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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…
2200 N Grassland DrFuquay Varina, NC 27526
Our dog had to get stitches. Staff was great!!! It was expensive and the hospital was nice enough to allow us to make payments over a 3 month period…
5919 Creedmoor RdRaleigh, NC 27612
The staff here have been amazing!! They are not only professional but very friendly to our new puppy and me and my husband. I think they are the n…
2961 Wendell BlvdWendell, NC 27591
From Business: Because of the shorter lifespan of our pets, we stress the importance of an annual physical examination. Thorough check-ups and preventive care can help alleviate…
1600 E Williams StApex, NC 27539
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 …
220 High House RoadCary, NC 27513
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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.
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 would rate less than 1 Star if I couldAppalled! Dr. Sigmon is the worst vet I've ever been to in over 40+ years of owning pets. Their slogan says "Dedicated to your pet's quality of life". Well guess what??? I called to be seen ASAP due to a very sick puppy that had been seen the previous night at the emergency vet service in Raleigh. They wanted the puppy seen by her regular vet immediately. When I called I was told that the practice would no longer be seeing my pets because I don't always agree to full evaluations. Translation, I don't pay for unnecessary services. The prices are outrageous and she tries to talk you in to services that aren't necessary. When you decline because with over 40 years experience breeding and showing dogs, I know better, this is the treatment you get. Long story short, my 15 month old puppy died before I could get her seen at a new vet. My puppy has been a patient at Creature Comforts Animal Hospital since she was 4 days old. Her death was unnecessary! That's not caring, it Pure Greed!
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.
I know if I lived close by, I would definitely take my cat Franklin there! Is sounds like such a caring place!
We took our cat, Catfish John, for his annual visit this week. As always a great visit. Dr. Smith is far and away the best veterinarian with which we have ever worked. Her attention to detail, willingness to go beyond what is expected and her compassion and empathy not only for her patient but their owners is truly an asset to Parkway.
Dear Parkway Animal Hospital Staff, Thank you for the very thoughtful card after the loss of my Jolie. I appreciate the care you gave Jolie the last 2 years of her life. You are especially kind to make a donation to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in honor of her. Thank you. Sincerely, LeeAnn
Parkway is amazing ! The staff are so helpful and caring. Especially the friendly technician Jill that helped me so much with my pet. She is the best!!!!
Dr. Gilvey is the absolute BEST doggie doctor in this hemisphere!!! She has been caring for our animals for over 16 years..would not ever think of taking our loved one to anyone else!!!
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!
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.