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608 Morreene RdDurham, NC 27705
From Business: Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital caters to the needs of primary care veterinarians and pet owners. It serves its clients pet emergency and specialized medica…
202 W Nc Highway 54 Ste 505Durham, NC 27713
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Let me start by saying I found them via Angieslist and had my German Shepherd's puppy shots done there which went fine. About two months later my dog jumped and landed wrong and broke his rear outside toe. In the past I had been seen by two of the three vets there and they were average to above average, however, on 2/25/2013 I saw the third for the toe being broken. This vet tried to grab his foot with the obvious broken toe and when jumped she wanted to put a muzzle on him. Then a tech and the vet tried to wrestle him to submission to inspect his foot, which went very poorly. In the end the dog was sedated and a splint put on. The estimate was off by $150.00. The vet complained the dog had diarrhea while under sedation and again waking up in the kennel. The vet said he was wild and untrained. My dog will sit, stay, down and plays with kids at soccer games, however, he is a puppy and wil move around. The puppy had stress diarrhea from the break and a vet who did not know better than to add tenfold to the stress. Instructions leaving were to change the outside wrap due to diarrhea and that was it. I was supplied the take and one roll of stretch wrap. Direction was to change the outer layer, come back in three weeks for xray and splint to be romoved. I found out that xrays at 3 weeks would have been of no use, as the bone would likely have have solid bone tissue growth that can be seen on an xray. There are a host of other issues like leaving a message for me on the wrong number, using some other patients name when talking about my dog. I cannot understand how this vet got such great reviews other than maybe others just got vaccines there. On 3/2/2013 I had to take him to the emergency vet due to the poor dog had sores from the splint being put improperly and being retained by tape to his fur which he developed a severe reaction to. The emergency Vet said that had I not brought him in when I did it could have been much worse and could have been a lose of a foot. The emergency Vet could not believe that I was not instructed to change the whole splint bandage every 4 to 5 days. In addition, I was told that they do not use tape there for this very reason. Do be careful in selecting a vet there and if you must see another other vet than the one you select at the office you may want to consider going to an urgeant care vet. Tried talking to them but they seemed more interested in avoiding any implication that they messed up. I asked the emergency vet, who was great, for vet references to locate a new primary vet. Total cost of the ordeal was around $800 due to the complications resulting from the lack of follow-up care direction and poor splinting. My wish is no other dog has to suffer through this type of pain which could have and should have been avoided.
First let me start by thanking Hannah Parker and affordable animal care for providing veterinary service at a price regular people can handle in a time when vet clinics seem to be squeezing every cent out of pet owners who care about their animals. We came from a vet who charged $300 to spay our cat, and hundreds more for emergency visits due to infection from the surgery. This former vet also charged nearly $200 for basic shots due to the huge fees for examination and other useless services. When our dog had a growth on its head and they gave us an estimate of $1300 for removal it was the final straw. I found affordable animal care and gave it a shot. The vet who no longer works there not only saved our cats life removing the previous vets infection, but also removed the dogs growth for $300. No they don't have a beautiful building in the nicest area and their fax machine and scale may not work quiet right, but having a vet in our community who isn't out to make a fortune off the love you have for your pets is priceless. 2 shots for the cat and an examination for our dog that revealed a tumor in her mouth-- $62. That would have cost hundreds at most vets. You really think I'm going to whine about a $3 debit card fee? And anybody dumb enough to cry about $72 for 2 shots for 2 dogs should go to any of the other high priced vets in our area and compare before they right a review showing their idiocy by actually admitting they thought their dogs were getting their shots for $4. Thank you affordable animal care for what you do in an area where clearly you are not appreciated
For many years, dr. Soren Windram, and his fellow colleagues plus the entire New Hope Animal Hospital team were my people of choice, my go-to place in crisis, or in case of any health concerns of my dogs. And this is not likely to change any time soon. In addition to top notch professionalism, experience and advice you get so much more! All the options are explained clearly, all the questions are answered without a hesitation and you simply feel that they PARTNER with you in the decision making process concerning the treatments of your pets. What also struck me is the fact that dr. Windram, and his team, never ever try to talk you into some expensive options if they are not likely to be truly beneficial to your pet. Therefore, we trust them, we appreciate them and we are recommending them to anybody and everybody who cares for our opinion! It is always with compassion, understanding, warmth and a sense of urgency that dr. Windram, and the team, listen to the (oftentimes) hysterical humans and are so gentle and in-tuned with the animals. We got yet another practical example of their care and philosophy yesterday, when we were advised by the receptionist to bring our Yorkie for an unscheduled, emergency surgery. As usually, everything was discussed calmly prior to the surgery on the phone, and today the tiny patient is recovering nicely at home! It's not CHEERS, but everybody there knows your name and simply cares! Thank you dr. Windram, thank you DREAM TEAM! Grazyna Orlemans
I can't say enough good things about Affordable Animal Care. I live in Cary so it's a bit of a hike for me, but it's very much worth it. The first time I met Dr. Hannah Parker, I liked her immediately. She's friendly and competent. My husband and I have had a lot of money going out (medical bills, other expenses) so when our cat needed a chest X-ray, Affordable Animal Care was an obvious first choice. We had gone to them in the past for other big-ticket procedures (like teeth cleaning for one of our dogs and a different cat) but had not been using them as our primary vet due to the distance. I went in today for the cat's follow-up visit along with our dog for his physical and heartworm test. I walked out of there with a $59 bill. The same services I received at Affordable Animal Care would have cost me AT LEAST $173 at our normal vet (Chatham Animal Hospital). This is in no way an exaggeration. We got estimates from Chatham before we had these procedures done at Affordable Animal Care for comparison. Please give them a try. Dr. Parker is very good, and very reasonable. You can tell she's in it because she wants to help animals and people. The techs have always been friendly. Profit is not the primary concern of AAC, caring for animals and keeping prices affordable is. They will be our primary vet from now on.
