Veterinarians Pennsylvania

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Dr. Christine Polaneczky
The Village Veterinarian
489 S. Oxford Valley Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
(215) 945-7900

"I am opening up my own practice on September 6th..."
Contributed by email: Dr. Chris Polanczky - 8/29/2011

(215) 232-0831
2806 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Girard Clinic is a fairly well known and affordable office located fairly centrally in Philly. They are known for offering extremely good rates and service without compromising the quality of care. I recently took in three guinea pigs for ivermectin treatment; each was given a shot plus two future doses each, sent home with me, for a total cost of less than $60.

There are some down sides, however. Firstly, they are in high demand and getting an appointment is nearly impossible. They also ONLY take afternoon appointments; in the morning they see patients on a first-come, first-serve basis. You must show up right at 8AM (or slightly earlier) to get put on a list, and only the first 15 clients are seen. The waiting room is very small and cramped, it seats perhaps 5-6 people and the rest must stand around. They also have several cats that wander around as in-clinic pets, so you will need to keep your piggies close and safe.

Another drawback is that the Dr. who sees exotics seems a little mis-informed, which is tricky. She knows what she is doing, but at the same time she has said a few things that put me off. For instance, on my first visit for mites, she insisted on looking at my arm hair to see if perhaps I had also had them. Of course we all know GP mites do not cross over to humans, so this took be aback. ALso on one occasion she loaded a needle with Ivermectin and broke off the tip, which also broke the needle. When I tried to use it the fluid shot everywhere, and when I got a replacement from her she charged me another $25.

However there are VERY FEW affordable and easy to access exotic vets in the Philadelphia area, especially for fairly urgent situations. My final verdict is that if you are on a budget and have an urgent - but not EMERGENCY - situation, feel confident that the people at Girard Vet Clinic will help you out.

Dr. Scott Gellman
VCA East Norriton Animal Hospital
2840 Swede Rd
Norristown, PA 19401
VCA East Norriton Animal Hospital

I have been working with guinea pigs since 2004 and I have extensive experience with all types of health problems. From severe dental disease to pneumonia to bladder stones to cancer, I have helped diagnose and treat many many piggies. Having owned guinea pigs for the last several years, I am familiar with the care and upkeep that is required to keep them healthy, comfortable, and enjoying their life.
Contributed by: Dr. Scott Gellman - 2/8/10

Bree's Animal Hospital
7436 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, (PA)
USA 19136
Tel : 215-338-3219
Fax : 215-624-7466

Dr. James Doman
Neffsville Veterinary Clinic
2555 Lititz Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 596-5381

Dr. Doman has been great with my five boars. He is cavy knowledgeable, and if he isn't sure on something, he isn't afraid to admit so and go do research on the topic. The staff at Neffsville has always been very kind and accommodating, and I've never had any problems getting my boys in there when they need to be seen.
Contributed by: acanoffleas - 1/25/08

Dr. Michael Hutchinson and Dr. Meyers
20411 Route 19
Unit # 10
Cranberry TWP, PA 16066

Dr. Mike treated my boys for a few things in the 7 months I've been going to him. He treated Cyrus for an eye infection, both Cyrus and Gambit for mites (and did EVERYTHING guinea lynx said, including not doing a skin scrape since it rarely shows anything, he said he didn't want to hurt the piggies), and just recently did Gambit's bladder stone surgery. It was very risky as the stone moved into Gambit's urethra but he did a wonderful job.

He has worked with guinea pigs since the 80s and has done everything right, including having me call 3 days after surgery (Gambit had it on a Thursday) so I can update him on how he was doing and being avalible to me when I have a question.

Dr. Meyers saw Gambit on a Saturday (they a 8am-12pm Saturday hours) and she was very concerned and was so kind. She has a guinea pig and has worked with them for years as well. When I was waiting in the waiting room for Gambit's surgery to be started and obviously was very upset she kept checking on me.

This group is so friendly and open to all knowledge that someone may have on their animals and he LISTENS to what you have to say. He's very gentle and good when examining the piggies and follows everything guinea lynx says a vet should do.

