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844 Ritchie Hwy Ste 102Severna Park, MD 21146
Best Vet!!! I've been going here for a few years now with my dog Norman! All of the veterinarians and staff are so caring! I'm able to drop my do…
10000 Old Columbia Rd. Ste.EColumbia, MD 21046
From Business: Chesapeake Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) is an affiliation of specialty veterinary practices thatoperates out of shared facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.…
915 S Talbot StSaint Michaels, MD 21663
From Business: Michael Coughlan, DVM provides quality medicine and surgery with personalized care & compassion for animals throughout Talbot county. At All Pets Veterinary Hospi…
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Excellent staff and patient services, I have been very satisfied with top-notch caring services at a very affordable price. They are not a 24hr open emergency care facility, yet they have gone out of their way on several occasions I have had an emerg. to fit me into their busy schedule and treated my pets emergency. Always friendly and willing to go that extra mile when needed. I have been using Midshore for my 2 dogs and parrot since 2014 and highly recommend.
Midshore offers the very best Avian vet care I have ever received. No doubt, the very best avian vet on the Maryland eastern shore. I can't stress how impressed I was with their knowledge,expertise,thoroughness and compassion. Testing and immediate treatment as you wait These guys don't fool around. They truly care for their patient and the owner. Their pricing was amazing too, half the price of neighboring so called avian vet Dr Shaw of Chesapeake Bay Vet Hospital in Chester Maryland (they are another story horrible, extremely overpriced for inadequate service, horribly inexperienced in avian medicine almost killed my bird and most certainly would have had I followed their treatment plan..DON'T USE THEM). Dr McConkey of Midshore Vet was amazing. She saved my 14 yr old Lori parrot "Herkie" from certain death and I will forever be thankful. I strongly suggest you take your bird to none other, no matter the commute.
We have been going to this hospital for a little over a year. We will never go anywhere else. We love all of the staff and doctors in particular Dr. Chad Hutchinson. He is an expert in exotics. We take all of our 15 pet rats to him on a regular basis. He treats them with the very best care. He has preformed many successful surgeries. Not easy with rats. We had to put our cat to sleep after 17 years, one of the hardest things we ever had to do. We could not of imagined having to go through this without Dr. Chad. If your a reg client and they know your pet, you have an emergency at 4 a.m. they are there 20 minutes later and guess what? Your bank account won't be empty because of it. If you truly care about your pets and want a lifelong vet for them this is the hospital to go to without a doubt.
I moved from Falls Church, VA to Easton a little over three years ago and started using Community when I arrived. I have two rescue dogs, one now 12, the other 10. The first thing I noticed and frankly was astounded by was the encyclopedic knowledge of Chad Hutchison. My one guy has had high liver levels and my previous vet suggested an over the counter supplement and that was all. Chad immediately asked if I'd ever considered Ersodiol. I told him I'd never heard of it. Short story, it really helped bring the levels back to an acceptable range.The next item that shocked me was their prices, but in a good way! On average I found that Community Animal Hospital is at least a third less expensive and about 50-60% higher on the caring scale than my previous vet. Also, until I moved here I never had a vet call and say "I'm just calling to see how Fred's doing and see if he's responding to treatment okay". NEVER has a vet followed up like that. They are at the top of my list.
Dr. Steven Harris is a wonderful veternarian and human being. He will be there for you and your pet. He and his staff are on call 24/7. They do not tell u to go to an Emergency Animal Hospital when u call after hours. He and his staff go the extra mile to help u & ur pets. And when and if u feel ur pet needs care, they say "Come as soon as u can."
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.