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The wonderful team at Veterinary Healthcare Associates saved our dogs life! Last Saturday night our little dog was attacked by another dog. We rushe…
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Our dog was hit by a semi on a sunday so unfortunately we had nowhere else to go. (Hes a smaller dog, walked away with a couple lacerations and some nerve damage) We got there and they told us they had to do an Xray. And it would cost around $300-400. They later come back in and say there are no broken bones and they need to stitch him up. They refused to provide anymore care because after the stitches the bill went from $300-400 to $956. For stitches. I told her we werent paying that and asked for a breakdown of all the costs because that didnt make sense. Well she didnt like that, so she came back in about 30 minutes later and handed back the sheet and said "we decided to take some of the costs off because they werent necessary" they did blood work on him for NO reason and put in an IV catheter which she admitted was not necessary and tried to make me pay for both. They dropped it to $714 and finally were generous enough to provide care for our animal. They told us to come back in 10 days to get the stiches out. We come back, wait in the lobby for three hours and left thinking the stitches were removed. We noticed last night THEY LEFT THE STITCHES IN. And that was about a month ago. So I'm not sure what they were doing with our dog the three hours that they were supposed to be removing the stitches. This place does not care about your animal they only care about getting paid. Christina Animal Hospital is way better care at a fraction of the cost. I wouldn't take a pet fish to these idiots.
If I can rate this hospital five ZEROs, I would. I wouldn't recommend anyone to bring their pet here. I took my cat here on Nov. 21 of constipation for about 3 days. I thought this was a good place for my cat to be treated in because they are a 24-hour emergency hospital. When I initially brought my cat to their care, he was perfectly fine. He only had constipation, he was eating fine, he was sleeping well on his back with his feet up in the air, and he was walking and playing.The doctor came in and stated that they needed to do x-ray and blood work. The doctor came back later and said his blood test results were perfect, but his xray showed that he had a problem of his bowel and they need to do enema. The total bill for the 1st visit was $716. We were sent home later that evening with meds. When I took him home, he was so drugged up and he has only been sleeping due to the meds given to him. We carefully followed the instructions we were told, but 3 days after the visit, my cat had the same problem. No changes to his bowel movement at all, he looked so sick and weak, and he wasn't eating. We called VHA again and they asked us to bring my cat again on Nov. 27, when we were charged with $340.24, with the thought that my cat would be healed. Another enema was administered to him that day. After 2 trips to this facility, my cat just became worse. We called them back again, and was asked to take him back in for another xray, ultrasound, and enema and these cost us another $304.77 on Dec. 5.After 3 trips and treatments from this facility, my cat became much weaker, stopped walking and eating, and lost a lot of weight. 3 weeks after the initial visit due to constipation, my cat passed away for reasons we don't understand especially that we were told all the test results were good.After the cat's passing, we called VHA to inform them of the death of our cat and spoke with the medical director, Dr. Perez, who didn't even show sympathy for our loss. Never did she say, "I'm sorry for your loss." If you truly want your pets to be better, this is NOT the right place to take them. They do NOT provide the right treatment and would let your pets die without remorse. I thought I spent so much money for my cat to live, yet it only led to his death.
They botched a surgery that cost $3000 and followed that with another one also costing $3000 Of course my beloved died. I would have paid anything to save him. It's not about the money...not for me anyway. Then they would not release his ashes or effects until the bill was paid in full. Never a condolence card or a simple I'm sorry. Dr Loren T Nations may you burn in hell
The wonderful team at Veterinary Healthcare Associates saved our dogs life! Last Saturday night our little dog was attacked by another dog. We rushed into the emergency entrance at VHA, and the staff there worked true magic. Everyone was awesome to us (also helping to dress injuries we had received during the attack), they remained calm when we were completely freaking out, they were thorough and professional, yet friendly and soothing all at the same time. Dr. Waters and her team did an amazing job and because of their expertize our dog is on the road to recovery. I can never thank them enough - he is our whole world and they saved him! Thank you from D, AJ and most of all from Jakey
They where at a neighbors home.I called ph#they came next to see my wired hair terrier that had blood in her urine. My baby had to have surgery. !!! They are awesome!!
They are not any better nor any worse than any other vet. No wonder there are so many unwanted, sick pets out there. Winter Haven needs MORE free shot clinics and free spay and neuter clinics.
My mom took in a stray, but kept her separated from the other cats. I took this cat to the vet for discomfort and having trouble breathing. After spending thousands with not much being done, she was diagnosed with possible inflammation and infection, and given an antibiotic. They tested her for the typical FLV and Aids which were the only serious diseases I thought were spreadable through cats, but there was one they did not even bother testing for which was FIP. Since I thought she was fine, being cleared of disease and diagnosed with infection I let her around my other healthy cats after being given the antibiotic. Not only did they contribute to putting my other cats at risk they over charged me for nothing and didn't accomplish anything. Took her to my primary vet during regular business hours. He felt her belly, listened to me describe her symptoms, and looked at the bloodwork THIS vet had done, and without even running a test,, gave me a possibility of what it could be for a small fraction of the price. Do yourself a favor and if you can take your animal to another vet...my opinion would be, you should.
i cant make this up...i was getting a quote for surgery on my dog (back leg acL for a dog)..the surgeon came out with a fancy puzzle piece that described the procedure... after telling me it would be over $2700.00 i had tears in my eyes since i could not afford that...he then shoved the credit app in front of my face..... as my head was in my hands, with out hesitation he said to me " well sell one of your Ferrari's" i was confused until i realized i was wearing a golf shirt with a Ferrari logo.... . i told him I dont own a Ferrari but im on disability due to heart failure...after that he got up and left with in seconds... i went to another a got it done for 625.00..... THEY ARE ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!!!!
They are the best from the front office staff to the groomer in the back.. They show so much compassion towards our furbabies.. They have been taken care of our dogs since 2004...Would not go anywhere else!
I liked them very much. This was my back-up to begin with and when unsatisfied with the care my Boston received I went to them. They are the best in the area and have all the facilities for emergencies, wellness and boarding. If you value your pet you'll love them for their care and the animals love them too.
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.