Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

★★★☆☆
Veterinary Services : avian/exotics, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, nutrition, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehab, surgery
29.7443 -95.4566
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713-693-1111

1111 W Loop S Fwy Ste 160

Houston, TX

77027

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Monday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Friday: 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday: 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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Bring your dog here & leave compassion behind & bring your check book in. On 6/12/2014 my dog was seen by the Vets at Banfield who had been treating her for the past 8 years. They suggested that this time she might need treatment overnight which they do not provide. I took her to Houston Veterinary Services, the emergency clinic in the basement of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She spent the evening there on O2 where, after I provided x-rays from Banfield, they repeated them for no reason. They found nothing, but my dogs distress continued to rise as they experimented on her. In the morning after paying an almost $1,200 bill for the evening, I was told to take her upstairs so the torture could continue.

They promptly took my dog from me & I began what was to be an almost 2 hour wait to see a Dr. Melissa Garcia-Lacaze. She came in looking grim telling me in a frightening list that almost anything could be wrong with my dog - stroke, blood clot, edema, brain tumor, kidney failure - the only thing she left out was alien abduction. My dog was not this ill when we started less that 24 hours ago.

Her financial counselor brought in an "Estimate for Services". At the top of the page they refer to themselves as both "innovative" & "experienced". I now know that this refers to drawing up estimates & collecting money. Please understand that it has nothing to do with treatment which is both haphazard & compassionless. The "estimate for services" contained 31 items at a total cost of almost $5,000 which they demanded immediately. Many of the items were either duplicates or triplicates of tests that had been done in the past 24 hours, but I was too distressed at this point to study their estimate. I simply wanted my dog to be treated so we could both go home. Little did I know, that was not to be. I have excellent insurance & I paid & went home after being assured things would be better in the morning.

My dog, who was 15, had never been in a kennel. I came in to visit her in the morning & had to wait over 1 hour. When I saw my dog I was almost sick. She was in extraordinary distress mainly from fear. After sitting outside of her cage for almost 1 hour Dr. Lacaze came in & said that she was probably suffering from some neurological disease even though none of their test had shown any physical problems.

My dog was fifteen. She was screaming in fear & maybe pain. I was clearly being encouraged to put her to sleep by using the catch phrase - "quality of life". I asked if I could hold her in private. I did. She quieted down & feel to sleep in my arms. My dog seemed to be in agony & I didn't feel as if I had any choice. I told someone to tell Dr. Lacaze that I would let them euthanize my dog while I held her. The worst was yet to come.

After making one of the most painful decisions of my life, I then had to wait 45 minutes for Dr. Lacaze. She came in in a rush ready to do it. I asked her to first explain exactly what will happen. She said my dog would feel nothing & it would be over it a second. My dog was sleeping peacefully. She administered the poison through a catheter. My dog awoke, let out a scream of agony, & died. I held her tightly to me and I started to cry uncontrollably. I loved my dog. While Dr. Lacaze apologized while I was crying, my now dead dog urinated all over me. Though I had asked, I was warned of none of this. After spending 5 minutes in the room, Dr. Lacaze ran out of the room as if her tee time was coming up. I never saw her again.

Let me be clear. I am almost 70 years old. I brought this dog into this world & I was determined to gently see her out. I failed. By allowing incompetent & dispassioned people to come even close to her, I failed. I have breed dogs, shown dogs, and been there when my dogs have died, but I have never experienced this. Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is physically a beautiful place, however they are grossly understaffed. This leads to inevitable incompetence. In the 24 hours my dog was in their care I waited close to 4 hours & did not spend more than 15 minutes with Dr. Lacaze. I'm not even sure if she knew why I was there. My bill for the 24 hours will be over $6,500 - there was no surgery. The one place they have more than enough staff is in their accounting department, but that won't help your dog recover.

I cannot bring my dog back. She is dead & I am scared for life, but I can plead with you to heed my warning - if you love your pet, dot not bring them to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists or Dr. Melissa Garcia-Lacaze. There are many other places to go & most vets are extremely compassionate about both you & your pet. I hope this helps someone avoid the pain I now carry with me & allows you to find better care for you pet.

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Bring your dog here & leave compassion behind & bring your check book in. On 6/12/2014 my dog was seen by the Vets at Banfield who had been treating her for the past 8 years. They suggested that this time she might need treatment overnight which they do not provide. I took her to Houston Veterinary Services, the emergency clinic in the basement of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She spent the evening there on O2 where, after I provided x-rays from Banfield, they repeated them for no reason. They found nothing, but my dogs distress continued to rise as they experimented on her. In the morning after paying an almost $1,200 bill for the evening, I was told to take her upstairs so the torture could continue.

They promptly took my dog from me & I began what was to be an almost 2 hour wait to see a Dr. Melissa Garcia-Lacaze. She came in looking grim telling me in a frightening list that almost anything could be wrong with my dog - stroke, blood clot, edema, brain tumor, kidney failure - the only thing she left out was alien abduction. My dog was not this ill when we started less that 24 hours ago.

Her financial counselor brought in an "Estimate for Services". At the top of the page they refer to themselves as both "innovative" & "experienced". I now know that this refers to drawing up estimates & collecting money. Please understand that it has nothing to do with treatment which is both haphazard & compassionless. The "estimate for services" contained 31 items at a total cost of almost $5,000 which they demanded immediately. Many of the items were either duplicates or triplicates of tests that had been done in the past 24 hours, but I was too distressed at this point to study their estimate. I simply wanted my dog to be treated so we could both go home. Little did I know, that was not to be. I have excellent insurance & I paid & went home after being assured things would be better in the morning.

My dog, who was 15, had never been in a kennel. I came in to visit her in the morning & had to wait over 1 hour. When I saw my dog I was almost sick. She was in extraordinary distress mainly from fear. After sitting outside of her cage for almost 1 hour Dr. Lacaze came in & said that she was probably suffering from some neurological disease even though none of their test had shown any physical problems.

My dog was fifteen. She was screaming in fear & maybe pain. I was clearly being encouraged to put her to sleep by using the catch phrase - "quality of life". I asked if I could hold her in private. I did. She quieted down & feel to sleep in my arms. My dog seemed to be in agony & I didn't feel as if I had any choice. I told someone to tell Dr. Lacaze that I would let them euthanize my dog while I held her. The worst was yet to come.

After making one of the most painful decisions of my life, I then had to wait 45 minutes for Dr. Lacaze. She came in in a rush ready to do it. I asked her to first explain exactly what will happen. She said my dog would feel nothing & it would be over it a second. My dog was sleeping peacefully. She administered the poison through a catheter. My dog awoke, let out a scream of agony, & died. I held her tightly to me and I started to cry uncontrollably. I loved my dog. While Dr. Lacaze apologized while I was crying, my now dead dog urinated all over me. Though I had asked, I was warned of none of this. After spending 5 minutes in the room, Dr. Lacaze ran out of the room as if her tee time was coming up. I never saw her again.

Let me be clear. I am almost 70 years old. I brought this dog into this world & I was determined to gently see her out. I failed. By allowing incompetent & dispassioned people to come even close to her, I failed. I have breed dogs, shown dogs, and been there when my dogs have died, but I have never experienced this. Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists is physically a beautiful place, however they are grossly understaffed. This leads to inevitable incompetence. In the 24 hours my dog was in their care I waited close to 4 hours & did not spend more than 15 minutes with Dr. Lacaze. I'm not even sure if she knew why I was there. My bill for the 24 hours will be over $6,500 - there was no surgery. The one place they have more than enough staff is in their accounting department, but that won't help your dog recover.

I cannot bring my dog back. She is dead & I am scared for life, but I can plead with you to heed my warning - if you love your pet, dot not bring them to Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists or Dr. Melissa Garcia-Lacaze. There are many other places to go & most vets are extremely compassionate about both you & your pet. I hope this helps someone avoid the pain I now carry with me & allows you to find better care for you pet.

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I really appreciate the time both Dr. Liska and Dr. Whitney took to listen to my concerns. Not only did he make me feel more comfortable, I felt I could trust his treatment plan. I also appreciate how thorough the staff has been in explaining all the diagnoses, procedures, and the discharge plan. This was very helpful in helping me feel more at ease in continuing Murphys recovery at home. Overall, I feel the service has been exceptional. Thank you.

see original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/the-service-has-been-exceptional

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I really appreciate the time both Dr. Liska and Dr. Whitney took to listen to my concerns. Not only did he make me feel more comfortable, I felt I could trust his treatment plan. I also appreciate how thorough the staff has been in explaining all the diagnoses, procedures, and the discharge plan. This was very helpful in helping me feel more at ease in continuing Murphys recovery at home. Overall, I feel the service has been exceptional. Thank you.

see original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/the-service-has-been-exceptional

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The vet care for Murphies surgery for her tumor was top notch, from Dr. Hottinger to the technicians. Thank you so much for your care and compassion.
- L. Foster

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The vet care for Murphies surgery for her tumor was top notch, from Dr. Hottinger to the technicians. Thank you so much for your care and compassion.
- L. Foster

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Glad you were able to get Bailey in and out quickly. Met with Dr. Hottinger on Friday,surgery (on) Monday and home Monday night.

see original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/in-and-out-quickly/

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Glad you were able to get Bailey in and out quickly. Met with Dr. Hottinger on Friday,surgery (on) Monday and home Monday night.

