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Another +1 for Metrovet. My pup goes to Club Barks for daycare a couple times a week and its nice to have a vet onsite. And people aren't overhyping Dr. Girard. She's that good. My experiences at Downtown Vet were always hit or miss dependent upon the vet I got so its nice to have a dedicated vet.

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a HUGE +1 to Metrovet, located within the Club Barks daycare.

The prices are great (they don't try to gauge you) and the veterinary care is second to none. I could not recommend this vet enough.

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Dr. Gerard at Metrovet

201 Marin Blvd #2a Jersey City, NJ 07302
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Excellent service and cheaper than the other vets in the DTJC area. Plus if you want to board your pet, they also work with Club barks since their offices are connected.

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I've used Dr. Tuder since I moved to JC in 06. Never had an issue with them, except typically long waits on weekends, but that's par for the course/

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Dr. Frezzo at Bayonne Animal clinic. Accessible via car or light rail.

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Thx to all. My pet may have an ear situation and I want to get the best doctor to look after him so it wouldn't be a routine visit.

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Big, big thumbs up for PFA. I just had my Weimaraner neutered and it was a simple, satisfying experience. They are mostly about low-cost spay/neuter procedures, but they now do basic wellness services, as well. Even if you don't need to have a procedure done on your cat, or dog, you can help support PFA by buying your pet medications from them. Their pricing is good (below MSRP/list price) and by buying it from them, you are helping them provide their low-cost procedures. The staff is very, very sweet and helpful, and the vets (I have met two) are also very loving and caring towards the animals. If you have a car, the Hillside location is a 15-minute drive.


I found the above reference in searching for a Vet. Just took our 6 mo old goldendoodle for neutering at PFA. Totally agree with bodhipooh, we had great experience with PFA. We are very happy with our regular vet, Secaucus Animal Hospital, however felt $700+ for neutering was bit overpriced. When I read about PFA and how they are neutering/spaying specialists and they are affordable we cancelled our dog's neutering appt at Secaucus and signed up at PFA Hillside. They were having a march madness event where neutering and spaying cost was less than $100. Great experience and great deal. For more info check out http://www.pfaonline.org/hillside-nj/

I have used the services of Downtown Vet on 1st St., Hoboken Vet on Adams and on Washington, Tribeca Vet, and animal medical center in NYC (for two knee ACL surgeries) for my previous dog.

+1 I used the grant money that was given to zip code 07305, not sure what my share of the cost was, but it was less than 100 bucks, and they were amazing.

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Westside Animal Hospital has done ok by me and my three cats (one deceased).

Like most veterinary practices, they will suggest maximal treatment. However, all you need to do is ask and they will explain the different options, with no pushback when you trim the charges you don't think are necessary. The vets and all attending the animals have a good bedside manner.

Animal Hospital of Jersey City, 603 West Side Ave.

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Big, big thumbs up for PFA. I just had my Weimaraner neutered and it was a simple, satisfying experience. They are mostly about low-cost spay/neuter procedures, but they now do basic wellness services, as well. Even if you don't need to have a procedure done on your cat, or dog, you can help support PFA by buying your pet medications from them. Their pricing is good (below MSRP/list price) and by buying it from them, you are helping them provide their low-cost procedures. The staff is very, very sweet and helpful, and the vets (I have met two) are also very loving and caring towards the animals. If you have a car, the Hillside location is a 15-minute drive.


I found the above reference in searching for a Vet. Just took our 6 mo old goldendoodle for neutering at PFA. Totally agree with bodhipooh, we had great experience with PFA. We are very happy with our regular vet, Secaucus Animal Hospital, however felt $700+ for neutering was bit overpriced. When I read about PFA and how they are neutering/spaying specialists and they are affordable we cancelled our dog's neutering appt at Secaucus and signed up at PFA Hillside. They were having a march madness event where neutering and spaying cost was less than $100. Great experience and great deal. For more info check out http://www.pfaonline.org/hillside-nj/

I have used the services of Downtown Vet on 1st St., Hoboken Vet on Adams and on Washington, Tribeca Vet, and animal medical center in NYC (for two knee ACL surgeries) for my previous dog.

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West Side also wanted $700 to spay a female kitten, but they are more affordable than Downtown Vets IMO.

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We have had very good experiences with JC Animal Hospital on West Side. Caring, competent.

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webmaster please feel free to move this to thread that discusses this topic - I couldn't find it in my search.

