VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

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We had to rush our 7 year old cat to Alameda East in late June. We had to leave her there overnight for furthur testing. They found out that she had severe pulmonary hypertension, well, that's what we were told.
When we asked what would be the best choice what to do, "Dr. Sgruggs" told us to put her on medication three times a day. We did that for over a week. We thought we were helping her when actually they weren't giving us the entire truth. They said that it may be fatal not that it would be. She died on my bedroom floor this morning. I hate this place and will never take another sick animal to them as long as I live. They should have told us the entire truth instead of sugar coating it. That way we wouldn't have spent 2000.00. Instead we would have taken her to our vet and had her put down. They are greedy and lie. So we put my baby through hell by giving her meds which stressed her out even more to give her a chance. Not much of a chance was it? Like I said, Alameda East stinks and are ran by greedy people. Never again. They don't give a darn about your pets, all they care about is money, the more they can get out of you, the better

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We had to rush our 7 year old cat to Alameda East in late June. We had to leave her there overnight for furthur testing. They found out that she had severe pulmonary hypertension, well, that's what we were told.
When we asked what would be the best choice what to do, "Dr. Sgruggs" told us to put her on medication three times a day. We did that for over a week. We thought we were helping her when actually they weren't giving us the entire truth. They said that it may be fatal not that it would be. She died on my bedroom floor this morning. I hate this place and will never take another sick animal to them as long as I live. They should have told us the entire truth instead of sugar coating it. That way we wouldn't have spent 2000.00. Instead we would have taken her to our vet and had her put down. They are greedy and lie. So we put my baby through hell by giving her meds which stressed her out even more to give her a chance. Not much of a chance was it? Like I said, Alameda East stinks and are ran by greedy people. Never again. They don't give a darn about your pets, all they care about is money, the more they can get out of you, the better

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Do not bring your pets here for dental work! Terribly overpriced and my dog came home coughing and sick, possibly from inhaling water during the procedure is what I was told! I heard other staff in the Lobby talking how the dental resident is writing cases for her portfolio that she hasn't even worked with, what kind of education is that! Beware of dr Diaz and wherever she winds up because she is uneducated and will make you're dog sick!

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Do not bring your pets here for dental work! Terribly overpriced and my dog came home coughing and sick, possibly from inhaling water during the procedure is what I was told! I heard other staff in the Lobby talking how the dental resident is writing cases for her portfolio that she hasn't even worked with, what kind of education is that! Beware of dr Diaz and wherever she winds up because she is uneducated and will make you're dog sick!

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I would like to thank Alameda East Veterinary Hospital or their care and consideration during a recent visit to their hospital for my cat Neiko. I was able to call in Sunday afternoon and schedule an appointment early the next morning with Dr. Fitzgerald. Check in was easy and we were seen promptly. I was especially impressed by Dr.Fitzgerald's friendly demeanor and personal attention. In past experiences at other animal hospitals and clinics, interaction with the doctor is minimal. I greatly appreciate the doctor calling me himself to let me know what was going on as well as explaining the treatment options and making the effort also to speak with me when I picked Neiko up. Services were also very fairly priced which is also appreciated.

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I would like to thank Alameda East Veterinary Hospital or their care and consideration during a recent visit to their hospital for my cat Neiko. I was able to call in Sunday afternoon and schedule an appointment early the next morning with Dr. Fitzgerald. Check in was easy and we were seen promptly. I was especially impressed by Dr.Fitzgerald's friendly demeanor and personal attention. In past experiences at other animal hospitals and clinics, interaction with the doctor is minimal. I greatly appreciate the doctor calling me himself to let me know what was going on as well as explaining the treatment options and making the effort also to speak with me when I picked Neiko up. Services were also very fairly priced which is also appreciated.

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We took our dog in to Alameda because we had heard such great things about them. Each time we took him in, we saw a different doctor. Never the same one twice. Our dog was older and having some arthritis pain, so we saw one of the doctors and she prescribed pain pills. He was still have pain, drinking a lot of water and his stomach was bloated a bit. We made another appointment, saw a different doctor and was told for 3000.00 dollars they could run a bunch of tests, but couldn't garrantee that they could find the problem, or ease his pain. Needless to say, the doctor recommended putting him down, 1. because he was 11 years old, 2 because he had pretty bad arthritis and 3 because we couldn't afford the fee. As it was, 390.00 later, we left Alameda without our dog. I feel so guilty...I should have went somewhere else, but...I didn't. If you have really deep pockets, and don't care if you see the same doctor twice, then Alameda is for you. If I ever get another pet, I'm going somewhere else...

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We took our dog in to Alameda because we had heard such great things about them. Each time we took him in, we saw a different doctor. Never the same one twice. Our dog was older and having some arthritis pain, so we saw one of the doctors and she prescribed pain pills. He was still have pain, drinking a lot of water and his stomach was bloated a bit. We made another appointment, saw a different doctor and was told for 3000.00 dollars they could run a bunch of tests, but couldn't garrantee that they could find the problem, or ease his pain. Needless to say, the doctor recommended putting him down, 1. because he was 11 years old, 2 because he had pretty bad arthritis and 3 because we couldn't afford the fee. As it was, 390.00 later, we left Alameda without our dog. I feel so guilty...I should have went somewhere else, but...I didn't. If you have really deep pockets, and don't care if you see the same doctor twice, then Alameda is for you. If I ever get another pet, I'm going somewhere else...

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They were wonderful and kind...I had to put my Lilly to sleep today...she couldn't make it through the night. They gave me the best care and attention. It was nice to have a separate room and separate entrance and extra time, they explained everything and were very kind throughout the whole process. Thank you

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They were wonderful and kind...I had to put my Lilly to sleep today...she couldn't make it through the night. They gave me the best care and attention. It was nice to have a separate room and separate entrance and extra time, they explained everything and were very kind throughout the whole process. Thank you

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I love Alameda East the the Lodge. Dr. Fitz is the BEST vet! I have been taking all of my animals here for over 20 years. Have I had some negative experiences (not with Dr. Fitz) and we worked them out. All in all, they are by far the BEST vet clinic. They also have a fabulous lodge if tou are going out of town or your dog needs a day of play. Melissa, Sarah and Carol are all TERRIFIC!

