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8518 Plano RdDallas, TX 75238
From Business: Offering veterinarians and emergency veterinarians services. We're more than an animal hospital! We're the place where pet parents know they can bring their pets for superb veterinary care that sets new standards for quality and kindness. For pets and pet parents alike, a trip to our clinic is an opportunity to see how our…
10101 E Northwest HwyDallas, TX 75238
best orthopedic surgeon veterinarian in Texas!!! Literally saw 5 other vets prior to Dr. Mountain, and all claimed my only solution was to put my chihuahua to sleep.... Dr. Mountain was the only one who gave my husband and I hope..... Our little angel's surgery was over 3 years ago, and he conti…
11437 Shiloh RdDallas, TX 75228
My daughter referred us to Dr. Hernandez a few years ago. She always calls him the Dog Whisperer, and I believe she's right. He is an awesome vet who goes above and beyond the norm, even calling to see how our pets are doing after he's treated them. When my daughter's dog was bitten on the neck …
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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.
If you care at all about your pet, and you want the very best diagnosis and treatment for your pet, Dr. Archie Underwood is the vet for you to see. Dr. Underwood spent at least 15 - 30 minutes with me over the telephone explaining many sources of a HEART MURMUR, and the treatment thereof. We never even met before, and he took a genuine interest in helping my small dog and I. Several of my friends suggested getting a "SECOND OPINION", after my dog was diagnosed with a "3 to 4 HEART MURMUR" from another vet. So, I did a google search on "vet near me", and that's how I found Dr. Underwood. So, I scheduled an appointment. Boy, was I ever blown away. I got to stay the entire time with my 16 year old small dog, and got to watch and ask questions as he examined her. And, his PRICES ARE VERY REASONABLE, and when you are on Social Security, that makes a huge difference. All in all, my little sweetheart does NOT NEED ANY RX at this time, she got the best treatment, examination, tests, and I did not have to get a loan. I have had dogs since I was five years old, 1949, and have seen many vets in my day, but never have I ever seen a vet that has THE ENTIRE PACKAGE. i.e. Treatment, lets you stay with your pet throughout the entire visit, and at a cost that is very reasonable. If your pet is old, and needs to see a vet, I beg you to see Dr. Underwood. Better yet, if you are a new pet owner, see Dr. Underwood now, and don't wait till they are ill. Oh, one other thing. Dr. Underwood's assistant has been working for him FIFTEEN YEARS! That speaks loud and clear about the mans character.
I think Dr. Norton is GREAT!!! He tells it like it is, which I like. He is very thorough and diagnosed a skin infection that another vet had missed only 1 week earlier. He prescribed antibiotics and a skin treatment, which cleared it up. My dog was panting all the time and Dr. Norton did everything he could think of to try to find the cause, which turned out to be a tumor on her spleen. He recommended an Ultrasound and when he got the results, he recommended Surgery by a different Surgeon in case there were complications. He could have done it himself and made the money, but in the interest of my dog's well-being he referred me to a Surgeon. I find him to be honest, very caring, and he does not interrupt me when I speak. I listen to what he has to say and then speak. The negative reviews on this site do not reflect Dr. Norton's true personality. Perhaps he was having a bad day. Give him a break! He cares more for the patients AND their families than any vet I have ever had. I have also heard him joke around a little bit! So, if you want FANTASTIC CARE for your animal, go to Dr. Norton. His staff is also very knowledgeable, professional and also really care about the animals. My dog just LOVES Valerie, the Technician. I would recommend Frankford Crest Animal Hospital to anyone with a pet. I won't be going anywhere else as long as Dr. Norton is in practice!!!!!
Dr. Norton is THE BEST!! He is very thorough and doesn't stop until he finds the cause of the problem. I took my dog to another Vet who said she needed "an oatmeal-based bath for her dry skin". When I then took her to Dr. Norton, he found a skin problem that requred medication, not a bath!! Also, my dog ended up with a tumor in her abdomen, which Dr. Norton found after doing extensive tests (well worth it, I might add). Dr. Norton is pleasant and gives you the FACTS. He does not interrupt me and I don't interrupt him. I think having mutual respect with your Vet is important and it jus happens naturally with Dr. Norton. Also, everybody that works there knows their job very well - the Technicians and the Receptionist. You won't have to worry about dealing with an "Airhead" at Dr. Norton's office. I highly recommend him and if you didn't like him the first time, give him another try. I think you'll be highly satisfied.
I contacted Dr. Paul Carroll and Angelica when and I realized I needed to be in a more medically driven type facility and at a difficult time, and late in the game so to speak. When my girl had a cantalope size abcess a Dr. was telling me I could get an appointment in 2 weeks. I was devastated by the ongoing disconnect of how fast and wrong this situation could turn. There were turning on the sweet talk all the time my girl was getting sicker. I contacted Dr. Carroll's office who promptly sifted through the facts, important details, and got my girl help. It was like day and night compared to prior care. The approach at Midway Hollow is a sophisticated awareness of situations that comes from having a solid medical background and responding ethically and timely. Unfortunately, too many offices have focused fluff talk they forget lives are in danger. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. Barbara and Rosie.
I've been using North Tollway Pet Hospital for over 5 years, I have several pets, who all have special needs (2 snakes, 1 dog, 3 cats.) I would not trust ANYONE else with the lives of my pets. All the staff there really takes time to FIND out whats going on, and the Doctors are BEYOND amazing. I am sad to see some bad reviews. I feel like some of them leave things out, the just want to complain in some cases. I realize it is going to COST me money to have my pets taken care of. That is part of the responsiblity of being a PET OWNER. I even called around a few weeks ago just to compare prices, and this clinic is right on cost with alot of the other vets in the area. I will keep using North Tollway Pet Hospital- because it's hard to find a vet that CARES as much as the doctors here do. [BTW, Dr. Stramel doesn't even work there anymore!! Some of these reviews to be updated :) ]
My two yellow labs have been patients now for one year with Dr. Tony Meyers and Ginger. I want people to know how great this office is not only during the first visit but every single time you visit. One of my dogs has diabetes and is insulin dependent twice a day. It was a huge adjustment for me at first and a big challenge but Ginger and Dr. Meyers helped us get over this major obstacle and today she is doing amazing. They will follow up with you, make sure you are informed and most important of all is you will feel that they truly care about your pet. I am forever grateful to this office and honestly cannot recommend them enough if you are looking for a top of the line highly educated and experienced vet office . Thank you Dr. Meyers, Ginger, Jaimie and Meagan for everything you do and for helping my girl this past year! you are my heros.
My dog Casey has been going to this clinic for 11 years. The staff and vets are all awesome! My dog has had 3 surgeries performed here and all three (torn ACL, Luxating Patella, and abcessed tooth) surgeries went well. I've never had to wait long for a general visit or check-up. The vets are honest and knowledgeable. The building is old, but my dog and I don't mind that. The service is great and affordable and that by far outweighs the old building. It is near I-35/Valwood area in Farmers Branch. Shopping and restaurants are accessible to this office. They sell the Hills prescription dog food here and that is what I buy for my dog. It has less Ash in the dog food and it is alot easier on the kidneys and urinary tract. Feel confident that your pets will be taken care of when you bring them to Animal Clinic of Farmers Branch!
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.