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The Best Animal Hospital in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / November 14, 2012

animal hospital torontoThe best animal hospital or clinic in Toronto is usually defined by one main characteristic. That is, they don't make you feel as though they're selling your pet's health. Until this backward country of ours expands universal health care to include the odd tick treatment and rabies vaccination (who's with me?! no one? ..okay), we'll have to keep shelling out to keep our puppies, kitties, and pocket pets healthy. And that means we all want a vet we can trust.

The animal hospitals on this list generally satisfy that desire, offering additional services in most cases such as grooming, boarding, and preventative medicine.

Here is the list of the best animal hospitals in Toronto.

Queen West Animal Hospital (923 Queen Street West)
No nervous yawning here! (OK, maybe a bit. This is a vet, after all.) Pets and people alike seem to love Queen West Animal Hospital, in large part because of the expertise of doctors Scott Mathison and Paula Fisher. The environment is as stress-free as possible with a reputation for compassionate attention, and you can count on having your pet back on four feet in no time.

Bloor West Village Animal Hospital (2100 Bloor Street West #8a)
West end pets are treated to careful attention by doctors Christopher O'Toole and Eva Chung here at Bloor West. This clinic is said to be a little better priced than some others in the area, with service that human clients say is definitely bar-none (dogs and cats have remained mum on the issue, alas). Patients also receive birthday cards sent to their home each year, though evidence shows that not a single one can actually read them.

Downtown Animal Hospital on Church (579 Church Street)
Downtown Animal Hospital on Church might be a pricier option for your shots and spays, but Village residents are especially loyal to this Church Street clinic when it comes to the treatment of their beloved furbabies. This clinic is a one-stop shop with veterinary services, grooming, food, and supplies all available from one location, with late-night hours throughout the week for added flexibility.

Bay Cat-Dog Hospital (525 King Street East)
These are basically two animal clinics in one. The Bay Cat Hospital, obviously, specializes in our feline friends, whereas the adjacent Dog Hospital is exclusively for canine companions. A good choice for those in Corktown with a dog or cat who won't stand to see a beast of another species in his or her waiting room. Both clinics are full-service with a pharmacy and lab on site, and the cat clinic also runs its own cat adoption program.

Davisville Park Animal Hospital (518 Mount Pleasant Road)
Just north of the off-leash dog park (for a little rough play after a teeth-clean)! Davisville Park Animal Hospital is operated by Dr. Steve Avery and his team, a group that clearly has your pets' best interests in mind. Dr. Avery's bedside manner (or should that be "metal-table-side-manner"?) is especially great for nervous pet parents, and there's usually a treat or two to be had for those who don't have an accident on the table. And sometimes, even those who do.

The Animal Clinic (106 Mutual Street)
Right off of the Ryerson University campus, The Animal Clinic has been helping Toronto's furry friends for decades (albeit, in this location for just one). Dr. John Reeve-Newson is definitely a favourite among four- and two-legged clients, with the facility offering everything from laser surgeries to digital radiography, plus a live video feed so you can check up on your pet during a day of boarding.

Dundas West Animal Hospital (2160 Dundas Street West)
Obedience school, pet products, a cat adoption centre and a veterinary clinic all under one roof. The Dundas West Animal Hospital is a "no-pressure" place with a reputation for accommodating students. Dr. Scott Bainbridge is the main man at this west-end clinic (and on local TV, coincidentally), though the entire Dundas West Animal Hospital team is said to deliver excellent service and behind-the-ear scratches.

Rosedale Animal Hospital (1284 Yonge St.)
Full disclosure: I have a four-legged family member who is a patient at Rosedale Animal Hospital (though, of course, these rankings are determined by reader votes, not by persuasive pets). While my dog hasn't fully articulated her affinity for Dr. Ian Sandler, she does usually greet him with enthused tail wagging, licks, and the occasional semi-roll to invite a belly rub. That's an endorsement, right?

East York Animal Clinic (805 O'Connor Dr)
East York Animal Clinic isn't your typical drop-in vet. Rather, this clinic at O'Connor and St. Clair takes a holistic approach to the treatment of your pet, with unique services and therapies including Bach flower therapy, ozone therapy, colour therapy, and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. What? You get acupuncture, don't you? A little pricey to some, but the holistic process often can be.

Blue Cross Animal Hospital (132 Danforth Avenue)
Recently renovated for a more paws-itive clinic experience (groan, I know) Blue Cross Animal Hospital is a full-service facility at Broadview and Danforth. Among its services is laser therapy pet pain management (good for older dogs and cats), along with regular classes for clients on basic pet first aid. Blue Cross also has its own online store for customers to shop for pet products from home.

Greenwood Park Animal Hospital (1041 Gerrard E)
Faithful clients rave about Dr. Sam Munn, in particular, as well as the rest of the staff at Greenwood Park Animal Hospital. This clinic is not one of those strict cat and dog facilities, but is known to offer superb treatment for rabbits, rats, guinea pigs, and other smaller household pets. That includes birds and reptiles! So yeah, a bit of a zoo. But in the good way, I assure you.

Annex Animal Hospital (716 Bathurst Street)
Now, this one is more of a cat and dog operation, and one that has been treating pets for over three decades. Annex Animal Hospital does everything — including ultrasounds and lab tests — at its location on Bathurst, with grooming and boarding also available onsite. The hospital also runs a "VIP" online store, allowing pet parents to purchase specialty food and supplements from home.

Front Street Animal Hospital (548 Front Street West)
Perfectly located for the top dogs, if you will, to swing by for a quick rabies shot before taking over the Financial District. Despite its big business locale, Front Street Animal Hospital is known as one that really doesn't push unnecessary treatments, with dentistry, endoscopy, and grooming all available on location. Staff also speak Spanish and Portuguese as well as English, though they still have trouble discerning the inevitable "mrraaw."

St. Clair Veterinary Facilities (779 Saint Clair Avenue West)
Though ownership has changed hands over the years, this address at St. Clair and Oakwood has played host to a veterinary facility since 1940. Now under the ownership of Dr. Heather Hannah, St. Clair Veterinary Facility treats neighbourhood cats, dogs, rabbits and more, offering boarding for pets whose parents are away and all the latest technology in pet health care.

