordered a fried steak and potatoes. It was cooked perfectly, followed by a nice crispy layer of batter. I ordered the kale salad, which was also tasty as well. However, it could've used a little more dressing. I recommend making reservations, this place gets packed.
And of course, it has an excellent location, right on the waterfront, with the majestic Bay Bridge, and Treasure Island in the background. I highly recommend this place, especially if you are on your way to/from the AT&T Park.Note: Tables go fast during Happy Hours and on game days. Make a reservation and/or show up early!
If you're looking for beautiful, scenic views of the ocean and delicious food, the Cliff House is the place to come! Be sure to make a reservation and request a table near the bay windows! You can even take the elevator down and walk along the outside deck! The food is also high quality and the staff is friendly!
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.