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412 Jonestown RdWinston Salem, NC 27104
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 …
2556 S Stratford RdWinston Salem, NC 27103
From Business: Forsyth Veterinary Hospital was established in 1955. Dr. Ruth Gillis is the primary veterinarian and owner. As the neighborhood around us continues to grow, so do…
6782 Shallowford RdLewisville, NC 27023
From Business: Conveniently located in Lewisville, NC, we provide caring, professional veterinary care for your pets. Dr. Eads and our team understand that your pets are family …
6790 River Center DriveClemmons, NC 27012
From Business: River Ridge Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located adjacent to the River Ridge Station Shopping Center in Clemmons, NC. The pro…
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I've been coming to Dr. Craig for 15+ years. Doctors and staff are caring and helpful. They always strive to give the best care possible to my fur-babies and explain results and options in explicit detail.
Our 17 year old cat, who was failing from an incurable illness, finally had to be put down. Saying goodbye is a devastating experience for all “pet parents” who love their furry little family members, so it was a blessing to find this amazing veterinarian and her staff. They handled this incredibly emotional and sad event with extreme compassion and with great tenderness. This amazing doctor and her staff received us in an emergency, on a weekend, and after hours. Their fees are fair and reasonable and the staff is very professional. A human patient could not have received better care.PS: And just in case you’re wondering, the facility itself is modern and immaculately clean.
Staff is great. Affordable boarding and care for our pet. When we had to put our previous pet down, they were compassionate and sensitive to our needs.
I have had several different animals--both dogs and cats--vetted at this animal hospital and have never had anything less than excellent service, both from the vets and the support staff. It is evident that these people are true animal lovers.
1) They got my kitty in same day, diagnosed the issue quickly and gave her medicine that cured her within a day. 2) Exceptionally nice and caring. 3) Squeaky clean facility.
I've been taking my fur babies to MTAH since 1987. They are a wonderful group of vets, techs, and staff. I cannot say enough good things about them. They've seen our family through happy and sad times. I have the utmost confidence and respect for them.
I have to say I am so grateful to Dr.Hayes and his staff for taking such great care of my mini schnauzer "Monkey". He has pancreatitis and they found out he was diabetic. He was in bad shape when we dropped him off and they kept me informed and took such great care of him! They showed compassion and never made me feel like I was a bother when I called check on him. Dr. Hayes himself would even call me back with progress reports while Monkey was in hospital. I can't thank them or say enough for saving my sweet baby. I highly recommend them to anyone. My pets will never go anywhere else!
Wonderful Drs who care about your pet and your budget. Highly recommend! We use them for our personal and rescue animals.
I had very bad experience there - rude and all they cared about was the money. They treated their employees very poorly. Bad vet!
BE,WARE--RIP OFF, puppy almost died!! Seizures, vaccine reaction, vet refused to give cortisone shot, told her littermate had reaction days before(later taken to Gastonia Emergency treated, they did lots more tests, oxygen, bill was $365). This Vet very rude, uncooperative, 3 more seizures , bill over $717. Called ahead to Accredited Emergency Thomasville Veterinary Hospital , two more seizures on way. They did exam, diagnosed vaccine reaction, gave cortisone shot immediatley, bill $77. No more seizures, fully recovered. University Parkway Animal Hospital does bs. as Animal Emergency of Forsyth County after hours, same facility. Called them, explained what happened, asked for call from vet and price adjustment, no response, caring, or responsibilty. This is new ownership, Dr. Amy Jessup, who owns two other practices in Winston Salem....It's all about the MONEY.
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.