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Old 08-16-2010, 08:58 PM
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i just moved here from Colorado.... a state full of awesome vet clinics due to Colorado State University's top rated vet school....at any rate, i think i found the best practice in Raleigh, via friends, web postings, and Angie's List....CareFirst Animal Hospital....they have four offices in Raleigh, one on Falls Neuse Road, just past I-540...it's new super clean, fantastic vets and staffers
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:17 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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You have all been so helpful! Magnolia Animal Hospital WAS the one that I was looking for. Quite a few of you had really good things to say. Also, Manning Animal Hospital was recommended by a couple of you too.

I spoke with the vet today. I told her that I wasn't happy that they had not been able to figure out what was going on with my doggie. She has agreed that we should go to the Vet School. She called to refer us and I will give them a call tomorrow to make the appointment.

I will let y'all know what we find out. I think it will be helpful information and I'd be happy to share. I hope it is something that can be fixed, whether surgery or medication. At least, we'll find out what the problem is.

Thanks again!

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Old 08-17-2010, 05:04 AM
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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Good luck Vicki! While none of us want our pets to be sick with perplexing illnesses, it's wonderful that we have such a great resource nearby!
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:01 AM
Location: Wake Forest (New Light area)
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Good luck Vicki - we've been to the vet school several times and have been extremely impressed each time. They have a very caring approach there and some top-notch specialists, as you'd expect.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:35 AM
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I would never take my precious pet to VSH ever again--well, if you're looking to spend thousands and get treated like nothing but a mealticket. When my dog passed away last month they never even bothered to acknowledge her passing, call or send a card. And I spent many thousands at that place in a matter of a few months.

NCSU is your best bet for a specialty hospital. Plus you have access to the best as well as the latest research.

Vicki, I hope your doggy gets better quickly!

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Old 08-17-2010, 07:47 AM
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Good luck Vicki, I hope they figure out what is wrong with your doggie!
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:12 AM
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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Good luck with that Vicki....hope for the best. I have two young Boston "girlie-girls" I know how we all want the best in the world for our dogs
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:42 PM
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We took our ailing cat to NCSU and got some of the best care I've ever seen. It wasn't cheap in the long run, but they bought Mistie another year and a few months, which I thought was worth it. As far as vets go, we've used Heritage Animal Hospital in Wake Forest since we moved here ten years ago, and they've always been extremely helpful and sensitive.
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:04 PM
Location: Morrisville, NC
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We had a dog with colon cancer about a year ago and I could not have been more happy with the way they treated the dog and us at the NCSU Vet School. We also had gone through lots of vet visits and close to a couple grand with no good results from our normal vet. She then referred us to the Vet School and while it was not cheap (hah, what you have spent so far can be a drop in the bucket, let me tell you) they did find the problem and one other small issue and were able to correct it. One of the students spent extra time and held our dog while she was recovering, even when she was "off", but everyone seemed just as nice and all seemed to love their work there. (I guess you don'[t go into that field without a love on animals."

We also had another dog that had some vomiting issues right after eating and they referred us to the Vet School again. While they were just as nice, they did a ton of tests and thought it was a very interesting case, but found nothing wrong with her. They suggested we try Pepcid each day and that worked great. So, not every case is going to be some great discovery or smoking gun type situation, but your dog will get good care and be exposed to a wide range of people workign on the case, ranging from the first year vet student to really well respected instructor and research personnel.
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:30 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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UPDATE...We were referred to the NCSU Vet School and got a Thursday appointment. I explained to the soon-to-be-vet that Molly has the symptoms of someone who just had a stroke because her symtoms were basically that she couldn't swallow, coughing and drooling. She, like my vet, assured me that dogs do not have strokes.

She gave Molly a physical and then left to speak with another much-sooner-to-be-a-vet. He came in, gave Molly another physical. They were super nice, very friendly BUT...they explained the possibilities in VET TERMS. Lucky for me, I have been doing tons of research on the internet or else how would I know what they were talking about!

They then wanted me to leave Molly for tests. They wanted me to sign paperwork, saying that I'd allow them up to $4,000 for tests. I was glad hubby was not there. He would have had a heart attack!

I explained that I was not prepared to do that so they agreed to do a couple of tests (not to total more than $500) and then call me.

They called later that afternoon to tell me that the first test showed nerve damage. Because of the nerve damage, she was having trouble swallowing and her esopoghus was swollen. Similar to reflux! Cost of the test was $300.

I went to pick her up. They proceeded to tell me that they wanted to know WHY she had nerve damage. It could be a turmor (although none of the x rays showed anything) or it could be an infection. I didn't see the point in knowing WHY she had nerve damage but rather, what could we do to make her feel better (since they said it couldn't be corrected, much like a stroke).

They convinced me to do one more test, a sonogram, that they estimated would cost another $200, so I agreed.

My home inspection ran late so hubby picked her up today. Instead of the $200, the total was over $400. They ran a "few more tests". Results: none.

Don't get me wrong, I am happy to know what is wrong with Molly and what we can do to help her BUT it seems to me that they would have continued to run each and every test possible, had I agreed to allow them to spend the $4,000!

I'm glad we went to the vet school. I'm glad we found such nice people who really seemed to want to help BUT I did get the feeling that they were trying to "sell" me tests.

This is for all those folks that asked me to update them when I found out. I really appreciate all the kind words that you all sent to me and I hope that this may help someone else if their dog has any of the same symstoms.

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