Creature Comfort Holistic Veterinary Center

★★★★☆
  • 2501 MacArthur Blvd.

    Oakland, CA 94602

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  • 510-530-1373

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I started bringing my cat here after I found out that my last vet (VCA) had neglected to mention a particular surgical treatment for my cat because *they* couldn't do it in-house. Creature Comfort gave me far more information about various treatments for Emma, and they didn't push anything on me. I've only used 'Western' medical treatments, and the vets have all been great - explaining the medicines and their dosages. They use lower lighting and towels on the metal tables for the animal's comfort. And while my cat's presciption isn't cheap, it *is* in line with what I paid at VCA - and I don't feel like #38 in line. They take the time and care that you need at every visit. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

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I started bringing my cat here after I found out that my last vet (VCA) had neglected to mention a particular surgical treatment for my cat because *they* couldn't do it in-house. Creature Comfort gave me far more information about various treatments for Emma, and they didn't push anything on me. I've only used 'Western' medical treatments, and the vets have all been great - explaining the medicines and their dosages. They use lower lighting and towels on the metal tables for the animal's comfort. And while my cat's presciption isn't cheap, it *is* in line with what I paid at VCA - and I don't feel like #38 in line. They take the time and care that you need at every visit. I couldn't recommend them more highly.

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We went to Jenny Taylor for an assessment of our dog, who is getting older and probably has a little arthritis. (We had already spent a couple hundred dollars with our regular vet, getting a blood panel done, checking her out...) We got advice from Jenny on diet, vaccinations, musculo-skeletal stiffness, and a better idea of how to make our dog healthier. Jenny was terrific, and gave us many ideas on how to improve on what we were doing. She showed us how the dog carried tension, and specific massage techniques for it. She is a fabulous deal because she offers real health care and looks at the whole animal, taking into account more than the initial complaint. When Jenny offers treatment (and I know this from friends who drive in from Orinda to take their dogs here), she doesn't start with medications. By definition, drugs do not contribute to a pet's overall strength, and all drugs have side effects. Our dog got an acupuncture treatment today and completely relaxed with it. While we'll keep our own vet, just in case, I'm glad to have our dog in Jenny's care. Don't be put off by comments re their cost of supplements or titers. Look at the big picture, and that is this is a fabulous office that will not suck you into expensive and unnecessary care for an animal that could respond to natural, nontoxic, supportive therapies. What's that worth to you? (Even better, what's that worth to your pet?)

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★★★★★

We went to Jenny Taylor for an assessment of our dog, who is getting older and probably has a little arthritis. (We had already spent a couple hundred dollars with our regular vet, getting a blood panel done, checking her out...) We got advice from Jenny on diet, vaccinations, musculo-skeletal stiffness, and a better idea of how to make our dog healthier. Jenny was terrific, and gave us many ideas on how to improve on what we were doing. She showed us how the dog carried tension, and specific massage techniques for it. She is a fabulous deal because she offers real health care and looks at the whole animal, taking into account more than the initial complaint. When Jenny offers treatment (and I know this from friends who drive in from Orinda to take their dogs here), she doesn't start with medications. By definition, drugs do not contribute to a pet's overall strength, and all drugs have side effects. Our dog got an acupuncture treatment today and completely relaxed with it. While we'll keep our own vet, just in case, I'm glad to have our dog in Jenny's care. Don't be put off by comments re their cost of supplements or titers. Look at the big picture, and that is this is a fabulous office that will not suck you into expensive and unnecessary care for an animal that could respond to natural, nontoxic, supportive therapies. What's that worth to you? (Even better, what's that worth to your pet?)

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I have taken 3 of my dogs to Creature Comfort for acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic treatments. My dogs and I were treated with respect and dignity at every appointment. If I had any concerns or questions the vet took time to speak to me and recommend additional reading so I would have a better understanding of their approach.

While their prices are higher than a general vet office, their services are specialized. I believe that my dogs enjoyed longer and pain free lives because of their homeopathic care. I have recommended Creature Comfort Holistic Vet Center to my friends and they have also been pleased with their experiences.

