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3317 S Church StBurlington, NC 27215
To Everyone at All Paws: On Sunday my girlfriend and I brought our St. Bernard TY in. He was very ill. You all brought him back from the brink of …
1692 Nc Highway 68 NOak Ridge, NC 27310
From Business: Modern, compassionate, comprehensive care for all stages of your pet's life. We love your canine and feline family members as much as you do! .
2936 Battleground AveGreensboro, NC 27408
From Business: At Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we believe your pet deserves the very best. Since opening our state-of-the-art emergency medical facility, we have mad…
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I have been with Dr. Rodger Kleisch @ Forest Oaks Vet for 20 + years. He has not only provided the very best medical care for all my Babies over the years, but I feel like Dr. K. and his staff have become my friends. He doesn't order unnecessary test or procedures to inflate my bill. He even gives a discount if you have more than one pet. But most importantly of all to me; when the time comes that the "hard decision" has to be made, he doesn't drag out treatment unnecessarily. He tells me in the gentlest way possible what we have to do. And he reminds me that this too is an act of love....quite possibly the ultimate act of love. He knows how painful this decision is and he shares that pain with me. He and his staff are some of the kindest, most compassionate folks I know. Even the other Docs he has that cover for him on his days off are extraordinary. I MUST specifically mention Dr. Randy Lynn. Dr. Lynn worked tirelessly with my Irish Setter; Shayne O'Malley for 19 long months waging a war against the diabetes that ravaged his beautiful body. We won many battles but ultimately lost the war. He never left our side and was always available via his personal cell phone no matter the time of day or night if we needed him. He truly went above and beyond in his efforts to save my Son. However, Dr. Kleisch and Ellen Brown, our Angel, - cleverly disguised as a Vet Tech helped me release Shayne from my arms into the arms of the angels. Without those two by my side I don't think I could have made it through that horrendous day. I could type for days and never come close to saying how wonderful this practice is. I HIGHLY recommend Forest Oaks Animal Clinic to everyone. Better care cannot be found.... Angie Morphis Greensboro, N.C.
This place is amazing! They are so friendly and nice to my family and my pets...Dr.Clark is a amazing doctor...I would recommend him to anybody...Dr.Joe is a great doctor to...They are a little pricey but so is every animal hospitial....The take care of all my animals needs...When you go out of town and need somewhere to leave your animal leave it here they even spend quality time with the animals while your gone they let them out and feed them! They take care of any animal that you can name....rabbits ,dogs, cats, hamsters, anything! I would love to have another one of these maybe in archdale where I live...Even though Southwoods is in Greensboro and I live in archdale I go all the way to Greensboro just because that's how good they are! you should definitely go there!
I have recently moved to Greensboro, and was extremely anxious to take my special needs, geriatric dog to a new veterinary clinic, but thankfully the staff at Lawndale Veterinary Hospital put me at ease. We were warmly greeted by the reception staff and I didn't feel rushed through my appointement although I had a lot of questions for the doctor. A few days following my appointment, I received a call from the doctor to check on my dog - it was such a kind gesture. The team at Lawndale Veterinary Hospital is very knowledgable and compitent, and I would definitely recommend them to pet lovers everywhere.
Lawndale Veterinary Hospital provided great care for my dog and their rates were very reasonable. Dr. Crawford took the time to properly exam Cocoa and provided a treatment plan that has Cocoa on her way back to good health. Thank you Lawndale Veterinary Hopital for exceeding my expectations! Beware consumers of vets that claim to care for your animals and charge you more than a reasonable fee. Stay away from Americana........he charged me 3 times what Lawndale charged and failed to properly diagnose Cocoa.
Dr Joe is the most compassionate and skilled veterinarian in Greensboro. He has helped my dogs immensely. I had an old golden retriever he treated for cancer then arthritis and using acupuncture he helped my dog live a long and minimized the pain in his life. He has laser equipment that is state of the art and is using it to minimize pain in my other dogs. I have been extremely satisfied with his care and the staff at Southwoods and would not go anywhere else!
Lawndale Vet has the friendliest staff! Every time I have to take my cats for a visit the girls at the front are quick to help me. I have seen most of the doctors there and they are always great with my cats and always answer all of my questions. One of my cats was sick a couple months ago and the dr. I saw knew exactly what to do and now my cat is back to normal! I would (and have) recommend all my friends and family to go to Lawndale vet.
I no longer use this practice since I've moveT to Winston-Salem, but for over 18 years the folks at GSO Vet took great care of my pets. the entire staff is friendly and helpful and the doctors helped my pets get through some tough times. When it came time to euthanize my cat, they were caring and compassionate. I also adopted two rescue kittens from their lobby, so they will always have a special place in my heart!
I was shocked to read this review. I've trusted Oak Ridge Animal Hospital with my pets for more than 20 years. From beginning through end of life, they have provided the best of care delivered by a professional staff that I'd put up against any in the area. Many of my neighbors feel the same way. When we compare notes on our pets, ORAH usually comes up in the conversation. I've never heard a negative word.
Great staff, welcoming environment, and very kind and intelligent doctor! I definitely recommend if you want a personal and comfortable experience for you and your pet! My husband and I found a stray who could barely open its eyes and Dr. Wood gave us the medicine, knowledge, and encouragement to nurse her back to health...now she's an energetic and healthy cat and loves to leave gifts on the doorstep lol!
Dr. Woods performed emergency surgery on my Bichon, Tony, after an unprovoked attack by an unsocialized chow-mix in an anti-social home. His throat had been gashed almost to his eustachean tube; a huge flap of skin & fur hanging down. We are so grateful for veterinarians of his caliber. He has also provided for the Fostering & adoption of many otherwise "lost" animals.
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.