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I love Alameda East the the Lodge. Dr. Fitz is the BEST vet! I have been taking all of my animals here for over 20 years. Have I had some negative experiences (not with Dr. Fitz) and we worked them out. All in all, they are by far the BEST vet clinic. They also have a fabulous lodge if tou are going out of town or your dog needs a day of play. Melissa, Sarah and Carol are all TERRIFIC!

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I had to bring my kitty in at midnight on Christmas eve. There were no other options in town, but I had heard such great things about Alameda East I was glad they were open. My little girl had eaten an unknown amount of curling ribbon while I was gone and when I got home I found her throwing up a lot of blood with ribbon in it. It was one of the most frightening things to see and I was a bit of a mess at the vets. They were great, speedy and patient. At one point someone even offered me a cup of coffee. I was impressed with the level of professionalism. The vet took an xray of her stomach and intestines to check for blockages and (luckily) didn't find any. She let me see the xray and explained what we were looking at which gave me piece of mind. She clearly explained all of my options for continued treatment and answered all of my questions without rushing me to make a decision. I ended up taking my kitty home and monitoring her and she's been doing much better. All in all I ended up spending about $400. That included the emergency visit fee, the vet fee, the xray, and the IV and Pepcid they gave her. It was pricey, but the piece of mind made it well worth while. I would recommend them in any kind of emergency.

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★★★★★

I had to bring my kitty in at midnight on Christmas eve. There were no other options in town, but I had heard such great things about Alameda East I was glad they were open. My little girl had eaten an unknown amount of curling ribbon while I was gone and when I got home I found her throwing up a lot of blood with ribbon in it. It was one of the most frightening things to see and I was a bit of a mess at the vets. They were great, speedy and patient. At one point someone even offered me a cup of coffee. I was impressed with the level of professionalism. The vet took an xray of her stomach and intestines to check for blockages and (luckily) didn't find any. She let me see the xray and explained what we were looking at which gave me piece of mind. She clearly explained all of my options for continued treatment and answered all of my questions without rushing me to make a decision. I ended up taking my kitty home and monitoring her and she's been doing much better. All in all I ended up spending about $400. That included the emergency visit fee, the vet fee, the xray, and the IV and Pepcid they gave her. It was pricey, but the piece of mind made it well worth while. I would recommend them in any kind of emergency.

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Took 2 dogs there. The GP allegedly heard a heart murmur so we got a heart echo and visit to the cardiologist. Results, no heart murmur on exam or echo, but a big bill. They heard an insignificant heart murmur on my other dog (with an unrelated medical problem) and wanted to do an echo on this dog too! $$$ making operation. I've had better luck with VRCC or Wheat Ridge. One thing common to all these boutique operations is that people tend to like the specialists but have variable results with the GP or emergency vets. Ask lotsa questions before you sign on the dotted line. If they get huffy, then leave and go somewhere else if you can. If you have the time, there's always CSU in Ft. Collins. Have had good luck with them also.

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Took 2 dogs there. The GP allegedly heard a heart murmur so we got a heart echo and visit to the cardiologist. Results, no heart murmur on exam or echo, but a big bill. They heard an insignificant heart murmur on my other dog (with an unrelated medical problem) and wanted to do an echo on this dog too! $$$ making operation. I've had better luck with VRCC or Wheat Ridge. One thing common to all these boutique operations is that people tend to like the specialists but have variable results with the GP or emergency vets. Ask lotsa questions before you sign on the dotted line. If they get huffy, then leave and go somewhere else if you can. If you have the time, there's always CSU in Ft. Collins. Have had good luck with them also.

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I took one of our pet rabbits here for an emergency.

The rabbit could not sit or stand straight and was falling over and would not eat. The vet we got looked like she was 18, said she was allergic to rabbits but would see our pet "anyway." She gave us a prescription for a very weak antibiotic and nothing else. No painkillers for the head-tilt, nothing for the dizziness, and no suggestions as to how to proceed. Our loved pet rabbit never showed any improvement and had to be put to sleep several weeks later.

We ended up having to take our rabbit to several other vets for ongoing treatment and repeated diagnoses. One vet told us that If this "vet" had given us what we needed on our first visit, our pet rabbit might still be alive today. He would have gotten what he needed when he needed it and had a chance at beating the virus he had.

When we brought our rabbit in, we had to wait at least an hour, and there was only one other customer in the whole building. We spent at least a hundred dollars for the "diagnosis" that lasted maybe 15 minutes, and accomplished nothing.

I give you a "Bronx salute" VCA Alamedia East Vet Hospital! Your "care" was horrible and the "vet" we saw was incompetent at best and negligent at worst. I would never return. Never.

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I took one of our pet rabbits here for an emergency.

The rabbit could not sit or stand straight and was falling over and would not eat. The vet we got looked like she was 18, said she was allergic to rabbits but would see our pet "anyway." She gave us a prescription for a very weak antibiotic and nothing else. No painkillers for the head-tilt, nothing for the dizziness, and no suggestions as to how to proceed. Our loved pet rabbit never showed any improvement and had to be put to sleep several weeks later.

We ended up having to take our rabbit to several other vets for ongoing treatment and repeated diagnoses. One vet told us that If this "vet" had given us what we needed on our first visit, our pet rabbit might still be alive today. He would have gotten what he needed when he needed it and had a chance at beating the virus he had.

When we brought our rabbit in, we had to wait at least an hour, and there was only one other customer in the whole building. We spent at least a hundred dollars for the "diagnosis" that lasted maybe 15 minutes, and accomplished nothing.

I give you a "Bronx salute" VCA Alamedia East Vet Hospital! Your "care" was horrible and the "vet" we saw was incompetent at best and negligent at worst. I would never return. Never.

