10 + Stars!Honey Lane/Xanthos Goldens is an EXCEPTIONAL place for boarding, day-care & grooming! We purchased our beautiful golden as a puppy in October 2009 from Xanthos Goldens. We have had dogs all of our lives & Finnley is by far the smartest, most well-behaved & easily trainable dog we have ever had. We credit Heidi & Steve for their responsible breeding practices. They place high standards on quality breeding, with the dog's temperament factor being given a very high priority. Finn's disposition is excellent; she is gentle & affectionate. She loves everyone she meets & interacts well with other dogs. We attribute her socializing guidance to Leigh; she has really brought her out of her shell. Finn attends their doggy-day-care once a week. She was a shy girl when she first started going, but now is absolutely "joyful" when she knows she is going to visit; she never even looks back when dropped off. When picked-up, she is happy & reluctant to leave.We would not consider going anywhere else for boarding, grooming, day care or purchasing a superior golden. We never worry at all when Finnley is in their care. Heidi, Steve & Leigh treat her like one of the family. Their combined years of experience are instrumental to the dog we have today. We have utilized Honey Lane for the past 20 years. We boarded our previous dogs many times in the past & have always been extremely satisfied. Our Finnley has ALWAYS been treated in a responsible manner, with care, love & dignity. They do a thorough check of your pets records, as safety for your pet is a top priority. She has always been returned to us clean, happy & in good health. We attribute all to the extraordinary care provided in our absence. The facility is clean, well-maintained, adequately staffed, reasonably priced, provides spacious kennels, outdoor exercise & the best customer service that anyone could ever ask for! We are always greeted warmly both at drop off & pick-up. Consider yourself lucky if your dog gets a stay here!
This past Memorial Day I brought my dog Molly in after she suffered from heat stroke while on a routine walk. I was so happy about the warm weather that I took for granted that it was too warm out for my small cocker spaniel to handle the new crazy heat we had experienced this spring. I appreciate the outstanding care we received from Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, the doctors, and the rest of the staff; she has been home for awhile now and is doing great. I was unaware of the sudden onset and seriousness of heat stroke in dogs. I felt a little less guilty after Dr. Lichtenberger informed me how many owners had brought in their pets for the very same thing but also a little foolish for not having realized it myself. I was very upset and the staff was wonderful in helping me and my dog through this potentially life-threatening situation. After a long two days in the hospital my Molly was returned to me healthy and cheerful as ever. Being able to visit with her during her stay helped to keep me at ease, as much as possible, and I was able to see firsthand what wonderful kind of care she was receiving in Icu. I feel I am better educated as a result of talking to everyone there and the reading materials I have been provided with from MECA. I am passing along all the information to everyone I know who has a pet in hopes that they never have to experience it for themselves, and this is also why I am writing here today. I feel that had Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals and Dr. Lichtenberger not been there for me on that very scary day I would have lost a very important part of my heart. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Lichtenberger and her staff that they were there for us on our day of need.
In response to the below review by an unhappy client, I would like to state that as a groomer myself, fleas sometimes happen in a grooming shop. When people have a dog or cat that has fleas on it...where do they take it? To the groomer. And though as a groomer you do your best to isolate and quickly remove fleas with a medicated bath, the inevitable can sometimes happen and a few will end up in the shop. It's unfortunate that this client had to experience a flea infestation particularly in her circumstance with a new baby, but I have to say that at least this groomer was nice enough and professional enough to alert them and I would assume other customers to her finding. I will also say that I'm sure that a reputable salon such as Embark would then give her dogs a flea bath along with whatever oatmeal treatments this customer requested for itching. Also, if I'm not mistaken, this particular groomer is located in a popular pet supply store and not only does she have her own clients coming in and obviously one came in with fleas for treatment, but she also has to deal with the general public bringing their dogs shopping with them throughout every day and it's very possible that her work area became infested with fleas just from that alone. I wouldn't knock any groomer for having fleas, it's just an unfortunate incident that this client had to bring them home with her, but whatever groomer she worked with hopefully explained to her how to get rid of them. Fortunately for her she had two small smooth coated dogs and a cat that needed treatment..and not 3 Newfoundlands that were flea ridden. Best of luck to everyone involved.
Everyone at MECA was so friendly and caring when our Shiba Inu Leo stayed with them. We took Leo to the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals because he was having seizures. It was a very scary thing to see and we didn’t know how to react, so we rushed him in. The doctor determined that he needed medication to help control the seizures and needed to be admitted to the hospital. No matter what I called about or what kind of mood I was in, or what time of day I came, everyone was very nice. Dr. Lichtenberger always took the time out to talk with us when we visited, and was always friendly and informative. She always thought of us as people, not just the owners. The other female doctor that we worked with (can't remember the name unfortunately) also took the time to explain everything that was going on and never was annoyed to answer questions and never pushed us because she had other patients to deal with too. The ICU staff never got annoyed when we came to visit at odd hours and multiple times a day and they always let us know how Leo was doing since we'd seen him last. Thanks to Beth and Gayl for being the friendliest faces ever and never being annoyed when we stopped by and always talking with us and asking how we were. There was another person too who we got the name of whom took Leo to and from the ICU to visit with us and Leo really seemed to talk to him. I was truly impressed and am happy to say that Leo has made a full recovery and is back to his normal spunky self. I will always give Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals a call if any happen to Leo again or either of our other dogs.
