Mountain View, CA
I have had pets most of my life, and dealt with a lot of veterinarians, and have found Alta View Animal Hospital to be the best, hands down.
I have a 120 lb. Newfoundland, and needed a vet who was familiar with large breeds. Searching Newf boards brought me to Dr. Paul Ghumman, and he is just as good as the recommendations said. Really nice guy who is very knowledgable and capable. Yet he is laid-back and doesn't make you feel stupid. He doesn't pressure you to do anything, just lays out the information and lets you make your own decisions. He cares about the animals, and remembers them as well! He performed a spay and a tummy staple on my dog (large-chested dogs are subject to bloat and torsion, stapling helps) and she did fine. She had extra pain and could not settle, so I called the doctor and asked for a specific pain medication and he prescribed it with no problem. He really is great.
One good doctor does not a great hospital make, and if he were the only one, I might not write this review. But I also took my cats there on separate occasions, for equally life-threatening problems. One of my cats stopped eating...completely. It caused problems with her liver and she was really sick. Trying to get her to eat again was quite the task. Luckily, Dr. Ghumman and others are wonderful! My other cat almost died from a urinary tract infection...twice. Once we switched his food, he has been fine.
In any case, I include those episodes so you know that I have a lot of experience with the hospital,and they are more than capable.
The last thing I leave you with is how the front desk answers the phone:" Alta View Animal Hospital, can you hold or is this an emergency?"
That says it all.