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I use to think they were they cream of the crop! They did a surgery several years ago on my great danes torn tendon and did a super job, but that was one of the seasoned vets. I went there a couple of years ago for a second opinion only, the inexperienced vet I got took us into a room and immediately started the list of tests that we needed to run. I stopped her and said I was there to get xrays ONLY for a second opinion to what my vet had diagnosed. My dog was not in distress, just wasn't feeling well. she went on and on that we needed all of these tests ran (even though we had ran tests at my vets office - we just hadn't done xrays) I told her everything that had been done and we only wanted xrays. She was a little testy and said she could not be responsible for what may happen to my dog if I wouldn't do the tests. The xrays did not show anything that she had eaten out of the ordinary! So I paid my 300.00 and she asked if I wanted her to contact my vet with the results, I said No that I would take the xrays myself. Before I got across town to my vet she had called him and had him thinking I wasn't trusting what he had told me, It was just a piece of mind for me, not mistrusting my long time vet. I was furious and will not go there again for anything. they seem to have the new out of school vets doing internships and all they want to do is run up the bill doing a million tests because they are so inexperienced. I love my dogs but I don't feel taking them to Alameda east would be in their best interest or mine.

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I use to think they were they cream of the crop! They did a surgery several years ago on my great danes torn tendon and did a super job, but that was one of the seasoned vets. I went there a couple of years ago for a second opinion only, the inexperienced vet I got took us into a room and immediately started the list of tests that we needed to run. I stopped her and said I was there to get xrays ONLY for a second opinion to what my vet had diagnosed. My dog was not in distress, just wasn't feeling well. she went on and on that we needed all of these tests ran (even though we had ran tests at my vets office - we just hadn't done xrays) I told her everything that had been done and we only wanted xrays. She was a little testy and said she could not be responsible for what may happen to my dog if I wouldn't do the tests. The xrays did not show anything that she had eaten out of the ordinary! So I paid my 300.00 and she asked if I wanted her to contact my vet with the results, I said No that I would take the xrays myself. Before I got across town to my vet she had called him and had him thinking I wasn't trusting what he had told me, It was just a piece of mind for me, not mistrusting my long time vet. I was furious and will not go there again for anything. they seem to have the new out of school vets doing internships and all they want to do is run up the bill doing a million tests because they are so inexperienced. I love my dogs but I don't feel taking them to Alameda east would be in their best interest or mine.

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I think Alameda East has a lot of great docs. I began taking my dogs there before they renovated the building and added the "hotel". I had no problems until one of my dogs got sick and I had to use the inpatient hospital. She was a completely healthy 5 year old and she stopped eating for a few days so I took her in. The vet gave me some medicine for upset tummy and I left. 24 hours later I knew it wasn't helping so I brought her back. 48 hours later, she was in distress and had to be put to sleep, my decision after watching her suffer. This is a dog that was cognizant and looked fine, just wasn't eating.

The problem I have, and that I didn't know, is that it was an inexperienced intern or new vet, who made some decisions that made my dog go into distress. She did not recognize me, lost control of her bowels, panted non-stop, I held her in the ER on the floor, she could not stand up, I cried and cried and finally begged them to put her to sleep.

Think about it. I do believe the vet did what she thought was best. She didn't know what to do. She actually kept making phone calls to ask other vets. The bill was $2600. I was unemployed at the time.

I was devasted. If she had had a long illness and it was expected, that would be one thing. I feel like she was an experiment instead.

As a result. I will NEVER let any of my dogs go overnight at any animal hospital. Not for anything. One of my dogs has allergies and I am scared to death to have him tested because of what happened when I trusted one hospital with my pet.

I think Alameda East is fine for routine visits but not emergencies. IF you have to go for an emergency, insist on having an experienced vet see your pet, not an intern.

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I think Alameda East has a lot of great docs. I began taking my dogs there before they renovated the building and added the "hotel". I had no problems until one of my dogs got sick and I had to use the inpatient hospital. She was a completely healthy 5 year old and she stopped eating for a few days so I took her in. The vet gave me some medicine for upset tummy and I left. 24 hours later I knew it wasn't helping so I brought her back. 48 hours later, she was in distress and had to be put to sleep, my decision after watching her suffer. This is a dog that was cognizant and looked fine, just wasn't eating.

The problem I have, and that I didn't know, is that it was an inexperienced intern or new vet, who made some decisions that made my dog go into distress. She did not recognize me, lost control of her bowels, panted non-stop, I held her in the ER on the floor, she could not stand up, I cried and cried and finally begged them to put her to sleep.

Think about it. I do believe the vet did what she thought was best. She didn't know what to do. She actually kept making phone calls to ask other vets. The bill was $2600. I was unemployed at the time.

I was devasted. If she had had a long illness and it was expected, that would be one thing. I feel like she was an experiment instead.

As a result. I will NEVER let any of my dogs go overnight at any animal hospital. Not for anything. One of my dogs has allergies and I am scared to death to have him tested because of what happened when I trusted one hospital with my pet.

I think Alameda East is fine for routine visits but not emergencies. IF you have to go for an emergency, insist on having an experienced vet see your pet, not an intern.

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after we paid $2600 for CT, MRI, X-ray...they could not tell us what was going on to our dog. I probably could get the same response from any other vets without paying that much. I did not notice any compassions they are giving to my dogs, unlike how they are on TV

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after we paid $2600 for CT, MRI, X-ray...they could not tell us what was going on to our dog. I probably could get the same response from any other vets without paying that much. I did not notice any compassions they are giving to my dogs, unlike how they are on TV

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yes , they are on TV- but you always ahve to see a different veteriarian, even the same day- they push alot of diagnostics and don't give you alot of options-they make you feel gulity if you do not run alot of tests. (and spens alot of $$). They ahve alot of specialists - but most problems do not necessarily always require an expensiive "consult"- Completely overrated- plus long waits and poor follow up care.

