Money, money, money
If you want to feel as though you're on an infomercial or in a used car lot, HOCAH is the place for you. I took my cats here for exactly two visits before I decided to transfer them to another practice in another neighborhood and never looked back.
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I thought Dr. Gabrielle was excellent, and the front desk staff was lovely beyond all words. However, I found Dr. Siebert to be somewhat cold, and I didn't really feel comfortable talking to him about my cats' issues.
And then there was the money. HOCAH will shake you down for every cent you have on you, and the ones you're earning next week too. It isn't just about preventative health; it's about this extra treatment and that preventative product and overcharging for basic services like vaccinations, and the next thing you know, you're walking out with a $300 bill for a routine visit for a healthy cat, and feeling as though you've been hustled. Vets in Manhattan are more expensive than elsewhere, but HOCAH is ridiculous.
Despite what they say about their promotional practices being for the benefit of the pets, I didn't find this to be the case. When my girls had their rabies vaccinations, they gave them the Fort Worth vaccine. While I received certificates I did not get the tags that went with the vaccine. HOCAH also tried to tell me that the vaccine was good for only one year, and put that on the certificate...except that Fort Worth is actually good for THREE years, and SHOULDN'T be given to cats annually. Another vet was able to look up the information on the certificate and confirm this for me.
Please don't bring your pets here.