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1108 Dresser CtRaleigh, NC 27609
From Business: Raleigh Community Animal Hospital provides comprehensive preventative healthcare and treat most illness, injury and emergencies. We have state of the art whole bo…
5919 Creedmoor RdRaleigh, NC 27612
Our miracle story is about “a little man in a fur coat” as named by our Veterinarian, Dr. Beth Jordan, Duraleigh Animal Hospital, Creedmoore Road in…
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I just moved to Cary from Florida and I am so thrilled this vet office is less than a mile away. My cat seemed to be having seizure like activity one morning and I called Crossroads Veterinary Hospital to see if I could see someone right away. The receptionist seemed very concerned and made room for me to come in as an emergency. I had to wait 15 minutes because no Dr's were there yet (7:45am). The front desk staff was so concerned about myself and my cat they offered me coffee or water and let me go to an exam room so I could wait quietly with my baby. At 8 am two Dr's came into my room and were so gentle and soothing. I was crying like crazy. They wanted to keep my cat for the day to monitor her while they did treatment. I was scared to be away from her so they offered me to do visitation throughout the day. By 2 pm my girl was back to herself and ready to go home. The Dr's spent so much time with me discussing possible reasons for her "attack". Ultimately we think it may have been a pest control spray I had used in my house the day before. I was so thankful for the attention my girl had while she was there and how soothing the staff was. People don't write enough about these type of experiences, just the negative. I hope Crossroads Veterinary Hospital and all the DVM's that worked with me know how spectacular their efforts were! I can't imagine taking her anywhere else.
The doctors at Crossroads are awesome! They are so loving and compassionate to my kitty ,who I love. My kitty was close to death when I got him and I took him to Crossroads where all the doctors and techs got together to discuss how to save him.Each doctor cared so much for him ,it was like he was the only kitty in the world,and to me he is.My kitty is one year old now and I can't imagine my life without him. He has brought me so much joy and happiness and I just love him so much. If it weren't for the dedicated,caring doctors and techs at Crossroads I wouldn't have him. Thank you so much for saving him.He is the love of my life. I would never go to another vet. I know for sure that the doctors at Crossroads do what they do because they love the animals as much as we do.
I have been bringing my cat to see Dr. Goetz since Animal Hospital at Brier Creek opened. All the staff is super friendly and always cares so much about my kitty. My cat doesn't usually do very well at the vet, but the staff is so gentle here that she does better than she has anywhere. If there is a wait to see the doctor, I am always offered something to drink. The nurse always give my kitty catnip and a free toy. They always spend lots of time with me when I have questions and the nurses are so knowledgable. Dr. Goetz is very gentle and caring with my kitty and always spends the extra time with her. They are the best hospital I have ever been too. And, everything is always so clean and it doesn't smell like an animal hospital.
A few years ago, I was looking for a new vet because I felt my previous vet was charging me too much and wasn't listening to my desires as a pet owner. A friend recommended I try Crossroads and I have been very happy with them! I've seen several different vets there and each one of them has been friendly, knowledgeable and attentive to not only my dogs' needs, but also my own. Sometimes I've had to wait a bit for my appointment, but when I'm seen, the vets take all the time they need to diagnose and treat my dogs. I've since moved further away from where I used to be so getting there takes longer, but it's well worth the drive. I would definitely recommend Crossroads to anybody looking for a new vet!
Great! Dr. Wallace is amazing! I'm so lucky to have found an office that cares for my cats so much! One of my kitties has had horrible issues with her ear. We had been going to another vet (the first one I saw when I moved to the area). They had missed an ear infection that eventually got so bad that my cat's eardrum was injured. Dr. Wallace was so gentle and loving with her and after a few months of treatment, we got her infection cleared up and have had no issues since. I love them there. After the appointment, the veterinarian will come out with your cat's report card and go over everything with you again in summary. I highly recommend them!
I've been going to this particular vet for about a year now and Dr. Goetz is great! She's wonderful at explaining things in a way you can definitely understand and will even provide pictures. Her staff is very professional and courteous as well. Everyone really takes the time to get things done right. The reason I didn't give them 5 stars, is it's a realitively new office and they are still working out some of the kinks. If you happen to get the Val-pak, there is always a coupon for $10 off your first visit. Give it a try! You'll be impressed. I would definitely recommend this vet to my friends and family.
I was recommended by a friend to go to crossroads because they have a large team of DVM's and my dog has multiple issues. Dr. Albright saw my boy and was able to get him the right blood work 3 other vet hospitals never had done. The next day she called me with the results at 8am. She asked if I could come in to get a medical program going for him. I feel my visit to crossroads bought more years to my boy's life and he is doing so well now after so many other vet's seemed to have me on the wrong path. This hospital is 45 minutes away, but I won't go anywhere else for my dog!
Dr. Price has been my vet for almost 20years now. She has always had my cocker spaniels' beat interest at heart. My friend recently passed away in May 2009 after over 16yrs of hugs and kisses. Dr. Price treated her from 8weeks till her passing and my dog was healthy and had a very happy life. Even with her arthristis and in the last year dementia my vet did all she could to ensure my baby's pain was managed and that she had quality of life. I will always be thankful to Jackie for loveing my friend as much as i did and still do.
Our dog has had ear infections for 3-4 years with 10-20 visits to other local vet hospital. The doctors at Quail Corners used a scope attached to an iPhone to better diagnose why our dog continued to get ear infections. They gave her a gentle sedation and did a fantastic job removing hair and wax in her ears. We were able to see pictures on their iPhone from the exam. Our dog has gone 6+ months without another ear infections. The team at Quail Corners gets an A+ for treating our Shadow with such great care and love.
Dr. Gore is a GREAT vet. My dogs and I had an awesome experience when we went for our routine visit. I was new to the area and had tried a couple other vets first but found what I was looking for at Spring Forest Animal Hospital. The staff was friendly & knowledgeable. I also took a tour of their boarding facility and was very impressed, I'll be boarding my dogs this spring. Thanks Dr. Gore!!
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.