Kingston Road Animal Hospital (1025 Kingston Road)
There for the occasional 3 a.m. pet hiccups including the ingestion of a bag of bath beads or split paw on some gravel. Not that good pet parents let that happen, right? Kingston Road Animal Hospital offers regular treatment along with 24/7 emergency care, with grooming available at the clinic, as well as boarding and the odd behavioural tweak. As long as midnight bath-bead-grazing isn't a recurring event, prices here are pretty reasonable.

Lead photo by Jennifwr in the blogTO Flickr pool

Discussion

109 Comments

Betty / November 14, 2012 at 11:56 am
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Thumbs up for Queen West Animal Hospital. When we started taking our cats there, another not-to-be-named clinic had told us they needed regular teeth cleaning, and QW explained why that was BS. They gave our cat great ongoing care when she was diagnosed with diabetes and were very compassionate when she died rather suddenly.

Dundas West is great too; we moved closer to that 'hood with our remaining cat, which also developed diabetes (I swear we were not feeding them candy), and they showed me how to measure his blood sugar levels at home to save a few bucks.
Anitabot / November 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm
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echoing the kudos for Dr. Munn & Staff at Greenwood Park. Finding a good rabbit vet is hard and he is wonderful. If you have a Rabbit, take them to Greenwood.
happycustomer / November 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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Big thumbs up for Front Street Animals Hospital! Been going there for over 3 years and couldn't be happier.
karen / November 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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You forgot College Street Animal Hospital.
They are the most honest hospital I have ever been too.
They treat only what needs to be treated.
Trk replying to a comment from lord stumpee / November 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm
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If you're gonna troll, at least be clever about it.
J / November 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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Just started taking my kitten to Dundas West Animal Hospital..they are incredible! When I adopted my kitten he turned out to have an Upper Respitory infection. They took me in within 2 hours of calling and they have now called twice to check on him. They are thorough and incredibly friendly. HIGHLY recommend them.




















Ted / November 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm
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If you're in Cabbagetown, bypass the Cabbagetown Pet Clinic on Gerrard and head right to Bay Cat/Dog Hospital.

When our cat got constipated the long haired "vet" at CPC threatened to take my cat (on grounds of "neglect") if I didn't pay up for an x-ray & enema. I took my cat to Bay CDH and got a second opinion, a saline shot and a little more TLC from the attentive vets there. My cat is 2 years healthy since.
matt / November 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm
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Downtown Animal Hospital screwed us more than once. First, our cat was getting spayed and when we picked her up we had to pay for shots she had been given a few months prior because they lost the paper work. I had copies at home and they could have called to ask us before shooting up our cat without consent. Second, we found a friend stray. We couldn't find the owners and thought we would get her spayed, if needed, before trying to find her a home... $600 later for exploratory surgery because they couldn't find her uterus... because she had already been spayed we noticed the old scar easily. We should have looked for it first. I would think a professional would have noticed.
Corina / November 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm
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King West Vets is an interesting office... the staff are sometimes abrupt and definitely don't treat people as well as they treat animals, BUT I have had tremendously positive experiences with their surgery team and my pug. I strongly recommend their expertise with small breeds, even if they aren't the cheapest option in town.
Liz Crawford / November 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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Bay Cat Hospital is The Best. I have been to 5 of your suggested clinics and I will never go anywhere but Bay Cat Hospital. They are the only ones who actually listen to the owner and pick your brain before making a diagnosis. I figure I am an expert on my cat and since he can't talk a vet should at least listen to me.

Queen West not only didn't listen to me they didn't even read the information sheet they asked me to fill out.
BabyPointDad / November 14, 2012 at 12:52 pm
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Anyone in west Toronto should check out Jane Animal Hospital at 313 Jane St., between Bloor and Annette. Dr. Oliver Sterbinsky, who appeared on television on Animal House Calls is the Hospital Owner, Administrator, and Veterinarian. I've only heard positive reviews!

A good time to check them out is this Saturday, November 17th as they're holding a charity BBQ from 1pm to 3:30pm. Bring your children and pets for pictures with Santa. Pictures will be e-mailed to the families. All proceeds will be going to the Toronto Animal Services.
Amanda / November 14, 2012 at 01:13 pm
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I love how the animal hospital attached to my building where I take my cat is not listed. We go to Fraser-MacDonald animal hospital.
Rizie / November 14, 2012 at 01:14 pm
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Big huge paws up for Queen West Animal Hospital. They have very compassionate staff & they are patient with your pet. When we had to put our cat down, we had to go in right away (even though they were close to closing hours) & they were waiting for us with the doors open. A week after my cat passed, I received a card of sympathy from Dr. Paula Fisher & included a paw print from my cat. Such a nice gesture that made me bawl my eyes out!
BBS / November 14, 2012 at 01:29 pm
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I second that paws up for Queen West! THEY ARE THE BEST!!! My cat is pretty good and doesn't need to be locked up in a carrier when I take him to the vet. A few coworkers of mine told me that their vet wouldn't allow cats without carriers. Queen West never complained about it and was very greatful for how cooperative my little kitty is. They are great!
Lisa / November 14, 2012 at 01:31 pm
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Bloor Animal Hospital (not Bloor West, but down the road from them) gets my vote. They're open 7 days a week, including until 11pm weeknights, which is a god send if you work long hours or have an emergency. Dr. Julie Downer usually handles the evening shifts and she's really good at talking about options and what's best for your pets.
Candice / November 14, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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+1 to Lisa's comment. We've been taking our pets there for years and all the vets, techs and other staff are wonderful. They were even kind enough to send us flowers when our much loved cat died 1.5 years ago. Highly recommended. :)
Andrew / November 14, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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Maybe a bit smaller but Spadina Animal Hospital is definitely a great one in terms of actually caring and not forcing the extras like several others.
MrsPotato / November 14, 2012 at 02:47 pm
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My go-to is a Front St.

Spadina vet couldn't handle my large dog, as the vet tech's were nervous as shit with him, and I ended up leaving.

rob / November 14, 2012 at 03:11 pm
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Are there any recommendations for a Dog vet in the North York/Scarborough area? Most of these are located downtown/west. I just got a puppy, but am looking for a good place, hopefully oen that offers late hours.

