Veterinarian and Veterinary Dentist Recommendations

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Post   » Wed Nov 26, 2003 8:09 am

COLORADO - Aurora, Parker, Littleton/Englewood

[wheeky8 offered this information on another thread]

Smoky Hill Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Esposito D.V.M.
15600 E Smoky Hill Rd
Aurora, CO
(303) 693-2020

Notes: Affordable neuters. Main vet for Cavy Care Inc. in Aurora. Excellent references.
May be worth the long drivefrom CO. Springs

Animal Emergency & Urgent Care of Parker
10417 S. Parker Rd.
Parker, CO 80134
Phone: 720-842-5050
Fax: 720-842-5060

24 hour clinic
Backup for Dr. Esposito at Smoky Hill
Closer to CO Springs, may be a viable option

Homestead Animal Hospital
Dr. Jerry LaBonde D.V.M.
6900 S. Holly Circle
Englewood, CO 80112

Notes: Experienced exotics surgeon.

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Post   » Wed Nov 26, 2003 2:29 pm


Inner Loop area

Dr. Natalie Antinoff, DVM
Gulf Coast Avian and Exotics
1111 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027

I was referred to her by my (previous) primary vet when St.John had a bladder stone. She is considered by vets to be one of (if not the) best cavy vets in the greater Houston area. But be forewarned. Gulf Coast is a large animal hospital with the latest equipment/procedures, and their prices reflect that. They charge about twice as much for basic procedures, and surgeries will run you 3-4 times as much. However, they do have dedicated anesthesiologists and animal nurses who stay with your pet through recovery. If you can afford them, you can rest assured that your pig will be in very good hands.


Northeast Houston area

Dr. Christopher Monarski, DVM
Dr. Beverly Wilkinson, DVM
Animal Hospital of New Caney
20334 US Hwy 59
New Caney, TX 77357

They have become my new primary vets. I haven't yet had to really test their skills, but my previous experiences with them (checkups and a tooth extraction) lead me to believe they are quite knowledgeable about cavies and can be trusted. I would go to them with a serious problem as quickly as I would go to Gulf Coast.

They and their staff are very open and caring when dealing with the patients and owners, and their prices are quite reasonable.


Post   » Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:49 pm

INDIANA -- Lafayette

Dr. Julie Becker, DVM
Tippecanoe County Animal Hospital
3818 SR 38E
Lafayette, IN 47905

Dr. Alexander Wolf, DVM
Avian & Exotic Animal Clinic
415 N. Earl Ave.
Lafayette, IN 47904

I have personal experience with both. My primary vet is Dr. Becker. I did have an emergency and was sent to Dr. Wolf. Both have done numerous surgeries on guinea pigs (stone removals and neuters). Dr. Becker also takes in sick/injured/unwanted guinea pigs. If anyone in the Lafayette area would like to adopt a healthy guinea pig, please contact her.

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Post   » Tue Jan 27, 2004 11:38 am

LONDON - South

Anne Taylor BVetMed MRCVS
O'Meara Veterinary Surgeries at:

North Lodge
150 Kingston Road
KT17 2ET
Tel: 020 8393 6049

6 Tattenham Crescent
Epsom Downs
KT18 5QG
tel: 01737 359929

438 Hook Road
SurreyKT9 1NA
tel: 020 8397 1776

170a High Street
tel: 01737 210011

Anne is particularly interested in the treatment of guinea pigs and will examine/clip molars without anaesthetic.


Cambridge Cavy Trust
Leewood Business Park
PE28 5YQ
tel: 01406 350571

This is a registered charity and it costs £20 a year to join. They did, however, offer me telephone advice and an appointment for an emergency before I joined. Members have 24 emergency contact (text Vedra 07721 026401 - she will call you or tell you to call her back and she will pick up). They will also give non-members the name and address of the nearest Cavy experienced vet, or rodentologist to you.


Post   » Sun Feb 01, 2004 12:07 am


Dr Ridgeway
3816 E. Anaheim St.
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 434-9966

He is OCCH's primary vet. He has helped us thru a lot and he really is one of the most competent cavy vets in SoCal.

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Post   » Wed Feb 18, 2004 3:03 pm

I highly reccomend this Doctor he saw my Chewie, he had a horrible infection in his eye that this Doctor did a great job of treating and he was so very gentle and kind with my boy!

