Brooklyn >Animal Kind Veterinary
365 7TH Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121540.66586 -73.98245
M-F 7:30am-12pm, Sa 9am-12pm, Su 9am-11:59pm
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
Dr. Morehead is the best! – I have one 16 year old dog and another one approaching 15. Living nearby for many years, I was disappointed to not love this place. My experience was one of never seeing the same vet twice (large staff) and because of this, feeling like none of them really knew me or my dogs. I reluctantly went to another smaller practice that required a car service for several years. But when my dog was hit by a car at 11pm at night Animal Kind was open and Dr. Morehead was on duty. I have only gone to him since and feel so lucky to have found him. He is kind and wonderful with my dogs, really takes an interest in them beyond their health, remembering details about their personalities. As an admitted neurotic pet owner, he is the most patient vet I have ever encountered, always happy to answer all of my questions and discuss what I may have researched myself. He has never recommended tests or medication that were not completely necessary even though they have all the technology available on sight. It is easy to request visits with him allowing the same attention that you would get in a smaller practice, but with the better hours and technology of a hospital. I should also mention that I did recently see Dr. Fryborg (last minute appointment made by me) and found her to be really great also. Thanks to Dr. Morehead's detailed record keeping regarding my dog's heart condition she was able to address my concerns and was also warm and kind to my very nervous little dog.
Super compassionate – My black lab has been going here for a few years now, and I have always found the doctors to be extraordinarily REAL. If a vaccination wasn't REALLY needed, they would tell me. I have NEVER had them put my dog through unnecessary blood tests of any kind, and I've always found them to be super compassionate.
I worked at a vet's office in Brooklyn and saw some mighty shameful things happening, so when it was time for my cat to get to the vet, I looked around like a madwoman to find the best one in Brooklyn. Speaking with friends who had also worked in vet's offices, it is sad but true that many vets re-use supposedly sterile things, have people who were once a vet in Peru but not in the US do surgery to save costs, and beat dogs into submission rather than train them. I was recommended to Animal Kind from quite a few people, and I can say that I've been nothing but thrilled with their service, cleanliness, and technology. Sure, vet trips are expensive, but I'd rather pay hefty fees to an establishment that is legit, rather than these shady ass vets scattered around Brooklyn. I've since moved to Astoria and I'll still make the trip out to Park Slope rather than switch vets.
Nothing but thrilled – I worked at a vet's office in Brooklyn and saw some mighty shameful things happening, so when it was time for my cat to get to the vet, I looked around like a madwoman to find the best one in Brooklyn. Speaking with friends who had also worked in vet's offices, it is sad but true that many vets re-use supposedly sterile things, have people who were once a vet in Peru but not in the US do surgery to save costs, and beat dogs into submission rather than train them. I was recommended to Animal Kind from quite a few people, and I can say that I've been nothing but thrilled with their service, cleanliness, and technology. Sure, vet trips are expensive, but I'd rather pay hefty fees to an establishment that is legit, rather than these shady ass vets scattered around Brooklyn. I've since moved to Astoria and I'll still make the trip out to Park Slope rather than switch vets.
Always had a good experience. – I've brought both my dog and my cat here a few times and have always had a good experience. The staff and vets have always been respectful and friendly. Once a technician joked that my dog Frankie looked as if he was wearing Zorro's mask because of the pattern of dark spots on his snout, which gave us a good laugh. In all honesty, sometimes I've felt the staff at the reception desk were somewhat unpleasant on the phone, but whenever I'm actually there they are fantastic.My dog Frankie has been seen mostly by Dr. Black who is a very caring and knowledgeable person. We've brought Frankie in for an ear infection and for general check-ups, and found Dr. Black's diagnoses to be spot-on. In case of the ear issue, Frankie was losing hair on his ears and clearly experiencing a lot discomfort, and the treatment prescribed by Dr. Black took care of the problem. I also appreciate that she doesn't try to force us to get unnecessary tests or expensive treatments.Thankfully we've never had to deal with a very serious or life-threatening issue, but given my experience with Animal Kind, I wouldn't hesitate to bring my pets here with a serious condition either. We come here from Manhattan because we've found this clinic to be more reliable and a bit cheaper than the vets in our area.