Thanks
DVS / November 14, 2012 at 03:15 pm
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Although we live downtown, our furbabies have always and will always go to Chartwell Veterinary Clinic in Agincourt! Dr Carie Benson and Dr. Andrew Newbery, Linda , Vicki and all staff are amazing and so worth the trip
Carrie replying to a comment from rob / November 14, 2012 at 03:24 pm
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Hi Rob,
I live in Toronto but take my dogs to Birch-Dan Animal Hospital in Scarborough.
www.birch-dan.ca
It's worth the drive.

CFMA / November 14, 2012 at 03:29 pm
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Dr. Munn is by far the best vet I've visited. I had a rabbit who was quite sick as well as being pretty old. I'd taken her to other apparently "rabbit savvy" vets in the past for various ailments and always been pressured to do expensive surgery and/or $3000 hospital stays and was made to feel incredibly guilty if I couldn't afford it or didn't want to put her through the stress. Luckily, I moved to Leslieville before she got sick for the last time and Dr. Munn talked me OUT of doing surgery or any kind of outrageous palliative care, completely understanding that she was old and very ill. He is definitely all about the well being and comfort of your pet rather than his wallet. The entire staff was helpful and compassionate and made a very difficult situation easier.
I highly recommend taking your bunny to Dr. Munn if you're not already doing so. Best rabbit guy around. I imagine he's just as wonderful with other species too.
margarets / November 14, 2012 at 05:45 pm
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I don't know how Annex Animal Hospital made it onto this list of "best". They push unnecessary tests etc all the time.

One vet I dealt with was TERRIBLE. She ignored what I told her about my cat's symptoms, telling me "it's not your job to diagnose", and recommending that I bring my cat in every week to get weighed. What does WEIGHING a cat do? It was a very weird conversation. I think the vet was frustrated that I wasn't simply falling in with her agenda.

When I checked out, I told the receptionist "That vet is a bully and I will not be coming back." That comment got passed on to the office manager who called me to find out what was up. I told her, and she was nice about it, but I was done with them.
Animal Lover / November 14, 2012 at 05:45 pm
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I have to agree that Dr. Munn is the best rabbit vet anywhere, and an all-round wonderful person who respects you as a client, and does helps to find the best possible solution for you bunny (or other pet).
Tina Rosenbaum replying to a comment from Jay / November 14, 2012 at 06:12 pm
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kingston road animal hospital is by far the best animal hospital out there, and dont let anyone tell you differently.
they are extremely welcoming and go out of their way for all their patients!
way-to-go kingston road animal hospital! you deserve this recognition!
Snyderman / November 14, 2012 at 06:16 pm
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I can echo the negative commentary re: Kingston Road Animal Hospital. They should NOT be anywhere near a top 10 list. Condescending, petulant, and they prey on your emotions in a manner thats unconscionable. Their diagnoses are also questionable or completely off-base (based on 2 other vets' assessment of symptoms), and blatantly opportunistic and out for nothing but financial gain. I will continue to tell anyone in the neighborhood who has pets to avoid this establishment; they do not deserve your business. They should not be in business.
Wrong call on giving them ANY positive publicity.
Sam Stevens / November 14, 2012 at 06:27 pm
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right...they were just nominated top 10 for shits and giggles
ninja / November 14, 2012 at 06:42 pm
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Can't say for everyone, but I had a bad experience at Queen West. They wanted to sedate my cat so they could get a urine sample. I said no, that I'd go somewhere else, and all of a sudden my cat was a docile polite one that didn't need to be sedated.

Then when I got everything, it turns out they didn't even get a urine sample. I asked for a refund, and out of a $300 bill, it was reduced to $285. I asked what they even did, and they said a blood sample to check his kidneys. I said it's probably a urinary tract infection, since he's had it before.

I'm not even kidding, they even suggested that if things get too expensive, some owners put their animals to sleep.

I take the cat to Toronto Central Animal Clinic, and it's literally a few hours, $100, some pills to mix in his food, and his urinary tract infection is gone.

Now, this doesn't start my string of vet chases. Toronto Central Animal Clinic did his anual shots two years later. All of a sudden, my cat needs "heartworm pills". He's never had them. He doesn't go outside. Why does he need them now? Oh, apparently, it's a "new thing". They want $400 worth of shots throughout the month.

Caution to all young pet owners. You will get screwed by most, if not all clinics downtown.

To them you are a driver, and your pet is a car, and they are the mechanic.

Do a little research before you go into a vet blindly. Don't trust vets downtown. I know there are good ones, but the majority see downtown pet owners as cash cows.
Teena replying to a comment from Rizie / November 14, 2012 at 08:46 pm
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We've been going to Queen West Animal Hospital for about ten years. The staff is very compassionate and caring. Last May we did what we could for our elderly dog but to no avail. I called about 8am one morning sobbing and they had us bring her in right away, though we had no appointment. They let us say our good-byes as long as we needed. We also got a sympathy card and a paw print (which we are going to use as a pattern for a tattoo).
alexa tensle / November 14, 2012 at 09:49 pm
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I love the Queen West Animal Hospital and so do my two cats!
A couple of years ago one of my cats got out of the apartment and was missing for days. I postered the neighbourhood and went into the hospital to post a flyer there as well. The staff assessed my B+W photocopies, offered, and did, print up a bunch of full colour posters for me to distribute.
amazing!
oh, and the cat was found a few, cry filled, days later on a neighbours porch.
Sean replying to a comment from margarets / November 15, 2012 at 12:36 am
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I've never had a problem with Annex Animal Hospital with my two Siamese cats. While both needed some expensive work (and I never felt pressured to agree to it), they did not recommend other work that I originally brought them in for. They're on the expensive side, but I still feel just fine with them.

Though this isn't really a "best of", but more a list of the vet clinics that BlogTO readers frequent.
Bill / November 15, 2012 at 01:21 am
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How the HECK did the author of this article choose the "best" vets in TO? She certainly could NOT have checked the reviews of these clinics on Yelp or the various Vet review websites.

I have had terrible experiences with several vets on this list: Downtown Animal Hospital, Blue Cross Animal Hospital.

