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We had a very weird experience at the the Downtown Vet on 1st Street this morning. Our dog is allergic to either the Rabies shot or Distemper (we don't know which one because both prior times they have been given at the same time). On Saturday, I took him in to get just the Distemper. Instead, they decided to do blood work (known as titers) to see if he already had the antibodies so that he didn't have to have the shot. Unfortunately, the vet forgot to mention that the bloodwork is three times as expensive as the shot. My wife is a newly stay at home mom, so every penny counts, so we opted for the shot since she would be at home and able to watch him for any reaction (We did this the previous time when Rabies and Distemper were given together, and they were fine with it). The vet said no problem and told us to bring him back today to get the shot.

We brought him back this morning to get the shot and were told they would only do the titers. After some question asking and some research into our bank account, we said to go ahead and do the titers. Then the director, Dr. Michael Tuder, decided we were being too much trouble and said they wouldn't perform anything. He nor the doctor came in to let me know this, they instead sent the office manager in to tell me this. And she wasn't able to answer why I was no longer able to get the titers. She instead just offered me my dog's records with a letter of other vets that I could go to.

Has anyone else had a similar experience? He also runs the Hoboken Animal Infirmary. Anyone else find it crazy that I can't ask questions without getting kicked out of the vet? Any recommendations for a new vet? We have a car, so it doesn't have to be within walking distance.
By the way, I have been going to this vet with my two dogs for 4 years now. I would think he would at least want to try and keep my business.

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I took my animals to Downtown for a long time, and the standard there was to test for everything, and then see what happened. I love my pets, but it did wind up being very expensive, and a lot of what they did felt unnecessary. Also, a lot of the vets there would push products on you, which I didn't like.


I didn't used to feel gouged at Downtown. In fact, I would sing their praises for being so reasonable. But it seems like lately it's getting out of hand. I questioned the need for an expensive blood test recently (after spending - literally - many thousands of dollars on pet care there) and Dr. Tudor had the gall to give me that "well, if you *cared* about your pet's health..." routine. I wanted to throw my wallet at his head.

I still think their quality of care is good, but I'm ready to check out some place equally capable but less spendy. Thanks for the recommendations, everybody.

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I also recommend Secaucus Animal Hospital. I have seen both Dr. Hatch and Dr. Cavedo, and they are both great vets. Better than most human doctors. They look at the whole picture, and a more holistic approach to care. (And by that, I mean they look at what is going on with the entire body, and working from there, rather than just the obvious issue.)

You can tell that they both love animals and really care about giving the best treatment.

Also, although the office visit fee is the same as Downtown Vets, all in all they are less expensive, because they seem to take a more wait and see approach. I took my animals to Downtown for a long time, and the standard there was to test for everything, and then see what happened. I love my pets, but it did wind up being very expensive, and a lot of what they did felt unnecessary. Also, a lot of the vets there would push products on you, which I didn't like.

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There was a thread on this some time ago worth reading. I no longer bring my pets to Downtown either, (I explain in the thread below). I now go to Westside. Good luck!

http://jclist.com/modules/newbb/viewt ... =ASC&type=&mode=0&start=0

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My friend took her 7 year old dog to the Downtown Vet for a teeth cleaning. The Vet ordered a series of pre-tests one week before because the dog was "older"and had to be put under for the procedure. The day of the cleaning, she gets a second bill for the same pre-test. When she asked about it, she got a hostile response and a totally negative attitude. She never did get her money back so a routine teeth cleaning cost more than $500. She never went back.

I don't think any dog owner who truly loves their pet would EVER compromise their dog's health. But there are super expensive vets who order ever procedure under the sun, and there are responsive vets who know how to heal a sick pet. Super expensive is not always better. But, if super expensive makes YOU feel good, then go for it.

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...for my dog, I would have spent whatever I had to. I went to Downtown Veterinarian Associates twice with my dog, and both times I found the Doctors rude. I think it's about the chemistry between the owner, the pet and the vet as well.

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I don't know how much people are expecting to spend at the Vet but it's is just expensive. I go to the Downtown Vet and I really like it. They know us and our cats. They are really nice and the prices are pretty standard. I have been to vets in Massachusetts, Long Island, NYC, Chatham, and here in JC and they are all about the same price.

I have never had inconclusive tests. They are always really good about getting back to us very quickly. I found out my cat was sick and they actually brought me into the back, sat me down and spent 20 minutes going over what everything meant and what we could do to help the cat. We did it and the cat is healthy now. They air on the side of caution but I think when it comes to your pet you would prefer that.

They are probably my favorite vet I have ever gone too. I wouldn't go discount shopping for a vet. If you can find a great one for less money great but don't compromise the animals comfort or health to save some money.

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I HIGHLY recommend Secaucus Animal Hospital. Dr. Cavedo is wonderful and thorough, and they treat your pets as you would. Reasonably priced as well. Dr. Cavedo and her staff are very compassionate. We had to put our dog to sleep and the staff and Dr made it as painless as possible for both my dog and for us.