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yes , they are on TV- but you always ahve to see a different veteriarian, even the same day- they push alot of diagnostics and don't give you alot of options-they make you feel gulity if you do not run alot of tests. (and spens alot of $$). They ahve alot of specialists - but most problems do not necessarily always require an expensiive "consult"- Completely overrated- plus long waits and poor follow up care.

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Alameda East is not cheap but they are up-front about the charges and give you options. And you definitely get what you pay for -- if you want world class diagnostics and treatment, you will get it here. The staff are also kind, caring and friendly. They got me in for an appointment for a very sick pet very quickly (so we didn't have to use and pay for their "Emergency" facility) and brought him back from the brink of death when our 2 previous vets couldn't. They continue to call me periodically to see how he's doing too. Fantastic vets all around.

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★★★★★

Alameda East is not cheap but they are up-front about the charges and give you options. And you definitely get what you pay for -- if you want world class diagnostics and treatment, you will get it here. The staff are also kind, caring and friendly. They got me in for an appointment for a very sick pet very quickly (so we didn't have to use and pay for their "Emergency" facility) and brought him back from the brink of death when our 2 previous vets couldn't. They continue to call me periodically to see how he's doing too. Fantastic vets all around.

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I would not say that our experience with this hospital was an overwhelming positive one. Perhaps a smaller hospital would give better service and support.

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I would not say that our experience with this hospital was an overwhelming positive one. Perhaps a smaller hospital would give better service and support.

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Alameda East is one of the best vet hospitals in the nation. I'll admit that I took my pet there after seeing them on Animal Planet but I was not disappointed. My dog had a chronic disease that my regular vet could not treat so i went to Alameda East to see a specialist. They aren't cheap but they do itemize what everything will cost before treatment and try to work with you if you can't afford everything. They are also so nice and professional.

PROS: expert service
CONS: can be expensive

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★★★★★

Alameda East is one of the best vet hospitals in the nation. I'll admit that I took my pet there after seeing them on Animal Planet but I was not disappointed. My dog had a chronic disease that my regular vet could not treat so i went to Alameda East to see a specialist. They aren't cheap but they do itemize what everything will cost before treatment and try to work with you if you can't afford everything. They are also so nice and professional.

PROS: expert service
CONS: can be expensive

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This is the clinic that is seen on amimal planet. They have all the advanced equipement in the treatment of your cat and dog. The even have a hotel for people to stay next door if needed.

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This is the clinic that is seen on amimal planet. They have all the advanced equipement in the treatment of your cat and dog. The even have a hotel for people to stay next door if needed.

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We are new to Colorado and took our dog and cat to another vet here. It was awful. After a few suggestions from friends to go to Alameda East, we tried it. They are perfect. The technicians and doctors take their time to talk to you and answer any questions you might have. They also do on the spot estimates for things that your pet might need. It is comforting knowing that they have the new rehab center next door for older or injured pets too.

PROS: Everything
CONS: Nothing

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★★★★★

We are new to Colorado and took our dog and cat to another vet here. It was awful. After a few suggestions from friends to go to Alameda East, we tried it. They are perfect. The technicians and doctors take their time to talk to you and answer any questions you might have. They also do on the spot estimates for things that your pet might need. It is comforting knowing that they have the new rehab center next door for older or injured pets too.

PROS: Everything
CONS: Nothing

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I find it dishonest to funnel people into unnecessary expense under the pretense of being ""more thorough"".\r\nIn my 2 dealings with AEVH, I was pushed in the direction of additional appointments for no apparent reason. The first time I tried to schedule an appointment with their canine Dermatologist (after my regular vet suggested the consultation) for a condition that was not clearing with several ""first line"" attempts. I was told that I could not see their Dermatologist directly, but had to see a AEVH general practice veterinarian first. I explained I had a GP and he wanted me then to see a Dermatologist. The scheduler declined to make the appointment w/o a GP appointment first. I was able to speak with their Dermatologist directly who was appalled to hear his clients were being siphoned away. \r\nOn another occasion, our GP wanted to get an MRI of our dog's cervical spine at AEVH. In a similar fashion, I was told that an MRI could not be done without a ""complete neurologic evaluation by one of our Neurologists"". That appears to be the standard of care in the area. However, at VRCC I was able to get the same evaluation with a Neurologist AND Neurosurgeon (one in the same unlike AEVH), but also get the MRI for atleast $500.00 less. \r\nI am done with Alameda East. I find them to be money driven primarily.

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This past Labor Day (2011), we picked up our German Shorthair Pointer from daycare in the AM after a weekend trip. He was not acting like himself and pacing, vomiting, foaming at the mouth. We rushed him to Alameda East and it was determined after checking out him and doing x-rays that he was experiencing gastric torsion. The on-call surgeon was called in and within two hours of taking him, he was in emergency surgery to try and save his stomach from completely turning over. Our dog was out of surgery in an hour and the surgeon and vet were able to save him and reverse his condition. HIs spleen was removed due to damage the torsion had done to it, but our dog was saved. \r\n\r\nWe are very pleased with the level of care, sense of urgency, and ability to operate on the holiday when our dog needed it. Without this emergency surgery, he probably would not have made it. Dr. Isreal and Surgeon Dr. Cavanaugh did a great job with our dog of 8 years. He is at home healing now and it will be a few weeks before he is back to normal, but we are pleased with the level of service and care received when truly needed. Thank you Alameda East and Dr. Isreal & Cavanaugh for helping to save our dog

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This past Labor Day (2011), we picked up our German Shorthair Pointer from daycare in the AM after a weekend trip. He was not acting like himself and pacing, vomiting, foaming at the mouth. We rushed him to Alameda East and it was determined after checking out him and doing x-rays that he was experiencing gastric torsion. The on-call surgeon was called in and within two hours of taking him, he was in emergency surgery to try and save his stomach from completely turning over. Our dog was out of surgery in an hour and the surgeon and vet were able to save him and reverse his condition. HIs spleen was removed due to damage the torsion had done to it, but our dog was saved. \r\n\r\nWe are very pleased with the level of care, sense of urgency, and ability to operate on the holiday when our dog needed it. Without this emergency surgery, he probably would not have made it. Dr. Isreal and Surgeon Dr. Cavanaugh did a great job with our dog of 8 years. He is at home healing now and it will be a few weeks before he is back to normal, but we are pleased with the level of service and care received when truly needed. Thank you Alameda East and Dr. Isreal & Cavanaugh for helping to save our dog