Lynn K and Sensational Seven

Midwest Veterinary Specialty Group, PLLC

Dr. Robert D. Larocca, DVM
11859 Aberdeen Street NE
Blaine, MN 55449



Post   » Thu Mar 11, 2004 9:22 pm


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!


Post   » Sat Mar 13, 2004 10:14 am

Sacramento Area

Madison Avenue Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
Dr. Marianne Brick, Dr. Richard Slevin
8520 Madison Ave.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 961-1541

They speciliaze in exotics. Very cavy-knowledgeable vets, friendly and easy to talk with. If you have a concern, you can call the office and speak with the vet directly. The office staff is great too. You can always get a same-day appointment if needed. They sell Oxbow products and Carefresh. They treat local Petco exotics.
They also treat ferrets, chinchillas, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, sugar gliders, birds (exotic and poultry), reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, dogs and cats.

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Post   » Fri Apr 09, 2004 9:45 am

MISSOURI - Kansas City area

Belton Animal Clinic
511 Main Street
Belton, Mo. 64012
(816) 331-3120

Teresa Bradley, DVM

I found Teresa at and couldn't be more pleased.
All (?)animals are seen at this clinic with different Dr.'s, T.Bradely is the Exotics to I refure here.
Only the basic exams have been needed so far with the exception of a neutering which lazer neutering/spaying is available, and I was glad to have gone that way as I have seen dogs suffer weeks with traditional stitches I didn't want that with my precious piggy. The lazer neutering was cleaner, easy to care for (I was going on Teresa's word that has 4 piggies herself) and less painful.
Her 'rates' are fair although higher then some I've seen posted but I'd rater pay a fair price and know my 'family' are taken very well care of.
Another note - Teresa Bradely is also known and said to be one of the best in her field and is commonly called upon by other vet/Doctors. I found this reasurring personally.

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Post   » Mon Apr 12, 2004 7:25 pm

Virginia-Metropolitan DC Area

Name: Scott J. Stahl, DVM, DABVP
Address: 111-A Center St., South
Vienna, VA 22180
City: Vienna
Phone Number: 703-281-3750

Personal experience:

He treats only exotics, no dogs or cats. I have never had him preform surgery on my guinea pig, but he put Ruthie under Anesthesia to have her teeth trimmed and did a fabulous job of trimming her teeth and taking care of her.

The technicians are wonderful and extremely nice, as well as knowledgable. The building is very clean and they sell Oxbow Products, such as Cavy Cuisine & Timothy Hay.

He also proscribed some wonderful medicines that worked extremely well, including Baytril and Mechlyzine (I don't think I spelled that correctly) to help with Ruthie's head tilt and ear infection.

He has done a fabulous job treating her and she is getting better and better every day. He is also extremely friendly as well as knowledgable about cavies and has treated several. So I highly reccomend him :)

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Post   » Fri Apr 16, 2004 12:29 pm

Atlantic City Area

Dr Newkirk

He's passable, treats all kinds of animals and seems to know what he's doing. I trust him, though I trust the medical advice here more. There usualy isn't a problem, though, since his advice has always matched except when he thought that Dave 'couldn't' have a heart issue because of his age.

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Post   » Fri May 07, 2004 4:45 pm

VIRGINIA - Metropolitan DC Area

Name: David A. Crum, DVM
Address: 111-A Center St., South
City: Vienna, VA 22180

Phone Number: 703-281-3750

I agree with Merrill--Dr. Crum is terrific! He trimmed Teddy's teeth several times and is very knowledgeable. He's even familiar with the Chin-Sling. When Teddy died recently, Dr. Crum called me and sent a nice condolence card.

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Post   » Fri May 07, 2004 5:00 pm


Dr. Rasmussen
Dr. Osterholm

I like Dr. Osterholm better, but that is more a personality thing than any other reason.

The Pet Clinic
2509 So. 140th Circle
Omaha, NE 68144

(402) 330-3097


Post   » Mon May 10, 2004 1:03 am

Advanced Care Small and Exotic Veterinary Hospital
Dr. Barry Stuart
1991 Rt. 22 West
Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Everytime I go to his office, there are lots of small animals - ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, rats, birds and dogs. I've mostly seen rabits, ferrets and guinea pigs in his office.
A woman I work with has brought all her small animals and has had many procedures done with good results including removing an ovarian cyst the size of a golf ball from her guinea pig.
My piggies just had ovarian cysts removed by him and are doing well.
He is excellent with small animals.
His office also sells Oxbow products.

