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Title: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: frances on January 20, 2017, 02:56:26 PM
Hi all,

Can you recommend a good local vet? I was happy to see that Noah's Ark is close to me, but they charge $95 for an exam, which seems REALLY REALLY EXPENSIVE (our fancy vet in Park Slope was only $65). I' prefer someone within walking distance, but I'd rather travel to a good vet than have a mediocre local one.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: mgrave22 on January 20, 2017, 06:20:06 PM
Astoria Veterinary Group on Steinway. We have 3 cats and a 50lb pit mix. I wouldn't take them anywhere else.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: deja on January 20, 2017, 07:17:47 PM
I've been going to Astoria Veterinary Group for over 20 years and wouldn't take my catchildren anywhere else. 
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: bellabella on January 20, 2017, 07:20:05 PM
I've been to all the local vets and while I liked Dr. Tello, he is pricey. I do Not and would not recommend  any of the northern blvd vet places. I've been taking my fur babies to Heights animal hospital. We only like Dr. Rheile (make sure to check before making appointment). It is a no frills, not new or state of the art but I trust them. The staff have always been so sweet and caring.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: frances on January 21, 2017, 08:40:58 PM
Thanks for the recommendations! (Hopefully we won't need a vet anytime soon, but it's good to have some vets in mind.)
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Crabby_Appleton on January 23, 2017, 07:13:12 PM
On the Go Veterinary Service—they come to your house and they're no more expensive than going to an office. Also, incredibly kind and thorough. http://otgvs.otgvs.com/
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: homeowner on January 24, 2017, 01:08:44 PM
I've been going to Astoria Veterinary Group for over 20 years and wouldn't take my catchildren anywhere else.

Is Dr. Kamer still there?  I went to him for years but when it came time to euthanize my dog and I asked him to do it at my home, he said no. 

Now I use Matt Nebel - he is strictly house calls and reasonably priced.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: kellydaniel on February 06, 2017, 11:29:21 PM
Since others are recommending Astoria places I'll put my vote in for All Pets Vet in Astoria on Ditmars & Steinway.  They've been so awesome to me and my cats.  I took one to a place near an old apartment just for a nail trim and the difference in handling was enough to make me never go anywhere but All Pets and Dr. Hatzi.  I'm in Woodside now and still go back there, and even when I've considered moving to Brooklyn I've wondered "hmmm but how long is the drive to Dr. Hatzi??"
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Christina on February 21, 2017, 01:28:57 PM
Astoria Veterinary Group on Steinway -
SEE DR. JODI SMITH OR DR. FITZGERALD (BOTH WOMEN) ARE EXCELLENT AND VERY VERY GENTLE WITH YOUR PET.

I have been to so many and they don't care how they handle my dogs, these women I trust and they do not push you into getting anything that you cannot afford, they give you options.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Christina on February 21, 2017, 01:31:29 PM
I've been going to Astoria Veterinary Group for over 20 years and wouldn't take my catchildren anywhere else.
totally agree!!! :)
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Christina on February 21, 2017, 01:31:59 PM
Astoria Veterinary Group on Steinway raised their office visit to $65 now. But still I wouldn't go anywhere else.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: lalochezia on January 04, 2018, 04:24:04 PM
Any updates on recommendations beyond Noah's Ark?

Ideally within walking distance of the 70's/37 Ave.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: madalyn on January 05, 2018, 03:38:38 PM
Since others are recommending Astoria places I'll put my vote in for All Pets Vet in Astoria on Ditmars & Steinway.  They've been so awesome to me and my cats.  I took one to a place near an old apartment just for a nail trim and the difference in handling was enough to make me never go anywhere but All Pets and Dr. Hatzi.  I'm in Woodside now and still go back there, and even when I've considered moving to Brooklyn I've wondered "hmmm but how long is the drive to Dr. Hatzi??"

I want to say that I had a really bad experience with Dr. Hatzi - so bad that I feel like cautioning pet owners.  If you want the particulars, p.m. me.

My recommendation, among local vets, would be Dr. Riehle, as mentioned above.  He is not high-tech but he's kind, competent and he doesn't push potentially unnecessary treatments at you.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Christina on August 28, 2018, 09:34:19 AM
Dr. Jody Smith Astoria Vet Group - she will NEVER put your pet through anything they do not need. Very gentle with your pet.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: dssjh on August 28, 2018, 05:14:17 PM
i went to Dr. Smith when i lived in Astoria. she was gentle and caring, with both the patients and their human companions. good to know she's still there.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: deja on August 29, 2018, 02:00:30 PM
My catchildren have been seeing Dr. Smith at Astoria for many years.  She's wonderful.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: Jeannette D on September 19, 2018, 10:45:51 AM
I am huge fan of Juniper Valley Animal Hospital...  My 8 year old mix had a very bad gastro problem and I was seen in 20 min, he was admitted for 2 days and and all inclusive my bill
was less than 1 night at other places... the techs called me with updates and they were so good to him  ( and me who was freaking out)
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: divanatrix on September 25, 2018, 07:41:46 AM
My two cents.

Went to Noah’s Ark for a few years with a few cats we’ve had over the years. Tried to tell myself it was great despite being in a really tiny location, idiot receptionists, long wait times, super high prices, super expensive services “suggested”, Dr Tello’s  dad seemed to have taken over Saturday appointments  and is grossly incompetent. (2 years ago I brought my 15 year old cat in and he told me that she’s probably going to die soon and then tried to sell me on thousands of dollars of dental cleanings for her. Guess what, she’s still alive, asshole.)

Final straw was their office not noticing an obvious heart murmur on a cat he’d been seeing regularly since he was a kitten. He had a heart disease that we could have been treating early on, but instead we lost him before he turned 3.(Thanks to Blue Pearl and their cardiologist we were able to manage it once found.)

I now go to Heights Animal Clinic on 35th Ave.

Never will I set door in Noah’s Ark or ever refer anyone there again.
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: deja on September 27, 2018, 12:36:13 PM
I helped an elderly neighbor bring her cat to Dr Tello a couple of years ago.  I have no idea if he's a good vet or not, but I was really nonplussed at the hard sell they attempted.  Everything was a package for multiples of hundreds of dollars down to charges for nail clipping and ear cleaning, and I'm not talking about an extra ten bucks. 

I've been a cat owner for just about all of my adult life and have never been charged extra over the cost of an examination for minor maintenance like swabbing out ears or trimming claws.  Heck, I wasn't even charged for the cost of time when I was instructed in how to administer subq fluids and injections...
Title: Re: Veterinarian recommendation?
Post by: toque198 on October 09, 2018, 07:27:00 PM
I'm a big fan of Forest Hills Cat Hospital in Middle Village.
Cats only.
Very caring and engaged Doctors and staff.

http://www.foresthillscathospital.com/