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THE BEST CARE IN TOWN-POLICE OFFICER COLECCHIA from NEW YORK, NY
Pet Name: CANINE BLAZE
MY K9 PARTNER BLAZE ONCE AGAIN HAD A LIFE N DEATH SITUATION. HE HAD A BLOCKAGE IN HIS STOMACH/SMALL INTESTINE THAT WAS CAUSING MY PARTNER (A 9YR OLD GERMAN SHEPARD) STOMACH TO TWIST CAUSING HIM TO BE IN SEVERE PAIN. NUMEROUS DOCTORS AND STAFF CAME TO HIS RESCUE AND AID. WITHOUT ANY QUESTIONS THE DOCTORS WENT TO WORK ON MY PARTNER. ORDERING X-RAYS AND SONOGRAMS RIGHT AWAY SHOWED THE BLOCKAGE AND EMERGENCY SURGERY WAS NEEDED.
A DAY AND A HALF LATER MY PARTNER IS ONCE AGAIN HOME AND SAFE WITH ME, WIFE, AND MY 5 KIDS RESTING AND RECOVERING. MY GRATITUDE TO THE DOCTORS AND STAFF AT THIS HOSPITAL IS BEYOND BELIEVE. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME @ 718-492-8300 FOR ANY QUESTIONS ON MY TESTIMONY. (LEAVE A MESSAGE I WILL RETURN YOUR CALL)
BENNY COLECCHIA AND HAPPY FAMILY
Dr. Ficarra at Downtown Vet. Clinic-Dr. Janet Ficarra from New York, NY
Earlier this year Dr. Hess gave a presentation to our staff, myself included, and we had a dog for a procedure that very day. We applied our protocol under her watchful eye,and added a ketamine drip to reduce pain transmission... something we had been wary of including, imagining it would throw off dosages, or vital signs . It did not. It was this small amount of drug- which rounded out our pain control regimen- that we now incorporate in every spay, neuter and dental extraction. There were other pointers, such as reducing our inhalant to restore proper blood pressure, without worrying that the patient would be light. I highly recommend Dr. Hess for her working knowledge of pet anesthesia and willingness to impart her knowledge to wary practitioners or the pet owners. I continue to refine my techniques and explore my options with Dr. Hess's opinion weighing heavily in my selection of locals, sedatives and all manner of anesthesia.
Janet Ficarra, DVM
Downtown Veterinary Clinic
Blaze-Benny Colecchia from New York, NY
Pet Name: Blaze
August 5, 2010
Dear Dr. Pacchiana:
There have been many times over the past several years that I wanted to take a few moments to express to you in writing my sincerest gratitude for the excellent care that you have given my K9 partner, Blaze, but as so often happens, life'ôs distractions have delayed this letter far too long. So, let me now thank you for your compassion, surgical skill and wonderful way you and your entire staff have treated Blaze, since the first time we entered your facility in 2007. When Blaze began to display ongoing lameness in his left rear limb, I was concerned that not only was his job in jeopardy, but also that he may suffer permanent paralysis. Now, nearly three years later, my K9 partner and I are still on active duty and he is still a highly vibrant member of my family.
Once again, Blaze, my family and I thank you for the excellent care and support you have shown us. We hope that others are as fortunate as ourselves in finding the best veterinary care.
P.O. Benny Colecchia, K9 Blaze and Family
Buster and FAVS-Sian Edwards-Beal from New York, NY
Pet Name: Buster
We thought we were giving my 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier, Buster, a treat when we gave him our New Years Day dinner leftovers. However that large ham bone proved to be disastrous. By 7am the next morning, Buster couldn't walk. My regular vet called him in for the day for observation, but, by 8pm that night, Buster was in really bad shape and said that Buster needs to go to a hospital immediately. My vet actually rode with me to Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists because-he told me later-he thought Buster might die in the cab there. When we went to FAVS, the staff on call saw him immediately and, with a brief examination of his x-rays, told me that shards of bone had blocked his intestines and he needed surgery right away. I left Buster at FAVS not knowing if I would see him alive again.
At 3am, Buster's surgeon called me to say that the operation had gone well, 50cm of Buster's intestines had been removed, but bringing Buster out from the operation was touch and go. An hour later, I was in FAVS waiting area when the surgeon, Dr. Doust, told me that against the odds Buster had made it through the operation but would need several days of care at the hospital to see if he could get to the next stage of recovery.
I will never forget coming down to see Buster the next morning. He had IVs and drains and was bandaged on both front paws with a large incision down his stomach. However, miserable he looked, I never doubted for one minute that he was in the best of hands.
