We've analyzed the top vet clinics and animal hospitals in the Phoenix Metro Area to find the best care for your pets. Whether you live in Phoenix or Scottsdale, we have you covered with a curated list of pet care providers! Here are the top Animal Hospitals and Clinics that helps your pets enjoy the Valley of the Sun.
Whether you’ve just adopted your first puppy or kitten, are new to the Phoenix area, or are simply looking for a new veterinarian due to personal preferences, every pet owner needs a great vet. Just as you take the time to carefully select your own healthcare providers, a similar process should be applied to finding the perfect caretaker or pet hospital for your pet.
One thing to remember, though, is that all pets have different needs, and not all veterinarians are alike. With hundreds of vet clinics in the Phoenix metro area, all with unique care philosophies, varying hours of operation, specialized services, and emergency offerings, there are countless factors to be considered when selecting the perfect vet for you. With so many variables, finding the ideal veterinary clinic for your pet can be tricky. That’s why we’ve put together a curated list just for Arizonans to help you find the perfect veterinarian match. Check out our list of the Top 20 Vets in Phoenix.
In this blog post, we’ve come up with the Top 6 questions you should consider when choosing your pet’s healthcare provider.
If you live in Scottsdale, you don’t want to be travelling across Phoenix every time your pet needs to be seen. When narrowing your search, consider the location of the vet and how you will get to the vet. If you rely on public transportation, consider whether the office is on your bus route. Have a car? Make note of how accessible parking is. Working out these answers before you get any further in your search will make it that much easier to narrow down your options. GreatVet lets you search local practices by distance from your zip code and allows you to view clinics on a map to see what location makes the most sense for you.
If you own a car and live near the Willo District, you may consider checking out the conveniently located North Kenilworth Veterinary Care in Central Phoenix. The facility is located on the northeast corner of 5th Avenue and West McDowell Road and there is free, off-street parking located in a private lot. Patients do not have to go far for medication for their pet as there is an on- site pharmacy at the location as well.
If you are coming from Tempe or Scottsdale, you can consider Ingleside Animal Hospital located in Phoenix’s Arcadia neighborhood close to State Route 202 and State Route 51. A location next to the Arcadia Crossing Shopping Plaza with Petco, Target and Costco lends itself well for pet owners hoping to accomplish other errands to go along with their visit to the vet.
However, the nearest vet to your home or office may not necessarily be the best vet for your pet. Consider the following questions as you continue your veterinary search.
Once you have narrowed your search based on what hospitals you can access, next consider if the hours work with your schedule and what happens if you have an emergency. Fortunately, most clinics strive to support emergency care, and many are affiliated with a larger, 24-hour hospital nearby that they refer emergency and advanced cases to.
If you live in central Phoenix, and have an emergency when your typical vet’ office is closed, head to BluePearl Pet Hospital on East Indian School Road in central Phoenix offers 24/7 emergency pet care, which is extremely valuable for when your typical vet’s office is closed. Many practices besides Christown Animal Hospital will refer their clients here. Typical conditions treated include Vomiting, Diarrhea, Seizures, Roadside Trauma and Urinary Obstructions in cats. No appointment is necessary although calling ahead allows the team to begin to assess your pet’s condition, help with directions and prepare the emergency team.
Once you have filtered veterinary clinics that are conveniently located and that have hours and emergency services that work with your schedule, you will want to research the specific services offered.
Emergencies happen, so be proactive and learn about pet emergency procedures now, before you actually have one.
While it may seem obvious, you’ll want to make sure the vet location you choose actually treats your pet! For example, you’ll find clinics in Phoenix that only treat cats, or only cats and dogs. In fact, many clinics don’t treat ‘exotic’ animals at all which may include certain types of reptiles and birds. Others might focus specifically on exotic species such as reptiles and small mammals like rabbits.
If you own a bird, ferret, or rabbit and live in Phoenix, Glendale, or Scottsdale, consider the centrally located North Central Animal Hospital. This hospital is unique in that they have two vets on staff with experience and special knowledge on exotic animals ranging from small mammals to reptiles and birds. Dr. Hillary Frank is a board-certified specialist in avian medicine and one of about 150 veterinarians certified in avian practice worldwide.
