Sylvania VET

★★★☆☆
  • 4801 N Holland Sylvania Rd

    Sylvania, OH 43560

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  • 419-885-4421

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Mon 7:30-19:00, Tue 7:30-19:00, Wed 7:30-19:00, Thu 7:30-19:00, Fri 7:30-18:00, Sat 8:00-17:00, Sun closed
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I started taking my thirteen-year-old cat, Phoenix, to Sylvania Vet in 2003. Dr. Bob Esplin performed a thyroidectomy on Phoenix. Dr. Bob also treated Phoenix for hypertension and hyperthyroidism for SIX additional years. Phoenix developed lymphoma in 2009, right before he turned 19 years old. I elected to treat his cancer, and he experienced such WONDERFUL care during his months of chemotherapy at Sylvania Vet. His tumor was reduced but regretfully, he succumbed to kidney failure in January 2010.

Dr. Bob also gave my younger cat, Labatts, a second chance at life in 2008 by properly diagnosing his IBD and referring him to a veterinary cardiologist to diagnose his hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sadly, he only lived to be 12 years of age but he received such fantastic care at Sylvania Vet throughout his last year of life. He spent his last day at Sylvania Vet and they kept him so comfortable and pain free. I spent time with him there and he died in my arms in December 2009. I really appreciate how they make a paw print for each deceased animal.

Molson, my Golden Retriever, received excellent care throughout his long life. He was blind from the age of three years and he lived to be 13 years of age. He experienced such compassionate care at Sylvania Vet over his last few days before he succumbed to renal failure in January 2010.

My two current animals (Tiger and Claude) also go to Sylvania Vet! Tiger does not frequent the Vet or use the services often since he is a healthy almost three-year-old cat. However, my Golden Retriever, Claude, frequents Sylvania Vet almost daily. He goes for Never Home Alone, which is day boarding, nearly every weekday and plays at doggie daycare for short intervals during the morning and afternoon. Claude is the friendliest, most boisterous Golden Retriever you will ever meet! He relishes the playtime with the Pet Pals, as well as the interaction with other dogs at doggie daycare. Claude cannot wait to get to Sylvania Vet each morning. In fact, he pulls me along the sidewalk outside as I amble along behind him. He is sad when he leaves at night! The staff is so genuinely affectionate toward Claude and they provide him with such phenomenal care. He even enjoys an occasional grooming visit!

Go Sylvania Vet!!

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★★★★★

I started taking my thirteen-year-old cat, Phoenix, to Sylvania Vet in 2003. Dr. Bob Esplin performed a thyroidectomy on Phoenix. Dr. Bob also treated Phoenix for hypertension and hyperthyroidism for SIX additional years. Phoenix developed lymphoma in 2009, right before he turned 19 years old. I elected to treat his cancer, and he experienced such WONDERFUL care during his months of chemotherapy at Sylvania Vet. His tumor was reduced but regretfully, he succumbed to kidney failure in January 2010.

Dr. Bob also gave my younger cat, Labatts, a second chance at life in 2008 by properly diagnosing his IBD and referring him to a veterinary cardiologist to diagnose his hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Sadly, he only lived to be 12 years of age but he received such fantastic care at Sylvania Vet throughout his last year of life. He spent his last day at Sylvania Vet and they kept him so comfortable and pain free. I spent time with him there and he died in my arms in December 2009. I really appreciate how they make a paw print for each deceased animal.

Molson, my Golden Retriever, received excellent care throughout his long life. He was blind from the age of three years and he lived to be 13 years of age. He experienced such compassionate care at Sylvania Vet over his last few days before he succumbed to renal failure in January 2010.

