"He's very thorough, quickly responds to emails and phone calls. Honestly, I can't think of how he would be any better! He also seems to be a very caring veterinarian as well. I've already recommended his service to others in the area."
Pam H. - 2/12/2010
I have a dog named Taffy, that was my 40th birthday gift and she got seriously ill 3 days before my 55th birthday.Taffy could never tolerate going to the vet, so I was in a panic. By God's fortune I got Dr. Behrens' number, and he said he'd come over in 10 minutes. He arrived promptly, and immediately I felt like I'd found a vet forever.Not only did he save Taffy's life (he gave her an IV because she was severely dehydrated), he also gave her a thorough exam and gave her some other medication. His cost was extremely reasonable, and he had such a calming effect on the dog, the cat, my 95 year old mother, my sister and myself that he was manna from heaven.
This is an update after 11 months. Dr. Behrens taught my sister and I how to work like a team so that we were able to keep Taffy alive and thriving after his first visit. He had taught us how to administer subcutaneous fluids, which made her spunky and gave her a quality of life that she couldn't have had in any other setting. When Taffy was 16 years and 3 months old, she had a seizure. I called Dr. Behrens at 9:30 at night, and he came over immediately. It was a trio decision that the time had come to euthanize her. He eased our worries and the three of us sat together while Taffy passed on. I put flowers on her and lit a candle and Dr. Behrens was very respectful and caring about our feelings as we said good-bye to our dear pet.
Elise F. - 12/11/2008 & 10/4/2009
Dr. Behrens and his practice is a dream come true! We have 3 small children and a 65-lb dog who doesn't get along with other animals, so finding the time and safe manner to get her through the lobby and checkout desk of a veterinary clinic is sometimes an insurmountable challenge! This home veterinary service has lifted a huge worry off our minds of how we can properly care for our pooch.
Dr. Behrens was very responsive by phone and email; it was easy to get an appointment in a timely manner which was convenient for me; he arrived promptly and did a VERY thorough physical exam. Because our dog was in her home environment, she was MUCH more relaxed, and Dr. Behrens could examine her in her natural state. She is 10 years old, and in my opinion had the most thorough and complete physical exam of her life with Dr. Behrens!
He really listens, takes a detailed history, quickly enters all the pertinent information in his iPhone, and was not at all aggressive about pushing tests or vaccines which might not be necessary for our particular situation. At my request, he performed phlebotomy for routine bloodwork, and emailed the lab results the next day with a detailed explanation of everything and guidelines for things to watch for in the future. A huge plus is that the invoice, history and vaccine certificates are made available on a secure website, making getting your records for boarding or license renewal so easy.
Really, he is a fabulous doctor, excellent manner with animals and people, very professional, gives top-notch service and uses current technology to streamline everything. Very reasonable prices given the service - not much more than we would have paid at a vet clinic. I could only wish that one day humans could receive such quality medical care!
Lester N. - 7/27/2010
Dr. Behrens is incredibly personable and knowledgable, and communicates his knowledge in a way that's easy to understand. He has an amazing touch with animals. I have a german shepard that weighs in at 110lbs and he just put my dog completely at ease, so that my dog wasn't overly protective. He's just a wonderful guy. I've already recommended him to neighbors in my building. Another great thing is that he makes house calls and can bring with all sorts of equipment.
Elysee P. - 2/12/2010
I agree with other reviewers in giving this man the highest marks. He is gentle, honest, straight forward and caring. Our first experience was the unhappy occasion of having to put my beloved, first-ever, kitty to sleep. We were very nervous and upset. While still a painful experience, we were both reassured by Dr. Behrens. A good guy.
Kathryn S. - 12/10/2009
This vet is Awesome!!!!!!!!! I usually dread taking my cat to the vet because he hates it. He tends to get a little unruly and is mad at me for a week afterward. Why didn't I have a house call sooner? I wasn't stressed out, my cat wasn't stressed out and the appointment was better than any positive expectations I may have thought I had. Dr. B is extremely gentle and thorough and took his time to talk with me about things such as proper diet and exercise that best suits the needs of my cat. I would HIGHLY recommend him to any pet owner. Even if I didn't have a problem child at the vet's office I would still consider his services.
Sarah B. - 4/15/2009
I highly recommend Dr. Behrens. He is gentle, thorough and I wish my health care provider would take as much time with me as he does with our puppy. Dr. Behrens is also very helpful with advice or first time pet parents.
Dan Z. - 8/12/2009
I am so happy to have finally found an intelligent, capable and sensitive vet that does HOUSECALLS!!! It really doesn't get better than this. I have seen many vets for my dogs who have suffered from various aliments over the years. I have seen so many of them from Toronto, New York and now arriving in San Francisco, I am glad to have one come to me!
My initial concerns were;
1) would this be more expensive?
After all it seems like a luxury to have Veterinary Doctor come to you, but when I compare the price of a house call to the gas, driving, car sickness, anxiety, time and parking it costs to go to a vet clinic and potential expose your animal to others with contagious ailments it is actually a much better deal. I couldn't imagine the stress for me or them of bringing them into a vet's office and lifting them onto a hopefully sterile table. No way! It is all on our turf- they feel much more comfortable as do I.
2) Would this vet be as capable and equipped?
Totally! He has everything with him you could imagine he would need and then some. He really is prepared for all situations and my mutts are high maintenance I am afraid. He is also very knowledgeable and explains the facts and options to you. I really appreciate this. Having two medium sized dogs with ailments can cost as much as new car payments monthly if you get someone stringing you along with unnecessary and costly treatments. I didn't find this with this vet at all.
I highly recommend this vet. He's good and he cares.
Carolina R. - 1/17/2009
Dr. Behrens is so completely gentle, kind and loving that he helped us through the difficult processes of putting our dog Maddie to sleep. He was attentive to Maddie, loving and patient. He was also very kind to us as her guardians. Her life was incredibly giving to us, and her passing has been very difficult. Dr. Behrens made us all feel very safe.
Liz B. - 12/22/2009