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1500 Washington BlvdFremont, CA 94539
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
Dr, Gill is extremely knowledgeable and an excellent diagnostician. After taking my 12 year old dog to other vets for the pain in his legs and decreased mobility all I received was pain meds. Dr. Gill was able to feel his joints with his hands and make a diagnosis. He then went on to schedule x-rays and blood work and called in a specialist in Orthopedics to confirm his diagnosis. Dr. Gill was correct. Dr. Gill will never ask that you spend money for test that will lead nowhere. His approach is conservative and to the point. It is always in the best interest of your pet(and you). He is a very caring doctor. The staff is highly professional and does a great job taking care of my dog. We left him there all afternoon and he was calm and relaxed when we picked him up. I really appreciate them.This is the best Veterinary office. I will stay with Dr. Gill and his staff for my dog's care.
After reviewing his itemized quote, we were able to negotiate a fair price for all the required services plus suggested neutering services which would also be included in final cost estimate; so we agreed to move forward. Surgery treatment began by early p.m and I was called by 5p.m; so I picked up my mended Pup by end of day. Eventhough this whole event turned out to be very co$tly for us, the most important aspect was the value that we received as to how quickly and efficiently this facility was able to help us with our pets medical concerns and peace of mind when other places would or could not deliver at a time of need. The follow-up care, meds and routine visits for our K9 were also an added bonus with Dr. Gill's constant guidance, instruction and professional concern favoring the well being of our furry-kid throughout this whole climatic experience...Thanks again Dr. Gill!
My Yorkie has been Dr. Gill's patient since he was 3 months old, now he is almost 5 years old, thanks to Dr. Gill's care, we have spent a lot of time at this clinic, since my puppy has been very sick many times; we have received a very good service every time we walk in. Also last time I was taking care of my boss dog and he got really sick, I took him to his regular vet and they said he was fine, but at night he got even worst, next morning I rushed him to Dr. Gill and a soonest he examined him, he told me he did n't look good and took good care of him, and follow up with me even couple of days later, which I really appreciated, I really recommend Dr. Gill, he is here to help us with our furry family members, not just to make money, thank you so much to Dr. Gill and staff Read less
Dr. Gill had a straight forward talk with my sister (via phone) about the reality of cost, recovery and quality of life. Not once suggesting what he would do, but educating her (us) so that she could make the best decision for her and her pet. I'm happy to report that Beauregard is doing well.Thanks to Dr. Gill's help, honesty and realistic guidance my sister and her dog has made it over the hump. Even though Dr. Gill did not treat Spencer Beauregard for his ruptured disk, he called my sister to check in on the recovery process and even suggested therapy options. All this without a charge. Dr. Gill and his staff are fabulous. My sister has brought all her animals here for years and I wouldn't hesitate to bring my own fuzzy babies too.
Dr. Gill and his staff are wonderful. They have been seeing and treating our 4 year old pitbull and have recently been taking care of our 4 month old. SERVICE: Dr. Gill provides great service and prompt responses to same day appointments. His staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Cleanliness: This office is always clean and does not even smell like a vet! They have a office cat but it neither bothers our dogs nor stinks up to office. :) Affordability: VERY AFFORDABLE. We get all our shots here and Dr. is very honest to not charge us for unnecessary procedures. OVERALL: Great Vet, Good Response Time and Perfect place to bring your fur babies.
Dr. Gill is very knowledgeable and puts in the research to make sure your animal is taken care of. He will not push expensive procedures. He knows what people expect from a vet, good service at a good price. Over the last 8 years we have taken 10 puppies and 2 dogs to Dr. Gill. He has done; tails, dew claws, teeth cleaning, ear surgery and yearly vaccines. I asked Dr. Gill what was the best dog food on the market I could buy for my boy yorkie; he said "the food that makes him healthy, you have to try a few out and his stomach will decide". He didn't push any brand yet recommend the ingredients to watch out for.
As far as I can remember Dr. Gill has been taking care of our family pets for over 20 years. I trust him and his staff completely. He tells us our options for each pets exam, and his honest opinion. When I have doubts He even brings out his book to explain what my pets have. One time I had a kitten that was very ill. Unfortunately, i had to ask Dr. Gill to put him to sleep. But Dr. Gill (without charging extra) tried his best to treat this kitten to make sure we was doing the right thing. Thank you Dr. Gill for loving animals so much! I don't give him 5 stars. He has earned them.
Dr. Gil has been taking care of my dog since we moved to Fremont 4 years ago. He has always been kind, caring, and understanding of our needs. He always clearly explained the options whenever our dog required treatment and never pushed for optional procedures. We feel she is in good hands in boarding our dog there when we travel. The only drawback is that the boarding area is small. It is understandable because this is a small operation and not set up to be a boarding kennel. I would be somewhat hesitant to board a dog larger than 40 lbs. there.
Our 1 month old kitten Penny Layne gives a BIG thank you to Dr. Gill and his helpful, friendly & caring staff...She found us about a week ago, and not in the best shape. So we called the nearest vet office closest to our house. He was able to get Penny in next day to begin her treatment. After 1 week, her infection has cleared up and already gained 1 pound, yep my little piggy!! She feels so much better and is a happy healthy baby!!Office exams, vaccinations, reasonable rates!!! We highly recommend Dr. G and this is our new furry family Dr.
My pets love Dr. Gill and so do we and pet owners. He does not try to gouge you with his rates like american vet. He is very fair and understanding, and his knowledge and education really surprised me.He was always on target with diagnosis. There were never long waits in the waiting room. I really liked that. American Vet we waited sometimes way over one hour in waiting room . We were first time pet owners and went to another vet that we did not like. The comparison to Dr. Gill surpassed our expectations.Hoo Ray for Dr.Gill 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.