Woods Ave Animal Clinic

★★☆☆☆
  • 3 Davison Ave

    Oceanside, NY 11572

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  • 516-594-2566

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Hours
Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm;Sat. - Sun. CLOSED

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It is very clean and staff was very friendly. I had a 14 yr old cat that was sick and had to be put to sleep. Dr. Gower was very sympathetic and had a small ceremony where he lit a candle and said a few words when putting her down. A

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It is very clean and staff was very friendly. I had a 14 yr old cat that was sick and had to be put to sleep. Dr. Gower was very sympathetic and had a small ceremony where he lit a candle and said a few words when putting her down. A

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So i took my 3 Maltese dogs to WOODS AVE ANIMAL CLINIC in Oceanside, NY & the doctor as well as the office completely ran a scam on us! I've never been to any doctors office animal or human who conducted an appointment as unprofessional as they did at WOODS AVE ANIMAL CLINIC!! With this being said, I want to advise all the hardworking families with loving pets as well as the public to *NEVER* visit them or make an appointment with them! You will be solicited with credit card applications and unnecessary treatments. Let me not forget to mention how rude and oblivious the receptionists are!! #Fail #Horrible #WoodsAveAnimalClinic

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So i took my 3 Maltese dogs to WOODS AVE ANIMAL CLINIC in Oceanside, NY & the doctor as well as the office completely ran a scam on us! I've never been to any doctors office animal or human who conducted an appointment as unprofessional as they did at WOODS AVE ANIMAL CLINIC!! With this being said, I want to advise all the hardworking families with loving pets as well as the public to *NEVER* visit them or make an appointment with them! You will be solicited with credit card applications and unnecessary treatments. Let me not forget to mention how rude and oblivious the receptionists are!! #Fail #Horrible #WoodsAveAnimalClinic

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Nice guy, terrible Dr.! Don't trust your pet to him!

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Nice guy, terrible Dr.! Don't trust your pet to him!

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Do not go to this Vet. he is a big ripoff and will take advantage of loving owners with sick pets.

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Do not go to this Vet. he is a big ripoff and will take advantage of loving owners with sick pets.

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Took my cat in during regular business hours. Applied an IV, gave a shot of vitamins, and took blood. Told me I should keep the cat there for 3 days to flush out his kidneys. The cat was placed in his "hospital" which was a dungeon of a

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Took my cat in during regular business hours. Applied an IV, gave a shot of vitamins, and took blood. Told me I should keep the cat there for 3 days to flush out his kidneys. The cat was placed in his "hospital" which was a dungeon of a

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Will nickel and dime you into poverty. Do not recommend. Would elaborate, but everyone else has said it all.

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Will nickel and dime you into poverty. Do not recommend. Would elaborate, but everyone else has said it all.

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Very, very over priced. But I have to say every time I brought my cats in, he healed them. Seems like he over does the meds for more $$. I sure would like to be a vet cause they charge more than DR.'s!!

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Very, very over priced. But I have to say every time I brought my cats in, he healed them. Seems like he over does the meds for more $$. I sure would like to be a vet cause they charge more than DR.'s!!

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Ok experience. I took my 4 year old lab here. Overall the vet and assistants were very kind and patient since my dog isnt very cooperative. However, the front desk was very rude. All she did was look at me roll her eyes, slam things, give me dirty looks and huff and puff.im guessing sbe did all of this since I was the last visitor. Shr made me feel very uncomfortable and on edge. But overall the vet was extremly kind.

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Ok experience. I took my 4 year old lab here. Overall the vet and assistants were very kind and patient since my dog isnt very cooperative. However, the front desk was very rude. All she did was look at me roll her eyes, slam things, give me dirty looks and huff and puff.im guessing sbe did all of this since I was the last visitor. Shr made me feel very uncomfortable and on edge. But overall the vet was extremly kind.

