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1216 Matthews Mint Hill RdMatthews, NC 28105
From Business: Animal Care Hospital of Matthews is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that offers the highest quality of personalized care for your pets. The doctors and sta…
9905 E Independence BlvdMatthews, NC 28105
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I don't usually write reviews, but do rely on them when researching products and services so I hope mine helps shed some light on the EXCELLENT service we recieved from Dr. Brader and the staff at Matthews Animal Clinic. Nobody knows their animals better than the owners. So, when it comes to medical needs, we are certainly no experts, but we do pay attention to their manorism and behavior. It is an unspoken language between owner and animal that is understood. At Matthews Animal Clinic, Dr. Brader took the time to understand that language and listened to our concerned observations before he offered his thoughts. How often do visits start with a medical analysis and hypotheticals from yoru Dr. before anything is asked from what you see? And, how often do you feel like you are being upsold when settling your bill or made to feel like a poor parent when not purchasing additionals? There was none of that at Matthews Animal Clinic. Dr. Brader walked us through his proceedures from start to finish and communicated with words that left us fully educated and very comfortable. His professionalism assured us that our pet was in very experienced capable hands and more importantly, that he will be cared for and treated with the attention we would give ourselves. If you want to find a place that listens to your cares and concerns and truly puts your pet first, Dr. Brader and Matthews Animal Clinic isn't hard to find. Understand that when I used the words "animals" and "pets", they are meant to be replaced with "family member".
In Response to user DustyH Mr Dusty Heist has contacted our clinic several times over an issue concerning his previous veterinarian. While trying to board his animals out of town the facility required proof of a vaccination. Mr Dusty Heist called us to have us verify the shot was given. We did not give this shot to his pet, nor did we have proof that it was given from a previous vet. We suggested he should receive this vaccine for his animals safety. Mr Dusty Heist had to get the shot at the facility in order to board there. Mr Dusty Heist is upset with us for not having a complete copy of records from his previous veterinarian. Mr Heist demanded that we reimburse him for the shot that was given and demanded we give him free services in the future or else he said he would find a new veterinarian and write a poor internet review. Mr Dusty Heist has demanded free services from us in the past. I told him that is not how we conduct business and that he should find a new veterinarian. I hope he finds some one who can better deal with his personality, although his pets were very nice. Side note, City Search would not allow for a review without stars, so...... i gave us 5
Our dog, Gus, is a rescue who doesn't trust many people. He has a phobia of being in a cage and absolutely freaks out if he is ever in one. So when he had to have surgery on his knee we were crushed and so scared to leave our little man at the vet's office. But all of the staff at Weddington Animal Hospital were so wonderful with him. It truly shows how much they all care about animals and they are some of the few people that I trust with Gus. The day of his surgery they made sure that all of the staff knew that Gus was not to be put in a cage for recovery and they kept him in a safe spot under the receptionist desk. He recovered so quickly and we were really pleased with the work Dr. Berger did. I would recommend this animal hospital to anyone. They are so great.
I can't say enough positive things about Dr. Pressly. He is absolutey WONDERFUL!! He and his staff are warm, compassionate and kind. They were all just fantastic with my dog Sawyer. I brought Sawyer in because he had been throwing up and looking very depressed. After X-Rays, Dr. Pressly discovered that there was a foreign object in his belly that required surgery to be removed (ended up being remnants of a tennis ball). He was extremely thorough with his explanation of everything and even allowed me to be with Sawyer as he came out of his anesthesia. I will never take Sawyer or my other animals to any other Vet. Dr. Pressly saved my Sawyer's life and I'll forever be grateful! Dr. Pressly is the BEST!
On the morning of July 1, our favorite cat awakened us with calls of distress. Because we had been to this clinic before, we did not hesitate to return. We got there about 5:00 a.m. and he was gently taken back to the examining area. After a while, the doctor came out to give us the news, which was not good. He outlined our options, and waited while we decided what to do. We were not rushed in any way. After a bit, we elected to say goodbye to this special pet. He and we were treated with utmost kindness and dignity. At a later time, we were sent a card and his pawprint. We thank each person who was involved in the care of our pet during his final moments.
My son's Jack Russel pup was involved in a horrible accident. Her upper & lower snout were crushed & broken in half. Her right front shoulder muscles were ripped to pieces. It looked worse than it sounds. I felt she would not survive or at least she would be permanently impaired. Dr. Walker Meadows took her in to surgery for almost two hours. He wired her upper & lower snout back together & sewed up the muscles in her shoulder. She regained 100% use of her mouth & she is the fastest dog around. My son & I are very grateful to Dr. Meadows & their staff for all they did. We would never consider going anywhere else.
Thank you so much for being so helpful and comforting when I brought my cat, Tony, in on Labor Day morning. My regular vet was not open and my cat went into what seemed to be cardiac arrest. I felt sure that he was gone - but I took him to the Emergency Veterinary Clinic in Matthews to be sure. They confirmed it. Brenda, the administrator, ushered me into a private waiting room and sat with me while Tony was being examined. She was so concerned and comforting in my time of need. They even called the crematorium of my choice for me. I can't say enough about the staff's professional behavior and caring hospitality. Sincerely, S. Webb
I just had a wonderful experience with Matthews Animal Clinic and Dr. Mary Getz. First I was amazed at how clean the building was and how nice it smelled. Secondly Dr. Getz handled puppy with great care and attention and was so good with her. She answered my questions in normal language that I understood and was not in a rush and made sure I understood everything that was going on and that I felt comfortable leaving the office. I now have my over excited puppy back home playing like normal when a few days ago I was not sure we were even going to have her anymore. Dr. Getz is a wonderful Dr. and you can tell she loves what she does!
This is the most wonderful place to take your pets! I had to board my dog when going out of town. I am the first to say she is not always the easiest dog to take care. That being said I was so nervous about leaving her. The staff was second to none. My dog bonded with one technician and she took it upon herself to personally care for my dog. They gave me updates on her stay everyday and had no problem answering any questions I had. I still board my dog here every time I have to leave town and receive her veterinary care here. If you are looking for personalized care for your pet, this is the place to go!
I love these vets at this clinic! Each and every one of them has always taken the best care of my beloved fur babies. I have been coming here since I was a small child, back then it was owned by Dr. Cleveland, and all the later owners and vets were wonderful. There was one vet tech who seemed a little rough and heavy handed, but she isn't there now. I regret that moving away is making me change vets, as it is a little too far to drive now... But I would stay here if I could. They showed me so much care when I lost my beloved dog to old age in 2009, and I have complete faith in their skills and compassion.
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.