Saved my Baby from Parvo. I have read all the reviews posted here, good and bad. Mistakes happen and oversights are made- this is human nature. I can however say the Dr. Larkin was forth coming with ALL information- even when it was heart breaking. His staff is kind and put up with me calling 3-4 times a day to check on my baby. His staff answered every question, and did their best to make me feel better. This in itself is difficult- to console the mother of a dying friend, yet and still they tried their best. Dr. Larkin did his best to make sure I could afford the treatment, and I appriciate that from the bottom of my heart. In the end my baby pulled through- but if it hadn't been for Dr. Larkin and his staff's listening skills, my baby would have passed on by the end of the day. They understood the urgancy- heck, Dr. Larkin understood when we chatted in the waiting room while waiting to be seen. Thank you Dr. Larkin, and God bless you and your staff. You all have hearts of gold. Thank you for saving my baby.
He's my Vet Now !!!!!!!!!!. We had an emergency just about closing time and Dr. Larkins actually stayed and waited for us. Our dog had been badly injured and his lung was punctured. I'm happy to say that Harley is alive thanks to this vet. He's a good diagnostician and a wonderful surgeon. Im my opinion he's "Simply the Best"
Caring Fantastic Vet. Our rescue loves him!! We've seen plenty of miracles come out of there and some that just didn't have a miracle in the cards for them. He is always more upset than we are when one just can't possibly be saved and he makes himself available just about 24/7 for the rescue groups that use him. No other vets in the area are willing to do that - especially for rescue babes. And as for Mike -Now known as BOOTED OUT. First: disciplining a dog is done by showing dominance (i.e. holding its throat and/or turning it belly up) Second: the dog was never slammed into the table Third: During the entire appointment you were too busy sitting down and flirting with your partner to stand up at the exam table. It is apparent that you have issues when something or answer is not to your liking. I have read the reviews referred to and to quote to whole story is not relevant here. But to quote the relevant part from I WAS THERE: "It was deemed unnecessary to do a skin scrape for the demodex, as we received an update on August 8, 2008 from the dermatologist on the probable demodex relapse. We also noted the pending culture for fungal infection and the treatment therapy outlined by the specialist. We continually receive updates on your pet's examinations and testings from the dermatologist so the doctor was aware of her status and felt that changing the specialists treatment therapy would be arrogant and contraindicated, especially given the pending cultures. These therapy and test protocols are the reason why you were sent to the specialist." and "P.S. You were also contacted by the veterinarian tonight 8/26/08 at 9:00 pm AFTER your trip to the Veterinary Emergency Clinic for an ALLERGIC reaction that your totally confined inside while you work dog suffered from. It was also noted on the emergency form that you wished the emergency clinician to do something for your dog's demodex mange. It really looks like you do not like the specialist's answers. So, for a practice that does not care, JUST KEEP LOOKING!! Now, it is my understanding that the REFERRING doctor does not change a treatment plan, or determine the sucess or failure of a SPECIALIST'S treatment protocols. To ASK a referring doctor to do so is FOOLISH and UNWISE. You are acting like a spoiled little child with your postings. If you have an ISSUE with what was done, then YOU should have OPENED your mouth and asked or said something when it happened. YOU are responsible to ASK for answers. Why did not you ask Dr. Larkins to explain while you were in the room with him? What were you doing that was so important that you could not ask him. I have!! He has always answered my questions. What I see here is a whining little baby. Just GROW UP and take responsibility." NB: The Specialists didnot change their treatment plan on follow-up? Did they! So Mike - Why are you now BOOTED OUT?
Dr. Larkins and his staff are the best.. I have to share my experiences with everyone because I have nothing but good things to say about Dr. Larkins and his staff, and these reviews do not reflect what I have seen for myself. I have 2 cats, and he has helped them both through many problems. One of my cats wouldn't eat after I adopted her from the pound, and Dr. Larkins took great pains to discover her problem, and then treat her. She had fatty liver lipidosis, and he kept her for close to a month to treat this. She just recently had a huge hernia, which he fixed through surgery, and when she had complications, he went right back in to fix it. He worked with me on cost and payment, and has been nothing but kind to both myself and my pets. I would recommend him to anyone. He truly cares about the animals that he treats, and goes out of his way to see to their health. He's by far the best vet I have ever met.
My Kitten Would Still be Alive. . .. I took my 2 kittens in to see Dr. Larkins in mid to late may for their yearly exam and shots. I told the doctor to do a full work up on the boys and to do a feline AIDS and leukemia test. Dr. Larkins focused heavily on stool samples (knowing both kittens had already been treated for parasites in their bowels) and never performed the test, undenounced to me. When he came in to do their shots I asked him what shots he was giving them so I knew. I had in the mean time also explained to him that both had access to the outdoors and also came from a home with many cats. Dr. Larkins informed me that my cats were getting 2 shots each, 1 was a combo for distemper/ rabies and the other was a combo AIDS/Leukemia. I agreed to it and went ahead with the exam. 2 weeks later I returned with my kittens to have them neutered. I got home and in my instructions was not listed anywhere how long to administer the anti-biotic. 2 weeks later one of my kittens fell mysteriously ill so I took him to a vet closer to my home when he took a turn for the worst. There I was informed he was in the late stages of Leukemia and I chose to end his suffering. Upon further looking to the records from Dr. Larkins he and his brother never received a Leukemia test or vaccination. Having to tell my 3 younger brother that our kitten wasn't coming home from the vet this time was the most painful thing I have ever had to do. I would never recommend him to anyone sure he is cheap but you get what you pay for.
Keep looking.... I have been taking my dog here ever since I adopted her about a year ago. She was seen several times over the past year and I was very happy with the care she received until her annual exam on Saturday, 8/23/08. Dr. Larkins did not look at her eyes, her ears or her mouth/teeth nor did he ask me any questions about her general health. All he did was feel her belly and listen to her heart. When it came time for her injections he tired to hold her and give the first injection. When she jerked away he tried a second time to give her the first injection - again without success. My dog got very upset and tried to bite Dr. Larkins. He responded by grabbing her around the throat. When she tried to bite him again he slammed her down on her back on the metal exam table. I can understand not wanting to get bit but we are talking about an eight pound Chihuahua! Was it really necessary to choke her and slam her down on the table? If this is the way animals are treated when their owners are present can you imagine what happens when they aren't? While the Altamonte Veterinary Hospital is run down and usually seems disorganized, and some of the staff behave in an unprofessional manner I was willing to overlook those things because I was confident that my dog was getting good care by compassionate and dedicated people. After what happened on 8/23 I'm not so sure. I was very disappointed and a little stunned at what I witnessed, and I felt like they just wanted my $225.00 and did as little as possible to get it. I wish I had a video of what happened so people could judge for themselves. However, since that isn't the case I can only state what happened and people will have to make there own decision. In my case, I will not be returning to Altamonte Veterinary Hospital and I will not be able to recommend this facility.
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