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By far, the WORST vet in Nassau County. Why? I had brought my dog in because he was experiencing a leg pain. Dr. Gower prescribes my dog Prevocox which nearly killed my dog. I know this because after Dr. Gower prescribed Prevocox I went to another vet for a second opinion. The test results revealed the severe harm the drug caused. Next, I had used Dr. Gower for 3 years leading up to the incident when he prescribed the drug Prevocox which nearly killed my dog. During those 3 years Dr. Gower never notified me to the fact that my dog has a heart murmur. When I went for the second opinion, I was notified within 2 minutes of the checkup that my dog has a heart murmur. If you are a knowledgeable doctor, you should be able to point at a heart murmur with ease. Third, he is constantly injecting my dog with vaccines in order to increase the bill. Their comes a point when your dog becomes an adult, and his immune system is strong, that they do not need to be regularly injected with vaccines. Fourth, the basement is similar to a sweatshop; and that is where they hold the dogs. It is a dark, gloomy, depressing room. Fifth, if you want to charge a high price for your service; that is fine. But when you charge a high price and receive an extremely low level of service; that is what you call getting ripped off. Dr. Gower is a Con Man at Best and a Horrible Doctor at Worst.

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By far, the WORST vet in Nassau County. Why? I had brought my dog in because he was experiencing a leg pain. Dr. Gower prescribes my dog Prevocox which nearly killed my dog. I know this because after Dr. Gower prescribed Prevocox I went to another vet for a second opinion. The test results revealed the severe harm the drug caused. Next, I had used Dr. Gower for 3 years leading up to the incident when he prescribed the drug Prevocox which nearly killed my dog. During those 3 years Dr. Gower never notified me to the fact that my dog has a heart murmur. When I went for the second opinion, I was notified within 2 minutes of the checkup that my dog has a heart murmur. If you are a knowledgeable doctor, you should be able to point at a heart murmur with ease. Third, he is constantly injecting my dog with vaccines in order to increase the bill. Their comes a point when your dog becomes an adult, and his immune system is strong, that they do not need to be regularly injected with vaccines. Fourth, the basement is similar to a sweatshop; and that is where they hold the dogs. It is a dark, gloomy, depressing room. Fifth, if you want to charge a high price for your service; that is fine. But when you charge a high price and receive an extremely low level of service; that is what you call getting ripped off. Dr. Gower is a Con Man at Best and a Horrible Doctor at Worst.

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Only concerned with making money. Doesn't care about the financial situation of owner.

My mother brought my dog to the Woods Ave Clinic as a new client to have the dog's annual health exam. The dog is an older dog;for this reason the veterinarian told her that he should run a blood test as part of the exam. She agreed, unknowing of the cost of the test and under the impression that it was included in the exam. When my mother went to pay the bill (with my credit card) she was informed that the total amount was $422. She used my credit card to pay because she she assumed that the cost was due to all the vaccines the dog had received, which are services that were performed and could not be undone. Upon receiving the receipt she noticed that the blood test had cost $122,she then called me and inquired about this. I am a former employee of a vet and am familiar with aspects of the veterinary business. I told her that the blood test wasn't necessary and could be done at a later date when we had the money to do so. I then told her that she should tell the receptionist that she decided the blood test wasn't necessary at the moment and ask for a refund of the $122. When my mother arrived home she informed me that she was told that "once the blood has been drawn the client must be charged the full amount." I then called the business to inquire why I was being charged for a blood test that was not yet performed. I know for a fact that the blood work is not done in house and that it is sent to laboratory which processes the blood. I confirmed with the receptionist that: 1.They use Antech Diagnostic as their out of house laboratory 2.My dogs blood had not yet been sent to Antech. When I asked why my money could not be refunded despite the fact that the test had not yet been performed I was told that it was "their policy".I asked where this policy was written so I could review it, the receptionist got very nervous and repeatedly stated "its our policy" I got no explanation other than that,since the blood was prepared to be tested the full amount must be charged. Preparing blood for testing involves putting the blood in a tube and spinning it in a centrifuge,this does not cost $122 and is not qualified as a blood test. I specifically asked that the blood not be sent out because I did not want the test done and would wait for the vet (Dr. Gower) to call me back and explain his policy. I waited three days and called the animal clinic back to ask if the vet had considered refunding my money. At this time I found out that the blood had been sent to the diagnostic lab against my wishes. I was again continually told that this was "their policy". I was then also told that on the wall of the waiting room a list of common procedures often performed in an exam is posted, I was told that this poster did not list prices, I was also told that the blood test my dog received was "INCLUDED" in the standard senior dog exam. An exam costs one price the blood test costs another, to the best of my knowledge this does not constitute "included". In summary my mother was not aware of the cost at the time the blood was taken and assumed it was "included" in the exam, after discovering the price of the test we decided it was not necessary to have done at the moment and requested that it be canceled and the money for the test be refunded. She was refused a refund for a service that had not yet been performed based on the arbitrary claim that it was "their policy".

