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I am beyond frustrated with the care I have received here for my cat. So frustrated that I have to take my cat to get the care plan he initially should have been perscribed from another vet clinic now. The prices are unreasonable and I walked away from all three visits feeling unsure of what exactly is being recommended for my cat and what the actual issue with him is. Dr. Wicker is very insensitive and does not show any empathy or emotion. You disagree with her care recommendations or say you can’t do something and she walks right out of the room. I haven’t even received any phone calls checking up on my cat from any of the three visits, like I have received from other clinics in the past. The blood work she recommended was $220 when at other clinics I can have the same work done for anywhere between $120-$165. I strongly do not recommend going here due to obscene prices and Dr. Wicker’s atrocious attitude and insensitivity. Dr. Toberline,I can say that while I am insecure by the treatment he gave my cat was at least pleasant. The tech, Eric, however very kind and seemed to genuinely care. I take the time out of my busy workday (the waits are very long) to give repeat business to this clinic where they just don’t seem to care and give out ridiculous treatments. My cat I can say is actually worse since he went there initially. I will never give business there again.
I had to put my cat of 16 years to sleep today. The nurse was kind enough to my situation and when I asked if I could hold my cat while the doctor gave the injection through the IV she said yes. They took my Keira kitty back to get the IV put in and when they brought her back in, the doctor was with her. They placed her on the table and immediately gave the anesthetic, and she fell to sleep on the spot. I said "Wait", but he was already doing the second shot and checking for a heartbeat. The doctor looked up and said she's gone. Furious, I looked at the nurse and said, through tears, " you said that I could hold her", she was at a loss for words. I yelled it at her again and then demanded that she leave the room. She promised a last embrace for me and my kitty and she LIED to me! Unfortunately I don't have any other pets, but I sure won't encourage anyone else to go there. SHAME ON YOU!
If there was a negative star I would give that. This place used to be great but over the past 1-2 years its awful! Ever since they had some staffing changes its gone downhill. The receptionist is rude and cant even answer simple questions. I have a pittbull that is 12 years old and has gone to this place his whole life is now judged and they say he has to be tranquilized to even be seen.... its an older Dr. that only likes dealing with little dogs is what I was told. well maybe you shouldn't be a Vet if you only like little dogs and are scared of big ones. I had an appointment today that was scheduled at 8:00 this morning for 4:30 and I get a call at 3:45 stating that they cant see him today because Des isn't there to hold him....Des is amazing and is a Vet tech there that my dog absolutely loves... everyone else is "scared of him". remind you nobody has ever held my dog there... but you just saw my dog a month ago because he had E. Coli and you told me to bring him back if he had any problems.....now you do this! They suggested that he go to a full care facility (aren't yall?) to get treated since its a holiday weekend....OH so that's what it was all about.... a holiday weekend and I was the last appointment...hmmm! shame on you for cancelling an appointment 45 minutes before the appointment time with a really sick dog! WOW what a place! I will NEVER take my pet there ever again....this place is a disgrace. and after asking several times for the owners name and number and holding for almost 20 minutes... yall decide you cant give out the name or number to place a complaint. The whole staff should be ashamed of themselves!
Dr James and his staff have been taking care of my pets for over 28 years. I have always been trated with the utmost professionalism and kindness. I have had two small dogs and one very large dog during that time period and each dog loved going to the vet. I had a work emergency that kept me away from home for 56 days. Dr James took my dog in for boarding and then took him home for the extended stay. He kept him as his own pet during that time and didn't charge me any extra. Dr James has made the hard decisions with our pets easier to understand and was extremely compassionate when we had to put a dog down. I would never consider another vet.
I feel the ppl at this clinic really care about their patients & I'm always greatful for all their help, suggestions & care they show my pets & myself. Thank you
I fly from Denver Colorado to see Dr Hull. He is an expert in felines and has worked extensively with me helping me keep my Persian cats healthy. I have never seen a vet who cares as much and has as much knowledge as Dr. Hull. The poor reviews are completely inaccurate. The front office has always been courteous and very accommodating with scheduling appointment around my flights to Texas. I cannot review the other doctors in this practice as I have not used them. Finding a great vet is so difficult to find. Clearly I would not fly to Texas if I didn't think Dr. Hull was as good as it gets!
We have been using Carrier Animal Hospital for several years and this is the old place we will take our pets even though we live 50 miles away. We have high value award winning Show Cats in both The Cat Fanciers Association and The International Cat Association and their care is of the highest importance to us. The Vets at Carrier are absolutely the best we have ever seen.
I arrived at the clinic at the clinic at just after 12 and one woman was outside and another came out shortly afterwards I approached them with my dying cat in my arms and inquired if they were open. "We're closed from 12 to 2. I looked at the time and it was 12:02. I had to go to 4 different clinics. Second one all doctors at lunch third the only doctor they had was in surgery for an hour and finally on the fourth try he has a temperature of 104 and a really hard time breathing. He is now on oxygen pending lab results. The only clinic in grand prairie is the grand prairie animal clinic. The rest of them are absolutely worthless with the exception of Carrier animal clinic they just need more doctors.
My Mother recently past away from cancer. I took over the responsibility of her 2 cats. My Mother has used the Carrier Animal Clinic in Grand Prairie, Tx for many many years for her cats & dogs. One of her cats needed some grooming, so I spoke to Crystal on the phone to schedule the cat a appointment. When i spoke to her i informed her i did not want the cat to have ANY vaccinations or anything other than grooming to be done. Crystal said, no problem i will document that on Harley's (cat) file. I asked her how much for these services. She told me $150.00. I said, ok no problem. I made the appointment. My Dad took him that morning and picked him up that afternoon by 2p. When he picked Harley up the bill was $326.28. They gave him shots and did blood work... obviously without MY PERMISSION! When my Dad asked to speak to the doctor (Dr. Parker) his response was ....well i guess your daughter must have approved all of this. When i called back the following day to speak to the doctor he could not take my call. I asked his satff to have him call me. I was VERY UPSET and i am still,,, cuz here it is 2 days later and he still has not called me. I told them i would never take any of my Mother's pets there nor my own!!!!
After several months of battling my dog's skin issues with another vet and spending several hundred dollars in the process, my sister recommended I try Dr. James. Dr. James and his team were able to get her skin completely healed in a month at a very reasonable price! At the last visit, instead of trying to sell me more products (i.e. drugs and vaccinations - a common move with my prior vet), Dr. James gave me some more natural remedies to try and manage her symptoms. In my 3 visits his staff has always been very friendly and I love that I don't need an appointment!
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.