Colonial Veterinary Hospital: Brian G Collins, DVM

★★★★☆
  • 2369 N Triphammer Rd

    Ithaca, NY 14850

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  • 607-257-3650

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My senior dog was visiting the clinic very often in the spring and so Colonial would find ways to cut the price for us; when I needed my pet's health history to a separate kennel they would always happily fax a clean, well documented, typed up copy of all her checkup history (we were at Ithaca for 5 yrs, used Colonial for 3 yrs+; I was uncertain of the price earlier on but went with them in the end because I knew I would get the best care possible).

They also have a well-rounded knowledgeable team of vets on site you are sure to get the specialist necessary care if the regular vet they assign you does not specialize in the special illness/care. They try to always book the same vet you regularly visit so that the vet will become familiar with your pet's history -- unless it is somewhat urgent or again specailized, they would assign your visit to the appropriate vet specialist.

I was also very much delighted to find that they had an acupuncturist which seemed to further indicate how much they understand how far we may be willing to go to pamper our furry family members. Some methods of healing may just not do it and it's always great to have options when we're running low on alternative options. The vets seem to be aware of alternative medications and could inform you of the pros and cons of each, and of course the one they prefer.

They also have a separate wellness center which further demonstrates the focus/energy they put in making sure our furry family members rehabilitate properly. I also once saw SPCA animals coming in/out for which colonial seemed to help taking care of.

I read in some reviews that some are not happy that there is an additional cost when their pet needs to be looked at on the same day; I think it is logical for vets to charge an extra price for same day check ups so that they leave open spaces for emergency care. (if they are a good, well established vet, they would most likely be busy)

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My senior dog was visiting the clinic very often in the spring and so Colonial would find ways to cut the price for us; when I needed my pet's health history to a separate kennel they would always happily fax a clean, well documented, typed up copy of all her checkup history (we were at Ithaca for 5 yrs, used Colonial for 3 yrs+; I was uncertain of the price earlier on but went with them in the end because I knew I would get the best care possible).

They also have a well-rounded knowledgeable team of vets on site you are sure to get the specialist necessary care if the regular vet they assign you does not specialize in the special illness/care. They try to always book the same vet you regularly visit so that the vet will become familiar with your pet's history -- unless it is somewhat urgent or again specailized, they would assign your visit to the appropriate vet specialist.

I was also very much delighted to find that they had an acupuncturist which seemed to further indicate how much they understand how far we may be willing to go to pamper our furry family members. Some methods of healing may just not do it and it's always great to have options when we're running low on alternative options. The vets seem to be aware of alternative medications and could inform you of the pros and cons of each, and of course the one they prefer.

They also have a separate wellness center which further demonstrates the focus/energy they put in making sure our furry family members rehabilitate properly. I also once saw SPCA animals coming in/out for which colonial seemed to help taking care of.

I read in some reviews that some are not happy that there is an additional cost when their pet needs to be looked at on the same day; I think it is logical for vets to charge an extra price for same day check ups so that they leave open spaces for emergency care. (if they are a good, well established vet, they would most likely be busy)

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Colonial Veterinary Hospital provides the most complete, compassionate, and professional service in the Ithaca area. They are the only private hospital with specialists in Ithaca (surgery and radiology). They also have 24 hour staffing which is very important if your pet needs to stay in the hospital overnight, especially after surgery. Can you imagine leaving a human in a hospital with no one to watch them overnight? Why should it be different for pets? With 3 pets, I have used many of the services they offer (surgery specialty, ultrasound, emergency, general practice) and have had great experiences. I have dealt personally with Dr. Collins in the general practice, Dr. Tom Ross who is a surgery specialist, and Dr. Leni Kaplan on the emergency service. As far as cost goes, if you can get another veterinarian to do the exact same work on your pet at the exact same time and day of the week for a lot less money there is a good chance they will not do as complete a job as Colonial. Other practices cut corners in many places that Colonial does not...by using non-specialist surgeons or students, less staff, less equipment, or just by not recommending tests that are needed and giving inappropriate medications without getting a diagnosis first (This I discovered when I ended up at Colonial in the first place 10 years ago when my dog was misdiagnosed at another hospital and was treated with 3 different antibiotics when he didn't even have an infection). Colonial is also the most progressive practice in the area. I just read on their website that they have a licensed physical therapist on staff and they also offer acupuncture.

PROS: excellent care for your furry family members
CONS:

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★★★★★

Colonial Veterinary Hospital provides the most complete, compassionate, and professional service in the Ithaca area. They are the only private hospital with specialists in Ithaca (surgery and radiology). They also have 24 hour staffing which is very important if your pet needs to stay in the hospital overnight, especially after surgery. Can you imagine leaving a human in a hospital with no one to watch them overnight? Why should it be different for pets? With 3 pets, I have used many of the services they offer (surgery specialty, ultrasound, emergency, general practice) and have had great experiences. I have dealt personally with Dr. Collins in the general practice, Dr. Tom Ross who is a surgery specialist, and Dr. Leni Kaplan on the emergency service. As far as cost goes, if you can get another veterinarian to do the exact same work on your pet at the exact same time and day of the week for a lot less money there is a good chance they will not do as complete a job as Colonial. Other practices cut corners in many places that Colonial does not...by using non-specialist surgeons or students, less staff, less equipment, or just by not recommending tests that are needed and giving inappropriate medications without getting a diagnosis first (This I discovered when I ended up at Colonial in the first place 10 years ago when my dog was misdiagnosed at another hospital and was treated with 3 different antibiotics when he didn't even have an infection). Colonial is also the most progressive practice in the area. I just read on their website that they have a licensed physical therapist on staff and they also offer acupuncture.

PROS: excellent care for your furry family members
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Colonial is a very good group vet practice. They did a operation on my dog that 3 other vets did not have the facillities to do. All of the high tech and specialized care comes at a premium price. They are very expensive, so much so that they have a contract with a lending company for lines of credit. The staff was very friendly and helpful and my dog did seem to like everyone. I felt good knowing he was getting the best care.

PROS: excellent care
CONS: expensive

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Colonial is a very good group vet practice. They did a operation on my dog that 3 other vets did not have the facillities to do. All of the high tech and specialized care comes at a premium price. They are very expensive, so much so that they have a contract with a lending company for lines of credit. The staff was very friendly and helpful and my dog did seem to like everyone. I felt good knowing he was getting the best care.

PROS: excellent care
CONS: expensive

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