If you want to possibly save yourself thousands of dollars, check the reviews of the vet you are thinking of using first.
Susan replying to a comment from Devon / November 15, 2012 at 08:49 am
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Hear hear!! HOW did Kingston Road Vet get on this list? I have been a past client (regretfully) and live nearby the clinic and the stories that neighbours have shared just make your head spin. I actually witnessed a little dog get hit by a car on Kingston Rd. and he was rushed to this vet and the first words out of their mouth were ``are you a client?`` - not out of concern, but that there might be a credit card number on file...
Helen / November 15, 2012 at 09:10 am
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Congratulations to Dr. Munn AND staff of Greenwood Park Animal Hospital. I have been a client since they opened, for all 4 of my pets (no rabbits) :) They are ethical, reasonably priced, caring, great with follow up, and know what they are doing. All clinics (and businesses for that matter) are going to have people who have had great experiences and love them or have bad experiences and leave, but I have never heard even a whisper of complaint about this vet - they are doing it right.
Jay replying to a comment from Tina Rosenbaum / November 15, 2012 at 10:25 am
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Nice try, Kingston Road Animal Hospital employee.
Devon replying to a comment from Susan / November 15, 2012 at 10:53 am
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Oh, that is so sad. For the record, I have NO experience with the day-time staff at Kingston Road, and they could be totally competent for all I know. I just find it puzzling that they would employ (two separate) emergency drs that don't seem to subscribe to the same ethics. Honestly, they didn't even seem to like animals. I have on two different occasions been completely baffled with how we were treated by the night emergency staff, and recently I wrote an (embarrassingly long) email to them explaining my concerns. I swear at one point, Dr. Memon said "This will be expensive but I'll do my best to give you a good deal." Yeah okay, "A good deal?" That's what I want to hear at a Medical Practice. Maybe the owner actually has no idea this is going on during emergency hours? I dunno. I guess that's possible.

Luckily, I have nothing but positive things to say about Greenwood Park. All of their vets/support staff are incredible, and believe it or not, every time I go I'm actually shocked at how inexpensive it is. It is evident that they are in this business for the right reasons, and they explain ALL possible options. . It's actually a treat going in there, which is so incredibly rare.
Troy / November 15, 2012 at 11:04 am
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I'm surprised the Veterinary Emergency Clinic isn't on this list. Good place, lots of departments for different situations, and open 24/7, and downtown.

http://www.vectoronto.com/
Me replying to a comment from rob / November 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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Greenwood park! You cannot find a better vet. I promise!
RS / November 15, 2012 at 01:05 pm
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Dundas West lost me as a client I got a quote for a spay for my new cat, and saw that they had jacked up their prices by $400 in the span of 14 months. When I questioned it, I was then told they were 'always' that way (despite my invoice for Cat #1 saying otherwise).

By girls now go to BloorMill Vets, and I couldn't be happier with them.
Chuck / November 15, 2012 at 01:32 pm
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It's kinda crazy not to see Bloor Animal Hospital (Jane/Bloor) on this list after Dr. Downer saved our kittens' lives back in 2007 when they were only a couple of months old. We picked them up as fosters from the Humane Society a few weeks earlier and they started showing signs of severe respiratory infections, but thankfully we found a doctor who was extremely compassionate and professional when dealing with us and the cats. We'd grown far too attached to them during the whole ordeal so we decided to formally adopt them, and they've been perfectly healthy ever since.
margarets replying to a comment from Sean / November 15, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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The article's title is "The Best Animal Hospital in Toronto", so.

That's nice that you like Annex Animal Hospital, but you are just one client. Check out their reviews on vetratingz:

http://www.vetratingz.com/ratings/1745/Veterinary+Clinic+Annex+Animal+Hospital.html
Kelly / November 15, 2012 at 03:38 pm
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Massive recommendations for Kew Beach Veterinary Clinic. The doctors and staff there are the most compassionate that I've ever encountered. The only reason I've stopped going to them is because I moved to the west end.
jb / November 15, 2012 at 09:31 pm
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Had a cat who was recovering from surgery at Rosedale Animal Hospital. They charged me for the use of a heating blanket. Amazed they did not charge for the air that cat breathed while in their clinic. Vet won't even look at your pet until you pay upfront.
Me replying to a comment from Bill / November 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm
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You know the answer to that. It's BlogTO, she made it all up in her head. lol.
rn / November 16, 2012 at 06:51 am
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RAH has payment plans, i know because i needed one. they were very okay with me paying in installments because i dont have much money. ive only had to pay when checking out my pet. if there's history of owing money i see why they'd want a previous payment up front. i have had great experiences at rosedale animal hospital. Congrats on making it in the list of best animal hospitals! my dog loves to come in just for visits and treats!
Max / November 16, 2012 at 01:38 pm
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I take my cats to the Roncesvalles Animal Hospital. Dr. Skutelsky is the best vet out there. He's patient and honest and always does what's best for your pet, and he's a great storyteller. The rest of the staff are so welcoming and there's a very warm freindly, genuine vibe when i bring my pets in.
Gina replying to a comment from karen / November 16, 2012 at 02:06 pm
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Agreed!
Dardar / November 16, 2012 at 03:25 pm
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I went to Bloorcourt Vet clinic recently for our recently adopted cat.

The vet was absolutely incredible. She didn't rush me out, asked lots of questions about our cat and gave us a bunch of potential solutions to consider without trying to pressure us into anything.

She even clipped our cat's nails and chatted with us about some options to cure the cat's anxiety (unrelated to the visit) and cured the cat of wiping its ass everywhere (I'll spare you the details).

I left wishing my OWN doctor was this pleasant and kind.

