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By: djhughes13
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
Hollywood Animal Hospital IS the place to take your pet. Dr. Jon Dee saved my dachshund's life when she had blown a disc and couldn't walk. She was 8 years old at the time. After the surgery, I would go and visit her every day. They would let us have time in an examination room and once when a room wasn't available they put a blanket and some water outside so my dog and I could be together. She did walk again and lived until her passing at the age of 16 years. Just recently my cat, Sheba, was diagnosed with a tumor in her throat. Dr. Sessa, at Hollywood Animal Hospital, operated on her and removed the cancerous tumor. My cat was treated as though she was one of their children. It was so comforting knowing she was in good hands. The cost was very reasonable being it was major surgery.In addition, I've never had a long wait when I went for an appointment. If you did it was probably because they had an emergency which is understandable. Wouldn't you want them to take you right away if your pet was in distress and hold off on non emergency cases?HOLLYWOOD ANIMAL HOSPITAL IS THE PLACE YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR PET!
By: feiga.mor
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
I am giving 5 stars due to Dr. Ann Murphy!Otherwise, I would not give more than 4 stars due to the after hours technicians, staff and doctors not knowing answers to simple questions. That, definitely, needs to be improved. Back to Dr. Murphy. I have never ever encountered a Vet with so much love, compassion and caring for the animals!My sweet baby passed away today, 2 weeks shy of his 16th Birthday!My dog lived that long because he was under Dr. Murphy's care! She kept him alive for an extra 4 years due to her extensive veterinarian knowledge and experience.If I ever get another dog, I will follow her wherever she goes.Thank you, Dr. Murphy for everything you have done for our Spencer. My son and I are forever indebted to you! You are a TRUE human being in every sense of the word.We LOVE you!God bless you and give you many healthy years to comeFeiga M
By: amberschoeller
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
I am a senior veterinary student at the University of Florida and I feel more prepared to enter the real world after completing an externship at Hollywood Animal Hospital. I am a certified veterinary technician who has been in veterinary medicine for over 12 years. My goal is to become board certified in critical care and to work for a practice similar to Hollywood Animal Hospital. After spending about four weeks total with the Hollywood Animal Hospital veterinarians, I would highly recommend them to other veterinary students and pet owners alike. The doctors and staff have provided an excellent experience for me and my classmates. The level of expertise and care provided by the doctors and staff are above and beyond many of the practices I have visited. I would love the opportunity to continue a relationship with the practice in the future.
By: Mary J.
VCA Stirling Square Animal Hospital
very nice animal hospital I like the service, but when you go on line to fill out your information about your pet, it said when you bring your pet in for service,make sure your pet is on a leash or in a container, but when I visited the hospital for the first time I had my pet on a leash but notice a black cat sitting on the counter. I ask the young lady to move the cat because I am afraid of cats, she did but when I came back the next day for a drop off the cat is in the lobby in a chair (again the cat is not in a container as they ask clients to do). If I wanted to sit down I would have cat hair on my clothes. I guess I will need to fine another hospital.
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By: Lucy K.
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
Last night our boxer Sammy gave us the signal "it is time to let me go ".Cancer took his energy. We were a mess on the ride there, tears, laughter and sadly soon to be our last ride together.Courtney made a huge impression on us, her care was beyond her years. We hugged him and kiss him before he left the room. I choose to look in to his beautiful eyes one more time. I asked Courtney to let me know when he was gone, she did, she informed me that he went peaceful while he was being pet. Thank you so much for being the beauty of this sad journey Courtney.Sincerely Lucy Katz.
By: nuclearmedman
Farley Veterinary Clinic
Nice friendly staff but BEWARE of hidden tacked on charges. Ask up front. Make sure you know if Vet is going to examine your pet. I only needed a booster shot for my Frenchie she was seen at another office in Nov.2012 this is Jan 2013. SHE DIDN'T NEED ANOTHER EXAM. The receptionist knew that she had all her paper work showing vet history. I asked only for a booster shot. SO to my surprise I was charged by the Vet as he came in examined her (which she didn't need) and charged me for an exam 38.00. Totally wrong totally unnecessary.
By: michael.sachs.73
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
I would like to write to praise Dr. David Shapiro. My dog Lucky had very bad bleeding cysts on the underside of his paw., He was in great pain and licked the area constantly causing it to become worse and worse. Dr. Shapiro performed laser surgery on Lucky. It was a hard 2 and one half month recovery. We followed his advice to the letter and Lucky is now completely healed and walking well again. I feel very fortunate to have had Dr. Shapiro as Lucky's vet surgeon. He 100% knows what he is doing and is kind and caring as well.
By: Maria C.
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
We had an emergency with our cat Mora. We would really like to thank Dr Abby Kreines, who saved her. Amazing service and professionalism. Dr Kreines is an excelent doctor very loving and caring not only with our beautiful Mora but also with us. We truly recommend that if you have an emergency with your pet go to this veterinary. Excellent service. Ana Pulido at the front desk is also very kind and helped us with everything. Thank you so much Dr Kreines. You are the amazing. Street Paws RescueMaria Charry
By: angel.gullo.7
Farley Veterinary Clinic
Doc Farley and Staff have always been there for my Gina (black Lab) who came from a cold cement cell at Broward Animal Care and Regulation. He performed her Spay surgery and did all shots and exams for her first 5 years. I placed many a phone call to their office for info and advice and they always made time to talk to me. Since we moved Gina goes to a different Vet and I can see that she does not have the same rapport with that Doc that she had with Doc Farley. Suffice it to say: We miss you folks!
By: gatosmom
VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital
Do some research and pick an experienced vet. Make your appt with that doctor specifically. I used to see Dr. James Dee, a very experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate vet. Also Dr. Herrington did surgery and he was an expert too. I've moved too far north to continue going to HAH but I would recommend them highly to anyone who can get there.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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