My two current animals (Tiger and Claude) also go to Sylvania Vet! Tiger does not frequent the Vet or use the services often since he is a healthy almost three-year-old cat. However, my Golden Retriever, Claude, frequents Sylvania Vet almost daily. He goes for Never Home Alone, which is day boarding, nearly every weekday and plays at doggie daycare for short intervals during the morning and afternoon. Claude is the friendliest, most boisterous Golden Retriever you will ever meet! He relishes the playtime with the Pet Pals, as well as the interaction with other dogs at doggie daycare. Claude cannot wait to get to Sylvania Vet each morning. In fact, he pulls me along the sidewalk outside as I amble along behind him. He is sad when he leaves at night! The staff is so genuinely affectionate toward Claude and they provide him with such phenomenal care. He even enjoys an occasional grooming visit!

Go Sylvania Vet!!

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I recently changed to Sylvania Vet because I always ended up there after my previous regular vet had closed. The emergency service is great and much better than the other one in the area. The vets are all very friendly, experienced and helpful. If you have an emergency this is definitely the place to go.\n\nThe only downfall is that the wait is usually extra long when you have an appointment. I sit there and hour or sometimes two while my cat is in the carrier having major anxiety. The wait time really needs to be decreased, also one of the staff at the desk is a little on the rude side but there is always one bad apple in the bunch.

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★★★★☆

I recently changed to Sylvania Vet because I always ended up there after my previous regular vet had closed. The emergency service is great and much better than the other one in the area. The vets are all very friendly, experienced and helpful. If you have an emergency this is definitely the place to go.\n\nThe only downfall is that the wait is usually extra long when you have an appointment. I sit there and hour or sometimes two while my cat is in the carrier having major anxiety. The wait time really needs to be decreased, also one of the staff at the desk is a little on the rude side but there is always one bad apple in the bunch.

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Took our dog to the Sylvania Veterinary Hospital just once, but never again!!!!I From the moment we walked in there, the staff was rude, they ignored our dog like it wasn't even there, then ran extensive tests to gin up the bill. Dr. Bob Esplin, who I used to see on Channel 13's ""Ask the Expert,"" was very cold and rude. He bad mouthed our regular vet, which made me very uncomfortable. From that point on, things just kept getting worse at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. We couldn't get our dog out of there fast enough! Everything at this place is about money and business. We would NEVER take any of our pets there again!!!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Took our dog to the Sylvania Veterinary Hospital just once, but never again!!!!I From the moment we walked in there, the staff was rude, they ignored our dog like it wasn't even there, then ran extensive tests to gin up the bill. Dr. Bob Esplin, who I used to see on Channel 13's ""Ask the Expert,"" was very cold and rude. He bad mouthed our regular vet, which made me very uncomfortable. From that point on, things just kept getting worse at Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. We couldn't get our dog out of there fast enough! Everything at this place is about money and business. We would NEVER take any of our pets there again!!!!!!

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At SylvaniaVet we have a human resource manager on staff. Her purpose is to help our clients resolve issues that you may have regarding any aspect of your experience with our hospital. \nWe strive to provide the best possible experience for all of our clients and provide the best vet medicine for all of our patients.\nIn the event that there is an issue with your experience at SVH, we encourage you to utilize our HR department so that we can do our best to resolve your complaint or concern.\nWe welcome the chance to communicate with you regarding any issues you may have with your service at SVH because we strive to provide the best possible care to you and your pets.

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★★★★☆

At SylvaniaVet we have a human resource manager on staff. Her purpose is to help our clients resolve issues that you may have regarding any aspect of your experience with our hospital. \nWe strive to provide the best possible experience for all of our clients and provide the best vet medicine for all of our patients.\nIn the event that there is an issue with your experience at SVH, we encourage you to utilize our HR department so that we can do our best to resolve your complaint or concern.\nWe welcome the chance to communicate with you regarding any issues you may have with your service at SVH because we strive to provide the best possible care to you and your pets.