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Dr. Michael Santiago
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Excellent vet, extremely attentive, and great personal service

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Dr. John Hatch
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The absolute best!! Kind. Compassionate. Patient. Knows his stuff and knows when to recommend treatment.

He seems to have a very special connection (empathy) to the animals he treats. He never pushed a treatment or a medication. And when needed, he is an excellent surgeon. He removed a tumor from one of my dog's eyelid's and it healed perfectly. You would never know there was a problem. Been going to him for years now and never regretted one moment.

He actually manages to calm down my more skittish dog right before my eyes. And this is a 100 lb dog who is absolutely terrified of the hospital's front door!!!

Tell him that Remy and Marty said Hello! We can't say enough good things about Dr. Hatch and Dr. Cavuto.

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x1000!

Dr. Hatch is the best vet ever! And Dr. Cavito is awesome too.

Highly, highly recommend them both.

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I'm on the hunt for a new vet for my pup. One that's reasonable, kind and caring. I've been going to the Downtown Vet in Jersey City and am not willing to keep going there. Any good vet recommendations in the area?



Reasonable... Doesn't "nickel and dime" clients into getting every treatment, vaccine, and special food.

They treated my rescue foster dogs for everything from parasites to severe injuries. Both doctors are highly competent and compassionate.


Dr. Hatch and Dr. Cavito
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I'm on the hunt for a new vet for my pup. One that's reasonable, kind and caring. I've been going to the Downtown Vet in Jersey City and am not willing to keep going there. Any good vet recommendations in the area?

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Go to JC Animal Hospital on West Side ave, we use them for our dog and they are always good with him even though he is not friendly with strangers. Whatever you do, stay away from the animal hospital in Hoboken, they will rip you like crazy.

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Yes, Dr. Hatch from Secaucus Animal Hospital is wonderful.

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If you have a car, I highly recommend Secaucus Animal Hospital. There are two vets there, Dr. Hatch and Dr. Cavedo. I really like them both. Dr. Hatch is a bit more on the holistic side, if that matters to you. You can tell that everyone there cares deeply about animals.

I used to go to Downtown Vets, but left when the vet I really liked moved. You tend to get shuffled around to several different vets there, and it definitely is pricey there.

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I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Cynthia Fede at JC Animal Hospital. She's smart, compassionate, super nice, and completely reasonable re: fees. I took my kittens for an initial checkup and when I took them back a week later, she didn't charge me b/c I had just been there and it was more of a making sure they were ok. Love her!

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Thanks, triscuit & aurora. I appreciate the feedback. I guess we'll take her to Downtown Vets and just think it through if it seems like they're trying to pump us for money.

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I took my cats for their checkups/shots at downtown vet. Dr. Kristen Simko was an overall good vet; however I have 1 "mean" kitty and unfortunately she bit her. Dr. Simko assured me it was only minor and wasn't a big deal, but since it broke the skin the policy is that she had to be quarantined for 10 days and then go back for another exam to make sure she isn't rabid.

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Wellness exam with vaccinations (distemper and rabies): $98
Parasite check: $36
Bite exam: $54

Basically just warn that you have a tempermental kitty and they will try to be cautious (I underestimated mine). On the plus side I needed some hairball medicine for the mean cat and they gave it to me without bringing her in since they knew she was uncomfortable at the vet.


Absolutely NO reason for your cat to have gone back for a 2nd exam. The 10 day quarantine is for the safety of the bitten individual (if the animal is rabid, it would die within that period and the person can then begin treatment). If the animal survives the 10 day quarantine, the person is not at risk for contracting Rabies, and there is NOTHING that a physical exam could have revealed. The only way to accurately test for Rabies is to examine brain tissue which they can only do post mortem.

I've never had anything bad to say about Downtown Vets, but in my opinion, they were clearly pumping you for more money because you didn't know any better.

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I took my cats for their checkups/shots at downtown vet. Dr. Kristen Simko was an overall good vet; however I have 1 "mean" kitty and unfortunately she bit her. Dr. Simko assured me it was only minor and wasn't a big deal, but since it broke the skin the policy is that she had to be quarantined for 10 days and then go back for another exam to make sure she isn't rabid.

Pricing:
Wellness exam with vaccinations (distemper and rabies): $98
Parasite check: $36
Bite exam: $54

Basically just warn that you have a tempermental kitty and they will try to be cautious (I underestimated mine). On the plus side I needed some hairball medicine for the mean cat and they gave it to me without bringing her in since they knew she was uncomfortable at the vet.

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Totally NOT a fan of downtown vet. They seem to rape you and your emotions every time I ever went there. They did the same to my friend's pets too. My dog has gotten his teeth cleaned there twice and the price kept changing. We asked for a quote and then the price was different when we made the appointment. Then after the cleaning it changed again. WTF. There should be a set price, not one that changes.

Also, whenever we had tests done, they always came back inconclusive. It was ridiculous. And the tests cost an arm and a leg. If you are going to come back with inconclusive tests, you need to come back with a price that reflects that.

