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Thanks for all you do for pets! Hoegemeyer Animal Clinic in Kerrville, Texas is amazing for animals!
Awesome Spirit filled services. You can feel it when you walk in the door. Overwhelming beautiful experience as you enter the sanctuary and begin to worship. Music is anointed. Instruments played and singing truly blessed! Large screen to see the words to songs, and biblical verses when message is given by pastor. Truly blessed to have found this church!
Dr Bennett has put 4 of my dogs to sleep since I have lived in Kerrville. He is so kind and has explored all options before we had to do that. I cannot say enough about his professionalism and his caring. His staff is also just as caring and professional. His is first rate as far as I am concerned. Thank you and staff for all you do.
I recently had a friend whose dog was bit by a rattlesnake. The dog had received the rattlesnake vaccine, however, this only gives you time to get to the vets office. Unfortunately, the dog did pass away, but during this crisis, we learned that this clinic is the ONLY clinic in Kerr County that has the rattlesnake anti-venom at the clinic. Peterson Hospital does not even have it....I am very impressed with this vet and as considering interviewing this vet for my show dogs.
Dr. Cardwell,When Boardin was diagnosed with her osteosarcoma nine months ago we were at a loss. She was not mobile due to her back, leg and all the meds she was on. We had no idea that seeing you would change Boardin's prognosis from poor to nine more months of life!When you offered to stay after hours for Boardin's first appointment before you left town for two weeks we thought you were a very special person. Not everyone would have cared so much to do that. Had Boardin not gotten to see you that day we don't know that her prognosis would have been any better than bleak.Your treatment plan for Boardin was amazing. She immediately improved and was able to enjoy a good quality of life for the next nine months. Your willingness to do the pamidronate treatment was the difference in keeping the cancer at bay. Boardin got such a benefit from it for her front leg and her back mobility. Had she not gotten that we know she wouldn't have lived so long after her diagnosis. You treated Boardin as a whole, not just her cancer leg, and that is what gave her the quality of life she enjoyed for so much longer than we expected. Your redirecting her pain path and giving her the right amount of pain control made all of the difference for her. You have put together such a wonderful team. Jarred and Donna at the desk are great people who are allowed to be themselves and to go above and beyond because you do. It was reflected in how everyone treated Boardin and us. You, Jarred, Donna, Dr. Vanicek and all are so very special and we cannot thank you enough for doing all that you did for her and us. Everyone went out of their way to help extend Boardin's quality of life and the time we got to keep her with us. Thank you for all the time and life changing care you gave Boardin. We truly appreciate all that you did that gave us more time with her. May God greatly bless you and your family! Love, Lynda, Bill, Boardin, Rizzy & Barley
I will not come back. I paid for the DeluxPedicure which includes a 10 min massage...it was not 10 minutes. Worst yet they Vaseline your heels real good and make them "baby soft", their words, but they do nothing to remove the dead skin from your heels. So I asked that they use the "cheese grater". She finally did but it only removed the Vaseline. (I know this because I checked the grater afterwards). The last did not understand or speak English well at all, so I had to repeat myself often, and finally just have up. Pathetic service folks. $35 wasted.
I am about to go pickup my dog tomorrow. She almost died and would have if we had not gotten nasty with the BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON to take her back to surgery and remove the infected intestine, rather than patching it.....I ask, would any reasonable surgeon leave a leaky intestine in a human body?????? and watch his client die? In the words of another vet, "These board certified vets eat my lunch!" Our bill is close to $5000, but our champion dog is alive. This clinic was far better and much easier and qualified to work with before they added the BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON. My advice to you, use the clinic, do not use the BOARD CERTIFIED SURGEON, and stick with the original vets, Dr Patterson and Dr. Chapman. They are qualified, personable, experienced, and more than willing to listen to you.....I looked up the definition of BOARD CERTIFIED and all it is that they have a little more training than what a regular vet has in surgery.....they are not God and they do not know everything. They need to take a course in Board Certified Listening.
One word, AWESOME! The best salon I've had the privilege to experience since moving to Ingram TX from California. Kim who did my pedicure, was so knowledgeable, gentle and accommodating (I have sensitive & ticklish feet) that I won't go anywhere else. John, the owner, did a phenomenal job on my pink & white gel fill. In addition to the exceptional service, the salon is beautiful, relaxing, and has complimentary beverages! Do yourself a favor, experience it yourself.
Dr. Reynolds at All Creatures was able to put my 16 year old dog under for teeth extraction and cleaning successfully. My other vet who retired wouldn't try it when she was 11. Expertise is important, but I am so gratified with the loving care and concern Dr. Reynolds shows. You can't help but feel his heart resonate with yours for love for your pet. Plus, he offers less expensive means to meet your pet's needs like homemade dog food recipe for a particular need, or looking up dosages of appropriate over-the-counter pain meds instead of giving a pain medicine he sells. (One local vet charged $9.00 for a teeny-tiny tube of antibiotic cream that turned out to be regular triple antibiotic cream, $1.27 for a MUCH bigger tube at WalMart. From my experience Dr. Reynolds would NOT do that sort of thing.) So good to love and trust a doctor with all the med fraud these days. Give All Cratures a try--right next to Fergusons Plumbing Supplies on Junction Hwy.
Every time I go in, I'm treated like ����royalty! I am a regular but that's why I keep coming back bc the service never changes. They also have a rewards���� program which is very nice. Sometimes the language������������ barrier is an issue but the more you go the more you'll get used to their accent lol I highly recommend it BUT by appt���� only, if you're on a tight schedule. They stay pretty steady ��������-Krystal
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.