Best 30 Veterinarians On Ft Worth Drive in Denton, TX with Reviews -
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By: Stacie R.
Southridge Animal Hospital
My Lab died after misdiagnosis! I used Southridge for all 7 years of my Labradors life. They put her on Rimadyl for early arthritis pains and did not warn me of side affects to look for, I had to Google it to see she was exhibiting fatal warning signs...when I called the LONGTIME vet tech to tell her, she sounded put out that i wanted to see them at the end of a business day and not just pick up some prescriptions....I told her the pup was basically peeing blood out of her hiney...never did see the main vet that day, was told as I was checking out "sorry you didn't get to see Dr. _____, its been a long day and he is just really burned out" response was I didn't need to see him as long as my beloved Mollie saw him. She took Mollie back and came back in the room a little later telling me they were not worried as they checked many of her signs and gave her shots to "settle her tummy" and she'd "feel like a million bucks the next day" and to bring her back if she didn't eat breakfast. Told me not to worry unless blood was coagulated (which it was not all night). She died on the way back the next morning and the main vet met with my husband after husband demanded a meeting and the vets words were "we dropped the ball, I relied on my vet tech to pass on all of the pertinent information and she didn't..had I known, I would have admitted Mollie". FAIL, FAIL, FAIL...go ahead...risk your fur babies life on a place like this. I still miss her to this day and this was in 2012. Furthermore, after misdiagnosing her and sending her home to die, they never offered to refund the $$ they charged me for the visit that allowed her to go home and die or any previous visits. HORRIBLE! I filed a complaint with the Texas Vet board as has another person who reached out to me after seeing my review. Use at your own risk!
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By: Jackie C.
Southridge Animal Hospital
We have taken our pets to Southridge for over 10 years. They have always been compassionate, caring and genuinely care about their patients. When our Basset Hound developed kidney failure, they took amazing care of her, answered all of my questions and patiently showed me how to give her IV fluids so we could treat her at home. When the time came to put her to sleep, they were so sweet and kind to us and our girls and I will forever be grateful for all they did for us that day. The vets and staff at Southdridge are truly phenomenal and your fur babies could not be in better hands.
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By: Linda B.
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
I have taken 5 doggies and 2 kittens to be neutered or spayed at the Denton location. They did an amazing job, you can barely see a scar. The staff was awesome. They did better then an actual vet clinic that I took my foster doggies too. That vet left a horrible scar and it looks hacked up. I definitely trust the vet at the Denton location.
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By: Brandy S.
Southridge Animal Hospital
I am very disappointed in this place. I switched to them based on others recommendations, only to be treated like my business is not appreciated. They price gouge you for meds, shots, and visits. They say they will price match, then recant their offer. They would rather lose a customer instead of doing what's right for the them. They force you to buy their overpriced preventive medicine by not allowing you to order from online sources. Price gouging and taking advantage of people's love for their pets does not look good on you Southridge. I'll be switching to a vet that cares about my animals and doesn't rip me off.
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By: Brenda A.
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
Went in to spay my 8 month old Akita. She weighed 79.06 lbs. They should have turned me away. Please, if you have a large breed dog, don't risk their life by taking then there. Needles to say not even 24hours later and she passed away.
By: susanpotter
Southridge Animal Hospital
I have gone to Southridge for many years and Dr. Jones and his staff have always been excellent in their care of my 4 legged babies. They diagnosed my dog with Addison's disease because they listened to me. I am grateful to Dr. Shores for her excellent care in taking such care. She kept me posted on all his labs and made sure if I had any questions they were answered. Not only would I never go elsewhere they are also very reasonably priced and have seen them work with others on financing the care of their pets
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By: Joe R.
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
i have 5 dogs and have been taking them to the denton location for years. I have nothing but high praise for what they do. Folks if you want a high touch experience with all of the bells and whistles, go to a full vet and pay 5 times as much. The vet at the Denton office is a very competent professional (he is an Aggie after all). Some of the negative reviews complain about pain meds, well I hate to break it to you but, yes you have to buy pain meds after a procedure its part of the deal. I have used all of their services and I really like their dental cleanings - great outcome at a 5th the price my regular vet charges.
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By: Clint Y.
Southridge Animal Hospital
Vet is very disorganized and as soon as we had a problem the vet told us that we obviously only care about money and decided to let us go as customers... I have spent over $7000 dollars with multiple animals. The vet did a terrible job on my dogs surgery, got my mastiff home only for him to bleed everywhere, called the vet they said if we can stop the bleeding it would be fine. He then got an infection and the vet blamed me, instead of taking responsibility for a terrible job. Dr shores stated that I declined the antibiotic for the surgery, I personally would never do that. Instead she told me about acne medicine and said that he needed it, I agreed and said I already have a product to help him with that. As soon as the problem arouse they pointed fingers and charged me $380 dollars to fix him, when the original bill was already $1100 for a neuter... Tried to reach the vet on more than ten occasions and could never get a response... Very unorganized and very childish when it comes to them making a mistake... Even if I could I would never go back after this experience
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By: Carissa C.
Southridge Animal Hospital
I have taken all of my animals, as well as animals I have fostered, to this vet for almost 9 years. I have to say that in the last two years, the quality of service has gone down tremendously. In January of 2014, Dr. Jones misdiagnosed my dog with congenital kidney failure, which almost cost him his life. I had explained to him that the Animal ER in Denton had told me they thought it was leptospirosis, but Dr. Jones said that would be nearly impossible, as leptospirosis is not found in Denton County. Fortunately, the animal ER tested him for it and it came out positive, and we were able to treat it and save him. My second and last bad experience, as I will NOT be returning to Southridge, was a surgery that was done on my English Mastiff, by Dr. Shores. My dog had to be neutered as well as have a surgery to fix his cryptorchidism. Apparently, Southridge does not use antibiotics for many of their surgeries, and as a result, Duke came down with a horrible infection. I took him to the animal ER, as I was very worried, and they told me it was a result of vet negligence, and had he been given antibiotics the infection would not have occurred. So as a result, Duke had to have yet another surgery, which Southridge happily charged me for. I told them I thought it was very much a scam. I have been a customer for some time and never complained about their services, but when a vet makes a mistake, and your animal is harmed by their negligence, and then they charge the patient to fix their mistake - that seems very twisted and unethical. They are much more affordable than other vets, which is why I think many people chose to go there, but I will say - you are definitely getting what you pay for. I would never take any of my animals back to this facility.
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By: Lynn R.
Texas Coalition for Animal Protection
Amazed at the negative reviews. Yes, there is a line waiting to get into the office in the morning. That helps with efficiency of making sure everyone is there on time and schedules can be adhered to accordingly. Yes, there were barking dogs. That happens everywhere. But the care. Wonderful treatment and friendly, caring people there. Obviously for the price you're not going to have tea and crumpets served while you wait :) But we go there for excellent care, not for humans to be pampered.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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