Small Animal Veterinary Associates

4.5 (116)
1273 Church Rd, Toms River, NJ 08755, USA


Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sunday: Closed

How to Save Money at Small Animal Veterinary Associates

Schedule Regular Vet Visits

One of the best ways to save on vet bills is to prevent expensive health issues before they develop. By scheduling regular wellness checkups, your vet can detect health issues early, helping you to avoid costly treatments and surgeries down the road.

Price Shop for Pet Prescriptions

Oftentimes our fur babies are prescribed human drugs off-label. Your vet is apt to charge more for these medications than you would pay at your local pharmacy. In fact, big-box or chain pharmacies can offer steep discounts. So it’s best to price shop.

Pet Insurance

Most pet insurance providers will pay between 80% and 90% of the vet bill. You can even get coverage for routine care and things like vaccinations and dental cleanings. If you do the math, you’ll most likely find that pet insurance makes financial sense in the long run as well as gives you peace of mind.

How Do You Choose the Right Pet Insurance Provider?

Pet Insurance Review makes it incredibly easy for pet parents to select an insurance provider they feel good about. You can use our handy comparison tool to get the gist of what a company offers. We’ve also collected over 150,000 reviews of insurance companies from real pet parents like you to rank the top providers in the market. Here is the current ranking of each:

Top Pet Insurance Providers of 2024
Rating Provider Total Review
4.4 AKC 889
4.7 ASPCA 11,435
4.9 Embrace 14,288
4.9 Fetch 2,137
4.4 Figo 2,596
4.7 Hartville 164
4.9 Healthy Paws 7,485
4.9 Lemonade 786
3.2 ManyPets 2,168
4.6 MetLife 501
4.8 Nationwide 21,393
4.3 Pet Assure 12
4.7 PetPartners 110
4.5 Pets Best 7,200
4.3 Pumpkin 1,172
4.7 Spot 5,410
4.9 Trupanion 60,323
4.8 Prudent Pet 125

Or, you can simply get a fast quote from multiple providers and go from there.

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Getting to Know Your New Vet: Essential Questions to Ask

Choosing a new veterinarian is an important decision for any pet owner. You want to find someone who is competent, compassionate, and a good fit for you and your fur baby. To help you get the most out of your first appointment, here's a list of essential questions to ask your new vet:

Tell me about your experience with [pet type].

Different vets have different areas of specialization. Some are experts with cats, some dogs, some pocket pets, and some horses. Knowing that your vet has vast experience treating your specific type of pet can bring you peace of mind.

How do you handle emergencies?

You must know what to do in case of a pet medical emergency. Inquire what after-hours policy the clinic has, whether they have on-site emergency care available, and if they have a relationship with any nearby emergency animal hospitals.

How do you communicate with pet owners?

Good communication is key to building a trusting relationship with your vet. Ask how they prefer to communicate (phone calls, emails, online portal) and how often you can expect to hear from them.

Are there any breed-specific health concerns I should be aware of?

Some breeds are predisposed to certain health conditions. Knowing what to watch out for can help you catch problems early and get your pet the treatment they need.

Do you have any questions for me about my pet?

This is a great question to ask because the answer will show that the vet is interested in getting to know your pet as an individual and is willing to listen to your concerns.

Bonus question: Can I take a tour of your facility?

Getting a feel for the clinic's environment can help you and your pet feel more comfortable during your visits. Remember, you’re not just looking for a veterinarian, you’re looking for a partnership. Do not be afraid to ask these questions and any others you can think of. Any vet worth their salt will be happy to answer them. Because the more informed you are, the better equipped you'll be to make decisions about your pet's care! And that should be every vet’s top priority.

Reviews from Google

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Lee lian Salomon

"For the past three years, I've trusted this vet with my dogs' care, primarily for routine shots and care for my of furry companions. However, my recent experience has left me feeling disappointed and frustrated. During my last visit, I came in to get shots for my dog, and to pic up simparica trio. I requested that a technician administer the shots, as it was not necessary for my dog to see the doctor, and I wanted to save on costs. To my surprise, the staff insisted that I see the doctor, even though it was unnecessary for my dog's situation. This insistence on an unnecessary consultation ended up inflating my bill significantly. I walked out with a staggering $500 bill, which was a huge jump from what I had paid in the past for similar services. Furthermore, I later discovered that the ownership of the veterinarian had changed hands, and it's become evident that the new owner prioritizes profits over the well-being of pets and the satisfaction of their clients. The lack of transparency in price increases was disheartening. I write this review to inform others of my experience and urge them to be cautious when dealing with this vet. It's vital to be aware of the changes and make an informed decision when choosing a vet for your beloved pets." It was definitely my last visit there…

posted: 11/05/2023

Julie Santos

My dog ate a combat roach bait and I panicked. They took her in and did an exam and called the poison control center for animals. They took such great care of her. Staff was extremely friendly and caring!

posted: 10/15/2023

Samantha Hanson

SAVA is the best. We were nervous to leave our old vet when we moved to Toms River, however SAVA made the transition seamless. We have a senior cat, with lots of medical issues and the vets, especially Dr. Sydlowski, are patient, kinda and thorough every time we come in. I cannot say enough good things about this team!

posted: 02/07/2023

Taylor Domanski

The staff is SUPER friendly and very nice! They are a great vet and take care of my dogs which I appreciate more than anything. We went to another vet before this, we switched here when an issue happened with one of my pups and they were able to squeeze us in same day and I’m grateful that we did. I am very happy here. I will be telling everyone how amazing they are and will recommend!

posted: 05/26/2023

corey dawson

DO NOT GO HERE!! The doctors are terrible. They charged us over $1,000 to take X-rays of my dog when he was limping. They told us they do not know what is wrong and sent us on are way. We come back 2 weeks later because the limping was worse they tell us there’s nothing they can do and charged us $280. I did not want to pay this because they did NOTHING to help my dog. They said we need to pay or they will call the police. This use to be a good places to go to but all I can say now is DO NOT GO HERE. They have old doctors that have no idea how to treat dogs they act like they know what is going on but then want to charge $200 to send it to a doctor that will know the answer. Trust me save your money and see a real doctor.

posted: 06/07/2023