Arizona Exotic Animal Hospital with locations in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tuscon is another option for those with less traditional pets or animals that need care. This hospital does not see dogs or cats and only focuses on exotic pets and animals ranging from large mammals like pigs to reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, frogs, lizards, and turtles. One of the best things about this particular vet clinic is that they provide in-house emergency care after hours.
Before you settle on a veterinarian, make sure they provide all of the services your pet may need. Remember, some clinics only offer the basics which may include routine checkups, X-Rays, vaccinations, spay and neutering, while others may offer dog grooming and acupuncture treatments.
If your pet is older, you’ll want to find a vet with end-of-life care services. Your pet may have cancer or other ailments that require a specialist. You’ll need a vet that offers oncology services or has an in-house lab or surgical facilities.
When you are considering what you should be looking for in a vet practice, make a list of your pet’s needs—think about age, animal-type, and any current concerns. Do you need boarding, grooming, or rehab services? If you own a dog, is it a puppy in need of general care? Is it older, in need of geriatric care or pain relief? Then think about your needs. Do you prefer a more traditional or holistic approach to medicine.
If you want a more alternative and holistic approach to care, consider Dr. Julie Mayer at Integrative Veterinarian who holistically treats pain, cancer, arthritis, hyper/hypo thyroid, rehabilitation for sports/neuro/ortho, geriatric support, and organ dysfunction. Dr. Mayer is certified in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary chiropractic, canine rehabilitation, is a Reiki practitioner.
Once you have made a list of needs, use GreatVet to ensure the practices you are considering offer the right scope of services and expertise to properly care for your best friend by using GreatVet’s search filters and detailed profile views of each practice.
Now that you’ve narrowed your search, you may be tempted to review the practice's online reputation. Any and all consumers can quickly post an online review of a business’s services, care, hours, and anything else they feel may be important for their fellow community members to know. Be sure to consider the following factors when searching online:
While it can be tempting to make your final decision after one quick skim through Yelp reviews, take the extra time to look through at least 2-3 social media platforms. From Facebook and Google, to other review forums, gain a more comprehensive view of the services your desired pet clinic provides.
GreatVet profiles help you see scores from all review sources to make sure you have full visibility into each practice’s online reviews.
To get as much of a balanced perspective as you can, be sure to read both the 5-star and lowest rating reviews.
Don’t be scared away from a clinic based on just one negative review. Bad situations are sometimes unavoidable. Plus, everyone has different standards by which they rate a business; make sure you know your own values and priorities before getting swayed by someone else’s. Plus, make a note to see if, and how, the business responds to both negative and positive reviews. A business’ response can really clue you in on how they operate overall.
The total number of reviews for a pet hospital can be a good indicator of the quality of service they provide and their longevity within the community. For example, a location with hundreds of reviews has likely been practicing for quite some time. With longevity also comes more experienced staff, a wider network of affiliations for referrals in case you need them, and more experience to make customized choices for your pet’s care.
When considering veterinarian reviews, GreatVet’s Reputation Score can give you the comprehensive view you need to make an informed decision.
Finally, it is vitally important for both you and your pet to feel comfortable with the veterinarian that you’ve chosen. As with any medical profession, there are some doctors who just don’t have the bedside manner that you would like. If your dog is especially nervous around a particular vet, you might want to keep searching.
Granted, vets can make nearly any pet nervous, especially dogs. But you know how to judge when your animal is completely uncomfortable with someone. Use your instincts here. Choose a vet you’ll feel comfortable talking to, one that answers your questions thoroughly, and who shows patience with both you and your pet.
It’s easy to find someone you can build a meaningful and trusting relationship with when you take advantage of GreatVet’s profiles to understand your potential veterinarian’s clinical care philosophy. Use your initial appointment to get to know the pet care professionals firsthand.
Ask questions to learn how a particular practice communicates with you and your pet, and about their style to make sure their philosophies align with your expectations. If you’ve had even one bad interaction at the vet or doctor’s office, you know exactly how important it is that you feel comfortable communicating with the receptionists, technicians, and veterinarians at whatever practice you choose! So, use this first appointment to gauge your comfort level.
Finding a veterinary practice in your neighborhood can be difficult enough. Finding one with hours that fit your schedule, the exact services your pet needs, and a great reputation to boot makes your search that much harder. Luckily, GreatVet is here to help you find the quality care provider your beloved companion deserves.