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"Dr.
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are both incredibly caring with our pets - and so are all of the vet techs and administrative" staff. They are friendly, upbeat, and very helpful. The vets seem very competent and honest about the treatment and care that our pets need. The other great thing is that we can call with quick health questions and the staff are honest about whether we need to monitor behavior or take them into the office.

-Jenny W.

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"My dog has been limpling so i took him there. Place smelled bad but its a vet so i was ok with it. My dog is very friendly lab mix but they made him put a muzzle" on him...then the vet looked at him for less than 5 min and said he has medial
luxation and he needs surgery. And i can drop him off monday and he will keep him for 5 days and it will cost me between $800 - $1000. So i said let me think and left. Called the next day and asked if he would do a x-
just to confirm that is all what is going on prior to this invasive surgery..his response verbatim.."Thank you for the suggestion but i don't need to do that"..i said i think its a major surgery so i would feel more comfortable if we do some confirmatory test.."i am not here to make you feel comfortable"...SERIOUS. I was so shocked with the response i said forget it and hanged up. Called another vet and explained the issue and made an appointment. As part of that they called him to get his records...they told the vet they don't know who i am to the point the vet had to call me saying they where RUDE to them. I had to explain to the other vet that he didn't take any notes or nothing for him to provide it. So he told me i can drop off my dog any monday and he will have him for 5 days but he has NO records of me. I don't know what kinda of dogs you service but i will never bring my family member there. So far i have talked to 5 other vets in this area and
(pricing around) and EVERY SINGLE one of them say at least one x-
view would be good.

-Tsedenia W.

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The first answer is pretty thorough but I would like to add a few points. 

First.. the type of food you are feeding your dog may be the key.  If you are using a food that is grain, rice or corn based in the first three ingredients, please change to a food that is meat or chicken based.  Many dogs are allergic to grain, rice, wheat and corn and these things are used as primary ingredients in many well known, name brand dog foods.  Secondly, all treats that have these ingredients should be cut out.  It takes weeks to months before a food change can show results so you must be patient.  Jumping from one food to another will be counter-productive. 

Some dogs are so allergic to flea or other insect bites that one or two bites can cause a severe reaction.  Once the itching/scratching cycle begins, it is hard to stop it.  Benadryl is good but I suggest liquid form.  You can get it inexpensively at one of the dollar stores.  The pills take time to break down in the digestive system so you get better and faster results with the liquid.One tsp= 5cc and most dogs of average size can tolerate that much and more if the dog is a larger breed.  

Allergy testing is very expensive and most dogs will test positive to some things.  That does not mean that the itching is coming from those things as many things in the environment can trigger positive test results.  Breaking the cycle of itching is primary and that can be done with prednisone ( short term and last resort after benadryl and bathing), allergy shots( same deal, last resort after easier methods).   This spring and summer have been particularly hard, weather-wise.

Good luck!

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After you search for the company, you should get the "no results" page. Scroll down just a little bit, and you'll see a button and a link that say "Add this provider." Click on that to add them to the List! Thanks for the great question.
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I'm really sorry! It looks like we made some site changes I hadn't noticed before and it made things just a little more confusing (for me, too!). We'll have to look into this to make it easier.
In the meantime, here's what you do:
1) Look for the Submit a Report button. It's yellow and on the right-hand side of the page.
2) Search for the animal cancer care clinic you're looking for. The search box should be inside a yellow bar.
3) You should see a list of potential matches, but on top of those, there should be "add a provider to the List" text in blue, which is where you'll click to get to the add page.

Let me know if you have any trouble. Sorry, again, for this being so confusing.

Veterinarian reviews in Washington

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is a good solid vet practice. There is a high turnover in vets, and it can be very busy. However, their pet wellness plan makes it easy to budget for pet care. They also have really extensive evening and weekend hours, which is great for someone who also works.
The vets at
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also have been very open to discussing the costs and benefits to various treatments as my cat has gotten old and sickly. I probably could spend a small fortune on diagnostic tests, but he is a 17 year old house cat, and the tests won't really change anything about how to treat him. I've had experience with other vets who want to do everything you can do best because knowledge is better.
In general, I have been happy with the care, but it is not a high touch, fancy practice. It is basically retail vet care.
- Katherine W.
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Great experience. I was able to get a Saturday appointment the same week I called. They called me the Monday after the appointment to give my my dog's lab results and to ensure he didn't have a negative reaction to his vaccinations. The facility was clean and the staff was friendly. I will definitely use Atlas Vet again.
- Lauren B.
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My cat Loki was tagged in the left eye by another feline member of my household. I took him to Union Vet, our regular clinic, but after three visits with no improvement, his vet strongly urged me to take Loki to a veterinary ophthalmologist and gave me a list. I had heard of South Paws and so called there first. I called on Tuesday morning and secured an appointment for the next morning. Every contact with South Paws from that first phone call was incredibly pleasant and professional. Their facility is beautiful. Dr.
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, the veterinary ophthalmologist, was reassuring and just exuded competence. We rolled in at 8:45 AM and were back home by 2 PM. Loki made a full and uneventful recovery. His left eye may always have a little cosmetic defect (only visible if you know where it is) but he can see and he is pain-free.

