Veterinarian and Veterinary Dentist Recommendations

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I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:48 pm

Cavyslave8, yay! I'm so glad to hear that Dr.Pilny is at a new location. You don't how worried I was when I had googled his name and read those posts on that bird forum 2 months ago.

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I GAVE, dammit!

Post   » Mon Feb 05, 2007 10:53 pm

I was really worried too. Especially after I got a very unprofessional email from the owner of the hospital. Dr. Pilny handled things as professional as possible, I believe. He stayed in contact with me to check in on Ling Ling. Anyway, yay!

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Post   » Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:31 pm

Louisiana- Shreveport
North Shreveport Animal Hospital
850 Havens road
Shreveport , La 71107
phone number 318-424-8313
office hours
monday-friday 7:30am (for drop off only)
monday-friday 8:30am-6pm
saturday 7:30am-noon
after hours
Animal Emergency Clinic Of Shreveport-Bossier Inc
(318) 227-2345 2421 Line Ave
Shreveport, LA

There is 3 doctors at here,
Karen Gorden, DVM ferrets,rabbits and guinea and other exotics
Ned Wynn DVM rabbits , guinea pigs and birds
Tommy Williams DVM not sure what his specialies are
Bandit is currently seeing Ned Wynn for complicated health issues. He explains thing in detail and a very good listern.


Post   » Mon Mar 12, 2007 3:07 pm

Does anyone have any experience with:

Dr. Horton
Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital
3735 W. Dempster St.
Skokie, IL 60076

I am taking my pig (who potentially has ovarian cysts) there tomorrow.

Thanks for any help.

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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2007 12:27 am

Can you add this vet to the CA list? I just noticed he wasn't there.

He's a great local OC vet if people can't go to Long Beach or LA area. He is a great surgeon and cavy knowledgable. He trained under Ridgeway. He does neuters for $100, which is more than reasonable in these parts. He has his own lovely practice now, and his staff is usually great.

Dr. Greek, Yorba Linda Veterinary Hospital
(formerly Eastlake Animal Hospital)
4872 Olinda St., Yorba Linda , CA 92886
Phone Number: (714) 777-2314

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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2007 9:07 am

***I'll add him the next time this is updated.

Unfortunately, people are not using the format I need to add things and also adding commentary. This makes updating a pain.

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The Herd Of Wonders

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:38 am

Frederick, Maryland

West Frederick Veterinary Hospital
Dr. DiMaria
Dr. Casey
6902 Bowers Road
Frederick, MD 21702

Dr. DiMaria is absolutely fantastic. She is very cavy savvy and has treated all three of my pigs since I brought them home. She sucessfully neutered Eddie, and put him immediately on antibiotics to prevent any issues, he healed beautifully. She is also helping me through Jane's pregnancy and has been very reassuring. Dr. Casey has not treated my pigs yet but I have had very good feedback about her from other pig owners.

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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2007 2:11 pm

Oops, sorry Lynx. I just read the first page. I skimmed the rest.


Orange County, CA

Dr. Greek, Yorba Linda Veterinary Hospital
4872 Olinda St., Yorba Linda , CA 92886
Phone Number: (714) 777-2314

He's a great local exotics vet if people can't go to Long Beach or LA area. He is a great surgeon and cavy knowledgable. He trained under Ridgeway. He does neuters for $100, which is more than reasonable in these parts. His staff is great.

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GL is Just Peachy

Post   » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:21 pm


Central New York area

Cornell University Hospital for Animals
College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

Phone: 607-253-3060

Cornell has several great exotics vets. I had particularly good experiences with Dr. Ricardo de Matos, but I would recommend any of them. They've done about everything possible to my pigs: Einstein's tooth trims and twisted ankle, Doom's lump removals and cancer diagnosis and euthanasia, Cuddles's spay, Suzi's spay and re-spay (she had super fall-apart ovaries) and the assorted hernia repairs, suture removals, GI stasis hospitalization and whatnot she required afterwards. I was never disappointed in the quality of service or the bedside manner, as all the doctors explained everything to me.

When you check out, they give you a typed up discharge report that is very handy for filing and future reference. The prices are reasonable, too. When I moved out of Ithaca in 2004, an exam was about $40, a tooth trim for a chronic problem was $27, and most antibiotics were $5-10. They were also very fair if they messed something up. For Suzi's re-spay, I didn't pay anything for the surgery itself, just for hospitalization and related services.

