I (and my persnickety little wretch)
love this clinic! Dr. Voelkel is so gentle and careful. He has never recommended anything unnecessary - even apologizes and looks unhappy when a test is expensive! Both assistants are incredibly sweet, and it is obvious that the reason the clinic exists is that everyone there really does love cats. There's even an office cat!
I went there because it was close by and dedicated to cats, and I couldn't have made a better choice. My cat was a difficult adoption -- a former street cat with behavioral issues. Dr. Voelkel and his assistants went through every funny, awful, frustrating, and ultimately hopeful turn with us. They always looked to our best interests and found innovative solutions. When, eventually, my cat developed a physical problem, they diagnosed it quickly, had multiple treatment options (as they always do!), and worked through them to the best one with me. Their suggestions are always great, and I trust them so much I board my cat there -- even though I always swore I would never board a cat. But he likes them, they watch over him carefully, and their ethical, gentle, careful practice gives me peace of mind. I came to the office because it was nearby and dedicated to cats, but I would return if I moved far away -- they are that good.
I've taken my cat in to the clinic twice now. I appreciated the calm atmosphere and the way the doctor gently handled my cat- whom I am EXTREMELY protective of. I found the doctor to be very knowledgeable and forth right with me. I couldn't afford to get my cats teeth cleaned so he referred me to a website that teaches one how to train their cat to tolerate teeth brushing at home. I was pretty surprised when I read the older reviews- I'm glad I didn't read them before hand. He didn't berate me or push a sale or try to kill me cat or keep him over night! And the office was spotless, welcoming and didn't smell like your typical vets office. Overall I would absolutely recommend this clinic to cat owners.
Very happy with choice to move to Cat Clinic - great folks!. I was taking my three cats to Barbur Veterinary Hospital and although I love Dr. Ewing, my family was very disappointed with their customer service/receptionists, so I started looking elsewhere. I found the Cat Clinic online, but was a little worried about the older reviews- turns out, those reviews are for the previous owner of the clinic, who was apparently quite pushy. I was so happy with our visit to the Cat Clinic. I brought 2 out of the 3 cats for vaccinations and bloodwork. The office is very nice with a vaulted ceiling and exam rooms that are more like tall cubicles (not enclosed rooms), which I really enjoyed. The space was nice and open and you actually had room to put your cat carrier somewhere other than shoving it under your chair. The receptionist is also the CVT and she was so kind. She was very friendly and helpful, carrying the cat carrier for me. I also brought along my 13 month old little girl, so it was a large traveling circus! Dr. Voelkel is very easy going, explains things in simple terms and has a very gentle way with the cats. He was not at all pushy and patiently explained the answers to all of my quesitons. They even took the time to greet and play with my little girl. Their prices are reasonable, which was great plus. I think it was a great move to switch our cats to the Cat Clinic. They made us feel so welcome and it was just a great office visit (despite the two cats and rambunctious baby)! Give them a chance- you will be so impressed.
Very Caring and Personable Veterinarian. My calico kitty is very timid and scared and hates going to the doctor, but she reacted very well to Dr. Voelkel's kind and gentle approach. My cat's issues are seasonal allergies and active anal glands. Dr. Voelkel took the time to listen and answer all of my questions and he examined my cat thoroughly. He offered me plenty of options and suggested we try conservative treatments to start. The cost of the exam and the medications were reasonable. As a first time customer at Accent on Cats I was impressed by the clean, calming, and beautiful interior of the clinic, the friendly and welcoming staff, (even in the way they answer the phones!) and Dr. Voelkel's personable and caring style.
The Cat Whisperer. I have a fairly mean cat who doesn't like most people, and after all my warnings to Dr. Voelkel about wearing protective gear, he had her almost purring on the first visit. He is truly gifted with cats, and his kindness and compassion coupled with a serene environment make this clinic a low-stress experience for animals and their people. I really appreciate his reluctance to spend money on invasive tests or harsh medications without trying home remedies first. I will never take my cat anywhere else - I highly recommend this clinic!
Different owner/veterinarian = different experience. I'm really glad that I didn't check these reviews before I took my new cat in for a check-up because I would probably have been scared away by past reviews. There's no need to be. My cat and I both felt comfortable with the competency and level of care demonstrated by the vet and technician. They were friendly and responsive, and they take good care of the animal. I know my cat appreciated the quieter, less-chaotic environment.