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My cat went into labor this morning, her first litter and my first cat period. The first kitten came out fine, but she didn't have another one for at least 2.5 hours. I began to get very concerned so I called to see what they thought. Everyone I talked to was very helpful, nice, and genuine. They told me that this was normal for her cat type as long as she wasn't struggling, which she wasn't. Told me to keep her in a dark warm room, which I did. After that, less than 40 minutes later, 5 healthy kittens! And the momma (MY baby) is doing great! Thanks so much to the staff at VCA for taking the time to ease my worries and give me great advice!

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★★★★★

My cat went into labor this morning, her first litter and my first cat period. The first kitten came out fine, but she didn't have another one for at least 2.5 hours. I began to get very concerned so I called to see what they thought. Everyone I talked to was very helpful, nice, and genuine. They told me that this was normal for her cat type as long as she wasn't struggling, which she wasn't. Told me to keep her in a dark warm room, which I did. After that, less than 40 minutes later, 5 healthy kittens! And the momma (MY baby) is doing great! Thanks so much to the staff at VCA for taking the time to ease my worries and give me great advice!

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They went way over their already overpriced estimate - dont go here unless you want mediocre care at very high prices!\nI will never walk thru those doors again. And i am telling all my friends with dogs to stay away.\n\nMy instincts said dont go there, but i did anyway and boy, am I ever sorry. Hang on to your wallet and your panties - they'll take it all! I was quoted a range of prices then charged well beyond the high end - I even had it in writing. \nMy dog is healthy, the procedure was minimal, I was told it went smoothly, so why the additional fees? \nWhen I asked the cashier why there was the over charge she shrugged and handed me the credit card statement to sign. No explanation. I reluctantly signed and got my dog. \n\nMy dog is family and I am happy to pay to keep him healthy and happy, but this was ridiculous. I wish I would have done more research before making an appt - I attend a lot of dog events and as I asked around I found many with the same bad experience. \nThen I hear its a teaching hospital with mostly inexperienced techs - so why the super high price? They are getting rich off of suckers like me. Lesson learned. Hope my experience spares someone else.

1
★☆☆☆☆

They went way over their already overpriced estimate - dont go here unless you want mediocre care at very high prices!\nI will never walk thru those doors again. And i am telling all my friends with dogs to stay away.\n\nMy instincts said dont go there, but i did anyway and boy, am I ever sorry. Hang on to your wallet and your panties - they'll take it all! I was quoted a range of prices then charged well beyond the high end - I even had it in writing. \nMy dog is healthy, the procedure was minimal, I was told it went smoothly, so why the additional fees? \nWhen I asked the cashier why there was the over charge she shrugged and handed me the credit card statement to sign. No explanation. I reluctantly signed and got my dog. \n\nMy dog is family and I am happy to pay to keep him healthy and happy, but this was ridiculous. I wish I would have done more research before making an appt - I attend a lot of dog events and as I asked around I found many with the same bad experience. \nThen I hear its a teaching hospital with mostly inexperienced techs - so why the super high price? They are getting rich off of suckers like me. Lesson learned. Hope my experience spares someone else.

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Anyone who's dog has cancer I would not recommend taking your dog to Alameda East Vet., some other Dr. might be ok but 2 of the owner of the dog has a bad experience on the specialist. All they want is money. The best place to take your dog with cancer is at Fort Collins, it's worth the travel.

5
★★★★★

Anyone who's dog has cancer I would not recommend taking your dog to Alameda East Vet., some other Dr. might be ok but 2 of the owner of the dog has a bad experience on the specialist. All they want is money. The best place to take your dog with cancer is at Fort Collins, it's worth the travel.

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Anyone in Denver actually knows that all this vet cares about is money. I brought my 5 yr old dog in at 6am who had collapsed and they refused to even LOOK at him until I shelled out $800+. They refused to continue treating after 3 days and over 3k. I had to put him down. Literally every conversation was about money, not my dog. They hasseled me for two years for add'l money after my final bill and refused any part of charity care (after over 3k for 3 days) because, ""we can't guarantee a positive outcome"" - meaning they will only fund the less critical pets that they can guarantee they will save (and generate years more of income! just asking)\r\nIn speaking to others in the community, I have heard of dozens of similiar stories. I would NEVER go there again. \r\n

1
★☆☆☆☆

Anyone in Denver actually knows that all this vet cares about is money. I brought my 5 yr old dog in at 6am who had collapsed and they refused to even LOOK at him until I shelled out $800+. They refused to continue treating after 3 days and over 3k. I had to put him down. Literally every conversation was about money, not my dog. They hasseled me for two years for add'l money after my final bill and refused any part of charity care (after over 3k for 3 days) because, ""we can't guarantee a positive outcome"" - meaning they will only fund the less critical pets that they can guarantee they will save (and generate years more of income! just asking)\r\nIn speaking to others in the community, I have heard of dozens of similiar stories. I would NEVER go there again. \r\n

Pros: Great Billing System - Plenty of costly services

Cons: Money is ONLY focus

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My vet referred me to Dr. Pearce of VCA Alameda East for a neurological consult for my 3 1/2 year old australian cattle dog. Dr. Pearce and her staff moved very quickly and diagnosed my dog. Dr. Pearce is wonderful to work with and she's very caring. As a result, my dog is getting treatments at csu for a brain tumor and we have hope. Thanks so much!

5
★★★★★

My vet referred me to Dr. Pearce of VCA Alameda East for a neurological consult for my 3 1/2 year old australian cattle dog. Dr. Pearce and her staff moved very quickly and diagnosed my dog. Dr. Pearce is wonderful to work with and she's very caring. As a result, my dog is getting treatments at csu for a brain tumor and we have hope. Thanks so much!