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Being a first time dog owner I didn't know where to take my dog. On the advice of several friends, I called Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. The receptionist was very helpful and suggested I come in for a tour. Everyone was so welcoming and the amount of time that they spent with me seemed extraordinary.\r\n\r\n It turned out I ended up needing their services just a few days later when my puppy decided to get sick. I called and got an appointment just 2 hours later. Dr. Esplin is who saw her along with a couple of super sweet assistants. They instantly put my mind at ease that she would be getting the best care. She was admitted to the hospital and had tests and xrays performed. She was in the hospital for 3 days with pancreatitis and a bladder infection. I got a phone call every morning from a doctor with an update. I called all the time to check on her and I even visited with her on many occassions. The entire staff was accomodating and knowledgeable. I was given an estimate that was accurate and when anything needed done in addition to what was on her estimate, they called me for permission.\r\n\r\nI am extremely pleased with Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. I have never written a review before but I felt that this company is so top notch that they deserved a great review. My Lucy and I love this place and I cannot wait to get her in for her doggy daycare interview next week! Thanks Sylvania Vet!

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★★★★★

Being a first time dog owner I didn't know where to take my dog. On the advice of several friends, I called Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. The receptionist was very helpful and suggested I come in for a tour. Everyone was so welcoming and the amount of time that they spent with me seemed extraordinary.\r\n\r\n It turned out I ended up needing their services just a few days later when my puppy decided to get sick. I called and got an appointment just 2 hours later. Dr. Esplin is who saw her along with a couple of super sweet assistants. They instantly put my mind at ease that she would be getting the best care. She was admitted to the hospital and had tests and xrays performed. She was in the hospital for 3 days with pancreatitis and a bladder infection. I got a phone call every morning from a doctor with an update. I called all the time to check on her and I even visited with her on many occassions. The entire staff was accomodating and knowledgeable. I was given an estimate that was accurate and when anything needed done in addition to what was on her estimate, they called me for permission.\r\n\r\nI am extremely pleased with Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. I have never written a review before but I felt that this company is so top notch that they deserved a great review. My Lucy and I love this place and I cannot wait to get her in for her doggy daycare interview next week! Thanks Sylvania Vet!

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This place Was absolutly run like a Bussiness. From the moment We walked in the door They were selling us a line of crap. From the moment we brought buckeye there it was a nightmare. They spoke badly about other veterinarians in town very unprofessional!! Then When we left him there because he needed 24 hour care They ran tests on him that Ran our bill up. They Didnt communicate with us and explain anything and When We had our regular vet try to help us out Sylvania Would not give them the records. Finally they made us pick up a copy of the records and charged us a Paperwork fee and When We diagreed with the total on the bill being it was way over the estimate provided They threatened to take us to collections.... After Speaking with a cooworker they were telling me about a couple of Good Vets they saw there in the past but said that most of them Ran like the wind. Apparently they have had more than 15 vets there in the Last 5 to 7 years? That is pretty crazy if they cant evven keep a good Doctor in there.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place Was absolutly run like a Bussiness. From the moment We walked in the door They were selling us a line of crap. From the moment we brought buckeye there it was a nightmare. They spoke badly about other veterinarians in town very unprofessional!! Then When we left him there because he needed 24 hour care They ran tests on him that Ran our bill up. They Didnt communicate with us and explain anything and When We had our regular vet try to help us out Sylvania Would not give them the records. Finally they made us pick up a copy of the records and charged us a Paperwork fee and When We diagreed with the total on the bill being it was way over the estimate provided They threatened to take us to collections.... After Speaking with a cooworker they were telling me about a couple of Good Vets they saw there in the past but said that most of them Ran like the wind. Apparently they have had more than 15 vets there in the Last 5 to 7 years? That is pretty crazy if they cant evven keep a good Doctor in there.

