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Old 07-14-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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I am looking for a vet to take my two cats to. Does anyone know of a vet that is good and not too expensive? And could you give me examples of prices for vaccines and a cat wellness exam? Thanks!
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I would suggest Gentle Care Animal Hospital in Cary. I was only there once for an Emergency about 6 years ago when my vet was closed. They treated my dog before they opened ( I was in the parking lot with my dog in the car and the vet took us right in even though they didn't open for half an hour)and the cost was decent considering he need surgery from being attacked.
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Old 07-14-2009, 07:18 PM
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Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza is great. I see Dr. Szymkowski (spelling?) and I know Dr. Bailey is great, too. So either of them I would recommend. However, I think their prices are pretty much the average going rate around here, which is not really cheap. They are certainly not higher than average, and the care is above-average, especially in terms of them fitting you in and calling you back, the doctors calling to check on your pets, etc.

Someone suggested PetSound in Cary as having better prices and a great doctor but I called them to ask about some prices for a dog I am fostering and they were very busy and didn't call me back. So, maybe they are cheaper and good but if can't get a hold of them, that's not great.

For vaccines, look on craigslists under pets for "low cost care" or call the SPCA or Wake County animal control and see if there are clinics you can go to for those routine things. That can be a lot cheaper. You could get those out of the way at a clinic then establish yourself at a vet with the wellness exam.

I just did a super-quick search and came up with these links. They probably focus on spay-neuter but have vax, too. You can check them out:

-- for example, that one clinic says heart worm testing (I know that's done for dogs, I have no idea for cats) is $15, whereas at a regular vet it is $40. That just give you an idea of the potential savings, especially since with two animals it will all be times two.


http://www.doghause.com/spaywhere.asp

http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter.html#nc

http://www.pets911.com

http://www.petsandanimals.org/spayneuter_services.html

And also this post:


$10 Rabies vaccinations. Due to the recent confirmed cases of rabies in our area THIS WEEK, George's Place Animal Sanctuary will be having a special Saturday vaccination clinic at our Durham facility, AFFORDABLE ANIMAL CARE SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC OF DURHAM, located at 2005 N. Pointe Dr #8, Durham near I-85 & Guess Road -- behind Honey's Restaurant. Clinic will be this Saturday, 7/11/09 9am - 11am. Other low cost vaccinations available include: DHPP, DHLPP, Corona, Bordetella, Rabies, Feline Leukemia, FVRCP.

Heartworm testing $15 & FELV/FIV testing $18.

Low cost Heartguard and Frontline will be offered during the event.

CASH ONLY. For more information call 1-888-622-7729.

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Old 07-14-2009, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Ellicott City MD
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I second the Animal Hospital of Peak Plaza. We see Dr. Gene Bailey. My cat is diabetic, so she has a lot of ongoing expenses, and he's great about telling me what everything costs up front and giving me options. He also has returned my phone calls at 6 in the morning, and is willing to answer my questions by e-mail. I am very happy with her care there.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:23 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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We used to take our dog to Cary Animal Hospital before she passed on. I was very pleased with their service and attentiveness.
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Old 07-15-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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I would highly recommend Morrisville Cat Hospital. It is a Morrisville address, but may be close to you depending on where you are in Cary. They are excellent and, obviously, just cater to cat care.

Morrisville Cat Hospital

I'd also recommend VSH in Cary, but i'm not positive they do regular check-ups.
Veterinary Speciality Hospital of the Carolinas

I had bad experiences with two other area vets but I found both of these to be very good, especially the cat hospital.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Thanks to everyone. I will do some calling around in the next few days. My cats both have 3 yr rabies vaccines and have seen a vet before. They really just need wellness checks and distemper combo vaccines. I have lived in the area before, but moved and my cats were seeing a vet in Greensboro. I had some problems with the vet in Raleigh that I saw a few years ago.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:58 AM
 
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I second and third Animal Hospital in Peak Plaza, my cat has allergies and needs to get shots occasionally and they are great. (I have 3 kids and the cat cost me more--allergies-who'd have thunk)
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:38 PM
 
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I second the Morrisville one...I do not however recommend the Cat Cinic in Morrisville on Davis drive next to Harris Teeter!
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