Pros: Great expertise and caring bedside manners

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My cat, who had a previous renal condition and heart murmur, needed to be seen immediately when he became motionless and kept vomiting. We took him to this hospital and the vet, preying on our emotions I now realize, suggested a bunch of unnecessary tests that, in our emotional state, we went along with believing and trusting the advice. Well $450 later, they recommended yet another treatment that would put the bill well over $1000. My cat was nearly 20 years old and already had documented illnesses. We decided it was time to put him down - and we did. We asked to go on a payment plan because this was unexpected and we were very strapped. They said they normally didn't do this, but would work with us and let us do it. As I went to make the second payment, I found out that had been charging us late fees and finance charges - with no warning or discussion. You don't say you're going to let us do a payment plan then charge us behind our backs for late fees and finance charges. The only reason I caught it was because the balance was higher than I remembered. This place is horrible, uncaring and practicing deceptive billing methods. DO NOT USE THIS HOSPITAL or any VCA vet/facility. Your money is better spent elsewhere. Ask for a detailed estimate sheet and don't let vets push you into making decisions. You'll be sorry. This hospital also has unprofessional billing staff and the customer service is lacking. Save yourself the drama, heartache and money!

1
★☆☆☆☆

My cat, who had a previous renal condition and heart murmur, needed to be seen immediately when he became motionless and kept vomiting. We took him to this hospital and the vet, preying on our emotions I now realize, suggested a bunch of unnecessary tests that, in our emotional state, we went along with believing and trusting the advice. Well $450 later, they recommended yet another treatment that would put the bill well over $1000. My cat was nearly 20 years old and already had documented illnesses. We decided it was time to put him down - and we did. We asked to go on a payment plan because this was unexpected and we were very strapped. They said they normally didn't do this, but would work with us and let us do it. As I went to make the second payment, I found out that had been charging us late fees and finance charges - with no warning or discussion. You don't say you're going to let us do a payment plan then charge us behind our backs for late fees and finance charges. The only reason I caught it was because the balance was higher than I remembered. This place is horrible, uncaring and practicing deceptive billing methods. DO NOT USE THIS HOSPITAL or any VCA vet/facility. Your money is better spent elsewhere. Ask for a detailed estimate sheet and don't let vets push you into making decisions. You'll be sorry. This hospital also has unprofessional billing staff and the customer service is lacking. Save yourself the drama, heartache and money!

Pros: Nice facility - that's about it

Cons: Shady billing, rude staff, long waits

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Our vet recommended that we take our puppy to Alameda East when he became very sick. His symptoms were unusual so it took some time to figure out what was sending him into kidney failure. All of the doctors that we have dealt with (Dr. Raj, Dr. Rah and Dr. Israel) have been amazing...very caring, thorough, knowledgeable. They always called with test results when expected and once we could take him home, they called periodically to check in on him. We truly felt like Zeke was in the best hands. \r\n\r\nThe facility is immaculate...my husband jokes that Alameda East is nicer than any human hospital we've ever been to. Also, they are open 24 hours and have top-notch vets available all day long which is very comforting when your pet has to stay overnight or is sick in the middle of the night. \r\n\r\nOf course, with the best care comes a hefty price tag. In my experience, all vet care is expensive but I do think that Alameda East charges a premium for their services. I thought about taking away 1 star for this, but we felt as though the level of care was worth the price. \r\n\r\nI would highly recommend Alameda East (with an asterisk on price) and personally, won't take my animals anywhere else for emergency care.

5
★★★★★

Our vet recommended that we take our puppy to Alameda East when he became very sick. His symptoms were unusual so it took some time to figure out what was sending him into kidney failure. All of the doctors that we have dealt with (Dr. Raj, Dr. Rah and Dr. Israel) have been amazing...very caring, thorough, knowledgeable. They always called with test results when expected and once we could take him home, they called periodically to check in on him. We truly felt like Zeke was in the best hands. \r\n\r\nThe facility is immaculate...my husband jokes that Alameda East is nicer than any human hospital we've ever been to. Also, they are open 24 hours and have top-notch vets available all day long which is very comforting when your pet has to stay overnight or is sick in the middle of the night. \r\n\r\nOf course, with the best care comes a hefty price tag. In my experience, all vet care is expensive but I do think that Alameda East charges a premium for their services. I thought about taking away 1 star for this, but we felt as though the level of care was worth the price. \r\n\r\nI would highly recommend Alameda East (with an asterisk on price) and personally, won't take my animals anywhere else for emergency care.

Pros: Nice facility, caring staff, great vets

Cons: cost

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Unexpectedly, at 11pm Friday night we had a very sick dog. In fact, by his shivering , we thought he was dying. Our regular vet was closed. We went to VCA emergency . The receptionist was efficient, followed by friendly technicians, followed by Dr. Carbone who, of course, confirmed that the dog was indeed extremely sick and asked permission to do stool, urine and other samples. By 12:30 am, the dog had been analyzed for a severe stomach infection and a possible urinary problem. He had received intravenous fluid replacement and antibiotics AND had started to recover. Today, 3 days later he has just about fully recovered, though he will be on antibiotics for 4 more days. Dr.Carbone & VCA did a fantastic job. \r\nTHANK YOU.

5
★★★★★

Unexpectedly, at 11pm Friday night we had a very sick dog. In fact, by his shivering , we thought he was dying. Our regular vet was closed. We went to VCA emergency . The receptionist was efficient, followed by friendly technicians, followed by Dr. Carbone who, of course, confirmed that the dog was indeed extremely sick and asked permission to do stool, urine and other samples. By 12:30 am, the dog had been analyzed for a severe stomach infection and a possible urinary problem. He had received intravenous fluid replacement and antibiotics AND had started to recover. Today, 3 days later he has just about fully recovered, though he will be on antibiotics for 4 more days. Dr.Carbone & VCA did a fantastic job. \r\nTHANK YOU.

