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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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I absolutely LOVE the staff at Dr Ron's!! They treat my beloved babies so well and Dr Ron always gets on the floor with my Bulldog to assess her instead of making me place her on a cold table where she's uncomfortable.they're ALWAYS happy to see her.
My Pitbull is fully accepted here. With the breed having such a negative stigma it's hard even with veterinarians to find a place that doesn't "fear" my dog's breed.In the recent months I've had to make several trips to Dr Ron's due to my dog having sensitive skin issues as well as food allergies and like any other dog curiosity get the better of her.Every time I have come here not only with my pitty but also my cats the staff have been amazing. Going beyond the call of duty making sure my emotional state as well as my "children's" well being is met with the highest standards of knowledge and understanding to each of my "kids" individual health needs.My pitty being a rescue feared the vet.Kim you are a god send. My dog seeks you out. We don't say "let's go to the vet" we say "let's go see Kim" and my big baby immediately knows she's going to see her friend.
Everyone was very helpful and my cat received excellent care.
Words can’t express how much I hate or recommend against Dr Ron’s Animal hospital. I will never come to this place again if my pets life depended on it because if it did they would be better off at home. I called ahead of time for my pets emergency and told them the situation I was told that she would be seen right away. Since I wouldn’t sign a form giving them permission to take her in back and do anything they want without consulting me (charging up to $500) they left us in the lobby, with an empty clinic, with my dog bleeding out all over the floor. Everything from the front end services, to the vet herself was horrific! I ended up just walking out because I knew and saw how they cared so little about my dogs well being. So basically if you want to pay $80 to take your dog to the vet for everyone of the staff members to disrespect and neglect you and your pets wellbeing this is the place to go!They have expired licenses in there office, and are in violation of numerous veterinary board laws and regulations. See photos for more complaints on how horrible this practice is. There are over 100 complaints
I truly appreciate everything that every one has done for my "children" at Dr Ron's.Thank you!
My many animals have been patients there for nearly 20 years. I am pleased that my giant, gentle dog was treated compassionately and I was charged a fair price. Thank you Dr. Ron and staff.
Love all the people that work here.
THANK YOU to Gaby for always going the extra mile for me when I am at my wits end with a sick or dog or rescue creatures I save. I couldn't do what I do as a rescuer and pet owner without you guys. Thank you!
Never in my life have I experienced a business relationship that was so compassionately handled, with extreme kindness and consideration, that I felt a personal care. The entire staff, at Dr. Ron's Animal Hospital took care of my Miss Cookie, like she was their family. Life has a few uncompromising and awful moments of pain, suffering and loss, and Dr. Ron's office and staff helped to ease that moment, for both my baby and me. Best example of human empathy and tenderness, I have ever encountered. I sincerely appreciate the kindness.
I have tried 3 different vets in Simi Valley before going to Dr Ron's. In my opinion he is one of the best in the city. His prices are reasonable and his care has been exceptional. His staff is ALWAYS pleasant and professional. One of my dogs often has health issues and several times I have called to get him in right away and I have never been turned down, they have always fit us in even though they have a very tight schedule. I also love that he offers a low cost vaccination clinic at the local pet store and all the records go directly to his office, this saves me money not having to pay a office visit. I highly recommend Dr Ron and his staff.
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.