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2111 High House RdCary, NC 27519
I was surprised to read some negative reviews of VCA Cornerstone on here, so I thought I would share my own experience. I've been a Cornerstone cli…
220 High House RoadCary, NC 27513
5725 Glenwood AveRaleigh, NC 27612
GAH is amazing! I took my rottie in yesterday only to find out the grim news of cancer. Both Dr. Sumakeris and the vet techs were helpful, compass…
8109 Fayetteville Rd Ste 125Raleigh, NC 27603
73 Glen RdGarner, NC 27529
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
The care given at this facility is okay, my dogs have always been taken care of. I usually don't have to wait a ridiculously long time to get an appointment and we also have never had an issue with availability to board our dogs. My big beef with this animal hospital is how the charge. Being a multiple pet home, we can really rack up medical bills for just general preventative care. That is something we knew when we adopted our girls and understand that it is not free. We have boarded both dogs there on 2 separate occasions (I really don't like to board my dogs, I prefer to take them with me but not always possible) and called ahead to get a quote. We usually get check ups/ vaccines/ nail clippings ect. while they are in for boarding. Killing 2 birds with one stone, you know. BOTH times we went to pick up the dogs, they have added a large sum to the total. Let me be very clear, we asked for a quote for all services in advance, and they surprise us. They say we signed paperwork that gave them permission and that we had to pay it. It is humiliating to be standing in a busy waiting room with other people after being gone from my dogs and missing them to be kind of held up for extra money we didn't anticipate. If we were to try and really argue it we sound like cheap pet owners. Apparently when we dropped them off, they had me sign a paper for this extra procedure and never told me it would be an additional cost. I thought she was saying it was part of what I asked for. The thing is, I would have probably gotten all recommended procedures done, I would have just needed to do them in separate appointments to break it up. IF it were an emergency procedure, I wouldn't have hesitated and given them the care. I feel humiliated and like I have been taken advantage of.
We have been taking our two kitties to Dr. Jen for nearly 10 years. They received top notch care and wonderful attention from her and her staff through many checkups and through some tough health situations. What we especially appreciated was how Dr. Jen was so patient with us - explaining the situation each time and giving us a full rundown of our different options, allowing us to make educated choices about their care while still keeping mind that we had to pay for that care. She even landed one kitty a majorly discounted heart workup at NCSU vet school through a study when she (rightly) suspected he had heart disease. She's taken the time to do research just for us about my cat food questions and given us thoughtful answers. We've also really appreciated her mobile service. She helped us say goodbye to our second kitty yesterday in a caring respectful way, and we look forward to working with her again once we are ready for a new kitty. I hope those looking for a vet in the area will consider working with Dr. Jen regardless of any negative reviews they may come across. Everyone knows that those having a less positive experience are far more likely to write reviews of a business or service. Also, quite a number of negative reviews that have been popping up lately are from people who have never met Dr. Jen let alone work with her.
My best friend buddy has been a patient of Parkway Animal Hospital since 2004. In May of this year he fell very sick and we were told at a 24 hour facility that he would pass away during the night. We were destroyed. During the night my family watched his every breath. To our surprise he made it through the night. We called Parkway the very minute they opened and were told to come right in. When we got there everyone was so understanding and kind. We spoke to Dr. Gilvey and made a plan to try and save Buddy. Each day was a milestone and Buddy survived each one. During the course of the next 7 months Dr. Gilvey and her staff treated Buddy and encouraged our family to have faith and hope. Every day that was difficult, they made it better. To say the least they were our angels. They not only treated Buddy with medicine but they treated my family with compassion, comfort and hope. Their dedication to animals is incredible. They value the life of our pets just as we do. Now in the month of November, seven months after Buddy was told he would not make it, he was released from all medicine and we were told to take a deep breath and enjoy him. My family is so grateful that everyone in the office was able to support us and be there. Thank you Parkway Animal Hospital you truly are a blessing to all animals and families too!
