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Rainier Veterinary Hospital - 25 Reviews - 815 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA - Animal Hospitals Reviews - Phone (206) 324-4144

Rainier Veterinary Hospital

815 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 324-4144
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Dr. Knasiak provides in home euthanasia. He is afflilated with Rainier Vet Hospital as a surgeon I believe. He is compassionate, kind and I highly recommend him for what is a dif...


I went to Rainier Veterinary and they provided great service for my Vizsla. I was recommended to them by a coworker with a Lab who received a lot of senior care (specifically thro...

Great attentive care 2/17/2009

I took my 13 year old cat,Stanley in for a physical.He had what turned out to be a benign tumor.Dr.Khan was very patient by carefuly explaining to me my cats condition & offered me some great advice.He also went through 13 years of old medical papers. I was very impressed with the entire staff.I will definately go back. more

Caring Staff and Veterinarian 2/6/2009

My dog was able to get an appointment for shots the same day that I made the call. Dr Heino said that my 35lb dog Cheyenne should get a blood test because she was looking a little slimmer than usual. When the test came back, Dr Heino personally called me with results and confirmed his concerns. He actually took his time while explaining everyting to me. I have been coming to this clinic for 12 years and have never had bad service. On the down side, the clinic is old and needs to be updated badly but that's why they keep their prices so low. You also may have to wait 10 minutes if they're running behind. All in all, I would never use any vet but this place. I 100% recommend this place to anyone. more

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Hard-working, Competent, and Honest: Deserving of all of the praise it has received from pet owners 9/28/2007

Note: the Rainier Veterinary Hospital received Checkbook's top rating for price, among 100 or so veterinary clinics surveyed in the Puget Sound region. It also received an "86" in terms of overall care and service. After visiting this animal hospital in person, I had a better, clearer impression than before. Even though I went there on a Friday afternoon, after they had stopped seeing clients, the hard-working staff was glad to answer ALL my questions with patience and genuine kindness. This willingness to be of service, to be helpful is so different from, for instance, the Cat Clinic of Seattle, where clients seem to be shuttled in and out and the sense of "this IS a business," "you are, first and foremost, OUR client, and we deal in pets (as opposed to airplane parts)," and/or "we are very important, busy people" seemed to emanate from the four walls and the furniture, the smiles of the omnipresent office manager glacial, smug, bureaucratic, and forced...No favoritism based on personal peccadilloes, race/ethnicity, income, "I'm in a bad-mood," etc. I NEVER felt that the Cat Clinic of Seattle EVER did anything in the spirit of generosity or genuine caring--it was always this "we're only doing this because we're professionals and a business." (I wasn't able to admit this to myself at the time, so wrapped up I was in my own cat's survival). And you pay through your gills for anything they do--and this includes the plastic Hills can lids that most animal clinics put in a bucket and let clients just take as they wish. Or the baggies filled with 10 food syringes or 10 Monoject needles, everything rationed and the price jacked up at least 10 times. And this leads me to believe that the owners of a small business such as this have a PROFOUND effect on how their staff behaves, their very own attitude towards clients and their work. I always wondered why some of the vet techs at the Cat Clinic of Seattle (A.A. degree!) could be rude and full of themselves (for what possible reason??) at times, or the office manager cheery but brusque. I guess if the owner-vets make you feel you are part of an organization comparable to the Mayo Clinic, you tend to have a very high opinion of yourselves, whatever the objective reality might really be. Even though I didn't speak to the vet at the Rainier Veterinary Hospital himself, I was pleasantly surprised by the time the staff spent talking to people about their pets. It made them seem like MORE than just customers. In other words, there was a good balance between service and profit. The person at the front was not there simply to ring up the cash register and make appointments--or give orders! Though informal and relatively plain, I was genuinely moved by the non-snotty attitude. People came in and went out, no one was cut short, and everyone seemed happy to be there! And they don't shove medications and supplies from their dispensary down your throat--they'll write a prescription for you, I was told. Don't worry about the relatively "down-at-the-ears" neighborhood this hospital is in, or the fact that they don't have a self-promoting high-tech website. It's the PEOPLE who make a veterinary clinic a good place to take your loved one. Trust your instincts. That is one thing I've learned from my experience now at three clinics. Don't confuse lots of hot air with genuine expertise and/or caring. An acquaintance of mine in central Florida has said that in central Florida he just has to go down the Interstate and have his pick of animal clinics (where an office visit is $30). Guess they don't have a Washington State Veterinary Association that lobbies so arduously on the behalf of its members... I definitely would take my cat to the Rainier Veterinary Hospital if he weren't so old and I could get him in and off the bus without making both of us anxious! Maybe I still will...or my next (younger) cat. See also more

Beware 8/15/2007

I recently brought my pet in for boarding. My dog was returned to me with diarrhea crusted to his stomach and a rash underneath when I cleaned him up. The staff was not aware he had diarrhea while boarding and never noticed a large mass crusted to his stomach. How often did anyone even look at my dog?? The excuse I was given when I questioned the level of care provided was that the Boarding Manager was on vacation and my dog would have been better cared for if she was in town. When I asked to find a way to resolve the issue I was told that I was out of luck and these things just happen. (Not at a vet clinic my pet would go to!) Also missing a large portion of expensive pet food that was brought in with my pet and nail trim was done poorly. Would not recommend to anyone, regardless of the price. more

My Cat Heart's Rainier Vet Hospital! 5/10/2006

This is a great place to take an ailing dog or cat, or for boarding or grooming. The doctor is very nice and thorough and laid all my options out for me clearly, My cat got good care there, and the staff is very nice and flexible. One possible down side is that it's walk ins only, no appointment, so I've had to wait an hour plus at times in order to be seen. But it's fun in the waiting rooms talking to pets and pet owners (they can be a chatty bunch!) more

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quality and cheap boarding for your pets 7/25/2004

This was a great find. Overnight boarding for dogs was $13/day (half the price of other places I researched). Our springer spaniel was provided with multiple playtimes each day and dog food. Because her shots weren't up to date, they also performed this service for us. I will definitely use them again. more
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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon. - Fri. 8am - 5pm;Sat. 9am - 4pm;Sun. CLOSED
  • Payments:

    Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    North Beacon Hill, Greater Duwamish