He also is kind to me because he knows financially I am not in the best situation and he only charged me for one dose of Ivermectin instead of of all three and is reasonable priced. :)
Contributed by: Gambits Mom - 2/23/2005, 12:39 am

ERIE AREA/ Edinboro
Camboro Veterinary Hospital
5989 Route 6N
Edinboro, PA 16412

Dr. Orozco is the small animal vet here. He's really helpful and can even make the medicine taste good for the piggies (Zeus loved it!).

Good Shepherd Veterinary Hospital
3703 MacCorkle Ave SE
Charleston, WV 25304

Dr. Stephenson will make emergency visits and even offered to come in from an out-of-state visit once if I (well, my piggy) needed her, which is very helpful because the area emergency clinic only takes dogs and cats.
Contributed by:twiggy_trace - 2/26/2005, 8:57 pm

Animal Ark and Animal Kingdom Pet Hospitals
Dr. Robert Jung, DVM; Dr. Michael Watts, VMD>
(Animal Ark) 3024 W. 12th St. Erie

(Animal Kingdom)
2222 E. 38th St. Erie

I have only visited with Drs. Jung and Watts (though I'm told Dr. Christine Nestor, DVM and Dr. Kevin S. Ramey, DVM are also capable of dealing with exotics). The veterinarians move from Animal Ark to Animal Kingdom interchangeably, so there's no need to worry about going the extra distance if one hospital is closer than the other.

Both of my pigs, Cerridwyn and Norene, have paid a couple visits and we're all pleased with the outcomes. The doctors take an active interest in my girls' health and are thorough in their examinations and questions. In fact, they diagnosed Cerridwyn's beginning malocclusion before I could hazard a guess. (She's currently recovering from a URI under their care).

Actually, thanks to Jul312 and GuineaLynx, I've been told my girls are some of the healthiest pigs to go through those doors...obviously, except whatever their ailment happens to be.

The staff and doctors are all extremely friendly and helpful. Appointments are easy to schedule...and even reschedule! I believe the hospitals are open until 7 p.m. so that's also incredibly helpful when you work the late shifts I do or just do not have the leisure during the day.
I don't know what's considered average, so I can't give a completely accurate estimate, but their fees are somewhat on the expensive side, or so I feel. But for the health of my guinea pigs, it's a modest price.
I am beyond relieved to have found them. Their expertise and compassion are unrivaled as far as I'm concerned.

Contributed by:Celtic_Brindled_Wheeker - 3/11/2011, 3:51 pm

Dr. Robert Wagner
VCA Fox Chapel Animal Hospital
1152 Freeport Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

Phone: (412) 781-6446 Fax: (412) 781-8776

Excellent Exotic's Vet. Is also an associate professor for the University of Pittsburgh, in veterinary; and is the exotic's vet for the Pittsburgh Zoo.

All 14 of my pigs see this man. He is excellent; his staff is accomodating and even though he is only in on a regular basis on Mondays and Thursdays in the evening, he has another office where he can be seen more frequently, and getting an appointment has never been a hassle. They work with you. Nice people, nice place.

Another exotics specialist in this area, but I've had no experience with him is:

Dr. Edward R. Bennett, DVM
All Pet Animal Hospital
5354 Route 8
Pittsburgh, PA 15044
Phone: 724-444-6600
Fax: 724-444-6588

An excellent veterinary emergency clinic, with limited exotics experience, but I have had to use them for my pigs, and was pleased. They are:

Veterinary Emergency Clinic
882 Butler Street, Sharpsburg
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
(412) 492-9855.

Hours: Evenings Monday -- Thursday 8 p.m. -- 8 a.m.; Friday 6 p.m. -- Monday 8 a.m.; and open on holidays.

