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(3.7 out of 5, based on 10 reviews)

25 Summer StreetBuffalo, NY 14209

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Elizabeth P.
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Rating: 5

A Dog-Free Atmosphere

posted 5 years ago

I really enjoy being able to take my cats to a vet knowing that we will not have to share the waiting room with a Rottweiler. The place I used to take them was a perfectly good clinic, but since my cats have never interacted with dogs before, they would completely freak out in their carriers when they heard and smelled the other patients. If your cats are okay with dogs this probably wouldn't be a big consideration, but for me it was the clincher.

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[updated on 2011-09-03 02:50:22]:
An update: Recently I had to have my cat Snicket put down. She had cancer. It was an excruciating decision, as you can imagine. Everyone at the Summer Street Cat Clinic was very kind to both of us. I was kind of afraid that they might try to talk me out of it, and insist that with the right medicine her life could be prolonged. But that didn't happen. When I called and said that Snicket had taken a turn for the worse and I thought it was time to help her out of her pain, the receptionist said that she was very sorry and that I could bring Snicket in any time.

When I got there I was admitted right away. The vet tech explained the whole process to me in advance, and gave me choices about whether to stay in the room or not, and how to dispose of the body. Then the vet came in and explained the process again. They gave me a few minutes alone with Snicket - they said it was "to let the sedative work" but I know it was really to give me a chance to say goodbye, for which I was grateful even though she had been sick so long I had already said all the goodbyes I needed to. I stayed in the room, and it was very peaceful. After Snicket was gone the vet gave me a hug and told me that I had done the right thing. The vet tech asked me what she had been like as a kitten, and the three of us actually had a bit of a laugh when I told them how Snicket had won my heart by throwing up on my shoe. Because all the paperwork had been taken care of beforehand, I left for home without having to wait around at the front desk to pay. At the time it didn't seem like such a big thing, but looking back on it I'm really grateful that I didn't have to stand around behind someone who was waiting to get their brand-new kitten vaccinated.

About a week after this, I got a very touching card in the mail. It was from the SSCC, signed by the techs and vets who had taken care of Snicket over the years. It was very hard to lose her. Even more so because we all tried so hard to keep her alive. I know there are people who would have heard that their cat had diabetes and put her down immediately; others who would have subsequently heard that she had a kidney infection, and put her down then; still more who, upon learning she had congestive heart failure, would have let her go at that point; and most sane people, after all that, and then finally discovering that their cat had cancer, would have given up right then. All of those hypothetical people are perfectly reasonable and probably love their cats very much. I'm just one of those nutters who would rather bankrupt herself than admit defeat. Snicket was a lovely cat and a good friend. In the end, I had to acknowledge that what was good for me wasn't necessarily the best for her. I haven't had to make very many hard decisions in my life, for which I feel quite blessed. This was one of the hard ones, and I'm glad that once I made it, the good people at Summer Street carried it though for me with kindness and compassion.

Pros: convenient location, felilne-only

Cons: a tad pricey

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joanne s.
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Rating: 5

Summer St. is amazing!

posted 6 years ago

i have been going to summer st's suburban location for several years. i love how they specialize in feline care. dr. westerman was the first vet i had seen there... she showed me around the facility before i became a client.. i found it to be very, very clean! dr. westerman is always patient and answers all of my questions... and i trust her a great deal with my cats. when i don't have the chance to see her, i am confident in the other vets there as well... and a shout out to the vet techs, they are amazing.

Pros: cats-only, knowledgeable, very cleant

Cons: ????

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