Veterinarian and Veterinary Dentist Recommendations

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Post   » Fri Aug 26, 2005 7:37 pm

Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Cheryl B. Greenacre, D.V.M., DIPL. ABVP-AVIAN
UT College of Veterinary Medicine
Dept. of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
2407 River Dr. C247 Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Knoxville, 37996-4544
865 974-5667

Dr. Greenacre is a small animal/ exotics veterinarian. She has helped me with both Bob and Oreo (boars, 6 and 1 1/2 respectively). Bob had a pretty big bladder stone. She examined him, did the surgery, and handled him after the surgery. His surgery went extremely well, the surturing was literally the best I have ever seen (just a small line, subcutaneous sutures, and never had any drainage or bleeding). Oreo had, and still does have, a nerve problem although he's in little pain. Dr. Greenacre was also great with him. She brought in specialists to look at him (only cost an extra $30), did various tests, and admitted she no longer knows what to do: I respect when someone admits this. She is VERY thorough and VERY knowledgable. Willing to learn and explain things to you.
I would be willing to also try her collegues at the clinic. The school has great resources, and various specialists which is very convenient.
There is also an emergency clinic after 4:30; the only one nearby which has vets that can handle small animals.

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Post   » Sun Sep 04, 2005 4:37 pm

North Carolina

Wilkinson Animal Hospital
Dr. Kristen Virgin, DVM
513 Ledwell Street
Gastonia, NC 28056
Phone: 1 (704) 824-9876
She focused her education on small animals, birds, and exotics.

I thought my guinea pig could have mites so I took him to Wilkinson Animal Hospital . They also have a retired doctor that fills in for them when needed that treats exotics as well. His name is Dr. Kim Moore. My Guinea Pig has seen Dr. Moore and Dr. Virgin. They both were very through and took very good care of Spike. Dr. Moore even called my house to follow up on the patient. Dr. Moore and Dr. Virgin said that even though the his scrapings did not show mites they wanted to treat him because skin scrapings often were inconclusive. They treated him with ivermectin and Dexamethasone because Spike also had Otitis Externa (Ear Canal Infection) and an impacted cerumen. The dexamethasone took care of the otitis externa but Dr. Moore felt poor Spike had been tramatized enough by the two shots he received that day and gave me Tresaderm drops and Corium-20 to put in his ear for 10 days to try to loosen the ear impaction. It worked the impaction finally came out. It looked like pebbles. When he went for his follow up treatment the ear infection and impaction were gone and after his second treatment of ivermectin no more scratching him self bald. They gave me lots of brochures and information about Guinea Pigs. I refered my friends that have Guinea Pigs and they have been very pleased. Dr. Moore said that unfortunately people think of guinea pigs as disposable pets. He said it is important to get the word out that with the proper care Guinea Pigs are living longer healthier lives.

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Post   » Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:20 pm


Caroline Fletcher, DVM
Merrimack Veterinary Hospital
235 Daniel Webster Hwy
Merrimack, NH 03054
(603) 424-9922

Dr. Fletcher has treated my various pigs for respiratory problems, as well as conducted/recommended a urinalysis and ultrasound for suspected bladder stones/urinary tract problems. Dr. Chmiel at the same hospital has also treated my pet rats for various issues.

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Post   » Thu Sep 08, 2005 9:51 pm

Tallmadge (Akron area)

Dr. Young
Northwest Veterinary Practice
99 Northwest Ave.
Tallmadge, Ohio

Very good with basic health concerns and surgical procedures such as spays and neuters. Refers you to another clinic if it is something she is not comfortable treating instead of just taking your money and experimenting like some vets try to do.

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Post   » Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:24 pm

Small / Exotic Animals - Maloclussion


Name: Dr. Scott Linick
Address: 2215 Park Avenue
City: South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Phone Number: 908.755.2428

Personal experience: We discovered Peanut - just over 3 yrs old - had maloclussion when we returned from our 1 wk vacation in July. Over the past 2 months, she has seen about 6 different vets. We went to the Animal Medical Center in NYC - they trimmed her front molars too short and left a bottom tooth loose, but did cut her back teeth. The following week, we had the broken tooth removed and filed, because it was in the way of her progress. Beginning of August,we went to Morris County Animal Hospital - the first visit, they took xrays and trimmed her front and back teeth, but her front teeth were not cut short enough. We went for periodic trimmings of her front teeth, but over the past 2 weeks, she started drooling alot and needed more attention again. Last Thursday 9/8, we took her back to Morris County Animal Hospital - a different doctor saw her, put her under, and she stopped breathing - they could not/did not want to proceed that day. On Friday, 9/9, we took her to S.Plainfield Animal Hospital - our local animal hospital (Newton) referred us to Dr. Linick, but he does not work Fridays. Today, Peanut went for her follow-up with him. Over the past week, she lost over 3 oz. - the largest drop yet (she's on CC) and was a high-risk patient. About 1 hr ago, turns out she survived the operation, although there were some complications with the anesthesia. I did not think she would pull through today, but Dr. Linick assured me that he would treat her as his own. I'm very impressed with him, his staff, and the beautiful facility - even though it's almost a 2 hr drive each way. He specializes in small animals. I highly recommend him - after 2 months of searching, we've found a winner!!

