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Our dog stayed in the clinic-boarding kennel for a week as he has some problems with his eyes and needed every day medication. Upon picking him up from the clinic he had become extremely skinny. But the main issue that we have is his eyes. He had a thick, one-inch layer, of gunk around his eyes. Isn’t it common sense, and a clinic practice that is boarding a dog to administer medication for the eyes to clean dog’s eyes that undergoing aggressive treatment. He could barely open his eyes; we are surprised that he didn’t get infection in them from the poor boarding of your clinic. After 3 weeks of unsuccessful treatment of our dogs eyes we’ve been told to keep giving bunch of medication into his eyes. Three weeks ago he just had little round cloudy spot on one of his eyes. His eyes are now following your clinics poor handling of our pet, nothing but a bloody mess. We are not even sure if he will be able to see. Now we pretty much end up with disabled dog on our hands.
I boarded my Toy Fox Terrier here while I was out of town for the weekend. The reception staff was very professional and the facilities looked in excellent condition. I was confident that they would take good care of my dog; so I was very surprised by the condition I found him in when I returned.They told me he was “uncooperative” and had me go into the kennel area to retrieve him. I found him cowering in the corner of a bare kennel, absolutely terrified. There was nothing in the kennel with him but a small spilled bowl of water; none of the things I brought for him from home. I had to crawl into the kennel and call his name several times before he looked up and recognized me, then he jumped into my arms, shaking. There was blood in his fur and several long cuts on his face. They told me that he cut himself while struggling with a rabies pole they used on him. I also noticed the burst blood vessel in his eye, which I know is caused when a dog is strangled with a rabies pole. But the kennel attendant politely informed me that the blood would probably wash out of his fur.I am not a vet, but I would think a veterinary clinic would be capable of restraining a scared 15lb dog without strangling him with a rabies pole. My dog is a generally friendly, well-mannered little guy, so if he was unruly or aggressive, I would think it was because they were obviously mistreating him. He still has scars on his face, and now he won’t let anyone try to pick him up or touch the back of his head. So thank you, Lonestar, for permanently scarring and traumatizing my dog.
I'd been going to Lonestar since they opened their doors in a 2010. Although I was never overly impressed with the office staff but I continued taking my pets there for treatment because I absolutely loved Dr. Bryant. He is one of the most compassionate vets I had ever met. That all came to an end when I woke up one morning to find my cats eye red and swollen shut. It was 9:30am in the morning and I called to explain the situation and that it appeared to be painful for him. The staff advised me that I could bring him in on Monday. I informed them that I did not want to leave him in pain through the weekend and as a diabetic cat I felt that he needed to be looked at sooner and asked if they could please squeeze me in. I was then told, they could but it would be an $85 emergency visit. I asked when did this go into effect and they said that it had just gone into effect that week on Monday and the office manager (aka vets wife) had not yet gotten around to informing everyone but she was working on sending emails to all clients. I told the lady that I was just in the office a few days earlier with another of my pets and did not see the new fee posted in the office. I was told that the OM had posted it to their facebook page. A few minutes later another office staff called to tell me that the emergency fee was imposed earlier that week by the OM because she couldn't think of any other ways to lessen the doctors work load. She was very rude and talked over me when I tried to say something to the point that I had to yell just to be heard over her and then she hung up on me. I sent OM an email stating that nothing was posted to their FB page and she responded by saying that the emergency fee has been in place since 2010 and she feels no need to inform their clients. Either the staff was lying or the OM was lying about the emergency fee which I had never been charged during regular business hours. OM and staff are rude.
Kind and compassionate - Dr Bryant cares about his patients. The plans he has to take care of your pets without having to worry about a huge bill is very helpful!
I had to take my male cat to another Vet; because my current Vet just wouldn't take the time to diagnose properly. I called Dr. Bryant's office and spoke with his ;ovely wife Amanda! I was hooked and made an appointment immediately and le...ft work to bring my Frizbee to Lonestar! He has blood in his urine and he hates going to the Vet! Dr Bryant rolled around on the floor and made my Frizbee feel like he was a part of the family!!! Amanda, Vickie, Tammie and Xavier made me feel like they've known me for years! Frizbee didn't want to leave!!! He has always screamed and even foamed at the mouth when I took him to my "now previous" Vet. Now after 7 years my sweet cat is happy and will be healthy again! Dr. Bryant first initial visit / consulltation is FREE and he will advise your accordingly and most importantly HONESTLY. God bless you my new Lonestar family!!!!
Our 19 yr old cat had been fighting liver cancer for quite a while. In his old age, he had become unsteady on his feet. Well the poor guy tried to climb the cat tree in our house (we have 5 others) and fell. Unfortunately in his fall, he ruptured something internally and was bleeding. We took him to this clinic, which is our local emergency clinic, on Labor Day. His condition was dire and we had already decided he didn't have very long to live, so we wanted to avoid him suffering or any heroics. The staff here worked quickly to triage our baby and helped us end his suffering quickly. While it was a very, VERY sad day for us - we had spent nearly 20 wonderful years with this little guy - he (and us) were treated well during this emotional and stressful time.Thank you to the entire team here for treating us quickly and efficiently. The long waits at an after-hours emergency vet clinic are sometimes horrible. We know the doctors do their best, but I can't express enough how much pet parents appreciate it when the clinic has the people and processes in place to support quick response to even less-than-life-threatening injuries.
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.