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Antelope Valley Animal Hosp

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1326 W Avenue N (at 1326 W. Ave. N Palmdale, CA 93551)
Palmdale, CA 93551
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Antelope Valley Animal Hosp - Palmdale, CA
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We have been bringing our pets to Dr. Dave for over 20 years. In that time I have never had reason to question his knowledge base, his professionalism, or his caring attitude. He ...

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My family had just picked up a free pup and a week later thought he had parvo so we made an appointment and brought him in. Come to find out the puppy did not have parvo, thank g...

Editorial review from Citysearch 1/17/2013

Dr. Dave has been or vet for our four dogs and two cats for the last several years. He provides us with multiple options as situations arise and has been very helpful with tough decisions. He has even told me what he would do if it were his pet, which I really appreciate. I had been going to another vet when I switched to Dr. Dave. After a bad experience with the other local vet, Dr. Dave has been a godsend. I highly recommend this very capable man. more

Our Vet for 20 Years 6/1/2011

We have been bringing our pets to Dr. Dave for over 20 years. In that time I have never had reason to question his knowledge base, his professionalism, or his caring attitude. He is always gentle with our pets, especially the new ones, giving them an opportunity to get a feel for him before he begins an exam or treatment, often sitting on the floor with his furry patient so that they are more comfortable and at ease. In 20 years I have never seen him lose patience with any animal or raise his voice. Dr. Dave has always been willing to share care tips and make suggestions, when appropriate, to save a little money. I have to wonder about the agenda of ""thee gadget"" because I've never experienced anything like that on any visit with Dr. Dave. When our big dog was diagnosed with a tricky cancer, Dr. Dave found us an excellent specialist and kept in touch to see how things were going - something I consider above and beyond the standard of basic care. We were so fortunate to find Dr. Dave when we moved to Palmdale and I would highly recommend him to anyone. more

Family Vet for 20 Years 6/1/2011

We have been bringing our pets to Dr. Dave for over 20 years. In that time I have never had reason to question his knowledge base, his professionalism, or his caring attitude. He is always gentle with our pets, especially the new ones, giving them an opportunity to get a feel for him before he begins an exam or treatment, often sitting on the floor with his furry patient so that they are more comfortable and at ease. In 20 years I have never seen him lose patience with any animal or raise his voice. Dr. Dave has always been willing to share care tips and make suggestions, when appropriate, to save a little money. I have to wonder about the agenda of ""thee gadget"" because I've never experienced anything like that on any visit with Dr. Dave. When our big dog was diagnosed with a tricky cancer, Dr. Dave found us an excellent specialist and kept in touch to see how things were going - something I consider above and beyond the standard of basic care. We were so fortunate to find Dr. Dave when we moved to Palmdale and I would highly recommend him to anyone. more

SHAME ON YOU 2/1/2011

My family had just picked up a free pup and a week later thought he had parvo so we made an appointment and brought him in. Come to find out the puppy did not have parvo, thank goodness, but I felt completely taken advantage of. This was a puppy my family and I had no long-term commitment to and Dr. Dave did in my opinion everything imaginable without discussing the costs first. I went in with good intentions trying to help out a new puppy and instead of leaving feeling relieved my family and I felt completely stressed about what we were going to do to pay our bills. Our bill was over $300 and they do not accept payments. I believe that was an unreasonable amount of money without my prior authorization. To think that people with good hearts and good intentions can readily afford such a cost is unthinkable. My family and I take good care of our pets and would do whatever necessary to help them, but $330 is more than my pocketbook could afford at the time, especially for a puppy more

Great Service 6/9/2010

I have used this Hospital twice now. My Animals have been treated in a very timely manner, The Drs have been very good in my opinion, the only issue I have is pricing. I feel they are way over priced and you have no options but to pay.\r The care outways this strike for me. more