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Post   » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:16 am


Exotics, Dogs and Cats

Name: Dr. Smitley @ Milwood Animal Clinic
Address: 5942 Lovers Lane
Portage, MI 49002
Phone: (269)342-9865

Dr. Smitley has treated 4 of my girls and I've been completely satisfied with their treatment. She is always open to anything I have for her to look over or suggestions and wants to learn as much as possible. She is also very good about getting back to me in a timely manner if she feels she needs to consult with someone.
Just recently when I was there they gave me a folder with lots of info about the proper care, diet (promoting Oxbow products) and hay recommendations. I was very impressed that they are putting this out there for people who may not know any better.


Post   » Sat Oct 29, 2005 11:13 pm

Name: Dr Jeffery

Address: Colyton Veterinary Hospital
61 Great Western Highway,
St Mary's, NSW, Australia, 2760

Phone: (02) 96731106

Dr Jeff did his honours and masters in small animals and has his own small animals as pets. He desexed my concerto, treated Symphony's eye infection and treated my piggies for mites. Dr Jeff does not charge for consultation, only for medication and operation etc, he only charged me $75 to desex concerto. Not only is he a good vet, he talks to you like a person unlike many vets that make you feel stupid, he explains things to you, tells you what to look out for etc. He is a very caring and very cool vet, complete with earing, beared and looks like a bikey. :)


Post   » Fri Nov 18, 2005 5:39 pm

OPEN 24/7

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital
197 Hance Avenue
Tinton Falls, New Jersey 07724

Dr. Brown, Dr. Dowd, Dr. Strunk

They just opened an Avain and Exotics department. I went to a lecture and got a tour of the building. The have hired the three exotic doctors mentioned above and have purchased all the medical/surgical equipment for exotics. They say the new exotics vets have been doing training with the emergecy vets to better care for exotics. There is always an exotics vet oncall - the emergency vets can contact the exotics vet with questions/advice and if needed the oncall exotics vet will come in.
I only went to the lecture - I have not brought my guinea pigs in so I cannot comment on the care. Dr. Strunk was very nice but be warned: she's developed an allergy to guinea pigs and wears a mask and gloves when treating them. From their bios it looks like maybe Dr. Brown as done more research on guinea pigs. You can access their bios on the web site:

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Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:23 pm

Update Northeast Houston

Animal Hospital of New Caney should be taken off the list. Dr. Beverly Wilkinson moved to a different clinic, and Dr. Christopher Monarski moved to Arizona to be a surgeon (lucky Arizonans). The last time I checked, New Caney didn't have an exotics vet on staff.

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Post   » Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:10 pm

I'll take it off the vetlist page then.

Henrys Mom

Post   » Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:41 am

To Lynx or webserver:

Regarding the following message posted on the first page of this thread:

9/11/2003, 7:44 pm

Go Bri! Go Bri!

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Camel West Animal Hospital
5502 W Camelback Rd Ste 1
Glendale AZ 85301

I have taken my pigs to Dr. Melissa Michels. She is very caring and I trust her opinion completely. The office call fees are very reasonable. I haven't had the need for any surgical procedures so I can't comment on that. I did mention to her that I have gained alot of my knowledge from a guinea pig website...and she said, "Was it Guinealynx?" I was very happy that you have been so well received by her.

I called this clinic today and was told that Dr. Michels has moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Just thought I would let you know.

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Post   » Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:17 pm

If you get an address for her, please let us know. I take it that practice still sees guinea pigs?

Henrys Mom

Post   » Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:34 pm

I do not have a new address for Dr. Michels in Texas.

However, I did take my pig in today to see another vet at Camel West Animal Hospital and both doctors in the practice seem very up on the latest in guinea pig care. They gave my pig, Henry, a very through evaluation with palpatation of his jaws and looking at his teeth with a scope. Then they took x-rays and determined that his teeth were not overgrown. In fact, the Dr I saw (a new to the practice doctor named Dr. Thoma) showed me some x-rays of a healthy guinea pig jaw and mouth and a guinea pig with overgrown teeth that were in a recent issue of a small animal vet dental magazine-looking publication. He took his time while showing the x-ray picture in the article and explained what he was looking for with Henry. Then he showed me Henry's x-rays.

It was determined that Henry had an abcess on his jaw although he could not determine what had caused it. Dr. Thoma drained it with a syringe. The doctor gave me a liquid form of Baytril (since another non-cavy experienced vet (at Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Phoenix) that I saw over the weekend gave me a tablet of Baytril that was cut up for me to dissolve into water and give--what a pain!) Anyway, Dr. Thoma also gave me 5 days worth of Metacam for pain relief and a package of Oxbow's Critical Care to feed him until he feels better. Have a follow-up for two weeks scheduled and the office said that they will call me in a couple of days to also check up on him.

