Hillandale Animal Hospital

★★★☆☆

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Dr. Sweeney is a petty, heartless mercenary. I made an appointment 2 days in advance for a dog I was taking care of for a couple weeks while the owner was out of town. This dog had serious issues; his paw was completely inflamed and he couldn't put any weight on it, his appetite had decreased drastically, he was vomiting and had diarrhea. I show up at Dr. Sweeney's office on time, and after a short wait he comes into the office and refuses to treat the dog over... wait for it... a $36 bill that was past due from the owner's previous visit. When I offered to not only pay for the past due bill but also pay for the current treatment upfront, he refused, saying it was a matter of "principle" and that it would effect his "impartiality" towards the dog. I was shocked that he would deny treatment to a clearly suffering dog in order to basically punish the owner, who was 1500 miles away and had no idea what was taking place. When I posed the hypothetical that the dog could die in between then and the time it took me to find another vet and set up an appointment, he went on a rant about the "real world" and how that wasn't going to happen. I'd never trust putting a pet I cared about in the hands of someone so callous. Stay away from Hillandale Animal Hospital.

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Dr. Sweeney is a petty, heartless mercenary. I made an appointment 2 days in advance for a dog I was taking care of for a couple weeks while the owner was out of town. This dog had serious issues; his paw was completely inflamed and he couldn't put any weight on it, his appetite had decreased drastically, he was vomiting and had diarrhea. I show up at Dr. Sweeney's office on time, and after a short wait he comes into the office and refuses to treat the dog over... wait for it... a $36 bill that was past due from the owner's previous visit. When I offered to not only pay for the past due bill but also pay for the current treatment upfront, he refused, saying it was a matter of "principle" and that it would effect his "impartiality" towards the dog. I was shocked that he would deny treatment to a clearly suffering dog in order to basically punish the owner, who was 1500 miles away and had no idea what was taking place. When I posed the hypothetical that the dog could die in between then and the time it took me to find another vet and set up an appointment, he went on a rant about the "real world" and how that wasn't going to happen. I'd never trust putting a pet I cared about in the hands of someone so callous. Stay away from Hillandale Animal Hospital.

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used them for years because they were convenient and relatively inexpensive and the vet is a nice guy. fine with regular care although insists on giving shots every year which is not necessary. didn't like his treatment of our geriatric dog who i thought suffered for longer than necessary. decided wouldn't bring a sick animal to him again so have switched to a practice with multiple vets that seem more knowledgeable about latest developments in veterinary medicine.

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used them for years because they were convenient and relatively inexpensive and the vet is a nice guy. fine with regular care although insists on giving shots every year which is not necessary. didn't like his treatment of our geriatric dog who i thought suffered for longer than necessary. decided wouldn't bring a sick animal to him again so have switched to a practice with multiple vets that seem more knowledgeable about latest developments in veterinary medicine.

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Though Dr. Sweeney is a nice man, and is probably fine for animals who are healthy, I would never trust him with another pet of mine. He neglected to notice all the bite wounds on my dog after she was in a fight with a wild animal, and assured me she was OK, despite my questioning. This lead to a massive infection a week later for seven undiscovered bites for which she needed mega antibiotics. He has a "country doctor" feel to his office, but don't take your animal there except for routine shots.

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Though Dr. Sweeney is a nice man, and is probably fine for animals who are healthy, I would never trust him with another pet of mine. He neglected to notice all the bite wounds on my dog after she was in a fight with a wild animal, and assured me she was OK, despite my questioning. This lead to a massive infection a week later for seven undiscovered bites for which she needed mega antibiotics. He has a "country doctor" feel to his office, but don't take your animal there except for routine shots.

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I was fortunate to find Dr. Sweeney at a time of great stress. My cat was old, and experiencing multiple, severe health crises, and the vet I had been using told me to "take my animal on down the road" if I thought that there was a vet in this area that would allow me to hold her during treatment.

