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14302 Ventura BlvdSherman Oaks, CA 91423
From Business: **Beverly Oaks Animal Hospital & Emergency Clinic** is the premier 24-hour full service emergency service provider in San Fernando Valley. With a 9700 square-foot…
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I feel sorry that Dr. Pitt is obviously unaware that his employees are running customers away. Even if this were the last clinic available, I would avoid it in order to avoid dealing with the rude and unhelpful staff at this clinic.They have lost me as a client and I will recommend every pet owner that I know avoid this clinic as well.
Michael Pitt misdiagnosed my dog in two very serious ways. He is a HORRIBLE veterinarian that lies to get your money. I wish I had read the reviews before I went to him. Apparently several dogs have died because of his misdiagnosis. Fortunately my dog is perfectly fine because I got a second opinion. First, he told me my dog had a tumor on his eye that will need to get surgically removed. The wonderful vet that I went to for the second opinion said it was just swollen from a cut. He prescribed an ointment that has reduced the swelling by 50% in 2 days. There was no tumor and cut is healing really well! Second, Pitt claimed that my dog had an ear infection. He charged me for an infection ointment my dog did not need. The doctor I went to for the second opinion sent a camera down his ear and found that it was perfectly fine. In fact he said, "his ears look great. Better than most dogs. There is no infection." This man does not deserve to be near our amazing pets.
I'm new to the area and needed a vet orthopedic surgeon when my lab Sabena tore her ACL at the dog park. After researching and speaking to other dog owners, I found this place. The orthopedic consult was free. I was seen by a very nice and concerned vet Dr Pitt. He spent almost an hour going over her injury, recovery time and what caused her ACL tear. He has a vet orthopedic surgeon on staff and they performed a procedure called a TPLO on her the next day. The fee at $2900 flat was much lower than I had been quoted at 2 other places. She went home the following morning with a bandage and meds. It's been 7 days now and I'm blown away at how well she is walking. Follow ups are quick and easy. The staff and nurses are very caring and friendly. Very grateful for the good work and Sabena gives them a big lick on the face. I will start using this vet for any other problems.
Excellent first visit. The facility is clean and the staff greet you right when walking in. The vet Dr. Pitt was kind and did a good exam job and figured out my pets skin issues in about 5 minutes. My lab is doing well and I return this this vet facility in the future.
Excellent first time visit. My pet lab Genna broke her nail at the dog park yesterday and I found them to be the only clinic open on Sunday. The staff was great. Dr. Oh explained what we needed to do and I left her for a few hours. When I returned she was fully awake and doing great. Vet prices are high, but Mid Valley seemed very reasonable. Will recommend to any pet owner.
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.