Another nice thing is that they have all the equipment and specialists you can imagine. Since Suzi had so many problems with her first spay, when they re-spayed her, they had a surgical specialist doing the surgery and the exotics vets attending. Then they discharged her on a Saturday, and when I brought her back in the next day for GI stasis, they didn't charge me an emergency fee even though it was Sunday.

They also have fairly cheap ultrasounds and X-rays, as all the machinery is just in-house. If they get a blurry X-ray they retake it at no charge.

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Luckiest Girl

Post   » Fri Apr 13, 2007 5:49 pm

MAINE (Bangor/Midcoast region)

Name: Dr. Katherine Carter
Address: 210 River Road
City: Orrington, ME 04474
Phone Number: 207 825-2105

Personal experience: This vet was recommended by Michelle who runs Whistle Ridge Guinea Pig Rescue, the only guinea pig rescue in Maine.
She's had various conversations with Dr. Carter about neutering and other gp topics, and said that she knows her stuff.

So far I have only had a wellness check, my girls were given Revolution because they were from a pet store.


Post   » Sat Apr 14, 2007 11:16 pm

STATE/PROVINCE: Texas, Southeast

Name: Dr. Mark Peckham
Address: 6213 Bellaire Blvd
City: Houston
Phone Number: (713) 772 - 5574

Personal experience: Dr. Peckham is very knowledgeable in dogs, cats, and exotics (rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas). He was referred to by Dr. Carlye Rose from Memorial-610 Hospital.

Jack was in a pinch, and I was able to set an appointment when I contacted them. Dr.Peckham asked several questions about Jack's diet, bedding, and housing. He stressed the importance of long strand timothy hay, and an open cage. He had a hard time understanding the C&C cage, but he approved after I explained how it as contructed. He gave a thorough examination. He looked in Jack's front and back molars, checked his nose and ears, and took xrays. He speaks frankly when explaining, and makes sure the information was understood. He looks at the situation as whole rather than individual cases.

He is quite blunt when talking about what is going on. He does whatever in his power to care for the animals. His staff is also friendly and passionate in treating their patients.

The prices are reasonable: $47 for a regular exam and $10-$30 for medication.

I am definitely coming back for future check-ups.


Post   » Fri May 04, 2007 9:00 am

Maryland, USA

Dr. Thomas Carman
Lynn Animal Hospital
6215 Baltimore Avenue
Riverdale, MD 20737
(301) 779-1184

Dr. Carmans' office is approximately a mile south of the University of Maryland. There are 2 or 3 other vets practicing at Lynns', but Dr. Carman is the small animal vet. He gives my pigs regular exams and, in addition, has treated some of them for skin fungal infections. Two of my pigs over the years had tumors and he performed surgery on them, the pigs went on to live good, happy, healthy lives. I also boarded my pigs' at Lynn Animal Hospital when I went on vacation last year. Dr. Carman, the other vets, and the Staff at Lynns' are great, they give the right balance of professional care and cuddles to your pets, whatever type of animal you may have. Dr. Carman is always willing to answer your questions and willing to hear about new treatments, etc., for guinea pigs that you may know about; after all, as he said, guinea pig care isnt' really taught in vet school, and there's always new information out there. I've recommended him to other people who have pets (not just piggies).

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Post   » Thu May 10, 2007 1:33 pm

South Carolina, USA

Dr. Heather Gleaton
Roper Mountain Animal Hospital
14 Roper Corners Circle
Greenville, SC 29615
(864) 297-9190

Not an absolute expert on pigs, but is very willing to listen if you bring printed out things from GL. She trimmed and filed my adopted pig's teeth when they were trapping his tongue. Knows what meds are dangerous for pigs. If I have an emergency with a small animal they are willing to fit me in that day because they know how fast these guys can go downhill. She has called a vet in Atlanta when she was stumped on one of my pigs. When I was convinced Morrison had a heart problem, she did an X-ray and said she saw nothing except a lot of gas and that if I wanted to try heart meds, that would be fine. (The heart meds worked and she was very happy!) I have never used her for surgery, but she has put my pigs under to check their teeth and they always come back fine!

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Cindy in MI
Supporter in '05

Post   » Wed Jul 04, 2007 4:02 pm

Whitmore Lake
(southeast Michigan)

Lisa Lembke, DVM
Green Oak Veterinary Clinic
9263 E M 36
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
(734) 449-7282

Dr. Lisa Lembke of Green Oak Veterinary Clinic in Whitmore Lake, MI is part of the Siamese cat rescue I foster for. I have taken cats to her and I have had other dealings with her on several occasions. For the rescue, she is always willing to help and give advice to members who need it.

To confirm, I e-mailed her to ask about treating guinea pigs. She assured me that she treats them and has experience with congestive heart failure, x-rays, dentals, arthritis management.

