11814 115th Ave NE, Bldg J
Kirkland, WA 98034
I had traveled out of state with my 2 1/2 yo Golden Retriever, Allie. We stayed on the beach, and she ate some foxtails. She likes grass, and I try to deter her at all costs. She had started coughing, choking like she was trying to cough up a hairball. We took her first to a walk in vet clinic where the vet recommended that our dog have an endoscopy, to determine where exactly the foxtail was at. We were given a few different veterinary hospital choices. All the places were coming in with estimates of 800-1600 dollars for the endoscopy! We were shocked. We have a healthy active Golden, until this episode. Due to our own people schedule, we weren't able to bring Allie in until two days later.
From the easy way to find this place, to ample parking, to the welcome mat thrown out for us and for our dog, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place. We met with the Dr Matt Vaughan - a good vet - who thought once he moved from CA, he would not be seeing foxtails again.. to Linda who was in training... the front desk staff, all were wonderful. The only draw back, was one gentleman, who was difficult to understand, and I didn't get his name, kept getting my answers wrong, he would repeat them back, and I would correct him. He raised my anxiety level and my frustration level that he couldn't get the answers correct. All that went away when we met with Dr Matt though.
We mentioned that while we wanted good care for our dog, we wanted to go in increments, if they could find the foxtails, removed them without going the really expensive route, with the rhino endoscopy, then please do it. Allie had to be put under sedation, but I had trust in these people, and about 2 1/2 hours later, Allie was ready to be picked up, and lo and behold, the charge was less. That doesn't happen often, but they were able to find the foxtails, one behind each tonsil.. these insidious grasses don't break down, and stay in a pet's system.
All in all, this is a great place, comfy to wait, they will take care of you, and are understanding of a person's financial needs, all the while keeping your pet's health in mind.
From likely paralysis to almost perfect I was sent here after my 6lb yorkie got attacked by another dog. He had deep puncture wounds and a broken back. From the moment I walked in I felt the difference. This place is better than hospitals I have been to for people. They were great about calling with updates (though I didnt leave for the first 2 days). It was amazing how sensitive they were. You can visit or call at any hour. He had his surgery and stayed for a few more days for recovery. Now, years later people comment all the time that he looks great and you can't even tell. I am grateful to SVP, they saved his life. I recommend them to anyone I know that has a pet.
3 years after the above incident, my little guy landed in the hospital again. He is officially on his third life! Not sure how many dogs get, but if it wasn't for SVS he would not have seen his 10th birthday yesterday. I think the staff was even better this time. You can really tell that they care about you and your pet. They called me every morning and afternoon to give me an update and were always available to talk about his treatment. I spoke with someone at least twice a day to get an update and always felt like I was their only client.
And Yes, its expensive, but worth it to me. Thanks again
- Stacy H.
Is the best multimodal care facility in Washington!
- Danielle B.
This veterinary clinic is the best - not only are they professional, they are all compassionate and caring. Dr. Mison saved our Sheltie along with his staff.
- Elizabeth G.
After my horrifying experience at the emergency clinic down in Auburn, I am happy to say that my pets will only be coming here for ER services in the future. My 80 lb dog was unable to stand or walk unassisted when I came home from work a couple of wks ago. If you read my last review about the other ER clinic, you can imagine my relief when SVS actually brought a GURNEY out to my car and wheeled him into the ER. The clinic is extremely clean and has a very professional atmosphere, to the point where it rivals human hospitals I've been to! My brother in law said it best when he commented that "if something happened to me, I wouldn't even mind coming here if there wasn't a human ER around!" My dog ended up having to stay overnight, and when they let me walk to the back to say good night, I was so touched by the fact that they had him in his own crib (resembled a crate, but without the walls and door) and he looked very happy and comfortable. Again, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the facility and the fact that there were 2 vet techs there in the back that were busily attending to the overnight patients. I was very pleased with the entire experience. We ended up having to return about a week later for some additional tests and the professionalism from the staff and the head neurologist, Dr. Sanders, was commendable. The only aspect that was less than positive was the vet tech that went over the at-home care and medication regimen with me. She didn't seem very confident (perhaps she was new?) and when I asked her about drug interactions, she looked at me as though she didn't have the faintest idea what I was talking about. I wish she would've offered to ask the vet on duty (I ended up calling my regular vet later on). Even though this clinic is a fair distance from my home, it's definitely worth the drive.