Dr. Dave's Cruel and Unusual Punishment!? 5/25/2010

This was the worst experience we have ever had with a vet; I strongly recommend going somewhere else if you care at all about your pet and their wellbeing. My wife brought our 8 week old guinea pig in to be looked at after we had a concern of a possible fungal infection close to his eye; we researched online and found it would be best to bring him to a vet to properly identify the issue. First, Dr. Dave thought he was a Chinchilla, the only similarity was color; our little guy is gray but looks just like a guinea pig, small ears, no tail and all. To be a “qualified” guinea pig vet, his ignorance was appalling. Second, before even inspecting his eye he took a razor knife and scrapped a few layers of skin off around his eye, causing him to scream and bleed excessively, he then yelled at our little guy for squirming. He handled the little guy roughly and had no patience or compassion. Third, my wife asked if he could show her how to trim his nails properly, he picked him up and attempted to trim his nails, then said it didn’t need to be done; but charged us for it anyway. Forth, after his inspection he still didn’t know what was wrong with our little guy, if anything, but still insisted we buy a $33 medication which would treat both mites and fungus. Finally she left the place very upset and had to pay $99.50 for his bad and cruel service not knowing anything more about our little guy’s condition than she did when she got there. This was the worst experience ever with a vet and we will NEVER return. Cons: Had no compassion. more

LOVE AV ANIMAL HOSPITAL! 4/20/2010

Love Dr. Dave! He is the best!!! I had 2 Golden Retreivers that he gave excellent care to in their time of need and was very kind when he had to deliver bad news on their conditions. The male was diagnosed with cancer and passed away only a couple days after and the female had to be put to sleep when she stopped eating 6 months after her brother passed away (she had a tumor in her stomach). Dr. Dave was so respectful and caring during both those troubling times and is a kind-hearted man. I wouldn't take my animals any where else. Now that we have become cat owners Dr. Dave treats them with the same kindness and Dr. Greg did an excellent job in fixing our kitten we rescued. She needed surgery to repair her lower mouth. Thank you so very much AV Animal Hospital!!! You have awonderful staff as well! more

The best care for animals around 3/27/2010

AV Animal Hospital, especially Dr. Dave, has provided our pets with exceptional care. They really feel for our pets and for us. We have never had vets who took the time they do to thouroughly analyze and provide the best care for our dogs and cats. I would recommend them to anybody who loves their pets. more

Rose Marie 2/28/2010

Dr. Gallegos loves animals. He shows it as soon as he walks into the room. He even makes us an owners of pets feel very comfortable. He explains clearly the situation so that you can understand what is going on. You would absolutely love to have in on your side. more

Why look anywhere else. 8/17/2009

They are the best !! I would not go anywhere else. Always kind and very helpful. Any questions I need answered the Doctors are always ready to give me a answer when it comes to the health of my pets. I recommend them anyone who cares about their four legged friend. :) more

best vet in the area, ever! 3/29/2009

wish i'd seen this page years ago! i believe Dr. Dave is the only exotic vet in the area, and he takes care of all my house bunnies (7 at this time)! EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of the staff is kind, loving, and willing to learn.\r i recently lost my beloved cat, bubba, to complications (maybe) of diabetes. we'd been treating him with insulin for @ 4 years, and all the doctors, assistants and office personnel loved him to death. Dave's always been there with a hug when needed, and gone out of his way with treatment for the cats and the buns.\r the cost has NOT been out of line, and even with the worst of news, i love going there. in fact, i'm taking three of the buns there this week, and have no concerns what so ever.\r \r if you need a vet in the antelope valley, these folks ARE THE BEST. they love what they do, their fees are reasonable, and dr. dave is the only exotic vet in the valley (and yes, more animals than you would think are considered exotic.).\r \r also, please reconsider buying bunnie more

Highly Recommend 12/29/2008

The office staff is helpful to a point, but mainly if you develop a relationship with them or have one prior to going in you will have a better experience. rather the up point of AV Animal Hospital is the personalized approach. I have taken my animals to Nyholt for over 20 years and have been extremely pleased. Now that I no longer live in the AV I still make the hour drive to bring my dog to a vet I trust. Pros: Personalized Care Cons: Office staff can lack professional nature more

