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3802 N Lockwood Ridge RdSarasota, FL 34234
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 …
650 Central Ave Ste 2Sarasota, FL 34236
I've taken my rescue pup here for 2 years and had nothing but positive experiences. I flew with my dog and they made sure to prep me for travel with…
5288 University PkwySarasota, FL 34243
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2031 Bispham RdSarasota, FL 34231
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Dr. Salisbury took wonderful care of my bunny. As he aged, he began developing pressure behind his eyes and needed regular medication and visits to Dr. Salisbury. She consulted with Reeses' vet and gave Reeses optimum and loving care. Her staff is professional, kind and caring. Dr. Salisbury always spent time with us, answering my questions and giving me advice and instructions to care for Reeses at home. There is no doubt that Dr. Salisbury extended Reeses' life and made his last years rewarding for both of us.
Dr M and the team disregarded my cat's symptoms of toxin poisoning despite my repeated questions and concerns about her extreme lethargy, constant drooling, bubble/foam coming out of her mouth on two occasions while she was at bluepearl, not swallowing, not closing her mouth and her tongue sticking out at all times after I explained our pool cage had been treated with a toxin the day before. The emphasis placed on her discomfort in her lower back seemed more important than the obvious signs and distress of poisoning as x-rays were taken and nothing out of the ordinary was found in her lower region. She continued to decline the two hours we were there yet, I was sent home with pain and inflammation meds only. Immediately upon returning home, my cat began to bleed internally with blood coming out of her mouth. Only upon returning to your facility and asking for another doctor to see her was she admitted and treated for toxin poisoning. Dr. M disregarded my concerns but more importantly my cat's symptoms of apparent toxin poisoning. The nail in the coffin was when I returned, I was asked to put down a $921.15 "deposit" for the hospital stay and treatment after just overpaying $671.26 for poor care and some testing and meds that were not needed. I have been bringing my dog there for 11 years and always had faith that he was well taken care of. Dr. Kirsch has performed two ACL surgeries on my dog. That was before bluepearl took over. Their website states that they have "extensive knowledge and experience treating complex illnesses including toxin ingestion" They missed the mark and my cat suffered for it. I won't be back and I will let my friends know not to go as well. Although Dr. M was compassionate and very nice, he misdiagnosed my cat in serious trouble and put more emphasis on a uncomfortable backside than the obvious signs of toxin poisoning.
As a retired K-9 Officer I had to make sure that my partner, Officer Rex, was well taken care of and I needed that special Vet that I could trust with his well being. Dr. Romero was not only kind , sympathetic and knew about the breed of a Belgian Malinois, but he didn't take risks with Rex's health. Dr. Romero' skill and professional standard to test systematic through medical problems instead of piling on the usual outstanding procedures that were costly and not needed. He was well versed in the medical field and explained each step as he proceeded to diagnose Rex's problems. When it was time to relieve Rex of his pain and misery, Dr Romero was gentle and kind to Rex. He passed at 14 years of hard labor fron his police career. I also have a Rescued Greyhound which he takes care of with the same passion as he did with Rex.I highly recommend Dr. Romero to anyone because he has a good heart and passion to help the animals he treats.
We have never had to experience a 24 hour vet emergency hospital before but to know the professional care is available in our community is very reassuring. Dr. Collins, Lee, and Shawna went into overdrive to care for our rambunctious 11 year old Muse who fell at home and had respiratory distress. Our biggest concern was not knowing what was going on but Shawna would convey our concerns and Lee or Dr. Collins would let us either see him or tell us what was going on. I hope no one has to use vet emergency services but if you do, they are there for you 24/7. Thank you.