I would be back in a second.
Jay / November 16, 2012 at 04:10 pm
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I see that my comment has been removed. Hey, Kingston Road...if the poor reviews for your practice online bother you, why not attempt to solve the issues presented, rather than childishly just sweep them under the rug?
animallover / November 19, 2012 at 01:14 pm
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Spadina Animal Hospital. They are fantastic & actually care about your pet. Struggled with a sick elderly kitty for months before had to say goodbye. They care and kindness was amazing. Would squeeze in last minute appointments & weren't just after my money. Highly recommended.
Kat / November 19, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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I have been going to Dundas West Animal Hospital since I got my fur creature about a year ago. She was from a shelter and full of what I thought to be health problems (turns out the diva was just stressed) so she spent a lot of time at the vet.
Each time I went I was pleasantly surprised to find the appointment cost was much less than expected. After her spay they did a complimentary checkup (regular practice) and found that she wasn't healing as fast as expected. They had me in for two additional checkups over a few weeks and didn't charge me a cent. Because the spay was covered in my adoption fee, I had her in for the surgery plus three checkups at no cost to me at all. Very impressed.
All the staff (especially one of the receptionists, Zooey) are amazing. Techs have very good bedside manner. And when I go in now sans kitty just to pick up food, meds etc, they always remember me by name. Excellent service.

Sidenote - I am fairly sure QW is part of the same practice, as the signs are identical, and both Dr Fisher and Dr Mathison have seen my cat at DW.
Bibi / November 21, 2012 at 07:24 pm
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Orchard Grove Animal Hospital on Old Orchard just east of Avenue Road (south of Wilson & north of Lawrence) is a wonderful clinic. Alex Sunarich (the vet) is kind, gentle and thorough; his staff are always helpful and supportive and a pleasure to deal with.

We have taken our pets to this clinic for more than 15 years. Even though we moved out of the area, we continue to trek up there because of the quality of care our pets have received there over time.

Can't explain why it didn't make it onto this list -- maybe it's all about marketing and profile? Either way, this place is a neighbourhood gem.
Ricky / November 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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I've been to a few vets in the time I've dealt with medium and large animals.

There was one in Scarborough, on Markham Rd, that wasn't very welcoming and not very useful. I'm sure the start is competent, but I'm betting you wouldn't be getting anything more than _what you pay for_.

Another one downtown that seemed pretty good, followed up on the phone with me, but I didn't deal with it directly (a friend took an animal of mine, that was in his care, to it).

In northern Maine, I visited the Fort Kent Animal Hospital a few times. Amazing place!

The animal hospital I currently visit is Kato Animal Hospital (http://www.katohospital.ca). It's not the least expensive place in the city, and it's definitely not the most expensive, and I'm betting that's one of the reasons that it's one of the best. Every person who works there is great. The staff have geniune good feelings towards your animals. They also remember their clients and the owners of their clients.

I've been dealing with my Coon's dental/oral issues for a few years now. The first operation with Kato was around $900, removing nearly all of her teeth. Included was a fully detailed bill, with a report of what occured during the operation. Free checkup after a few weeks to make sure everything was okay (and it was). All details checked out. There was no overcharging. To confirm that this animal hospital was not the type to try and rip you off, after about two years, there was a second round of infection. Some antibiotic to clear that up, plus some bloodwork to confirm her status for potential immunosuppressant (instead of removing more teeth). Bloodwork is clean for immunosuppressant if infection returns. Six months later, the infection flares up again. Decide to remove the remaining teeth (chose to solve the root of the issue at a higher cost); quote for anywhere from $950-1200. Antibiotics until surgery. Bring her in for surgery in the morning. Come back in the evening to pick her up: $600 total due to much less time in surgery - tooth removal was much easier than they expected. "Come back for free checkup in two weeks." Cat is feeling amazing - she's back to her normal self. "Healing very well, come back for free checkup in three weeks." "Surgery almost completely healed, infection clearing well, but still there; come back for free checkup in four weeks."

This type of service, on top of having every member of staff on top of things, and genuinely wanting to see your animal be healthy, is why I will continue to go to Kato as long as I'm able to.
a kay / November 25, 2012 at 04:25 pm
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My experience with Downtown was that they are totally unethical if not criminal. Told me my pet needed a $1500+ operation as only solution to condition - Another Vet's 2nd opinion was to treat with drugs and diet change - chose the latter and 6 years later he's doing great!! Regardless of the fact that they will happily screw you out of your hard earned money - it's terrible they would make an animal go thru an unneeded operation. Anything Downtown tells you your pet needs over $100, get a second opinion!!!

Rachel replying to a comment from margarets / November 25, 2012 at 07:00 pm
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I second "margarets" comment about Annex Animal Hospital. They try to upcharge you on everything, then accuse you of being too cheap to own a pet if you question their judgment.

I brought my dog in because she seemed lethargic. When I came in after work to pick her up, a bag of medications was waiting for me, costing around $300 dollars, and consent forms for a whole bunch of tests. Wait, what?!!! And they left all this stuff at the desk for me, because the vet that authorized all this had already gone home. She'd obviously decided that she couldn't be bothered to wait and discuss things with me when I came in. I refused to pay or sign for anything, and made a special appointment to speak with the vet a few days later. She had the gall to suggest that owning a pet was a commitment that I clearly wasn't ready to make. Yeah. Well. I never went back there again.

