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5233 S 31st StTemple, TX 76502
I come to this clinic for boarding, grooming, and all of my pets' veterinary care. They have spayed and neutered several of my pets. I have never had a problem. They have always done a geat job and have been really nice and friendly.
1321 Pershing DrKilleen, TX 76549
I brought my cat here bleeding after Tails Waggin Groomin and roomin injured her. I was crying and upset and October helped me. They got us in and had Mia sewn up under sedation in a matter of 2 hours. Thank you so much to all that helped. You are 5 star in my book.
2055 Scott BlvdTemple, TX 76504
We have been taking our pets to Dr Gosney for two generations now, and would never dream of taking our fur babies anywhere else. From simple things to vaccinations to very complicated orthopedic surgery, to end of life care.. He's been there through it all with so many of our animals. Not only i…
3550 S General Bruce DrTemple, TX 76504
From Business: Doctor hours may vary from hospital hours. Please call ahead in urgent situations to verify that a doctor is available before leaving for a hospital. Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical exams and…
3809 S General Bruce Dr Ste 108Temple, TX 76502
Our dog Magnum swallowed a fishing hook on a late night fishing trip. They took great care of Mag. The staff was very, very friendly, comforting and helpful....This is a wonderful resource in any after hour emergency. Highly recommended!!!
2501 S W S Young DrKilleen, TX 76542
Many times veterinarians are faced with reviews of no compassion when finances are involved. Pet ownership is a privilege, not a right. Many hospitals offer forms of credit based on credit worthiness. There are costs involved in treating emergency situations and owners should be able to meet tho…
2100 S W S Young Dr Ste 1510Killeen, TX 76543
The store is always clean with happy animals. My 4 yr old loves to go in and look at the animals anytime we are in the area. The staff is very friendly and I would definitely adopt a family pet from here. - misty
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I was told by another vet my dog had heartworms. 2nd opp.from AMC said NO. Go here for the best care
We have been taking our pets to Dr Gosney for two generations now, and would never dream of taking our fur babies anywhere else. From simple things to vaccinations to very complicated orthopedic surgery, to end of life care.. He's been there through it all with so many of our animals. Not only is his knowledge and skill spot on, but his warm, friendly personality is one of a kind.. You will see what I mean when you meet him. We sing nothing but Dr Goaneys praises, and have for a long time.
I love this place! Carole & Gem are the nicest people you'll ever meet. They have groomed all 5 of our dogs. I like that their not kept there all day. I love that their not kept in kennels. I like that they don't smell like they were bathed in perfume. You can tell that this isn't a job for either of them. They do it because they love dogs!!
Yes, Dr Gary Gosney is probably the highest priced vet in Temple. BUT you get what you pay for. If you looking for cheap, go on the internet and do it yourself. GOOD LUCK!!!!! Fortunately, that is exactly what my wife and I have had with Dr Gosney. He is kind, considerate, compassionate,and understanding. We have patronized his practice for almost 30 years. We would and never will consider seeing another veterinarian. We bought our 5 year old daughter a poodle pup for her birthday. For the next 22 (yes 22) years, Dr Gosney cared for its health and well being(to which I attribute its longevity). And when the dreaded day came to compassionately end Fifi's time with us, NO ONE was more understanding and comforting than Dr Gosney and his staff. After a couple of years, we decided to acquire another pet. This time a black lab....Max. After eight years, we lost Max. Dr Gosney, who had also cared for Max, made a generous donation in Max's memory to the Texas A&M University Veterinarian School. Time passes and hearthaches fade. We now have two chihuahuas and they, like Fifi and Max, will NEVER have less than the best in medical care. And that care will be from Dr Gosney and his staff. They are the BEST and if that is what you desire for your pets, then there is no other more qualified and experienced team than that which you will find at the Temple Veterinary Hospital.