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★★★★★

I have taken 3 of my dogs to Creature Comfort for acupuncture, homeopathy, and chiropractic treatments. My dogs and I were treated with respect and dignity at every appointment. If I had any concerns or questions the vet took time to speak to me and recommend additional reading so I would have a better understanding of their approach.

While their prices are higher than a general vet office, their services are specialized. I believe that my dogs enjoyed longer and pain free lives because of their homeopathic care. I have recommended Creature Comfort Holistic Vet Center to my friends and they have also been pleased with their experiences.

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I have two 12 year old black labs that I have brought here for years. One of the dogs has severe skin allergies. Other vets treated the symptoms, Dr. Williams and Dr. Taylor treated the allergies. We changed the dog??s diet and tried holistic and western medicine. Holistic didn't work for her but a combination of western medicine and a human food diet did.

The office has given me a list of places to get both western medicine and herbs on line at reduced prices and have encouraged me to go there as it was less expensive. They did this even though it was more work for them. They had to fill out a form and send the company I choose a prescription. They did this with no complaint.

Recently my other Lab developed bone cancer. Dr. Taylor treated Sara as if she was her own. She took x-rays she didn??t charge us for and got an oncologist to look at the x-rays at no charge. She prescribed things to manage Sara??s pain and when she had to be put to sleep Sara was treated with so much love and dignity.

I would not hesitate to recommend Creature Comfort to anyone! Everyone there is the best!

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★★★★★

I have two 12 year old black labs that I have brought here for years. One of the dogs has severe skin allergies. Other vets treated the symptoms, Dr. Williams and Dr. Taylor treated the allergies. We changed the dog??s diet and tried holistic and western medicine. Holistic didn't work for her but a combination of western medicine and a human food diet did.

The office has given me a list of places to get both western medicine and herbs on line at reduced prices and have encouraged me to go there as it was less expensive. They did this even though it was more work for them. They had to fill out a form and send the company I choose a prescription. They did this with no complaint.

Recently my other Lab developed bone cancer. Dr. Taylor treated Sara as if she was her own. She took x-rays she didn??t charge us for and got an oncologist to look at the x-rays at no charge. She prescribed things to manage Sara??s pain and when she had to be put to sleep Sara was treated with so much love and dignity.

I would not hesitate to recommend Creature Comfort to anyone! Everyone there is the best!

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Creature Comfort Veterinary Clinic in Oakland.
It's a total rip-off!!!! They charge "holistic" prices but the approach to many things is the same as at any other vet's office.
For example: they charge $247 for a rabies titer test, whereas other vets charge between $65-110 (most expensive I could find after calling around), and all blood samples are sent to the same lab in Kentucky(the only one in the US), with the lab charging around $30 to the vet.
Also, holistic to me means that the procedure or service needed is done with minimal invasion and/or drugs, and with the pets health in mind first. Well, from my experience I can't say this to be true at all. They tried to "sell" drugs that are not necessary, and only by looking over the initial estimate, and asking questions about whether this or that was necessary, I was able to cut the bill by about a third, by leaving out certain drugs that weren't necessary at all. Well,I wonder what's holistic about giving a drug that you can get away without??
Also, when I called to find out how they justify their charge for the titer, I was treated extremely rude(to say the least)by their office manager, as to how I could possibly dare to ask a question like that. She said that after all the office was "holistic", and that's why it cost more, even though nothing differs in the procedure compared to other vets' offices. This of course was not a sufficient answer to me so I tried to discuss this with the office manager whose attitude towards me left me speechless. She was condescending and I felt personally attacked.
Now, I know that we live in a free enterprise country, but to overcharge this grossly is nothing but extremely unethical business practice.

CREATURE COMFORT lacks integrity, big time!!!

