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1035 Kempsville RdVirginia Beach, VA 23464
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Pet Care Veterinarian Clinic, 5201 Va. Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23462 Dr. Pete Fisher is a Tidewater Va. Veterinarian who just cannot be surpassed by any other. He, his clinic & staff have the most cutting-edge latest in animal health care technology , can work with you to help you & your animal companion receive the best care possible anywhere, & are all so gentle, sympathetic & kind in handling your baby as well as helping you to understand your options. Their special warmth & caring have gotten me through some potentially devastating events involving my own deeply beloved long~time babies & the emotional wounds suffered in their eventual passings. I see 3 or 4 scathing reviews by past patient parents who've had either very painful losses or very negative experiences at Pet Care. I'm sorry for these folks as well as their priceless loved pets. But if these are the only truly unfavorable incidents out of hundreds & hundreds of other clients over the years, I'd say that the percentage of happy pet parents who continue to return to Pet Care is far greater than the unfortunate few who don't. To expect a 100% positive history score would be unfairly unrealistic. When dealing with so many different personalities among the entire staff of one business, on occasion a Crack in the structure will betimes be located. But in my own experiences with Pet Care were always positive & even suprising in the tenderness & thoughtfulness which we were given there. My aging little mentally & physically retarded little totally innocent 12 year old tortoiseshell kitty Trezzie, became very sick & couldn't eat anymore. Dr. Pete diagnosed intestinal cancer, performed the surgery to remove it, which she bounced back from with little pain or difficulty, thank God. But the biopsy came back showing her cancer was highly aggressive & would be terminal, inoperable & that she would suffer terribly til it finally would take her. Seeing my obvious pain & grief led many of the nurses to tears too, as they stood by, watching me sadly. Not wanting my precious deeply beloved little Trezzie to suffer such a horrible struggle, I opted to let Dr. Pete to end her eventual fight to live while I cradled her. But I just couldn't bear to end her gentle life in a strange place on a cold metal table. So Dr. Pete brought one of his nurses with him TO OUR HOME, & euthanized her gently in our grassy backyard that she loved while I comforted her & whispered my love & goodbyes to her as her life slipped peacefully away. What vet do you know who would go so far to spare you & your baby such added unnecessary pain? They are sharp, thorough & unusually caring, understanding & wonderfully compassionate people at Pet Care Veterinary .
I worked for Dr. Johnson at Birdneck Animal Hospital for 3 years. I worked all aspects of the job, including reception, veterinary assistant, as well as managing the clinic. I highly recommend Birdneck Animal Hospital to anyone looking for the utmost care of their pet. Dr. Johnson gives the most thorough, comprehensive exams on patients that I have ever seen. I've been to other clinics, having had pets my whole life, and no exam has come close. Dr. Johnson gives dedicated one on one time with each patient and their owner, and is always courteous and compassionate. Dr. Johnson has a small group of employees, which are exceptional. The clinic has a family atmosphere because of this, and you will be remembered and greeted with a smile each and every time you visit. Dr. Johnson runs a full service hospital. He will see your well pets for routine exams and vaccinations, as well as seeing your pets if they are not feeling their best. Surgeries, blood-work diagnostics, laser therapy, x-rays, ultrasounds...the clinic has everything you will need. If you are looking for a new veterinarian, schedule an appointment with Dr. Johnson. You will not be disappointed.
We have taken our very old shelter rescue dog to Dr. Hundley since we've had her. Recently, we found Tasha stretched out and unable to get on her feet. Close to 6pm, I called the hospital and they advised me to either bring her in there or to the Emergency Vets on Lynnhaven Pkwy. We opted to take her to General Booth. The receptionist told me that they would work her into the scheduled appointments already waiting and that it may take some time but they would not let her be in any pain. When we arrived at General Booth, two assistants immediately went to the car, climbed in the 2 door back seat of my small Toyota, picked her up and carried her into an examination room. Dr. Hundley was not on duty that day but Dr. Morton treated Tasha as soon as she was placed in the room. She is doing well and still with us. They are an unbelievable team of very caring doctors. Additionally, their staff is top notch! Tasha is over 70 lbs and was carried in the assistant's arms. That is premier service and exceptional caring. Tasha Lane's mom
I have the wellness plan. I will not renew, though the first year with neutering and shots it did save me several hundred dollars. My issue is that the one time my dog was ill they told me he needed immediate treatment (it was in the morning on a weekday) and I had to take him somewhere else and pay for it when the office visit for minor illness is covered on my plan. Also I don't like that you must drop off your pet rather than stay with them and see the treatment given and can't comfort your pet. They give appts so let us bring our dog in and be with him for his care rather than have him in an assembly line. They are nice to the animals from what I have seen so at least that's awesome. Also their website is terrible! You can't print out a certificate showing your pet has been spayed or neutered, or a shot record even. Can't access previous payment history or check balance of current plan. You can only see your last payment and renewal date. So much info is not accessible.
