Review: Robinson Animal Hospital

Posted in the Johnson City Forum

David Schools

Johnson City, TN

#1 Jan 13, 2014
They just opened up a new location in Johnson City, TN. Here's the article with more information from the builder's website: http://mitchcox.com/news/construction/robinso...
No Thanks

Jonesborough, TN

#2 Jan 13, 2014
David Schools wrote:
They just opened up a new location in Johnson City, TN. Here's the article with more information from the builder's website: http://mitchcox.com/news/construction/robinso...
I always felt ripped off when I would take my dog to their dump of an office downtown, so I found a more reliable vet. They were sky high in their charges at that old building with very little overhead. I can't imagine what they are going to charge now to pay for this "state of the art' office! If you don't mind paying three prices for average vet services, then by all means help them pay for this new place! No thanks!!!
longbowhunter

Johnson City, TN

#3 Jan 13, 2014
Agreed. Once upon a time,Robinsons was great,but those days are long since gone. They charge 3x what they used to,and provide very little in the way of results. Staff is rude and ignorant as well....that one blonde lady-vet they employ honestly doesnt know the difference between the tail-end of a dog and the front end.
Rosies Mother

Kingsport, TN

#4 Jan 13, 2014
I would not take my "baby" to anyone other than Dr. Robinson. He is a very caring vet, and does not charge any more than other area vets. I feel he is worth every penny. Everything has gone up in the last few years. That is just a known fact. His staff has never been anything other than friendly, helpful, and very kind to me. I have tried several area vets, over the years, and none measured up to Dr. Robinson. I have also been to the UT Vet Clinic, extremely high, and students do the tests, etc. Dr. Robinson is the best vet anywhere, in my opinion. I am glad there is a state-of-the-art vet clinic, in our area.
Dog gone it

Kingsport, TN

#5 Jan 13, 2014
I have no big problems with Robinson's, or with Cherokee. Both are reputable, but as any vet office is guilty of, they will try to tug on your heartstrings and put you in the loop. You know, just like human medical docs do! 6 month mandatory checks @ around $200 just to continue the meds for your pet, etc. They may try to sell you on dental care and other stuff. What are you going to do? You love your pet!
As far as emergency care, Robinson's and especially Cherokee are excellent. I hope you don't have to prove me right on that one, just take my word for it. I've found the staff of both offices very kind and caring.
JC voter

Johnson City, TN

#6 Jan 17, 2014
The new location will mean leaving techs in charge at some locations. Minimal vet care will be available and animals will die when there is an out of the ordinary reaction. I know, my beloved pet died
years ago why'd they "expanded". I would never use them again.
been there usa

Elizabethton, TN

#7 Jan 18, 2014
try indian ridge animal hospital in kingsport
Brybanll

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Jun 16, 2014
Robison Animal Hospital PAYS TO HAVE BAD REVEWS NOT POSTED ON MOST SITES....BEWARE!! Don't believe me, post a bad review & see for yourself, that bad review will never show up, I'm hoping Topix is not the same, people deserve to know the truth.

I took my cat there after she had passed out after a loud meow.

She is my world after many years of hardships, losses, etc....this I made VERY clear to Robinson Animal Hospital.

She was very anemic, she had some blockage in her intestine & she had a bad internal infection. They performed surgery, my final bill was $1,400.00. They told me she had cancer, they said she needed to be put down/euthanized. I nursed her back to health, unable to part with her but also not wanting her to suffer. She got sick again, after about two or three weeks after her final dose of all her medicines. I called Robinson Animal Hospital to get some more antibiotics and scheduled once again to have her euthanized. I could not understand why these people were so eager to euthanize her or have me spend THOUSANDS of dollars to "help" her with her cancer....so I started my own investigation.

Come to find out, the blockage in her intestine was a collection of hair balls, NOT CANCER AS ROBINSON ANIMAL HOSPITAL SAID. It was winter, she has long hair and she cleans constantly. The anemia was because the hair ball(s) had her completely blocked and an infection, of course, came about. She passed out because of severe anemia & was very close to death. After days of research I found that giving a cat egg yolk lecithin will dissolve the fat in the internal hair balls which in turn will stop the blockage in their intestine...the cat will stop having bowel movements if there is an internal blockage, it will cause an internal infection & the infection will cause severe anemia & sadly a slow, painful death for the cat. I found this all out because my cat stopped going to the bathroom & was not being her usual self...she had another blockage. It's been 8 months now, she is healthy as ever, very active & loveable again. I take care of her, I do NOT TRUST ROBINSON ANIMAL HOSPITAL to my cat's care. Bottom line, they LIED, they knew exactly what was wrong with her & not only did they HIDE the information they LIED about the entire thing, they were more than happy to kill my cat because I would not spend THOUSANDS of dollars on a FALSE case of cancer they said she had so in their eyes 'if we can't make money off of him & his cat we might as well kill the cat'.

