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9256 Beach Dr SWCalabash, NC 28467
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff …
3928 Highway 17 Byp SMyrtle Beach, SC 29588
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We had an emergency and brought our dog into the office. They were very kind and took our baby right away. She cut her chest while on a walk and needed 8 stiches. Thank you for taking such great care of us!
It's obvious they get the same complaints all the time. The so called owner Stephanie Fotorny is extremely rude. Honestly didn't care for the exam they gave my dogs about 8 months ago. They were very quick with the animals and not friendly at all. I went in there today to make a purchase for a prescription that I already paid for and she refused to sell because of my attitude bc I don't agree with their policies. I would never recommend this place to anyone. I had heard the same but figured I would try it out since it was close to home but definitely would never recommend anyone to come here. She clearly knows nothing about running a business and keeping clients.
This place doesn't bring the charts into the exroom and ask same questions over and over again about your pet.If they would just look at the charts it would save a lot of time.You see a different Vet every time.Very unprofessionalstaff and rude.
I had ordered Nexgard for my beagle from PetMeds and received letter from them stating that The Pet Doctor was insisting I pick up the prescription in person. Pet Meds advised that the Vet could either mail it to myself or fax to them or they could call them in order to process this prescription.When I contacted Pet Doctor I was advised they would call me back to resolve this. They never called back. Subsequently when I contacted them for a second time I was told it was illegal to mail it to me (don't know if that's true. I asked if they could call or fax to Pet Meds and was told they don't do business with them. I also tried to explain that I am disabled and cannot drive there and it would cost me nearly as much to pick up the prescription by taxi as it the prescription cost since the person who usually would drive me it out of town currently. I received nothing but silence on the phone. So now my dog has no meds and need to find a new vet closer and a lot more friendly.
had my dogs teeth cleaned, $99.00 special ended up costing $390.00. When I questioned the charges listed on my bill I was told by the Vet"it is the clients responsibility to practice due diligence " and be aware of online pricing. One antibiotic I was given for my dog costs$46.00 for 20 capsules, it is online for .43 a capsule. If I wanted scripts to fill elsewhere they were $7.00 each ! Then when I told her I was going to publish this online she said "goodbye" and refused to check my dog for a post op visit that I had already paid for. Never again.
We brought our beloved Maine Coon in for respiratory problems at 0900 and nothing was done for him until 6pm that evening. He died at 6:30. Blood work was basically done while our precious cat was dying. I will never take another animal there. We trusted this clinic to take care of our cat and they did nothing, but let him die.
My dog is a patient at the Pet Doctor and the staff there is very friendly and good with the pets. I am very happy with there service.
I called to see if they would board a heartworm positive dog. I was informed they would and the cost would be 140.00 for a week. I went in to fill out paperwork. The staff although nice were not trained well. Since I needed a little over a week and was not sure how many days over it would be I was told the best "package" would be to pay for eight days. On the eighth day they would call to update. On that day a male called to ask me why I hadn't picked my dog up. I I formed him about the conversation I had with the staff and he understood. I asked him if the info was noted on my paperwork and he said it wasn't. When I went in three days later I was told I owed 550.00. I told the young lady this had to be wrong because I already paid 230.00 and owed for three more days. She fooled around with the computer for 15 minutes and called another staff member. She informed me I owed 422.55 I paid it to get my dog back. She said she would discuss my concerns about being overcharged with the Vet who owns the business and get back to me. No one ever called. The next day I called back and asked if the vet would call me - never heard from her. Because of the incompetence, cost and deceit I would not recommend this kennel. I should mention that my dog needed medication. The dosage was on the envelope I gave the staff. One half pill for two days. One quarter pill for four days. They charge $3 for each dose. They said they dosed him twice the first day which was wrong . I don't know if they made a mistake in paperwork or dosed him incorrectly.
It seemed to me that they are all about the money and not there for you or your pet. They've gone through so many workers because of how bad they are.
Worst Vet EVER. Do not ever go here. Brought our little Brie in two weeks ago. They took x-rays, blood work, $900+ worth of testing and we left with some antibiotics and pain medicine for a uterine infection. Took her to Grand Strand Animal Hospital and she was in emergency surgery shortly afterwards. Dr. Anderson saved her life. He and his staff were incredibly kind, loving and professional. They took care of her overnight as if she was one of their own. Take your pet here: http://grandstrandanimalhospital.com
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.