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7 Reynolds Mountain BlvdAsheville, NC 28804
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348 New Leicester HwyAsheville, NC 28806
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932 Hendersonville Rd Suite 106Asheville, NC 28803
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First off, I'd like to say that the Vets at this establishment are great! This was my first and last visit here. The vet that saw my cats, was gentle and a sweetheart! The front desk staff, on the other hand, need further customer service and basic diversity/human rights training.After both of my cats appointment, I was told to wait because their discharge file wasn't available yet. So I sat down in the cat lobby area, expecting to be called to the front desk to check out once my file was available. Instead, I ended up waiting for 10-15 min in the waiting room. After waiting for some time, I decided to go to the front counter for an update and to check out. The exasperated staff member exclaimed nonchalantly that my file was now available and that she could check me out. It felt like she didn't want to help me and was dismissive of the fact that I had been waiting for awhile. Even though, I initially mentioned this to her. While she was getting my paperwork together and assisting me, she starts having a conversation from her seat with an older white gentleman that had just appeared in the lobby. She was basically talking right over me like I was in the way and not even present. I couldn't believe this was happening to me and started to become noticeable upset. I guess she felt the need at that moment to relay a message she could have relayed at a later time. She discussed obtaining records about his dog's flea medication from the other vet. The appropriate time to discuss this with him would have been during his checkout. Even though it is 2018, it's pretty apparent prejudice and discrimination are still prevalent in our society. Her behavior is a prime example and her entire attitude towards me was very dismissive and rude. This person is representing the animal hospital, the face of the company.While I was still attempting to check out and attempting to inquire about cat medication, she decides to get up out of her seat, (while I was still standing there talking to her) and walks over to the older white gentleman in the waiting room to continue the "urgent" conversation. All of a sudden, she starts profusely apologizing to him for the wait. What wait time?! Mind you, he never approached her or asked her anything and he had only been waiting in the waiting room with his dog for less than 3 mins. When she came back to the front desk to continue assisting me, she was still conversing with him, while I am was trying to ask her questions and close out my bill. I was insulted by her behavior towards me as a paying customer, as a human being, and especially as a black woman. I told her that she could stop helping me to assist him if his matter was more pressing. She kept telling me no that's ok, while still talking to him. I asked her why wasn't I entitled to the same apologetic behavior she displayed towards the white gentleman. She seemed flustered that I even had the nerve to ask her this question. There were other people in the lobby that witnessed her behavior and noticed how she treated me. She rudely asked for my credit card info and then handed me my bill. Then a min later she offered a very unapologetic apology for my wait time. If you are a POC (person of color), I'd advise you support another establishment/clinic that treats people fairly and doesn't discriminate based on the color of your skin. I spoke to the manager about my unpleasant and insulting incident. I truly hope this encourages an open dialogue/forum on diversity and how staff should treat everyone with compassion and respect. I have never felt more disrespected and diminished as a human being by this person based on the color of my skin, thus I will not be going back here or recommend this clinic to others, especially people of color. I truly hope YP or the animal hospital doesn't censor my review for exposing racism and discrimination at this clinic. I have a voice!
Dr. Sinclair is the best of the best. Extremely knowledgeable, thorough, trained in homeopathy and acupuncture as well. Recently we needed an urgent care visit for our senior kitty. Chester ingested some string from a rotisserie chicken and, of course, we were going out of town the next day. It was after 6 pm on a Wednesday and I called the clinic and they recommended we bring him by. Chester was injected with a medication to induce vomiting - and it literally took about 5 minutes and the string was out of his system. The visit was only $82 and we couldn't have been happier and Chester acted like nothing had ever happened. Was very grateful for the expanded hours at Haw Creek and the level of care! Happy to have Dr. Sinclair running Meridian Animal Hospital in South Asheville too! Our furries get the best of care!
What an wonderful experience I had with this vet. They took such gentle care with my cat who was very stressed. They spoke quietly, held him calmly in a towel and drew blood so easily he didn't even notice. They did all they could to keep him calm and help him. They even let me stay with him until he was fully sedated for surgery. They love what they do and love cats here. Dr. Carnohan is extremely knowledgeable and understands and loves cats. My boy is so much better off for the experience with her and I am happy I found her. thank you Dr. Carnohan!
This is the BEST Animal Hospital I have encountered in 42 years of animal care taking. They saved my dogs life as well as countless kitties that I have brought to them over the years. They have excellent hours and an amazing staff, who uses a multitude of techniques to better serve your animals needs! I consider Haw Creek Animal Hospital the most caring animal hospital in all the land! I can say without doubt that they are the best veterinarian in Western North Carolina due to the experience I had with my dogs misdiagnosis from 4 other vets in Asheville. Dr Sinclair discovered right off the bat the actual problem with my dog [a dislocated knee]. There just aren't words to express how thankful I am for them being here in Asheville NC.Sincerely C Reeves A Budd.
The experience here was wonderful. I will never go to another vet hospital as long as I live in Asheville.
Charlotte Street Animal Hospital is the best decision I've ever made. I am ecstatic to have found vets who are not only exceptionally skilled, compassionate and good communicators, but ones who willingly established a real partnership with me in the care of my most prized companions.
I recommend all the doctors here. The vet techs are also terrific. My cats and I are very pleased with Charlotte Street.
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.