I'm seeking a reputable vet for my pet. I seem to recall a thread that discussed the good ones aren't in downtown Jersey City (and I agreed based on my experiences of upselling attempts).

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I am reading this thread & it is truly sad. For many years I used Dr. Gabe Tudor, the uncle. Taught me how to give shots. Nice man. Mike Tudor is about my age & I have known him quite awhile. I stopped going to him years ago because he is now all about the money.

I have heard nothing but good things about Secaucus.

I use Dr. Fowler at Banfield in Secaucus for about 7 years. I have both my dog & cat on a wellness plan. I don't pay for office visits, discounts on procedures, comprehensive exams twice a year. They have no problems writing scripts for your pet. Bertha, my dog, has a thyroid problem & her pills cost $.45 each through Banfield but only $.15 through Pet Meds. I have had few problems with them. The downside is the wait. This particular location tends to be busy. And sometimes there is a procedure they do not perform but will refer you.

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I had Dr. Tudor's doctors tell me my pet needed a tooth cleaning for $750. I researched and compared and it really felt like they were being beyond alarmists and I started my pet on oral care food. They also didn't seem to think it was a big deal putting an animal under for the service. I asked if I could do more preventative care as opposed to putting my pet through that. I felt a little "had" and haven't taken my pet there since.

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My vet is a drive, Dr. Zalis in Union City, but she is so respectful and experienced that I've been seeing her for 13 years.
http://www.unioncityanimalclinic.com/
The prices and respect for pet owners are so much better than Downtown JC which I had to go to once when my dog couldn't climb in my car. Thankfully, I've never had to do that again.

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Oh, that's terrible. When my dog had a cyst on her backside, Dr. Green at Westside recommended removing it while my dog was under for her teeth cleaning. She also said they could do a biopsy, though she suspected it was benign. I asked for an itemized list of what everything would cost, and decided to have the cyst removed but not do the biopsy. The response was, "Okay, so we'll go ahead and just remove it then." They didn't give me a hard time at all. They seem to understand that vet care is very expensive for most people, and most people really do care about their pets.




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I've always gone to the Animal Infirmary on Adams Street in Hoboken/Michael Tuder. I've had some WONDERFUL doctors there but it's a revolving door. When my cat died at the Bayonne hospital, they sent the most beautiful sympathy card. Fast forward 6 months--my remaining and heartbroken 16 year old cat had lost weight and they suspected cancer and suggested ultrasound/surgery etc...and I said that I can't invest $5000.00 in a 16 year old cat because I'll end up in foreclosure--WHAT A BI..ch of a doctor. ATTITUDE. TERRIBLE. I adopted that cat at 7 years old and have spent over $9,000.00 hyperthyroid pill treatments, opthalmologists (they thought she eye cancer) teeth cleanings etc... I've ever been so angry. I've been taking my 2 new cats out of force of habit but they just
doublecharged me $82.00 for a felive fiv test and I had to walk over there in 10 degree weather with a new check. Not even an I'm sorry.


ugh. THIS.

I spent thousands and thousands at Downtown, and when I questioned the necessity of a particularly pricey blood test, Dr. Tudor himself looked at me and said, "well, if you don't care about your pet..."

and it's been Westside ever since.

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Another happy customer here for JC Animal Clinic/Westside. Dr. Gaylord is fantastic - he's been treating my 15 y/o kitty who's illin. He is thorough but very practical about working out a logical sequence of tests and treatments that work for me financially, and for my pet's health. We're doing a sequence of steps/treatments/tests to try to figure out the cause of her problems (so far we've found hyper-thyroid issues).

Helpful hint about medicine for pets in general: Turns out I will have to medicate my kitty for the thyroid problem for the rest of her life. The 3 month pill supply was around $82 at this vet which I bought as I needed it right away . I've since found it online at sites like 1-800-PetMeds for about half that. In the future, I'll be ordering them from the online site.

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I've always gone to the Animal Infirmary on Adams Street in Hoboken/Michael Tuder. I've had some WONDERFUL doctors there but it's a revolving door. When my cat died at the Bayonne hospital, they sent the most beautiful sympathy card. Fast forward 6 months--my remaining and heartbroken 16 year old cat had lost weight and they suspected cancer and suggested ultrasound/surgery etc...and I said that I can't invest $5000.00 in a 16 year old cat because I'll end up in foreclosure--WHAT A BI..ch of a doctor. ATTITUDE. TERRIBLE. I adopted that cat at 7 years old and have spent over $9,000.00 hyperthyroid pill treatments, opthalmologists (they thought she eye cancer) teeth cleanings etc... I've ever been so angry. I've been taking my 2 new cats out of force of habit but they just
doublecharged me $82.00 for a felive fiv test and I had to walk over there in 10 degree weather with a new check. Not even an I'm sorry.