Buster stayed for about 4 days and went from strength to strength. The highly qualified staff never gave me anything but the truth about the severity of the situation. But, as we all realized that Buster might make it, I was able to appreciate the level of care Buster was receiving. The state of the art facility and the amazingly qualified staff left me feeling that I was doing everything I could for my four legged companion. Dr. Fishkin and her ER staff never left Buster unattended and always kept me completely up to date with his recovery.
After Buster came home, the quality of care from FAVS continued and Buster went from strength to strength. You would never know that he was at deaths doors and I am in no doubt that I have FAVS to thank for that.
FAVS, Rescue Ink, and Thunder-Sarah Brown from New York, NY
Pet Name: Thunder
Do you hear the Thunder? Rescue Ink did when we got a call from Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists about a Rottweiler who had been involved in a shoot-out. FAVS's top-notch team of surgeons and specialists provided Thunder with the best and most compassionate care possible, and then released him to Rescue Ink to begin the process of healing his spirit and soul. Today, Thunder is not only learning how to navigate life with only three legs, but also remembering what it is like to trust and be loved once again. Thanks, Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists, for caring about a homeless and broken Rottweiler named Thunder, and for not only restoring him to health, but setting him forward on his journey to become a beloved companion again.
This place is AMAZING-Aparna Rao from New York, NY
Pet Name: Charlie
Our happy, goofy, large puppy was bitten at the dog park while playing one afternoon in February. Unfortunately our vet was closed and we knew we needed to have him seen right away.
Dr. Mason was the vet who handled our case. She was kind, articulate, very patient (with me in particular because I was beside myself with worry), sensitive and compassionate. She explained everything down to the last detail and stayed in constant contact with us throughout the night (our puppy ended up needing minor surgery and had to be kept for several hours).
She and her colleagues were very flexible and made themselves available at all times. I simply could not believe the level of personalized care we received around the clock. It was enough to make me wish they were my own doctors!
Of course we hope not to need emergency care in the near future, but believe me, we know exactly where to go if/when we do. We sing her praises (as well as the hospital's!) to everyone and anyone who is a dog owner. If only they could be our main vet!
Emergency-india from Bronx, NY
Pet Name: Nena
Last year in 2011 my baby named Nena a Jack/Chi was chasing her ball @ home when she hit a nearby crate we had with her leg. She was salivating in pain. I was crying non stop. I didn't know where to go but decided to go to Fifth Avenue vet and it was the best choice ever. They took my baby quickly. In less than 3 hrs my baby was back home. She's 1 and a half now & recovered nicely. Thanks to the doctors & staff at the Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialist. I'm so grateful to them all and so is my baby Nena...
Best Vet Team - Saved my Dog's Life-Brian Lynch from New York, NY
Pet Name: Google
I came home from work to find Google (my dog) lying on his side with puddles of blood in my room. Google normally is jumping up and down to see me when I return from work. I immediately took my dog to his primary veterinary doctor. The primary vet informed me that Google was very sick, in decompensated shock and needed to be transferred to the emergency department immediately. Google'ôs primary vet recommended 5th Avenue. I called ahead with a notification I was on the way with a sick dog.
They had a team ready to start all procedures as soon as Google arrived. Google had no blood pressure and was diagnosed with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE). They started all resuscitative efforts and saved my dog'ôs life. My dog is my son and I was so worried that he was not going to come home with me. Dr. Holly Roberts come up to inform me of his status right away. As soon as Google had a blood pressure and all of his IV lines were secured she took me down to see him. Dr. Roberts felt like a family member and I could tell she really care about my dog. Even when she was not the primary vet assigned to him after he was transferred to internal medicine, she would answer my questions and check in on me.
Google had never been alone in a boarding facility or hospital. They allowed me to stay with him everyday and he was in the hospital for one week. The emergency vets, internal medicine, front desk staff, and technicians were all helpful. They worked with my student budget and provided the best care possible. I was basically living at the hospital with Google and I saw how they treated the other dogs as well. The technicians do a lot of the work and they spend time with the dogs as if they were their own family.
I work in a human hospital and I have never seen such an advanced and clean facility along with friendly and empathetic staff. I made the joke that if anything ever happened to me, I would rather them treat me as well instead of going to a human hospital.
The emergency team at 5th Ave saved my dog'ôs life and kept my best friend/son alive. I highly recommend them and anyone that has any questions can call or email me. (512) 589-9128/ email@example.com
Dr. Hillary Wentworth-Steve Kaufman from New York, NY
Pet Name: Bruce
On New Year's Eve I had to say goodbye to my beautiful 16 1/2 year old best pal, my cat Bruce. I can never express adequately my appreciation to Dr. Hillary Wentworth for you gentleness, kindness and support. You were so loving to Brucie and so helpful to me in my heartbroken and virtually inconsolable state. I am so grateful that Bruce's last chapter in this world was dignified and peaceful. You really made that happen.