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8711 Fidelity BlvdRaleigh, NC 27617
We run a companion bird rescue and take our own birds and the birds we rescue to Avian and Exotic Animal Care. All the vets there are wonderful. Eve…
10220 Durant RdRaleigh, NC 27614
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 …
11021 Wakefield Commons DrRaleigh, NC 27614
From Business: Companion Animal Hospital of Wakefield is a full service veterinary hospital serving pet owners in North Raleigh and Wake Forest. Our doctors provide vaccinations…
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The customer service at this hospital is REMARKABLE! From the initial phone call I made to inquire about vet services, Sarah, who answered the phone was so patient with me and thoroughly answered all of my questions. Upon arrival I learned that this hospital, boarding, and grooming facility had a separate cat and dog section which I'm sure eliminates some of the anxiety most pets; especially cats, have when they're outside of their familiar element. I was greeted by Betty at the front desk and she made made my check in process seamless. Sarah soon greeted me and my cat Chloe in the waiting room within minutes and took us into a private room to weigh my cat and get to know her prior to the doctor coming in. Dr. V was so patient with my gentle giant 16.5 pound cat as she gave her an exam that my cat, Chloe, lied there patiently on the table and let Dr. V give here her shots and thoroughly exam her. Overall, I'm elated that I found a new vet for my cat being I am still new to NC. I'll continue to take my cat here for all future vet visits. They also have a grooming section so I'm looking forward to my cat's grooming appointment next week. My cat is back to her normal self and is feeling all purrrry and cuddly again. Thanks Betty, Sarah (or Sara), and Dr. V. You all were simply amazing!!!
CHECK YOUR PRICES ELSEWHERE!!!In my opinion they are guilty of price gouging. I am absolutely disgusted by my experience.
After 20 plus years going to this Vet., all of the help/caring/over and beyond caring for my furkids, something changed with the people at the front desk. They became rude/not caring/blank faced/even trying to talk to them on the phone was a major problem. These people are the only way to get to the Vet. for call backs/they control the email to her/it appears that they control everything. One of them will tell you one thing/one will tell you another thing, so who to believe? I found out that you can not count on or believe what ever they say, and when it comes to what they say and what the Vet. tells you are two entirely different things. I stayed with this Vet. for a long time because I cared about her and her caring about me and furkids over looking or trying to ignore the behavior of the people at the desk. Several things happened regarding my furkids over a period of months, the people at the desk getting more difficult to deal with that added major stress to me/not wanting to go there and all the time I am thinking? What have done to be treated like this? The end all of it was I was fired as a client/tried many times to talk to the Office Manager/left messages for her to call me back and for the Vet. to call me back/just excuses why they were not available. To this day, I do not know what I did or did not do to cause these actions. This has effected me to the core of my being and nothing that they can say or do will make any difference at this point .... The door to a business is the people that you see at the front desk, if you see a problem to start out with, I would suggest you turn and walk back out.
We have been long time clients at Quail Corners and I recommend them to everyone. The entire staff cares for our pets as though they were their own. The staff is wonderful - knows us by first name and, better yet, knows our dog. The doctors are all fantastic and Dr. Gjessing is absolutely amazing! Our dog loves everyone that works at Quail and they give her excellent care and tons of love.
I took my dogs here to be groomed. The groomer "mixed up" some unknown chemicals with the grooming products. Both my dogs ended up with chemical burns covering their bodies. I brought the first one in and Dr. Covington misdiagnosed him and insisted it had nothing to do with the grooming. I then got home and realized my other dog had the same thing and they were getting sicker. I rushed them both to the emergency vet who said they had chemical burns. It took weeks of fighting with Dr. Covington and staff. They wanted an "independent" dermatologist consultant to see if they were at fault. They chose him. He said it was their fault. They still fought back and only paid a portion of the thousands of medical bills. One of my dogs had all the pads rip off his feet, most likely due to becoming soft from internal chemical burns. They refused to pay for it. DO NOT GO HERE. If you care about your animals, go somewhere safe.
I came to Swift Creek without an appointment. My dog was sick...I was scared!! I love this place!!! We both left happy and I will never go anywhere else!! They just care!!
If you care about your pet then DO NOT board him or her at Crossroads Vet Hospital. I cannot speak to the veterinary services but the boarding service is shockingly poor. They have lost my pet's belongings on several occasions (dog bowls, blankets, and bed) and the last two times I picked him up they lost his bed. This means a) I have to replace these items at at my own cost and b) he was sleeping on concrete instead of his bed or blanket (this happened on two occasions).They told me it was my fault the items were lost since I shouldn't have left the items with them (like his bed) and that it is in their policy that you sign when you drop off your pet that they can lose your pet's belongings at no cost to them. However, when I asked to see the policy in writing, they couldn't find it and changed their story that it was more of an "assumed policy" that they will lose your pet's belongings. I was shocked they actually said this. Terrible terrible experiences and very rude office staff.
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.
I have never been treated so poorly by anybody in my life. It scares me a little if they treat me like this to my face. how did they treat my pets for YEARS when I wasn't there to protect them or when they had to be sedated. I still can't get over how unprofessional they are.
After multiple times being shocked by the random hikes in cost of meds and services, we spoke to our Vet and the office manager "so i thought" resulting in a plan of care that was agreed upon. Every time I have walked in the building from the time the plan was established I have had different charges and no communication prior to the appointment informing me of the increase. Use of different medications that cost more without consent from me, with the excuse each Vet DR can prescribe what ever they chose is a stupid excuse that was fixed by requesting only Dr Piver with my dogs care and medication. Last point 1/16/15 .75 dexdomitor injection cost $46.47 then 3/15/15 .81 dexdomitor injection cost $63.01 and now 2/29/16 the same amount cost $84.41. You doubled your price in 1 year!!!! You now forced me to sacrifice the excellent care Dr. Piver gives Titan because of Quail Corners as an establishment and its office staff being inconsiderate and unprofessional!
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.