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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…
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 …
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…
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.
This has to be the most unprofessional establishment I have ever had the most unfortunate experience in. I took my family dog here as she was not feeling well and had a sore on her paw. After a few visits and an ungodly amount of money spent to try and help her the misdiagnosis her every time I went in. They are extremely unprofessional and there sad vetinary staff is sadly out shined by their horrendous customer service. Instead of listing to me explain the situation with my pet which I consider a very important part of my family the reseptionest thought it was best to talk over me and consistently disrespect me and my pets needs. I absolutely despise this establishment and I hope that no one visits this place again and put their loved animals in this hell hole. i urge stronly that be wary of this place and that you never go here.
I've been going to Central Providence for about seven years and have never had anything but great experiences there. They are kind and very careful with my dog Marty and I always know he is getting the best care available. I highly recommend them!
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! ����
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
SCAM and neglected my pet. My 8 year old Maltese fell off my 3 ft high bed in the middle of the night. I could tell right away something was wrong. I would be leaving town the following day and planned to leave Riley with a sitter- but wanted to know how to best treat him. Commonwealth is not my regular vet but they were the closest and had an available appointment (I now know why). Dr Shebel was very sweet and listened to my concerns. She ordered x rays- and found that his hip was dislocated- I immediately thought that it could be put back into place- but Dr Shebel immediately recommended me to a 3rd party orthopedic surgeon Dr Hasse. She said I would hear from him in about 48 hours. When I didn't hear from him I called Commonwealth several times and Dr Hasse from my work conference. I heard back from Dr Hasse 6 days later- he called me from the blue tooth of his car- I could barely understand what he was saying- but I did hear the surgery would be upwards of $1000. While waiting for Dr Hasse's call- I sent the ex -rays to a veterinary surgeon friend of mine who is out of the area but has been a vet for 30 years. He said the vet should have immediately put Riley under and put the hip back into place within 24 hours- instead at this point a week later Riley had already developed a 'false joint'- the surgery Dr Hasse was recommending was considered 'salvage surgery'- much like surgery performed on dogs who has been hit by a car- very invasive.I took Riley to a second local vet and which confirmed my vet friend's diagnoses. It's odd to me that Dr Shebel referred me to a third party vet and that he took so long to respond- long enough that the hip just couldn't be put back into place. This would have been the least invasive procedure for my pet. I can't help to think that there is some kind of money scam here- I KNOW that my dog's health was certainly not the priority. Asking around about Commonwealth after the fact I have heard SOOOO many similar stories. I'm not sure how this place is still in business. If you love your pets find a different vet.
Took my puppy there for the first time this week. Horrible! I will not be going back! This place only wants to sell you over priced expensive products and/or services, the doctor felt like a car salesman. She was snotty and demeaning because I had administered my own vaccines at home in addition to wanting to wait until my dogs first heat cycle before spaying (I grew up breeding dogs this is very standard). The front desk pushed their dog care on me (which i stated several times I was not interested). I 150% agree with the other recent comments, this place only wants your money. There are many different vet offices out there, don't choose this one unless you don't mind flushing money down the toilet.
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.
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.