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Dr. Whitney , Lori Bergh and the entire Gulf Coast staff have been so wonderful throughout this experience. I have felt every confident in their abilities, expertise and compassionate care.

Sincerely,
Lana H. and Minnie

see original review-http://gcvs.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/entire-gulf-coast-staff-have-been-so-wonderful/

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Dr. Whitney , Lori Bergh and the entire Gulf Coast staff have been so wonderful throughout this experience. I have felt every confident in their abilities, expertise and compassionate care.

Sincerely,
Lana H. and Minnie

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Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) advertises themselves as having compassion for you and your pets, however, one thing you will certainly not find here is compassion for you, nor your pets. In fact, there is not enough space on any review site to list the multitude of ways they express lack of compassion. While there is likewise a multitude of reasons you should avoid this place, I??ll try and just get down to some basics.

The reviews about money and the costs found on the internet are accurate, it is unlikely you will walk out of GCVS for less than $1,000 and I have heard of owners walking out with as much as a $15,000 bill and a dead pet at that. And yes, if your pet dies, they still demand you pay the huge bills, they want their money and will get their money out of you one way or another, they have no mercy, no compassion, they are hungry for money, money, money. To this end, I highly encourage anyone who goes here to carefully check their bills/invoices before paying and make sure all tests they charged you for were in fact run. On several occasions I have been charged for tests that were never run or performed, and it wasn??t until I asked that they took the charge off the bill. Check your bills people, ask questions, make sure the tests were run before you pay.

In my experience GCVS is also extremely centered in western medicine, and black and white text book veterinary practice. They tend to go by the books, certainly don??t run the extra mile to research or consider or encourage alternatives, and most importantly, often fail to consider the specific, individual pet in issue. If the condition is in the gray area, isn??t black and white, isn??t in the books, isn??t based in hard science or typical, then all I can say is you probably won??t get an answer from GCVS no matter how many diagnostics they run and how much money you spend, and you should search for alternative doctors, answers, treatments and places on your own. Don??t rely on GCVS to figure it out for you and your pet, do your homework. GCVS is not immune to making mistakes. I assure you they do make mistakes, though they will lie, cheat, beg and steal so to speak before they will ever fess up to their mistakes. So do your homework, ask questions, use your logic and most importantly, follow your gut. If your gut tells you they are wrong, something isn??t right, you are probably right, follow your intuition.

I??ve seen several posts on the internet claiming GCVS killed or otherwise harmed their pets and commenting that it??s too bad you can??t sue veterinarians for malpractice. This is completely untrue. Texas does in fact allow you to file lawsuits for negligence against veterinarians, and if you believe GCVS killed or otherwise harmed your pet, I suggest you contact The Houston Lawyer??s Referral Service and/or the State of Bar Texas to refer you to an attorney. The Veterinary Abuse Network or Suki's Safe Haven may also be able to point you in the right direction. Don??t let GCVS get away with it, fight for you and your pet, seek out your justice.

In the end, if you are in an emergency or have a really sick animal, there are other places to take your pet to, do your homework. VERGI on I-10 is open 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition, while I have never personally been there, Memorial 610 Hospital for Animals has received excellent reviews online and it appears they offer all GCVS has to offer by way of diagnostics.

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Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS) advertises themselves as having compassion for you and your pets, however, one thing you will certainly not find here is compassion for you, nor your pets. In fact, there is not enough space on any review site to list the multitude of ways they express lack of compassion. While there is likewise a multitude of reasons you should avoid this place, I??ll try and just get down to some basics.

The reviews about money and the costs found on the internet are accurate, it is unlikely you will walk out of GCVS for less than $1,000 and I have heard of owners walking out with as much as a $15,000 bill and a dead pet at that. And yes, if your pet dies, they still demand you pay the huge bills, they want their money and will get their money out of you one way or another, they have no mercy, no compassion, they are hungry for money, money, money. To this end, I highly encourage anyone who goes here to carefully check their bills/invoices before paying and make sure all tests they charged you for were in fact run. On several occasions I have been charged for tests that were never run or performed, and it wasn??t until I asked that they took the charge off the bill. Check your bills people, ask questions, make sure the tests were run before you pay.

In my experience GCVS is also extremely centered in western medicine, and black and white text book veterinary practice. They tend to go by the books, certainly don??t run the extra mile to research or consider or encourage alternatives, and most importantly, often fail to consider the specific, individual pet in issue. If the condition is in the gray area, isn??t black and white, isn??t in the books, isn??t based in hard science or typical, then all I can say is you probably won??t get an answer from GCVS no matter how many diagnostics they run and how much money you spend, and you should search for alternative doctors, answers, treatments and places on your own. Don??t rely on GCVS to figure it out for you and your pet, do your homework. GCVS is not immune to making mistakes. I assure you they do make mistakes, though they will lie, cheat, beg and steal so to speak before they will ever fess up to their mistakes. So do your homework, ask questions, use your logic and most importantly, follow your gut. If your gut tells you they are wrong, something isn??t right, you are probably right, follow your intuition.

I??ve seen several posts on the internet claiming GCVS killed or otherwise harmed their pets and commenting that it??s too bad you can??t sue veterinarians for malpractice. This is completely untrue. Texas does in fact allow you to file lawsuits for negligence against veterinarians, and if you believe GCVS killed or otherwise harmed your pet, I suggest you contact The Houston Lawyer??s Referral Service and/or the State of Bar Texas to refer you to an attorney. The Veterinary Abuse Network or Suki's Safe Haven may also be able to point you in the right direction. Don??t let GCVS get away with it, fight for you and your pet, seek out your justice.

In the end, if you are in an emergency or have a really sick animal, there are other places to take your pet to, do your homework. VERGI on I-10 is open 24/7, 365 days a year. In addition, while I have never personally been there, Memorial 610 Hospital for Animals has received excellent reviews online and it appears they offer all GCVS has to offer by way of diagnostics.

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Kaleigh K. I don't know who told you that you cannot file a veterinary malpractice suit in Texas, but they are either dead wrong or lying. In fact, anybody anywhere can sue anybody for anything. Whether you have a valid case or not is another matter, but this is America, and you have a constitutional right to sue. The hard part is finding a lawyer, but depending on the amount of money involved, they can even be filed in small claims court. Over a certain dollar amount it must be filed in regular civil court. Vets can be sued not only for malpractice, but breach of contract, fraud, etc. I am not a lawyer, but have been an advocate against abusive veterinarians in Texas since my cat was hideously mistreated by a San Antonio vet in 1999 and have corresponded with many Texas victims of vet malfeasance. Please contact me either at The Veterinary Abuse Network or at Suki's Safe Haven.

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Kaleigh K. I don't know who told you that you cannot file a veterinary malpractice suit in Texas, but they are either dead wrong or lying. In fact, anybody anywhere can sue anybody for anything. Whether you have a valid case or not is another matter, but this is America, and you have a constitutional right to sue. The hard part is finding a lawyer, but depending on the amount of money involved, they can even be filed in small claims court. Over a certain dollar amount it must be filed in regular civil court. Vets can be sued not only for malpractice, but breach of contract, fraud, etc. I am not a lawyer, but have been an advocate against abusive veterinarians in Texas since my cat was hideously mistreated by a San Antonio vet in 1999 and have corresponded with many Texas victims of vet malfeasance. Please contact me either at The Veterinary Abuse Network or at Suki's Safe Haven.

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I love that Kaleigh K. says a doctor should lose her license which she spent years getting and thousands of dollars to receive just to help her pet who has "mass" cell tumors. Shows how much this genius knows. They are MAST cell tumors, you moron. How can you say someone deserves to lose their license but you don't even know what is wrong with your animal? My hats off to you oh genius of the interwebs. Just goes to show you how dumb people who write reviews can be. Oh, the irony and not the Alanis Morissette kind.

-Jinglehimer out!

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I love that Kaleigh K. says a doctor should lose her license which she spent years getting and thousands of dollars to receive just to help her pet who has "mass" cell tumors. Shows how much this genius knows. They are MAST cell tumors, you moron. How can you say someone deserves to lose their license but you don't even know what is wrong with your animal? My hats off to you oh genius of the interwebs. Just goes to show you how dumb people who write reviews can be. Oh, the irony and not the Alanis Morissette kind.

-Jinglehimer out!

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I had my dog in to see Orthopedic Surgery for a simple torn ligament operation.My dog developed MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) while in their care which in a nutshell is a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. A doctor, nurse, other patients, or visitor may have staph germs in their body that they spread to the patients.

My dog had to be transported from car to building via a cart with staff dressed in aprons and gloves (gloves that don't help because they touch everything with them on). I began to ask other people who I have seen their pets brought in the same way if they too have MRSA. Come to find out, almost EVERY patient that has had some sort of surgery here has gotten this bacteria. One dog owner told me that two of her dogs have contracted this from here too! It has cost me months of time and money to help get rid of this. Keep in mind, this bacteria can spread to other people and pets too. I was told that the bacteria was from somewhere outside of the hospital when clearly it was not.

I highly recommend NOT using this place! The Texas department of health should be notified about this. I, along with others, have filed a complaint with the BBB.

