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220 High House RoadCary, NC 27513
8109 Fayetteville Rd Ste 125Raleigh, NC 27603
73 Glen RdGarner, NC 27529
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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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.
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.
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.
They handled our situation with care and consideration with the utmost professionalism. We were seen promptly for our dear beagle's health emergency. Appropriate tests were prrformed and clear explanations given. We ended up needing to put him to sleep, which they also handled wonderfully. We received his ashes as well as a tuft of hair and a paw print for rememberance. I feel that their prices are also very reasonable. Although an unpleasant situation for our family, I highly recommend them.
Ever been to a Vet that is $$$ orientated? We have a 13+ year old dog his hip is bad so they prescribe him a mild pain med. 2 months ago they refused to give him anymore until he had his yearly blood work done so we took him and had it done. They gave him a 60 day supply since his blood work was good. Today I go in and was told he has to have a physical and they won't give him any pain meds. The a yearly blood work test is the only factor in giving this medication, and was done 2 months ago. The vet saw him on that day as well. We live 50+ miles from this vet now. They said there has to be a client doctor relationship established, WHAT we have been going there over 13 years! We have 4 dogs they see but as of today, we are switching to a vet who is closer, good with pets, people and not just after your $$$ This was unacceptable, unreasonable, unprofessional and a money grubbing scam (In my opinion)!!! This was not the first time something like this has happened but it is the LAST
I could not be more grateful for the care and enormous compassion of Dr. Rebecca Moland at the Animal Emergency Clinic of Cary. She saw my beloved cat, Sasha, three times in one week and when Sasha continued to deteriorate and it came time to let her go, Dr. Moland was beyond gentle and kind. I will be forever grateful. If the Clinic had regular pet well care, I would bring my kitties to them for everything!
They took wonderful care of my mini Australia Shepard and did a great job keeping me calm so that I could understand what they needed to do. My Zoe is Happy and healthy thanks again!
Clean and Nice place, very friendly staff, knowledgeable doctor, affordable pricing especially wellness plans (I did not get to see rest of the pricing yet). I read other reviews and found that his previous clients are driving 30 miles to follow him to his new practice here.
The staff are compassionate. The procedures were explained clearly and the staff took the time to answer all of my questions and address my concerns.
I can not say enough good things about Dr Shults. She helped extend the life of my special dog. We were a pet therapy team and with Dr. Shults help we were able to visit with young kids, college students and work with the USO. Her and her entire staff truly love all the fur babies that visit there, and have a tremendous kindness and compassion with talking to the parents and in the care of the patients. Thank you for all you do!
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.