Dr.Charos-BEWARE of bayside animal clinic in queens, ny:
I took my parrot to Bayside Animal Clinic in queens b/c he was breathing heavy and not acting normal. The vet told me "you're bird is dying, you must of read the symptoms on the internet". "He's on his last days."I was shocked b/c I had no idea how sick my bird was. I thought he would give him antibiotics. I didn't know that my parrot was that sick. I started tearing up. Dr. Charos suggested to keep him at the valley stream clinic for 48 hours at least. Total Bill would be close to $1000. I couldn't have imagined how expensive that would be, I don't have that much money. I told the nurse I couldn't afford it and she then said, you can apply for care credit. I said that I didnt have that much money. The nurse then asked me, what can you afford? Weird huh? They tried giving me a bargain discount of $300 for antibiotics and a culture. As I glanced at the bird cage, I saw that my bird was getting even sicker and closing his eyes. I had a bad feeling inside and knew he was dying. Dr. Charos and the nurse insisted on the clinic and tests. He knew the parrot would die, he's a doctor, of course he knew, but he tried taking my money first and saying that my parrot should be sent to the clinic. Then they tried to make me feel bad by saying that if you pay us $300 Donation, we will take the bird in and treat him and find a good home for him. since I didn't want to take care of him!!!! Can you beleive that??? What heartless people! I said NO, he's my bird! And after the nurse gave me an attitude and tried to convince me that these are the typical fees for treating parrots, she still insisted that I wouldn't take good care of him on my own. I get the rates and fees, but inside I knew something was wrong. They were not being honest with me. I decided to pay the $300 for the meds and culture... Minutes later. Dr Charos performed the culture and my bird screamed and seconds later died instantly. My parrot was very weak and any sort of tests would of accelerated his death. Dr. Charos should have been honest and could of told me to take my parrot home, that he would not make it. INSTEAD, he wanted my money ($1000) for a parrot he knew deep inside was going to die. Come on, he's been a Vet for how long? Over 10 years?? Unbeleivable. On top of that he said all you have to pay is $65 for the consultation after my bird died at the vet. They collected my money and said so sorry about your parrot, bye. I was crying the whole time. If he wasn't so money hungry and a good person, he would of just told me that it was just too late to save my bird. He never said that. He wanted my money! I felt soooo bad. Please choose your Vet with care and investigate his background. Dr Charos was dishonest. He made me think he would help save my parrot, but deep down he knew that my bird would die within hours. He is an experienced doc and must of seen cases as severe as mine. Dr. Charos and his staff just made me feel horrible and taking him to this vet,accelerated my parrot's death. He would of been better off if I would of kept him at home with me and I could of properly sad my goodbyes to him. I would never go back to this clinic. They dont care about your pets at all!