Dr. Johnson and his staff particularly Amy, Ashley, Kyle and Tara were wonderful addressing all my concerns with my rescue dog. They took the time to fit him in early for needed surgery and helped put all my fears to rest. I do agree some procedure could be done cheaper at another location, however, if you are a animal owner/lover like myself I tend to care more about my pets comfort and the quality of work than discounts. You can tell the moment that you walk in that they care intensely about your concerns and the wellbeing of the furry animal and I cannot say enough good things about them. I was also impressed with the detailed quote I received for the procedure so no cost was left hidden when I paid my bill. My little guy is now on his way to a recovery and hopefully this will be the end of addressing his aliments from abuse and neglect from his previous home. Thank you!!!
I have been taking my pets to General Booth Veterinary Hospital for 17 years. They are the best veterinarians that I have gone to over the years. I recommend them to all my friends. Dr. Paul Francios is an excellent vet and is very knowledgeable. The other vets that work there are great, also. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. Over the years, I have been there numerous times, Mostly, for routine visits, and on several occasions, for emergency care. They have been very helpful, and always managed to take care of my pets. I have lost 4 dogs and two cats over the years; three dogs of which had to be euthanized, due to health issues, from old age. The staff has always been sympathetic and kind. Dr. Francios even called to see how I was doing, the following day. I can't say enough good things about them.
I have been taking my dogs to Drs Hayles and Bundy for over 26 years now. I wouldn't even think of taking them to another Vet. The doctors are the most professional and caring people I have ever known. I have learned so much from them that has helped me and I love the staff. I just lost my beloved Lacey and Dr. Bundy worked so hard to do everything she could to save her as she knew how much I loved her. Dr. Hayles has done the same in the past for my other pups. You cannot put a price on a little furry friend's life and I go first class with my animal's lives. I am by no means rich but I do the best I can. I love all the vet techs there as well. and they bend over backwards to help me always. You won't be sorry for giving your pet the best treatment you can....look what they give you in return,.
Not only have my appointments been on time, but it is clear to me that the veterinarians at Acredale Animal Hospital care about the animals they see as well as the families that bring their animals to be seen. I have a large breed dog and was very concerned that her back left leg was giving out. Dr. Kenny took his time examining my dog, asking me questions, sharing his opinion, and suggested treatment plans starting with the least medicinal and least invasive. He was absolutely 100% correct in his diagnosis. I take great comfort knowing I have a team of veterinarians that I can trust. I highly recommend this practice to anyone seeking care and treatment of their animals.
I was very pleased with the result of my visit to Strawbridge Animal Care. My golden had had a crusty cracking nose with off and on drainage for over a year.. I was told by another veternarian that he just had an "old age nose". It got to the point that he became lethargic and could barely walk. Diagonosis by strawbridge: nasal infection. Within a month (he was put on antibiotics) he was up and running again. The staff is very friendly and Dr. Deavers' knowledge brought my dog's shiny black nose back. When I first took him in I thought he wasn't far from the end! Thank you Strawbridge Animal Care! Sharon.
LOVE this vet hospital!! I bought a sick mastiff from a local puppy store who was being treated by another vet office per the puppy store rules for TWO MONTHS!! I got sick of their awful care there so I took her to General Booth Vet where I take my other dogsas well. Dr Sorrell fixed her right up in 2 weeks time :) The staff knows Emma (my mastiff) by name and at every visit we are treated so nicely. They DO NOT mix sick animals with other pets in the lobby and their clinic is very well maintained. While Emma was sick and going there they sanitized right behind us making sure where ever she walked was sanitized. A++++++ Vet!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.