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950 N Judge Ely BlvdAbilene, TX 79601
I recently took my Shih Zhu, my best friend, to Dr. Jerry Early at the Abilene Animal Hospital to remove two cancerous tumors in his rectal area. The tumors were located near a nerve which requires several hours of meticulous skill and focus due to fact if the nerve was severed or pierced wou…
1126 Tracy Lynn StAbilene, TX 79601
I love how caring and Dr Howk is about my pets! She is also very personable and understanding. I have an uncommon breed of dogs for a pet and she is very knowledgeable about the specific care they need as far as their body make up goes. I recently took one of my dogs in for an illness and as sh…
2 Windmill CirAbilene, TX 79606
Absolutely great service and Dr. Price spent plenty of time explaining everything in detail.....Definitely would reccomend this clinic and Dr. Price. Everyone I encountered was friendly, professional, and courteous.
7550 Us Highway 83Abilene, TX 79602
I just moved to Abilene Texas this summer and need a vet for my Bulldog. I tried to contact this clinic by phone and but there is only a busy signal every time I call. Does not give me warm fuzzy feelings on the quality of pet care if you can't even answer your phone.
2641 Post Oak RdAbilene, TX 79605
Dr. Lawhon made a big impression on our first visit to the vet with our new kitten. He was very straight forward and upfront with what he was doing, what needed to be and his recommendations. His staff were wonderful handling my new kitten during procedures he didn't exactly enjoy. Dr. Lawhon wa…
2301 S 27th StAbilene, TX 79605
I have been a cuctomer of this clinic for years. One Christmas eve my shih tzu, Kissy was choking to death on a nut shell she had in her throat and Dr Eitelman left his celebrations to rush down to the clinic to save her life. My husband asked him what he owed him and he replied, just have a Me…
1365 S Danville DrAbilene, TX 79605
We started using Dr. Ellis a couple of years ago when satisfactory treatment for our IVDD pet was not being given elsewhere. The level of care, compassion and treatment was exceptional. We have continued using him for all our pets needs from routine checkups to spaying and dental cleanings. I…
318 E South 11th StAbilene, TX 79602
Doctor Natalie Matthews and staff were absolutely wonderful, loving and caring, in the medical care they provided to both of my dogs. (My baby Skylar and my baby Hunter) Skylar and Hunter lived longer than their expected years, because of the professional, loving medical care they received from …
3401 S Treadaway BlvdAbilene, TX 79602
Dr Jim Wilson is the greatest vet out there. After our move 12 hrs away he's still willing to give great advice. I love how he talks to my dog while he's examining him. Always gentle and calm with him. My kids even love to come because he's funny and compassionate and makes the visit interesting…
3981 Ridgemont DrAbilene, TX 79606
I have been to this office multiple times and Ive only had very positive experiences! The staff make both me and my dogs feel super comfortable! Ive been for a spay, and just shot updates.
3264 Chimney Rock RdAbilene, TX 79606
A staff member named Kylie Ratliff killed a rattlesnake, posted the picture on the practice's Facebook page, then posted again refusing to apologize for her actions. This is a clear reflection of this practixe's beliefs-they only care about certain animals. How can you trust them to care for you…
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Emmy and I are always very satisfied with the grooming services. She can hardly sit still until we get there. Thank You--Barbara B.
We started using Dr. Ellis a couple of years ago when satisfactory treatment for our IVDD pet was not being given elsewhere. The level of care, compassion and treatment was exceptional. We have continued using him for all our pets needs from routine checkups to spaying and dental cleanings. I feel our pets are well cared for and treated special on every visit. Can't imagine going anywhere else. Thank you Dr. Ellis and staff!!
I love how caring and Dr Howk is about my pets! She is also very personable and understanding. I have an uncommon breed of dogs for a pet and she is very knowledgeable about the specific care they need as far as their body make up goes. I recently took one of my dogs in for an illness and as she was checking out the symptoms of my dog, Dr Howk also asked how my other dog and cat were doing. She asked about them by their names. Each time I take a pet in, Dr Howk asks about the other pets (by name) & remembers the specifics about them. We were send home with meds and a couple days later, the vet's office called to check up on my dog and see if she was improving. This shows how much they truly care about the well being of your pets! I can't speak highly enough of Judge Ely Animal Hospital!
Hi, I am a owner of a Pomeranian, I have my taking my pet friend into Abilene Pet Regency for all of her grooming needs, Well the 1st time was great, the 2nd time was better, but the 3rd time, something went wrong, maybe the groomers there became too comfortable with me and my pet that they thought they didn't have to satisfy me anymore, I took my pet in this morning (Sept 25th 2015) and my Pomeranian's haircut is HORRIBLE, I am absolutely UNHAPPY with her haircut, it is UNEVEN, They took off too much hair, it look unprofessionally cut, and I am very upset. I strongly believe this was a waste of my money, I am believing that I will no longer be brining my dog into this location for anymore grooming. Just a ugly haircut.
W have been going to the Judge Ely Animal Hospital for several years now and have been very pleased with their Vet and boarding services for our Abby. Excellent services and staff. She always LOVES when we go out of town because she knows where she'll be staying She gets so excited just before we arrive, it's like she can tell she's going to check I at the Judge Ely kennel, or when it's to see the Vet. The staff is fantastic! A Happy pooch, makes a Happy family and no worries!!!!
If I could rate a zero I would. My beloved companion was killed in front of me on exam table. My best friend was held down, squeezed, and a muzzle that was too small was forced on his flat bulldog muzzle, not allowing him to breathe during a nail trimming. I'd asked for a different method, the pole and lead to be used, like at a groomer's table, but the vet wouldn't listen. He either suffocated or his heart gave out getting his nails trimmed. The Dr didn't even apologize or say anything. Because of this I'm being treated for PTSD. I still can't believe what happened, or how we were treated afterwards. I asked about cremation and all Dr. Early said was I could take him to shelter or he could send next day. I asked if my dog would be treated with respect or just tossed in a bin til shelter came to get him. His response was the same as before, I could take him or they will pick him up "soon". He he couldn't even assure me my pets remains would be treated right and respectfully. My dog was crammed into a shipping box that was too small and taped shut. He walked us out to my truck while I loaded my best friend, he didn't say a word. All he ever said was "that's never happened before". Regardless whether you use this vet clinic or another, please don't make the same mistake I did and let them do anything you don't want them to do, demand it for your pet and yourself. If they won't, please seek another veterinarian.
My cat was well cared for during his hospital stay. The staff kept me well informed of his condition and progress and even called on the weekend to keep me informed. All staff seemed concerned and attentive to his needs.
We have been using Judge Ely Animal Hospital and their boarding-Abilene Pet Regency for a little over a year and love both places!! Our dog actually gets excited when we get there and I don't worry about leaving her. The staff is wonderful!!!
I love this Vet! They are so kind and gentle with my little dog. I would recommend them to anyone with furr babies.
Wonderful people that have taken care of my dogs since the 1990's. Recommend them highly. Being accredited, one is getting the best!
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.