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By: Hollie H.
BluePearl Veterinary Partners
Negligence of Dr. Kane and Vet Techs leading to nasty injury AND separately - misdiagnosis of cancer with recommendation of Chemo when it wasn't needed!! After visiting Dr. Kane at the Tampa office, we were told that the mass on our dog’s foot was cancer. This diagnosis was based on a sample of her lymph node that showed abnormal cells- no samples from her foot indicated mast cells or cancer. The immediate recommendation was chemotherapy- we were told that no additional tests were recommended, since we know it is cancer based on the lymph node. My husband and I decided we wanted to get the biopsy anyway to be sure. Biopsy results indicated that the mass on her foot was an inflammatory response- no cancer! Dr. Kane continued to recommend chemotherapy- WHAT?!?! We then decided to complete an ultrasound to see if there was something on the inside- no abnormalities found. Dr. Kane continued to recommend chemotherapy- SERIOUSLY?!?! I asked if there would be any reason why the lymph nodes would look abnormal- the answer was a direct and confident ‘No.’ At my request (not the doctor), we asked them to test her lymph node again. Results?? NO CANCER! If it were up to Dr. Kane my dog would have been on chemotherapy drugs right away- and she didn’t even have cancer! My terrible experience doesn’t end there. When she was dropped off at the office for her ultrasound (she ended up being there for 6 hours even though an ultrasound takes about 30 min), she was returned to us with her foot severely injured! There were deep gouges, skin hanging off, and blood oozing out of her foot. This was a clear indication of negligence. It was an EMERGENCY –yet, they acted as if nothing happened and didn’t treat her AT ALL. I was in complete horror!! They tried to let us leave with her foot dripping blood- no attempt to treat/bandage her foot. No apologies at all!! I would NEVER bring my dog to this place ever again!!!
By: Meg W.
Armenia Animal Hospital Inc
Oh my gosh!! Are we talking about same place I go to? The people and "staff" who left these terrible reviews obviously dont know Dr. Jims heart. Sure the buildings old but its only a building..... Whats important is WHO is caring for your pet. BTW.... They have done lots of improvements to inside of building. Sure he went thru terrble divorce. But most of us have been through that ourselves. Exes dont play fair and leave many BROKE and starting over from nothing. I can tell you that Dr. Jim is NOT all about money because I do cat rescue and he is very generous with his time and makes things affordable out of the goodness of his heart. Staff has told me he is incredibly caring and comes in each day greeting, comforting and talking to all the animals. Not to mention HE saved one of my rescue kittens from a leg amputation by doing STEM CELL THERAPY. There are no other vets in the area that do this and any other vet would have amputated. This cat is now an adult and has his leg thanks to Dr. Jim. He also trests cats with Leukemia!! Other vets euthanize. Treatment works on about 80% of cats. He does lots of this for low cost for rescues. We are all human. Give Dr. Jim a break. I am a legit rescue.....Not a family member or friend. My name is Meg Wilcox ...... Cat Rescue:)
By: techreviewer
Armenia Animal Hospital Inc
As a former employee I laughed when I read be honest, the place is run down and that is putting it mild.The doctor is verbally abusive to his staff. I left to pursue my PhD and here is what I learned while working there:each fecal sample wand is not disinfected! a solution of blue Dawn dish soap is used instead since it resembles chlorhexadene. so worms, fleas, parvo, warts, its all spread.use of expired drugs yes injectables from 2004 are still in use inside this clinic!and there is much more but for sanitary reasons alone after I could not get Doctor compliance I walked out.saving a buck matters more than standards here!if you seriously let yourself be sweet talked by staff and dont see the signs I feel I havefailed you.I left theclinic in July 2012 and it still haunts me. I couldnt make the changes needed and feared for every pets wellbeing to the point I would go check on critical pets off the clock for free since no one else would. still pets were accepted in a halfway functioning clinic.dont even ask about dentals and bathing or boarding. those poor pets.