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Only concerned with making money. Doesn't care about the financial situation of owner.

My mother brought my dog to the Woods Ave Clinic as a new client to have the dog's annual health exam. The dog is an older dog;for this reason the veterinarian told her that he should run a blood test as part of the exam. She agreed, unknowing of the cost of the test and under the impression that it was included in the exam. When my mother went to pay the bill (with my credit card) she was informed that the total amount was $422. She used my credit card to pay because she she assumed that the cost was due to all the vaccines the dog had received, which are services that were performed and could not be undone. Upon receiving the receipt she noticed that the blood test had cost $122,she then called me and inquired about this. I am a former employee of a vet and am familiar with aspects of the veterinary business. I told her that the blood test wasn't necessary and could be done at a later date when we had the money to do so. I then told her that she should tell the receptionist that she decided the blood test wasn't necessary at the moment and ask for a refund of the $122. When my mother arrived home she informed me that she was told that "once the blood has been drawn the client must be charged the full amount." I then called the business to inquire why I was being charged for a blood test that was not yet performed. I know for a fact that the blood work is not done in house and that it is sent to laboratory which processes the blood. I confirmed with the receptionist that: 1.They use Antech Diagnostic as their out of house laboratory 2.My dogs blood had not yet been sent to Antech. When I asked why my money could not be refunded despite the fact that the test had not yet been performed I was told that it was "their policy".I asked where this policy was written so I could review it, the receptionist got very nervous and repeatedly stated "its our policy" I got no explanation other than that,since the blood was prepared to be tested the full amount must be charged. Preparing blood for testing involves putting the blood in a tube and spinning it in a centrifuge,this does not cost $122 and is not qualified as a blood test. I specifically asked that the blood not be sent out because I did not want the test done and would wait for the vet (Dr. Gower) to call me back and explain his policy. I waited three days and called the animal clinic back to ask if the vet had considered refunding my money. At this time I found out that the blood had been sent to the diagnostic lab against my wishes. I was again continually told that this was "their policy". I was then also told that on the wall of the waiting room a list of common procedures often performed in an exam is posted, I was told that this poster did not list prices, I was also told that the blood test my dog received was "INCLUDED" in the standard senior dog exam. An exam costs one price the blood test costs another, to the best of my knowledge this does not constitute "included". In summary my mother was not aware of the cost at the time the blood was taken and assumed it was "included" in the exam, after discovering the price of the test we decided it was not necessary to have done at the moment and requested that it be canceled and the money for the test be refunded. She was refused a refund for a service that had not yet been performed based on the arbitrary claim that it was "their policy".

Cons: Practice based on making money not caring for animals

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I feel they were over priced. They wanted to charge 850 for something another clinic would only charge 120.

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I feel they were over priced. They wanted to charge 850 for something another clinic would only charge 120.

