Places like Sylvan disgust me. Do
yourself a favor and don't bring your dog here or any animal for that matter.
I took my dog, Chunk, here for his yearly vaccines. I got Chunk from a shelter in California in February of last year and he has been well taken care of with no vet visits since April of last year.
I found Sylvan online and really liked how their site said that the money that the clinic makes goes towards the rescue. Well it should have said that in order to do that they do unnecessary testing and charge you for things that they don't actually do.
They charged me $45 for an exam that they didn't do. They gave Chunk his rabies, bortadella, and distemper.... that was it. At one point they looked at his teeth and said that I should get them scaled. They also decided to give him a heartworm/ lyme disease test even after I protested and said that he didn't need one since I live in NYC and ticks aren't an issue (I was visiting my grandmother and find it easier to take him in MA than lugging him on to a subway to a vet in NYC). He has also been on Trifexis since I got him so that wasn't an issue either. It was just an extra $40 that they could add on.
All in all, they charged me $87 for an exam, blood disposal, and heartworm test that they didn't actually perform or I didn't want. What I actually went there for cost $56. So way to go for making money for the shelter by ripping people off.
I have been taking my animals here for
years - two dogs, two rabbits, and now a FIV+ cat. I have ALWAYS had a great experience with the staff and Vet's. They have been wonderful to deal with and compared to other clinics they are a very low cost clinic. ( I have called around to SEVERAL clinics in the FR, Westport, and Taunton area) They treat your pet as if it was their own.
We were given the FIV diagnosis for our new found cat (he showed up at the backdoor one day) during our first physical, the staff gave us tons of information and even had left information in his chart to give us during his follow-up visit. They were very concerned and the Vet (not the staff members) even called us a few times to make sure everything was going well and if we had any other concerns.
I have seen a lot of complaints on here about cost and 'hidden' fees. Yes, they DO require a physical before they will do a procedure or give medication to your animals but... would you go for surgery without a consulatation first? They just want to make sure your animal is healthy before they administer sediative medications and such.
So far, for his initial visit, follow up visit and a year supply of Frontline has cost us approx $300. It has been well worth it. He was dewormed, vaccinated against rabies, had blood work, a physical, and distemper shots. He is going to be fixed next week and for the approx. $80 (after a $15 deposit) to not have him spray in my house is well worth it.
They also have animals that are adoptable. Their staff is always friendly, caring, and professional. I have been to other clinics and I couldn't be more satisfied with Sylvan.
same thing here needed cost effective spay for my little
feline, (she cost me 50bucks). They wanted six times that. There's no way i'm paying that much. The poor thing I feel sorry for her when she is in heat. However I feel sick to my stomach when I think of how human greed Is whats preventing her from getting it. Animals are so much more beautiful than humans will ever be!
LOW COST -- MY A - -!. I called for a quote to get my cat spayed and it was $185 PLUS another $35 for "an exam". What a joke! This is supposed to be a "low cost" facility? In relation to what? Even without the "exam", they're outrageous. THEY need the exam, not the pets!
Watch for Pricing. I have taken advantage of this "low cost" place to help me with routine vet needs for my dog and cat for the last 3 years. Just last week I made an appointment for my dog to have "nails but & anal glands taken care of". They gave me an appointment, I went and the bill was $55! At check out they informed me that every visit requires a physical. I said why didn't you tell me that when I made the appointment. And...what physical? The vet asked me how she was lately and weighed her. I didn't ask for that and they made me pay for it. The visit should have been $20 +-.
Excellent Care and Prices.
Sylvan is a great place for cheaper vet care w/ trained staff and very clean. They did seem to be a busy clinic but definitely had enough staff on hand. The staff was friendly and office was clean and seemed well suited for the volume of clients they set appointments for. If your looking for low cost spay/neuter this is definitely the best place on the south coast. Their prices for vaccines is better then average. Couldn't have asked for better quality care for the price. Part of the fee also helps fund the Faxon animal rescue which is major plus, helping others as well as your pet.
Only con is parking in rear is a little tight so get there early as alternative parking is parallel street parking.
Sylvan offers great basic care.
Sylvan Animal Clinic fills an urgent need by offering low cost spay/neuters in a clean, comfortable setting. They also offer basic care such as nail clipping and vaccines. They are not set up to be an emergency facility.
We found the staff to be friendly and caring. These folks are obviously in it for the animals as they can not be making any real money here. The prices they charge most likely cover their costs and maybe help support the shelter next door. I would highly recommend this shelter for routine care. Please spay/neuter your pets - at this clinic there is no excuse not to.
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