- Ann V.
If your animal ever has a medical emergency, this is the place to go to. My dachshund had ruptured her vertebrae and lost her ability to walk on her hind legs. I rushed her over and the ER doctor proceeded to tell me that time was very important for her to regain her mobility in her hind legs again. Apparently, the longer we waited, the less chance she would have to regain full or any control of her legs. If this has happened to your dog, get surgery done within 24 hours. They scheduled a MRI and she was sent to surgery the next morning. My dachshund stayed there for 11 days but she was comfortable. She loved the vet techs there enough to be excited to see them on follow up visits that included getting her stitches removed and to see her post op appointment with Dr. Sanders. I was able to visit my dog every night after her surgery. Sometimes they were a little busy but my family and I were always able to see her whenever we wanted. The only reason I am docking a star is the cost of the whole surgery. You will need quite a bit of money to spend on your beloved pet. It is more than a pretty penny and that is why their facility is very nice. They have leather chairs in the waiting room with a plasma tv. They do keep the place quite clean as well and offer free tea, coffee, and hot chocolate for those waiting.
- Donna H.
Wonderful facility, doctors and techs!!! highly recommend! if you have a pet with special needs...this is the place to go!
- Carol J.
After several visits to my vet with an obviously sick dog going downhill and several diagnosis was that did not pan out I was referred to SVS one evening after my vet thought that my dog 'looked yellow' and may have a liver problem. The emergency vet that we saw was almost immediately after a physical and blood work to determine that my dog had lymphoma - cancer of the blood basically. Dr. Brooks at SVS does oncology at this location and even with a diagnosis of stage 5 lymphoma (the worse) was willing to get chemotherapy started following some additional tests to know exactly what all was involved. Halfway though Padfoot's 26 weeks of chemo he was in remission and remains so now My understanding, going in, was that chemo would probably only give him a chance at a bit longer life and while the initial treatments were a bit hard on him he was doing better and gaining back weight after the first 8 weeks. I wish that we had gone here sooner then we had, as his cancer certainly would have been correctly diagnosed and we would have saved a great deal of money we spent previous to getting the correct diagnosis at SVS. I have noticed people taking a star off for cost, which I will not do, because you get what you pay for and just like medicine for people you are willing to pay for the best treatment possible. Having a child with multiple medical issues I tend to hold any clinic (even a vet clinic) up against the Children's Hospital for professionalism and expertise. SVS definitely meets that level of care, but to do that they need the same things onsite that any specialty hospital would have, from a laboratory to radiological set up so animals have a one stop place for critical care. They also understand the cost can quickly get high with specialized care and are willing to work with the owner to take a less aggressive line of treatment when its appropriate so that the owner can afford it and the pet will still benefit. But it will cost more then your neighborhood vet - but your neighborhood vet does not usually have the equipment and the expertise and vets on duty 7/24. Expect, like any emergency room, to be taken care of in order of need, not by time of arrival. You maybe triaged by an experienced tech in the lobby to determine how quickly your pet needs to be seen. This could mean that your pet will be seen before others already there or a pet that arrives after you gets taken into the treatment area directly. Don't take this wrong, your pet is important to everyone there but the sicker or more injured pet will get treated first if need be. This is not your first-come, first-serve by appointment only vet. I now have a happy, healthy mastiff, still in remission and I don't begrudge one cent of the cost of the treatment.
- Pam D.
They are the best. Compassionate and caring and offer the highest standard of care to our beloved pets. Thanks to Dr Brooks and all the staff for looking after Gizmo last year, right to the end.
- Barbara F.
I want to thank the staff at Seattle Veterinary Specialists for the professional care we received for our sweet dog Kylie. She was a special dog to us, and you could really tell that they cared as much as we did. They did everything they could - and explained everything that was happening very clearly. They let us visit with our dog many times while she was in the emergency room, and we really appreciated it.
- Megan L.
Care with a heart I had the vet come to the house on a weekend to put my beloved dog to rest. She made it so gentle and kind, talking me through each step, giving me as much time as I needed. No surprises. I would recommend this clinic to everyone who wants to have their pet have a graceful and kind final moments with the family. When I came to pick-up my dog's ashes, they had made a final foot print for me, as a memory. Imagine how touching that was!
What an amazing place! It doesn't get any better than this! The staff was exceptionally qualified, courteous and caring. The prices were less than expected. I would highly recommend them.
- Tara H.