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615 Airline BlvdPortsmouth, VA 23707
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 …
1120 George Washington Mem HwyYorktown, VA 23693
We had to use PEVC twice because they were the only ER vet that had the equipment we needed to test our boxer. The first visit was in February when …
Serving the Virginia Beach Area.
From Business: Tidewater Equine Clinic & Farm Animal Services of Virginia is a mobile veterinary practice specializing in horses and other farm animals. Our patients include cat…
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Animal lovers BEWARE!On July 11, 2018, I accompanied my daughter and her beloved 9 year old Siberian Husky to this clinic. “Isis” was experiencing severe trauma, i.e., tremendous lethargy, inability to stand on her own, and without control of her bodily functions.Dr. Susan E. Gibbs, DVM, ordered x-rays and blood tests.The blood test showed, in the her opinion,Isis was suffering from severe dehydration and severe anemia, but her main focus was on hip dysplasia, wanting to prescribe muscle relaxants. She then showed us the results of the x-ray showing us the organs.She felt that the liver had a foreign growth above it. She guessed that this might be toxic substances irritating the liver. (The foreign object that she was pointing to was the stomach which was only slightly visible on the x-ray.) She pointed to the kidney and said this was the stomach. “I am at a complete loss as to what Isis’ problem is,” she commented.She said that we should take her to an emergency hospital overnight to hydrate her overnight.After we pressed the vet for more possible reasons for Isis’ current condition, she could not offer any.We questioned, at that point, our frustration over not finding any etiology of the situation, she ‘stormed’ out of the room, muttering,“Any other person would have done the same thing!”She never returned.We took Isis to Bay Beach Emergency hospital.Dr. Megan Howard, met with us and informed us that Isis was suffering from IMHA.She gave us our options, including a blood transfusion because all the red blood cells were depleted,. After much consideration and discussion, my daughter and her family decided to not allow the beloved family dog to suffer any longer and chose euthanasia.After talking with Dr. Howard about our experience with Dr. Gibbs, she said she was going to call Dr. Gibbs and educate her toward identifying IMHA. Why does a licensed DVM have to be educated to recognize this?Animal owners to be cautious when taking your animals here.
Great vet!! Thorough, friendly, great customer service. The vet took some time explaining to us what was wrong with fur babies and gave us advice on how to prevent it. Thank you so much.
I truly wish I could give this "hospital" 0 stars. Over the weekend we brought our epileptic mastiff in with symptoms of a blockage of some sort. We were initially sent home with simply a nausea shot and indications that the vet who saw us simply thought we were overreacting. A few hours later, we decided to bring our boy back in. For a large breed, epileptic dog who was regurgitating multiple times in their office lobby, was clearly in pain, stressed, and dehydrated we waited almost 3 hours. We asked multiple times if he could just be seen briefly and put on fluids, but we were ignored and pushed to the side, with office staff rudely telling us that "They know you are here. You need to sit and wait." After they finally saw our boy and did X-rays, they determined he did indeed have a blockage, was likely in a lot of pain, and was severely dehydrated and needed to be put on fluids quickly (which we already had been trying to express), and needed a surgery as soon as possible if no changes were seen after rehydration. When we picked him up, there were extraneous charges on our bill that had to be removed, he was returned to us with caked diarrhea on his butt near his brand new surgical incision, and we were told that he had gone lame in all four legs due to how the IVs were placed. On top of this, the communication by the staff and vets was severely lacking, and often we were misinformed as to what was happening with our dog. The post-care instructions on the release forms also does not match up with what we were told verbally. I recommend that anyone avoid this callous "emergency vet" at any cost. The level of care for our dog and the lack of compassion and explanation to us was simply astonishing. We will be passing on these awful experiences to our own vet, as well as to any pet owners that we know in hopes that others can avoid the issues we had to go through.
I have used them for many years. The doctors are thorough and competent. They explain things very well. They keep good records and most of all they are reasonable.
Doctor Johnson and his staff are awesome. Call him on Saturday worried sick about my Bearded Dragon, and even though they were booked he still squeezed me in. Been to many vets over the last few year and have never been happy until now! He is now my go to vet... AMAZING!!!
The prices are insane - I was quoted 645 to neuter my Chihuahua. I brought my Chihuahua in for an x-ray and a rabies shot - was told they had emergencies and they needed to keep him there for an hour or two. 7 hours later I called and called and they said they would get back to me. I went up there and they were all just sitting around talking about moving and what they were doing this weekend. My dog was still locked up - no shot, no x-ray.Now here is the kicker. 7 months later still receiving random bills even though I paid the day I was there. The first bill was for a random 20 dollars. No decription for what. The second bill indicated I took my dog there - when I did not - and obtained Trifexis. My dog doesn't even take Trifexis. I call every day and no one can call me back about these charges. Clearly there is a complete break down of the management of this place. Had there not been a snow storm that crippled the city I would have taken my dog to his normal vet. I won't make this mistake again.
While I feel that their veterinarians and staff are pleasant, multiple times we have been pushed with the most costly options first for treatment.The final straw was our dog having an upset stomach and we spent over $750 for tests that yielded a result of nothing more than treatment with antacids and other medication which should have been the first option.Their facilities are nice and I'm sure that their vets and technicians are knowledgeable, but trust is a big factor and I do not feel that they have a hard working family's best interests as their priority. I feel taken advantage of when comparatively they are far more expensive than equally effective veterinary practices in the area.
Absolute worst experience of my entire life. Do not EVER bring your dog to this horrible establishment. Took my dog when I walked in never told me where or let me see her. Then preceded to make me feel like a horrible dog mom when I refused to pay $1300 up front when I didn't even know what was wrong with my dog. After telling them I was uncomfortable and wanted to take my dog elsewhere they continued to make me feel selfish for not letting them take care of her and trash talking the office down the road, which is 1000 times nicer. When I said I wanted to leave and to get my dog it took them 10 minutes to go get her for me. I ended up paying $80 for absolutely nothing. The staff is the worst I have ever come in contact with, if you care about your animal at all do not go here!
On Sunday November2, 2014 we took our beloved cat to Beach Bay he had a urinary tract infection and our cat had issues with people touching his paws so they would give him some meds to calm him down to clip his nails . They gave him too much gas and he died. They are under staffed, Rude and heartless cold. Everything the other people say about their customer service is so true! To top the whole thing off they promised to call the cremation service and never did two days later I called the cremation service they had not heard a thing from them, They need a total over hall of their business, bring people in when they work on their pets and get some compassion. A customer for 6 years and that is the thanks I get a perfectly beautiful loving cat Dead! They do not understand cats and have had a poor bedside manner with him from Day One! THEY GAVE HIM TOO MUCH GAS!
I called on behalf of my Sister re: her dog because she was waiting for a return call from the Doctor. She called on 7/17 and was told the Doctor would call back the following day. Today 7/18 and it about noon I called stating the Doctor hadn't called back. The staff worker answering the phone clearly acted as if I should have known that the Doctors reporting time for today was 2pm. She became very condescending in her tone. Her professionalism truly needs to be improved. Hopefully the calls need to be recorded so a playback can be heard!! This place wouldn't be recommended to anyone that I know at all.
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.