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<p>I have a old cat with interesting issues and might be time for a some serious vet like a internal medical specialist.</p>
<p>Just moved to the area, living in Bethesda but willing to travel to the best one.</p>
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<p>Would love cat only places but not really that important in the big picture.</p>
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<p>thanks!</p>
 

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<p>The Chesapeake Veterniarian Referral Center in Annapolis is great. I believe your current vet would have to refer you to them, not sure if they would just take you.  I worked for Dr. Etter (Pasadena Animal Hospital) in Pasadena MD (anne arundel county) for 10 years, he's great, (also Dr. Alexander is fantastic from the same practice)  if he felt you needed to be reffered out, he would recommend probably someone from that practice, of course unless he knows someone closer to your home.  All depends on whats going on with your kitty. Best of luck to you.</p>
 

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<p>We saw Dr. Etter and Dr. Alexander in Pasadena too and LOVED them.  We moved over an hour away so we are in the processing of switching vets but if you don't mind going to Pasadena I would highly recommend them.  They were the absolute best vets I've ever been too (and we have a dog and 4 cats so have done lots of vet trips!)  Their office is great too, the staff is wonderful and there is never a wait.  Can't say enough good things about them! </p>
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<p>The one place I would stay away from is Huffard (also in Pasadena but on the Severna Park side).  Long, long waits, high prices and always want to do some kind of surgery, prescribe meds, and never seem to want to try natural approaches to any kind of pet care.  They are always really busy so the wait can be long which is really annoying to me.</p>
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<p>sound great, but both Annapolis and Pasadena are over a hour away and thats without traffic, i am going to need someone closer,</p>
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<p>Im in Bethesda and i guess when i said willing to travel i was not thinking 1-2 hours thru traffic</p>
 

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<p>I'm a vet, but unfortunately in north/northeast Balt. county.  There is a VCA specialty center in the Rockville area that has an internal medicine dept.  One of my classmates did her internship there.  It's supposed to be excellent.  Your regular vet should know if it and can refer you.  If you can't find it, let me know.  **** luck!  Becky</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>NaturalMama311</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282314/veterinarian-recommendation-for-geriatric-cat#post_16079948"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>We saw Dr. Etter and Dr. Alexander in Pasadena too and LOVED them.  We moved over an hour away so we are in the processing of switching vets but if you don't mind going to Pasadena I would highly recommend them.  They were the absolute best vets I've ever been too (and we have a dog and 4 cats so have done lots of vet trips!)  Their office is great too, the staff is wonderful and there is never a wait.  Can't say enough good things about them! </p>
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<p>The one place I would stay away from is Huffard (also in Pasadena but on the Severna Park side).  Long, long waits, high prices and always want to do some kind of surgery, prescribe meds, and never seem to want to try natural approaches to any kind of pet care.  They are always really busy so the wait can be long which is really annoying to me.</p>
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<p>OMG!! I HATE HUFFARD!!! I took my puppy i've only owned since the end of dec of last year. We had a severe issue with him having blood in his stool (& diarrhea)/vomit and acting real 'depressed' every 6-8 weeks. The stupid doctors ALWAYS told me I had to do blood work/xrays yadda yadda. I went in there several times obviously pregnant (each time the vet would ask me to pick up my 50lb dog and put him on the table, I would be like - uh. no!!!). I have stood there, paying a $500 bill crying!!! I of course told the vet several times I cant afford to pay that much, since we were expecting our first child AND had just bought our nightmare of a house!! Ugh!!! huffard makes me SO upset. </p>
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<p>Thanks so much for the suggestion for the other vet, I will definitely be using them next time!</p>
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<p>(thanks for reading my rant, haha) <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>juneboymum</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282314/veterinarian-recommendation-for-geriatric-cat#post_16086209"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'm a vet, but unfortunately in north/northeast Balt. county.  There is a VCA specialty center in the Rockville area that has an internal medicine dept.  One of my classmates did her internship there.  It's supposed to be excellent.  Your regular vet should know if it and can refer you.  If you can't find it, let me know.  **** luck!  Becky</p>
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<p>sounds good, but did i not explain well that i just moved 3000 miles?! my vet in Oregon can not really do anything from there with first hand knowledge. I'm sure they would give some needed referral, since they are the ones that thought it time to have him be cared for by "really knowledgeable folks"   but I'm at a loss how to proceed.  </p>
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<p>does he need a regular vet here in town and them maybe a "internal medicine vet"? or what, i guess I'm more in the dark than i thought<br>
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<p>yes, usually you will need to take your cat to a regular vet, and they can give you a referral to see a specialist ( like VCA)</p>
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<p>we take our pets to see Dr Mueller in Bethesda ( hampden Lane Vet).  he is good, but the visits always seem quick.  he's not one to recommend a lot of unnecessary tests.  if you go see him make sure you request Dr Mueller and not the other vet that works there. </p>
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<p>i've also taken my pets to VCA and found them to be great.  i'm not 100% sure if you need a referral or not</p>
 

