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My vet in Los Angeles recommended this animal eye doctor as great. I needed a good dog eye doctor. I found my Lhasa, Ella going blind. She couldn't go down the steps to from my bedroom. I set up an exam with animal ophthalmologist Dr. Silverman in Sherman Oaks. It is true this animal eye doctor wasn't going to do unnecessary surgery. This animal eye specialist explained my dog had cataracts that had matured and needed to be removed. I scheduled a test with this animal ophthalmologist called an ERG. The ERG eye test has a few stages, done by the animal eye doctor on the same day. The animal ophthalmologist first starts and completes only the beginning of the ERG test. He stops if he isn't getting good results. There are no other charges after that if so. The animal eye ophthalmologist finishes the ERG test only if the dog's eyes show what is called "retinal function" -- if the animal eye specialist would be able to do cataract surgery and restore vision. The ERG showed my dog Ella was a good candidate. The veterinary ophthalmologist took a lot of time explaining everything to me -- there was no unnecessary testing. I also did not ever feel pushed into surgery. I was also glad to find costs were reduced here too with the cataract surgery. There was a good discount plus a month of free rechecks. I had the surgery at this animal eyecare clinic. I dropped my dog off in the morning and picked him up that same afternoon. Because of this veterinarian ophthalmologist, my dog is now running in the dog park. Dr. Silverman is a great animal eye doctor. I agree with the reviews, he is an animal eye doctor who truly thinks about his clients.
Our whole family is very grateful and would highly recommend Complete Animal Eyecare and Dr. Silverman as a thorough, conscientious, excellent doctor, with a great bedside manner. I asked our veterinarian for a good animal opthalmologist when we saw our dog was not seeing as well. Our veterinarian recommended Dr. Silverman as one of the best opthalmologists in the Los Angeles area. He also told us Dr. Silverman was the only opthalmologist he recommends to his clients. People return to our veterinarian highly satisfied with the care they got at Complete Animal Eyecare Center. All opthalmologists go through the same training, our vet told us to practice -- the only difference with board certification is the ability to tell breeders if their animals have suitable vision or not for sale. Not all opthalmologists are interested in doing this in their practice. All animal ophthalmologists complete a several years long residency to be able to do eye surgery, which Dr. Silverman did over 15 years ago. All animal ophthalmologists are able to do the same procedures and surgeries. Dr. Silverman did cataract surgery on our veterinarian's dog with tremendous success. Clients come back to our vet now and tell him how satisfied they were at Complete Animal Eyecare Center. Dr. Silverman did a cataract surgery on our dog which came out beautifully. We also got a reduction in the cost (which we were not expecting), and a month of free aftercare visits. Our dog has his vision back now and runs around our backyard just like he did when he was younger.
Top Cataract SpecialistGreat expertise with cataract surgery. Dr. Silverman was highly recommended by two vets in our area. Our dog was seeing by the end of the day. I could not believe it. When I brought in Danner his eyes were white opaque discs. He had gotten diabetes suddenly and gone completely blind.Luckily, tests showed he was a good candidate for cataract surgery. We set the day and I dropped him off. Cataract surgery has a 95% success rate. It is not inexpensive anywhere but Dr. Silverman gives a month of free rechecks so that helps with the cost. Having been in Sherman Oaks doing cataract surgery since 1999, his expertise with this is evident. Depending on the condition of the animal he also does his best to put in a lens to further enhance vision. There is no extra charge for this either, where my friend was charged several hundred extra for this with another animal eye specialist. I found Dr. Silverman caring, and an all around nice down to earth animal ophthalmologist, with a great outgoing personality. You can tell he cares and is very thorough. When I picked up Danner that afternoon, his eyes had gone from pure white and blind back to their natural beautiful crystal brown. The diabetes had been carefully monitored throughout the entire procedure.When I walked from one side of Danner to the other and his head turned to follow me! Dr. Silverman had completely restored Danner to a happy seeing dog in a few hours which he remains. This was completely worth doing to me.
