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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…
1216 Matthews Mint Hill RdMatthews, NC 28105
From Business: Animal Care Hospital of Matthews is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that offers the highest quality of personalized care for your pets. The doctors and sta…
10110 Northcross Center CtHuntersville, NC 28078
From Business: We believe that a key element to healthy pets is a great relationship with your veterinarian. Everyone at Carolinas Veterinary Care Clinic is committed to profess…
2404 E Broadway AveMaryville, TN 37804
From Business: PetMart Pharmacy is owned and run by licensed, practicing veterinarians. We believe that our knowledge and expertise in veterinary medicine, combined with our ext…
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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.
I have known Dr. Chambers for over 20 years. He is the most knowledgeable, compassionate vet that I have ever met. He provides his cell number in case of emergency. One Sunday I had to call him because my 16 year old Cocker Spaniel, Bernie, had a stroke. It was time for Bernie to go to heaven and I didn't want a stranger at an emergency hospital sending him off. . Dr. Chambers met me at the clinic (on a Sunday morning) and sent him to heaven. He was so kind and understanding. I was so grateful. Dr. Chambers cares for the health needs of all three of my dogs and I trust him completely. One of my dogs was abused as a puppy and she found a friend (Tiffany) at Carolinas Animal Hospital. Tiffany spent a lot of time getting to know Bernice and gaining her trust. As long as Tiffany is around, Bernice doesn't mind visiting the animal hospital. Recently, Bernice had to have 24 teeth removed. Dr. Duncan was the surgeon. She was fabulous, too. She did such a wonderful job. I am pleased to mention that Bernice is recovering nicely. The entire staff at this animal hospital are like family to me. Everyone is so friendly and they go out of their way to be helpful. There is no doubt that they provide the very best care for every pet. When they say, "They treat their pets as if they are their very own," it's true. I believe this is the best animal hospital in North Carolina-not just Charlotte. The staffs' professionalism, knowledge, compassion, kindness and friendliness can not be beat. When I saw that someone gave them a one star rating, I was shocked. That customer must have made a mistake and reviewed the wrong animal hospital because Carolinas Animal Hospital and Dental Clinic deserve the highest number of stars possible. They are the BEST.
I can't say enough good things about Providence Veterinary. The doctors and staff really care about the well being of your pet, and it shows. My dog Rusty had cancer in his jaw and had major surgery. Dr Meeks and Dr. Elliot went above and beyond in his care, calling and checking up on him and making sure he was doing well. Mulitple post surgery check ups, all included in the price of the surgery. Unfortunately, the cancer came back along with other complications and we sadly had to put our sweet boy down (he was 12 years old). During that process, everyone was so caring and attentive to us. We were able to say good bye privately in a back room that they have in their practive. A week later we received a card from the practice which was such a nice touch. The cost of Rusty's care in the final months was costly, but the practice allowed us to do a payment plan and were so accomodating to ensure that it wasn't a huge financial burden. If you're looking for a great place with exceptional care I highly recommend the doctor's at Providence Veterinary
The very best vet and staff anywhere around. We would not consider sending any of our customers anywhere else. ( we own a boarding kennel and do rescue work)When your pet goes to this vet they make every effort to do all they can to give you the very best care around. My dogs never even get nervous about the visits! They treat you and your pet with care, respect and take time to explain things like no one else we have ever gone to see. Dr.Booker never rushes his visits with the pets in his care and even returns phone calls! Not many vets feel the need to offer that special touch to their clients anymore. Thanks to Dr.Booker and his staff I still have several of our dogs that would never had made it if we had went to other vets. Dr. Booker will research any kind of odd health issue and find just the right treatment to get your pet back to the best of health!
I am so pleased with the level of service my Sammy received from Dr. Chambers and his staff. My original vet who has been taking care of Sam since he was a baby had left to pursue his own practice and now is too far away from our home. I felt since he was no longer there it was time to find a vet closer to my home. I called Carolinas Animal Hospital and we felt right at home immediately upon arrival for his first visit. The icing on the cake is that I no longer have to take him to PetSmart for grooming (which was more convenient for me than traveling to the old vet). Carolinas grooming care is excellent. I can tell the difference in my dogs demeanor when I picked him up from his first bath compared to PetSmart. Dr. Chambers is an outstanding doctor and I would recommend their services to anyone looking for vet office.
My dog attends the day care two days a week, she loves it. The front desk staff is exceptional and they know everyone by name. The vets are great and are great with my dog who is in there several times a year for gastroenteritis issues. The vets personally call you at home to check on the status of your dog, they don't leave it to an assistant to make the calls and I like that kind of service.While slightly higher in cost for services, I just don't think you can put a price on exceptional service.I have recommended this clinic to many people in the Charlotte area.
I have been coming to Davis Lakes Animal Hospital for 14 years. Dr Sam Hanes is the best in Charlotte, NC. I highly recommend this animal hospital for your pets needs. They do not over diagnose or over prescribe. I appreciate that so much. Prices are fair and reasonable. Their hours are amazing and convenient, more so than most places. Office is super clean, Today I had to put my cat Shadow to sleep. It was a hard decision. Mr/Mrs Hanes were very sensitive to my needs and made her comfortable. They both displayed care. Very professional and caring at same time.
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! ����
Never thought wer would have to bring our Westie puppy into a doggie dentist, but after our regular vet identified out an issue with her lower canines, we took her to see Dr. Duncan and 4 weeks later, all the issues have been resolved! Dr. Duncan and the staff did a great job in caring for Lucy, explaining the options and aftercare followup. We even decided to have Lucy spayed by Dr. Chambers at the same time she had here dental procedure. Lucy now has a beautiful smile :) and her teeth are growing in properly.
Great Pet People!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND: Being new to the area, I was looking for a Vet for my babies so I asked my neighbors who they would recommend. Many of us have pets and one Vet name kept coming up and that was Dr. Cooper with St.Francis Hospital for Animals. I gave them a call, took Max to see him and was very impressed from start to finish. The atmosphere was very pleasant, the staff knowledgeable, and the care wonderful. Thanks to all of you for being such great animal people :)
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.