I was confused when reading the reviews here, since they seem pretty clearly split between "AK is HORRIBLE, STAY AWAY" and "AK is the best thing since sliced bread." As usual, the truth is somewhere in between, and probably depends on what happened with your pet. I've taken my dog here several times now and have been satisfied by the competence and diagnosis of Dr. Weiss. She is straightforward, professional and knowledgeable. I was able to work with her to troubleshoot over the phone rather than schedule another appointment (we had just been by to see them a few weeks earlier for booster shots and a minor injury). I really appreciated the fact that while they recommended I immediately scheduled a visit, Dr. Weiss was willing to listen and consider having us wait a day to see if there was a change in conditions. I have never used them for an emergency -- yet -- (hopefully never), but judging by the vet and tech attitudes so far, I wouldn't be at all troubled to do so. Some procedures can be surprisingly expensive, and I don't think purchasing medications through them is the cheapest option. They don't offer that you make your own purchases through other vendors, but I'd imagine they would be willing to write out the required prescription if the condition can wait a few days. I was surprised at the bill the first time we visited: a round of booster shots (DHPP) + Bordatella, deworming meds, a stool culture, and an antiseptic solution to clean a cut, an e-collar, + the cost of consultation = $300, but that price is hardly exorbitant. You be the judge. The next visit to treat a minor eye infection = $66, including prescription ointment and consultation. That was a very pleasant surprise, and seemed rather cheap to me. The counter staff, it's true, are varied. One staff member on our first visit almost turned me off completely from ever visiting again -- he seemed completely uncooperative and uninterested. However, another staffer, during the same visit, took a look at our dog's wounded leg and recommended we just wait and see, and come back if the flesh would wasn't healing quickly enough (obviously, it didn't). However, I don't fault someone for having a bad day or a bad moment, or of saying perhaps not the most caring thing at the right time. Isn't everyone entitled to be human? What convinced me that this is a solid, professional establishment, was the fact that there are other staffers who clearly care about providing sound treatment -- and that helps, when anyone's having a bad day. Someone else can always pitch in and help defuse a situation, offer a kind word, make a suggestion. The number of trained staff at this clinic clearly allow for that provision, as we experienced. A final note -- when reading vet reviews, I'm always struck by how emotional some of these reviews sound. I think it's something to consider that when our fur babies are sick, we sometimes are out of our minds with worry and grief -- and being out of our minds is not a good place from which to judge anything, least of which a field which generally one doesn't have adequate training or exposure to. It must suck to be a vet, because I'd imagine that some days, a vet just can't win, and all they can do is hope that the pet owner's grief and rage aren't unfairly transferred to them.
Love Animal Kind! – We have tried several vets in the area, but definitely will stay with Animal Kind. My dog walker recommended Dr. Spiegel after we had a bad experience with another local vet. Dr. Spiegel has been attentive and very sweet to our guys. Definitely worth the drive to the Slope.
Friendly and knowledgeable – I ADORE Dr. Mateyak and am sorry that she's retiring at the end of the year. She's always been able to handle, diagnose and treat my cat who is euphemistically described as "fractious." I find the staff really friendly and knowledgeable. A big plus is that I can communicate with them by email which is better than playing phone tag and being on hold. My only moan is that they're pricey but Dr. Mateyak has been such a lifeline to my little savage that it was worth it. Oh yeah, I LOVE their iMacs!
I have to be honest. I had *some* reservations coming here after reading the reviews. BUT after hearing my cat, Giorgio, howl on the phone in pain when my boyfriend called to tell me that there was something really wrong with him, we had no choice. I'm glad we went to Animal Kind. Not only is it two doors down from his apartment, but the support staff AND doctors we dealt with went above and beyond to help Giorgio deal w/ a nasty full urinary tract blockage. He was in their hospital for 3 days and 2 nights. We were allowed to visit and the doctor on rotation ALWAYS responded to our phone calls and gave us prompt updates on how he was doing. The hospital stay, etc. ended up being quite a bill, but aren't most medical emergencies? The two vets that we dealt with directly - Dr. Frydenborg and Dr. Werner were great. A few days after his hospital stay, Giorgio was acting funny again (lethargic, etc.) and I made a same-day appt. to see Dr. Frydenborg for a quick checkup. He was partially blocked, but he managed to unblock himself. She prescribed another round of meds to take home and advised against keeping him overnight since she felt another round of sedation and catheter would be too traumatizing for him. He's been fine ever since. I'm planning to move out of the country this summer and Giorgio will definitely be going to Animal Kind for his checkup and shots so he can make the move as well!
They really love animals! – We got our first dog just before new years. Neither my wife nor I had owned a dog since childhood. On good word of mouth we selected Animal Kind as our Min Pin's vet. I only wish my own doctor was as kind and attentive as Ella's vet. We see Dr. Sondhi and he is always terrific. He remembers where we left off, doesn't rush the exam, and always has time for questions. The tech are great too. They really love animals and it shows. There's a really great feeling when you walk in and we were "love bombed" when first visited. Leslie, one of the techs, took what has turned out too be the cutest picture of our pup so far. We did have one issue where some X-rays were sent off to a specialist out of state when we needed them to take to a specialist ourselves, but the test of quality is how problems are resolved and Animal Kind resolved the issue promptly and fairly.
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