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3716 Wilkinson BlvdCharlotte, NC 28208
Dr. Rubin has been our family's vet for many years. He has been there through some tough illnesses and still remembers all of the names of the pets …
1216 Matthews Mint Hill RdMatthews, NC 28105
From Business: Animal Care Hospital of Matthews is a state-of-the-art veterinary facility that offers the highest quality of personalized care for your pets. The doctors and sta…
103 S. Watterson StreetKings Mountain, NC 28086
From Business: Preventive Care:Routine physical exams, Nutritional Counseling Pain Management Micro-Chipping. Diagnostics & Illness: Comprehensive Laboratory;Digital Radiology, …
2180 E Franklin BlvdGastonia, NC 28054
My dog get very sick over night, I took him to the vet I had been using since moving from Charlotte to Crouse which was Cherryville animal hospital.…
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Very hands on! Loved him and my dog was not stressed at all. Very thorough, patient and explains everything even discusses diagnosis with you!! Just moved to area, went to another vet, not pretty, went to Dr. Eddins - fantastic!!!!!
We would like to extend our profound gratitude to Dr. Deanna Moseley, Dr. Todd Smith, and staff at the Hope Animal Hospital in Shelby for the loving care they provided our beloved Pug Bella during and at her life's end. This is a wonderful place. David and Becky Wilkins.
Our beloved cat who is 12 years old almost died last summer. Dr. Dixon nursed her back to health, and she's now doing fine. Janice is very easy to talk with.
It's a wonderful place to take your pets they are loving and caring for your animals
Dr. Westmoreland and Dr. Dixon both deserve five stars! Boulevard animal hospital has been seeing my family for 40 years. They would not dream of going anywhere else.When I was adopted in 2001 I was taken there for a full check up. Through the last 12 years I was seen there not only for preventative care such as annual shots, but also for geriatric care that included, but was not limited to a specialized diet and blood profiles.Their office has the ability and resources necessary to provide advanced services. Both vets will clearly point out all the options available and give you choices regarding your animals care. However, they both are very practical. If they believe that the extended services are unnecessary in determining treatment options they will tell you. Their mission is to provide quality care for your pets not pad their pockets.The bottom line is both Veterinarians have years of experience and are kind down to earth professionals that do not hesitate to speak their minds. The time they spend with your pet is used for thorough examination, detailed explanations regarding your pet s current condition and training that will allow for you to provide for your pet in the home setting. While the team at Boulevard Animal Hospital provides excellent and responsible care for your pets they expect for you to do the same. Quality care for your pets isn't above and beyond, it is simply a required expectation. This being said, they are not judgmental just merely factual and straightforward. Dr. Westmoreland and Dr. Dixon both leave the pampering and spoiling to Janice. Janice receives 5 stars plus!If you want five star experienced veterinarians that truly care about your pet, and will be there for your pet 24-7 Boulevard Animal Hospital is the place! You don t have to look any further! A special thanks dear friends for the wonderful care you have provided me. I will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. A special lick and paw for Janice, All my love, Meggie 8/19/93 - 12/12/12
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.