Great Place to take your Pets! 9/8/2008

I brought my 10 year old Yorkie in for an emergncy visit. She was diagnosed quickly with a uterine infection requiring surgery. I believe she was very close to death at this point. The doctors performed the surgery and saved our little girls life. They were very kind and compasionate and also very truthful in the diagnosis and possible outcome. This was my first experience with this hospital and we will be taking all our pets there in the future. I highly recommend this facility! more

Extremely disappointed in treatment and care 8/7/2008

Just to preface this, I have worked as a veterinary medical assistant at a very successful clinic up on the central coast while I was in college and contemplating veterinary school. My pets are family to me and I have poured hundreds of dollars in to the care of my snake and other creatures. When I took my 8 month old puppy to this veterinarian to get him neutered, everything seemed relatively normal. But when I went to go pick him up, I noticed in his chart that they put a danger sticker in his chart, which means that he is a potential hazard to the staff. They then asked me to go get him because they couldn't handle him. I was led to their holding area, and was sorely disappointed in what I saw. Their dog kennels were extremely dirty and were in need of some repainting as well, at the vet I worked at the kennels were extremely cleaned (we had to scrub them down very well every day) and we provided the dog both a towel and blanket to lay. He didn't have a blanket even between him and the concrete. He was shivering in the cage, but I just took him home and took care of him. He is a very large active dog so when his suture sight split open I was not happy. They had used surgical glue, which I know when I worked at the vet they never used on high energy dogs when their surgery site was in such a susceptible area. I took him immediately to a different veterinarian, North Valley Veterinary Clinic, where he received amazing care. They ended up having to staple his neuter site and he had to go on antibiotics, but at this vet they have not once had a problem with aggression with him, so I can only imagine that he possibly had a bad reaction to the anesthesia, which I have seen plenty of. I think that the Antelope Valley Hospital is subpar when it comes to just basic animal care, since they can't seem to handle a rather common problem of an animal that has problems with anesthesia and they don't seem to care much for the comfort of animals exiting surgery. Cons: Rude office staff, veterinarians not very attentive more

5 STARS!!! 12/28/2007

I have had problems with my GSD for the past six months. Dr. Leigh was compassionate, and knowledgeable. I ended up having to have the dog put down due to an incurable disease. Dr. Leigh and her staff were accommodating. I cannot say enough good things about Antelope Valley Animal Hospital. Highly recommended!! more

venise zitko pet assistence 1/21/2006

have sent many customers to your hospital and have heard only great responces from thoose customers and your ability to handle pleges for all customers reffered surpasses all we could expect. Pros: fast, prof., good standing more

Pet Care At It's Best! 11/6/2005

When your pets are in need of care, you want the very best . . . that's why you should call A.V. Animal Hospital. Dr. Nyholdt and his associates have been providing the finest care to Valley pets for years. The staff is friendly, caring, and knowledgeable. As soon as you walk int he door, you will feel comfotable that you are getting the very best care for your little furry friend. more

Overall OK 8/29/2005

Very busy place. Was pretty clean and smelled OK Staff was too busy to really handle my pet. prices were a bit high for my services. Facilities were modern and the room we were in was nice. Dr. was very good / nice3 / professional. more

When your Tortoise has the Sniffles 6/16/2005

This vet clinic sees all types of animals: dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs and the like, but what sets this place apart is Dr. Dave Gantenbein. Dr. Dave has a great 'table-side' manner and is a very skilled vet, but on top of all of this, he specializes in unusual animals: reptiles to be specific. His forte is turtles and he has an expertise with the endangered California Desert Tortoise (which is illegal to collect from the wild, or even to purchase, but can readily be adopted to good homes through tortoise preservation societies since captive tortoises can never be released back to the wild). If you are fortunate enough to own a turtle or a tortoise and it needs medical attention, Dr. Dave is your man! more
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  • We are centrally located between Lancaster, Palmdale and Quartz Hill, just west of the 14 freeway on Ave. N. The practice, purchased by Dr. Jim Nyholt in 1980, Schumann Animal Hospital became Antelope Valley Animal Hospital. Along with partner Dr. David...

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