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<p>I'd recommend <a href="http://www.vhcdoc.com/index.html" target="_blank">VHC</a> in Bethesda for which you do not need a referral.  They have a holistic focus but also do some conventional things.  I've never used them personally but I have friends who have been very happy with them.  You would probably want to look into & be sure to understand the differences between conventional & holistic practices if you don't already.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>thegreenbeagle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282314/veterinarian-recommendation-for-geriatric-cat#post_16092994"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I'd look into <a href="http://www.friendshiphospital.com/" target="_blank">http://www.friendshiphospital.com/</a> in dc. </p>
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wow that place looks amazing and just along the lines of what i was thinking and it is amazingly RIGHT down the street from me! thank you. Do you have first hand experience with these folks?</p>
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<p>VHC seems like a good place, but just don't offer a lot of things that my 16yr old kitty will likely need in the near future, so he would be having to be seen by two places, a hassle and stress on him i would like to avoid. thanks for the recommendation though</p>
 

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<p>hi - i've been to friendship a few times.  we have only been there after hours, and unfortunately with dying pets, but i have no complaints.  they have a lot of equipment and specialists which is handy, but they are expensive! ( i think) they also have their own in-house lab, which is very convenient. if price is not an issue they would probably be a good fit</p>
 

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<p>i always like to think that price is not an issue with beloved pets, but we like most folks can only bear so much, so i will make sure to check on their prices and balance our needs. after 16 years of total love and joy, I'm spend pretty much anything i could figure out how to afford on his comfort and good life, but of course i am not in a position where that is endless by any means. thanks for the heads up</p>
 

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<p>Well, I took my dog there on an emergency visit when he came up very lame on a weekend right before we were going on a trip.  I was impressed with the professionalism there and I know that they have a lot of specialists.  I ended up getting a second opinion for my dog and actually went the animal chiropractic route which healed him, but I know that Friendship has a really great rep and in addition they do good work for and with the Animal Rescue League.  (I was very impressed with one of Friendship's vet's that I had the chance to work with as a volunter at the Animal Rescue League and I enjoy the "Friendship tails" blog.) </p>
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<p>My regular vet is <a href="http://www.kindnesshospital.com/" target="_blank">http://www.kindnesshospital.com/</a> in Wheaton and have been happy there. </p>
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<div>Originally Posted by <strong style="font-style:inherit;font-weight:bold;">thegreenbeagle</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282314/veterinarian-recommendation-for-geriatric-cat#post_16092994" style="color:rgb(96,73,154);"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-top-width:0px;border-right-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;border-left-width:0px;border-top-style:solid;border-right-style:solid;border-bottom-style:solid;border-left-style:solid;"></a><br><br><p style="margin-top:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-bottom:0px;margin-left:0px;padding-top:0px;padding-right:0px;padding-bottom:2px;padding-left:0px;">I'd look into <a href="http://www.friendshiphospital.com/" style="color:rgb(96,73,154);" target="_blank">http://www.friendshiphospital.com/</a> in dc. </p>
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<p>i have taken my cat in and this place has been really wonderful, i cant see a single thing about them that i dont like a lot. price is a tad high ,but i feel the care is very top notch so its justified in a pretty good way.</p>
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<p>they still haven't come to any big a-ha in why my kitty is going down hill, but it may just be age and nothing in specific.</p>
<p>they did catch a UTI and treated that, we will go back in now and see the internal specialist for the next step. </p>
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<p>just wanted to say thank you for the recommendation, it is literally right down one main street for us and i felt like we really had the right level of care.</p>
 
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