If this is a known issue, why isn't this hospital being cared for for this issue??? Rather the source be found or the place sterilized? Is it because this is not a human hospital and it is less important?? Or does it have to wait until the bacteria affects a human before it is stopped.

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I had my dog in to see Orthopedic Surgery for a simple torn ligament operation.My dog developed MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) while in their care which in a nutshell is a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics. A doctor, nurse, other patients, or visitor may have staph germs in their body that they spread to the patients.

My dog had to be transported from car to building via a cart with staff dressed in aprons and gloves (gloves that don't help because they touch everything with them on). I began to ask other people who I have seen their pets brought in the same way if they too have MRSA. Come to find out, almost EVERY patient that has had some sort of surgery here has gotten this bacteria. One dog owner told me that two of her dogs have contracted this from here too! It has cost me months of time and money to help get rid of this. Keep in mind, this bacteria can spread to other people and pets too. I was told that the bacteria was from somewhere outside of the hospital when clearly it was not.

I highly recommend NOT using this place! The Texas department of health should be notified about this. I, along with others, have filed a complaint with the BBB.

If this is a known issue, why isn't this hospital being cared for for this issue??? Rather the source be found or the place sterilized? Is it because this is not a human hospital and it is less important?? Or does it have to wait until the bacteria affects a human before it is stopped.

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Dr. Pamela Jones (oncology) is an absolute disgrace to the veterinary profession. I would really like to use a stronger word for her, however this is a public post.

Several weeks ago, I took my 7 year old pug in for a check up on a mass cell tumor that she had been in remission for over 3 years. After Dr. Jones found a skin tag (basically a very small mole) that was decided needed to be removed, a minor surgery was performed under general anesthesia. My sweet pug who was COMPLETELY healthy (blood work was done, etc.) did not survive the surgery. I was later told that the surgery did not need general anesthesia, but could have been done under a local... the anesthesia was simply much easier for Dr. Jones.

On top of this, her bedside manners are absolutely atrocious. She has been rude, condescending, and completely unsympathetic about the situation. Her attitude leads me to believe that she may have given my baby too much of the medication and is now just covering her behind. Too bad you cannot file a law suit against a vet in the state of Texas for malpractice. Because if so, this lame excuse for a woman and a doctor would have a huge one to deal with right now.

If there is one thing I can say, ALWAYS make sure that a surgery under general anesthesia is COMPLETELY necessary before allowing your pets to go under. Most vets never give you the option because 1) it is easier for them, and 2) they make more money when anesthesia is used. Don't learn this lesson the hard way like I had to!

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Dr. Pamela Jones (oncology) is an absolute disgrace to the veterinary profession. I would really like to use a stronger word for her, however this is a public post.

Several weeks ago, I took my 7 year old pug in for a check up on a mass cell tumor that she had been in remission for over 3 years. After Dr. Jones found a skin tag (basically a very small mole) that was decided needed to be removed, a minor surgery was performed under general anesthesia. My sweet pug who was COMPLETELY healthy (blood work was done, etc.) did not survive the surgery. I was later told that the surgery did not need general anesthesia, but could have been done under a local... the anesthesia was simply much easier for Dr. Jones.

On top of this, her bedside manners are absolutely atrocious. She has been rude, condescending, and completely unsympathetic about the situation. Her attitude leads me to believe that she may have given my baby too much of the medication and is now just covering her behind. Too bad you cannot file a law suit against a vet in the state of Texas for malpractice. Because if so, this lame excuse for a woman and a doctor would have a huge one to deal with right now.

If there is one thing I can say, ALWAYS make sure that a surgery under general anesthesia is COMPLETELY necessary before allowing your pets to go under. Most vets never give you the option because 1) it is easier for them, and 2) they make more money when anesthesia is used. Don't learn this lesson the hard way like I had to!

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First of all, I have to say that Dr. Whitney is one of the very best veterinary orthopedic surgeons a dog owner can find to perform a TPLO . My dog, a five year old black lab mix named Dolly has had both hips replaced by Dr. Liska. I live in Orlando, FL . After being told by our local veterinarian that Dolly at 1 1/2 years old has bilateral hip dysplasia, I began looking for a group of specialty veterinarians who could successfully replace both hips.I consulted with specialists in our local Orlando area who told us that they perform these types of surgeries once every three to six months and that it would be best to give her glucosamine and wait to see what happens because they don't expect the results to be better than what she has now. At that point, I decided to look elsewhere. After finding GCVS online, I was immediately pleased to see that they perform "these types of surgeries" daily using the same surgical team to ensure a finely tuned outcome. I Fedexed Dolly's x-rays to Dr. Liska on Friday. I did not expect to get a response until Monday, but Dr. Liska called me on Saturday morning. I described the symptoms to him, and he felt that it was important to have both her knees and her hips looked at when we get to Houston.

The one thing that struck me immediately about the experts at GCVS was that they could "feel" the structures in Dolly's knees and hips with their hands. While x-rays only convey limited information, both Dr. Whitney and Dr. Liska are experts at deciphering the extent of the disability by using their hands to move the knees and hips in specific ways to detect abnormality. This is something an x-ray cannot do. Dr. Whitney immediately detected that the bones in Dolly's right knee were sliding past one another, indicating that she had torn her ACL. My experience with Dr. Whitney has been beyond incredible. He performed a complete and comprehensive pre-operative work-up on Dolly, which included comprehensive x-rays and detailed explanation of the procedure. He showed me models of the knee and a film of the procedure and explained in depth the rehabilitation that would follow the surgery. Dolly limped into his office and the day after the surgery, literally walked out WITH NO LIMP,WALKING EVENLY ON ALL FOUR PAWS. To my shock, Dolly had a perfectly clean incision line with no more than a clear bandage on the suture. Dr. Whitney warned me that he likes to "scare the hell out of the owners" in two weeks. I had no idea what he meant at which point I discovered his true love and concern for his patients. He explained that after two weeks, many owners are tempted to break the rehabilitation rules because they see that their dog looks and feels great, at which point he injects a healthy dose of reality by stressing that the bones need time to heal and that the strict rehabiltation schedule is absolutely essential for full successful recovery. By listening to Dr. Whitney's rehabilitation instructions and following them to the tee, Dolly recovered beautifully.

Two months later, as she was running with her brother chasing squirrels, Dolly came in limping on the left leg. We immediately brought her in for the TPLO on her left knee. Dr. Whitney was very pleased that we responded rapidly because rapid response on our part would significantly reduce the opportunity for arthritis and bone spurs to develop. I have looked at the research on torn ACLs in dogs. Resting and medicating does not solve the problem. The research on TPLO success is overwhelmingly positive IF DONE BY THE RIGHT VETERINARIAN . Dr. Whitney is the very best you can find anywhere in the world. I have talked to owners of animals in the waiting room who unfortunately had experiences with other surgeons and finally came to the best and were extremely happy with the results. I've seen dogs in the waiting room who came in with crushed limbs after being hit by cars. Dr. Whitney expertly reconstructed their limbs. Dr. Whitney literally creates miracles for all of the wonderful animals fortunate enough to be taken care of by such a magnificent skilled surgeon.

We travel yearly from Orlando to Houston to have Dolly checked out. I trust Dr. Whitney and Dr. Liska implicitly. Their expertise is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Dolly has been running after bunnies and squirrels with her brother at what looks like 100 mph for the last two years and a half years. I am brought to tears whenever I see her run with joy and excitement in her eyes. She runs and rotates in split second turns. Dr. Whitney is a phenomenal veterinary orthopedic surgeon. He loves what he does and provides full information and support every step of the way. I am extremely proud to have the priviledge to have Dr. Whitney as our orthopedic veterinary surgeon. His fine work and results are truly outstanding.

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First of all, I have to say that Dr. Whitney is one of the very best veterinary orthopedic surgeons a dog owner can find to perform a TPLO . My dog, a five year old black lab mix named Dolly has had both hips replaced by Dr. Liska. I live in Orlando, FL . After being told by our local veterinarian that Dolly at 1 1/2 years old has bilateral hip dysplasia, I began looking for a group of specialty veterinarians who could successfully replace both hips.I consulted with specialists in our local Orlando area who told us that they perform these types of surgeries once every three to six months and that it would be best to give her glucosamine and wait to see what happens because they don't expect the results to be better than what she has now. At that point, I decided to look elsewhere. After finding GCVS online, I was immediately pleased to see that they perform "these types of surgeries" daily using the same surgical team to ensure a finely tuned outcome. I Fedexed Dolly's x-rays to Dr. Liska on Friday. I did not expect to get a response until Monday, but Dr. Liska called me on Saturday morning. I described the symptoms to him, and he felt that it was important to have both her knees and her hips looked at when we get to Houston.