The best vets in the city are the Drs. Koroknai, a husband and wife team who run Bathurst-Dupont Animal Hospital. The fact they didn't make this list makes me question the authority of this entire article (but I'm skeptical of best of lists already). They don't upcharge, are open to traditional and homeopathic treatment methods, and can make even the most skittish animals calm. When my dog was very sick, Dr. Koroknai offered to take her home instead of leaving her at the clinic, and asked me what she liked to eat for dinner. I'm not kidding people -- he was willing to do that. Do a Google search, and find out for yourself -- these vets are the best in the city, and I'm not the only one who thinks so.
umm / November 27, 2012 at 05:29 pm
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Kingston Road animal hospital made it on the list? wow that's a shock.
Sara / December 1, 2012 at 11:41 pm
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Have had two separate incidents at Kingston Road....each time it was clear that the vet was acting in his best interest and not the animal's. Each situation involved an older animal in distress, and the vet put pressure to proceed with extraordinary treatment and expensive testing where it would have been kinder and infinitely more humane not to given the advanced age of each animal. The dog was 15 and the cat was 19. And then the fees were astronomical. Sadly have heard the same story form several area pet owners.
Blue Cross has my full devotion, I would recommend them in good conscience to any pet lover.
If Kingston Road is having posts removed, that's pretty shady. People have the right to make informed choices.
N replying to a comment from Sara / December 18, 2012 at 02:29 pm
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Sara, my post was deleted, and I was also threatened with legal action by the senior vet at KRAH if i posted any more "slanderous" comments. A quick google search shows that I'm not the only one to whom this has happened to, either! Considering nothing I said publicly even contained any details I thought that was pretty hilarious. Especially considering you don't have to look very hard (even beyond this thread) to see my/our concerns echoed by other readers. I'll just continue telling every single person who considers emergency vet care to go ANYWHERE BUT KINGSTON ROAD. Read the filtered comments on Yelp. The writing is on the wall!
maayan / December 22, 2012 at 09:29 am
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Thank you very much for the list of recommended hospitals in Toronto. I have never been to an animal hospital there, so I can't criticize any of them yet. I am highly recommending on: Animal Hospital Bucks County
maayan / December 22, 2012 at 09:30 am
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Thank you very much for the list of recommended hospitals in Toronto. I have never been to an animal hospital there, so I can't criticize any of them yet. I am highly recommending on: Animal Hospital Bucks County
maayan / December 22, 2012 at 09:31 am
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Thank you very much for the list of recommended hospitals in Toronto. I have never been to an animal hospital there, so I can't criticize any of them yet. I am highly recommending on: Thank you very much for the list of recommended hospitals in Toronto. I have never been to an animal hospital there, so I can't criticize any of them yet. I am highly recommending on: http://www.bethayresveterinary.com/
Linda MacNeille / December 27, 2012 at 09:05 am
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I have been to Downtown Animal Hospital so many times, they are excellent I am so glad that they made the list. The doctors are caring and kind. So many people comment on vets being expensive, I find this clinic very reasonable also flexible hours! Great informative website also and blog!
http://www.petwellnessnetwork.com/downtown-animal-hospital-toronto/
susan replying to a comment from rob / January 21, 2013 at 10:10 am
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I, too, would like some recommendations on vet clinics in the North York area. I have used Willowdale Animal Clinic, for emergencies but they are very expensive and want you to pay for lots of lab tests, often to just be sure. Recently came away with a huge bill and no resolution for my dog. So am seeking where that should be. I went to Bathurst Animal Clinic years ago. My dog exhibited some weird pain responses I later found out were due to crystals in his bladder. However, at BAC, I was old that my dog had epilepsy. He didn't.
Bay Cat Dog / February 5, 2013 at 09:10 pm
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Always a good experience (or as good as you can have at a doctor!). For the most part if a hospital takes the time to explain why they are recommending something I'll be happy. My guess is that all of those upset with other hospitals on here were not receiving poor medicine as much as poor customer service.
Sandra / March 2, 2013 at 01:25 pm
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KEW BEACH VETERINARY - I have owned pets all my life and have lived in different areas of the city, always going to the "local" vet. The vets at Kew Beach , Dr. Skinner and Dr. Rowland, are incredible and the best I've encountered. Very kind, gentle and compassionate -- not to mention knowledgeable. They do not try to push unnecessary tests and operations. Dr. Rowland has called me several times about my dog and always comes to the phone when I call them (or calls me back within a few hours). My dog loves going there -- they are all so caring; with other vets, she shook violently and was terrified. When she was a puppy, I went to another vet on Coxwell. The vet there kept referring to my Boston Terrier as a "Boxer". I asked how big he thought she would grow (she was 3 months old and about 5 or 6 lbs) and he said "Well, Boxers can grow up to 60-70 lbs. I knew at that point I'd never go back. My full grown Boston, 8 years old, weighs 15 lbs. Even looking at her, could't he figure out that she'd never grow to 70 lbs? Kew Beach Vets are the best I've ever seen, and their new clinic is beautiful, and spotlessly clean.
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GypsyChick replying to a comment from Rachel / March 29, 2013 at 11:39 am
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Bathurst-Dupont Animal Hospital is awesome! Drs Marta and Attila Koroknai are an amazing team. I actually worked for them as a co-op student in high school and I saw first hand how far they will go for people's pets. From taking them to their home overnight to monitor a cat or dog after a lengthy surgery to even Dr. Attila Koroknai sleeping on a pad on the floor in the hospital with a touch-and-go patient to so many other over and beyond caring actions that you wouldnt expect or even see from other veterinarians! I will never forget my experiences, the compassion witnessed, nor all the knowledge gained there.

As for Annex animal clinic....I dont have many positive things to say after a few horror stories from close friends of mine and have since referred them to Bathurst-Dupont AH and they're pleased with their services and care.
Adrianna / April 6, 2013 at 05:46 pm
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It had just been open a few months when this was posted but I will never take my animals anywhere else but The Bickford Animal Hospital. Helen and her staff are so welcoming and knowledgeable and above all, caring. I put the trust of my two dogs in her care and the best part is she isn't a vet trying to gouge you for money and do every test under the sun but will make sure everything is done to keep your pet in top shape. She looks out for her clients (both human and animal) She specializes in dogs and cats but can always direct you in the right path for all your other furry friends.
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Looking for some helpful advice for my adult niece who is at present recovering from a road accident.
Her little dog that is so dear to her, recently sustained a leg injury and the local Vet told my niece that, after paying a couple of hundred dollars for an xray and a prescription, he said that she would now face over $3000 for an operation. The dog does not appear to be in great pain but it does lift it's rear let while walking. I told my niece that I would imagine there might be some animal charity that could help her - maybe one in the Toronto City area - she lives in Aurora. I would be really grateful if any of you reading this could give some advice. Thanks.
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svh / May 22, 2013 at 11:29 am
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Bathurst-Dupont is best, no question.
michele yeates / June 22, 2013 at 02:39 pm
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not impressed with Greenwood park animal hospital. They decided to just get rid of me as a client living me without a vet. This is very big negligence. Their customer service went down in the past few years. They don't listen to what the clients want and just listen to the inaccuracies of the staff. High turnaround in the staff. Unfortunate because Dr. Munn is a great vet but he doesn't take the time to speak to the clients to figure out how to resolve problems. A very big disappointment.