I am so glad I did. Dr. Sweeney and his staff are professional and compassionate. He immediately picked up that Gertrude did not have ear mites as previously diagnosed (she is an indoor cat) -- she had a growth. A cortisone injection and clipping her nails short completely took care of the problem within 3 days. They explained to me that a cortisone injection was contraindicated by her kidney disease, but that sometimes there are trade-offs when there are multiple conditions that require competing treatments.

They let me hold her, repeated the blood work, just to be sure we were on the right track, and worked with me to get her eating and get her potassium regulated (she had low potassium from the first visit, but I received no information from the first vet on how to deal with it).

So many plusses for me:

+ being able to hold and comfort my companion during a time of stress

+ being spoken to kindly and respectfully, and having her conditions and our options explained throughly

+ getting her health conditions under control

+ being charged 50% less than the first vet (where the treatment was lacking, the compassion was lacking, but the cost was very high)

Bottom line: if you want a veterinarian who cares about your pet, not just during the appointment, but between appointments -- how they are eating and how you can best care for them -- then Hillandale and Dr. Sweeney is a very good choice.

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I was fortunate to find Dr. Sweeney at a time of great stress. My cat was old, and experiencing multiple, severe health crises, and the vet I had been using told me to "take my animal on down the road" if I thought that there was a vet in this area that would allow me to hold her during treatment.

I am so glad I did. Dr. Sweeney and his staff are professional and compassionate. He immediately picked up that Gertrude did not have ear mites as previously diagnosed (she is an indoor cat) -- she had a growth. A cortisone injection and clipping her nails short completely took care of the problem within 3 days. They explained to me that a cortisone injection was contraindicated by her kidney disease, but that sometimes there are trade-offs when there are multiple conditions that require competing treatments.

They let me hold her, repeated the blood work, just to be sure we were on the right track, and worked with me to get her eating and get her potassium regulated (she had low potassium from the first visit, but I received no information from the first vet on how to deal with it).

So many plusses for me:

+ being able to hold and comfort my companion during a time of stress

+ being spoken to kindly and respectfully, and having her conditions and our options explained throughly

+ getting her health conditions under control

+ being charged 50% less than the first vet (where the treatment was lacking, the compassion was lacking, but the cost was very high)

Bottom line: if you want a veterinarian who cares about your pet, not just during the appointment, but between appointments -- how they are eating and how you can best care for them -- then Hillandale and Dr. Sweeney is a very good choice.

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I had a really good experience with Dr. Sweeney. He really seemed to know what he was doing. His hours made scheduling an appointment very convenient. While we were there he answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable. We'll definately be going back. His prices seemed reasonable to me, though I haven't had many vet bills.

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I had a really good experience with Dr. Sweeney. He really seemed to know what he was doing. His hours made scheduling an appointment very convenient. While we were there he answered all our questions and was very knowledgeable. We'll definately be going back. His prices seemed reasonable to me, though I haven't had many vet bills.

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Dr. Sweeney may be ok as a vet, but his vet tech doesn't know her own strength.
My friend's dog, a six pound chihuahua with a +3 heart murmur was in for evaluation of her heart and when they tried to draw blood, the chi tried to bite the vet
tech. The vet tech then jerked the dog's collar and the dog started choking. The dog stopped breathing and died on the table. Previously the dog was fine and running around greeting everyone. So if you have small dogs you might want to muzzle them first with a safe muzzle that allows them to breath during the examination and procedures. Vet Tech's should be better trained on how to deal
with fractious pets. Jerking the collar of a small dog can be deadly especially if it already has a choking problem.

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Dr. Sweeney may be ok as a vet, but his vet tech doesn't know her own strength.
My friend's dog, a six pound chihuahua with a +3 heart murmur was in for evaluation of her heart and when they tried to draw blood, the chi tried to bite the vet
tech. The vet tech then jerked the dog's collar and the dog started choking. The dog stopped breathing and died on the table. Previously the dog was fine and running around greeting everyone. So if you have small dogs you might want to muzzle them first with a safe muzzle that allows them to breath during the examination and procedures. Vet Tech's should be better trained on how to deal
with fractious pets. Jerking the collar of a small dog can be deadly especially if it already has a choking problem.

