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2720 James StDenton, TX 76205
From Business: South Denton Animal Hospital is proud to serve Denton, TX and surrounding areas for over 20 years. We want you to know how important animals can be to you and if you looking for a place to take care of the animals you love and treat them the way they should, please look no further. We pride ourselves on offering a high qua…
4145 S Interstate 35 E Ste 101Denton, TX 76210
It was a Friday evening I had just got home from work, my 11 year would 16 lb. wiener dog as excited as always to see me. I checked the rat poison I had put out days before in the laundry room behind the washing machine & behind the dryer, both 1 ounce pieces gone! No way the mice I was attempti…
1441 S Loop 288Denton, TX 76205
From Business: Doctor hours may vary from hospital hours. Please call ahead in urgent situations to verify that a doctor is available before leaving for a hospital. Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical exams and…
713 Sunset StDenton, TX 76201
I have taken 5 doggies and 2 kittens to be neutered or spayed at the Denton location. They did an amazing job, you can barely see a scar. The staff was awesome. They did better then an actual vet clinic that I took my foster doggies too. That vet left a horrible scar and it looks hacked up. I de…
2436 S Interstate 35 E Ste 370Denton, TX 76205
We have taken our pets to Southridge for over 10 years. They have always been compassionate, caring and genuinely care about their patients. When our Basset Hound developed kidney failure, they took amazing care of her, answered all of my questions and patiently showed me how to give her IV flui…
2010 Denison StDenton, TX 76201
I have good things to say about Dr. Valenciano, and his staff. I am happy to have him as my vet. He takes good care of my cats. He is gentle and honest. He has a heart for the people who love and care for their animals. Orio, the cat, takes the time to send Dr. Valenciano a hard thank you from t…
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My Lab died after misdiagnosis! I used Southridge for all 7 years of my Labradors life. They put her on Rimadyl for early arthritis pains and did not warn me of side affects to look for, I had to Google it to see she was exhibiting fatal warning signs...when I called the LONGTIME vet tech to tell her, she sounded put out that i wanted to see them at the end of a business day and not just pick up some prescriptions....I told her the pup was basically peeing blood out of her hiney...never did see the main vet that day, was told as I was checking out "sorry you didn't get to see Dr. _____, its been a long day and he is just really burned out"...my response was I didn't need to see him as long as my beloved Mollie saw him. She took Mollie back and came back in the room a little later telling me they were not worried as they checked many of her signs and gave her shots to "settle her tummy" and she'd "feel like a million bucks the next day" and to bring her back if she didn't eat breakfast. Told me not to worry unless blood was coagulated (which it was not all night). She died on the way back the next morning and the main vet met with my husband after husband demanded a meeting and the vets words were "we dropped the ball, I relied on my vet tech to pass on all of the pertinent information and she didn't..had I known, I would have admitted Mollie". FAIL, FAIL, FAIL...go ahead...risk your fur babies life on a place like this. I still miss her to this day and this was in 2012. Furthermore, after misdiagnosing her and sending her home to die, they never offered to refund the $$ they charged me for the visit that allowed her to go home and die or any previous visits. HORRIBLE! I filed a complaint with the Texas Vet board as has another person who reached out to me after seeing my review. Use at your own risk!
We have taken our pets to Southridge for over 10 years. They have always been compassionate, caring and genuinely care about their patients. When our Basset Hound developed kidney failure, they took amazing care of her, answered all of my questions and patiently showed me how to give her IV fluids so we could treat her at home. When the time came to put her to sleep, they were so sweet and kind to us and our girls and I will forever be grateful for all they did for us that day. The vets and staff at Southdridge are truly phenomenal and your fur babies could not be in better hands.
I have taken 5 doggies and 2 kittens to be neutered or spayed at the Denton location. They did an amazing job, you can barely see a scar. The staff was awesome. They did better then an actual vet clinic that I took my foster doggies too. That vet left a horrible scar and it looks hacked up. I definitely trust the vet at the Denton location.