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Post   » Tue May 25, 2004 9:27 am


Avian & Exotic
6300 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 844-9166

These guys really know what they're doing. Dr. Eckermann-Ross is the person to talk to about piggies, but they deal with all sorts of exotics. (There was a monkey there who OD-ed on some of his human's antidepressants when I was there...) They took really good care of Elliot and got him back on his feet in no time. They're also a local carrier of Oxbow products. (On a random side note- if you're closer to Chapel Hill/Durham, you can get Oxbow products at Animal Kingdom in Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.)

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Post   » Wed May 26, 2004 7:42 pm

Florissant/ St. Louis

Howdershell Animal Clinic
440 Howdershell Road
Florrissant, Mo. 63031
( 314) 838-3575

Dr. William B. Wright.

Dr. Wright has been our Vet for the past 16 years.
He's seen our Birds, Dogs, and Guinea Pigs. We absolutely love him! He's always very kind and gentle and takes his time with our " kids".
His daughter is studying to become a Vet, with a special interest in Guinea Pigs!!

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Post   » Tue Jun 08, 2004 12:50 pm

MASSACHUSETTS - greater Lowell area

Countryside Veterinary Hospital
289 Littleton Rd.
Chelmsford, MA 01824
(978) 256-9555

There are 7 veterinarians at this hospital. The person my guinea pigs have experience with is Dr. Holub. Dr. Holub has had guinea pigs as pets since he was a kid, and during my initial appointment he took the time to go over proper care and basic info. He has been doing guinea pig neuter operations for many years, although only a handful each year. There was an option for Piglet and Pooh Bear to have laser surgery over scalpel, which was more costly but I felt safer. The gas they use to anesthetise was safe for small animals, and they did inject pain medication following the surgery. Pooh Bear got "dissolving" stitches and Pgirl got belly staples. Both healed perfectly without any complications, although the vet's office gave me advice on what to look for in case complications should occur. The hospital carries a number of products including Oxbow food and hay. Their rates are higher than some (expect to pay a $45 initial exam fee), although I don't mind because I trust Dr. Holub et al with my animals, and they have more cavy experience than other local vets I have looked into. They do take emergencies (although are not open 24/7). They have boarding facilities for dogs, cats and exotics.

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Post   » Thu Jun 17, 2004 12:25 am


Dr. M. Sarmiento, DVM, PhD, MS
A&M Cat Hospital
5010 Dincans St.
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-0528

Dr. Sarmiento is a board-certified exotics specialist and microbiologist. She treated my two pigs for viral infections. She prints out a handbook for guinea pig owners with info that has been confirmed by this forum (i.e. bedding, diet, susceptibility to URI's, etc.) In addition, the handbook informs people of the many mites in Texas and recommends annual Ivermectin shots. She also mentions the risk of reproductive cancers due to over-breeding, and suggests spaying/neutering.

She is very matter-of-fact and caring, and her assistant is also very friendly. She printed out a multi-page report after every visit detailing what she'd done. She doesn't dumb down medical information. They called to check in on the pigs after every visit.


Post   » Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:41 pm

NEW JERSEY-Burlington County Area

Dr. Kenneth Dazen, VMD, Dipl.ABVP
Dr. David Kupersmith, DVM
Animal and Bird Healthcare Center & Hospital
1785 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

(856) 751-2122

These gentlemen (and there is now a third Vet who is also VERY good but I can't remember his name) have been WONDERFUL for my guinea pigs. They have an after hours number that you call and speak directly to the vet. They carry Oxbow Products, and educated me on how to take care of my guinea pig. When my Cuddles had an abcess, they were very gentle with him, and after it was lanced and drained, they gave me 2 antibiotics to make sure it would't come back and a painkiller to ease his suffering.

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Post   » Sat Jul 17, 2004 4:44 pm

ILLINOIS- Westchester

Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital
1923 S. Mannheim Road
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 344-8166

Very experienced with guinea pigs.

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