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13305 Orange Grove DrTampa, FL 33618
What a fantastic facility, we ended up adopting our kitty from VCA, unexpectantly-just went in for cat food and voila...another kitty. This special…
2050 62nd Ave NSaint Petersburg, FL 33702
I used to feel very bad about leaving my dogs when I had to go on work related trips. I tried other places in the area but my dogs seem to like this…
15240 County Line RdSpring Hill, FL 34610
From Business: It is our goal and pleasure at County Line Animal Hospital to provide quality pet care at reasonable fees. This allows for the best possible care and services for…
901 Jordan Blass DrMelbourne, FL 32940
I was fortunate to encounter Dr Dylan Buss at the Powerline Rd office when my Shih Tzu cut her cornea. Dr Buss treated Lucy with great care & concer…
5732 Rowan RdNew Port Richey, FL 34653
Wonderful vet and would recommend to anybody!
8411 Hulsey RdTampa, FL 33634
Dr. Sorsok is an extraordinarily professional and compassionate vet. He answers all my questions and takes his time with my dog, Huey. Friendly staf…
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I love that they took my pup back to a different room while getting his blood work and vaccinations so I am not with him. They take such great care of their patients. I've been with Westchase Vet since Dr. Hamilton first opened the office and I will stay with Westchase Vet as long as I am living in Tampa.
I have brought several animals here from dogs to rabbits and Dr borderieux Pam and her staff doctor Garcia and everyone have been above and beyond wonderful
Negligence of Dr. Kane and Vet Techs leading to nasty injury AND separately - misdiagnosis of cancer with recommendation of Chemo when it wasn't needed!! After visiting Dr. Kane at the Tampa office, we were told that the mass on our dog’s foot was cancer. This diagnosis was based on a sample of her lymph node that showed abnormal cells- no samples from her foot indicated mast cells or cancer. The immediate recommendation was chemotherapy- we were told that no additional tests were recommended, since we know it is cancer based on the lymph node. My husband and I decided we wanted to get the biopsy anyway to be sure. Biopsy results indicated that the mass on her foot was an inflammatory response- no cancer! Dr. Kane continued to recommend chemotherapy- WHAT?!?! We then decided to complete an ultrasound to see if there was something on the inside- no abnormalities found. Dr. Kane continued to recommend chemotherapy- SERIOUSLY?!?! I asked if there would be any reason why the lymph nodes would look abnormal- the answer was a direct and confident ‘No.’ At my request (not the doctor), we asked them to test her lymph node again. Results?? NO CANCER! If it were up to Dr. Kane my dog would have been on chemotherapy drugs right away- and she didn’t even have cancer! My terrible experience doesn’t end there. When she was dropped off at the office for her ultrasound (she ended up being there for 6 hours even though an ultrasound takes about 30 min), she was returned to us with her foot severely injured! There were deep gouges, skin hanging off, and blood oozing out of her foot. This was a clear indication of negligence. It was an EMERGENCY –yet, they acted as if nothing happened and didn’t treat her AT ALL. I was in complete horror!! They tried to let us leave with her foot dripping blood- no attempt to treat/bandage her foot. No apologies at all!! I would NEVER bring my dog to this place ever again!!!
I wish I could give less than 1 star......We took our little dog in for treatment and it turned into a nightmare.First they prepped her to be put down without any authorization. They took a little dog in distress having hard time breathing and held her down, shaved her leg, and shoved an I.V. into her leg and then lied to us about it! One of their Techs then argued with us about it saying we ask for it, which later another Tech and one of the doctors apologized about it, but the damage was done.At that point you could tell they all had an attitude. They were very uncooperative, cold and demanding about getting their money before going forward with any help for our little girl. We were then lied to on two occasions as we were told Ally was being put in an oxygen cage. Then they had conflicting stories from 3 different doctors about what was wrong with Ally and what they were doing to help her. "Our little dog was considered critical, why wasn't she being watched?" They had no idea that she had died in their Critical Care unit or for how long? What were their Techs doing? That weekend of horrors with this pitiful excuse of Veterinary Specialists not only cost us our little dog but almost $2,000.00!Believe me if I shared all the details of this entire deplorable experience this letter would be twice as long. We are for real and will do whatever it takes to make sure everyone knows our personal thoughts, and feelings about your company. We work with several attorneys who all want to go after this "business" but all we want is to protect other true animal lovers from making the same terrible mistake that we did!I am posting this letter everywhere that I can find on the Internet and publishing in all the Gulf Coast Newspapers. I will be more than happy to discuss with anyone who loves their pet.(Everything and more that is in this letter is documented as proof)In Ally's memory.Larry Bennett
I am so pleased with the service offered at Westchase Vet. I live in Saint Pete, and it is absolutely no problem to make the drive up to see our vet.HALU is my new puppy, she was a rescue from Furever Yours. Westchase Vet was highly recommended and now I understand why.We look forward to to our next visit and allowing our puppy HALU to grow up with those who offer their tender love and attention at Westchase Vet !!!
Extremely judgmental and rude place to go. Save your money and go else where there are a lot of good vets out there. The veterinarian here do not care for you or your animal. If you love your animal do not take them here they will certainly die or be mistreated. You are just another number and more money to them. They are very hypocritical and lack a huge space in the knowledge field. And instead of humbling themselves to the matter they provide false information and feedback. Do your research online and look at the reviews. It's a reason they have so many 1 star reviews. But yet stay at 4 star. They delete comments because they don't want anyone to know the truth. I have been here before but the feedback I received was horrible so I left and never returned.
Oh my gosh!! Are we talking about same place I go to? The people and "staff" who left these terrible reviews obviously dont know Dr. Jims heart. Sure the buildings old but its only a building..... Whats important is WHO is caring for your pet. BTW.... They have done lots of improvements to inside of building. Sure he went thru terrble divorce. But most of us have been through that ourselves. Exes dont play fair and leave many BROKE and starting over from nothing. I can tell you that Dr. Jim is NOT all about money because I do cat rescue and he is very generous with his time and makes things affordable out of the goodness of his heart. Staff has told me he is incredibly caring and comes in each day greeting, comforting and talking to all the animals. Not to mention HE saved one of my rescue kittens from a leg amputation by doing STEM CELL THERAPY. There are no other vets in the area that do this and any other vet would have amputated. This cat is now an adult and has his leg thanks to Dr. Jim. He also trests cats with Leukemia!! Other vets euthanize. Treatment works on about 80% of cats. He does lots of this for low cost for rescues. We are all human. Give Dr. Jim a break. I am a legit rescue.....Not a family member or friend. My name is Meg Wilcox ...... Cat Rescue:)
Over all, I wouldn't change a thing. You always make me any dog fell very at ease.
Doctor and staff are all excellent, if my cats could talk they would say it themselves.
Thank you for taking such great care of Rex! I really appreciated you sending a photo. I hope someone can locate my missing tupperware though!
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.