The one thing that struck me immediately about the experts at GCVS was that they could "feel" the structures in Dolly's knees and hips with their hands. While x-rays only convey limited information, both Dr. Whitney and Dr. Liska are experts at deciphering the extent of the disability by using their hands to move the knees and hips in specific ways to detect abnormality. This is something an x-ray cannot do. Dr. Whitney immediately detected that the bones in Dolly's right knee were sliding past one another, indicating that she had torn her ACL. My experience with Dr. Whitney has been beyond incredible. He performed a complete and comprehensive pre-operative work-up on Dolly, which included comprehensive x-rays and detailed explanation of the procedure. He showed me models of the knee and a film of the procedure and explained in depth the rehabilitation that would follow the surgery. Dolly limped into his office and the day after the surgery, literally walked out WITH NO LIMP,WALKING EVENLY ON ALL FOUR PAWS. To my shock, Dolly had a perfectly clean incision line with no more than a clear bandage on the suture. Dr. Whitney warned me that he likes to "scare the hell out of the owners" in two weeks. I had no idea what he meant at which point I discovered his true love and concern for his patients. He explained that after two weeks, many owners are tempted to break the rehabilitation rules because they see that their dog looks and feels great, at which point he injects a healthy dose of reality by stressing that the bones need time to heal and that the strict rehabiltation schedule is absolutely essential for full successful recovery. By listening to Dr. Whitney's rehabilitation instructions and following them to the tee, Dolly recovered beautifully.

Two months later, as she was running with her brother chasing squirrels, Dolly came in limping on the left leg. We immediately brought her in for the TPLO on her left knee. Dr. Whitney was very pleased that we responded rapidly because rapid response on our part would significantly reduce the opportunity for arthritis and bone spurs to develop. I have looked at the research on torn ACLs in dogs. Resting and medicating does not solve the problem. The research on TPLO success is overwhelmingly positive IF DONE BY THE RIGHT VETERINARIAN . Dr. Whitney is the very best you can find anywhere in the world. I have talked to owners of animals in the waiting room who unfortunately had experiences with other surgeons and finally came to the best and were extremely happy with the results. I've seen dogs in the waiting room who came in with crushed limbs after being hit by cars. Dr. Whitney expertly reconstructed their limbs. Dr. Whitney literally creates miracles for all of the wonderful animals fortunate enough to be taken care of by such a magnificent skilled surgeon.

We travel yearly from Orlando to Houston to have Dolly checked out. I trust Dr. Whitney and Dr. Liska implicitly. Their expertise is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Dolly has been running after bunnies and squirrels with her brother at what looks like 100 mph for the last two years and a half years. I am brought to tears whenever I see her run with joy and excitement in her eyes. She runs and rotates in split second turns. Dr. Whitney is a phenomenal veterinary orthopedic surgeon. He loves what he does and provides full information and support every step of the way. I am extremely proud to have the priviledge to have Dr. Whitney as our orthopedic veterinary surgeon. His fine work and results are truly outstanding.

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This place SUCKS[@ least Dr.Randy Longshore does]!!!

Dr.Randy Longshore is nothing but a BIG STUPID A$$ who is rude and who is only about the $!!!

We had an appointment there today[a $6 grand procedure] and left after only 5 minutes of meeting this moron!

He cares nothing about the pets that he sees[operates on] and he is stupid enough to think that he can be rude with pets owners.

If u r like myself,ur pet is "family" and u want to be seen by someone with a little compassion.

SOOO if u agree,DON'T GO TO THIS PIECE OF CRAP OF A HUMAN BEING!!!

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This place SUCKS[@ least Dr.Randy Longshore does]!!!

Dr.Randy Longshore is nothing but a BIG STUPID A$$ who is rude and who is only about the $!!!

We had an appointment there today[a $6 grand procedure] and left after only 5 minutes of meeting this moron!

He cares nothing about the pets that he sees[operates on] and he is stupid enough to think that he can be rude with pets owners.

If u r like myself,ur pet is "family" and u want to be seen by someone with a little compassion.

SOOO if u agree,DON'T GO TO THIS PIECE OF CRAP OF A HUMAN BEING!!!

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Only had 1 experience there & it has been super - not over yet. Dr. Beale/Dr. Krause/Kate did surgery (plate & screws) to fix my Rag Doll Cat's broken leg and so far, so good. Very expensive - but recommended by my neighborhood vet (Prestonwood Animal Clinic - Dr. Cheryl Morales) to fix it right the 1st time. All staff VERY professional & attentive. They took all the time needed to explain everything to me. No complaints but my savings account is moaning!

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Only had 1 experience there & it has been super - not over yet. Dr. Beale/Dr. Krause/Kate did surgery (plate & screws) to fix my Rag Doll Cat's broken leg and so far, so good. Very expensive - but recommended by my neighborhood vet (Prestonwood Animal Clinic - Dr. Cheryl Morales) to fix it right the 1st time. All staff VERY professional & attentive. They took all the time needed to explain everything to me. No complaints but my savings account is moaning!

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My experience was exactly the same as David W! My dog has surgery that was't even needed and Whitney refused to answer any questions about the cat scan that he used for a reason for surgery. I'm still waiting on a copy of them too! 5k later and my dogs problem is still there! One word of advice...don't go! It's all about the money there and my dog had blood on her when I got her and the doctor couldn't even rememeber if she had a bandage on!

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My experience was exactly the same as David W! My dog has surgery that was't even needed and Whitney refused to answer any questions about the cat scan that he used for a reason for surgery. I'm still waiting on a copy of them too! 5k later and my dogs problem is still there! One word of advice...don't go! It's all about the money there and my dog had blood on her when I got her and the doctor couldn't even rememeber if she had a bandage on!

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After spending 7 years doing exotic animal rescue, I have become very skeptical and distrustful of people who claim to know how to care for pets of any kind really, especially exotics. Lots of exotic vets even are quacks. However, the staff at GCVS Avian & Exotic Dept have earned my trust time and time again. They have worked miracles on my pets as well as fosters I have rescued. They have spend countless hours diligently caring for a number of my critters, and brought one rescue back to the picture of health from the brink of death. They not only KNOW their stuff, the truly, truly care about their patients as well. The doctors and staff take time to answer your questions, educate you, and keep you up to speed on what is happening. Just the facility itself commands respect - it is a full-fledged hospital, just like a person would go to. I cannot express how wonderful a place this is! In fact, I refuse to take my exotics anywhere BUT GCVS! No matter how near or far you are from their location, it is WORTH the trip! You can rest easy that there is no better treatment for your pet than what they will receive while at Gulf Coast, and that they will be treated as a loved one while there, NOT just a number. The doctors and staff there are love, kindess, care, and compassion personified, and a pet owner simply cannot imagine better caretakers. I will never, never go elsewhere! They have earned my life-long respect and trust, and that is not an easy thing to accomplish. This is where animals are HEALED!!!

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After spending 7 years doing exotic animal rescue, I have become very skeptical and distrustful of people who claim to know how to care for pets of any kind really, especially exotics. Lots of exotic vets even are quacks. However, the staff at GCVS Avian & Exotic Dept have earned my trust time and time again. They have worked miracles on my pets as well as fosters I have rescued. They have spend countless hours diligently caring for a number of my critters, and brought one rescue back to the picture of health from the brink of death. They not only KNOW their stuff, the truly, truly care about their patients as well. The doctors and staff take time to answer your questions, educate you, and keep you up to speed on what is happening. Just the facility itself commands respect - it is a full-fledged hospital, just like a person would go to. I cannot express how wonderful a place this is! In fact, I refuse to take my exotics anywhere BUT GCVS! No matter how near or far you are from their location, it is WORTH the trip! You can rest easy that there is no better treatment for your pet than what they will receive while at Gulf Coast, and that they will be treated as a loved one while there, NOT just a number. The doctors and staff there are love, kindess, care, and compassion personified, and a pet owner simply cannot imagine better caretakers. I will never, never go elsewhere! They have earned my life-long respect and trust, and that is not an easy thing to accomplish. This is where animals are HEALED!!!

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We used this facility in 2006/2007 (Dr. Liska) to perform hip replacement surgery (both hips, approx. 1 year apart)...very successful. We were given information, options with and without surgical intervention, not placed under pressure. It was expensive, but this experience I rate 5 stars.

In 2009, we investigated some skin issues with Dr. Fadok and again we were satisfied with results, though the cost was a bit over the top for what we received. I rate this experience 3 stars.

Recently our dog was limping on his right rear leg. We scheduled a consultation with Dr. Whitney on recommendation of Dr. Liska. I can only state this was the worst experience I have ever had with a so called veterinary professional. We had x-rays and blood work performed prior to the actual consultation, so that information would be available. The actual consultation consisted of 1) Hello, 2) Whitney bent down and squeezed the dogs leg and made the dog yelp and run to the corner of the room 3) Whitney??s statement that proved the ligament was ruptured and he needed TPLO surgery at $4200 per leg (needed both done as one was injured now and the other most likely would be injured shortly thereafter and he would do them both at the same time for a discount of $1200 off the $4200 each) and 4) he would do it on Thursday (this was a Tuesday). No discussion of how he obtained this diagnosis; no discussion of resting the dog for a period of time and see what improvement might come about (not talking total healing?just should we give the dog some rest by restricting movement, reduce his weight, start on anti-inflammatory, etc.). I could type pages on this experience, but can advise any pet owner to fully investigate Cruciate Ligament Injuries prior to rushing into a drastic surgery such as TPLO (there are many web sites on the subject; many have obvious bias; but all have a collective story to tell and you need to be informed). Some sites are http://dogkneeinjury.com/about/ and http://www.tiggerpoz.com/index.html.