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I had a similar experience. I wanted to use a vet close to home.My Scottie was 11 yrs old. My pet had a liver desease which she was being treated for with meds and special diet. Gower saidThat she had arthritis, prescribed a meds for my pet which made her ill. I told him she had a liver desease which was diagnosed threw a boipsy & gave him her records. the meds he gave me said not to use if you have a liver issue. I returned the meds to his office and being totally frustrated blurted out " just give me the g-dam credit. I never wanted to give this stuff to my dog and now this $45. med. has cost me thousands of $ in office visits." Gower finally returned a phone call & repremanded me, said I had to be accountable for my behavior. Yet he did not have to be accountable for making my dog sick. There is a lot more to this story. In the end my dog had to be put down. Gower's compationate words to me were. "do you think you are the only one with a dog who is ill? No , but I expect a care giver to treat me as though I am.They are not the caring compassionate facility as they advertise . Since my experience I have come across several people who were treated similarly. I live with the guilt that I exposed my beloved pet to someone who was incompetent to handle her illness and caused her a terribly painful end of life experience.

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I had a similar experience. I wanted to use a vet close to home.My Scottie was 11 yrs old. My pet had a liver desease which she was being treated for with meds and special diet. Gower saidThat she had arthritis, prescribed a meds for my pet which made her ill. I told him she had a liver desease which was diagnosed threw a boipsy & gave him her records. the meds he gave me said not to use if you have a liver issue. I returned the meds to his office and being totally frustrated blurted out " just give me the g-dam credit. I never wanted to give this stuff to my dog and now this $45. med. has cost me thousands of $ in office visits." Gower finally returned a phone call & repremanded me, said I had to be accountable for my behavior. Yet he did not have to be accountable for making my dog sick. There is a lot more to this story. In the end my dog had to be put down. Gower's compationate words to me were. "do you think you are the only one with a dog who is ill? No , but I expect a care giver to treat me as though I am.They are not the caring compassionate facility as they advertise . Since my experience I have come across several people who were treated similarly. I live with the guilt that I exposed my beloved pet to someone who was incompetent to handle her illness and caused her a terribly painful end of life experience.

Pros: DON't get pulled in by the FREE Office visit

Cons: Not the caring compassionate facility they advertise

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I made an appt for my 13 year old lab. We had always gone to West Hills Vet but its a 45 minute drive and Woods Ave is right by my house. After sitting in a cramped waiting room for over an hour past my appt time, the Dr finally decided to see me. He came in the room in jean shorts and a tee-shirt. He looked at my dog for 2 minutes and said I had to leave him for observation for 24+ hours. When I asked why, he told me "well, the dog is old". I told him I'd rather not leave him and I'd like to talk to my wife and he became agitated. After a very brief explanation he informed me that my dog showed signs of cancer. He gave my dog a shot and left. I walked out kind of upset, and then I got the bill. $600+ for an hour wait and a 7 minute frustrating awful vet appt!!! I asked for an explanation, and that I don't have that kind of cash on me (i brought $400 expecting it would be something in that range...) and they told me "all bills must be paid in full, NO EXCEPTIONS". I explained the situation and offered the $400 which they would not accept. I sat there fighting with a receptionist until after the office was closed, and Dr. Gower didn't come out to talk to me once. He had a young woman at the front desk walk back and forth to his closed office door to communicate what was going on. Finally I said "heres $400, take it or leave it" and i walked out. The drive to West Hills seems easy after that disaster!

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I made an appt for my 13 year old lab. We had always gone to West Hills Vet but its a 45 minute drive and Woods Ave is right by my house. After sitting in a cramped waiting room for over an hour past my appt time, the Dr finally decided to see me. He came in the room in jean shorts and a tee-shirt. He looked at my dog for 2 minutes and said I had to leave him for observation for 24+ hours. When I asked why, he told me "well, the dog is old". I told him I'd rather not leave him and I'd like to talk to my wife and he became agitated. After a very brief explanation he informed me that my dog showed signs of cancer. He gave my dog a shot and left. I walked out kind of upset, and then I got the bill. $600+ for an hour wait and a 7 minute frustrating awful vet appt!!! I asked for an explanation, and that I don't have that kind of cash on me (i brought $400 expecting it would be something in that range...) and they told me "all bills must be paid in full, NO EXCEPTIONS". I explained the situation and offered the $400 which they would not accept. I sat there fighting with a receptionist until after the office was closed, and Dr. Gower didn't come out to talk to me once. He had a young woman at the front desk walk back and forth to his closed office door to communicate what was going on. Finally I said "heres $400, take it or leave it" and i walked out. The drive to West Hills seems easy after that disaster!