Pros: Excellent emergency help

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I have a 4 month old puppy who has been going to Alameda East, and the service I received was decent until this week, when I called for help because my puppy had eaten chocolate. The man who answered the phone told me that there was nobody there who could help me because they were all in a meeting and that maybe I should call another veterinary clinic. I was not anywhere where I could look up other vets, and had to resort to calling my dog trainer, who was much more helpful than Alameda East. I'm going to start taking my puppy somewhere else that will be willing to help me.

2
★★☆☆☆

I have a 4 month old puppy who has been going to Alameda East, and the service I received was decent until this week, when I called for help because my puppy had eaten chocolate. The man who answered the phone told me that there was nobody there who could help me because they were all in a meeting and that maybe I should call another veterinary clinic. I was not anywhere where I could look up other vets, and had to resort to calling my dog trainer, who was much more helpful than Alameda East. I'm going to start taking my puppy somewhere else that will be willing to help me.

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I took my dog to the ER when I noticed what appeared to be a laceration on his foot. I was very disappointed in the service I received. My dog saw two different doctors, one of whom answered inquiries with ""I don't know."" They recommended my aging dog undergo surgery, and responded, ""I don't know"" to my inquiries.... In addition they are expensive. Unfortunately, not all pet owners are independently wealthy. Requiring additional information before one commits to a procedure (something beyond I don't know is a bit more comforting and reassuring) and asking about costs, and also hoping to minimize costs while ensuring your companion is treated appropriately (I don't know doesn't make one feel confident in expensive procedures) does not demonstrate a lack of love for your pet. In fact, just the opposite. Overall, I found the place to be rather cold and uninformative. My experience was similar to auto shopping or an oil change.

2
★★☆☆☆

I took my dog to the ER when I noticed what appeared to be a laceration on his foot. I was very disappointed in the service I received. My dog saw two different doctors, one of whom answered inquiries with ""I don't know."" They recommended my aging dog undergo surgery, and responded, ""I don't know"" to my inquiries.... In addition they are expensive. Unfortunately, not all pet owners are independently wealthy. Requiring additional information before one commits to a procedure (something beyond I don't know is a bit more comforting and reassuring) and asking about costs, and also hoping to minimize costs while ensuring your companion is treated appropriately (I don't know doesn't make one feel confident in expensive procedures) does not demonstrate a lack of love for your pet. In fact, just the opposite. Overall, I found the place to be rather cold and uninformative. My experience was similar to auto shopping or an oil change.

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Customer services are worst, they don't even know how to make an appointment. Great doctors, but too expensive and depending on all expensive equipments. After paying $3000 for CT, X-rays, MRI... they could not find any causes for my pet's symptom. When I call a main line, seems like only thing they know is to transfer lines to someone's voice message. They cannot even locate a medical record. They are also so----slow. \r\n

2
★★☆☆☆

Customer services are worst, they don't even know how to make an appointment. Great doctors, but too expensive and depending on all expensive equipments. After paying $3000 for CT, X-rays, MRI... they could not find any causes for my pet's symptom. When I call a main line, seems like only thing they know is to transfer lines to someone's voice message. They cannot even locate a medical record. They are also so----slow. \r\n

Pros: nice doctors

Cons: not organized

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Alameda East has a great team and the best dog swimming anywhere, and believe me, I've checked them all out! I am what you might call a very thorough investigator when it comes to my pointers and this place is the ONLY place to take your dogs to swim. So many people warned me about other places close by that basically know nothing about dogs and swimming them and no safety concerns at all, just throw a bunch of dogs in a pool and see what happens...this is not at all how Alameda East operates and I feel safe and confident that they are in good hands.

5
★★★★★

Alameda East has a great team and the best dog swimming anywhere, and believe me, I've checked them all out! I am what you might call a very thorough investigator when it comes to my pointers and this place is the ONLY place to take your dogs to swim. So many people warned me about other places close by that basically know nothing about dogs and swimming them and no safety concerns at all, just throw a bunch of dogs in a pool and see what happens...this is not at all how Alameda East operates and I feel safe and confident that they are in good hands.

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For the most part, I really like Alameda East. They have some of the best vets around and are very well trained in cutting edge care. They are always pleasant when you come in and there is never too much of a wait.\r\nThe problem I have is the fact that even if you are a loyal longtime customer, they still will make you come in for ""emergency"" instead of just fitting you in if you need to come in quickly. The emergency cost is $100 just for walking in the door. That is excessive and unfair to those of us who have been going for years.\r\nI will continue to go there for serious issues, however, if I need a quick vaccine or check I am going to go somewhere more reasonable.

4
★★★★☆

For the most part, I really like Alameda East. They have some of the best vets around and are very well trained in cutting edge care. They are always pleasant when you come in and there is never too much of a wait.\r\nThe problem I have is the fact that even if you are a loyal longtime customer, they still will make you come in for ""emergency"" instead of just fitting you in if you need to come in quickly. The emergency cost is $100 just for walking in the door. That is excessive and unfair to those of us who have been going for years.\r\nI will continue to go there for serious issues, however, if I need a quick vaccine or check I am going to go somewhere more reasonable.

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Thank god I found Alameda East! My dog needs therapy swimming for a disc problem and they have changed her life. She can now go for short walks and she likes to play again. Before I found Alameda east Bella tried other places that advertise swimming and it was a scary disappointment. Alameda East is the only place with TRAINED staff in swimming and unlike the other place, the pool is clean. Our pets are our children and I am so happy I found a place that sees it that way.

5
★★★★★

Thank god I found Alameda East! My dog needs therapy swimming for a disc problem and they have changed her life. She can now go for short walks and she likes to play again. Before I found Alameda east Bella tried other places that advertise swimming and it was a scary disappointment. Alameda East is the only place with TRAINED staff in swimming and unlike the other place, the pool is clean. Our pets are our children and I am so happy I found a place that sees it that way.

