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1401 Howell Branch RdWinter Park, FL 32789
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
3370 Pet Country CtOviedo, FL 32765
I never had any problems coming to this vet, They always treat my pet with the most care.
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I am truly astonished by the horrific remarks left by other "users" of this vet. I have had the tremendous pleasure of using this vetinerary clinic for almost ten years. I have never had anything but the best experience with Dr. Bruce Mills and his staff. Although he is too proud of man to say this, I have found out that the man is a true Patriot having served as an Army Corpsman during Vietnam. He is a genuine, kind hearted man who has treated me and my daughters with the utmost respect and most impotantly treated my pets as his own. Now for those of you who have come on this site to claim you are K9 Trainers, a Marine K9 trainer no less, which i am certain is the same person, let me be the first to call BS on you. I know for a fact that Dr. Bruce Mills would never, I repeat Never talk to a Marine or a K9 trainer in a disrepectful way unless you personally provoked such a response with your own stupidity or BS. For those people reading this message and considering his care for your pet, here is one thing you need to know about Dr. Mills and one of his most endearing qualities, he has a very low tolerance for STUPIDITY and BS. So anyone that leaves the kind of ridiculous comments about this Doctor clearly must have fallen into one of these two categories or both and his practice and other customers like me are better for your departure.. So, the bottom line, this is one of the best vets in town. However, if you are subject to being a whiny sniffling little wuss who has a tendency to produce unnecessary amounts of drama and BS you might want to see another vet. I for one will stick with my rock steady Dr. Bruce Mills, I will trust the man with the life of my pets anytime.
I LOVE this place I wouldn't think of taking my pets anywhere else. They listened to my concerns, gave me many different options, established a plan for my baby and now she is very happy and healthy. I had been to so many different places trying to find out what to do for my cat with a lump near her rump. No one wanted to cut it out and they told me the prognosis wasn't good, after blood work and cytologies they couldn't tell me anything except it MIGHT be cancer! She was getting thin and not herself. After consulting with the doctors at Animal Hospital of Lake Mary I opted to do 1 chemo and SanaWave treatments once a week. After just 6 weeks my cats lump shrunk to 1/2 of its size and was draining. The doctor said it was ready to be removed. She had it removed and there was no sign of anything ever being there afterward. She is playful and fun, eating and enjoying a normal life and after many months later still has no signs that there was ever a lump. Thank you to all the doctors and staff that were so helpful and kind! I would recommend them to everyone!
My family pets have been seeing Dr. Z since I was a kid, and he's always treated them with the utmost care and respect. I shadowed him in college for a couple of weeks and got to see him treat pets firsthand. I remember the first time I saw a dog with a terminal illness being put to sleep and being in shock. He comforted me and let me know that, even after working with animals for twenty years, it's still tough when a patient passes away. What a big heart! I'm so lucky to have him taking care of my dogs and cats. Even after moving to Seattle, he gave me a consultation for my cat and helped me save a ton of money, while the vet I went to here was not so great... I can't wait to move back to Orlando so I can go to him again. Thanks Dr. Z!
I recently moved into the area and suddenly noticed my cat had an abscess and was in pain. On a Friday night at 5pm, Dr. Z and his staff were able to see my cat for the first time. In the back of my head I was expecting to be told to take my cat to an emergency clinic due to the time. That was not the case here. Dr. Z and his staff were able to accommodate and treat my cat right away. They were very gentle and understanding. Without a doubt I will be coming back and would happily recommend them if you are looking for the holy grail of veterinarians. Thank you so much all of you!
On 7/31/14, after just moving to FL my Shi Tzu got hit by a van. We didn't have a car,so a wonderful woman drove us to her vet (Murphy's). I ran in crying with my little dog in my arms and they ran us right back to a room. The dr checked him then did x rays. Because of his age they couldn't do surgery. They kept him there, let me come visit him for the 5 days and then I took him home. The cost was very reasonable and the care was exceptional. My dog would not be alive today if not for dr Wayne and her wonderful staff.
Dr Bruce is the best vet I've ever had, a lifetime of many animals. He saved my papillon after he was picked up by a hawk and I can't tell you the support and love his whole staff gave me including dr Bruce and his partner giving me their private cell phones if I needed reassurance over the weekends of this six month ordeal. I never would have made it - possibly nor my dog.... Without him. I'll never go to any other vet and yeah he's a grouch old dude but so was my dad and underneath all that is a very cool guy.
We love integrative Animal Hospital! Not only are the Vets amazing but so are the Techs. We switched Vets about 6 months ago and it's been the best decision we've made so far for our sweet black lab pup! If you are looking for a positive and welcoming feel with great staff, this is the place to go! Highly recommend!
Our bischon had skin allergies. We called on a Saturday and they were able to get him in the same day. They gave him a vaccine that was very reasonable and he got immediate relief. I was very impressed at how caring they were. Mike said he works with shelter animals. Will definitely go back there.
Dr. Frank is a wonderful caring vet. He has taken time to answer questions that arose after our appt over the phone in detail. He diagnosed in 1 visit what another vet never diagnosed despite extensive & expensive testing. We highly recommend him.
I have been taking my kittens to Dr. Mole since I adopted them, April and August, 2015. Harry and Houdini are wonderful patients and I'm sure that's due to people who care for them. I'll be purchasing the VIP membership for both of them soon!
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.