This is an excellent close by facility with a great animal ophthalmologist. We have taken our dogs here for years. It is amazing to me that anyone can be so hostile and write such exaggerated and ridiculous posts. Yelp is known to filter good reviews when doctors don't agree to their terms. Nothing suspicious about it. People can write reviews, like the long rambling one on this site, that is so twisted it is almost as if the person has nothing better to do. Our dog had folds rubbing into his cornea and needed surgery -- a very painful condition -- however, the price was nowhere near as high as in this novel length post. All tests were necessary, reasonable, and the work done was excellent. Our dog sees beautifully. At no time were we pushed into surgery. This doctor was referred highly by my vet, and has excellent bedside manner. When people write such mean spirited and hateful words, which breaks YELP's own rules, I have to wonder about the emotional stability of the author. This doctor has been nothing but completely ethical with us.
When you have an aggressive dog, you need a good animal ophthalmologist. Dr. Silverman in the San Fernando Valley helped quite a bit. This vet eye doctor was at first unable to do the exam due to my dog's aggressiveness. My Pit Bull, Sam, would not quiet down enough to be held still which is very important when the vet eye doctor has to get near the eye with a microscope. However, the animal ophthalmologist did not charge me for the appointment, though it took time to find out my dog would not allow the animal eye doctor close enough to complete the exam. This animal ophthalmologist gave me tranquilizers, at no charge (!) and rescheduled the appointment. When I gave the medication to Sam and came back, I found my dog examined in full with a complete exam for the price quoted. I would recommend Complete Animal Eyecare Center. Sam needs a small surgery I am going to take care of at this eye care hospital.
I would highly recommend this hospital if your dog needs eye care -- especially quickly. My dog ran into a bush and got a thorn in his eye. I waited awhile not sure what it was. This was a mistake -- the eye actually ruptured. I felt unbelievably awful. I rushed him to my vet who put a catheter in his leg and called Dr. Silverman. Dr Silverman did a graft on my dog that saved his eye. If I had to travel far away or couldn't get into an eye doctor right away, I am sure my dog would have lost all vision. The eye would have had to have been removed. With gas prices this high, the fact that this hospital was close by in Sherman Oaks was a blessing too. Right off the 101 and 405. My dog being in such pain I did not want to go far away like to Camarillo or Pasadena. Dr. Silverman was kind, warm and an obvious expert in what he does. Thank you Dr. Silverman.
My vet sent me to this veterinarian eye specialist not far from Los Angeles when I went to see him. I was relieved I was able to get in to see the animal ophthalmologist right away. It turned out my Rottweiler, Sandy had a hole in her eye. I had no idea. I was planning on taking a trip out of town but realized I couldn't put this off until I came back. My dog was in agony and I didn't even know it. The eye doctor did a surgery that day that grafted tissue over her eye and saved her sight. I called my vet in Los Angeles and thanked him, as well as the ophthalmologist at Complete Animal Eyecare. The staff was great and I was seen right away.
I found an eye doctor for dogs near Los Angeles when my dog had an allergy in her eye. I found Complete Animal Eyecare right off the 405 and 101 freeways. My dog Jezebel was given medicine to treat the condition. The costs were okay, especially with the costs of medicine now at pharmacies like CVS and Rite Aid. The rechecks were very important because it turned out there was a medication Jezebel was resistant to. I was impressed when the animal ophthalmologist called me immediately when the lab results came in. I am glad we switched medicines right away -- very fast on the uptake here. I would refer this animal eye clinic.
Excellent animal eye doctor. I needed a dog veterinary ophthalmologist when my dog's vision was not doing good due to an infection. When the infection did not go away over several weeks, my vet in Los Angeles suggested going to an animal ophthalmologist. This animal eye specialist was close by in Sherman Oaks. With a few medications my dog's eye infection was completely cured. I could feel how gentle and caring this animal eye doctor was, as well as his great sense of humor. I felt very comfortable. He saw what the issue was immediately. My dog is now completely cured and seeing great.
My bulldog needed an entropion surgery. The folds above his eyes were falling into his eyes causing great discomfort. This was not unnecessary plastic surgery -- the animal ophthalmologist did a very complicated procedure where he moved back those folds to above the eyes. Later, I wasn't sure I would be able to do the aftercare correctly so I took him to my regular vet at an animal hospital with several other vets. They all came out to look and were very impressed. None of them had ever seen this type of surgery done so well on an animal's eye. Thank you Doctor!
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.