Best clinic around!.
There should be more than 3 stars for this vet!
We took our cat here after lengthy visits to different clinics around town, she had health problems and wasn't losing weight despite the advice of other vets.
After the first visit to Dr. Voelkel, all our questions about her health were answered, and we started our cat on a diet that has slimmed her down to a more reasonable size! She's a much happier kitty.
A previous vet had suggested an expensive blood test to determine if she had a thyroid disorder. Dr. Voelkel hesitated, saying the condition was unlikely in a cat like ours and that he wanted to try other, less expensive things first. As it turned out, he was right, and the cat was left with a much less intrusive test. Dr. Voelkel also called after to check up, and to make sure we didn't have any more questions or concerns.
If I'm ever curious about something my cat is going through, or the treatment, they're ready with thorough explanations and answers, above and beyond the usual for a vet's explanations.
Dr. Voelkel and his staff are always willing to take the time to explain things, in person or over the phone.
Both Dr. Voelkel and his assistants have shown extreme finesse with calming a very agitated cat (and she isn't shy with the claws).
I've also taken to buying anti-flea and other cat care stuff here, to my surprise they were often less expensive than pet stores.
I've recently moved pretty far away, but I'll definitely keep going here. These guys are awesome!
Awesome Veterinarian & staff.
Dr. Voelkel is just the BEST.
We've had a severly diabetic cat over the last 4 years that required daily insulin, close monitoring and frequent checkups.
Recently she suffered a major medical issue that after 2 weeks of intensive testing and monitoring, had to be put to sleep. Dr. Voelkel & his staff were EXTREMELY thorough in their treatment and handling of our kitty, exhausting all possibilities for therapy to make her more comfortable.
We have several other cats and there isn't anyone we trust more for their physical well-being & health than Dr. Voelkel. He's the most honest, compassionate Vet we've ever met when "the" decision needs to be made, as well.
JMHO, but this guy is tops.
Dr. Voelkel can't handle serious medical issues. My Cat was diagnosied with IBD in September and we were seeing a wonderful Vet across the street. I decided to make a change ONLY because I thought the enviorment would be better for my cat since we would be making a lot of trips, (the dogs and the craziness at the other office stressed him out). I made it clear to Volekel that I loved my other Vet and my intentions were to just have a calmer enviorment. My cat started to show signs of becoming sick again. and I was getting really worried about him. Everytime I went in, Voelkel was just focused on the IBD, and didn't seem too concered. I felt I was the one recommending this test and that test to rule out other reasons for his severe diarreha, vomiting and illness. I asked for a fecal, x rays, and bloodwork. He ruled out anything other than IBD and focused on diet with me. When the problems were getting worse he seemed overwhelmed and called many other DR.s for insight... even referring us to a Specialist all the was in Clackamas, who didn't help at all. When we finally came to our senses that we needed to go back toour other DR, our cat was very very sick. Our other Dr. was confused why Dr. Voelkel would call every other internist in the area and not even call him when he knew our cats illness the best. In the end our cat had severe parasites that turned into Pancrities that killed him. I feel so guilty that I trused Dr. Voelkel with his life. I wrote him a letter asking for a explanation of why he charged us for test that didnt rule out anything he had, and he didn't have the nerve to write me back. No, I'm, sorry for your loss, or anything. He puts on a show like he cares,( walking your cat carrier out to your car, ext)... but he obviously doesn't. I didn't want to write a bad review because I really liked him and his office in the begining but I needed to warn others, so they don't make the mistakes I did!!
Dr. Voelkel & Accent On Cats Get an A+.
After adopting our newest family member from the Oregon Humane Society last weekend, our next step was to find a vet that specializes in cats, close to our home in SW Portland.
I found Accent on Cats and recalled driving past their bright yellow sign on BH Hwy. I read a lot of reviews and concluded that all of the new ones (since new ownership) were positive, so I made an appointment.
I highly recommend these folks! I was impressed by them from the first phone call through the appointment. Very personable folks, the staff was warm and efficient and the Dr. Voelkel was excellent; both professional and personable. I look forward to many years of care for our new family member. Dr. V even carried the cat crate out to my car, and chatted with me in the parking lot, after the exam!
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