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5858 N Jupiter Rd Ste 109Garland, TX 75044
From Business: At Kindness Small Animal Hospital, you will receive the finest veterinary care and service available. We will treat your pet with the same love and care as we do ou…
7224 Independence Pkwy & LegacyPlano, TX 75025
From Business: We have low cost vaccination clinics monthly! We also offer Sunday pick ups and drop offs for Boarding! We also do Boarding Dentistry Medicine Surgery Laser Therapy…
4651 N Belt Line RdMesquite, TX 75150
From Business: The LRH Emergency Pet Care Center is a state-of-the-art facility utilizing the most sophisticated and advanced medical and surgical technology. Our on-site staff, h…
From vacation ideas to gardening preparation, check out our September checklist to enjoy the rest of summer and get ready for fall.
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
DR. MURRAY IS A GREAT VET!!! To BBolin: Your comments about Dr. Murray are pretty harsh and obviously biased. We've been using Dr. Murray as our vet for our dogs for over 20 yrs. I couldn't ask for a better vet, caring and compasionate, and someone who would do anything for us to help with the care of our pets. If he were as awful as you claim, we wouldn't still be going to him. For every one of our pets who has been in it's final hours of life, Dr. Murray has come to our home to put them to sleep. Their last few minutes on this earth are in our home and in our arms and they don't have to endure going to the vet "one last time". They die in a dignified manner with loving hands holding them and hearing our voices. If there has ever a time when Dr. Murray has felt our pets needed to see a specialist, he has seen to it they get the best care possible. Don't be so overly sensitive about someone telling you that your pets are "child substitutes". We've heard that all our lives from a number of people and I don't care what someone else thinks about this.....because they are child substitutes for us, and there is nothing wrong with that in my book. Again, I don't care what someone else has to say about my relationship with my pets. Dr. Murray has a dry sense of humor. Not everyone can relate to that and don't know how to respond. Dr. Murray wouldn't still be in business if he were as awful as you've described. He's not burned out and doesn't need to retire. But, yes, you do need to find another vet who will hang on your every word, put up with your thin skin, let you manage your pet's care as you wish, let it self feed (which is a no no), and let you and your physician husband self diagnose your dog's problems. Why bother with a vet? Just let your husband treat it. I dare say Dr. Murray is not the only person you have difficulty getting along with. As for your opinion of him, that's all it is....just your insignificant, worthless opinion. I will stand behind Dr. Murray every chance I get. He's been a wonderful vet for us and been a real advocate for our pets to see they get the best possible care. When he does choose to retire, we'll be up a creek to find someone who can fill his shoes. One of his receptionists, and one of his techs have been with him from almost day one of his practice. If he was so horrible I doubt they would have stuck around this long. I can't say enough good things about him and his staff. They all work as a team to make sure our pets are lovingly cared for. I have referred him to several friends over the years, and no one else has any complaints. So to read your comments about him, does hit a little close to home for me. He's a great vet who does everything humanly possible to make sure our pets get the best care possible. He and his staff deserve a 5-star rating.
Read any review on the web and you'll get positive and negative extremes about any person, place or thing. When it comes to something personal like a medical doctor or a vet, those opinions tend to get even more emotional and I think a couple of the more negative reviews posted on this page about this facility fall into that category and are not an accurate overall depiction of the doctor or the services provided. That being said, I'm going to weigh in on Dr. Norton and Frankford Crest Animal Hospital. I'm a middle aged executive, without children, who loves his 15 going on 16 year old chocolate lab. I've always taken excellent care of my animals and when I had to change vets a few years ago, I did my research and landed in the office of Dr. Norton. I can say without question that it was the best decision that I made for the health and long life of my lab. We've moved since first meeting Dr. Norton and we now live in far North Collin County but we still bring our lab to Dr. Norton for regular check ups and treatment. We won't be going anywhere else for the remainder of our old puppy's life - a life, that I can say with certainty has been prolonged in good health by the excellent treatment, advice and caring provided by Dr. Norton and the staff at Frankford Crest Animal Hospital. Dr. Norton is a "no nonsense" kind of veterinarian that tells you exactly "how it is" and is first and foremost concerned with the animal's well being. He presents treatment options but respects the choices you make in following those options. He has an excellent staff and he holds them to high standards. If you are like me, and you want your pet taken care of by one of the best doctors that you can find, one that is competent, fair and honest, then go see Dr. Norton - he fits that bill perfectly and your pet will be in great hands.
I've been coming to Dr. Norton for well over 20 years (ever since I moved to the Dallas area). I tried 6 different vets before I found Dr. Norton (who was recommended by a friend who used him) and was very disappointed in the quality of care and the cavalier attitude of those 6. There is no question that Dr. Norton puts the health, safety, happiness and well being of your pet first, ahead of pet owners' egos or staff members' preferences. Some owners will not like that because they want to get off cheap, believe the advice they got from an employee at PetSmart, or think they know better than the doctor, but after having gone through 3 dogs and 12 cats in those 20 years, I have observed first hand how much energy, time and caring he put into my animals. One of the cats that lives at his clinic is there because the owner told Dr. Norton to put him to sleep after finding out that this cat was going to be "too much trouble" to take care of. Dr. Norton has to manually manipulate the bathroom habits of this cat, and he chose to do this rather than end the cat's life. When my dog was dying of cancer, he did everything he could to alleviate the pain, allowed me "visiting hours" in the hospital, and sent my dog home for the weekend--hoping it would do better there, then came in on a Sunday to put my dog to sleep after it was obvious the dog was in total respiratory distress. How many vets would do that so the dog wouldn't have to suffer through another day? I've had occasion to take my pets to other vets when traveling, and none so far has come close to giving the quality of care I know I receive from Dr. Norton.
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.