Best 17 Veterinary Clinics And Hospitals in Lake City, FL with Reviews -

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By: suwanneegal
Caring Hands Animal Hospital
My experience totally refutes Sunshine's. First, I am also on a very limited budget and I've been getting "vaccinations only" for two or three 50 lb. dogs for several years now, in CA and NC and now FL. $200 for your office exam plus shots for two dogs is actually pretty cheap. I've typically paid around $240 at other vets. And she was going to get flea pills too?!?! Wow, that IS CHEAP!My animals don't see vets regularly, now that I can buy all vaccines but rabies and administer myself, they only see the vet for emergency care. Personally I don't care if the people are nice and caring or not. I only care about the level of critical care and medical expertise I get. Caring Hands folks were excellent medical providers, extremely knowledgeable. And they were also nice and friendly.I brought my very sick cat in to Caring Hands yesterday because they are a hospital, not just a doctor's office for pets. I had suspected poisoning or something else really bad (never a good thing, always been a multi-hundred dollar situation with dogs in the past). I asked at the desk how much the exam would be and was told $45 (and that's exactly what I was billed) which BTW is a bit on the low side for an office exam, maybe that's a cat vs. dog thing though? The vet did the exam, then put a list of all the exploratory procedures she thought we should consider to get a definitive answer, each one had a dollar amt right there on the screen, and there was a total at the bottom. She did this without my even mentioning that money would be an issue. She asked me if that was a dollar figure I coudl handle. When I said "no, I can only pay about 200 today but I could post date a check for another 200 for my next pay day" she identified a 3-step course of testing/treatment instead. One test to do imediately for only $49, then see what we get as a result. We got negative results from that, so move to step 2: a round of shots/pills/IV to do immediately for another $85. Then we wait and see our result before we move on to next round of testing and treatment, etc. We'd work the cheapest and most likely thing first, watch for improvement or decxline over the next 48 hours and go from there rather than test/treat everything it could be all at once. I walked out with a bill of only around $175 and feeling very good that we had a solid plan to protect my cat and figure out what's wrong, without spending $$$ we didn't need to spend right this day. I was very impressed, and I have never had a vet disclose so much cost info to me in advance of treatment before. Caring Hands is my primary vet for everything now, they're awesome. P.S. turns out she had an injured leg and soreness at her whole rear half, which the vet identified and I had totally missed, and the meds did the trick. She is back eating and drinking again this morning.
By: Allison B.
Addison Animal Hospital
i have a female white boxer and i have used him to have her fixed. dr addison was so loving with her and the whole staff loved her and trully cared it put me at ease. they have worked with me on price and i feel always been fair with cost.i trust them completely with my dogs :-)
By: Taylor W.
Addison Animal Hospital
I absolutely LOVE Dr. Addison!!! He truly cares for the animals and will help calm scared animals by getting on the floor with them until they calm down!!! He's awesome!!!!
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By: tmacf1234
Caring Hands Animal Hospital
We have been taking our pets to Dr. Leslie and her crew since they opened. They have been wonderful. We wouldn't take our babies to anyone else.
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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