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‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ & Dr. Elizabeth Ring — Very Impressed.

by Anura Guruge


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Braxton, our (rescue) Harrier, has had a real bad rash for some days now. We knew it was due to allergies but it was clear that he needed some heavy-duty prescription medication.

Busy time and I did not fancy a 40-minute (each-way) run to our usual (and trusted) vets in Pembroke. Though we do not travel that stretch of Rte 11 often we had seen ‘Cocheco Veterinary Hospital’ a few times on the rare occasions we do sail by. Definitely closer. So, we called and made an appointment.

Sure glad we did. Very positive, uplifting experience from start-to-finish. Very friendly, very professional, very caring. All good. Decent (not outlandish) prices too. That was a bonus. I am sold. No reason to hike to Pembroke — and they, when required, will make house calls. That is good to know.

Very impressed with Dr. Ring. The epitome of what you expect a dream vet to be! She took her time. Let Braxton get used to her.

Braxton LIKED the place. Did not growl. Let them touch him. Never seen him that mellow and trusting with strangers. The place has good vibes. You can see that they have thought things out. The reception area is HUGE — very open and uncluttered. Puts dogs at ease. They can look around and see empty, unthreatening space. Very clever.

Well, you probably worked it out. Definitely two thumbs and two paws up. We will be going back — but, hopefully, not too soon and not too often.

But, if you need a local vet, sure give them a try. You will not regret it.


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by Anura Guruge

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Pembroke Animal Hospital: Pretty Impressive. In-And-Out. Was Costly, But Probably The Norm.

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The Alton Vets … — Jan. 31, 2013.



Dr. Christina Murdock grew up in Litchfield, NH. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2007. She practices large and small animal medicine with a focus on soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and small ruminants. Her four legged family includes a greyhound named Yellow, an Italian greyhound named Leo, a minx cat named Rocky and a calico cat named Phoebe.

After I stormed out, in high high dudgeon, from the Alton Vets, on January 31, stating ‘never coming back here again‘, we had to find a new vet.

I had heard about Pembroke, I think from the farm/stable, ‘ClearView‘ in Barnstead where Devanee took horse riding lessons for awhile. Deanna checked it out on Facebook. All she heard was glowing praise. Number of folks we knew in Alton appeared to be using them.

Deanna called up and enrolled with them. Then she sent a letter to the vets at Alton asking for the records to be sent to Pembroke. To their credit they did that promptly.

We had our first appointment today. It is on the far side of Concord. Not hard to get to. I think it took us 35 minutes. We got there just before 11:10 am, for a 11:15 appointment.

Here is the AMAZING thing, we were out of there, in the van, both Goldens having got their shots, a total of 7, and both having blood drawn for flea-borne disease testing (at $45 a pop). 30 minutes, in-and-out! At Alton we will still be twiddling our thumbs in the waiting room.

Not sure whether we got preferential, atypical service because it was our first visit and they wanted to create a good impression. They seem slick enough and very friendly.

We saw Dr. Christina Murdock. She is young and obviously loves dogs. She kissed ours on their heads. I was impressed. Good kennel side manners, I guess.

I was kind of shell shocked by the bill, but Deanna assures me that it is par for course — though it sure sounds like an expensive course to me. 7 shots, $90 for tests (that I was not that keen on though I relented). It came to $293 or $294. I know keeping two Goldens is an expensive hobby, but how do people manage to pay vets bills like this?

But, we were happy with the service. If we factor in the minimum one hour we are usually kept waiting at Alton, time wise this was not bad. We had to go to Concord anyway. Nice day. Got a few things done.

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