I have been a client of Affordable Animal Care since the beginning and would recommend to anyone that has loved four legged family members. Dr. Bullock and her staff have the biggest hearts. Every pet is pampered, loved and leaves with more treats that I purchase for my dog, Bailey in a week. I read the reviews and I have experienced the poor technician that was fired during her temporary employment with pink hair named Meg. She has several of her friends and her fiancee Justin C, writing negative reviews just out of spite This practice CARES. They pull pets weekly from Person County Shelter to prevent euthanasias, and spay and neuter pets from this facility for free. What other hospital does this???? This hospital is equal opportunity, whether you have means or no, t they help They put their own lives aside..whether they just opened or are about to close...they will stay and go the extra mile to help anyone in need. I have personally watched people who were turned away from other facilities due to limited budgets, have major procedures performed to save the pets and the money worked out later...or not. I have never seen a more compassionate, clean and charming facility and I will always recommend and support AFFORDABLE ANIMAL CARE OF DURHAM.
I've been taking my pets to this clinic for years. I've always enjoyed bringing my pets to this facility everyone always greets them with the best attitude. Seeing below there are good and bad reviews. I can personally say I have not had any bad experiences with this clinic. I've been to high end clinics and low cost clinics. This facility is just the same as any normal clinic nothing less or jipped from. I love what this Clinic represents and how it helps this community and surrounding areas. I was sitting in the lobby speaking to a few clients and just like myself all of us are in tight money situations and we all agreed that without this clinic we would not be able to afford to care for our animals. We are very appreciative for this clinic and we look forward to years having a relation with this clinic. Thank you to the owner for having your facility to help all the people and their fur babies. And thank you, thank you to the staff for always taking the best care of my babies!
i was looking for a vet that has experience in dealing with exotic pets for my guinea pig, because i was leaving my previous exotic pets specialty vet. my visit at willow oak exceeded all of my expectations. the reception area is bright and friendly. the vet tech was extremely thorough at the pre-exam. dr. cagle was just wonderful and seems to be very knowledgeable about guinea pig health. he took his time, answered all of my questions and handled my pet with lots of tlc. i am glad to have found a better option for my gpig, that is also better priced than a specialized hospital. i would totally recommend willow oak veterinary hospital for exotic companion animals.
Well, I finally found a ethical, and caring veterinary hospital. Southpoint Animal Hospital is one of a kind. My current vet was busy so I called Southpoint AH and they got me in the same day. My cat was vomiting and just wasnt feeling good. After the exam, I received an estimate for services because my cat needed to have fluids and stay in their hospital for 24 hrs. They called and gave me update.. which i loved ( my cat is like my child). When I picked up my cat.. the actual bill was $25.00 lower. I was very pleased with the care, and service from all of the Southpoint team members. I am switiching my pet records over to them. AWESOME!!
I continue to be impressed with Parkwood - the staff is wonderful, caring, and always available to answer my questions, and Dr. Stech is a fantastic vet. My cat is not a happy camper most of the time, and she did so well there. They are always available via email or phone to answer my questions, and have provided wonderful care. It's nice to have a vet that works with you to understand your pets health and does so in a positive way. Their office is easy to get to, clean, and arranged well - it's flows well. I would highly recommend this vet to any pet owner who wants a positive experience for themselves and their pets. Thank you!
I moved to last summer with my family of two cats and one dog and couldn't be more pleased to have discovered Southpoint Animal Hospital. Dr. Farling and her staff provided courteous, professional service and went out of their way to answer my questions and address my concerns. Unlike with other veterinary practices, I never felt hurried or rushed in any way, nor were our wait times at all excessive. Their facility is top notch as well. I would recommend Southpoint Animal Hospital to anyone looking for excellent care for their four-legged loved ones.
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.