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Run like a business, without the best interest of the animal in mind.\nFor the past 2 years I have fostered dogs for one of the local rescue groups, and they use Sylvania Vet for their veterinary care. As far as the skill level of the vets, they seem very skilled, and some of the people there are very nice. When I've taken dogs there, the treatment has been competent, but when it comes to letting foster parents know how their dog is doing, they have a strict policy of only releasing information to the owner. As foster parents, we are the primary caregivers, we bring the dog to the vet, administer any treatment ordered, and provide a home to the dog till it is adopted. It makes no sense to not let us know how the dog is doing. It certainly isnt in the best interest of the dog to keep the primary caregiver in the dark, and I think it shows a lack of good judgement. No matter the skill level, if I can't trust them to have the best interest of the animal in mind, I can't in good conscience recommend them and I won't take my own dog there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Run like a business, without the best interest of the animal in mind.\nFor the past 2 years I have fostered dogs for one of the local rescue groups, and they use Sylvania Vet for their veterinary care. As far as the skill level of the vets, they seem very skilled, and some of the people there are very nice. When I've taken dogs there, the treatment has been competent, but when it comes to letting foster parents know how their dog is doing, they have a strict policy of only releasing information to the owner. As foster parents, we are the primary caregivers, we bring the dog to the vet, administer any treatment ordered, and provide a home to the dog till it is adopted. It makes no sense to not let us know how the dog is doing. It certainly isnt in the best interest of the dog to keep the primary caregiver in the dark, and I think it shows a lack of good judgement. No matter the skill level, if I can't trust them to have the best interest of the animal in mind, I can't in good conscience recommend them and I won't take my own dog there.

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I will never again take another animal to Sylvania Vet. I had 2 dogs that I took there for about a year. A few of the veterinarians there were very nice and if they didn't work at Sylvania Vet, I would still go to them. There was one female veterinarian there that was so snotty and she acted like she didn't even like animals. She was not very good with my dogs. Dr. Bob, as everyone calls him, was pretty rude and did not do very well with my dogs either. Both of these people grabbed my dogs by their necks and shook them. Since the incident with ""Dr. Bob"" we have never been back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never again take another animal to Sylvania Vet. I had 2 dogs that I took there for about a year. A few of the veterinarians there were very nice and if they didn't work at Sylvania Vet, I would still go to them. There was one female veterinarian there that was so snotty and she acted like she didn't even like animals. She was not very good with my dogs. Dr. Bob, as everyone calls him, was pretty rude and did not do very well with my dogs either. Both of these people grabbed my dogs by their necks and shook them. Since the incident with ""Dr. Bob"" we have never been back.

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I will never take another animal to Sylvania vet again! I took both of my dogs there when they were puppies. The first veterinarian I saw acted like she didn't even want to touch the dogs. She tried clipping their nails and when one of them wasn't holding still for her, she slammed her clippers down on the counter, grabbed my dog by his collar/neck and shook him! I knew that wasn't right, but I was shocked and didn't know what to say. \r\n\r\nLess than a year later, I had my other dog there and we saw Dr. Bob Esplin (the head vet, I guess). The tech walked in the room and proceeded to insert a thermometer into my dogs rectum without ever even interacting with her first. She was startled and tried to scoot away and the tech acted very frustrated by this. Then Dr. Esplin came in and proceeded to examine her and she was being wiggly on the table. He stopped at one point and grabbed her by her collar/neck and shook her! I didn't say anything again, but I have never been back. \r\n\r\nOther than those 2 incidents, the staff was just ok. None of them seemed to be very happy about working with animals, except for a couple of the veterinarians. The vet we go to now has such great staff who are always excited to see the animals and get down on the floor and interact with them before examining them (something that only happened maybe a few times at Sylvania Vet). I am so glad I switched and I wish I would have complained to these people in person when these incidents happened.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never take another animal to Sylvania vet again! I took both of my dogs there when they were puppies. The first veterinarian I saw acted like she didn't even want to touch the dogs. She tried clipping their nails and when one of them wasn't holding still for her, she slammed her clippers down on the counter, grabbed my dog by his collar/neck and shook him! I knew that wasn't right, but I was shocked and didn't know what to say. \r\n\r\nLess than a year later, I had my other dog there and we saw Dr. Bob Esplin (the head vet, I guess). The tech walked in the room and proceeded to insert a thermometer into my dogs rectum without ever even interacting with her first. She was startled and tried to scoot away and the tech acted very frustrated by this. Then Dr. Esplin came in and proceeded to examine her and she was being wiggly on the table. He stopped at one point and grabbed her by her collar/neck and shook her! I didn't say anything again, but I have never been back. \r\n\r\nOther than those 2 incidents, the staff was just ok. None of them seemed to be very happy about working with animals, except for a couple of the veterinarians. The vet we go to now has such great staff who are always excited to see the animals and get down on the floor and interact with them before examining them (something that only happened maybe a few times at Sylvania Vet). I am so glad I switched and I wish I would have complained to these people in person when these incidents happened.