I have documented our terrible experience with Whitney and will be sending to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Examiners. My impression is business is down and he could care less about my pets wellbeing and interested only in revenue.

We have taken the Conservative Management (CM) for the moment with our dog after consultation with another veterinarian. This consists of a weight reduction diet, fish oil tablets for inflammation, Chondroitin/Glucosamine for joint pain, and he is under house arrest (restricted activity). We have also ordered a brace (several custom braces in the market place) to support the leg. This is the plan for the next 60 days. I do not know what we will do in the future?this CM process and brace may be satisfactory (he is doing much better in only a few days of resting, but too soon to tell). He may need a surgery, but he will be better prepared and so will we having the time to better obtain information. You will not get it from Whitney.

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We used this facility in 2006/2007 (Dr. Liska) to perform hip replacement surgery (both hips, approx. 1 year apart)...very successful. We were given information, options with and without surgical intervention, not placed under pressure. It was expensive, but this experience I rate 5 stars.

In 2009, we investigated some skin issues with Dr. Fadok and again we were satisfied with results, though the cost was a bit over the top for what we received. I rate this experience 3 stars.

Recently our dog was limping on his right rear leg. We scheduled a consultation with Dr. Whitney on recommendation of Dr. Liska. I can only state this was the worst experience I have ever had with a so called veterinary professional. We had x-rays and blood work performed prior to the actual consultation, so that information would be available. The actual consultation consisted of 1) Hello, 2) Whitney bent down and squeezed the dogs leg and made the dog yelp and run to the corner of the room 3) Whitney??s statement that proved the ligament was ruptured and he needed TPLO surgery at $4200 per leg (needed both done as one was injured now and the other most likely would be injured shortly thereafter and he would do them both at the same time for a discount of $1200 off the $4200 each) and 4) he would do it on Thursday (this was a Tuesday). No discussion of how he obtained this diagnosis; no discussion of resting the dog for a period of time and see what improvement might come about (not talking total healing?just should we give the dog some rest by restricting movement, reduce his weight, start on anti-inflammatory, etc.). I could type pages on this experience, but can advise any pet owner to fully investigate Cruciate Ligament Injuries prior to rushing into a drastic surgery such as TPLO (there are many web sites on the subject; many have obvious bias; but all have a collective story to tell and you need to be informed). Some sites are http://dogkneeinjury.com/about/ and http://www.tiggerpoz.com/index.html.

I have documented our terrible experience with Whitney and will be sending to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Examiners. My impression is business is down and he could care less about my pets wellbeing and interested only in revenue.

We have taken the Conservative Management (CM) for the moment with our dog after consultation with another veterinarian. This consists of a weight reduction diet, fish oil tablets for inflammation, Chondroitin/Glucosamine for joint pain, and he is under house arrest (restricted activity). We have also ordered a brace (several custom braces in the market place) to support the leg. This is the plan for the next 60 days. I do not know what we will do in the future?this CM process and brace may be satisfactory (he is doing much better in only a few days of resting, but too soon to tell). He may need a surgery, but he will be better prepared and so will we having the time to better obtain information. You will not get it from Whitney.

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FIRST TIME AND LAST
After taking our dog there,. first let me preface that this mecical center is a Buisness FIRST got it ?? BUISNESS ,.. they first need to do a $90 exam (paper work ) then they need ALL THESE other tests amounting to a MILD fortune ( and I love my animal don't get the wrong idea) an ex ray, blood work and wanted to do a another organ scan,... this is adding up but of course I LOVE MY DOG,...and I agree. Wondering where this is all going bc he was clearly dehydrated and should have started some FLUIDS,. don't ya thunk????? btw I am a carbon based mammal who has medical knowledge but I said nothing about ME"""But no they did ALL THESE TESTS In my honest opinion for the BIG $$$ BECAUSE they always prefaced with this test is going to COST but we should do it. Always warning you the PRICE FIRST !!! grrrrrr

We LEFT !
I came home and called my own pesonal vet who CAME OVER with a triage of hydrating equipment and started an immediated IV. OH and btw he was runnung a temp with GCAC Mills DVM said so but said he didn't need an antibiotic much to the contrary of MY VET. If you are running a tem YOU HAVE AN INFECTION !! Administer a general antibiotic anyway he brought over some tastY food for animals WHO ARE DEHYDRATED gave him another rounds of vitamin shots anti nausea injection ( which doctor Mills DVM noted ) but didn't administer,....... DAH !!!!
Oh I could go on and on about this 'joint" AND maybe if your animal lost a limb or had his head severed one might consider this place. Me NOT !!

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FIRST TIME AND LAST
After taking our dog there,. first let me preface that this mecical center is a Buisness FIRST got it ?? BUISNESS ,.. they first need to do a $90 exam (paper work ) then they need ALL THESE other tests amounting to a MILD fortune ( and I love my animal don't get the wrong idea) an ex ray, blood work and wanted to do a another organ scan,... this is adding up but of course I LOVE MY DOG,...and I agree. Wondering where this is all going bc he was clearly dehydrated and should have started some FLUIDS,. don't ya thunk????? btw I am a carbon based mammal who has medical knowledge but I said nothing about ME"""But no they did ALL THESE TESTS In my honest opinion for the BIG $$$ BECAUSE they always prefaced with this test is going to COST but we should do it. Always warning you the PRICE FIRST !!! grrrrrr

We LEFT !
I came home and called my own pesonal vet who CAME OVER with a triage of hydrating equipment and started an immediated IV. OH and btw he was runnung a temp with GCAC Mills DVM said so but said he didn't need an antibiotic much to the contrary of MY VET. If you are running a tem YOU HAVE AN INFECTION !! Administer a general antibiotic anyway he brought over some tastY food for animals WHO ARE DEHYDRATED gave him another rounds of vitamin shots anti nausea injection ( which doctor Mills DVM noted ) but didn't administer,....... DAH !!!!
Oh I could go on and on about this 'joint" AND maybe if your animal lost a limb or had his head severed one might consider this place. Me NOT !!

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Because of the mistakes of a VCA vet my diabetic dog was dying. I haven't found a competent vet in my neighborhood, so I don't mind travelling through our horrid traffic to get to Gulf Coast. They may be expensive, but they are the best!

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Because of the mistakes of a VCA vet my diabetic dog was dying. I haven't found a competent vet in my neighborhood, so I don't mind travelling through our horrid traffic to get to Gulf Coast. They may be expensive, but they are the best!

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All I can say is this is the most remarkable facility I have ever used. My cat ruptured both achilles tendons and was unable to walk at all. Dr. Brian Beale performed surgery on her and now 3 months later she is almost as good as new. It may have been a little pricey, but so worth it between the diagnostics, the surgery and the after surgery visits, she received excellent care. The technicians and doctors are very caring and professional.

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All I can say is this is the most remarkable facility I have ever used. My cat ruptured both achilles tendons and was unable to walk at all. Dr. Brian Beale performed surgery on her and now 3 months later she is almost as good as new. It may have been a little pricey, but so worth it between the diagnostics, the surgery and the after surgery visits, she received excellent care. The technicians and doctors are very caring and professional.

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I have had two experiences with Gulf Coast in Houston. In both instances they were attentive and professional. Most recently, they quickly and effectively repaired my cat's hip injuries. My cat is healing well and has a bright and healthy outlook.
On the other hand.......they are very expensive! First of all, they require and charge $100+ for a consultation prior to and exclusive of to any actual medical procedure. The procedures are then very high priced and I would think cost prohibitive to many pet owners. I researched my cat's injury and repair and the costs averages around $2000. They charged me $3000.
It was somewhat of an urgent procedure and other vet hospitals could not be reached at the time. Not much of a choice.

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I have had two experiences with Gulf Coast in Houston. In both instances they were attentive and professional. Most recently, they quickly and effectively repaired my cat's hip injuries. My cat is healing well and has a bright and healthy outlook.
On the other hand.......they are very expensive! First of all, they require and charge $100+ for a consultation prior to and exclusive of to any actual medical procedure. The procedures are then very high priced and I would think cost prohibitive to many pet owners. I researched my cat's injury and repair and the costs averages around $2000. They charged me $3000.
It was somewhat of an urgent procedure and other vet hospitals could not be reached at the time. Not much of a choice.

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Very unhappy with the experience. Not only are their written proposals very difficult to understand at a time when you're devastated with a sick or dying pet, ours was written up so that my dog would be there to "stabilize" only for the first day and then run tests the following days. There was over $2300 listed for day one only. My husband picked up on this and noticed which charges were recurring. It wouldn't have taken but 2 or maybe 3 days to run up a bill in excess of $5,000. The reason for posting is to point out to others that you better read carefully or you will be stunned when it comes time to pay your bill. Also, I find it extremely offensive and in very poor taste to offer a credit card application to cover your costs. That insinuates immediately that you are going to pay dearly for their services. My second reason for posting is to vent about their poor customer service. I instructed Gulf Coast to have my dog's body sent to Little Friends for cremation and then returned to me. Instead they were returned to Gulf Coast. After nearly a month since her death, I have not received her remains or any messages as to where they are. I called Little Friends and they told me they returned her remains to Gulf Coast on May 20th. I called Gulf Coast this morning (June 9) to find out where her remains are. The assistant at Gulf Coast informed me that they had them and I could come by and pick them up if I wanted them. No excuse offered as to why I wasn't called on May 20th. I distinctly told the Gulf Coast tech to have the dog's remains sent back to my home address. I was very clear about that. This is my fourth pet to have cremated through Little Friends. I had no trouble getting the other 3 pet's remains back within one week @ regular mail. What I find inexcusable is that Gulf Coast made no effort to let me know in all this time, they have had her remains almost 3 weeks. This may sound a bit ridiculous to most people, but if you're checking these ratings, my guess is that you're a caring pet owner and completely understand how this kind of indifference could be so upsetting. My home phone has an answering machine that picks up everyday. I'm the only person who retrieves messages. No one ever left a message. Losing a pet is horrible, especially an old one that has been family for a long time. I intend to fully discuss this experience with my vet and strongly suggest to him that they find another specialty animal hospital to send referrals to when they aren't able to handle treatment.

