Veterinarian and Veterinary Dentist Recommendations

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Post   » Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:22 pm


Dr. Marilynn Baeyens (already mentioned) and Dr. Amy Hawley
North Hills Animal Clinic
Phone: 501-835-3577

When I had pigs I saw these two vets exclusively, as they seem to be the only ones with any "exotics" knowledge in the area. Dr. Baeyens has a very no nonsense type of manner while Dr. Hawley is more personable, but Dr. Baeyens has more experience. I've brought pigs in for minor respiratory infections, bladder infections/stones/sludge, and multiple surgeries. I've also discussed the pelletless diet of my stone prone pig, and was impressed with both vets' nutritional knowledge. Somewhat off topic, Dr. Baeyens has also treated a turtle, and treated and spayed rabbits of mine in the past. That was before Dr. Hawley joined the practice, and I would have no problem taking other species to see her now as well.

My only complaint is that the clinic as a whole has a strict policy of no clients in the back. I understand the need for the policy, but it means you can't stay with your pigs during euthanasia since the equipment for the gas is in the back. I would still prefer that they give the gas before the injection though, and have never had any reason to doubt that my animals are treated well and with respect even when they're out of my view.


Post   » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:27 pm

First, someone recommended Kutztown Animal Hospital, DON"T. They are horrible, Our first pig, she treated him like she would a dog, completely messed up his neutering and when we brought him back the next day saying he was not eating, moving, etc, she looked at him then brushed us off saying he'll be fine. He had a seizure before we left the parking lot so we went back inside and she brushed us off yet again. He died later that day. As first time piggy owners we unfortunately did not know any better at the time, now we do.

I highly recommend Animal Medical Center in Trappe, PA. Specifically Dr. Brian Novak as our primary doctor with Dr. Karen Crocker as our backup when he is unavailable. Dr. Novak has performed over 100 guinea pig spays and neuters and has never lost a pig either during surgery or post op recovery (the next 3 weeks). It was like night and day between the horrble neuter performed at Kutztown versus the awesome one at Trappe.
(By the way, 8 years later, we now have 14 very spoiled piggies)

Animal Medical Center - Dr. Novak and Dr. Crocker
25 West Third Avenue
Trappe, PA 19426

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Post   » Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:28 pm

Dr. Amy Kizer (on the MN list) is now in Eagan.

Lexington Pet Clinic
1095 Diffley Rd
Eagan, MN 55123

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Post   » Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:39 pm


Patricia Gray,DVM, MS
Master in Microbiology, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA
Specialist in Exotic Animal Medicine and Surgery
Animal Medical Center
Mesogeion 267
Neo Psyhiko,Athens 154 51
Tel.: 210 67 17 031

Dr. Gray is a very caring vet. I have been taking my guinea pigs to her for almost 3 years now and she has always treated them well without any complications. I always recommend her to people here in Greece and every piggie owner that went to her clinic is absolutely satisfied with the results and her experience. She is not only a great vet but she is a great woman. She loves to pet all the piggies and she is always wealing to hear what you have to say or thinking. Most Greek people that lives in Athens have Dr.Gray as a vet so i have to write it here. I didnt find any Greek vet in the recommendation list so i think it will be helpful

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Post   » Tue May 19, 2015 10:49 pm

I hope it's OK to add this - I didn't see her on the vet list document.

Calgary, ALBERTA
Dr. Eva Hadzima
412 Pine Creek Rd, DeWinton, AB
(just south of Calgary on hwy 2A

Dr. Eva covers all exotics in this practice (DeWinton Pet Hospital), and she seems to do them all really well! She prides herself on educating her pet parents to make sure that you really are doing the best for your critters. I first saw them for a well-gecko visit, but when my smallest cavy developed conjunctivitis (and I called immediately because of you guys) they squeezed me in despite being full. "We don't like to wait, especially when it's the eye." Great staff in general.

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Post   » Wed May 20, 2015 11:39 am

Conjuctivitis? Start a new thread about this (this is not a discussion thread). I want to know how this was diagnosed and treated.

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Post   » Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:22 pm


Dr. Daniel Brauer
Dayton South Veterinary Clinic
3200 Wilmington Pike
Kettering, OH 45429

Phone: 937-294-8888
Fax: 937-294-8338


Post   » Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:32 pm

Quebec City, Province of Quebec, Canada

Hopital veterinaire de l'ormiere inc.
Dre. Marie-Pierre Rainville
4100 Boul. de l'Auvergne
Quebec, Qc.
G2C 1T8

phone 418-840-0444

Even though I went with an obvious bite on the rump, she took her time to check everything. Back bone, hips, teeth, she felt his tummy to see if she needed to x-ray. She even checked to see if he had other bites. She even looked to see if he had lice and mites. She even checked his boy bits. He even got a snuggle from her!

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Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2015 4:03 am

I am already an experienced practicing vet., however my patients tend to weigh in at 4 or 5 tonnes or more; I am a large animal specialist and I work with marine mammals... mostly whales.

