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1659 E Los Angeles AveSimi Valley, CA 93065
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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Great professional service! The best in Simi Valley. I have been using Dr Ron for over 6 years. Always a friendly staff.
We arrived for our 3pm appointment after following instructions to not feed our pup after 8am and with a stool sample in hand. We were told we did not have an appointment and that we needed to pay an ADDITIONAL $33.00 to set a vet. Since this was not an emergency (and we felt we were being scammed since last time we were in we had a charged for X-ray not rendered and had bill adjusted) we left.This vet is good for emergencies at night and on weekends only.
Great Service - Friendly StaffHelpful and courteous - were gentle with our abused adopted dog who was so terrified of everything!
Love Dr. Ron's - wouldn't go anywhere else.
I've been coming to Dr. Ron for about 10yrs with both my dogs. Everyone is always very friendly, the office is super clean & nice & you can't beat the great hours they are open! Amazing price on teeth cleaning and everything else overall! Dr. Ron is great and has always been amazing with my dogs!
Just adopted my dog from the West Valley Animal Shelter, and Dr Ron accepted the free exam voucher. I was given at the shelter. I chose this vet because of the good reviews and the great hours that they offer, till midnight on some nights! I was greeted promptly and very friendly, waited less than 5 minutes for my appointment. They didn't push or try to upsell me on anything, but I chose to do full blood workup and fecal test just to make sure everything was okay. First vet I've been to in a long time that I didn't feel was a used car salesman trying to get more money out of me. Communication was great, they called when they said they would with the test results. Very happy with this vet and will bring my dog back for sure.
Kudos to the staff and Dr. at Dr. Ron's animal hospital and emergency. Have been taking my German Sheppard there since he was a pup and have never been disappointed. Had to take my German Sheppard in yesterday for an emergency procedure and they were on it and honest. They explained the procedure and when they were done helped me take Ace to my car. My hat off to everyone at Dr. Ron's. Thank you.
I have used Dr. Ron's for years. The staff is very friendly, the tech's are fast when drawing blood or giving shots. The vet staff are very knowledgeable & usually give options to what care you can do. When are dog needed to be put down due to severe cancer, Dr. Ron came to our home to give final shot which was so nice to have the dog not having to be upset just going into the office. The shot clinics are very reasonable . Although the animal does have to be a patient & seen recently.
Big thanks to Dr. Ron's. We found a stray dog on our lawn last night, he had no collar or name tag so we kept him in our backyard overnight. I called Dr. Ron's and explained the situation and asked if we could bring him in to see if he was chipped. They told us yes just stop in. They scanned him and found he had a chip, they looked it up and called the company to get the owners info and then they called the owner and told them we had the dog and to come down to their office to pick him up. The staff was so helpful and genuinely wanted to help us reunite Duke with his Humans they weren't put out or bothered to help!!!!
Thank you all and especially for you taking him on New Years Eve and everyone's kindness and professionalism.
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.