Other exotics vets that I've found listed for PA in the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians:

David Bessler, DVM
4111 Pine Street Apt. 1R
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Elizabeth Clark, VMD, MS
Quakertown Veterinary Clinic
2250 N. Old Bethlehem Pike
Quakertown, PA 18951
Phone: 215-536-6245
Fax: 215-536-0226

Allison Clemens, DVM
Hickory Veterinary Hospital
2303 Hickory Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
Phone: 610-828-6054

Lynn D'Allesandro, VMD
Creekside Animal Hospital
4 SR #309
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
Phone: 570-298-0800
Fax: 570-298-0801

Toby Erlichman, VMD
Animal Hospital of Chester County, LLC
1353 Pottstown Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-692-7561

Deborah Flake, DVM
444 Tillie Town Road
Biglerville, PA 17307
Phone: 717-337-2785

Gloria Goodman, VMD
Avian and Exotic Animal Center
4342 School Lane
Brookhaven, PA 19015
Phone: 610-494-2811

Bret Greenberg, DVM
Columbia Animal Hospital
4081 Columbia Avenue
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717-684-2285

Bridget McMahon, DVM
Kutztown Animal Hospital
7 S. Kemp Road
Kutztown, PA 19530
Phone: 610-683-5353

Craig Ott, VMD
Barton Heights Veterinary Hospital
RR 7 Box 7453
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Phone: 570-339-8600

Denise Pleban, DVM
Nothview Animal Hospital
233 Siebert Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: 412-364-5353

Arline Rosenfeld, DVM
Buxmont Veterinary Hospital
393 Langhorne Avenue
Langhorne, PA 19053
Phone: 215-741-0148

Linda M. Stahl, VMD PC
Linda Stahl, M.S., VMD
1601 Pineville Road
New Hope, PA 18938
Phone: 215-794-3379

Linda Stern, DVM
Avian & Feline Hospital
3300 Hartzdale Drive Ste. 108
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone: 717-730-3755
Email: itstern@aol.

David Stelling, DVM
David Stelling, DVM, PA
PO Box 92494
Homestead, FL 33092
Phone: 305-278-2028
Email: cybervet@mindspring.

Kathy Tracy, VMD
Conchester Animal Hospital
530 Conchester Highway
Boothwyn, PA 19061
Phone: 610-485-6008
Email: katsavet@aol.
[Evangeline notes that this poster does not have personal experience with all of these vets -- Lynx]
Contributed by: jul312 - 1/25/2005, 10:04 am

Dr. Brett J. Geffen
Boulevard Animal Hospital
1913 Grant Avenue Philadelphia, PA

Very friendly, helpful, enthusiastic, and educated doctors and staff. Very knowledgable with pigs and exotics. Helped Piggy when she had a cyst. Highly recommended!
Contributed by: Wilber - 3/11/2004, 9:22 pm

Gloria J. Goodman, VMD
Avian and Exotic Animal Medical Center
3000 Concord Road
Aston, PA 19014

Dr. Goodman has been great with our guinea pigs, and we've been seeing her for 3 years. She treats only birds, reptiles and small mammals, and we see many regular guinea pig patients there. They also offer boarding. Unfortunately, her office is not open on weekends, but sometimes phone messages will be checked by someone on staff that comes in on weekends for boarding animals. One of our pigs had a hay poke eye injury over the weekend, and after hearing our message Dr. Goodman was able to give us the appropriate antibiotics to treat her eye until our appointment. If emergencies are brought in during regular hours she sees them first.
She's very thorough with her regular exams. She knows how to check molars under anasthesia, and she also performed a neuter on our boar, and did a very good job. She's also open to answering a lot of questions from curious pig parents, and she and two of her current techs have a great bedside manner. They also carry Oxbow products.
Contributed by: capybara - 9/2/2004, 2:02 pm

SCRANTON/Wilkes Barre Area
Dr. Mark E. Stair, DVM
Trucksville Cat & Dog Hosptial
215 S Memorial Hwy
Shavertown, PA 18708
(570) 696-1146

Dr. Stair has been wonderful both for my dog and my guinea pigs. He treated my guinea pig's abscess and infected sebaceous cyst with success. He's familiar with the correct protocols for anesthesia and antibiotics. The office is very good about getting appointments worked in incase of an emergency. They are also not out to gouge on prices. If the office is closed you can leave a message and usually Dr. Stair himself will get back to you.

Edited to add: Double check everything when dealing solely with the staff and not Dr. Stair. They did try to give me a prescription CAT food for my dog when Dr. Stair wanted her on an over the counter diet.
--Seffy 18:59, 25 July 2010 (EDT)

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