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Hillandale Animal Hospital is run by one veterinarian, Dr. Sweeney, who has been in the business for a long time (something like twenty years or more). I've been bringing my cats here for years, and he works with dogs, too.

Dr. Sweeney is a very practical, down-to-earth doctor who really knows his stuff, and he won't try to sell you wacky treatments or medications your animals don't need. He is also willing to spend a lot of time talking on the phone answering questions, and his prices are reasonable. Also, his staff members are really friendly and sympathetic.

His facility, which is attached to his house, looks modern and clean and has a cozy country feel to it. It's always easy to get an appointment and to get let into your appointment on time. The place is very organized, so you never get forgotten due to clerical errors or have your records lost. The only drawback is that, since it's a one-vet facility, it doesn't have some super-fancy equipment like ultrasound machines, which is not normally an issue unless your pet has a serious or unusual problem.

Also, sometimes Dr. Sweeney doesn't offer all the information he knows unless you ask specific questions, and he won't always mention a non-curative treatment for certain animal diseases unless you ask. For instance, when my cat got cancer, I didn't realize steroid pills were an option to improve lifespan and quality of life until I spoke with another vet who suggested the treatment, since Dr. Sweeney hadn't mentioned it. So if your pet has an unusual or terminal illness, you might want to ask around to inquire about treatment options.

Overall, though, the Hillandale Animal Hospital is a great place for animals to get check-ups and treatments, and you know your pets are in good hands.

PROS: Clean, cozy facility with friendly staff and one doctor, so you and your pets get to see a familiar face each time. Very organized business. Also, Dr. Sweeney is very experienced, practical, candid, and knowledgeable. Surgery is offered here. Prices are excellent. His assistants are organized and efficient--no records get mysteriously "lost," and appointments are never forgotten.

CONS: Facility doesn't have fancy equipment like ultrasound machines, and Dr. Sweeney doesn't always mention information or certain treatment or diagnostic options unless you ask. Animals staying overnight are not monitored after-hours.

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Hillandale Animal Hospital is run by one veterinarian, Dr. Sweeney, who has been in the business for a long time (something like twenty years or more). I've been bringing my cats here for years, and he works with dogs, too.

Dr. Sweeney is a very practical, down-to-earth doctor who really knows his stuff, and he won't try to sell you wacky treatments or medications your animals don't need. He is also willing to spend a lot of time talking on the phone answering questions, and his prices are reasonable. Also, his staff members are really friendly and sympathetic.

His facility, which is attached to his house, looks modern and clean and has a cozy country feel to it. It's always easy to get an appointment and to get let into your appointment on time. The place is very organized, so you never get forgotten due to clerical errors or have your records lost. The only drawback is that, since it's a one-vet facility, it doesn't have some super-fancy equipment like ultrasound machines, which is not normally an issue unless your pet has a serious or unusual problem.

Also, sometimes Dr. Sweeney doesn't offer all the information he knows unless you ask specific questions, and he won't always mention a non-curative treatment for certain animal diseases unless you ask. For instance, when my cat got cancer, I didn't realize steroid pills were an option to improve lifespan and quality of life until I spoke with another vet who suggested the treatment, since Dr. Sweeney hadn't mentioned it. So if your pet has an unusual or terminal illness, you might want to ask around to inquire about treatment options.

Overall, though, the Hillandale Animal Hospital is a great place for animals to get check-ups and treatments, and you know your pets are in good hands.

PROS: Clean, cozy facility with friendly staff and one doctor, so you and your pets get to see a familiar face each time. Very organized business. Also, Dr. Sweeney is very experienced, practical, candid, and knowledgeable. Surgery is offered here. Prices are excellent. His assistants are organized and efficient--no records get mysteriously "lost," and appointments are never forgotten.

CONS: Facility doesn't have fancy equipment like ultrasound machines, and Dr. Sweeney doesn't always mention information or certain treatment or diagnostic options unless you ask. Animals staying overnight are not monitored after-hours.

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