I do though, live in Nunavut... that is the Canadian arctic... and there is a definite absence of any medical knowledge here when it comes to cavies.
Therefore I have just gone back to Guelph University to upgrade my specs. to include small rodent care (sorry but that is the title of the thesis I have to write in order to qualify).
As soon as I get that specialty tagged on to my others, I will send in all my information regarding how to get in touch with me and just how far I am willing to travel (I have do my own plane... a necessity for a large animal vet) to come and check on your sick little babies... I have gone thousands of km to check harpoon wounds in Blue Whales and I think our smaller friends deserve the same respect that I show those whales....


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Post   » Fri Nov 20, 2015 7:34 am

I wish you luck in learning how to care for guinea pigs!

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Post   » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:21 am


Dr. Alexandra Kilgore, Chief
Dr. Thea Doidge
Dr. Vicki Papscoe
Littleton Animal Hospital
29 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460

Phone: 978-486-3101
Fax: 978-486-0987


Dr. Jennifer Graham (specifically this doctor at this organization)
Tufts University - Foster Hospital for Small Animals
55 Willard Street
N Grafton, MA 01536

Phone: 508-839-5395
Fax: 508-839-7951


Dr. Christine Pelletier
Dr. Astrid Kruse
VCA Wakefield Animal Hospital
19 Main Street
Wakefield, MA 01880

Phone: 781-245-0045
Fax: 781-245-4213

(this recommendation from experience of others I have talked with)


Dr. Joan Ogden
Southborough Veterinary Hospital
78 Deerfoot Road
Southborough, MA 01772

Phone: 508-485-4259
Fax: 508-485-5246

(this recommendation from experience of others I have talked with)

NOTE: earlier in this string, Dr. Connie Orcutt was recommended. She, along with Dr. Jen Graham, were once the super team at Angell Memorial, Boston. In the later 2000's, Dr. Graham had moved on to Tufts (Grafton) and Dr. Orcutt had moved on to Putnam (Topsfield). Very unfortunately (for us), Dr. Orcutt has since retired from veterinary medicine and is now a medical writer.

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Post   » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:14 am


(Dr Messenger, who was known well for exotics care, retired Oct 2015; no exotics seen at this location at this time)
Fisherville Animal Hospital
108 Fisherville Road
Concord, NH 03303

They recommended:

Dr. Winifred Krogman
Northside Animal Hospital
574 Arah Street
Hooksett, NH 03106

Phone: 603-622-5299

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Post   » Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:34 am


Dr. Ruth Marrion (Ophthalmology)
Bulger Veterinary Hospital - IVG
247 Chickering Road
N Andover, MA 01845

Phone: 978-682-9905/ER: 978-725-5544
Fax: 978-975-0133

I believe she also makes rounds to:

IVG Metrowest
Strathmore Road
Natick, MA 01760

Phone: 508-319-2117
Fax: 508-319-2118

For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:01 pm

Missouri - revision

Dr. Christopher Moritz is practicing at:

Creve Coeur Animal Hospital
12550 Olive Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63141
crevecoeurvets dot com

Dr. Raelynn Kemp is already on your vet list at this location. That's where I got her name. We've been taking our pigs to her and a couple of other vets at this hospital for 7 years and I think they're the best.

For the Love of Pigs

Post   » Mon Jan 04, 2016 12:12 pm

Missouri - St. Louis area

Veterinary Specialty Services
1021 Howard George Dr.
Manchester, MO 63021
vssstl dot com

"This is a multi-specialty referral-only practice and after-hours emergency facility."

We took Lucy there after hours for a pneumonia emergency visit and later for a bladder blockage due to a stone. They provided excellent care. My niece's cat was referred there several years ago for some ill-defined condition that was life-threatening illness. They took care of it & the cat is perfectly fine now.


Post   » Thu Feb 25, 2016 11:50 pm

Wisconsin- Menomonee Falls/Brookfield area

Brook-Falls Vet Hospital & Exotic Care
N48 W14850 Lisbon Road
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

This is a multiple practice clinic. However all vets are excellent. I took JoeJoe (Guinea Pig) for an office visit, and a spay for ovarian cyst. We saw Dr. Follett who owns her practice and I can't say enough about how wonderful she and her staff is.

Dr Follett has wrote a chapter in a veterinarian medicine book, along with speaking at the local humane society. She balanced my pigs need for pain control, while keeping her digestive system going after the surgery; she is a firm believer that sometimes less is more.

The staff is great about returning your calls, doesn't keep you waiting in the waiting room; they get you in an exam room in 5 minutes. The technicians are caring and gentle.

The facility is clean, welcoming with a coffee machine. They even have coloring books in the exam rooms for children to pass the time. After your visit you get a copy of the office visit, including diagnosis, further instructions, recommendations, and estimates for recommended procedures.

I can go on and on. They can be a bit pricey but that practice is worth it; they are all wonderful.

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:46 am

The veterinarian recommendations have been moved from the GLX Files (wiki) to the Records forum, and are now easier to read!

For anyone who has a moment, please take a look at the listings for your state or country, and let me know if you have any changes or additions.

Also, these are the states that do not have any listings for veterinarians:
  • Alaska
  • Delaware
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Wyoming
It would be nice to have some recommendations for those locations. :)

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Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2016 7:57 pm

Yes, please, more recommendations and check vets in your state in case you know something about them or have used them!

Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Fri Mar 18, 2016 8:05 pm

I really should include the link:

Veterinarian Recommendations

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