After the consultation with Dr.
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but before the procedure, I was presented with an estimated bill and expected to pay it in full. I had dome some research and so was not shocked to see an estimate of $1100. I know this is the kind of thing that causes people to wrote bad reviews but that really is not fair. South Paws is a specialty care facility so it will cost even more than a regular vet clinic. And I don't blame South Paws for expecting payment in advance. This not a charity, it is a business. As it happened, the cost was $300 less than expected and my credit card was immediately refunded. I have pet health insurance which paid the full amount of this procedure less the deductible. I received the check for $700 this week.
- Marianne H.
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They are very caring towards my cat and they are always available to answer questions even over the telephone. I can take appointments whenever my cat is sick or in an emergency within a short notice. It’s clean, well organized and well run. They are little expensive.
- Ellen C.
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My dog was getting close to her end of her life and she died. That had nothing to do with the
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’s care. They were good, competent, professional and very timely which is really important. The only drawback is that they
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’t have parking. Parking is a challenge. That was the only disadvantage. I was very happy with them. It is a nice, clean clinic. They have multiple vets on staff. I saw the medical director she examined my elderly dog. She reassured me and gave me a medication refill. So she took care of that. I will use this facility in the future.
- CHRISTINA S.
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I can't say enough good things about
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Vet Clinic. The administrative / front desk staff is friendly and efficient. The vet techs clearly love animals. My vet, Dr.
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, did an absolutely fantastic job on the spay and neuter of my two kitties. I was worried about how much recovery my female would need, but her incisions were tiny. Dr.
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also is very common sensical and always explains the ups and
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of procedures / tests. Clearly, the clinic is not out to charge you as much as possible.I was surprised to see some of the online negative reviews about the clinic. A friend of mine has been using them for 25 years and couldn't say enough good things about the clinic, which got me to go.Price is probably a little high, but aren't they high everywhere in DC?
- Russell Z.
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We have been taking our Golden Retriever to
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Veterinary Clinic since he was a puppy -- almost 5 years now. We have worked primarily with Dr.
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and Dr. Mulbacher, and both are very professional an knowledgeable. They clearly care about their patients. The tech staff similarly are gentle and caring. For this particular appointment, I was seen within minutes of my scheduled appointment. I appreciate that they remember us, and they call to check in to make sure our dog is doing okay after a our dog's rabies vaccination.
- Gwyn J.
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This clinic specializes in neurological problems of dogs and cats. My regular vet in D.C. told me to take my cat there as an emergency when he suddenly started having a lot of trouble using his legs. They did X-rays and eventually an MRI, identified an inoperable spinal cord tumor so we had to let him go, but everyone was so compassionate and thoughtful, carefully explaining the prognosis and my options, with all explained costs up front, asking if I wanted to be with him as he was euthanized, etc. I really felt like they understood my grief.

They sent me a condolence card a few days later and then after a couple of weeks they sent me a small
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of his fur and a plaster impression of his paws in a little box -- a thoughtful gesture although not something I would really have said I wanted had they asked. I have no idea whether their prices are competitive for this type of specialized service, but you probably shouldn't take your pet there if you're not prepared to spend a few thousand dollars. This is a caring place with all the most modern equipment.
- AGI K.

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TONIA N CONROY DVM

6538 LITTLE RIVER TPKE

Town and Country Animal Clinic

2715 Olney Sandy Spring Rd

Towne Animal Clinic

64 Plaza Street NE

TURKEY FOOT VETERINARY CLINIC

14426 TURKEY FOOT RD

Union Veterinary Clinic

609 2nd St NE
Washington

VCA Annandale Animal Hospital

7405 Little River Tpke

VICTORIA M HOLLIFIELD DVM

5100 MUNCASTER MILL RD

Vienna Animal Hospital

531 Maple Ave W

VILLAGE VETERINARY CLINIC

278 BROADVIEW AVE

VIRGINIA EQUINE IMAGING

2716 LANDMARK SCHOOL RD

Waldorf Animal Clinic

2242 Old Washington Rd

WARRENTON HORSE WORKS PLC

9781 WILLOWLYN LN

WASHINGTON ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE

71 OGLETHORPE ST NW
Washington

Washington Humane Society

7319 Georgia Avenue, NW
Washington

WELL PET CLINIC

21800 N Shangri-La Dr

WESTFIELDS ANIMAL HOSPITAL

5095 WESTFIELDS BLVD

Wheaton Animal Hospital

2929 University Blvd

Windows, Etc:

10804 Kingsmere Court

Wisconsin Animal Clinic

9500 Wisconsin Ave

Woodbridge Animal Hospital

2703 Caton Hill Rd

WOODBRIDGE CAT CLINIC

1455 OLD BRIDGE RD

WOODFIELD VETERINARY CLINIC

25017 WOODFIELD RD

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