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Staff did not read health history provided, assumed too much, didn't ask questions, and basically gave puppy same vaccination he had received two weeks prior with breeder. Not even sure man who delivered vaccination to my puppy was a vet, as he isn't on their website at all. Called to provide feedback and was told "mistakes happen". No apology.
Dr Doug Neal is the most caring, kind & knowledgeable veterinarian I've ever met. He not only treats your dog as if it were his own pet, he also talks to us dog parents in a way that makes you understand exactly what is going on with your pet. I highly recommend this business. They also offer online orderig and it sure is a time saver and very convenient. I find this to be a value added service they offer as I have a home in Austin as well and no problem they ship anywhere. Thank you Dr Neal for your professionalism.
Great prices and great service. Sure, it's small and maybe out of the way for some people, but it's much better than the $$$ vets. Examples:Mitzi: 10-11 yr old black lab/ rottweiler mix. We had to euthanize her b/c we couldn't find anyone to take care of her. The vet - who I believe was Dr. Andrea Shull, DVM - sat in the room with me the entire time, even going so far as to put her hand on my shoulder to comfort me. Tara (1): We took her in for declaw. They supplied so much loving care to her while she was in their hospital and then provided us with enough info to keep her safe once we took her home. (Though the whole jumping thing did not work out.Penny: 4 yr old skittish Australian retriever. Even when she kept jumping around for immunizations, they kept her calm. Tara (2): The night before, my husband and I took her to an emergency animal hospital in the area. They told us she might have kidney stones, etc, but quoted us a price of $2000 to fix her up. We didn't have the money, so we waited until the next morning. As soon as I took her to our vet, they immediately started taking care of her. When they called with her kidney results, they warned us that she might not make it through surgery because of how high her kidney levels were. We went ahead with the surgery, after returning to the clinic to possibly say goodbye. 3 hours after the 45 minute surgery, I received a call from the vet. She'd made it through. They were going to check her kidney levels again to see how much damage had been done to her kidneys due to full urethral blockage. By the next day, we took Tara home. Colbern Rd Animal Clinic is always there to answer as many questions as you might have.
Dr. Cook was simply amazing with our 12 yr old Bassett hound.
Dr. Douglas Neal is fantastic. Have taken all of our family members to him since he was pretty much first out of school (He didn't need reader's then..hehe-poke-poke) TEXAS A&M. Seriously, he is kind, cares about the animals he treats and their owners. He is so smart and great diagnostician. Honest and straight forward. In the times that aren't great he will give you options and be with you all the way. I have seen him tear up.He's worth a pot of gold.
Dr. Douglas Neal is the best. Truly! Have gone to him since he was wet behind the ears TX A&M graduate. He has taken care of numerous pets from puppies to the end. He is compassionate! He works between his two clinics Oak Grove Animal Clinic and Colburn Road. I always call OG clinic to see where he's at that day. I HATE it when he takes family vacations! COSTS; Worth every penny for furry family member.
All about the money period.
After waiting for two hours for the doctor to look at the dog, they wanted to keep the dog overnight to keep an eye on it and give the dog some medications They wanted to charge me almost $900 for one night stay, Way overpriced , the way I look at it, they think you have no choice in the matter but to pay , I didn't have $900 to pay so I took my dog back home , And I will take him to a vet in the morning I will never go back to them
Dr. Jones and everyone on staff at the hospital is absolutely amazing & great, they treat every person and animal as they are part of their own family. There are not enough words in the English language to describe how great of a place this is
Dr. Placke is extremely caring and an excellent veterinarian. He has a wonderful "bedside manner" and cares for my pets as if they are his own. I am deeply grateful to him and his staff for everything they've done for my pets (dogs, rabbits, chinchillas, guinea pigs, rats) over the years. Thank you, Dr. Placke.
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.