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3716 Wilkinson BlvdCharlotte, NC 28208
Dr. Rubin has been our family's vet for many years. He has been there through some tough illnesses and still remembers all of the names of the pets …
3736 Monroe RdCharlotte, NC 28205
My family and I have been using this animal hospital since 2008. The staff is wonderful and the vets are the best. They have 2 late nights so we can…
626 W Mallard Creek Church RdCharlotte, NC 28262
I take my cats to get groomed here and Kathy does an amazing job! The front desk staff and the guys in the back are always very friendly and helpful…
3625 Mt Holly Hntrsvl Rd Ste 406Charlotte, NC 28216
She has been caring for my animals for years. I don't just mean medical care for them. She honestly cares for them, and understands that they are p…
13331 York Center Rd Suite ACharlotte, NC 28273
Dr. Queck did an amazing job fixing our Golden Retriever puppy's jaw. She and her staff kept us informed and the staff were alway kind and patient …
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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.
I can't really express how disappointed I am with AMH. My boyfriend was down from Raleigh to help me bring my newly rescued cat for his appointment and we left early with him and drove from Cornelius down to their offices. Through no fault of our own, Independence was closed down to one lane. We were about 18 minutes late (I called before my appointment time to let them know I was running late and why). I understand that they'd have to take the next appointment before us in that case, but they didn't just do that -- they enacted a PUNITIVE policy that they would take all the walk-ins in the waiting room before us. We would have to wait (with my cat in his tiny temporary cardboard crate that he was currently dismantling) for over an hour. I know they could have made an exception because one receptionist asked about it, but they chose not to. Nevermind that I told them about the road conditions and my boyfriend's 3-hour trip. Nevermind that we weren't 20 minutes late (that's when their policy kicks in) until she started checking us in and called back to the doctor. This is ALSO the same office that years ago agreed to see my turtle (not an emergency or anything). When I got there, I quickly realized the vet had NO qualifications to do so -- she was basically a recreational turtle lover. She had as many qualifications as I did. She even wanted to clip my red-eared slider's nails -- not something you do. I paid for the visit and didn't say anything then, though I was upset, but now their offenses are really accumulating. Thanks for helping NOT helping me with my new rescue baby at all.Other relevant info, by the way: this is one of those giant machines of a vet clinic with tons of doctors. I much prefer a small vet clinic where they know me and my babies and actually CARE about my animals.
I have taken my many cats, dogs and rabbits to Dr Michelle, Dr Bart and Dr Melissa for 9 yrs now. I had tried three other vets after moving here 10 yrs ago. Dr Michelle diagnosised my Mickey right away which explained the symptoms that the other offices couldn't. Dr Bart preformed the cancer surgery and Mickey has been completely healthy and is a 15 yr old man now. I trust all the all the Drs at IVC with my pets and and I am relieved to know that they are always there for my fur kids. Great office! All the techs really care about my pets too! ����
Top notch Doctors and staff who gave amazing care to my very sick cat, Halloween. Thanks to Axy at the front desk for her help and the wonderful doctors, all of whom helped to put my mind at ease over what was a very, very sick kitty. Clean, bright, welcoming. It felt right the minute I walked in. Highly recommended.
Most amazing and talented vets out there!! SO loving and caring to pets. BEST vets I've ever used. I was so blessed to have these doctors care for my sweet dog when she was alive. My future pets will NOT go anywhere else!!!!!LOVE, LOVE IVC
Excellent service and staff. Dr. Pressley has a very personal approach and when any issue comes up, he contacts you personally to discuss the treatment options. We have 3 dogs, and all have received excellent care.
Absolutely wonderful. Spent the time explaining everything to me that needed to be done for my new puppy. 10 minutes after I was there I felt like I was around family. Can't wait to take Sophie back to see everyone
We love Brookdale Animal Hospital. I have two cats, both with pretty serious health issues, and Dr. Pressley and his amazing staff have been amazing! One of our cats has to go in twice a week for fluid treatments, and we are always greeted with smiles. You can tell they truly care about their customers and love animals. All around a great experience. I highly recommend!
This is the worst Animal Hospital I have ever been to. We brought our puppy because my husband and I thought she may have the start to an ear infection. When we got there we waited over an hour, and then were told an emergency came up (understandable) and that we could leave our puppy there, and when they got to her, they would call us and we could come pick her up. So we did exactly that, except we got a phone call along the lines of... Your puppy is now limping and we have no idea why, but we'll pay for the x-rays (basically stating, we messed up, we aren't releasing how or why, but we will pay for our mistakes) As soon as we got that call we went to pick up our dog immediately and they denied that anything had happened and there was no documentation of how anything could have been their fault. They continued on trying to charge us $200+ and instead of doing anything to help, they discharged us with pain medication. When asking for the names of the staff who were in charge of kenneling the dogs, they stated their record keeping was inept and they had no idea who was working those hours. They aren't responsible for their actions and just try to cover up their mistakes instead of being honest. WORST place to take your little furry ones. If you love your dogs as much as we love ours, you will be smart to go somewhere else.
I have 4 personal pets, I'm active in animal rescue, and I used to work at a vet's office, so I have visited and am very familiar with many of the veterinarians in the Charlotte area. Independence Veterinary Clinic is leaps and bounds above all the others. I originally visited IVC because my dog needed an ultrasound and my current vet did not have an ultrasound machine. IVC had great ratings online and also quoted me a price about half of what every other vet did for an ultrasound so I decided to give them a try. I am so glad that I did! Dr. Michelle Bryan took so much time with me and my little senior chihuahua, Duke. She wasn't "in and out" like all the other vets I have seen in the past. She carefully explained to me everything she saw on the ultrasound, the reasons behind her diagnosis, and all of the costs and benefits of different treatments. She didn't try to guilty me into spending a lot of money, and she even helped me find the most affordable options. She and the vet techs were so kind and gentle with Duke. They were incredibly friendly and seemed to really care about my dog. Dr. Bryan called me the day after my visit to follow up and make sure I understood Duke's diagnosis and the different dosages of the several medicines and supplements he has to take on a daily basis. Then she called out of the blue a couple of weeks later to see how Duke was doing. She stated that the staff had been talking about chihuahuas which made her think of Duke so she just wanted to check on him. It is so refreshing to find a vet who actually cares about my pet and is more concerned about my pet's health than with making a bunch of money. I will now be permanently switching all of my pets' care to IVC. They are the most friendly, knowledgeable, and affordable veterinary office I have ever visited. I can't thank them enough for correctly diagnosing Duke and helping ensure that he will live a longer and more comfortable life.
This place is terrible. I cancelled an appointment there to have my Dog Euthanized, as he has been behaving very happily and spry the last several days, and has become more active than previously. As a result, that night the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police visited my home, waking me in the middle of the night, without a warrant, in response to an alleged complaint about one of my 2 dogs, both of whom live inside my house! Such a waste of public resources to harrass your customers for cancelling an appointment. Thankfully, my dog will have a few more good days of life, and when his time does come to pass, I will not be at the hands of these low lifes!
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.