DO NOT TRUST/BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE, YOUR ANIMAL/PET/LOVED ONE IS A TOOL TO SCAM YOU AND IF THEY CAN NOT MAKE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY FROM THAT, THEY WILL MAKE A HANDFUL OF MONEY BY KILLING YOUR PET. I will NEVER, EVER go back there & have no problem confronting them on this issue....they deserve to be sued and closed permanently!!
Robinson Is a Ripoff

Elizabethton, TN

#9 Jun 16, 2014
I took my dog to Dr. Robinson and I thought his game was to milk as much money as he could out of pet owners! He would shame people into feeling like if they didn't spend hundreds of $$$$ then they didn't love their pet! He uses more psychology on people than he ever spends on sick animals! STAY AWAY from Robinson's Animal Hospital!
Bill the Cat

Kingsport, TN

#10 Jun 16, 2014
Brybanll wrote:
Robison Animal Hospital PAYS TO HAVE BAD REVEWS NOT POSTED ON MOST SITES....BEWARE!! Don't believe me, post a bad review & see for yourself, that bad review will never show up, I'm hoping Topix is not the same, people deserve to know the truth.
I took my cat there after she had passed out after a loud meow.
She is my world after many years of hardships, losses, etc....this I made VERY clear to Robinson Animal Hospital.
She was very anemic, she had some blockage in her intestine & she had a bad internal infection. They performed surgery, my final bill was $1,400.00. They told me she had cancer, they said she needed to be put down/euthanized. I nursed her back to health, unable to part with her but also not wanting her to suffer. She got sick again, after about two or three weeks after her final dose of all her medicines. I called Robinson Animal Hospital to get some more antibiotics and scheduled once again to have her euthanized. I could not understand why these people were so eager to euthanize her or have me spend THOUSANDS of dollars to "help" her with her cancer....so I started my own investigation.
Come to find out, the blockage in her intestine was a collection of hair balls, NOT CANCER AS ROBINSON ANIMAL HOSPITAL SAID. It was winter, she has long hair and she cleans constantly. The anemia was because the hair ball(s) had her completely blocked and an infection, of course, came about. She passed out because of severe anemia & was very close to death. After days of research I found that giving a cat egg yolk lecithin will dissolve the fat in the internal hair balls which in turn will stop the blockage in their intestine...the cat will stop having bowel movements if there is an internal blockage, it will cause an internal infection & the infection will cause severe anemia & sadly a slow, painful death for the cat. I found this all out because my cat stopped going to the bathroom & was not being her usual self...she had another blockage. It's been 8 months now, she is healthy as ever, very active & loveable again. I take care of her, I do NOT TRUST ROBINSON ANIMAL HOSPITAL to my cat's care. Bottom line, they LIED, they knew exactly what was wrong with her & not only did they HIDE the information they LIED about the entire thing, they were more than happy to kill my cat because I would not spend THOUSANDS of dollars on a FALSE case of cancer they said she had so in their eyes 'if we can't make money off of him & his cat we might as well kill the cat'.
DO NOT TRUST/BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE, YOUR ANIMAL/PET/LOVED ONE IS A TOOL TO SCAM YOU AND IF THEY CAN NOT MAKE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY FROM THAT, THEY WILL MAKE A HANDFUL OF MONEY BY KILLING YOUR PET. I will NEVER, EVER go back there & have no problem confronting them on this issue....they deserve to be sued and closed permanently!!
If I may ask, what vet gave you the right diagnosis? I think I'm getting the runaround from Robinson's too.
Brybanll

Pittsburgh, PA

#11 Jun 18, 2014
Bill the Cat wrote:
<quoted text>If I may ask, what vet gave you the right diagnosis? I think I'm getting the runaround from Robinson's too.
I have to apologize, the Robinson Animal Hospital I was talking about is where I live, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pa. I came back here to read others talking of a Dr Robinson in TN and realized the mistake. I can not find or post anything negative on any review site that has to do with the Robinson Animal Hospital here, they have paid the right company/getting their money's worth. I guess even in TN vets are the same as here in PA, all about the money and no concern for the animal. Hope everything works out for you, be very weary of any vet, it takes a lot of time to research your pets aliments but as I found out, you are the one concerned for your pet and want to help as best you can, not someone who only wants to "help" if there is money to be made.
Rita

Kingsport, TN

#12 Jun 18, 2014
The Robinson Animal Hospitals, in Johnson City and Gray, are the very best in my opinion. We have used them for over 25 years and have always been treated well. We have nothing but praise for all the vets that are employed by Dr. Robinson, either now or in the past. Pet care is expensive whereever you choose to go. Dr. Robinson has expanded but rest assured each office has 1-2 vets on duty at any given time. We just lost our 12.5 year old "fur angel" after having her tested for almost everything. It was our choice as we would have tried anything necessary to save her, at any cost. She had congestive heart failure + several other health problems. We know that we, and Dr. Robinson's vets and staff, did everything that could be done for her. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace since we did everything possible for her. Personally, I think vets are far more thorough and concerned than "people" doctors. Robinson's is the #1 vet clinic for a reason.
sylvia

Walla Walla, WA

#16 Oct 28, 2014
I hope you get Ruffus taken care of, Celine! I'm looking for a place locally that I can take my cat to. How expensive is it to get her tested? I've been thinking of getting her some shots to prevent diseases.
http://www.westsideanimalhospital.com/service...
Lindsey

Johnson City, TN

#17 Oct 29, 2014
Tell me why would it cost $785 to have 1 female cat and 1 make dog spayed and neutered and a rabies shot? They charged me a $50 few to test my cat for leukemia, which I never asked for, and the pain medicine for the cat was $75??? Rip off. I know vet care is costly but not like this, along with all of the bad reviews I've read (after I took my babies there) I realize I'm not the only one..
Robinson Ripoff

Johnson City, TN

#18 Oct 29, 2014
Lindsey wrote:
Tell me why would it cost $785 to have 1 female cat and 1 make dog spayed and neutered and a rabies shot? They charged me a $50 few to test my cat for leukemia, which I never asked for, and the pain medicine for the cat was $75??? Rip off. I know vet care is costly but not like this, along with all of the bad reviews I've read (after I took my babies there) I realize I'm not the only one..
Im sorry for your experience with them. Robinson's is the most expensive vet in this area! It is vet bills like that keeping a lot of people from adopting shelter dogs and cats. I'm thinking of looking into pet insurance. Some vets add a lot of hidden costs and unnecessary tests to cause an outrageous bill.

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