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By: Leslie P.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Inc.
great place to receive help with Trap and release program and help low income people provide food for their pets. They also have a large area where cats can be on patios instead of in cages.
By: Dylan W.
VCA Animal Hospitals
I brought my pet here and amazingly, he liked the place. He cooperated very well to the doctor. He's happier now than ever before.
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By: Aj P.
Armenia Animal Hospital Inc
The worst animal hospital I've ever gone to. They seem to care more about making $ than your pets well being. Be very cautious of this place.
By: Rachel K.
Citrus Park Animal Bird & Exotics Hospital
I have been going to Citrus Park Animal Hospital for over 8 years and I love it! All of my pets have been cared for by the staff like they were their own. The staff is so compassionate and Dr. Brooks always takes the time to explain everything to me and answer all of my questions. The prices are reasonable and I have never been asked to perform any unnecessary tests on my pets. Any time I ask they always provide me with an estimate before any procedure. I have called at the very last second before and they have always fit me in anytime I needed to get my babies seen. All of my critters are very happy and healthy thanks to them!
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By: Darren D.
Oak Tree Animal Hospital
We had been taking our dog Brisco to Dr. Kumar for 9 years for regular year exams and vaccinations, as well as flea and heartworm treatments. Brisco never had any major health issues. When Brisco was 10 years old, our groomer noticed a growth on Brisco’s side. We called Dr. Kumar to ask about it and Dr. Kumar said we would have to bring him in to be examined and advised there was probably nothing we could do at home. About 10 days later we took Brisco for his annual physical and shots. At this point Brisco had started scratching the lump so it had become a little irritated. Dr. Kumar recommended surgery to remove the mass. No explanation or concern was offered up. I didn’t know to ask for a biopsy or to even ask what he thought was wrong. The surgery was performed a few days later and when I picked Brisco up, no one was there to offer any information. They simply took my money and gave me my dog.About 6 weeks later I noticed Brisco was not having regular bowel movements, but we still eating and drinking and active. Within a few days, his appetite seemed to deteriorate and he started vomiting. I called Dr. Kumar and he said he was concerned about Brisco’s appetite and that I should bring him in.During this visit Dr. Kumar’s techs were examining Brisco and finding more small growths, which Dr. Kumar seemed to be focusing on this instead of the loss of weight and vomiting. His only comments were that he could remove some more of the growths and send them out for biopsy because it might be cancer. During this conversation he confirmed he never sent the original mass out and that “he should have done that”.I left without any treatment for Brisco’s immediate health issues. Upon the recommendation of our groomer, we took Brisco to a different vet for a second opinion. The new vet immediately gave Brisco IV fluids and took x-rays and bloodwork. They found his kidneys weren’t working and that he was in renal failure. Extraordinary care was provided for several days by two different vet clinics for several days, but we lost Brisco a few days later.I never felt Dr. Kumar listened when I tried to tell him what was going on with Brisco and at no point did he ever call to check on Brisco during this time. I feel he was more focused on cutting out growths and trying to rectify the fact he never checked for cancer months earlier. There was little to no communication. I’ll never know if Brisco had cancer and if the cancer led to his death, but I believe Dr. Kumar was negligent in his care of my dog.
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By: Ortiz L.
Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Inc.
how funny they are always to busy to take care a dog or to answer the phone i will not recommend this place for nothing...
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By: Michele M.
Cross Creek Animal Medical Centre
AS hard as it is to have to leave my four legged children behind when we have to travel, I did not have as heavy a heart when I knew they would be in excellent, loving hands staying with the Cross Creek Animal Medical crew :0) It is such a huge relief to know that my dogs are not only being well taken care of while I'm away, but it is so comforting to know that they are getting all the love and attention they truly need.Thank you, once again, Cross Creek Animal Medical Center for doing such an amazing job and being truly committed to doing it at such an exemplary level! You are all incredible people who I count as not only my vet who helps me take care of my four-legged children, but I consider you as part of my family as well!Cheers to each of you!Michele Monroe-Rowe(Maggie, Spencer, Simon, & Nacho)
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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