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5407 4th StLubbock, TX 79416
At the time that I needed them, my cat was not a regular patient of theirs. He was very sick and I took him in on a Saturday. He had hepatic lipadosis caused by a twisting of his intestine. They did the surgery, stayed late, and let me come in on Sunday morning so that I could see him. My re…
7902 Slide RdLubbock, TX 79424
Best service I have EVER recieved from a vet. I LOVE the walk-in hours! As a busy college student with a hectic schedule, the walk-in hours give me the ability to get my puppy in and out when needed! They don't nickel and dime you on every little thing like some vets and their bedside manner is …
5006 50th StLubbock, TX 79414
Our beautiful cat had fallen gravely ill, my daughters best friend! I was in a panic, I didn't know who to trust or turn too.I had heard good things about Key Animal Clinic.It was there we met Dr. D. What an amazing, compassionate and knowledgeable doctor! She also does acupuncture to help wi…
2314 50th StLubbock, TX 79412
From Business: Comprehensive Healthcare *Medical Diagnostics * Laser Surgery * Spays, Neuters *Declawing *Hospitalization * Lump Removal Lifetime Preventiative Medicine * Digital X-Rays * Dentistry * VISA/MASTERCARD/DISCOVER/AMERICAN EXPRESS * LIKE US ON FACEBOOK FULL HOSPITAL SERVICES * RANDY C. BULLARD, DVM * APRIL DAVIS-HERNANDEZ, DVM…
5103 34th StLubbock, TX 79410
This is the second time I've called with emergency related health concerns with my dogs and they have always been helpful. Emergency services are always expensive, so my first question is always 'Can it wait?'. Unlike many other night services, they're perfectly willing to ask a vet for an hones…
5205 13th StLubbock, TX 79416
From Business: Welcome to Acres North Veterinary Hospital At Acres North Veterinary Hospital, our goal is to improve your pet's health and the quality of life by providing complete, comprehensive health care which meets the highest standards of excellence. We serve as your pet's advocate by providing you with the caring and professional …
5820 66th StLubbock, TX 79424
Hands down, Dr. Oden is the best Veterinarian in Lubbock, TX. Expert, treats everyone like family. Our Vet for 8 yrs. Excellent customer service, strong faith. Dr. Oden greets you at the door, returns calls personally, and will stop what he is doing to answer questions by phone. Loves pets!
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Too bad that this is the only game in town for after hours. My son's dog was hit by a car. The evening shift with Dr. Farrell seemed to really care about the dog and kept us well informed. Different story after he went home. Dr. Stone and staff came on and when we would call we would get..."It's been an hour since we last looked in on him...let me check" He was in critical condition and required monitoring so I don't understand what we were paying for by leaving him overnight. Money is tight for my son and it cost over $500 for this visit. The next morning, my son chose to take the dog home as he had to borrow money to pay this bill. Dr. Stone and staff were very unhappy with this choice. They wanted to transport the dog to our regular vet to take care of. My son just didn't see what more could be done other than more medication. The doctor would not prescribe any medication for pain or give us anything to give at home. We feel that Dr Stone had taken my son's choice personally and was not going to offer anything. It was like an emotional blackmail to make my son seek more medical attention. So he took his dog home and is nursing him without medication for his concussion. It has been four days now and the dog is doing well...eating and drinking but is still in a lot of pain. His recovery may be quicker if he could rest better. I hope that I never have to use this clinic for my pets.
am very unhappy, I took my cat to get some help because he was sneezing and coughing and his eye was running, I work really hard and I cant afford alot of money, I spent over a hundred dollars and he did not get any better. I called to tell them and was told that I could bring him back and spend over another hundred dollars to get him checked and they could run some tests, why didnt that happen in the first place? I am so dissapointed, my kitty is still sick and I dont know how I m gonna get him better, I spent what I could afford with Animal Care Clinic and nothing! HeartBroken.
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.