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I knew the price was high but coming from Manhattan it didn't seem so bad. I priced vets on Long Island. They were cheaper but since they didn't have any records on the dog you have to bring them in for a physical, it started adding up and didn't seem worth it.
I don't know if I'll do it again anyway. She's 8 now and tiny and I feel that anesthesia is a bigger risk now than it used to be.


if she's tiny, she's got another good 6 - 8 years ahead, and gum disease can really do a number on a dog's overall health.

my geriatric cat with a heart murmur gets yearly cleanings at Westside. they explain the risks of anesthesia, but since he's a persian with that horrible breed-specific mashed-up mouth, we've got no choice, really.

so far so good, though.

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I knew the price was high but coming from Manhattan it didn't seem so bad. I priced vets on Long Island. They were cheaper but since they didn't have any records on the dog you have to bring them in for a physical, it started adding up and didn't seem worth it.
I don't know if I'll do it again anyway. She's 8 now and tiny and I feel that anesthesia is a bigger risk now than it used to be.

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I use Downtown vets now. I like them but it's revolving door vets so nobody gets to know your dog. I've had my dog's teeth cleaned their twice and it was $900 each time and she's tiny. There were no major extractions. If I had a car I would go somewhere else, but if you need someone downtown they are good.


that is insane. more than twice what my dog's cleaning (with extractions) cost at Westside.

a cab there and back will cost you $20.

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When I lived in Manhattan I used Dr. Mary Xanthos and I loved her too, but it was really expensive.

I use Downtown vets now. I like them but it's revolving door vets so nobody gets to know your dog. I've had my dog's teeth cleaned their twice and it was $900 each time and she's tiny. There were no major extractions. If I had a car I would go somewhere else, but if you need someone downtown they are good.

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Not really local -- but the best (at least for cats) is the Secaucus Animal Hospital -- just make sure your appointment is with Dr John Hatch.

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$750 for a dental is very expensive. I just pulled out the bill for my dog's dental cleaning, in 06/2012 at Westside. She also had a cyst removed while she was under, and that was the most expensive part. But they charged $92.00 for the cleaning, plus $37 for penicillin,and $200 for anesthesia. And then about $60 for post-surgery antibiotics, though I think that was more for the cyst removal.

A basic office visit at Westside is $58, and they go over additional costs before going ahead with anything else.
I really like Dr. Green-- she seems genuinely fond of my dog and is very caring.

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The vets around downtown are terrible. I researched vets extensively and found an excellent one only a few minutes walk from the wtc path station in TriBeCa.
Reade Street Animal Hospital. Dr. Mary Xanthos is excellent and very intuitive-- she will not order unnecessary tests. My chihuahua was misdiagnosed with a collapsed trachea elsewhere and Dr. Xanthos immediately figured out that diagnosis was incorrect and took our dog off the medication. I would not go anywhere else.

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Hi. My husband and I are first-time dog owners and we are looking for the best vet for our new puppy. We live in JC.

When you all are referring to Westside, do you mean this place?: http://www.jerseycityvet.com/index.html

Want to make sure I'm looking at the right spot. Seems like that's the consensus for the best option around here. I'd really like to have a good relationship with a vet—who knows me and my dog...especially as a first-time owner, I'm sure we'll be looking for advice and would love having someone we trust.

Thanks so much for your input!


Yup, that's the place. They're super.

My favorite vet is Dr. Green, but she's heading back to her native Australia soon. Dr. Gaylord is also great. Very thorough.

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I drive to my favorite vet who is about 40 minutes away but a lot of locals rave about Dr. Frezzo in Bayonne. Here's the link.

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Hi. My husband and I are first-time dog owners and we are looking for the best vet for our new puppy. We live in JC.

When you all are referring to Westside, do you mean this place?: http://www.jerseycityvet.com/index.html

Want to make sure I'm looking at the right spot. Seems like that's the consensus for the best option around here. I'd really like to have a good relationship with a vet—who knows me and my dog...especially as a first-time owner, I'm sure we'll be looking for advice and would love having someone we trust.

Thanks so much for your input!

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My cats are happy when they see Dr. Fede.

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