As Brianna said in the original message the fees were very reasonable I thought--only $ 186.40 for everything (exam, anesthesia, 2 dental x-rays, subcutaneous fluids, the Critical Care packet, the Metacam and the Baytril. (Much cheaper than the local Emergency Animal Hospital!)

Vet tech said that they see guinea pigs on a regular basis although the number of guinea pig patients went down slightly since Dr. Michels left to Texas about 8 months ago.
I was very happy with them and feel that they know what they are doing. Here is their info again:

Camelwest Animal Hospital
5502 W. Camelback Rd. #1
Glendale, AZ 85301

Dr. McCready (sorry did not get her first name) has been their for many years and I was told by the vet tech that she has a lot of experience with guinea pigs although her primary specialization is birds.

Dr. Thoma (is new to the practice) was the one I saw today.

Hope this is helpful--I know this info certainly has helped me as the only other recommended guinea vets in the area are 50 miles away from me on the other side of town!

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Post   » Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:52 am

Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, and Orange Counties in New York, and the western part of Connecticut:

Dr. Hess is on leave of absence from AMC on the east side of Manhattan and now has 4 offices in or near Westchester, all within a reasonable distance from each other.

Hudson Highlands Veterinary Specialty Group***
222 Lime Kiln Road
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

Easy to find, just off I-84

Croton Animal Hospital
7 South Riverside Avenue
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520

Near train station, just off route 9 and 9A

Bond Animal Hospital
250 Central Avenue
White Plains, NY 10606

Near intersection of Central Avenue and Route 119, just up the street from the Westchester County Center, near Bronx River Parkway and I-287

Fine Animal Hospital
701 Bedford Road
Bedford Hills, NY 10507

On route 117, directly across from the Honda dealer, very close to Saw Mill Parkway

***The Hopewell Junction location is the one with 24 hour emergency walk-in service and all the specialists on staff for complicated illnesses.

Within Manhattan, I still recommend Dr. Wyre at AMC, or the other exotics doctors there.
Dr. Wyre: 212-329-8761
Main number: 212-838-8100


Post   » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:53 pm


Name: Fisherville Animal Hospital
Address: 108 Fisherville Road, Mall at Fisherville
City: Concord, NH 03303
Phone Number:Phone 603-229-0674

Personal experience: I dealt with an unknown health illness, so we ran a thorough diagnostic test, everything but the kidneys or something, and then went into teeth work. Dr. Messenger is the main guinea pig vet, and while practicing, continues to do research, and learn about what others are working on, staying up to date. He is also very open to trying new things. He has a plethora of guinea pig specific tools, and a very interesting book of xrays, that really make identifying what is in a guinea pig xray easy.

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Post   » Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:08 pm


Dr. Karen Holmes
Windhover Veterinary Center
944A Main Street
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 668-4520

Windhover had a huge turnover in staff about a year or two ago. So I haven't gone through any surgeries with Dr. Holmes, personally. However, she's knowledgable and very good to work with.

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Post   » Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:33 pm


Dr. Kerry Beeder
Pet Vet
19748 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91306
Tel: 818-346-2455
Mondays/Tuesdays only

Kerry Beeder is an amazing surgeon, and is well known for his surgical skills. He performed the surgery on Spot, removing his tumor and neutering him at the same time. In spite of the fact that Spot developed pneumonia and was later found to have serious heart problems, Spot came through the surgery with flying colors.

He is extraordinarily open to new information, and very willing to listen to new ideas or discuss alternatives. While he doesn't advertise himself as an 'exotics' vet, he has worked hard to learn more about cavy medicine and treat all the animals in my rescue. He will tell you if he is unfamiliar with a protocol or procedure. He was also extremely helpful when I suggested I needed to visit a dental specialist and offered to send xrays with me.

He has recently retired and sold his practice, but he still practises on Mondays, Tuesdays, and sometimes other days. His staff are very helpful, his prices extremely reasonable, and he has a following of people with other exotic animals.

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Post   » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:27 pm

Dr. Richard Bink

I have always heard good things about Dr. Bink. I recently got a rescue GP and we went for a check up. Dr. Bink has extensive knowledge of GPs, rabbits, ferrets, and birds. He even had a monkey in the office for a visit. (please read my account in the thread 'the doctor's in')

I am impressed with Dr. Bink's knowledge and his tableside manner as a doctor. He appreciated my questions and answered them all.

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Post   » Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:54 pm

thegirlsmom, please look at the posting format.
You need to put the state, city, etc.

We have no idea where he practices.


Post   » Sun Apr 09, 2006 2:52 pm

San Jose

Dr. Diana Welsh
1115 Luchessi Dr.
San Jose, CA
(408) 265-8811

I have taken my two girls here on several occasions. She successfully treated their URIs and ear infections. Her exams are thorough, eyes, nose, ears, fur, listening to lungs and bowels, checking mammary glands and sex and weighing. She helped out during the Monterey and Hollister rescues and has worked with Cavyspirit in the past. She sees many guinea pigs on a regular basis.

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