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Looking for a good vet in Los Angeles

Hi, I'm looking for a good, affordable veterinarian for two dogs in LA near Midcity/Midwilshire/Koreatown. Personal experiences especially welcome. Obligatory photo in comments!
posted by yaymukund on Aug 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Dogs that lick... a lot

I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick on Jul 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Cherry Eye in a puppy: Remedies? Cost for surgery?

We are curious if anyone has had luck with alternatives to surgery for Cherry Eye in a puppy (he's a maltese, shi tzu mix)? or if no, what we should expect to spend on surgery for the little guy? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jul 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Hey Brooklyn Mefites, do you love your veterinarian?

I have a dog, and the vet I take him to is okay. She's nice, I'm sure she's competent, but she's not the best communicator, and for some reason I don't have absolute confidence in her. My dog has a heart issue, and I'm going to want a really good vet as he gets older. Any recommendations? I'm in Park Slope, but would go elsewhere for someone great.
posted by swheatie on Jun 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Cat(s) behavior issues...what to do?

Sister cats, adopted from the shelter very young (~couple months)...are now around 3 years and thriving. Problem is they will randomly get very...agitated? Upset? Freaked out may be the best way to describe this. Not sure what to do or how to go about explaining it to vet without having to force pills down their little throats (this causes more trauma and anxiety!) Tedious details inside. [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat on May 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Wheezy older cat?

For the last several of months our 21 year old Sita has become increasingly wheezy. In January and February, we only noticed the wheeze after a glucosamine treat in the mornings. Starting around the end of February/beginning of March, she became really wheezy when she purred hard. It sounded...wet? The wheeziness would get really bad, she would swallow/take a big gulp of air and then go back to a "normal" amount of wheeze. [more inside]
posted by source.decay on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

My cat is clicking her jaw. Emergency vet now, or first thing in the AM?

When I came home for lunch today, I didn't notice this behavior (and I would have - we snuggled). About an hour after I came home from work, I noticed that she was clicking her jaw. She is still walking around, eating, and drinking water. Should I go to the vet now, or first thing in the morning (8am)? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Mar 25, 2014 - 11 answers

Dog has suddenly changed behaviors

12-year-old dog has suddenly changed behavior in the past 2 weeks - anxious, clingy, having bathroom issues, etc. Vet has found nothing. Any other suggestions on what we should do? [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 3, 2014 - 16 answers

Our cat is getting extremely hostile to us. What next?

Our cat is acting more and more irrational. I think we will have to have him put down. Any thoughts welcome. [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Jan 29, 2014 - 36 answers

Garlic & Dogs.

My roommate's 25 lb. mutt ate little tuna with a sprinkling of garlic powder (about 1/10th(?) teaspoon worth). Since garlic is extremely toxic to dogs, should I be worried?
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 19, 2014 - 16 answers

How to tell the vet that we are forgoing treatment on a very sick dog.

It is possible that my dog may be diagnosed with a serious medical condition. We're waiting on confirmation now. Survival rates for this condition, even with aggressive surgery and chemotherapy, are low and measured in months. Although it's not about the money, a full course of treatment will be $10,000 or more. Really though we don't want to see him suffer for months and he is in no pain now. How do we tell this to the vet?
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2014 - 32 answers

Vet Recommendation

Could anyone recommend a fabulous vet for cats in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Dec 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Vet Now or Vet Tomorrow

Should we go to an emergency vet tonight, or can it wait until tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by freshwater on Dec 6, 2013 - 34 answers

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray cat to the vet?

Do I need to take my recently-acquired formerly-stray kitten to the vet for a check-up or anything? She had fleas but we washed them off and put a flea collar on her, and they haven't returned. Other than that she seems in good health, and I'm wondering if there's any reason to take her to a vet or not. (I can get her spayed and vaccinated for really cheap, but, a vet visit costs a lot more...)
posted by yeoz on Sep 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Any Vets in the house? Thinking of adopting a dog that's Heartworm+

I've been looking for a dog that matches me for about 2 years. Today I found a dog at the local pound but the dog is heartworm positive and undergoing treatment. Medical records and info/questions inside... [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Sep 25, 2013 - 35 answers

Worms.

Is there any way to deworm cats without visiting the vet? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Another fat cat question

This is Pico, a wonderful cat with an incredible mustache. Pico is quite large and really needs to slim down. Help us help our 17 lb cat live happy and healthy and as forever as possible. Gratuituous cat pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by avocet on Sep 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Need Help Finding an Expert Witness for Maltreatment of a Dog in NY

I took my dog to the vet clinic for what I thought was a simple spay but she almost died because of maltreatment and negligence. We ended up taking her to emergency and spent almost four thousand dollars. The doctor has refused to take responsibility for her actions. We have decided to sue her and will have our day in court next week. However we need an "expert" witness someone with a medical background that has a lot of experience with dogs to come or our case will not be heard. Hive could you help us find such an individual in NYC? We are willing to pay. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Aug 28, 2013 - 24 answers

Are you a Vet Tech?

I have some questions around being a Vet Tech/the day to day work. [more inside]
posted by ladoo on Aug 22, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I thank the vet?

My sweet kitty died today. He passed away before we could get him to the vet, quickly and, I hope, painlessly. He's been sick since the beginning of the year and we've spent a lot of time at the vet; they've been terrific. I'd like to send them something as a token of thanks. What's appropriate? Chocolates? Incredible Edibles? Just a card? Any other ideas?
posted by Wet Hen on Jul 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Help a bald dog out?

7 month old puppy chewing herself constantly, huge bald spots. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jun 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Does my cat need to stay on a vet diet forever?

