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1401 Greenbrier PkwyChesapeake, VA 23320
From Business: In business for over 34 years serving all of the Tidewater, Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Hampton communities, Family Pet Center is your one-stop source. We are als…
1236 Greenbrier PkwyChesapeake, VA 23320
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physic…
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We at Highlands Veterinary Center do our best to make sure all surgeries have the best outcome. No surgery, no matter how routine, is without risk. We inform all of our clients of the risks before hand. When something happens to one of our patients, we are just as devastated as the pet parent. It is particularly distressing to us because we try everything in our power to prevent bad outcomes for all of our patients. There are certain things that are not in our control but we will keep on providing the best care we know how. The vast majority of our clients know that we care.
Our healthy, energetic 6 ½ month old Papillon puppy died during a routine spaying procedure at this clinic. This was devastating. I know there is some risk for any procedure but the veterinary staff told us there was no additional risk for a small puppy. Now we don’t know what to think. The vet, Dr. Springer, assured us that all correct procedures were followed; however, he and his clinic were not able to keep our healthy puppy alive. We trust the vets to give us professional advice and keep our best friends safe. But the pet owner assumes all the risk for the procedure and still pays for an unsuccessful outcome.We miss our little puppy.
The vet was more interested in pumping-up our bill than in caring for the animal. Podus, the owner, has always had a strange persona about him. He seems detached at all times. The vet that handled our pet talks so fast you cannot understand her. And she never looks at you to explain the issues. She is really more interested in pumping up her sales than in providing decent care.In addition, they DO NOT have a blood analyzer on site and charge EACH-AND-EVERY CUSTOMER AN EXPENSIVE OVERNIGHT FEE that goes to the same facility for testing. This is a total rip-off. At least Pet Care in Virginia Beach has a blood analysis system on site. The staff is hit-and-miss. Some are good at their job, while others . . . not so much. One male staffer had to have the the last word whenever I said something. His demeanor was not good. And his snide facial expressions revealed his attitude that he was better than you. Pitiful, I would say.
Do not trust Highlands Veterinary Hospital. Do not take your pets there. Highly questionable and aggressive handling of my dog.
We took our guinea pig here for a visit since he wasn't doing well and he needed a vitamin C shot. 20 mins after the vitamin C shot, and the shot with fluids (since he was dehydrated), he died. The total bill was $136.83 and the doctor (Dr. Tony Poutous) would only refund us the $73 in medication, not the $63 upfront fee. I'm extremely dissatisfied with their service. It was a whole lot better when Dr. MacQueen was there. NEVER GO HERE! I would also recommend Providence Square Veterinary Hospital in the Kempsville area, as they service exotic animals and guinea pigs.
I met Dr. Schacker at Pet Smart and followed her to Midway. It was a bit of a drive for us but she is a wonderful vet. My husband asked me why I went to a vet so far away. I told him she was worth it. The first time my husband came with me to the vet, He understood why and agreed with me that she was a wonderful vet.
Quality of care there has declined over the years. We had a cat, one of many we took there over 12 years, that was belatedly diagnosed w/ very painful pancreatitis. It took quite awhile for this to be diagnosed and multiple calls to get pain medication. By the time we got it, he was near death, a needlessly painful death. I'm general, it had seemed difficult for the vet to make definitive diagnosed. Noticed also that the office staff. We've also noticed that office staff less friendly is less friendly since office moved. We found another vet who made a definitive diagnosis of another cat who lived an extra year w/ fluid treatments for her kidney. This was never suggested at AM.
Absolutely horrible place. I got my dogs teeth cleaned there and somehow they caused a neuro injury to him. He has a fixed and dilated eye and is very confused. They refuse to take any responsibility and even had the nerve to charge me for the visit when I told them something was wrong. Avoid this place if you love your animals. They may have just taken my best friend from me.
i took my dog to highlands for eye surgery. That was over priced then I had to leave town and decided to board my dogs with them they did not feed my dogs the food I gave them. my dogs were completely dirty with green eye boogers on both from lack of care. worst part they lied about giving them the provided blankets. the blankets were completly clean, my two dogs are very hairy. do not take your dog to this place.
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.