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I regret the day I took my 12-year-old dog to Sylvania Veterinary Hospital as a new patient last year. An awful experience!!! They injected her with a drug they knew should have been avoided because it had caused her to have a seizure when it was last given to her. They also gave her a drug that is contraindicated in dogs with liver disease, which my dog had. She developed heavy breathing problems as a result. The hospital also promises a vet on call for emergencies. But when my dog eventually stopped breathing at the hospital during the night, the vet on call did not go to her aid. I wish I had never taken my dog to this place. She was a lovely girl and deserved better - just a great dog! As Danielle A. said in her review below, if you love your pet, go somewhere else!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

I regret the day I took my 12-year-old dog to Sylvania Veterinary Hospital as a new patient last year. An awful experience!!! They injected her with a drug they knew should have been avoided because it had caused her to have a seizure when it was last given to her. They also gave her a drug that is contraindicated in dogs with liver disease, which my dog had. She developed heavy breathing problems as a result. The hospital also promises a vet on call for emergencies. But when my dog eventually stopped breathing at the hospital during the night, the vet on call did not go to her aid. I wish I had never taken my dog to this place. She was a lovely girl and deserved better - just a great dog! As Danielle A. said in her review below, if you love your pet, go somewhere else!!!

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I just want to take a moment and thank Dr. Bob and his staff for saving my cat. When Missy was a kitten she got very ill, I took her to my Vet of 20yrs and he recommended putting her down. I refused and after two similar second opinions I found Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. Their staff treated Missy with the loving care as if she was their own. And two months later my Kitten is happy and healthy. I have found a Vet for life. Thank you

PROS: Care
CONS: None

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★★★★★

I just want to take a moment and thank Dr. Bob and his staff for saving my cat. When Missy was a kitten she got very ill, I took her to my Vet of 20yrs and he recommended putting her down. I refused and after two similar second opinions I found Sylvania Veterinary Hospital. Their staff treated Missy with the loving care as if she was their own. And two months later my Kitten is happy and healthy. I have found a Vet for life. Thank you

PROS: Care
CONS: None

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What more can I say... My parents have been taking there two dogs and one cat for over 30 years... and my wife and I just got a new puppy about 8 months ago and the service, the level of care is Amazing... Dr. Bob (Dr. Robert Esplin) is by far one of the most careing and out going Vets in the area... I would recomend this Hospital to anyone who loves their pet... Plus I take my boxer to day care a couple times a week and I have to fight with my dog when it's time to leave, because she's having so much fun... Outstanding!!!

PROS: The Level of care
CONS: I wish I lived closer, I live over thirty minutes away!

5
★★★★★

What more can I say... My parents have been taking there two dogs and one cat for over 30 years... and my wife and I just got a new puppy about 8 months ago and the service, the level of care is Amazing... Dr. Bob (Dr. Robert Esplin) is by far one of the most careing and out going Vets in the area... I would recomend this Hospital to anyone who loves their pet... Plus I take my boxer to day care a couple times a week and I have to fight with my dog when it's time to leave, because she's having so much fun... Outstanding!!!

PROS: The Level of care
CONS: I wish I lived closer, I live over thirty minutes away!

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I would DEFINATELY NOT recommend this place! I took my dog there and after a few days, they said nothing was wrong. They even forgot to give us our medication for a "minor" problem. The next day, he died. Do not go there if you love your pet.

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I would DEFINATELY NOT recommend this place! I took my dog there and after a few days, they said nothing was wrong. They even forgot to give us our medication for a "minor" problem. The next day, he died. Do not go there if you love your pet.

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