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jahn / August 20, 2013 at 03:12 pm
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Among the above,queen west animal hospital is the good one in my sense.There are good doctors who treat our pets with care and every one should feel good when they go there once and if you want to keep additional care to your pets and if you are looking for the best care than this then visit cat clinic where doctors are good experts to treat your pets.
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Pet Lover / October 11, 2013 at 06:20 pm
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I used to love St. Clair Veterinary, thinking Dr. Hanna was an excellent vet because she always seemed to be extremely calming. Came to find that Dr. Hanna was rather unthorough and missed some very important things with several of my pets. I was also told to "put down" my beloved pet (several times) when another vet quickly remedied the issue. Even when that issue had been rectified, I was told that my pet wouldn't recover. He did. I am so glad that I am away from St. Clair Vet. I don't look back now. If you love this clinic, do your own research and get a 2nd opinion if something doesn't sound right. You might just save your pet's life.
Pet Lover / October 11, 2013 at 06:23 pm
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I can recommend 2 clinics. One is in North York (Keele N. or Wilson) Downsview Animal Hospital (Dr. Ron Moore)
The other is in Thornhill. Green Lane Veterinary Clinic. (Dr. Serma and Dr. Bondar).
For those who were asking for those areas. Both are wonderful!

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IHeartBernieMac / November 27, 2013 at 02:24 pm
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You also forgot The Kingsway Animal Hospital which is in West Toronto, but should be at the top of the list. I have never met a more compassionate, caring team who is dedicated to helping our furry friends. I trust any staff there with my dogs life, and also know that I am always getting the most honest, beneficial advice to give my dog the best quality of life.
I am forever indebted to this clinic for all their care and support. GO TEAM KINGSWAY ANIMAL HOSPITAL!!!!
Fiona / January 13, 2014 at 09:29 am
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This article was a real lifesaver - especially as it mentioned a vet who has a rabbit specialist! I've been loyal to Downtown Animal Hospital for years but their specialist isn't in most days (plus the cost is atrocious!) I would still recommend them wholeheartedly as they are beyond thorough and never took my detailed questions lightly, making sure I was completely at ease. I'll repost later about St Clair! Wish me luck!
Amd / January 20, 2014 at 11:18 am
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Bad experience at East York Animal Clinic (805 O'Connor Dr)- They provided no value over a regular vet, far more expensive, double-charges - slow, bad office staff. Not worth a visit.
B / January 22, 2014 at 02:33 pm
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I took my dog to Bloor West Village Animal hospital for what I was told would be a $15 dental examination. It ended up being $79 which is fine, then they recommended I take my dog to the Oakville Veterinary Emergency hospital to see Dr. Michael Kim. They gave him IV fluids and SQF. Hours later my dog died. He was old and I understood that but that morning he was not in pain. After visiting that Oakville hospital he came back screaming and crying for hours so we had to call someone to come and put him to sleep. The doctor was Dr. Michael Kim.
Tano / March 9, 2014 at 03:53 am
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About EAST YORC ANIMAL CLINIC.
10 years ago I brought my cat there with blood in stool. The doctor gave us some holistic remedies assuring everything will be ok. 4 two weeks my poor cat had to swallow that unpleasant stuff, however the problem did not go away. I came to McLean Animal Clinic, they prescribed right food and fixed the problem for a few years.
Christine replying to a comment from Carrie / March 9, 2014 at 08:20 am
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I agree Birch Dan is the best and not expensive. They are also involved with spay/neuter of feral cats. Wish I had a car so I could take my kitty there instead of the one that shall not be named in Eg/Yonge area.
Christine replying to a comment from DVS / March 9, 2014 at 08:45 am
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I DID love Chartwell Veterinary Clinic in Agincourt and agree that Dr Carie Benson and Dr. Andrew Newbery are the best compassionate vets but do not go if you have to be served by the owner (it was several years ago now so have forgotten his name). He was abrupt and totally lacking in compassion . My little cat had survived a tumor for 2 1/2 yrs but it came back and he diagnosed her and made me feel really bad, as if I was negligent. But Carie Benson is the best ever and I am happy to see she is back.
ciara / March 20, 2014 at 09:47 pm
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Leslieville Animal hospital should definitely be on this list. Took me a few bad experiences to find it. So glad I did. Went to the Kingston road emergency clinic listed here and had a horrible experience. Trust me people stay away from there. Use another emerge if you nee. To.
Hilary / March 31, 2014 at 06:01 pm
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I have been trying to find a good animal clinic in my area. My husband and I just got a new kitten last week, and we want to take her to the best possible place to get her vaccinations! Reviews like this really help me get a good idea of what I should be looking for in an animal clinic. www.ncacofnaples.com
Denise / April 18, 2014 at 07:14 pm
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I cannot believe that you included Kingston Road Animal Hospital in your list of best places. This clinic has a long history of ripping off it's clients just read their reviews here

http://tinyurl.com/lunmb4j
Kris / June 25, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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I normally wouldn't bother to comment on something like this but I am honestly shocked and dumbfounded at the negative things written on here re: Kingston Road Animal Hospital. When I moved to Toronto, I decided to take my dog to this vet and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Mitelman is thorough and takes full responsibility for every bit of advice and procedures he performs. He educates me on the condition, what to expect, how it happens and any treatment options - including the option of doing nothing! He has a "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude which I certainly appreciate. I understand that sometimes it is impossible to tell without further tests what the underlying cause of a symptom is and without insurance, these can be expensive. That is not the fault of the Veterinarian and should not be scapegoated on to him/her. There's no one I would trust more than Dr. Mitelman with my "baby". I believe he is a role model in the Veterinary industry.
Julie replying to a comment from Max / June 25, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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@Max / NOVEMBER 16, 2012 AT 01:38 PM
I disagree 100%. Dr. Skutelsky is a jerk and a moron. He told me one of my cats was 'retarded' and was going to be blind in a few years. Bunbury is perfectly fine, and not blind and was given a clean bill of health by our new vet. He also advised us to toss one of our older, ailing cats into traffic to save us from paying additional vet bills.
Bloor West Vet is our new vet and we couldn't be happier with Christopher and Eva's service.
AG / July 8, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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Like a few other readers, surprised not to see Bathurst-Dupont Animal Hospital on the list. I have been truly amazed at their compassionate, affordable care. I feel very lucky to have them in my neighbourhood and have referred friends to them from much further afield, who have been similarly impressed.
sarah / July 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm
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You totally missed The Coxwell Animal Clinic as well (961 Coxwell Avenue). I have been taking my furry kids there for more than 20 years and have had NOTHING but good experiences. They gave me an extra 2 years with my Tequila. They take excellent care of my cats and never push unnecessary tests on you. I highly recommend them.
Nox Dineen / July 9, 2014 at 08:36 am
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I've been a client of Dundas West Animal Hospital for a few years now. Initially I loved them, friendly vets who took the time to explain symptoms and how they arrive at their diagnoses, reasonable prices, not too much pressure to buy food from them (seriously why do all vets try to sell you food, unless the curriculum has changed recently they don't teach nutrition in veterinary school).