My family and I would like to thank Dr.Katie Smith, Dr.Maxine Gilvey, and staff for their loving care of our beloved cat Fefe from 2001 until Fefe's recent passing. They were always kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and professional when dealing with us and caring for Fefe. Whenever we called with concerns about Fefe's health, they were always very responsive and listened patiently to our concerns and thoughtfully assisted us. We found them to be very knowledgeable in developing treatment plans for Fefe and in making modifications to it. As Fefe aged and became sickly, they helped us keep Fefe comfortable at home until her passing...and they were also very understanding of our feelings. We cannot thank Dr. Smith, Dr. Gilvey and their staff enough for all that they did for Fefe and for us throughout the years. Should we adopt another cat in the future, we will definitely return to Parkway Animal Hospital for veterinary care.
You know you're in a special clinic the moment you walk through the door; you're greeted by the infirm, the forgotten, the cast-offs - all part of Dr. Eachus's formidable menagerie (I think she said 15 cats/dogs). I knew I'd met a kindred spirit and fellow activist from the get-go. I can't sing the praises highly enough of this young lady and her fabulous staff. She conducts a low-cost immunization clinic on a regular basis, runs a mobile "visit-your-home" service, and is in the process of unveiling an innovative, utopian cat "hotel." She is an indefatigable warrior on behalf of animals, and as compassiopnate a person as you'll ever meet. I recommend this superb veterinarian and her caring staff to all fellow cat owners looking for an exceptional doctor.
On the 4th of July my little chi (Zed) ate one of my Cymbalta. The Pet Poison Control line told he needed to be taken to a vet to induce vomiting. I called the Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary, provided them the details from animal control, and let them know I was on my way. As soon as I arrived, they were ready to take Zed back and take care of him. After they got him to throw up the meds, the vet talked to me and did a great job explaining further treatment options and letting me know what symptoms I needed to keep an eye out for. I was at the clinic for a total of about 2.5 hours -- which for an emergency room on a holiday is very good! I would definitely recommend this clinic to anyone who has a pet emergency.
I am grateful for Dr. Hodges and his amazing team at Carpenter Animal Hospital and Pet Inn. Dr. Hodges is not only incredibly knowledgeable but also wise when it comes to his patients’ care and his calm demeanor helps keeps patients (and their humans at ease). We have some special needs kittens that he and his staff took care of for 5 months. It was an unfortunate situation but he and his team provided so many silver linings to that cloud and we, along with Miles and Maisy, our cats, will always be thankful. We also started taking Sadie, our dog, to Carpenter Animal Hospital and have been very pleased. Dr. Hodges and his team have each animal’s and their human’s best interests at heart!
We took a stray kitten that had gotten injured in traffic to Animal Emergency Clinic and they were extremely helpful and caring. At first the fear of internal injuries made his prognosis poor. When he made it thru the night, they helped with finding out from the surgeons next door that although surgery (expensive!) was recommended it was not absolutely necessary. The poor kitten had a broken leg, hip, damaged tail and paws. He has since healed completely and did not need the tail amputated and has no limp. You would never know he was so close to not making it. His name is now Gandalf the Grey and is growing into a huge and hyper cat, 5.5 lbs at only 3 months!
This is a great clinic! The staff are very knowledgeable and showed great compassion for our fur baby. They gave us several options for treatment and we thought it was very nice how they showed us the exact costs for each treatment so we know ahead of time how much each will be. They took great care of her and called to update us on her condition during and after surgery. We were very pleased with the love and care they show, and definitely would recommend them. I feel like the knowledge and expertise of the Veterinarian and staff is what helped our girl to do well in surgery and heal 100%. We cannot thank them enough for taking care of her.
The Emergency Animal Clinic of Cary took amazing care of my beloved dog Vivi. She had severe heatstroke during the day and came to the emergency clinic for intensive overnight care. They took excellent care of her and I called literally every hour all night to check on her, and each time, someone took the time to assure me that my baby was alright, and how she had been doing since the last time I called. They *never* got tired of me calling or made me feel like an imposition. I would HIGHLY recommend this clinic to anyone with an emergency. The vets and techs are top notch!
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.