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11170 Us Highway 17Wilmington, NC 28411
Dr. Lackey is a wonderful, caring vet. My dog was bitten by a brown recluse and had seen an emergency vet one night and Dr. Lackey the next day. She…
6801 Gordon RdWilmington, NC 28411
From Business: Wilmington Animal Healthcare is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in Wilmington, NC . The professional and courteous staff at Wilmington Animal …
1808 Sir Tyler DrWilmington, NC 28405
From Business: At Atlantic Animal Hospital and Pet Care Resort you and your pet will experience a level of care and compassion that will exceed any expectation. Our team wants t…
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Great staff that consistently provide great care for all our pets. We recently brought our dog in, soooo critically ill. Dr. Cole (with Drs. Gigliotti and Rigsby) have provided (and still are) daily management of our precious pup. Since her stay at the emergency hospital, they have worked with us to make her round the clock care affordable and manageable. Techs Gabby and Adam (along with other staff) have been so helpful and kind. I couldn't be happier.
Nice people. Fast, friendly, and professional service. Love that they provide grooming!
I took my 15 1/2 year old Chihuahua here when she was very sick. We were first time patients, and not only did they stay open for us, but no one complained at all about being late to go home to their family or for their dinners. They let me come back while my baby had xrays and then while they drained her lungs. They were so gentle and patient to her, always being kind and loving. They never once told me I need to put her to sleep, but that even though she was sick we still had some time together and to make the most of it. I did. When the day finally came to make the hardest decision of my life everyone there was EXTREMELY compassionate to us. They knew my heart was ripping out, and were wonderful to me, and to my poor sweetie. I have since adopted a new baby, and we go to Hampstead Animal Hospital, even though it is a 30 minute drive for us. I will not go anywhere else. He is treated just as wonderful as Sassee was. They are also VERY patient when I make phone calls to ask questions (when Sassee was sick and now when Budderball does something out of the "norm") and great about getting me appointments very fast. I have friends who adopted puppies and they also bring their pups here, I would never think of going ANYWHERE else. This is our vet so long as we are in the area!!
very friendly people. However when you pay for a examination and receive a prescription, they refuse to fax it to PetMeds. The prescription that my bulldog is on is for 2 pills a day. the cost at Hampstead Animal Hospital is exactly TWICE the price of Pet Meds or my former vet in Pa. I have been told they dont like Pet Meds. quite frankly when i go to the eye doctor and have my eyes examined I receive a prescription. I can have that prescription faxed even to a cheap LensCrafters or anywhere. the same is true from my family doctor. I am a senior citizen and have asked repeatedly to have the prescriptions faxed. Instead I have to drive to the vet and pick up the prescription and either pay to have it faxed or send it in the mail. So while the workers are as nice as can be and the facilities are very nice,,,,,hold on to your wallet.
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.