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08/09/2008
By: zencatlover
Cat Clinic of Northeast Seattle PS
The respected Checkbook.org gives The Cat Clinic of NE Seattle "top rating" for both quality and price.Choosing the right vet is a matter of life and death for your pet. At the same time, it can make a significant dent in your pocketbook. And either free up, or tie down, your own precious time.Despite the proximity of their names, do NOT confuse this business with the Cat Clinic of Seattle.Dr. Romatowski is very thorough. For instance, the time he spent actually examining my cat was at least two to three times that either vet at the Queen Anne Animal Clinic spent doing the same. He took the initiative to do these things on his own rather than wait for me to ask him to do them.Of the six vets we saw during an 18-month period, he was--hands down--the most conscientious.He doesn't push expensive procedures of dubious value, as is often the case today with vets.I would hazard more than a guess that an annual check-up here for your cat would be outstanding.I sought a secondary opinion on my cat's health from him, and the office visit I received was the best one my cat ever had. He was congenial, knowledgeable, caring.Another plus is that unlike some clinics, there is NOT staff rushing around. You don't get the feeling that you're just one client coming through a "revolving door" here. Only one vet (Dr. Romatowski) and a very experienced one at that.He was also the very first of four vets to test for high blood pressure, which is a serious condition for cats in renal failure. We promptly got my cat on amlodipine to keep it within the normal range.And he brought to our attention a very serious problem with theregime set out for us by the Cat Clinic of Seattle.Unfortunately, when my cat was seriously ill with melena (black tarry stool with diarrhea), he was unwilling to write a prescription for sulfacrate, a protectant/absorbent for upper GI tract ulcers, which may have been helpful in jump-starting my cat's appetite. My cat' s health began to go rapidly downhill only 24 hours after the last visit here, which the vet had not been able to foresee--and I had to go to another clinic to let him go another 24 hours later, which, for me, was devastating.The explanation of the treatment that day was particularly unclear--to what end was the injection of prednisolone? He also told me to return in 8-9 days if it "it didn't work" and we'd "try something else." My cat was dead within 48 hours."Stuff happens," I guess. What is troubling is the thought that if I had brought him in, say, only two days after I had noticed his appetite was "off," that THAT probably would not have made any difference, since the vet had not been able to, apparently, predict the seriousness and urgency of the problem even just one day before the final crash.Also, I wonder, with great sorrow, if my cat had been immediately treated for the melena and diarrhea that had occurred three times during the two-week interval before my cat's death? I had requested him to write a prescription for sulfacrate, a common upper gastrointestinal tract absorbent/protectant, which he declined to write.However, maybe nothing could have been done. I'll never know.In sum, although I think Dr. Romatowski is an extremely competent vet, I do believe that communication with clients is less than ideal. When I wrote to inform him, for instance, of the death of my cat less than 48 hours after he been to his clinic--and of my concerns about the injection given, as well as what his findings actually had been that day, I received no response.I did receive a card of condolences, six days after.I trust Dr. Romatowski's judgment more than any other vet I have been to.Also, he is one of the few veterinarian here in Seattle who has not pushed me to do unnecessary tests or other things I could easily done myself.
05/22/2017
By: Angela M.
Rainier Beach Veterinary Hospital
I have been taking my dogs to Dr.young for years now and won't trust any other get to take care of my babies..my dog butterbean let out a yelp and then was paralyzed from the neck down,i didn't know what was the matter with him..the doctor determined he suffered from a stroke. I took him to Dr.young and he was there for 11 days and nights,Dr.Young and his staff tooksuch good care of him ...he couldn't go potty his own so they put a catheder on him and they had to hand feed him because he wasn't able to eat on his own,after the xrays and blood work and all the 24 hr.care he only charged me $250...there's no way he made any money on me because he charged so little for so much care..I have since refered him to at least 20 of my friends and they all agree with me...I will only let Dr.young care for my babies forever...he's the best and most caring doctor I have ever met!!!
10/15/2016
By: Sara S.
Northgate Veterinary Clinic
I feel so lucky to have found the best Veterinary group in Seattle. The front desk staff is very helpful on the phone and easily gets us in that day if needed. Dr. Wiser is amazing, and so knowledgeable. She has treated our pup with the best care possible and we feel very lucky to have her. In our more urgent care needs we have also seen Dr. Phillips and Dr. Hornickel who have all been fantastic and the continuity of care amongst providers has been great. All of the veterinarians call and follow up regarding labs or to check in on our big guy and it really shows you how much they care. I have heard of some dogs running away when they know they are at the vet, but Tucker goes running towards the front door because he can’t wait for all the love and treats he gets from the staff. Thanks Northgate Veterinarian Associates for taking care of our pup.
03/14/2013
By: mariamjane
Madison Street Animal Hospital
What a great place for pets, we love it. We called them up when our 12 year old cat Charlotte was feeling sick. We were very nervous but felt at ease as soon as we entered and were greeted by the front desk. They knew we were stressed so we were seen fairly quickly.The doctor explained each diagnostic step in details. Charlotte is now on thyroid meds and doing much better. My husband has memory issues but the staff answered his questions over and over again with smiles. We can't thank them enough for taking care of our special needs and that too very professionally.
08/04/2017
By: Kate H.
Queen Anne Animal Clinic
I have been taking my 3 cats to Queen Anne Animal Clinic since I moved to Seattle. One has asthma and goes monthly for an injection. These are the nicest, most accommodating, competent, efficient and compassionate vets and staff I have ever known. I wholeheartedly recommend them.
04/14/2013
By: b.house
Exotic Pet & Bird Clinic
They saved a very much loved pet chicken and were really good to her. I know a lot of people would think it insane to be so attached to what is considered a food or farm animal but everyone who knew her loved her.
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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