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Creature Comfort Veterinary Clinic in Oakland.
It's a total rip-off!!!! They charge "holistic" prices but the approach to many things is the same as at any other vet's office.
For example: they charge $247 for a rabies titer test, whereas other vets charge between $65-110 (most expensive I could find after calling around), and all blood samples are sent to the same lab in Kentucky(the only one in the US), with the lab charging around $30 to the vet.
Also, holistic to me means that the procedure or service needed is done with minimal invasion and/or drugs, and with the pets health in mind first. Well, from my experience I can't say this to be true at all. They tried to "sell" drugs that are not necessary, and only by looking over the initial estimate, and asking questions about whether this or that was necessary, I was able to cut the bill by about a third, by leaving out certain drugs that weren't necessary at all. Well,I wonder what's holistic about giving a drug that you can get away without??
Also, when I called to find out how they justify their charge for the titer, I was treated extremely rude(to say the least)by their office manager, as to how I could possibly dare to ask a question like that. She said that after all the office was "holistic", and that's why it cost more, even though nothing differs in the procedure compared to other vets' offices. This of course was not a sufficient answer to me so I tried to discuss this with the office manager whose attitude towards me left me speechless. She was condescending and I felt personally attacked.
Now, I know that we live in a free enterprise country, but to overcharge this grossly is nothing but extremely unethical business practice.

CREATURE COMFORT lacks integrity, big time!!!

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I would think twice before coming here. While I did get some decent information, it was really not much more than my primary vet. Just explained slightly differently. I also felt the vet was speaking AT me rather to me and she was not interested in engaging in discussion with me. In addition, only one staff member was genuinely friendly (I think this is a good measure of any business).

I was particularly disappointed by their prescription and dispensing practices. A nutritional supplement was "prescribed" for my cat. I was fine with that, as well as the fact that they dispensed it there. What I expected to receive was a manufacturers bottle of supplement and what I got was a medicine bottle with the "prescribed" amount contained within. Because the vet only "prescribed" half a bottle and it was dispensed in a pill bottle, I could not obtain a refund after finding out this supplement was commercially readily available on the internet at one-fourth the cost.

The receptionist did say.."oh, we usually do tell people they can get this on the internet."...well you didn't tell me, and being a concerned pet parent and captive audience, I purchased this supplement on good faith. I trusted them and was betrayed. I feel this dispensing practice was deceptive and this really sullied the entire experience for me.

Pardon me if I repeat or ramble, but I think you get the gist.
In sum, I will not be returning to this clinic and will be filing a grievance with the better business bureau.

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★☆☆☆☆

I would think twice before coming here. While I did get some decent information, it was really not much more than my primary vet. Just explained slightly differently. I also felt the vet was speaking AT me rather to me and she was not interested in engaging in discussion with me. In addition, only one staff member was genuinely friendly (I think this is a good measure of any business).

I was particularly disappointed by their prescription and dispensing practices. A nutritional supplement was "prescribed" for my cat. I was fine with that, as well as the fact that they dispensed it there. What I expected to receive was a manufacturers bottle of supplement and what I got was a medicine bottle with the "prescribed" amount contained within. Because the vet only "prescribed" half a bottle and it was dispensed in a pill bottle, I could not obtain a refund after finding out this supplement was commercially readily available on the internet at one-fourth the cost.

The receptionist did say.."oh, we usually do tell people they can get this on the internet."...well you didn't tell me, and being a concerned pet parent and captive audience, I purchased this supplement on good faith. I trusted them and was betrayed. I feel this dispensing practice was deceptive and this really sullied the entire experience for me.

Pardon me if I repeat or ramble, but I think you get the gist.
In sum, I will not be returning to this clinic and will be filing a grievance with the better business bureau.

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My cat recieved some injuries that caused serious nerve damage to his rear quarters, leaving him incontinant. While he wan't cured, the accupuncture session he recieves has helped us both so much. He has far fewer accidents, and rarely has didfficulty with constipation anymore. I'm not sure he could have stayed inside without this help. They're the best.

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★★★★★

My cat recieved some injuries that caused serious nerve damage to his rear quarters, leaving him incontinant. While he wan't cured, the accupuncture session he recieves has helped us both so much. He has far fewer accidents, and rarely has didfficulty with constipation anymore. I'm not sure he could have stayed inside without this help. They're the best.

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