12702 N 56th St, Tampa, FL | Directions 3361728.061997 -82.394047
Took our cat here for blood work. Getting the results have been a struggle. You call and can't get a hold of the dr. They don't call back when they say they would.
LOVE LOVE LOVE This office! My 15 yellow lab who recently passed away was always care of with love and compassion here. My 7 year old lab gets excited when we pull in the parking lot and is sure to get attention from everyone in the building once were inside. The fees have always been reasonable and they have even worked with me when surgery was needed for my old girl. Some of the office staff are to point and can be misunderstood however, they have always been helpfull and eager to meet our needs.
Dr.Saladino is great. I was frustrated with other vets not knowing what was wrong with my cat, and she was compassionate and acted like my sweet girl was a family member. Initially irritated with staff-but they really are professional and attentive. They handled my "angst" with courtesy...just as I would have handled me should it be reversed.
The only reason why I ever take my animals here is for Dr. J. He is only in, though, one day per week. I've had my dogs there for kennel cough vaccines, only to get a reminder in the mail two weeks later to bring them in for rabies/heartworm vax. Why didn't someone look at their chart and see that they were due for vax??? After reading the comment about the lump, I will probably go elsewhere after I've been going there for 20 years. My black lab, almost 8 y/o, also has a huge "fatty tumor" on her chest near her arm pit.
Connechusett vets should find another line of work. – Connechusett came highly recommended by a friend with an older dog, so we took our 8yo black lab to see them when she started growing lumps. They told us not to worry; Portia's lumps were fatty tissue and she was healthy. Well the lumps grew and grew over the next few months, coalescing into one big tumor. They removed the tumor a few months ago but failed to get it all, and tests confirmed it was malignant lymphoma. They recommended more surgery if and when the lumps returned.
Portia was very active, getting a 1.5-mile walk every day, until late last week when she developed a slight limp. Her shoulder began to swell on Friday, but we knew she hadn't been injured. We gave her doggie aspirin and anti-inflammatory meds, and jerry-rigged a shoulder strap to hold an ice pack, hoping she'd walk out her sprain. That seemed to help for awhile, but by Saturday (her 9th birthday, ironically) we knew she needed help.
We called Connechusett the minute they opened on Saturday, explaining that Portia was in pain. Unexpected expenses had drained our checking account that week, and we wouldn't be able to pay them before accessing our savings on Monday. (Connechusett is a bit pricey, so we knew what sort of costs to expect.) Would they take a post-dated check for payment? No. They essentially told us to call back on Monday.
Of course we wouldn't. They'd lost the privilege of ever touching our dog again. No one who cares for animals could have done that. We weren't some random people coming in off the street. Portia was their patient, now in pain. They'd been trusted to cut into her body. We'd spared no expense for them to treat her in the past. And now they couldn't wait a business day for payment? No one with those policies should be a vet, full stop, period.
As Portia grew more ill, we realized the shoulder injury was a massive tumor growing rapidly under her arm. The lymphoma had returned with a vengeance. We dosed her with everything we could find OTC and safe for dogs, trying to minimize her pain, but we barely scratched the surface. We nursed her continuously throughout the weekend, but lying close and talking to her were the only things that helped. We found a vet who would see her at 7am Monday morning, so we loaded her up in back of the station wagon, opened the top and all the windows (which she loved), and drove off. Portia had stopped crying an hour earlier. She was conscious but feeling no pain. She left her body on the way to the vet.
We are comforted in knowing that Portia wouldn't have wanted to leave this life in any other way. But Connechusett could have made her final hours easier. I regret they chose not to. To those reading this review, forewarned is forearmed: Look elsewhere for your pet's care.
Once you start going it's a downhill experience!!!!! – The first time I went in someone had dropped a dog in aweful condition at my door. I being a college student at the time with no money they worked with me and made the experience wonderful. Since then I have brought both my dogs to this location and prices seem to go up with loyalty.
My poor dog suffers from extreme allergies it cost me over 1000 dollars to figure this out. She has been poked, prodded, and sedated about 4 times at this place and I get "nothing is wrong, here is antibiotics and the 200 plus dollar bill." If I go into a doctors and tell them whats wrong and they can't figure it out with clear sympthoms then don't give her antibotics.
Now they are saying she needs to come in for a healthy check up and heartworm testing even though we were in there less then 2 weeks ago and she had a check up and heartworm test then and they have no record. They told me I "Have to otherwise they won't give me anymore heartworm meds" They estimated this cost at 135 which tells me they raised there prices by a lot since a month or two ago there healthy pet exam was 24 dollars and a heartworm test was 38 dollars 2 weeks ago. I don't like getting ripped off so jokes on them since I will not be returning with my pets since they only care about the money and my pets don't matter.
The only Vet for my baby – I have a very hyper dog that i take to them for all needs. The last visit was for a tumor my dog had on her foot. They are very good with animals and humans. They also took the time to exsplain what would the the before and after of the surgery in a way I would understand. They have great prices and would tell any friend, family member, or neighbor thats the best vet Ive ever been too.
Not very nice – I brought my cat Simba here becuase he's had this big laceration on his head for a while and it suddenly started looking worse. I'd assumed it hadn't healed yet becuase he kept picking at it and when it looked worse I brought him here. I'm a college student and have had this cat since I was five; I'm very attached to him and try to take care of him as best I can. But when I told the doctor that he'd had the cut on his head for at least 3 months; all she had to say to me was how awful it was that I hadn't brought him in. I'd told her that he kept bothering with it and I tried to keep it clean. She prescribed him medicine to be given orally and medicine to put on his head. I asked if there was anything else I could do with him but she didn't seem to care. She told me he probably had cancer and they'd need to do a biopsy but that I couldn't make an appointment until his head looked a bit cleaner. Crushed I went home and gave him the medicine as I was told; but as soon as I put the medicine on his head he pawed it off. Finally I took him to another vet; not only did they seem just as concerned about how I was doing as my cat was doing; but they also wrapped his head; cleaned him up; AND took him in the back to check him for anything he might have in the same day.
Turned out he didn't have cancer, he has FIV. Something I would have liked to have known when I first took him to get checked out considering he's an outdoor cat.
I would NEVER recommend Connechusetts to anyone that loves their pet(s) ever.
You won't get any complaints from me – I've been taking my animals to Connechusetts for quite awhile now. My cat and 2 dogs are getting older now, and the visits are becoming more frequent. The staff is always eager to help and don't blink an eye at any request made. We see Dr. Tavares everytime. I have never been happier with a vet. Her bedside manner is soft and soothing, especially when the news isn't all that good. She is very knowledgeable and always explains the situation in a way that's easy to understand. Sometimes money is tight, and she does what she can to treat the problem, but keep the bill low. At this point, I wouldn't trust the health of my animals with anyone else. If you're looking for a good vet, I would strongly recommend Connechusetts.
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