Tampa >Veterinary Services > Busch Animal Hospital
1412 W Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL | Directions 3361228.033329 -82.474148
Mon - Fri, 9am - 6pm; Sat, 9am - Noon
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Lowry Park North
I recently came in to this clinic in December of 2013 because of a recommendation from a close family friend who brought her elderly dog to this clinic, when he was turned away from several other offices. Rocco was on the verge of dying from internal bleeding due to some disease, and so she brought him into Busch Animal Hospital. The doctor, who was very straightforward and kind, explained that he would give a good faith effort to examine the root of the problem and to perform any necessary work needed to help Rocco, instead of turning him away like all the other vets did. He immediately went to work, performing an emergency surgery, and within one week, Rocco was alive and well!
I decided then to give this place a shot. The second I walked into this tiny clinic, I noticed the "homey" atmosphere it has. Its quiet, and very organized. I brought my pup, Toby, who is almost an 8 month old Jack Russell Terrier Mix cause I saw one of the specials he had advertised for an exam and shots. The appointment was quick and painless, the doctor was very nice and very knowledgable, and the prices were very affordable. Turns out the doctor only works on dogs and cats...My appointment was very quick and I was in and out within an hour. The receptionist who worked in the front window was also very kind and was quick to make Toby a record to be put on file. I recommend this place for anyone who wants a personal easy-to-deal with veterinarian who is honest and will tend to you and your dog's (or cat's) needs! Highly recommend Busch Animal Hospital.
Won't be doing that agin... – So, I came to Busch animal hospital after seeing the advertisement for a $59 recession special (office visit, physical exam, fecal, and shots).
When I arrived, it was hard not to focus on the extremely dated/borderline goss appearance of the whole facility. But I pushed through, and tried to give them the benefit of the doubt.
Unfortunately, once we got to the exam room, my doubts were not exactly put to rest. When I think of any medical facility, I picture a much more sterile looking environment. I'm sure there are much worse, but this facility needs a renovation......bad.
The doctor did a very quick physical exam and then fecal. Once he was getting the vaccinations ready he was telling me what vaccines he was getting ready to do. I noticed that he didn't mention the bordatella, so I asked why. He informed me that the bordatella was not part of the special. I read the flyer, and indeed there was no mention in the small print* about the bordatella. I have never been to a place where bordatella was not included in the shot package. So, I asked him how much the bordatella shot would be, and he said $29 extra. That price is too high in a "nice" office, in this place, it's rediculous. He then asked if I wanted to do the heartworm test, and I asked how much that would be....$49. Unreal. My total ended up being $99.
On top of the $59 "special", and $29 bordatella, I was charged a $5 file setup fee (I filled out the paperwork completely, yet he had me come up to tell him information to put into their computer, all of which was in the paperwork). Also, a $6 "environment" fee. I'm pretty sure this is a waste disposal fee, but the fact that the word "environment" was used makes this seem extra insane.
I can get all of these things, plus a heartworm test for under $85 through the Healthy Vets (mobile vets) at the Feed Depot on Nebraska. The only reason I gave this place a chance was because I needed to board my dog last minute. At least now I know.
No Testing? – I am sad to leave a 2-star review because the doctor is so nice and knowledgeable. However, I brought in my elderly cat with a respiratory infection and the doctor could not even perform any lab work or x-rays in his office. I had to be referred the very expensive specialty clinic down the street for a basic blood panel which involved a whole new and high office call fee. I did not go. I left with some meds and support for my cat and now over $200 later, I have to find another clinic and start all over. What a waste of $200+ and an entire morning. My cat needs help NOW and I feel I let her down by choosing this clinic. Very sad. I am sure he is quite good when he has the equipment and supplies needed to perform procedures but in a critical case like mine where basic testing was needed, this was not a good choice.
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