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3340 Paper Mill RdPhoenix, MD 21131
From Business: Companion Animal Care Center provides the compassionate and attentive care you & your pet deserve. Our veterinary hospital is led by Dr. Johnston and has a staff …
4138 E Joppa Rd Ste HNottingham, MD 21236
From Business: The Schulmeyer Animal Hospital has been serving the families and pets of the Perry Hall community for over 20 years. Established in 1993, Dr. Schulmeyer and his s…
1705 Bank StBaltimore, MD 21231
My wife makes me drive an hour to Baltimore to take our pets to Dr. Klimentidis. We live in Westminster and there are no shortages of vets here. My …
10665 State Route 108Columbia, MD 21044
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
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Been going here for years. Excellent care and reasonable prices. I'm surprised at the negative reviews. Full-disclosure, I have never boarded a pet here and I wouldn't do it - not because I don't trust them but because I think it traumatizes the animal - better to get a pet-sitter at home. But for honest, decent veterinary care I'm really glad I found Aardmore
Most creative and professional pet portrait studio in the region. It's not just a pet portrait service, it is an actual studio space dedicated to photographing creative dog photos and puppy portraits.
Not only is customer service bad but so is the cleanliness. I do not recommend this place to anyone. They need to find better front desk staff.
I've brought my cats to Erdman Animal Hospital for the past 5 years. I've only had good experiences with the vets and staff. They provide a great service to the community at an excellent price. My new favorite vet is Dr Greenfield. She is very patient and understanding!
This place is a fraud. They are using a home address as part of their scam. Do not buy a dog from them. I reported them to the State's Attorney's office and the BBB.
Dr. Cotrell helped me find the right solution for my cat with a chronic disease. This practice provides a treatment plan with pricing up front. It's important to ask questions to understand all the options. Dr. Cotrell is very responsive and cares a great deal for all her kitty patients.
Dr. King and Dr. McIntyre are our favorite go-to doctors here, but all of the doctors are calming, informative, and effective veterinarians. All of the staff remember us when we come back and are so kind to both of our children who are an orange tabby with feline urinary tract disease and lower bladder disease and a deaf pitbull with an allergy to complex carbohydrates. They treat them like gold, have appointments available virtually any time--which is important when Jangles has allergy flare ups and Alice has UTI's that sometimes cause blood to form in his urine. They are so good with telling you the cost and working with you to ensure the most honest, affordable service. My partner and I are in our 20's and work in the service industry while also attending school full time--we don't have a lot of money and it is never a big issue here the way it was at other vets. They don't judge you or make you feel any sort of way about your financial capabilities and make sure your babies receive the care they need. I want to also say that we started coming here after taking our dog, Jangles to Fall's Road Animal Hospital for 2 years where they pushed their sponsored promotional food on us when Jangles was very ill from severe food allergy. We saw many clinicians at their office and after those 2 years, saw one that we had not previously made an appointment with who reprimanded us for not being aware of his allergies. They were our veterinarians who we saw regularly, who ignored our reports of constant, serious diarrhea, foot chewing, and stress. That was more offensive than you could imagine when we were begging for help and footing the bill for them to make money and not treat our child. We switched to Eastern after being recommended by many of our dog-walking clients and they immediately identified the allergy and started him on a hydrolyzed protein diet that solved his allergy. They have never pushed a product on us at all in any of our visits.
I have taken my dogs here for five years, and have always had wonderful service. The staff and vets truly care for the animals, and the prices are much lower than other vets in the area. I love the quality of care at Aardmore so much, that I still go there even after moving an hour away.
My aunt boarded our dog here for Thanksgiving and when she picked him up on Sunday, 11/27/16, he had dog bite marks on his face, neck, and leg. She called immediately after getting home and noticing and they were very rude and said it didn't happen there but she has no other animals and just got home. The place is not far from her house and she went straight home. This is the second issue there. The first issue was about a month ago. My cousin suddenly passed away and my aunt called to board the dog so she could go to Virginia and they told her they would only board him if she gets there in the next 5 minutes. We will never use them for boarding again.
I used this service for 8 years. A very detached vet, who was more interested in the dollar than my pets. Convenient yes, that is why I stayed so long. A very high staff turn over and and a less than desirable boarding program for your dog or cat. Do your homework and read reviews. After 8 years and outta there,Belair Road Dog and Cat gets a D MINUS.
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.