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Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS) Maitland

A former member
Post #: 354
Hello. Just wondering if anyone has ever taken their dog to Affiliated Veterinary Specialists (AVS)? How are they there? And What was your experience?
Thanks! Jennifer
A former member
Post #: 5
I personally haven't had to use them, but several people I know have and have great experiences. It is expensive, but the treatment is great. One of my friends had a disk issue with her maltipoo and she is walking and it's amazing. Another friend had teeth extracted and had no problems on a 8 year old German Short Hair. The last person had a large dog, boxer mix that tore her ACL, the surgery was about 8 weeks ago and she is still on calm behavior, but she is doing great! The surgeries were all very expensive, but the dogs troubles are fixed and they are happy! They have specialist for everything. I also know someone that works for the eye doctor out there and she loves the office staff and says they are excellent as well. Good Luck. Hope your puppies are OK.
A former member
Post #: 1
I've used them on several differant occasions. One needs a referral from regular vet to go though. They are expensive but hey what specialist isn't.
My last trip there was for my almost 3 year old Peke that had a stroke and they were quite thorough. Other trips were to the eye clinic there and they are the best.
A former member
Post #: 2
I have had both positive and negative experiences there, mostly negative. They are SUPER EXPENSIVE-3-4 times the cost of your regular vet. They expect everything to be paid in full, even if the cost is in the thousands of dollars, which it can easily get up to. They can sometimes be vague and evasive in answering your well deserved questions about your babies. They always want to do every test and procedure possible on your pet, even if it's not really necessary or may be possibly harmful to your pet. $$$$$. The wait there is usually always very long to be seen. I almost feel like they take advantage of our vulnerable states when we go there with an injured or sick baby. I feel the same way about the Emergency Vet Hospital in Casselberry. I pray I never have to go there again.
Two of my vet clinics are open on the weekend. Altamonte Animal Clinic is opened Sat and Sun from 8-5 and River Oaks Animal Hospital is open on Sat from 8-5.
On the plus note, I was treated kindly and with empathy by the doctor who helped me through euthaniziing one of my pets there. She explained to me what it was similar to-like being under anesthesia-. It was the first time I had to do so, and being there was a sad experience, but helped bring closure and certainty to my feelings and emotions.
There are many practicing vet clinics that are capable of performing many of the tests and surgeries they do. River Oaks Animal Hospital is one of them. Also, Dr. DiNatale at Veterinary Accupuncture and Complementary Medicine is an excellent down to earth holistic vet. Check out your alternatives and ask LOTS of questions. Don't always assume that what is recommended for your pet is the best course of action. You have to be proactive and follow your gut. After all, who knows your four legged baby better than you?
Amy B.
AmyInOrlando
Orlando, FL
Post #: 1
We were referred to this Vet by "Just Puppies", (where we purchased Kaity) for our "FREE" first visit. Well.... it wound up costing > $90. Then, less then 2 weeks later when we returned for an additional immunization, they charged again for a full office visit. The cost was > $100. They're a rip off !!!! I'd never go back there.

I recommend Loch Haven Vet.... they're awesome !!
Lisa
leahjoy22
Orlando, FL
Post #: 1
I went there and had a great experience. I would never use them for routine vet care. I went there after my dog had a grooming accident and her eye come out the socket. She is a flat nosed dog which have very shallow eye sockets and any accidental tug which pulls the eyelids up can cause the lid spasm and fall back behind the eye and push it out.

I was sent there by a vet for an immediate appointment. They explained what was wrong and what was needed and the costs. We decided to try and save the eye. They did the surgery immediately and sent her home with a care plan and medication. I had to pay upfront for this and all follow up appointments, but they write a report that helped me get full reimbursement from the groomer. The best thing is the likelihood my dog would have vision in that eye was almost none, but she was a miracle baby and did have sight in that eye. All the different Ophthalmologist vets had to come and see her.
Lesley A.
orlnurse
Orlando, FL
Post #: 3
I took Max to see Dr. Knight (neurology) after he was hospitalized for cluster seizures. The care we received was top notch, and although very expensive, I don't regret taking him there. If you look on their website at the physicians' credentials, they are specialists, not simply veterinarians. They have additional training in their specialty, and you pay for what you get. I wouldn't recommend taking your pet here for routine care and vaccines, because it can be costly, but we are very fortunate to have a facility such as this in our area.



A former member
Post #: 1
I have. My dog ruptured her left eye and had to have eye surgery twice. Dr. Denis on the Eye Assoc side did the second surgery and it turned out great. We also had to have our girl checked out by the general medicine side before they could do the surgery. I felt they were friendly and tried to be fair with prices. We still go to our local vet since we live in East Orlando. One positive thing is that they have specialists on site which is very convenient if your dog every needs one.
Cecille and Joe an...
user 8888085
Winter Park, FL
Post #: 11
Just saw this discussion. We took our dog, Twinkie, there years ago when she had back issues. We had a wonderful experience there but yes I agree it was very expensive. We opened a CareCredit card for the visits and just paid it off earlier this year!
Just a heads up though- if you ever have to deal with specialized medical issues with your dog, you can always try taking your pet to the UF Vet school in Gainesville. I have heard nothing but wonderful things from rescue friends and it is a fraction of the cost you would pay at AVS not to mention that you know your pet would be in great hands.
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