I am very disappointed in this place. I switched to them based on others recommendations, only to be treated like my business is not appreciated. They price gouge you for meds, shots, and visits. They say they will price match, then recant their offer. They would rather lose a customer instead of doing what's right for the them. They force you to buy their overpriced preventive medicine by not allowing you to order from online sources. Price gouging and taking advantage of people's love for their pets does not look good on you Southridge. I'll be switching to a vet that cares about my animals and doesn't rip me off.
Went in to spay my 8 month old Akita. She weighed 79.06 lbs. They should have turned me away. Please, if you have a large breed dog, don't risk their life by taking then there. Needles to say not even 24hours later and she passed away.
I have gone to Southridge for many years and Dr. Jones and his staff have always been excellent in their care of my 4 legged babies. They diagnosed my dog with Addison's disease because they listened to me. I am grateful to Dr. Shores for her excellent care in taking such care. She kept me posted on all his labs and made sure if I had any questions they were answered. Not only would I never go elsewhere they are also very reasonably priced and have seen them work with others on financing the care of their pets
i have 5 dogs and have been taking them to the denton location for years. I have nothing but high praise for what they do. Folks if you want a high touch experience with all of the bells and whistles, go to a full vet and pay 5 times as much. The vet at the Denton office is a very competent professional (he is an Aggie after all). Some of the negative reviews complain about pain meds, well I hate to break it to you but, yes you have to buy pain meds after a procedure its part of the deal. I have used all of their services and I really like their dental cleanings - great outcome at a 5th the price my regular vet charges.
Vet is very disorganized and as soon as we had a problem the vet told us that we obviously only care about money and decided to let us go as customers... I have spent over $7000 dollars with multiple animals. The vet did a terrible job on my dogs surgery, got my mastiff home only for him to bleed everywhere, called the vet they said if we can stop the bleeding it would be fine. He then got an infection and the vet blamed me, instead of taking responsibility for a terrible job. Dr shores stated that I declined the antibiotic for the surgery, I personally would never do that. Instead she told me about acne medicine and said that he needed it, I agreed and said I already have a product to help him with that. As soon as the problem arouse they pointed fingers and charged me $380 dollars to fix him, when the original bill was already $1100 for a neuter... Tried to reach the vet on more than ten occasions and could never get a response... Very unorganized and very childish when it comes to them making a mistake... Even if I could I would never go back after this experience
I have taken all of my animals, as well as animals I have fostered, to this vet for almost 9 years. I have to say that in the last two years, the quality of service has gone down tremendously. In January of 2014, Dr. Jones misdiagnosed my dog with congenital kidney failure, which almost cost him his life. I had explained to him that the Animal ER in Denton had told me they thought it was leptospirosis, but Dr. Jones said that would be nearly impossible, as leptospirosis is not found in Denton County. Fortunately, the animal ER tested him for it and it came out positive, and we were able to treat it and save him. My second and last bad experience, as I will NOT be returning to Southridge, was a surgery that was done on my English Mastiff, by Dr. Shores. My dog had to be neutered as well as have a surgery to fix his cryptorchidism. Apparently, Southridge does not use antibiotics for many of their surgeries, and as a result, Duke came down with a horrible infection. I took him to the animal ER, as I was very worried, and they told me it was a result of vet negligence, and had he been given antibiotics the infection would not have occurred. So as a result, Duke had to have yet another surgery, which Southridge happily charged me for. I told them I thought it was very much a scam. I have been a customer for some time and never complained about their services, but when a vet makes a mistake, and your animal is harmed by their negligence, and then they charge the patient to fix their mistake - that seems very twisted and unethical. They are much more affordable than other vets, which is why I think many people chose to go there, but I will say - you are definitely getting what you pay for. I would never take any of my animals back to this facility.
Amazed at the negative reviews. Yes, there is a line waiting to get into the office in the morning. That helps with efficiency of making sure everyone is there on time and schedules can be adhered to accordingly. Yes, there were barking dogs. That happens everywhere. But the care. Wonderful treatment and friendly, caring people there. Obviously for the price you're not going to have tea and crumpets served while you wait :) But we go there for excellent care, not for humans to be pampered.
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.