Pros: i guess i can

Cons: where to start...

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I went to the Woods Clinic with my dog a month ago after leaving another near by vet that I was not happy with. Dr. Gower and the staff were all very very nice and extremely helpful. The clinic is smaller then most but has a great homey feeling to it and it seems as though the size really allows the staff and Dr. Gower to become extremely close with the clients. The compassion that Dr. Gower and the staff has for literally every single pet that walks in the door is unbelievable.I sat back and watched every pet that walked in (including my own) get a 10 second rub down from pretty much every staff member that works there and then again by the Dr. when they entered the room. Dr. Gower was very knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable. He really knows what he is doing. The pricing seemed normal if not a little bit cheaper then most places. I would definitely recommend this clinic to family and friends and have done so already.

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I went to the Woods Clinic with my dog a month ago after leaving another near by vet that I was not happy with. Dr. Gower and the staff were all very very nice and extremely helpful. The clinic is smaller then most but has a great homey feeling to it and it seems as though the size really allows the staff and Dr. Gower to become extremely close with the clients. The compassion that Dr. Gower and the staff has for literally every single pet that walks in the door is unbelievable.I sat back and watched every pet that walked in (including my own) get a 10 second rub down from pretty much every staff member that works there and then again by the Dr. when they entered the room. Dr. Gower was very knowledgeable and made me feel very comfortable. He really knows what he is doing. The pricing seemed normal if not a little bit cheaper then most places. I would definitely recommend this clinic to family and friends and have done so already.

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This vet clinic is family owned and operated. They all seem caring as to the animals' health, but also kind of detached in the way they relate to the animals. There is only one vet, so if you need help when he's not there (like when he's on vacation), you get referred to another animal hospital. Also, his office is extremely tiny and cramped. In the very small waiting room, you're sitting on top of each other, so if your pets are skittish about being around lots of people or other pets, they won't be too happy. Forget it if you have a big dog. His examining room (I think he only has one) is right behind the reception desk and there is no door on the room! It's completely open. So while your pet is being examined or treated, it can still hear the other animals right around the corner in the waiting room, which adds to the stress. I also think they push to sell meds and unnecessary treatments, but I think maybe most do that nowadays.
Updated on 1/13/10 - I called Dr. Gower's office to see if he would do a housecall to put my cousin's cat to sleep. The cat had been treated for cancer but was now in the late stages and was suddenly suffering. My cousin's regular vet was out of town, but the cat was in pain and he couldn't wait. Dr. Gower's daughter told me he was there and would call me back. An hour later, I called him again. She again said he would call me back. He never did. My cousin found someone else. So much for caring...

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This vet clinic is family owned and operated. They all seem caring as to the animals' health, but also kind of detached in the way they relate to the animals. There is only one vet, so if you need help when he's not there (like when he's on vacation), you get referred to another animal hospital. Also, his office is extremely tiny and cramped. In the very small waiting room, you're sitting on top of each other, so if your pets are skittish about being around lots of people or other pets, they won't be too happy. Forget it if you have a big dog. His examining room (I think he only has one) is right behind the reception desk and there is no door on the room! It's completely open. So while your pet is being examined or treated, it can still hear the other animals right around the corner in the waiting room, which adds to the stress. I also think they push to sell meds and unnecessary treatments, but I think maybe most do that nowadays.
Updated on 1/13/10 - I called Dr. Gower's office to see if he would do a housecall to put my cousin's cat to sleep. The cat had been treated for cancer but was now in the late stages and was suddenly suffering. My cousin's regular vet was out of town, but the cat was in pain and he couldn't wait. Dr. Gower's daughter told me he was there and would call me back. An hour later, I called him again. She again said he would call me back. He never did. My cousin found someone else. So much for caring...

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