I will NOT go back there. I feel like they pry on the emotions of pet owners. If it was a child, they would not get away with the stuff that they do. It's bad. I now go to the vet in Union City. MUCH MUCH happier there.Quote:

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Has anyone used Downtown Vets to get their dog's teeth cleaned? The quote was $300+ and I have a toy dog. It's worrisome in toy dogs because of the anesthesia. I like them overall, but should I suck it up and go back to Tribeca Vets where she's been anesthetized before?

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Can anybody recommend a vet who can handle a particularly cranky cat? She's bitter, angry, hates to be handled, bites, scratches, and is just generally awful ... but we love her and want to take her for a check-up.

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Has anyone used Downtown Vets to get their dog's teeth cleaned? The quote was $300+ and I have a toy dog. It's worrisome in toy dogs because of the anesthesia. I like them overall, but should I suck it up and go back to Tribeca Vets where she's been anesthetized before?

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There isn't a bulldog specialist at Downtown Vets. The famous bulldog vet on the East Coast is Dr. Kinnear. His practice is on Staten Island. I've never taken my bulldog to see him but have heard many many positive things.

Downtown Vets is fine for routine things like check-ups.

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Does anyone know if any of the vet hospitals listed have a bulldog specialist on staff?

We just moved to Jersey City from LA and have an appointment tomorrow morning with Jersey City Vets

Thanks for any assistance.

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I was a client of the Animal Infirmary of Hoboken at 6th and Adams for 4 years, which is the same establishment as Downtown Veterinary Associates. I can tell you that I believe that the care is good overall but that I have had one serious misdiagnosis which led to unnecessary suffering for my cat Johnny because his condition went untreated for months. When I brought him back in dire pain, he was then diagnosed correctly and Michael Tudor operated on him. The surgery was very successful. That was 3 years ago.

On a more recent occasion, I had my cats get checkups in March 2008. It was discovered that my other cat Misty has many missing teeth and a few loose ones too. The doctor at the Infirmary recommended that I bring her back to have all remaining teeth pulled. This would cost me about $500. Sounded a bit extreme so, I decided to get a 2nd opinion. I brought Misty to the JC Animal Hosp. on Westside Ave: I was informed that the cat has gingivitus and thus her gums had significant inflammation for which a round of antibiotics were prescribed. Cost for visit + meds: $61, and they asked that I bring the cat back for a followup in 3 weeks. I asked if she might eventually need the teeth pulled and they said NO that they would hate to put the cat under anesthesia unless absolutely necessary and that it should be a last resort.

So from this point forward, I plan to bring both of my cats to the JC Animal Hosp. on Westside Ave. I feel that they are more honest and that they truly care for your pets’ health. I believe that the Animal Infirmary is a decent place, and I am very thankful for the successful surgery that Johnny received there. But I have long suspected that they want to charge you as much $ as possible, and are less concerned with the pet than they are with how much $ you spend w/them. My recent experience has proved that to me further. I hope that my experience can be of some help to you in your future decisions for your pets’ health.

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If anyone has any experience form the following other Downtown Vets, I'd appreciate. I don't have a car so I'm looking for something cab-ible.

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I'm a big fan of Downtown Vet Associates. I can't speak for any sort of price comparison, since I have only used them since moving to JC, my dog has had a couple of rough years and the doctors and the vet techs have always treated us with kindness and patience. I especially recommend Dr Krimins.

As for Hoboken Animal Hospital, we went there for an emergency late night visit once earlier this year and it was sort of a disaster. Doctor didn't have an ounce of doggie bedside manner and they ran a million tests that ended up yielding nothing more than a huge bill and a dubious diagnosis (which was later proven false).


+1. Downtown Vet Associates is very good, I recommend Dr. Capelli and Dr. Wong. The Animal Infirmary of Hoboken is the same practice (the docs rotate). Very compassionate and very professional.

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If anyone has any experience form the following other Downtown Vets, I'd appreciate. I don't have a car so I'm looking for something cab-ible.

Downtown Veterinary Associates‎
282 1st St, Jersey City

Vet Center‎
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Hoboken Animal Hospital
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I'm a big fan of Downtown Vet Associates. I can't speak for any sort of price comparison, since I have only used them since moving to JC, my dog has had a couple of rough years and the doctors and the vet techs have always treated us with kindness and patience. I especially recommend Dr Krimins.

As for Hoboken Animal Hospital, we went there for an emergency late night visit once earlier this year and it was sort of a disaster. Doctor didn't have an ounce of doggie bedside manner and they ran a million tests that ended up yielding nothing more than a huge bill and a dubious diagnosis (which was later proven false).

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The "Vet" in "Vet Center" ‎on Columbus Dr stands for Veteran, not Veterinarian. Probably not a good place to take a pet.

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If anyone has any experience form the following other Downtown Vets, I'd appreciate. I don't have a car so I'm looking for something cab-ible.

Downtown Veterinary Associates‎
282 1st St, Jersey City

Vet Center‎
115 Christopher Columbus Dr, Jersey City

Hoboken Animal Hospital
640 Washington St, Hoboken

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