On Aug. 2nd, 2012, I took my pet, a dachshund, to Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists in Glendale due to being down in the rear legs. After examining Oscar, the doctor gave me 2 options, I could either take Oscar to surgery right away or euthanize him. I was distraught because I did not have $3000-$5000 for surgery and did not want to lose my best friend. Oscar is only 6 years old. I asked for pain control medication to keep him comfortable overnight while my family could decide what to do. The next day I called about seven different veterinary clinics in hopes that I might find an alternative therapy for Oscar, and then I called Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals in Greenfield and spoke with their rehabilitation technician. They stated that we could try cold laser and TENS therapy on him but that it is not a guarantee. I agreed to try and was at MECA within 30 minutes.After an exam by the DVM on staff, Oscar received his first laser treatment and he was kept over the weekend on pain control and cage rest. Monday, another laser treatment was performed on Oscar and he was sent home with a number of pain medications and urethral spasm medications to help him urinate.Long story short, after 2 weeks of laser and TENS therapy, Oscar was walking on all 4 legs and urinating on his own. To think, I almost lost my best friend. Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals helped me keep my Oscar and he is living a healthy, happy life.
I brought my parakeet Baby into the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals about 3 weeks ago because my Amazon Parrot bit his beak off. We were convinced that he was going to die or at the very least a live a life that no bird would want to live. Not only did they keep Baby alive but they informed us that they have seen many birds in similar situations recover enough to live a long healthy life so we agreed to give Baby a chance and are we ever grateful we did. Baby is now almost fully recoverd and is a happy good looking bird. He is playing with his toys with enthusiasm and letting us know who the boss is when he is out of his cage. He is learning to use what is left of his beak to climb around the cage and eat all types of food. We are still grinding his pellet food to a small enough size for him to swallow and cutting his fruits and vegetables but he is learning to compensate and is gaining his weight back. We are now sure that we are going to have Baby around for a long time and know that we have MECA to thank. Dr. Lichtenberger and the staff showed a professional attitude when taking care of Babby but at the same time showed a lot of compassion and caring despite the amount of emergency animals that were there with us. I would most certainly recommend them for anyone with a pet emergency, and know if we need anything this is where we will go.
The Milwaukee Emergency for Animals has a veterinary staff that is knowledgeable in every area you can imagine! My Golden Retriever Sabastian was having some behavior problems that I was unable to manage or overcome by myself. I am a flight attendant, and am therefore away from home regularly. While I am away on my trips, I leave Sabastian with my sister. He was not handling my absence well...he would scratch and chew to the point of nearly destroying whatever was the object he chose to fixate on. My sister recommended the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals in Wisconsin. We got an appointment with Dr. Manette Kohler who quickly diagnosed Sabastian's behavior problem as separation anxiety. Apparently, his behavior is common in Golden Retrievers, because they are so attached to their owners. Dr. Kohler knew exactly how to overcome his behavior problems that were nearly destroying my sister's home! She gave me so many tips and activities me and my sister can do to help alleviate the stress he was experiencing with my departure, from shorter departures, helping detach the cues of my departure, to extra activities out of the house while I am away. We ALL thank you MECA and Dr. Kohler! You are all amazing! I never knew the fix would be so easy!
I want to take the time to give a review for the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My beautiful cat Stuart suffered an accident when he was crossing the street when a truck hit him. I was devastated, to say the least. I scooped him up in my arms as quickly as I could and drove him to MECA straight away. My mom has taken her beloved poodle there for years and because of the care she has received by Dr. Marla Lichtengberger, I never would have considered taking Stuart anywhere else. I am happy to say that Stuart is doing fine and made it through his terrible ordeal with flying colors, thanks to the amazing, compassionate staff at MECA and most especially, Dr. Lichtenberger. I was completely in awe at the state-of-the-art equipment the hospital has, which made the care he received second to none in or around the Milwaukee area. From the x-ray equipment, cat scan, lab and the surgery required to mend his broken leg, the hospital and staff were nothing less than exceptional. Stuart is here today...happy and healthy thanks to Dr. Lichtenberger and MECA. Stuart and I thank you!
My 10-year-old, beloved German Shepherd King has suffered from extremely bad breath for some time. I tried biscuit-type bones and other treats specifically made for cleaning a dog's teeth...everything. Nothing seemed to work and I was worried that it was affecting his health, because his teeth were beginning to yellow and his age made me worry even more. I live outside of Milwaukee about an hour away, but heard great things about the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals, so decided to take him there. Dr. Dale Kressin, the veterinary dentist at MECAs pet hospital, examined King and found that he had the beginning of periodontal disease. It actually required that King be put under general anesthesia to have a deep cleaning, so that the disease did not affect his organs and most especially, his heart. I can never thank Dr. Kressin or the rest of the staff enough. What seemed to be such a general, every day problem, could have become something so much worse. Dr. Kressin explained to me the importance of regular teeth cleaning and they gave me all the tools and information I needed! THANK YOU MECA!
My grandmother passed away recently and left her beloved Parrot, Ceasar behind. I did not know the first thing about how to care for a bird, let alone a huge bird, like a Parrot. I was getting worried, because Ceasar was refusing to eat and I knew I was doing something wrong. I tried researching it myself, but nothing was working. I decided to take him to the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals's 24-hour pet hospital. I have heard great things about them and was hopeful they could help. That was a complete understatement! The entire staff and veterinary team were unbelievable! As it turned out, poor Ceasar was depressed about the passing of my grandmother and experiencing grief (I did not know birds were capable of experiencing emotional pain from death). In addition, I was not giving him the cover over his cage nightly, which apparently birds need OR feeding him the correct diet. They educated me and provided me with the information and tools to not only care for Ceasar the way my grandmother wanted him to be, but he has come through beautifully! Thank you Dr. Marla Lichtenberger and MECA!