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I am a huge fan of Alameda East. The vets are so good and caring and really take the time to thoroughly check out everything with your pets to make sure nothing is overlooked. I have been seeing Dr. Fitzgerald now for over a year and he has been wonderful and the kids actually look forward to going. How many times can you say that about a vet visit?\r\nThey also have amazing water therapy. It is very unadvisable to take your dogs swimming anywhere that isn't trained the way they are at alameda east. I have heard places like this exist, so be careful. Their pool in built in, the way a pool should be. it's amazingly clean and the people know how to make sure they are safe. This is important to me!\r\nThey also do boarding and daycare, which I often take advantage of. Yes, it's on the pricier side, but I always feel safe knowing my dogs are in good hands there. and to me, that's worth everything.

5
★★★★★

I am a huge fan of Alameda East. The vets are so good and caring and really take the time to thoroughly check out everything with your pets to make sure nothing is overlooked. I have been seeing Dr. Fitzgerald now for over a year and he has been wonderful and the kids actually look forward to going. How many times can you say that about a vet visit?\r\nThey also have amazing water therapy. It is very unadvisable to take your dogs swimming anywhere that isn't trained the way they are at alameda east. I have heard places like this exist, so be careful. Their pool in built in, the way a pool should be. it's amazingly clean and the people know how to make sure they are safe. This is important to me!\r\nThey also do boarding and daycare, which I often take advantage of. Yes, it's on the pricier side, but I always feel safe knowing my dogs are in good hands there. and to me, that's worth everything.

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Alameda East is a fantastic animal hospital. It provides state of the science diagnosis and treatment. Consequently don't expect to get out cheaply but expect top veterinary care. My dog had a severe life-threatening infection and after seeing two other vets in Denver/Aurora (who could not diagnose the exact bacterial culprit) , he was just going downhill. I brought him to Alameda and they had him stabilized and on the mend within 48 hours. Now a week later he's back to almost 100% health and full recovery. The treatment cost almost $2000 but saved his life (and he's only a year old dog). Considering that the other 2 vets who did nothing chanrged me $400-500 each to do nothing, what Alameda charged really wasn't terrible. Bottom line: if you are willing to spend what it takes to get your dog cured, Alameda is the place to go. And by the way, they got me in for an appointment at the last minute, were courteous and caring and have called every day for a week to find out how my dog is doing.

5
★★★★★

Alameda East is a fantastic animal hospital. It provides state of the science diagnosis and treatment. Consequently don't expect to get out cheaply but expect top veterinary care. My dog had a severe life-threatening infection and after seeing two other vets in Denver/Aurora (who could not diagnose the exact bacterial culprit) , he was just going downhill. I brought him to Alameda and they had him stabilized and on the mend within 48 hours. Now a week later he's back to almost 100% health and full recovery. The treatment cost almost $2000 but saved his life (and he's only a year old dog). Considering that the other 2 vets who did nothing chanrged me $400-500 each to do nothing, what Alameda charged really wasn't terrible. Bottom line: if you are willing to spend what it takes to get your dog cured, Alameda is the place to go. And by the way, they got me in for an appointment at the last minute, were courteous and caring and have called every day for a week to find out how my dog is doing.

Pros: State of the art care, latest diagnostic and treatment equipment, friendly caring service

Cons: Expensive (but you get what you pay for!)

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Where to begin with Alameda East . . . If you call, you will be put on hold. If you leave a message, you will not receive a return call. If you bring your pet in looking for answers to health problems, you will get guesswork, medication, medication, medication and expensive return visits. Their records are a mess, so no doctor has a clue what another has done with your pet and no one at the front desk has a clue what your doctor has told you. If you ask your doctor a basic question, they will give you a garbled answer that in no way relates to your question. All of this at a hundred dollars a pop! I would not go to Alameda unless your pet is in need of an M.R.I. or it is a middle of the night emergency and you have nowhere else to turn. Go to Firehouse Animal Health Center if you are looking for caring, expert, family care.

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★☆☆☆☆

Where to begin with Alameda East . . . If you call, you will be put on hold. If you leave a message, you will not receive a return call. If you bring your pet in looking for answers to health problems, you will get guesswork, medication, medication, medication and expensive return visits. Their records are a mess, so no doctor has a clue what another has done with your pet and no one at the front desk has a clue what your doctor has told you. If you ask your doctor a basic question, they will give you a garbled answer that in no way relates to your question. All of this at a hundred dollars a pop! I would not go to Alameda unless your pet is in need of an M.R.I. or it is a middle of the night emergency and you have nowhere else to turn. Go to Firehouse Animal Health Center if you are looking for caring, expert, family care.

Pros: nice facade

Cons: everything else

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If your dog loves to swim, and who's doesn't? Why would you waste your money to go here?\r\nIt is overpriced, overrated and not at all fun. This facility is more concerned about taking your hard earned money and about how they look on tv.\r\nI take my dog to a great place on Leetsdale with 2 huge swimming pools and great prices. You should check out the competition before wasting your money here.

1
★☆☆☆☆

If your dog loves to swim, and who's doesn't? Why would you waste your money to go here?\r\nIt is overpriced, overrated and not at all fun. This facility is more concerned about taking your hard earned money and about how they look on tv.\r\nI take my dog to a great place on Leetsdale with 2 huge swimming pools and great prices. You should check out the competition before wasting your money here.

Pros: they're TV stars!

Cons: rip off

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This is one of the best clinics I have ever gone to. The caring of the staff, the updated and clean facility and the convenience of 24 hours is what makes this place so special. I appreciate so much the way they make me feel and I will always recommend them to my friends.

5
★★★★★

This is one of the best clinics I have ever gone to. The caring of the staff, the updated and clean facility and the convenience of 24 hours is what makes this place so special. I appreciate so much the way they make me feel and I will always recommend them to my friends.

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We provide 24 hour emergency services, primary care services, and specialty services such as surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, dermatology, neurology, oncology, physical therapy and sports medicine.

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