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Very unhappy with the experience. Not only are their written proposals very difficult to understand at a time when you're devastated with a sick or dying pet, ours was written up so that my dog would be there to "stabilize" only for the first day and then run tests the following days. There was over $2300 listed for day one only. My husband picked up on this and noticed which charges were recurring. It wouldn't have taken but 2 or maybe 3 days to run up a bill in excess of $5,000. The reason for posting is to point out to others that you better read carefully or you will be stunned when it comes time to pay your bill. Also, I find it extremely offensive and in very poor taste to offer a credit card application to cover your costs. That insinuates immediately that you are going to pay dearly for their services. My second reason for posting is to vent about their poor customer service. I instructed Gulf Coast to have my dog's body sent to Little Friends for cremation and then returned to me. Instead they were returned to Gulf Coast. After nearly a month since her death, I have not received her remains or any messages as to where they are. I called Little Friends and they told me they returned her remains to Gulf Coast on May 20th. I called Gulf Coast this morning (June 9) to find out where her remains are. The assistant at Gulf Coast informed me that they had them and I could come by and pick them up if I wanted them. No excuse offered as to why I wasn't called on May 20th. I distinctly told the Gulf Coast tech to have the dog's remains sent back to my home address. I was very clear about that. This is my fourth pet to have cremated through Little Friends. I had no trouble getting the other 3 pet's remains back within one week @ regular mail. What I find inexcusable is that Gulf Coast made no effort to let me know in all this time, they have had her remains almost 3 weeks. This may sound a bit ridiculous to most people, but if you're checking these ratings, my guess is that you're a caring pet owner and completely understand how this kind of indifference could be so upsetting. My home phone has an answering machine that picks up everyday. I'm the only person who retrieves messages. No one ever left a message. Losing a pet is horrible, especially an old one that has been family for a long time. I intend to fully discuss this experience with my vet and strongly suggest to him that they find another specialty animal hospital to send referrals to when they aren't able to handle treatment.

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AVOID taking them there. try katy freeway emergency clinic instead. the techs are misinformed and i really think they're the reason my pet is dead.

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AVOID taking them there. try katy freeway emergency clinic instead. the techs are misinformed and i really think they're the reason my pet is dead.

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My dog required orthopedic surgery for a bad knee. So far, the surgery seems succesful, hopefully she will continue to improve. I was able to schedule the consultation, surgery, and followup care conveniently and quickly (v. nice as my poor dog was trying to walk on a broken knee!).

Dr. Beale was thorough in discussing the diagnosis and options, and gave me an estimate of cost for various options. Be prepared for a shock at the estimate, surgical care for animals is terribly expensive. I ended up going for it (my dog is very young, and surgery greatly increased her chance of reasonably pain free life) but when I asked about lower cost options neither of the vets made me feel like Cruella DeVille.

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My dog required orthopedic surgery for a bad knee. So far, the surgery seems succesful, hopefully she will continue to improve. I was able to schedule the consultation, surgery, and followup care conveniently and quickly (v. nice as my poor dog was trying to walk on a broken knee!).

Dr. Beale was thorough in discussing the diagnosis and options, and gave me an estimate of cost for various options. Be prepared for a shock at the estimate, surgical care for animals is terribly expensive. I ended up going for it (my dog is very young, and surgery greatly increased her chance of reasonably pain free life) but when I asked about lower cost options neither of the vets made me feel like Cruella DeVille.

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My first experience at Gulf Coast Specialists Internal Medicine was with Dr. Cook and she was great. She explained what we needed to do, how the surgery would go and how well my Irish Setter would be taken care of. Surgery the next day and I talked to Dr. Heald twice and he left a detailed message as well. I felt very comfortable with the care of my very loved pet. On day 3, I had to call for an update, was told how much more my bill would be which was a lot and should have been included in the estimate because he did just have surgery yesterday, didn't get much info from the assistant to the DR who was in charge of care today. Went to visit and my dog's T-shirt was soaked from urine. He looked horrible, miserable & uncomfortable. When my visit was up and the same assistant took my dog, she said "oh, I guess his shirt is dirty, we will get that changed". Well it was there when she brought him in, wouldn't you think she would have noticed? I had to throw a royal fit & call 2 more times to get a DR to talk to me. Finally talked to the Dr in charge of his care and got a long update. Basically we just had to wait for results. Very stressful, my dog is laying in there dieing and the most information I can be given is the additional daily expense. At least my fit made them push for the results faster. It was cancer and I had put my poor precious boy through a biopsy surgery & put in a feeding tube for nothing. He was so weak & miserable, I brought him home & did the right thing, ..may he rest in peace, my loyal companion! He didn't need to go through that. If it looks like it is their time, let them go in peace at home where they are comfortable! If it looked like cancer then just tell me that and don't try to take $5,000 and give me nothing but my pet put through hell. That is my expensive lesson. I can sleep knowing it was cancer but can't sleep knowing I tortured his last week alive.

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My first experience at Gulf Coast Specialists Internal Medicine was with Dr. Cook and she was great. She explained what we needed to do, how the surgery would go and how well my Irish Setter would be taken care of. Surgery the next day and I talked to Dr. Heald twice and he left a detailed message as well. I felt very comfortable with the care of my very loved pet. On day 3, I had to call for an update, was told how much more my bill would be which was a lot and should have been included in the estimate because he did just have surgery yesterday, didn't get much info from the assistant to the DR who was in charge of care today. Went to visit and my dog's T-shirt was soaked from urine. He looked horrible, miserable & uncomfortable. When my visit was up and the same assistant took my dog, she said "oh, I guess his shirt is dirty, we will get that changed". Well it was there when she brought him in, wouldn't you think she would have noticed? I had to throw a royal fit & call 2 more times to get a DR to talk to me. Finally talked to the Dr in charge of his care and got a long update. Basically we just had to wait for results. Very stressful, my dog is laying in there dieing and the most information I can be given is the additional daily expense. At least my fit made them push for the results faster. It was cancer and I had put my poor precious boy through a biopsy surgery & put in a feeding tube for nothing. He was so weak & miserable, I brought him home & did the right thing, ..may he rest in peace, my loyal companion! He didn't need to go through that. If it looks like it is their time, let them go in peace at home where they are comfortable! If it looked like cancer then just tell me that and don't try to take $5,000 and give me nothing but my pet put through hell. That is my expensive lesson. I can sleep knowing it was cancer but can't sleep knowing I tortured his last week alive.

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First off, I want to point out that Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency clinic is NOT Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. They are 2 different services in the same building, and I've dealt with both. The Emergency Clinic was rude, unhelpful, and tried to insist I leave my dog with them after she collapsed without so much as speaking to a Doctor and demanded I leave the building. Needless to say, while I was paying that invoice and getting very upset, one of the staff Doctors from the Surgery department came in to meet one of their clients who'd called for emergency services. I ran into him again upstairs as I was frantically trying to call my Veterinarian to see where else I could go. The kind staff (Intern) Doctor told me the Specialty clinic would be open shortly and I could be seen as an emergency. My Boxer saw Dr. Longshore (the Neurology Specialist) in the next hour, he even did the examination with me in the room so I could see his findings. Unfortunately, she wasn't at all painful during the exam with me there; but as soon as he took her out of the room, I could hear her whimper in the room next door. I was so worried when he said she needed diagnostics; more worried she wouldn't be ok. She had her radiographs under general anesthesia that day; he explained that she was so painful it would be cruel to take them awake, and she may be so uncomfortable she'd resist; decreasing the quality of the images. I was really reassured when I found out all of the Technicians running the anesthesia are RVT's. Dr. Longshore's Technician also explained that he performed all of his own CSF taps including injection of the contrast around the spinal cord. I not only paid for a Veterinary Neurologist, I actually got one! It helped too that dr. Longshore's technician is a big Boxer fan! Turns out my baby didn't need surgery. Even though all of the tests were negative, there was an abnormality in her labs that helped Dr. Longshore rule out Cancer, a disc, and narrow it all down to an infectious disease. A few months after we started treatment, she went into heart failure and we got to meet Dr. McAlister and Dr. Jones in Internal Medicine, Dr. Polf in Radiology who did an echocardiogram on my baby, and the technicians. Unfortunately, 2 days later, I was back with my 2 yr old dog who was in kidney failure. Then I met Dr. Stanley in Internal Medicine who saved her by figuring out she couldn't tolerate a medication she was on for an infection on her feet; since she'd had the melamine tainted food when she was just under a year old. The Doctors are all kind, honest, and most importantly knowledgable and caring in the Specialty Departments. Thanks to all of the wonderful Doctors there, my dogs have had the best care. I was also greatly relieved to learn that, had any of my dogs needed surgery, one of the specialists would have performed it with the possibilty of the interns watching or assisting. I'll confess, the cost on some aspects was higher than I thought, and lower than I thought on others. In the end, I feel I got what I paid for. I know the Doctors were cutting me breaks where they could, because they really cared and knew I cared. I can't lie, It helped too that Dr. Polf, Dr. Jones, and Dr. Stanley are all Boxer fans.

