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106 Elk Mills RdElkton, MD 21921
From Business: Serving lovable pets in Elkton, MD area since 1965. We love your pets and that's why we treat them as part of our family. With our advanced technology, including …
1360 Marrows RdNewark, DE 19711
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 …
650 Peoples PlzNewark, DE 19702
The staff is great and very caring... They work with you regarding price, all you have to do is ask. I have had three dogs and they have been great…
160 Bear Christiana RdBear, DE 19701
From Business: Animal Veterinary Center in Bear, DE is a full service companion animal hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of y…
297 Polly Drummond Hill RdNewark, DE 19711
I can't say enough positive things about this vet. The level of caring and understanding from all members of staff is incredible. They explain every…
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In writing a review I did not want to boast on my personal experiences because there is almost always an emotional attachment to your words. I would rather give a personal observation. To many of us animals become part of the nuclear family and there is nothing we would not do for our family members. Sometimes emotions become entangled in purse strings and resentments are formed and in our minds comparisons are set to human cost. I wanted to look at the reviews as a complete picture to what was being written by others. Sometimes the wisest words come from the minds of the least expected. I have a quote that covers the experience you will receive at Windcrest Animal Hospital. "“You can judge a man's true character by the way he treats his fellow animals.” a quote by Paul McCartney.This is the big picture neither the price nor any plan to lure you in...... there is a compassion that people miss when choosing a veterinarian. This compassion goes beyond anything that is imaginable because the people that become DVM's or Techs have a deep love for animals. Furthermore animal medicine is a bit more complicated because the patient cannot speak. Someone must speak for them. This is what I searched for from almost a two hour drive stretching into Maryland and through Delaware. I found very capable Vets for dogs, cats and cattle but none for exotics. Windcrest Animal Hospital is a compassionate well staffed establishment for the service of veterinarian medicines. Compassion goes hand and hand with empathy and the doctors and staff share your loves and loss in the lives of your pets. Windcrest Animal Hospital was the answer the only place that could take care of my pets. I had been to seven different vets none had the compassion for (particularly in general) my breed of animal. As for office visits the prices are the same in comparison and lower than most. If you have issues with prices I can suggest that you indulge your pet in health insurance through one of the many underwriters available. I did because compassion for my pets is greater than the cost to make them healthy. The staff is a delight as they make you welcome and the waiting time is very short, by the way coffee and tea is available to you as you wait. Anytime you call your calls are returned within a reasonable length of time, with an answer to your concern. I can call today and have an appointment in the AM no problem. I would further recommend and suggest you take your special pet to Windcrest Animal Hospital all their needs including boarding. My own experiences have been bringing my boys to Dr. Anthony Dallatore who I trust whole heartedly and who has all the traits mentioned in this review. My boys are Rats …..literally real rats. “Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day. It is amazing how much love and laughter they bring into our lives and even how much closer we become with each other because of them.” John Grogan, Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog
I have a cat named Tigger he is 7 years old and my cat wasn't eating much and was acting very lethargic and wasn't holding down water he would vomit it back up! So I took him to banfield and the vet. did a overall check up and felt his stomach and said his stomach didn't feel normal there is something there that they would have to do x-rays to check what it is and some blood work and they wanted to watch him over night so i said ok to it as long as you don't hike the bill up high because i can't afford a high bill! They said not to worry cause they value there customers and will work with me on a payment plan if more has to be done so I said ok that sounds great! Next day I called to check on my cat and they said we are sorry but your cat passed away over the night! I was extremely upset and asked what happened they would not explain to me everything and it sounded like they left out a lot of what went wrong!The bill was very high 1,200.00 dollars and they would not honor a payment arrangement agreement like they said they would in the first place and I'm not paying a dime in the first place since they killed my cat doing something they aren't telling me what they done to him!I currently have an attorney working on the case!they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!My advice avoid banfield pet hospital at all cost: They don't care about animals and they don't care about you as a customer they only care about your wallet!!!Hope my review warns and helps others!
rThis is a Horrible place. They do testing without informing you about it and give you medication that is not needed. Save your money and go to Circle Vet or Limestone. Windcrest is HORRIBLE. If you need a hospital, go to Vet Specialty in New Castle.tj;lj;
My experience with Windcrest was one of the worst I could ever imagine. If there is a test that could potentially be done, they will order it. After my first negative experience, I decided to return, giving them a second chance. My dog was having difficulty with his leg and they could not figure out why. I sent his x-rays to a Vet friend in CT and he had cancer. The leg had to be amputated. Had I not contacted my friend, my dog, now 16, would be dead. The desk people were for the majority, not friendly, often rude and accused me of being rude! All of their vets are not certified, so they have a certified Vet sign the prescriptions. Save your pet, save your money and go someplace else. These reviews can be very helpful-listen to them and avoid my nightmare. Tishbud
They are wonderful, very caring and they are great vets, I took my 3 kitties there for surgeries and all went extremely well. I even brought in a stray cat I found early one morning stumbling in the road. I scooped her up and placed her in a carrier I always have with me and just walked into the hospital and explained what occurred they took the stray into the back exam room immediately. I was shocked when they didn't even take my credit card when offered to them. Sadly the cat was in very bad shape and did not make it, they contacted me by phone to let me know . They never charged me a dime for the stray. They truly care about animals.
I have been taking my pets to this vet for years, and they are great. The staff is very caring, and compassionate, and they always greet you with a smile. You can tell they really care about your pets. Their prices are very good compared to some of the other vets I've been to.
Go to Centreville. You will never again have a worry abt Your Pet being in the best Veterinary hands. Have been thier client since 1975, just try to make me stop going here.. As long as this Hospital is Alive, my Pets will all be seeing Dr. Coats & the Staff, Front & Kennel, cannot say enough.
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.