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3602 U S Highway 59 SLivingston, TX 77351
This is one of the most caring and respectful people I have ever used. Dr. Kurbo takes plenty of time with each pet, explains meds in great detail. His entire staff is an asset to his practice, they remember each patient, and treat your pets like they treat their own. I was previously abused …
3401 U S Highway 190 WLivingston, TX 77351
WE have gone to Bud Robison for about a decade now. He is an exceptional vet. His skill, knowledge and expertise are what we look for as a bulldog owner. We have been to many vets, and he is the best around with the best prices. We don't go to the vet for a friend we go for the best possible…
13495 State Highway 150 WColdspring, TX 77331
Vet Mary all I can say is an angel sent from heaven she saved my Amanda more then once Amanda had a heart attach at the vets office Mary and her son jumped in and saved her life could never thank you more miss Mary god has a very special place for you are his right hand I now live in Canton O…
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Horrible - Took my puppy here last month, got heartworm prevention and was told "Bring her back in a month so we can weigh her and we will give her another dose" - Today is exactly 1 month later and I did exactly what they said but now they are refusing to give her heartworm meds until her next shots - in 2 weeks.Refusing to give my puppy heartworm prevention because i havent made another appointment with you yet is WRONG - her health is more important that you getting a few more dollars and we were asking for the meds because shes been itching like crazy and its been exactly 1 month since the last dose. I did exactly what you said and took time off work to come in and get this done. If your staff isn't all on the same page, you obviously need to have some in staff meetings and get everyone in line. If you never planned to give me heartworm prevention at 1 month, you should not have told me to "come in 1 month from now just to get her weighed"
WE have gone to Bud Robison for about a decade now. He is an exceptional vet. His skill, knowledge and expertise are what we look for as a bulldog owner. We have been to many vets, and he is the best around with the best prices. We don't go to the vet for a friend we go for the best possible care and knowledge. Though over the years he has become a great mentor for us.
Okay, first of all let me tell you that if your phone directs you to the yellow pages reviews here on this site then don't be alarmed. There are 4-5 star reviews on all the other websites such as Yelp and Google. I almost didn't keep searching to find it. We are new to the area here and I had three personal recommendations for Dr. Bud. They had nothing but good things to say and were shocked to hear there were negative reviews on this site.My experience with Dr. Bud is nothing but outstanding. He is a very kind man and he had a full schedule yet STILL fit us in for a surgery for our dog THAT day.To top it off, he also saw our dog in Easter! What vet cares enough to do that for your animal? None where I come from! I am truly amazed and feel blessed to have found such a wonderful vet and vet staff. We are truly grateful to him for fitting us into his full schedule. This will be our lifelong vet!! I definitely recommend him to everyone who wants the best for their animals.
This is one of the most caring and respectful people I have ever used. Dr. Kurbo takes plenty of time with each pet, explains meds in great detail. His entire staff is an asset to his practice, they remember each patient, and treat your pets like they treat their own. I was previously abused and disrespected at Robison's clinic, will never return after using Dr. Kurbo, just not enough words to say how much I appreciate his care and attention. If you don't believe me, read Robison's reviews, very few good ones. Hopefully, he will retire soon and stop the mistreatment of clients and pets, he has a heart of stone!
I have never been treated with such disrespect, or had my dogs treated so poorly. Dr. Robison is an arrogant, abusive man. I found a vet that I truly trust and respect, Dr. David Kurbo on Hwy 59 S. He takes plenty of time with my pets and treats me with respect, his staff is very kind and gentle, most left Robison to come work with Dr. Kurbo. I recommend him to all my family and friends, and they are very happy to leave Robison. Do yourself and your pets a favor and never go back to Robison, he has just "gotten too big for his britches". You will be treated warmly, almost like family, and you can trust his word. I had to select a star rating just to submit this post, but, he doesn't deserve even one star!!
The whole staff is very caring and took good care of our dog and was very good at answering all of our questions. We highly recommend this clinic.
Dr Kurbo & his staff r wonderful. We r RVers & after talking 2 people n park chose 2 try them. Our OLD dog has been incontinent for yrs. She hasn't had an accident for 24 hrs now. Doc was VERY thorough & informative. Staff beyond nice from front desk on into the back. Thanks
Walking in the customer service was good. Although the vet tec that took me back was less than pleasant. I will admit I am not the top of the line client that spends hundreds of thousands on my pets and prefer to vaccinate and worm my animals on my own. I own a ranch; its just what we have always done. That being said when the vet came in I felt like the kid being scolded for not doing everything to their satisfaction. I had felt like everything that I had done for my pets was a waste of my time and completely worthless. Really the doctor made me feel like an idiot and I hardly said anything I honestly gave them my pets information and I felt like I was the person to be looked down on because I do a lot of their preventive care on my own. I had come in to get a cosmetic procedure on my dog that I have always wanted to do. Going in I felt great and excited. Coming out I was extremely upset and deflated. I was told by the receptionist on the phone that the earliest an ear crop can be done is 9 weeks. Vet shook his head when I told him that and said that is not always true. That he should have had them DONE at 9 weeks instead now he had to wait another week which wouldn't be good. Also I specifically inquired about the fees for a consult when I called to schedule the appointment, I had asked if the appointment I was being scheduled for was included in the procedure fee. The receptionist had put me on a brief hold, came back on the line and said that I would not be charged the visit. When I went to leave out of the appointment however I was charged 30.00 for them to tell me that the shots I had administered myself were worthless (regardless of the fact that I had the vial stickers, receipts of date of purchase and the expiration dates of said shots) and that my 10 week old puppy needed heart worm prevention and a whole new round of shots. So I paid the "exam fee" that I had been told prior that I wasn't going to be charged for. When I confronted the receptionist about it she laughed/scoffed at me telling me that she would NEVER have said that but she was sorry for my confusion. I will not be going back and will not refer anyone here.
Dr. Curbo is the reason my kitten is dead!
The lady who answered the phone was so very nice and helpful I told her I didn't have the money to see the vet right now and that my dog was dying from parvo and she told me everything they do there to try and save them and that I could do what they do myself and thank yall so much!
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.