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First off, I want to point out that Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency clinic is NOT Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. They are 2 different services in the same building, and I've dealt with both. The Emergency Clinic was rude, unhelpful, and tried to insist I leave my dog with them after she collapsed without so much as speaking to a Doctor and demanded I leave the building. Needless to say, while I was paying that invoice and getting very upset, one of the staff Doctors from the Surgery department came in to meet one of their clients who'd called for emergency services. I ran into him again upstairs as I was frantically trying to call my Veterinarian to see where else I could go. The kind staff (Intern) Doctor told me the Specialty clinic would be open shortly and I could be seen as an emergency. My Boxer saw Dr. Longshore (the Neurology Specialist) in the next hour, he even did the examination with me in the room so I could see his findings. Unfortunately, she wasn't at all painful during the exam with me there; but as soon as he took her out of the room, I could hear her whimper in the room next door. I was so worried when he said she needed diagnostics; more worried she wouldn't be ok. She had her radiographs under general anesthesia that day; he explained that she was so painful it would be cruel to take them awake, and she may be so uncomfortable she'd resist; decreasing the quality of the images. I was really reassured when I found out all of the Technicians running the anesthesia are RVT's. Dr. Longshore's Technician also explained that he performed all of his own CSF taps including injection of the contrast around the spinal cord. I not only paid for a Veterinary Neurologist, I actually got one! It helped too that dr. Longshore's technician is a big Boxer fan! Turns out my baby didn't need surgery. Even though all of the tests were negative, there was an abnormality in her labs that helped Dr. Longshore rule out Cancer, a disc, and narrow it all down to an infectious disease. A few months after we started treatment, she went into heart failure and we got to meet Dr. McAlister and Dr. Jones in Internal Medicine, Dr. Polf in Radiology who did an echocardiogram on my baby, and the technicians. Unfortunately, 2 days later, I was back with my 2 yr old dog who was in kidney failure. Then I met Dr. Stanley in Internal Medicine who saved her by figuring out she couldn't tolerate a medication she was on for an infection on her feet; since she'd had the melamine tainted food when she was just under a year old. The Doctors are all kind, honest, and most importantly knowledgable and caring in the Specialty Departments. Thanks to all of the wonderful Doctors there, my dogs have had the best care. I was also greatly relieved to learn that, had any of my dogs needed surgery, one of the specialists would have performed it with the possibilty of the interns watching or assisting. I'll confess, the cost on some aspects was higher than I thought, and lower than I thought on others. In the end, I feel I got what I paid for. I know the Doctors were cutting me breaks where they could, because they really cared and knew I cared. I can't lie, It helped too that Dr. Polf, Dr. Jones, and Dr. Stanley are all Boxer fans.

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We are fortunate in Houston to have such great medical facilities, even for our pets. Gulf Coast Vet Specialist is an amazing Veterinary ...well...everything. The do pretty much everything you can think of and many things you could never imagine, all to help your pet live a longer, happier life. My cat broke all 4 bones in his right, back paw. The surgeon and Vet Intern were amazing. The surgeon called me immediately after the surgey to tell me how my kitty was doing. He performed a very specialized surgery that no one else in the city would touch and did a great job! The Vet Intern often did not charge me for my cat's post-op bandage changes because she new I had already paid a lot of money for the surgery. They both always took time to answer all my questions. I suggest trying to work with a younger surgeon. They are still licensed and experienced but have that energetic attitude of wanting to help, versus just accomplishing a job and picking up a pay check. If the younger surgeon has a question during surgery, there are 10 more surgeons down the hall, so your pet is in no danger. Not to mention, to get licensed to perform vet surgery these people go through 8 years of school, 2 years of internship, and 2-3 years of residency. That in itself is amazing!

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We are fortunate in Houston to have such great medical facilities, even for our pets. Gulf Coast Vet Specialist is an amazing Veterinary ...well...everything. The do pretty much everything you can think of and many things you could never imagine, all to help your pet live a longer, happier life. My cat broke all 4 bones in his right, back paw. The surgeon and Vet Intern were amazing. The surgeon called me immediately after the surgey to tell me how my kitty was doing. He performed a very specialized surgery that no one else in the city would touch and did a great job! The Vet Intern often did not charge me for my cat's post-op bandage changes because she new I had already paid a lot of money for the surgery. They both always took time to answer all my questions. I suggest trying to work with a younger surgeon. They are still licensed and experienced but have that energetic attitude of wanting to help, versus just accomplishing a job and picking up a pay check. If the younger surgeon has a question during surgery, there are 10 more surgeons down the hall, so your pet is in no danger. Not to mention, to get licensed to perform vet surgery these people go through 8 years of school, 2 years of internship, and 2-3 years of residency. That in itself is amazing!

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I have been a client of GCVH with 2 of my 3 dogs, I drive from Florida to see Dr. Beale for my 2 dogs allergies and to Dr, Liska for my Brussels hip replacement. I could have ask for nothing more than I received which was world class service. Thanks to the testing that was done before Griff's hip replacement we discovered other problems that we were able to take care of - he is now an 8 year old that runs and plays like a 2 year old. I will be leaving Florida again this Friday to take my 1 yr old Katie Bug (another BG) to have her luxating patella repaired while she is getting her first hip replacement - I wouldn't trust anyone else with this type of surgery. Dr. Liska has been are the forefront of this field and hopefully we will have Katie's 2nd hip replacement done as soon as he feels it is safe to do it. There are always risks, we as humans don't always notice the symptoms our dogs exhibit and often don't keep journals to be able to inform the Vet to the problems. I try but sometimes life gets busy but I have found a lifetime friend and a great vet in Dr's Beale and Liska at GCVH. Enough to make a 3 day drive to see them with my precious babies.

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I have been a client of GCVH with 2 of my 3 dogs, I drive from Florida to see Dr. Beale for my 2 dogs allergies and to Dr, Liska for my Brussels hip replacement. I could have ask for nothing more than I received which was world class service. Thanks to the testing that was done before Griff's hip replacement we discovered other problems that we were able to take care of - he is now an 8 year old that runs and plays like a 2 year old. I will be leaving Florida again this Friday to take my 1 yr old Katie Bug (another BG) to have her luxating patella repaired while she is getting her first hip replacement - I wouldn't trust anyone else with this type of surgery. Dr. Liska has been are the forefront of this field and hopefully we will have Katie's 2nd hip replacement done as soon as he feels it is safe to do it. There are always risks, we as humans don't always notice the symptoms our dogs exhibit and often don't keep journals to be able to inform the Vet to the problems. I try but sometimes life gets busy but I have found a lifetime friend and a great vet in Dr's Beale and Liska at GCVH. Enough to make a 3 day drive to see them with my precious babies.

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The WORSE emergency hospital for any animal. All they want is MONEY and MORE MONEY. They can't provide quality service because the amounts are so high no one can afford to have the right treatments. Many years ago I used this place when my collie was pregnant and I had noticed her bleeding, they didn't even TRY to save any of the puppies. Two days later when she was back home, infection that almost killed her. Parrot, sick took in "oh we can treat him will cost this and this and that and he will be fine" four days later DEAD! I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone. If you want to save your pet you better research places that CARE for the animal and NOT the DOLLAR!

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The WORSE emergency hospital for any animal. All they want is MONEY and MORE MONEY. They can't provide quality service because the amounts are so high no one can afford to have the right treatments. Many years ago I used this place when my collie was pregnant and I had noticed her bleeding, they didn't even TRY to save any of the puppies. Two days later when she was back home, infection that almost killed her. Parrot, sick took in "oh we can treat him will cost this and this and that and he will be fine" four days later DEAD! I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone. If you want to save your pet you better research places that CARE for the animal and NOT the DOLLAR!

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My cat had a ruptured bladder. They operated on her at Gulf Coast, sent her home after two days--even though she wasn't eating as much as she should--and two days later I had to bring her back because she wasn't eating or urinating at all. It turned out her bladder was leaking again. They were ready to charge me another $3000-$4000 dollars before they even bothered to find out if they had made a mistake in the surgery. Not wanting to cause my cat any more unnecessary trauma, I took her to the Veterinary Emergency Referral Group on Katy Freeway instead. They did the surgery immediately, and the surgeon told me they found another hole in the bladder. Later, when it appeared that there still might be leakage, the surgeon at V.E.R.G.I. was willing to go in again without charging me. Luckily, he didn't have to because what had looked like a leak turned out to be just residual liquid from when they had washed out her abdominal cavity. She appeared to be on the mend but was still not eating much. Because I worked long hours and wasn't able to monitor her as much as she needed, I asked them to keep her there until we were sure that she was eating, drinking, and urinating normally. They kept watch on her for a total of SIX days, and the entire bill (including the surgery) from V.E.R.G.I was still slightly less than the bill I paid at Gulf Coast. My impression of Gulf Coast is that it's all about the money. In fact, on the surgical discharge summary that they give you to sign before they bring you your pet, it states in bold print: ??I understand that if further services are required for my pet (even if treatment of the same condition), additional expenses will occur, including recheck examinations, hospitalization, sedation, medication, diagnostic tests, x-rays, and bandage changes.? I think that pretty much sums up their whole attitude.

