Best Vet in Virginia Beach
I pray that if your pet is in some kind of trouble and you have turned to the Internet to find a vet who can help them, that you have found this site.
Vet Virginia Beach is what I typed into the search bar when our 13 year old dog suddenly lost all movement in his hind legs.
One minute he was perfectly fine and the next he could not move.
We did not know if he had had a stroke or had been bitten by a spider, had cancer or a tumor or had suffered some type of spinal cord injury. All we knew was that he seemed paralyzed and in some pain and was as scared as we were.
This happened on a Sunday night and we searched frantically for answers online but could not seem to come to a conclusive answer as to what might have happened to him.
We looked for an emergency vet in Virginia Beach and found someone who would be willing to see him for $100 but they were incredibly rude on the phone and said it was going to be very expensive.
Not sure how they knew that when they did not know what was wrong with our little Yorkie in the first place but I did not have a good feeling about them so we did not take him there.
Thankfully our dog made it through the night and I took him to the closest vet first thing the next morning. To be clear here, our dog was actually my mother’s dog originally and we had watched him for her on occasion and he eventually became a full time resident when my mother’s health took a turn for the worse last summer.
This being the case we had no regular vet nor did I have any kind of shot or vaccination records or any real medical history at all but figured that this was an emergency and I had no idea who to take him to but whoever ended up seeing him would worry about that kind of stuff later.
I don’t want to bash any vets on this site but I will mention one in particular that you may want to avoid if your pet is in trouble because they don’t take walk-ins, even if your pet is in pain, paralyzed or about to die.
I can’t imagine a doctor treating a person that way but I suppose they viewed our pet as just an animal and with that view I would not let them treat any family pet, even if it was just to clean his teeth! The name of this vet is the Pungo Veterinary Clinic on Princess Anne road.
So anyway, I took my paralyzed and scared little dog off their counter and on to the next closest vet which happened to be near the Virginia Beach courthouse and thankfully they agreed to see him right away, even thought the doctor was in surgery.
We only had to wait about 30 minutes, which was fine considering we just showed up unannounced in their busy lobby. I’m so glad the first place would not seem him because this veterinarian took such amazing care of our dog.
The doctor did an exam on him and said he believed he had suffered a spinal chord injury and needed x rays. Oh no, that sounded expensive!
I love our dog but he is 13 years old and I do not have the money for back surgery and feared we would have to put him down.
The doctor was very compassionate and said “let’s just take it one step at a time.”
Once the x rays were done he brought me back to look at them and showed me where one of the discs between the vertebrae had ruptured and was swollen and pressing on the nerves causing the paralysis of the hind legs.
Technically he was not paralyzed and I do not remember what term he actually used to describe the situation but it was not looking very good at all.
He also had a bladder stone and the onset of a bladder infection.
To my surprise the vet said that he would not recommend surgery due to the age and health of our dog. I thought his next words would be euthanization but they weren’t.
He said that once the swelling went down and if he could stop the pain, our dog may recover enough function in his hind legs to walk again and live the rest of his life in a way that was worth living.
He gave him a Cortisone injection and then gave me 2 weeks worth of Prednisone as well as antibiotics for the bladder infection and sent us on our way.
He said that if he made some improvements within a couple of days that he would likely recover enough that putting him down would not be necessary.
Well, I’m happy to say that our dog is now walking again, although not very well and not very far but he can get up and use the bathroom and get to his food and water and seems to be fairly comfortable, and just 48 hours after seeing the vet.
So, we have reason to be hopeful.
Also, the bill for everything was just $144.60 which I think is extremely fair. The only bad thing is they do not take checks but they said I could just come back that afternoon with the cash or could use a credit card.
After the amazing service I had received I did not want to leave without paying so I waited there while my wife went to the bank to get the cash.
I was so impressed with this vet, whose name by the way is Dr. Patrick A. Brett D.V.M. and his clinic name is Courthouse Veterinary Clinic located at 2492N. Landing Rd. Suite 106 in Virginia Beach and his phone number is 757-427-7427 757-427-7427, that I decided to create this site to spread the word about him and his great staff.
I don’t think they have a website and rely mainly on word of mouth to get clients, which is a great way to get busness, or lose it if you are the Pungo clinic I’ll make sure to mention to everyone as well!
So, if you have a cat or dog or bird or fish or any animal you consider part of the family and want to make sure they get the best treatment from basic vaccinations, de-worming, dental checkups to neutering or trauma surgery then this is your place!
So there you have it, my reason for creating Vet Virginia Beach. I’m pretty sure I will be adding articles and info on general pet care as well as updates as to how our little guy is doing so check back often and if you need a vet in Virginia Beach, Dr. Brett is your man!