Dear Jennifer L.As owners of Almost Home Pet Resort and in response of your review of our facility, we are sorry for the loss of your pet over the summer. However in your review of our facility, we feel that it is necessary to go over certain facts that pertain to your situation.Yes, you did book 2 suites for at our facility back on May 9th2014. After getting a copy of your pets shot records that we received from your vet; it stated that one of your pets was aggressive. According to our policy we require all pets that are aggressive to be brought in for evaluation. When we asked you why you needed 2 suites; you had stated that your pets can stay together but you wanted to book the extra room to keep your pets separated from the others. This sent us a red flag. We then asked for you to bring them in for their evaluations. After 4 MONTHS of requesting for you to bring in your pets to be evaluated numerous times, you told us that your male pet had passed away and for that we are truly sorry for your loss.On Sept. 13th, 2014, you brought into us your female pet, who was extremely nervous, anxious and shy. It took over a half an hour to finally coax your pet to go outside to see our facility with one of our owners. After taking her outside and seeing how she was reacting we suggested bringing her in for doggy daycare FREQUENTLY so that she could get used to us and the other pets around here like we have done with other pets like her. You booked her to come in on Sept. 19th, but cancelled due to possible rain that day and rescheduled her to come in on Sept 26; where you let her stay with us for 3 HOURS which is not enough time for any evaluation, playtime or observation with your pet. We then asked AGAIN to bring her in for longer stays of daycare to see how she will do around the others. WE THEN HEARD NOTHING FROM YOU. There were NO weekly play dates or sleepovers as you stated or any weekly conversations ever until November 4th when you wanted to try doggy daycare again. Our kennel tech told you that her Bordatella shot was out of date and that it would need to be redone at least 1 week prior to her play date because that is our policy being that it is a live virus that they use in the serum. You said ok. When we got the copy of your new record you had it done THE DAY BEFORE. Again, you did not follow our policy as we had asked for and we rescheduled her play date for Nov. 14th. One of the owners then called you back on November 7th upon hearing that you wanted to do daycare during the Thanksgiving holiday. He stated that we do not do daycare during the holidays because we will be busy and suggested that for her stay in December that we keep her in one of our Indoor/Outdoor rooms because she has not been here as often as she should have and that she may do better there than in the suite; and that is where we were going to move her to since we still did not know how she would be around strangers. We need to know this in case we need to handle your pet in case of an emergency and for the safety of our staff. This was not satisfactory to you and you said this wasn’t fair. We NEVER cancelled your pets stay or say that she could not stay with us during your vacation. You decided that for yourself. We tried to work with you for 7 months and yet you never followed through with anything we asked; when we asked until the last minute when time was running out. As a business owner we do have the right to make suggestions or change things as we see fit to better your pets stay with us. We are sorry you did not feel this way.-The owners of Almost Home Pet Resort
Long story short ... Back in May 2014 we reserved/paid-deposit Christmas Holiday suites for both of our 8 year old brother & Sister Black Labs for 2 weeks (reason for boarding - Pre-paid once in a life-time Family Vacation) ... at the time we were impressed with the kindness and warm welcome we received from the staff at Almost Home pet Resort. First time ever boarding, knowing we would need to work them into the boarding routine. Not just for the fur babies but for us too ... this is a HUGE step for us. Over the summer we lost one fur baby due to an aggressive cancer and we all had to take some time to get through this time from mourning. Fall is here and now ready to start our play-dates/stay-overs getting into a routine of sorts. This morning I get a call from one of the owners telling me they don't have enough time to evaluate our fur baby's behavior/adaptability for our long reservation for the holiday (which we reserved back in May) ??? To date, we have complied with all of their boarding rules and regulations with initial meet & greet and a half day play day. Each week we WERE scheduling play-dates/sleep-overs getting us all ready for the big reservation for the Christmas holiday. The owner this morning was not professional, nor the same person we have been communicating with since May??? What happened??? Very disappointed with their now change of plans with for us ... The owner said "he doesn't have time to evaluate our fur baby now ... all booked up for the holiday"!! Really!! Wow, we were not expecting this from someone we have been involved with now for 6 months. Come to find out after looking into the social media to see and read over reviews if other boarders have had similar problems with this establishment ... found out they just blasted this ad on November 3rd .... "We are almost sold out for Thanksgiving, only 10 more rooms left. If you are going away call right away they will be gone by the end of the week. !!! ... Then we noticed this post shortly following "Got Bonnie's spot for Christmas this morning!" .... I thought they didn't have any slots available or are they regular boarders??? Maybe because we are new and only have a 6 month relationship with them so far??? Very disappointed is the only nice word I have to say right now. For those of you taking the time to read this post and care about your fur babies as much as we do ... do your research and keep our story close at hand ... it could also happen to you with Almost Home Pet Resort.
Dr. Gosney is awesome! We have nothing but great things to say about him as our vet. We always feel like our dogs are in good hands with him and his staff. Glad we found him.
This place looks nice on the outside and even the inside but the staff and Doctor are rude, hillbilliyish and curse in front of clients!
This is a very unprofessional clinic.
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.