She asked me to let people know that she is available for such services for anyone in the area looking for a guinea pig vet.

She is a great lady with a heart of gold for animals.


Post   » Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:25 pm

Whitmore Lake
(southeast Michigan)

Lisa Lembke, DVM
Green Oak Veterinary Clinic
9263 E M 36
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
(734) 449-7282

Another vote for Dr. Lembke. I cannot say enough about her and her vet techs. They are all so kind and gentle with my piggie. The doc has always given him the most thorough exam and has always gone over everything in great detail for us. She will continue as our vet. We drive 60 miles away to see her and it is worth it!! She is treating my pig for CHF and he has made a complete turnaround when other vets would not take the time to figure out what was really going on with him.

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Post   » Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:54 pm


Dr. Barbara Booth
Banfield, the Pet Hospital
2805 Wolfcreek Parkway (inside Petsmart)
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 266-5044

Dr. Booth used to be at Pope Animal Clinic, also in Memphis. She's a wonderful Vet, and great with piggies and other small animals. Be warned though - Banfield is corporate owned and sometimes they restrict what the doctors can do and what meds they can dispense without exams and diagnostics.


Post   » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:43 pm


San Francisco

Dr. Lynn Dustin (female)
Bay Area Bird Hospital
2145 Taraval Street (at 32nd Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 566-4359

For cavy dental work in San Francisco I strongly recommend going ONLY to Dr. Dustin.

For DENTALS, do NOT go to the other 2 cavy-knowledgeable hospitals in San Francisco (All Pets and Irving Street).

I speak from having had a terrible ordeal with Tolik's teeth where I had to take him to all 3 cavy-knowledgeable hospitals. Finally, Dr. Dustin's tooth trimming did the trick.

She also commented that his teeth were in "TERRIBLE" condition and that his teeth furthest in the back had not been properly trimmed - this despite him having had 2 prior trimmings in 3 weeks. I had virtually given up hope that he would eat again.

Fortunately he was able to eat right after Dr. Dustin's trimming (but unfortunately, Dr. Dustin also correctly diagnosed a lump that had just been misdiagnosed as benign to in fact be lymphoma, from which Tolik passed away 3 months later).

Dr. Dustin (and her assisting vet, Dr. Marcucci) has since become our regular cavy vet and also performed bladder stone removal, treated UTI's, an eye infection, and ovarian cysts.

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Post   » Fri Aug 10, 2007 10:57 am


Name: Dr. A. Lawrie
The Lawrie Veterinary Practice
kenilworth Court,
North Carbrain Road
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
G67 1BP

(Associate surgery in Falkirk)

Phone Number: 01236 727876

Personal experience: I used this veterinary practice and my guinea pigs case was quickly refered to Dr. Lawrie who is the "small animal specialist" at the practice. While Health and Safety in the UK and a need for a crisp picture does not allow them to perform X-rays under sedation they seem careful with anasthetic on extremely sick guinea pigs.

The surgery performed the following tests on my guinea pig: X-ray (Dental and full body), bloodwork and an endoscope.

The surgery admitted my pig for intensive care and carried out the following: Tooth rasping, anasthetic (the gas stuff), SubQ's (3x daily) vitamin suppliments, gut mobility drugs, antibiotic (NOT Baytril) pain medication and force feeding.

On a client-Vet relationship side, the staff seem friendly and the vets seem to listen to every symptom described. They are willing to investigate aliments suggested by their clients (I asked that his heart be checked which they did.) and when explaining results they don't rush through phone calls and ensure you, the owner, are happy with what's happening before hanging up.

The cost of 3 days intensive care, including the above mentioned tests was £143 (rounded up.)


Post   » Wed Aug 15, 2007 9:27 pm

Dr Jeffery of St Mary's Australia has apparently passed away from a heart attack. I phoned his surgery for my little Beanie and was told he had passed away.

He was only in his early 50s and had his own guinea pigs. No one else at that surgery specialises in guinea pigs. The phone number is Australia 02 96731106.


Post   » Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:13 pm

Sydney - Australia
North Shore Vetinary Hospital
64 Atchison St,
Crows Nest 2065,

Phone Number: 02 9436 1213 Fax: 9906 5710.

Web site:
Dr David Vella, Exotic Pets.

Dr vella performed dental work on my guinea pig Beanie.
He is very caring and experienced. Beanie loved him and was very relaxed during the examination.

He phoned me regularly to see how Beanie is recovering.
I would highly recomend him.

Hi is experienced with all small animals and reptiles.

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