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2013 Pleasure House RdVirginia Beach, VA 23455
From Business: Virginia Beach Veterinary Hospital is a full service animal hospital and will take both emergency cases as well as less urgent medical, surgical, and dental issue…
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We received wonderful home care for our new puppy. Homeside is on time, caring, gentle, and takes the time to develop a relationship with dogs and owners. They are very knowledgeable about the latest care and recommendations for medications and vaccines. We highly recommend them and already have an appointment for our other fur baby.
I am too upset to write about the details regarding the support that my dog received here. It was a huge mistake to bring my dog to Acredale. I found Dr. Nelson to be very unprofessional.
Pet Care Veterinarian Clinic, 5201 Va. Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23462Dr. Pete Fisher is a Tidewater Va. Veterinarian who just cannot be surpassed by any other. He, his clinic & staff have the most cutting-edge latest in animal health care technology , can work with you to help you & your animal companion receive the best care possible anywhere, & are all so gentle, sympathetic & kind in handling your baby as well as helping you to understand your options. Their special warmth & caring have gotten me through some potentially devastating events involving my own deeply beloved long~time babies & the emotional wounds suffered in their eventual passings.I see 3 or 4 scathing reviews by past patient parents who've had either very painful losses or very negative experiences at Pet Care. I'm sorry for these folks as well as their priceless loved pets. But if these are the only truly unfavorable incidents out of hundreds & hundreds of other clients over the years, I'd say that the percentage of happy pet parents who continue to return to Pet Care is far greater than the unfortunate few who don't.To expect a 100% positive history score would be unfairly unrealistic. When dealing with so many different personalities among the entire staff of one business, on occasion a Crack in the structure will betimes be located.But in my own experiences with Pet Care were always positive & even suprising in the tenderness & thoughtfulness which we were given there.My aging little mentally & physically retarded little totally innocent 12 year old tortoiseshell kitty Trezzie, became very sick & couldn't eat anymore. Dr. Pete diagnosed intestinal cancer, performed the surgery to remove it, which she bounced back from with little pain or difficulty, thank God. But the biopsy came back showing her cancer was highly aggressive & would be terminal, inoperable & that she would suffer terribly til it finally would take her.Seeing my obvious pain & grief led many of the nurses to tears too, as they stood by, watching me sadly.Not wanting my precious deeply beloved little Trezzie to suffer such a horrible struggle, I opted to let Dr. Pete to end her eventual fight to live while I cradled her. But I just couldn't bear to end her gentle life in a strange place on a cold metal table.So Dr. Pete brought one of his nurses with him TO OUR HOME, & euthanized her gently in our grassy backyard that she loved while I comforted her & whispered my love & goodbyes to her as her life slipped peacefully away.What vet do you know who would go so far to spare you & your baby such added unnecessary pain?They are sharp, thorough & unusually caring, understanding & wonderfully compassionate people at Pet Care Veterinary .
My experience here could have been the death of my dog and as a result, I will not be coming back. I took my highly active competition dog into Acredale with the symptoms of lethargy, a mild fever, joint swelling, all over stiffness, swollen lymph nodes, loss of appetite, hind end weakness, instability while walking and the explanation that he has been exposed to ticks since we track competitively and he is in the woods or fields numerous times per week practicing for trials. All signs pointed to a tick borne disease. A 4dx test tested negative, but I told the doctor that I knew this didn't mean much. There are many reasons why the test can provide a false negative and I asked for doxycycline to treat my dog based on clinical symptoms. For anyone who isn't aware, all research suggests treating aggressively with antibiotics if clinical signs point to a tick borne disease. Failure to do so can result in organ failure and death. The vet said NO, even after I pleaded with her several times. She suggested a full blood panel to be our next approach. Assuming she might prescribe doxy if the results pointed towards tick borne or infection, I agreed and went home to wait. Two days later, I received a call and was told that the blood panel was normal. At this time, the vet suggested several other diagnostic tests, numbering in the hundreds of dollars, and a few off the wall suggestions of possible causes (hip dysplasia among them, for a dog who was presented with fever, swollen lymph nodes, and all over joint pain ... plus OFA Good not even 2 years prior). As it turns out, I asked to see the results of the blood panel for myself, a few days later. As you can imagine, I was shocked to see that the panel was NOT normal and had several high and low results. Albumin, lipase, ALT, a to g ratio, and lymphocytes were all low. Globulin was high. If you do a little research, you will see these suggest possible kidney issues and possible tick borne disease as being the culprit. After speaking with two other vets, they both agreed that the dog should have been started on antibiotics immediately, due to clinical symptoms. Luckily, with the help and advise of another vet, I started my dog on doxycycline and within 3 days he is already getting back to normal. If I had listened to the vet at Acredale, my dog would very likely have started to have kidney failure or kidney damage (at the least). He could easily have died, all the while Acredale would have happily charged me hundreds, if not thousands, to test for everything else under the sun. I would never recommend Acredale to anyone that has a serious problem. Go elsewhere, or risk a misdiagnosis.
If you like being quoted one price and charged another after the fact this is the place to go. I was quoted 62 dollars for a kennel cough and canine flu vaccine over the phone. I was told that an exam charge would not be necessary (my dog had his exam less than 6 months ago). After driving an hour and in the exam room with the vet I was told that it was actually 98 dollars and then at checkout it was going to be 134 dollars. Then at checkout they "corrected" themselves and charged the 98.
If you love your pets don't take them to this vet office. They overdosed our flying squirrel , that they assured us they could take care of. Sadly he passed away on Christmas Eva.
Not only have my appointments been on time, but it is clear to me that the veterinarians at Acredale Animal Hospital care about the animals they see as well as the families that bring their animals to be seen. I have a large breed dog and was very concerned that her back left leg was giving out. Dr. Kenny took his time examining my dog, asking me questions, sharing his opinion, and suggested treatment plans starting with the least medicinal and least invasive. He was absolutely 100% correct in his diagnosis. I take great comfort knowing I have a team of veterinarians that I can trust. I highly recommend this practice to anyone seeking care and treatment of their animals.
The veterinarians and technicians were very knowledgeable and caring for both my dog and cat. When my dog got sick during our move, the veterinarian not only cared for our dog, he went out of his way to find a solution for me to move and not jeopardize my dog's care . I really appreciated the compassion the clinic's staff showed to my dog and to my family.
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.