Brought our dog here at about 8pm on a
Wednesday in a bit of a freak out, concerned b/c he was pooing a ton of blood.
Dr. Nascimi took care of us, thoroughly examined our pup and gave him (what I later verified as) totally competent and correct care. She took the time to explain why everything was okay, and provided a follow up treatment plan to treat what was just a very irritated gut system. The price was actually less than I expected (about $250 instead of the $500 I had predicted for emergency care), so that was a plus.
I moved to the DC area 3 years ago and brought my kitten with me from SC. She was fully vaccinated and should have been protected against Panleukopenia (sometimes called feline parvo and can be deadly) but as no vaccine is 100% effective she became one of a very small percentage of cats that still contracted the disease. She declined rapidly over a 48 hour period- lethargy, vomiting, anorexia. She had a fever of 105 when I brought her to Friendship and they immediatly worked hard to bring her fever down. She developed bloody diarrhea later that evening after being hospitalized which was expected due to the nature of the disease. Her white blood count was extremely low as well. Even though the test for panleukapenia was inconclusive (which can be the case), Dr. Schultz was pretty certain that was what we were dealing with and treated accordingly. As she had an ifectious disease, they made sure that she was not exposed to any other cats and was put in isolation. My cat Hallie steadily improved and made a full recovery after 6 days in the hospital. Dr. Schultz and Dr. Faggioni were the two doctors taking care of her and they (along with the techs) gave me constant updates on how she was doing. I was allowed to visit her anytime 24/7 for as long as I wanted. This disease was new to me and the doctors were very kind to educate me on it and answer all of my questions. Hallie has made a full recovery and is doing very well. I am convinced that if I took her anywhere else that Hallie may not be alive today. Dr. Schultz, Dr. Faggioni, and the whole staff at Friendship saved my cat's life!
I met with Dr. Boone and vet tech
Sophia. Both were extremely friendly and thorough. Dr. Boone was great with my Yorkie. She was both professional and friendly. My Yorkie had a red spot on her eyeball. Dr. Boone wasn't sure what it was, but she performed multiple tasks trying to figure out what it was including a consultation with other doctors. She gave me some eyedrops and I meet with her again in 2 weeks.
The next morning I got a call from Sophia saying they had overcharged me. Silly me for not noticing that. I am very impressed and thankful that they caught that. They refunded my money right away!
I've been using F'ship off and on since Fall 2001, and I've used it for 4 kitties, including 2 who had cancer and were euthanized. I use Dr. Giles of Union Vet as my regular vet for my 2 current kitties, and I highly recommend her. But one of my cats gets sick at times and I've taken him to Fship on weekends, and was very satisfied with his treatment--and believe me I am well-acquainted with vet treatment!
Ive been bringing both my dogs to
Friendship for about a year. My experience has always been good and I feel like my pets have gotten the best care.
One dog was seen as an emergency after being hit by a car. Once arriving to the hospital he was quickly examined by the urgent care vet, x-rays taken and pain meds prescribed in under an hour. He luckily escaped the accident with only a couple scratches.
My other dog has been going to Friendship since she was 8 weeks old.
She was spayed by Dr. Trexel and saw Dr. Bolch and Hughes for routine exams and vaccines. All three doctors were great and gave me a lot of information on my growing puppy. I also saw the internist Dr. McConnell for some respiratory issues my puppy was having. He explained everything thoroughly and did a rhinoscopy on her. Although the price tag was high to see a specialist his prices for an Internal Medicine appointment were the lowest in the area.
Ive taken my dogs to one other non-emergency hospital in the area and the prices for routine care were the same. I like that if I have an emergency I can go right to Friendship and all my dog's records are all ready there for the vets to have if needed.
Both dogs are happy and healthy and I will continue to take them to Frienship for any and all healthcare they need.
So two years ago my puppy became very
ill. I couldn't take her to our normal vet, CityPaws because they don't open on Wednesdays (and are the used car salesmen of vets in DC) so I go to Dupont Vet. Dupont is quick and their vets are very educated, my dog was diagnosed with parvo within the first 10 mins of being there, but not very caring. I was encouraged to put her down because her odds of survival were so low.
So we check out and head to Friendship and I don't have enough good things to say about this place. The vet was honest but optimistic about treating parvo. She told me it would cost a lot (and she was right!). They gave her lots of attention and kept me updated the whole week she was in there. Since parvo has a 50/50 chance I really feel like I owe Taco's life to all the employees there. And Iooking back 2 years later you don't even miss the money spent.
I adopted an older dog, and one month after taking her in she began to get sick and I was referred to Friendship. I have read the other reviews, and really can't believe the experiences of others, because mine was the exact opposite. The very first night I took her there when I thought we were having an emergency, they told me she was stable, and to take her home and bring her back to her scheduled app the next morning because they didn't want to charge me unnecessary costs and didn't charge me anything. From that point forward for the next 4 weeks we tried multiple treatments because she wasn't getting better, she would start to get better and then get worse again - but the entire time they were supportive and helpful and every single person I interacted with was kind and considerate. When the costs became too high, unknown to me, they nominated her for help from a memorial fund to help cover her costs which she was approved for. Ultimately we had to put her down, but even after 2 of the doctors/vet techs who had worked with her called to express condolences after they heard, and I received a card in the mail saying they made a donation in her name to the memorial fund and a very nice note from her primary vet and his assistant. I literally have a list of 10 people I plan to send individual notes of thanks to, and am so incredibly glad that she received her care there. Again, everyone seems to have different experiences, but having gotten to know so many of the people who worked there over the last 4 weeks, I have nothing but positive things to say about them.
My foster dog from Washington Humane Society got a more than botched neuter job at the National Capital Spay and Neuter Clinic on Friday. Since he (my sweet foster pup) and I were up all Friday night because he was in such great pain, I took him here on Saturday morning after I called to see if I needed to bring him in. I can't tell you how friendly Josh was on the phone, the girl who checked us in and Dr. Murtagh and Dr. Schultz were when they saw my dog. They took time, inspected him thoroughly, showed concern for him - not only in his health but who they knew who might be interested in adopting him - and this all happened fairly swiftly. They spent a good amount of time with us, but we weren't waiting too long. I don't know how to rate their prices, but their care and concern meant a great deal to me since we had been up all night, were exhausted and getting used to a new dog who was in such great pain. I am so grateful and will now bring my own two dogs and cat here to see them as regular clients. Was very impressed.
Lets get this out of the way: You pay
for what you get. Is it pricey? Sure. But the care provided is without peer.
I took my cat there last night because he had scratched off a great deal of fur and the area looked horrible. No surprise, turns out it was infected.
Dr. McMurphy was great with Emmitt, one of the few people I've ever seen him warm up to immediately. She was attentive to his needs, and clear to me in what needed to be done to get him back to health.
I will not be taking Emmitt, or any other pet I may end up with while living in the area, anywhere else
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