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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…
2449 Battleground AveGreensboro, NC 27408
From Business: Cat Clinic of Greensboro is a full service Veterinary Animal Hospital dedicated exclusively to caring for Cats. We have been serving Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem…
3205 Brassfield RdGreensboro, NC 27410
The staff at Brassfield is wonderful. Always going above and beyond the call of duty. The doctors spend time answering questions and you never fee…
1609 New Garden RdGreensboro, NC 27410
From Business: Our pets, like most of yours, are treated as family members. As pet owners, we are entrusted with their care and well-being for years that never seem long enough.…
1566 Highwoods Blvd Ste AGreensboro, NC 27410
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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Do not take your pet here. There concern is not with your pet first but with the revenue going into their pockets. I have concrete proof. (1) they refused to fax my prescription to Allivet an online Pet Pharmacy that would have cost me half the money that the vet wanted to proved citing that the online pharmacy would substitute a generic brand even though their prescription specifically stsated no substitution. (2) my dog is 16. My prior vet wrote a letter stating that Salems age and health required that he no longer receive further vaccinations. I even had a copy of the county/state waiver to no longer vaccinate Salem. They retorted it was their policy to vaccinate. I had no choice. The prescription needed to be refilled and they refused to do he necessary blood work if I didn't do the rabies vaccination. Since the vaccination Salem no longer wants to walk. He pants more and more. He has thrown up three times. While yes Salem is very senior. They definitely shortened his last days with me.
What a freaking rip off. I was told if I got here before 5:30 that I could be a walk-in regular hours clinic patient. Get here at 5:17 (5:20 by the clock outside) and checked in. Brett at the front said I'm on time for the regular walk-in appt. I go into the exam room with a Vet Assistant, she takes notes, and then she takes the dog back. Less than ten minutes later she returns and recommends all these courses of treatment. Apparently the vet won't even come and talk to me. Dr. Streck can't even have enough decency to come talk to me but can charge me for his services??? The vet tech gave me no recommendations for how to treat my animal until surgery except "keep her pinned up somewhere that you don't mind getting dirty." Really? I just paid $56.00 to talk to a VET TECH? I will be filing A BBB complaint tomorrow, as well filling out a review on every single possible place online. What a waste of my hard earned money and a 40 minute drive.
I was recommended to this clinic by a friend and very disappointed by my experience. I arrived for a scheduled visit for my dog's exam and annual shots and was escorted to an exam room. I was told there were several emergencies there so understood there may be a wait. After thirty minutes of no one coming into the room, I asked if I should reschedule as my dog's appt. was non-urgent. I was told to stay and after another thirty minutes I was seen by a tech who told me she would take my dog back out of the room to 'examine' her and administer her shots without my presence. She did not offer for me to meet the vet and she said my dog would not be seeing the vet unless there was a problem. I asked if I could wait to see the vet since it was our first time and I feel it is important to develop a relationship. She agreed to ask the vet and after waiting another 15 minutes (total of 90 minutes ) I decided to leave. I completely understand that they are dealing with emergencies but I expect for my dog to be cared for my a veterinarian and one that I have a relationship with. I also expect for services to be delivered in my presence...after all....isn't that why it's called an EXAM room? TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE:(
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 MorphisGreensboro, N.C.
Always prompt and consistent with my pets needs. I am so happy I established my pets as patients with Guilford College Animal Hospital, knowing they are available 24/7. Gives me peace of mind to have such access to a great staff and facility.
I got a new puppy last fall and chose this vet for the convenience of their location and hours of operation. They have been great to work with in developing a wellness plan for my dogs. I highly recommend then.
The Best vet clinic around. I was a vet tech for 13 years and I totally trust this clinic. They do not push procedures. They educate ;you and let you make the decision. Come on board for the best vet care in the area.
A great place to know that I can take my pet when he needs expert care. Thank you to the staff and to Dr. Streck.
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!
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.