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By: Cat S.
Pet Care Veterinary Hospital
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 .
By: jenniferh.chesapeake
Acredale Animal Hospital
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.
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By: Michael G.
Courthouse Veterinary Clinic
We have been using these vets for over 10 years and couldn't be anymore pleased. They have treated our family dog and cats with basic preventative care to a few small surgeries. They are reasonably priced and more importantly treat our animals like their own. They even take the time to explain things in laymen terms so we understand the treatments. Best vets around!
By: jai.essenmacher
Acredale Animal Hospital
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.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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