I rescued a beautiful little dog from the SPCA. I made an appointment with Dr. Sego. I arrived early. Upon arrival I was not even greeted. I finally approached the desk and said I am here for my appointment. The woman at the desk handed me paperwork. I filled it out and she directed me to the back. The vet tech. and Dr. Sego came in and I said that he had been neutered and gave them all the facts about the dog. Dr. Sego did not introduce herself nor did she ask my pet's name neither did her assistant. She took my dog's temp and weighed him. She insisted on a heart worm test. I told her he had one and the Sarasota SPCA was quick to fax the results. This backed her into a corner so she was unable to charge me for the test. She neglected to check the site of his surgery. In fact she treated me and my dog very unkindly. I queried if they would be able to clip his nails. The vet tech grabbed my dog and returned in less than sixty seconds without saying a word. I was given no explanations no insight .... NOTHING. Upon checkout I was charged for the nail trim without being told the price. Furthermore, I was given no information other than " We will send you reminders." I would not suggest that anyone bring their pet to this vet. I was treated unkindly. Rarely do I give poor reviews. However, this is unfair. It was not a proper treatment. My dog is my family and the we were treated like second class citizens. Etiquette is ever so important an actual exam would have been proper. I am highly disappointed. Find a better Vet. Find a better person. Best wishes!
Stay away from this guy. You have to twist his arm to run test, and then he is going to give you all the reasons why the test is not going show anything. My 7yr old died under his care of pancreatitis, and Not one time did he run any test. Three times he saw the patient for the same problem. Dr ROMERO you are FIRED. I will NOT recommend this quack vet to anyone.
BE AWARE !!!! Dr. Chauvet and Critical Vet Care are very professional, “ALTHOUGH” this is a business and profit is priority over ethics. Regarding my case with Kanida, she had back surgery last August 2014 and another in January 2015. Both surgeries went well and Dr. Chauvet and her staff were very good. Then in March of 2015, I took Kanida in for a list of issues including something wrong with her mouth, trouble chewing, muscle mass loss to her head & neck area and back pain. Dr. Chauvet diagnosed her with “Trigeminal Neuritis” and recommended a “spinal tap” to check for meningitis . I did not hesitate to agree and pay for this very expensive test on Friday. I even paid extra for Saturday delivery as to have the results on Monday.I asked Dr. Chauvet “ what causes Trigeminal Neuritis”? The doctor’s answer was "when you find out you tell me". Not the kind of answer I expected.Monday came and no news on the test results. At this time Dr. Chauvet had my TRUST. Tuesday, Kanida was in for a third MRI and more back surgery. Still no mention of the results of the Spinal Tap from Dr.Chauvet or any of her staff. In fact, Dr. Chauvet just had the tech bring Kanida back for surgery without even seeing me or discussing the test results with me.I thought it was strange when I picked up Kanida on Wednesday. The staff gave me the complete hard copy of her records and did not set up a two week follow up appointment as had been done with the past two surgeries. Dr.Chauvet was not available to talk. The next ten days I watched My Kanida deteriorate until she could no longer stand without help and I could see the shape of her skull with the muscle mass loss. Kanida was humanely put to sleep eleven days after surgery, March 28th.I requested the results of the Spinal Tap test from Dr. Chauvet on March 30th and she emailed the lab report to me. No explanations. Guess that would have been an additional charge.I took the lab report to other doctors and there were several abnormalities including very high white blood cell count.Apparently this information was held back from me to capitalize on PROFIT on a pet that was very ill and turned out to be terminal.Again BE AWARE….. demand details on any test results. Do not let this happen to you. Do not fall for the friendly smile. DO NOT trust this establishment. This is the honest truth from Stephen Dickervitz
Dr Koch is an amazing vet! My dog had parvo before I got him, which seems to have left him with chronic GI issues that dietary changes could not improve. Dr Koch was able to provide me with a holistic method of treatment that keeps me from having to give my dog expensive and harsh medication. I would recommend him to anyone.
I've taken my rescue pup here for 2 years and had nothing but positive experiences. I flew with my dog and they made sure to prep me for travel with my big guy. Great clinic. I wouldn't go anywhere else.
I took my girl to Dr.Romero and he gave me the best 9yrs of my life with her.When she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma,last year, he spent his time on the computer in his off hours finding affordable pharmacy for me to use for her chemo drugs.He was always available for me with my concerns.Everyone was very supportive and compassionate.When my Sadie lost her fight..Dr.Romero and Lisa were there for me when I had to make the worst decision of my life.I thank them very much for there compassion and love they showed my girl.The whole staff treated us like family..and I will always be grateful and hope I can find another vet as caring here in Knoxville.You can't find a better place to take your best friends.
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.