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From Business: Cathys Critter Cleaners is a fully equipped mobile pet grooming service at your home in our van. We were the first mobile pet grooming service in Los Angeles and …
2038 S Sepulveda BlvdLos Angeles, CA 90025
From Business: General and Holistic Medicine. Cancer Treatments, Skin disorders, Arthritis, Acupuncture, Auto-Immune disease issues, Urinary issues, Dentistry, Senior Dogs and C…
8807 Melrose AveWest Hollywood, CA 90069
It's hard to believe some of the negative reviews are for this same place. I have had nothing but excellent care for my two cats and two dogs. The e…
11207 San Fernando RdSan Fernando, CA 91340
In dealing directly with the business owner for many years, I have found her and her staff to be very professional, caring and knowledgable. I recom…
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Amazing clean facility, helpful experienced Dr. and staff. We just took our boxer here on Friday to treat an eye ulcer. They did a debridement which was very expensive! Crossing our fingers and our wallets that it worked! They do take care credit for procedures over 1k! Overall good experience.
Took my 6 week old kitten to this veterinary clinic on May 27th 2016 as soon as I got her. She had some diarrhea. As soon as the doctor walked into my room he was very rushed, did not inform me of anything that he was doing and did not take the time with my kitten. I asked if he performed a fecal on her and he said yes and that he did not see anything on it, which i found very odd due to the fact that it had only been 2 minutes since he collected a poop sample and fecal takes 10 minutes to set up plus time to look at it under the microscope. One month later I took her to VCA Animal Hospital and she was DIAGNOSED WITH A PARASITIC ROUNDWORM INFECTION that is infectious to HUMANS. So thanks Boulevard Pet Clinic for charging me 56 dollars for a fecal you did not even perform and then putting me at risk and my whole family for a roundworm infection because I was stupid enough to take your word.
This was by far the worst experience ever!!!!I was seen by Dr. Schwartz. Before coming to the clinic, i have read all the reviews as to how great that doctor was. Well, I never got to see how great his vet credentials are, because when he showed up to the room with a sack of attitude, I simply left. That person accused me for coming in late, although the time was my appointment time plus waiting in the lobby for 20 mjnutes to be seen. Then, he told me off that i brought a sick dog that needs a lot of work and literally in the accusatory manner with a sour face stated that now he would need to stay late to work on my dog. The last drop was the pricing. This guy just couldn't be more greedy. He literally listed ALL known medical tests that I had to do without any explanation as to why he suggested ALL of them done. That is not to say that he did not even bother to even examin the dog first. I never write reviews, but that "creature" of a vet simply beat the record with me. He is unethical, unpleasant and unfriendly.
Worst vet experience I have ever had!!!!
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.