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I would say that it's worth trying out but its definitely not for every dog. When I first started taking my dog here it was for daycare. He came back happy and full of energy from playing. I started using the groomers and it took a couple tries to really communicate with the groomer what I wanted but no harm no fowl...he still came out looking (and smelling) dapper. When I had to go on a trip and couldn't bring my dog with me I decided to use them for overnight boarding and it was here that I had the real issue. I do not in any way blame the staff. They are wonderful and absolutely love my dog and he's quite the ladies man. I have had times when I felt the owner was abrasive but I'll be honest....I take it with a grain of salt because I can tell she is passionate about the dogs and her business and we all have our days. When I picked up my dog from boarding he was tired....exhausted and stressed. He wouldn't leave my side even for me to pee. This wasn't my first time boarding him so I wasn't really sure what was going on with him and it just about had me in tears because I felt like a bad mommy. After leaving town again and boarding him elsewhere I've come to the conclusion that my dog just likes his private time. I will continue using Petstarz for grooming and day care but will be taking my furbaby to another place to overnight board because when he's done playing he's just done playing and likes to be alone. I think an entire weekend without having his own space and constantly being around other dogs just unnerved him. So like I said...not for every dog in the overnight area.
I am absolutely shocked by some of the negative reviews I have read on here. I moved to the area two years ago and being a full time teacher, having a second job, and going to graduate school I knew right away to start searching for a daycare. I have always been treated with respect and my dog cannot wait to get to daycare. I take her two, and if I am super busy, three times a week. I never worry if I have to go out of town because I know she has a wonderful and loving place to stay.My dog has had some serious health issues and I was unable to take her to daycare for almost two months. Deb called every other week to check and see how my dog was doing and to let me know they were thinking of her and hoping for the best. Luckily the best happened and my dog resumed her usual bi-weekly daycare visits. When my dog had her birthday I brought in a doggy cake and they had a doggy birthday party. They take pictures which they posted to their website and even sent to my cellphone. Plus they even got her a card!There is a reason they were named the best place for doggy daycare in Fayetteville. Think about the publicity that came with it. Of course they are going to be insanely busy on a popular holiday weekend. Take that into consideration when you come to check in or check out your dog. Please do not listen to any of the negative reviews. I highly recommend this place and me and my dog will continue to go here for years to come :-)
Dr. Reed saved my cat's life! I was working out of town and my cat was being treated for a hyper-thyroid and started vomiting, and losing even more weight than he had already. Dr. Reed, his wife, and team took excellent care of my cat and found an issue with his liver. He started my cat on an IV, stabilized him, got him on the right meds, and in 5 days Baby gained back the 2 lbs he had lost. I thought at one point I was going to have to put my cat down, but Dr. Reed assured me that he had seen other cats "turn around". He treated my cat with the utmost care, even following up with him after we left.When I first met Dr. Reed, I was relieved when I learned his background, and just sensed his sincere commitment and care of animals, and I knew my cat was in the best hands possible. I was right. My cat is doing great, has gained back even more muscle and gained his strength back. At one point my cat was almost skeletal. But this Dr. saved my cat's life. I highly recommend this place. One of the best I've ever been to. Thank you Cross Creek! You truly treat your clients' pets as family!
This team of professionals are the best in the business. The customer service specialists that greet you are always friendly, helpful, and ready to help both the animals and their parents. The techs and doctors give the extra care and take necessary precautions to make sure each animal's special needs are met. The kennel crew make every effort to help each animal be as comfortable as possible for their stay, whether it's short term or long term. We've had multiple dogs with special needs and I feel that the care that they've received here has been exceptional. Our timid girl who was afraid of almost everything now feels comfortable around most people thanks to the socialization the kennel crew provided for her. Our senior with arthritis is wheeled around in a wagon (per my request) and everybody has gladly accommodated him in his wagon--and been extra careful with his arthritic bones. They have always accommodated our emergency visits too. We also like that they have specialty services like laser and acupuncture. We'd highly recommend this team to anybody!
I would never take my dogs anywhere besides here!!! Dr. Faircloth has been so great with our 2 dogs, Lexi 12 and Bear4, that its like taking our kids to the pediatrician!! The staff is respectful and listens to your concerns and they all have that love for animals all people should have!!! We have been going to Dogwood for 10 years now! We have tried one other local vet, but didn't recieve the service as with Dr. Faircloth (we tried a place right around the corner from our house). Needless to say, we immediatley went back to Dogwood and haven't left since!!! They have been taking care of Lexi since she was just a baby! They have watched her grow old, and will the the ones to take care of her until her last day!!! As with our dog Bear!!! He is a gentle, skittish giant!!!! But everyone at Dogwood love them both to pieces!!! Thanks for all that you have done for my pups and my family over the years!!! We will always reccommend your facility to anyone looking for that "other" family doctor!!!!
I took my dogs here for the first time today. I have a 7 yr old lab and I am also fostering a 9 month old lab mix. My 7 yr old HATES any kind of daycare/boarding experience and is usually traumatized when I pick him up. We left the boys there for a half day of boarding and my dog had SO much fun. He wasn't anxious to leave and be in fact didn't seem to want too. I will definitely be taking them back in the future. I would have given a 5 star rating but the check in process was kind of confusing and they didn't know if my dogs were there for daycare or boarding nor did they realize I hadn't filled out any paperwork beforehand. Other then that my dogs were obviously well cared for and had a ton of fun! I think the only thing that would have made my dog happier was to have somewhere to swim!
My dog bit a puppy i was watching and i took him here to make sure he was ok. He had a pretty nasty cut on his face and had to get 2 staples. Everyone that i encountered from the front desk ladies to the actual veterinarian were awesome and very reassuring that everything would be ok and it wasnt as bad as i thought. To be honest i think the little guys wound hurt me more than it hurt him. I didnt feel any judgement, they were very understanding and were great at their job. It was a lot cheaper than i was expecting too.6 days later i had to come back because one staple had come halfway out from rough housing, the Dr came right out and fixed the problem and didnt charge me anything and again assured me everything was fine with him lol.
I am so grateful to have a business like Pet Starz near my home! My very energetic, fence-jumping 2-year-old dog has been going to Pet Starz 1 or 2 (or even 3!) times a week for daycare since she was 8 months old. It can be a hectic place, especially during drop-off and pick-up, so be prepared for that. The staff is busy at those times! But they are always willing to accommodate their clients (fit in last-minute boarders, make time for a grooming during a daycare visit, etc), and they are amazing with the dogs. We are lucky to have them in North Fayetteville!
I went in today with a friend that was pretty sure her baby was having serious issues. Needless to say... I was absolutely blown away by the level of compassion and care she and her furbaby were shown. She ended up having to put her baby down but I watched as an outsider looking in....and was amazed at how caring and loving they were through the whole process... It wasn't like we are doing our job. They actually cared that this was breaking our hearts. Amazing wonderful people!!
I'm going to have to completely disagree with the other reviewer. I've been having Pet tastics watch my 3 furbabies whenever me and my husband travel. Peter is the one of the most delightful and accommodating young man I know. The price is very reasonable and we receive an update after each visit which really puts us at ease. I honestly wouldn't trust my bunch with anyone else.-Karen
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.