My cat was just diagnosed with crystals in her urine, and placed on a urinary diet to dissolve the crystals. The vet says even after the crystals are gone, she'll be on the diet for the rest of her life. How necessary is this? I'm not sure I can afford the expense, frankly, and I'm not sure how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on May 29, 2013 - 25 answers

Are you OK? Are you OK now? What about now? How are you feeling now?

How often is normal for otherwise healthy pets to have medical emergencies? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 25, 2013 - 51 answers

Why is my dog shaking?

Why might my dog be shaking and what can I do to help him? [more inside]
posted by mibo on May 12, 2013 - 21 answers

How worried should I be if my puppy ate part of leaf sprayed by RoundUp?

I have a 5 month old lab mix, about 22 lbs. Yesterday I sprayed some weed on our porch with RoundUp, and my SO went through and weedeated afterward, but failed to sweep remanents of weeds that were scattered out all crime scene like. This morning took puppy out for walk and he IMMEDIATELY grabs something off the porch and eats it. All of the pieces scattered were probably smaller than a thumb print, but he swallowed it before I could get to him. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Apr 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Fast track me to townie status: Massachusetts North Shore Edition

I am moving to Newburyport, MA in two weeks. Please help me land smoothly with recommendations for hairstylists, dog care, preferred ISPs, and anything else that pops to mind. [more inside]
posted by amelioration on Mar 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Preventative care for old cats?

Do you have OLD cats? How often do you take them to the vet, and do you do the 6 month preventative testing-type visits that cat vets typically recommend? If so, how much do you pay for the visit and lab tests? Do I really need to do this? [more inside]
posted by peep on Mar 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Sick kitty, low on cash.

My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 26, 2013 - 15 answers

Catfilter: Cat is urpy, vet is closed, how worried should I be?

My darling dearest kitteh is 5 years old, and seems to have some kind of stomach issue. Our vet is closed til Monday, so in the meantime -Is this a potential emergency? -If not, how can I help her poor little belly? Slightly gross details below. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Jan 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it madness to get a dog without owning a car first?

We do not own a car. We're thinking about getting a dog. Is this doable? [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can on Jan 24, 2013 - 17 answers

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Nov 27, 2012 - 9 answers

Airline where pet can fly w/o certificate of health from vet. Sandy Emergency!

Emergency! Does anyone know of an airline (or other option) that allows pets to fly as cargo without a certificate of health from the vet? I know there are one or two. [more inside]
posted by LLF246 on Nov 2, 2012 - 30 answers

Need a vet on the west-side of Manhattan

I need a veterinarian in Manhattan (Washington Heights, UWS or Inwood preferred). Please come inside if you have a good one. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Arf? Quack?

Does any science support alternative medical treatments for dogs? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 13, 2012 - 14 answers

help us find a new kitty doc

Recommendations for a vet for cats in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by oneear on Oct 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Feline Emergency

Neighbor's dogs just attacked my kitten. What? [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on Sep 14, 2012 - 45 answers

Vet to administer euthanasia in Seattle.

Looking for a vet in Seattle who will perform euthanasia on an animal with behavioral, not physical, problems. [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Sep 6, 2012 - 17 answers

the canine's incisor

I have an older dog whose front tooth is loose enough that I can wiggle it with my fingers. I'm taking him into the vet tomorrow, but before I do, I'm wondering: is it possible for the vet to remove a dog's tooth without putting him under anesthesia?
posted by roger ackroyd on Aug 30, 2012 - 14 answers

Colitis in cats?

Colitis in cats? What to do? Diet? Help! (long and poop-related...sorry) [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Aug 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Affordable pet MRI

How to afford MRI/Spinal Tap procedure for a dog (in northeast US). Need to make decision in next 12 hours. [more inside]
posted by lapidus on Aug 5, 2012 - 28 answers

Help me help my puddy cat.

How can I help an injured kitty? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jul 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Passport, check... But where do I store my cats?

Any recommendations for pet boarding in Birmingham, UK? (Bonus: good vets.) [more inside]
posted by Because on Jul 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Emergency or not?

My dog's mouth is bleeding; there's a lump by her gums. It's 10pm here. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Jul 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Trying to thank my vet for all her help

Which picture to give my vet? Is a picture appropriate? [more inside]
posted by Beacon Inbound on Jul 10, 2012 - 15 answers

What to do about my dog's mouth problem??

My adult dog lost a tooth a couple weeks ago after chewing on a Nylabone. I took the bone away, and was planning to make an appointment for cleaning/ scaling in a month or so, when I could afford it. Today I found another tooth and now I'm more worried that this is something that can't wait. Help please! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

The Prodigal Cat

My cat came home again! Now what? [more inside]
posted by munichmaiden on May 30, 2012 - 12 answers

Love our kitties, need a vet

Park Rose area of Portland. 2 cats, we are new to the city need a vet we can trust and who likes kitties, any success stories?
posted by Freedomboy on May 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it possible to be certified in the United States of America as a veterinarian without ever performing a desexing?

Is it possible to be certified in the United States of America as a veterinarian without ever performing a desexing? [more inside]
posted by vash on May 2, 2012 - 24 answers

Cat with a UTI and possibly stones?

My 3 year old female cat (DSH) is having urinary issues. We are on day 9 of antibiotics for a UTI (she had no crystals on her UA)and she is not improving. She will be going to the vet for a recheck soon, but I'd really like to hear other people's experiences with UTIs and bladder stones in cats. Does anyone recommend a particular supplement like cranberry? Should I ask the veterinarian to culture her urine for the right antibiotic? Money is in short supply, but I LOVE my cat and will do whatever it takes to get her better. [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Mar 23, 2012 - 18 answers

Need recommendation for veterinary oncologist in Bay Area

Anyone have a recommendation for a veterinary oncologist in the Bay Area? Not Sage/VMS in Campbell... [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Mar 8, 2012 - 7 answers

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