I find the prices are fair if not very reasonable especially if I look at what things cost me when I needed to take my dog to an emergency hospital. Beechwood doesn’t seem to have much turnover cause I’ve been seeing the same girls for the past 6 years. The vets do a thorough exam of my pets, asking about changes and sensitive to my frequent mony concerns. They tell me honestly what is best and then break down my options on an estimate telling me what is most important. I’m reminded over again that they seem to really care about my pet. I never get the impression they are money hungry. For example I got quoted $650 once for a dentistry on my previous cat Samantha when I lived in Toronto. When I moved here and got a second opinion at Beechwood. The vet looked in her mouth and told me an anesthetic wasn’t really necessary yet. With some hand instruments their technician removed the mild tartar buildup on Samantha’s teeth in just a few minutes. I paid $55 instead!! The vet could have easi;y confirmed the Toronot price and say cut off $100 to make me feel good. Recently I cam in with Katie due to what I thought was a hip problem I’ve been self treating for a while with glucosamine. The vet found instead that she has a lower back problem, wrist and elbow problems. I’ve been treating it with the new laser therapy they have now and have seen an amazing response. My 12 year old dog is better than she has been in 2 years! She can now do some agility and go up and down stairs normally! Interestingly I noted on their window they ar offering stem cell therapy for arthritis now too, but that’s way about of my budget right now.
Bad prices and unable to find any problem. I had to self diagnose my 10 yr. old dog with arthritis and self prescribe glucosamine after the vet ran a bunch of expensive tests and came up with no diagnosis for his chronic pain. They also prescribed a $100 a bottle pain killer which turns out to be the equivalent of tylanol. Better look elsewhere.
A few years ago I took a young rabbit who was suffering from diarrhea to Beechwood Animal Hospital. The rabbit was a pet-store purchase by a family member (note: do not buy animals from pet stores!); he was too young to be weaned, and he was sick. So I called Beechwood to take him in, as I couldn't find another place available at the time. On the phone I asked if they had experience with rabbits there and was assured that yes, the attending vet took care of 'hundreds' of rabbits.
When I walked into the clinic, however, the receptionist squealed with delight at seeing my rabbit, stating, 'Oh, we never ever get rabbits here!' That was my first clue that something wasn't right. So when the vet was ready to see him, I took the bunny in. He took his temperature (it was low), checked his skin (somewhat dehydrated) and then checked the stool, which was soft and runny...definitely not good. But then the vet said, 'Oh, he's getting better already, see?' and pointed out one partially formed 'bunny ball' (fecal matter). Then he recommended I give him some yogurt drops (full of sugar, would make the condition worse) and told me he was fine. I asked him to culture the stool to test for bacteria, etc., and was told he didn't need it. The little bunny died the next morning.
This was the second bad incident I had with this clinic, and I'll never be back.
I was a walk-in looking for (non-prescription) veterinary glucosamine tablets for my 12 yo dog because I was almost out and my regular vet was out as well. After asking if I was a prior client - (no) - I was told that they didn't carry it. I asked what difference it would have made if I was a prior client and was told they could look up if I had bought it from them before (even though, of course, they don't carry it).
It strikes me as odd that a full on vet hospital would not carry such a common product. What do they do for clients with creaky older dogs? Not sure what was going on but clearly they did not want my money and the unhelpful attitude of the girl at the desk ensured that I would never be a regular client.
I showed up as a walk-in looking for non-prescription veterinary glucosamine tablets for my 12 yo dog because I was almost out and my regular vet was out of stock. Upon finding out that I was not a regular, the girl at the desk claimed they did not have glucosamine. When I asked why it mattered if I was a previouus patient, she said it was to see if they had sold me it before. Not sure if she was just dumb and did not know what I was talking about but strikes me as odd that vet hospital would not carry such a common product. Clearly, they did not want my money and the attitude it was all delivered with ensured that I will never be a regular.
They will get the most of your money! They always put pressure on you by playing with your emotions and they tag everything with a nice big fat price. It's important to understand that any vet will do the same procedures but shop around...and we live 2 minutes away!
For example, declawing a cat will cost you 325$ but at another animal hospital it's the same price but they will spay or neuter the cat as well.
To have the cat spayed at beechwood- the estimate was 640$ ----seriously!!!!
I called to get my male cat fixed and she told me I was looking at $260 to start. Take your pet to the Spay & Neuter clinic, they are really nice and treat you like gold and your pet too!! DO NOT GO HERE! My dog has a cough and I live 2 minutes away and I would gladly travel to the moon rather then take my dog there.
I have taken my cat there for about 4 years and decided that I had enough. It seemed to me all that all they care about is making money and don't give a hoot about the health of my pet while playing with owner's emotions. My cat needed to have an operation, but a series of very expensive tests were required beforehand just to make sure he'd survive. Also, he was diagnosed with a heart murmur, but became skeptical after discovering that other patients of the same clinic had murmus too. What are the odd that 7 out of 7 people had pets with murmurs? So I took my cat to another clinic for his annual check-up and guess what? The vet with 30+ years of experience told me he didn't have one. Also, the costs were much lower. So I highly suggest to take your pets elsewhere.
I've been to this vet several times, and have not been impressed. Waiting times are often long. The vets are nice and competent but I don't appreciate him staring at my chest! When our cat was very sick and ultimately died I felt that we were taken advantage of. Other vets have told me that jaundiced cats rarely recover and I would have had her put down at that time had I known, but we paid for many more inconclusive and resultless tests and medicines. I do not plan on returning.