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Terrible experience! Always extra but unnecessary tests and vaccines for boarding (according to my dog's vet). They even gave my dog double doses of vaccines!!Many staffs are rude and impatient if you dare to ask questions that are not convenient to them.
I can't recommend Paoli Vetcare highly enough! I have been using them for many years, originally with our cat, Callie, and then with our first dachshund, Minnow. Our three year dachshund, Waldi, has been a patient at Paoli Vetcare since he was 10 weeks old. He loves the place and can't wait to get in the door and be greeted by the staff. I use their daycare service regularly and board him occasionally. Waldi has developed many human and canine friendships, and the staff all know him (and me) by name! My son and his fiancee recently adopted a 12 week old kitten, and based on our experience with the practice, they have decided to also use Paoli Vetcare, even though they are living in Phoenixville.
I moved to the West Chester area in 2012 and worked in Devon. I had a young dog and needed to find a new vet. I choose Paoli Vetcare after doing some research.Now, I've been bringing that same dog here for over 6 years. He comes here for all checkups and ailments. He's had at least a couple minor surgeries that I can recall. I've moved farther away in the last few years and now often work from home; I'm rarely close to Paoli anymore. However, I continue to bring my dog here. They are always very caring, honest, and have never tried to sell us something we didn't need.Additionally, I used to bring my dog here daily for daycare. It was very convenient and I never had any issues. I boarded him here as well and never had an issue. From what I recall, the prices were better than all other local options.While my dog might not entirely enjoy the waiting room and the possibility of being dropped off while I leave, I will continue to bring him here so long as I'm within an hour drive. I've had bad experiences in the past with less caring providers and large providers that didn't remember my dog's name. This is not one of those places.
My wife and I and have taken our cats to Dr. Rowan since he opened, and we love the care they get there. His guidance, and that of his associate Dr. Urioste, has always been clear, practical, and to the point. His support staff is equally good, and they treat our pets with respect and affection. They've helped us through some difficult end-of-life decisions, and we feel we've always received the best advice. We love Paoli Vetcare!
Dr. Rowan and his staff create the most amazing environment for our dogs and for us. The office is friendly, professional and fun! We have two labs and they aren't scared to go to the vet like they used to be … they actually love going to visit! Dr. Rowan is the best vet we have ever had … his compassion and sincerity is so appreciated. A few years ago, we had to make the agonizing decision to put our 15 year old yellow lab down … Dr. Rowan reassured us that we had done what was best for her and they gave us all the time we needed to stay with her prior to and after she was put to sleep. The staff at Paoli Vet Care are more than just animal lovers … they are honest, ethical people who love what they do and want to be sure your pets receive the best possible care!
The absolute best! I have been to many different vets over the course of decades in various states, with various breeds and species. Dr. Rowan and Dr. Dawn are the best! It goes without saying that they are both extremely knowledgeable, well educated, and tops in their profession, but what you won't know until you go there is how caring and concerned they are for your pet's well being. Honest and true empathy and conscientious concern is abundant in this practice. I hope you don't ever need it, but if your beloved pet is seriously ill and struggling for their life, you will want the best, so why would you go anywhere else?
I've had our Maltese Belle for almost 10 years now and it's only recently since August that we switched to Paoli Vetcare due to proximity to our home and a desire to have more compassionate care. Recently Belle developed a fever and difficulty swallowing and became lethargic suddenly. We needed to take her in quickly and have some resolutions as she was clearly uncomfortable. Dr. Dawn was so wonderful and caring...truly loving towards Belle. She is the real deal. We needed to come back as symptoms worsened but she was assuring and they kept Belle there all day as they were booked so they could keep an eye on her. They knew I was worried to have her home. Her breathing was compromised which is very scary not knowing what to do. Belle was medicated and treated so well and the staff were so supportive. Dr. Dawn even followed up twice by phone to check on her. I did not know Vets did that. I'm such a grateful and 'raging" fan! Best second home ever for our dogs!
Paoli Vetcare has been our family vet for our cats and dogs for over ten years. We switched from another Mainline vet years back and the experience was totally different. Dr. Rowan has been our primary vet, but we also see Dr. Dawn when he's unavailable. They are both attentive, caring, and thorough. We have been through multiple oral surgeries for our 15 year old dog, plus mobility and pain issues in these last years. Dr. Dawn helped us figure out what meds would help make him more comfortable and called to check in on how he was doing when we switched. When we put our sick kitty to sleep several years ago, it was heatbreaking - but with Dr. Rowan's advice and support, we knew it was the right thing to do to keep him from suffering needlessly. In our years with this practice, the doctors have always laid out options without judgement and answered our questions patiently. We value their expertise and obvious care for their patients and families. Although this is not the vet closest to our home, we continue to travel the extra miles because they love our pets as we do. Highly recommend!
I've been going to Paoli Vetcare since I moved to the area, about 3 years ago. Really enjoy the service we receive at this vet. Dr. Rowen is incredibly kind to both of our pets, a cat and a dog. Neither animal is particularly fond of going to the vet, but all of the staff members take great care in treating each of them with respect. I also appreciate that the services are reasonably priced. We recently moved again, and now we're a longer distance from the vet. However, I like their services so much that I'm willing to make the longer commute and keep both animals with Dr. Rowen. I recommend Paoli Vetcare for vet services, hands down!
Been going to see Doctor J and Doctor Dawn for over five years, since our yellow lab Charlie was a puppy. Always a good experience with the entire staff.
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.