In the past year or two though they've taken to suggesting optional tests as if they're totally necessary, including just adding optional services onto my dog's annual physical without a word about it to me. Only when I mentioned that I didn't recall some of these steps being part of the previous physical was I told they're optional, and not urgent for a healthy 4 year old dog.
laura / July 16, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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A year ago our dog tested positive for Lyme disease, with lab results ordered through this clinic by Scott Bainbridge at our insistence. At that time he told us he did not want to order the test as Lyme disease is non existent in Toronto.

The test came back from the Lab with a resounding positive and the side effects of the lyme were cleared up within 2 days of doxycycline treatment (and a further 30-45 days to take down antigen levels).

Unfortunately there have been a couple subsequent flare ups since and each time I have had to fight tooth and nail to have the correct treatment prescribed.

On our last visit (05/06/14) this vet refused treatment again suggesting the arthritis like joint pain was more likely a torn ACL than Lyme.

When pressed as to why he refused to script for Lyme, we were told he did not believe our dog had Lyme as there were no cases of Lyme in Toronto (or Ontario for that matter) and he could become quite famous and write a paper on it if it were indeed the case.

THIS IS WITH A POSITIVE LYME DISEASE TEST LAB RESULT IN HER FILE!

Needless to say we have transferred care to another clinic where her lyme disease can be properly managed in a timely manner..

FYI Bainbridge's former partner at the clinic (before the split in the veterinary practice) completed his masters thesis on Lyme Disease...I'm quite at a loss as to how the staff at Dundas West Clinic can continue to deny the existence of lyme disease existence in Toronto. That's a shockingly poor level of care.when quick diagnosis and treatment is key to keeping the damage of the disease at a minimum.
Leah replying to a comment from Kris / August 1, 2014 at 09:39 am
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Dr.Mitelman is among the very best.
He works with Vets Toronto (http://www.vetstoronto.com/our-team/dr-jonathan-mitelman) not Kingston Road Animal Hospital.
Leah / August 1, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Dr.Mitelman @ Vets Toronto located on Kingston Rd at Vic.Park, treated our family with compassion and care.
Among the very best veterinarians this city has to offer!
http://www.vetstoronto.com
Kris replying to a comment from Leah / August 1, 2014 at 09:44 am
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You'll notice at the top of the page it says "Vets Toronto & Kingston Road Animal Hospital 24/7". They are one and the same :). I would agree that Dr. Mitelman is among the best of the best!
Christine / August 1, 2014 at 10:51 am
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I can't say enough about how great Queen West Animal Hospital is. I have been going there since 2009, and am now dealing with my second dog with cancer -- so having the right vet is very important. Paula Fisher and Scott Mathison are wonderful Vets, and the rest of the staff, from Vet Techs to Receptionists, are just as great. We always feel welcome and valued, and no question is too small. Paula makes herself available as much as possible given her busy schedule, which is a huge comfort when you are dealing with a serious health issue in your pet, and will liaise with our (also very good) Veterinary Neurologist at the VEC when necessary. They genuinely care about your pets, and never push unnecessary or unhelpful procedures or drugs just to make a buck, which I appreciate. I recommend Queen West Animal Hospital to all my friends and contacts with pets.
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ryan replying to a comment from laura / September 28, 2014 at 04:51 pm
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Fortunately you are likely 99.9% incorrect in stating your dog got Lyme disease in Toronto. It would be extremely unlikely that is happened. Are you certain your dog has never been outside of the GTA at anytime in its life? This doesn't excuse your veterinarian from testing for the disease if your dog has traveled or its history is unknown.
Laura / September 28, 2014 at 10:34 pm
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Pulled the tick w the tell tale ring round the bite off myself. My husband had been out if the country for weeks and I was the only one walking her, and only briefly on our street just blocks from high park. When she developed the Lyme like symptoms it wasn't hard to put the pieces together which is why I insisted she be tested for Lyme. And yes it was positive. There are many dogs contracting Lyme in toronto, our current vet has a number of cases, as do other clinics I have spoken with.

My real problem w this clinic lies with the continued dismissal of my dog having Lyme despite a positive test saying otherwise. In each flare up her lyme related symptoms/rotating lameness diminished with treatment of the doxycycline. Yet this clinic irresponsibly denied she had/has lyme.

As for your point re contraction of Lyme in toronto...the ticks come in on migratory birds, later ticks move from host to host w lyme positive area now confirmed in southern ontario w up to 60% testing positive.

In Ontario, blacklegged ticks are more commonly found in rural areas along the north shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. Locations with established blacklegged tick populations infected with the Lyme disease agent, include: Long Point Provincial Park, Turkey Point Provincial Park, Rondeau Provincial Park, Point Pelee National Park, Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area, Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area, and in the St. Lawrence Islands National Park area. The precise boundaries of these established tick populations are difficult to define but it is anticipated that some of these populations will continue to expand into neighbouring areas. Blacklegged ticks are also known to feed on migratory birds and as a result, they can be transported throughout the province. Therefore, while the potential is low, it is possible for people to encounter blacklegged ticks, or to be infected with Lyme disease from the bite of an infected blacklegged tick, almost anywhere in the province.

I wish it were otherwise, but yes our dog did contract lyme from a tick bite picked up in the Indian rd/garden ave area of downtown toronto.
Bianca / October 2, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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For the avian-friend, you don't want to risk your beloved budgie, conure, etc life in the hands of mammal-trained vets, you want a specialist. We take our feathered family to The Links Road Vet. They have an amazing staff there and can always seen you on short notice!
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