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650 Peoples PlzNewark, DE 19702
The staff is great and very caring... They work with you regarding price, all you have to do is ask. I have had three dogs and they have been great…
1360 Marrows RdNewark, DE 19711
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 …
297 Polly Drummond Hill RdNewark, DE 19711
I can't say enough positive things about this vet. The level of caring and understanding from all members of staff is incredible. They explain every…
160 Bear Christiana RdBear, DE 19701
From Business: Animal Veterinary Center in Bear, DE is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of y…
155 Stanton Christiana RdNewark, DE 19702
Friendly, knowledgeable staff! Basically no wait at all, and they were able to take me last minute when I noticed a problem with my cat that was urg…
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I can't say enough positive things about this vet. The level of caring and understanding from all members of staff is incredible. They explain everything very clearly and make sure the visits are positive and as stress free as possible for both the animals and the owners.
Friendly, knowledgeable staff! Basically no wait at all, and they were able to take me last minute when I noticed a problem with my cat that was urgent, but not necessarily emergent (i.e. it could've waited till another day if it had to). Dr. Smalls was wonderful with my rambunctious puppy, and made me feel like I'd known her for years!
We initially went here because our new dog had a free vet check which was at this one. We thought oh we'll use the free visit up then find one closer to us for future visits. 6 visits later, we're still making the longer drive to them. From the first visit we were incredibly impressed with the staff friendliness and (puppy) patient attentiveness. All the staff are very animal focused, and put your pet first. They are very knowledgable, and go the extra mile to make you and your pet feel welcome and calm. They always have time for questions, and explain everything they've done or recommend clearly and professionally.
I have used Dr. Karli Flanagan's In Home Veterinary Care for several years, for both routine and sick visits to my several cats, as well as in-house euthanasia. Her service and professionalism are top notch. She is very responsive, and when in your home, gentle and considerate with your pets. Some of my cats were/are ferals, very skittish, yet she has great ideas on how to gently subdue them for treatment. I have several medicines I get from her, and I have these within a day or two of ordering, sometimes the same day. (Many of my cats are special needs, so have medical problems.). Her prices are very competitive, and she is very willing to refer to bricks and mortar vets, should treatment be needed that is not suited to a home environment. I am very picky about my cats' care, and trust her to give them excellent care, and make helpful suggestions for me for their daily care. Home care is so much better for your pets, and I know you will not be disappointed if you use Dr. Flanagan.
I have been using Pike Creek Animal Hospital for over 20 years and have nothing but good to say about Dr Mckersie, Dr Richardson, Dr Olsen and Dr Cumpstone!! However, Do Not Ever allow DR Quigely to touch your animals! Incompetent doesn't even come close to the inefficiency, lack of communication and lack of concern for your pet. Her concern is that of lining her purse and not your animals well being!!
Dr Flanigan is simply amazing! I can't speak highly enough of her attention to detail, concern for my pets or how quickly she will get to you when you need her! Also very reasonable prices. I wish I had a people doctor as amazing as she is!
The staff is great and very caring... They work with you regarding price, all you have to do is ask. I have had three dogs and they have been great with all three of them. The first one passed away and I can't say enough for how the staff helped me through it. I can't go anywhere else. And no I am not rich. I am a mother of three kids(all teenagers) and two dogs.
Dr. Karli Flannigan came to my home to euthanize my cat who had lung cancer. She was so compassionate and gentle, my Petey was first gently sedated so he was asleep immediately. It was very calm and dignified. She seems like a super caring person and will definitely be my family vet to my 7 other cats. This was my first meeting with Dr. Flannigan and was so impressed she is now my Vet.
Dr. Flanagan just put down my dog at home and it was the best experience I could have wished for my dog and my family considering the occasion. Dr. Flanigan is very calm, considerate, and compassionate. Her priority is the animal. My dog 'fell asleep' within 3 seconds. Dr. Flanigan stepped out for 10 minutes and allowed us to say good bye. Putting an animal down at home reduces the animals anxiety tremendously and he was able to leave peacefully. Thank you so much!
I give a 5 star rating. I recently moved to the area and found them to be rated highly by both 'checkbook' and 'angie's list'. In addition, I walk my dog in a local 'bark park' and a couple people I met there take their dogs their and recommended them. My dog is kind of skiddish and she seems comfortable with all the staff there. I have used both the vets and boarding service and would suggest them to any of my friends. If I have a question for one of the vets they always call me back within a day. Can't say that about my own doctor!
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.