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My cat had a ruptured bladder. They operated on her at Gulf Coast, sent her home after two days--even though she wasn't eating as much as she should--and two days later I had to bring her back because she wasn't eating or urinating at all. It turned out her bladder was leaking again. They were ready to charge me another $3000-$4000 dollars before they even bothered to find out if they had made a mistake in the surgery. Not wanting to cause my cat any more unnecessary trauma, I took her to the Veterinary Emergency Referral Group on Katy Freeway instead. They did the surgery immediately, and the surgeon told me they found another hole in the bladder. Later, when it appeared that there still might be leakage, the surgeon at V.E.R.G.I. was willing to go in again without charging me. Luckily, he didn't have to because what had looked like a leak turned out to be just residual liquid from when they had washed out her abdominal cavity. She appeared to be on the mend but was still not eating much. Because I worked long hours and wasn't able to monitor her as much as she needed, I asked them to keep her there until we were sure that she was eating, drinking, and urinating normally. They kept watch on her for a total of SIX days, and the entire bill (including the surgery) from V.E.R.G.I was still slightly less than the bill I paid at Gulf Coast. My impression of Gulf Coast is that it's all about the money. In fact, on the surgical discharge summary that they give you to sign before they bring you your pet, it states in bold print: ??I understand that if further services are required for my pet (even if treatment of the same condition), additional expenses will occur, including recheck examinations, hospitalization, sedation, medication, diagnostic tests, x-rays, and bandage changes.? I think that pretty much sums up their whole attitude.

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We have had 3 dogs at GCVS. Dakota was seen by Dr. Longshore(Neurology) great doc. Sabre who was with Dr. Amber Mc Alister(Critical Care) outstanding doctor. And the last one Joey who is now being seen by Dr Janet Carreras(Oncologist)another outstanding,great doctor. If your dogs/cats mean the world to you and you feel like you can't live without them this is the place to take them if they need special care. Gulf Coast has doctors that are extremely educated in everything there is to know about your animal. Each one of these doctors have taken the time to sit down and explain step by step what is going on with your pet. They tell you step by step what they can do for your pet and how much it cost. They are expensive but it is well worth the money. They show such love and compassion for the caring of your pet.Even the staff there is so very friendly.I tell everybody that I meet who has a pet all about Gulf Coast and what a wonderful place it is. I would highly recommend this place. I give it 10 stars. It's the best place out there for your sick pets. One of the doctors even sent flowers to me after I had to put my dog Sabre down. I don't know too many doctors that do that. They treat your pets as if they were their own pets.
Very compassionate and caring people with huge hearts.
Sherry Hardoin
Magnolia,Texas

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We have had 3 dogs at GCVS. Dakota was seen by Dr. Longshore(Neurology) great doc. Sabre who was with Dr. Amber Mc Alister(Critical Care) outstanding doctor. And the last one Joey who is now being seen by Dr Janet Carreras(Oncologist)another outstanding,great doctor. If your dogs/cats mean the world to you and you feel like you can't live without them this is the place to take them if they need special care. Gulf Coast has doctors that are extremely educated in everything there is to know about your animal. Each one of these doctors have taken the time to sit down and explain step by step what is going on with your pet. They tell you step by step what they can do for your pet and how much it cost. They are expensive but it is well worth the money. They show such love and compassion for the caring of your pet.Even the staff there is so very friendly.I tell everybody that I meet who has a pet all about Gulf Coast and what a wonderful place it is. I would highly recommend this place. I give it 10 stars. It's the best place out there for your sick pets. One of the doctors even sent flowers to me after I had to put my dog Sabre down. I don't know too many doctors that do that. They treat your pets as if they were their own pets.
Very compassionate and caring people with huge hearts.
Sherry Hardoin
Magnolia,Texas

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The emergency staff perform unnecessary testing to run up the costs. They play on your emotion and your love for your pet. My advice is to use another emergency care group until your regular vet can take over. I'm not even sure there is a doctor in the emergency room. Lots of "Animal Techs" which is not what I want in a critical emergency and certainly not what they charge you for. They literally will unhook an IV if you are unable to pay their fees immediately. By the way in the State of Texas they cannot hold your pet until you pay them. Write your complaints to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. I have had the same experience with Gulf Coast with 3 different animals. The specialists upstairs are qualified. The ER downstairs is a sad excuse of animal care.

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The emergency staff perform unnecessary testing to run up the costs. They play on your emotion and your love for your pet. My advice is to use another emergency care group until your regular vet can take over. I'm not even sure there is a doctor in the emergency room. Lots of "Animal Techs" which is not what I want in a critical emergency and certainly not what they charge you for. They literally will unhook an IV if you are unable to pay their fees immediately. By the way in the State of Texas they cannot hold your pet until you pay them. Write your complaints to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. I have had the same experience with Gulf Coast with 3 different animals. The specialists upstairs are qualified. The ER downstairs is a sad excuse of animal care.

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My German Shepherd dog, Ike, has a very bad case of hip dysplasia. One hip was all the way loose from the socket and the other hip is only in partially in the socket. The dog was diagnosed at about 7 months of age and went to see GCVS at about 15 months. Dr. Liska performed a total hip replacement surgery on the hip that was all the way out and my dog was walking on it the very next day. He is 3 weeks post op now and although he has about 7 more weeks of recovery ahead of him, he is feeling so good that I have to work hard to keep him down. He wants to run and play and doesn't understand that he can't - that's when the crate is a very handy "safe" place for him. I will/have recommended GCVS to anyone with a pet needing a specialist for major problems. All the people I have met there are very caring, compassionate people. They care about the pet as well as the person's peace of mind. They called me as soon as Ike was out of surgery to give me an update and the next morning to let me know he had a good night. Some say the are expensive but my dog's surgery wasn't any more there than at other places that I checked. My dog will have to have surgery again on the other hip sometime in the not so far future but I can rest at ease that when the time comes, he will be getting the best of care and treated with love and compassion. Thanks GCVS for the wonderful services you perform and the superb job that you do!

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My German Shepherd dog, Ike, has a very bad case of hip dysplasia. One hip was all the way loose from the socket and the other hip is only in partially in the socket. The dog was diagnosed at about 7 months of age and went to see GCVS at about 15 months. Dr. Liska performed a total hip replacement surgery on the hip that was all the way out and my dog was walking on it the very next day. He is 3 weeks post op now and although he has about 7 more weeks of recovery ahead of him, he is feeling so good that I have to work hard to keep him down. He wants to run and play and doesn't understand that he can't - that's when the crate is a very handy "safe" place for him. I will/have recommended GCVS to anyone with a pet needing a specialist for major problems. All the people I have met there are very caring, compassionate people. They care about the pet as well as the person's peace of mind. They called me as soon as Ike was out of surgery to give me an update and the next morning to let me know he had a good night. Some say the are expensive but my dog's surgery wasn't any more there than at other places that I checked. My dog will have to have surgery again on the other hip sometime in the not so far future but I can rest at ease that when the time comes, he will be getting the best of care and treated with love and compassion. Thanks GCVS for the wonderful services you perform and the superb job that you do!

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GCVS is simply the absolute best surgical care center anywhere. Dr. Hottinger is warm and caring and such a skilled surgeon I would let her operate on me. I have had 3 cats treated there (2 for cancer) and I would never take my seriously ill pets anywhere else. For orthopedic injuries, Dr. Liska is the best. I know people whose pets have been in the Oncology dept and they were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. Dr. Fabiani did the radiation therapy on my cat with hyperthyroidism and I couldn't have asked for better care. The vets there know how much pets mean to those of us who go there. If you want cheap care go somewhere else...want state of the art care? Only GCVS offers that and yes, you pay for their skills. The difference between a medical center trauma hospital and a neighborhood clinic...no comparison.

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GCVS is simply the absolute best surgical care center anywhere. Dr. Hottinger is warm and caring and such a skilled surgeon I would let her operate on me. I have had 3 cats treated there (2 for cancer) and I would never take my seriously ill pets anywhere else. For orthopedic injuries, Dr. Liska is the best. I know people whose pets have been in the Oncology dept and they were treated with the utmost kindness and respect. Dr. Fabiani did the radiation therapy on my cat with hyperthyroidism and I couldn't have asked for better care. The vets there know how much pets mean to those of us who go there. If you want cheap care go somewhere else...want state of the art care? Only GCVS offers that and yes, you pay for their skills. The difference between a medical center trauma hospital and a neighborhood clinic...no comparison.

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The female neurologist there is not worthy of being a vet, perhaps a masochist. In today's world you just don't know who you are dealing with from the doctor to the business and staff itself. She was rather rude during our first and last consult... she was twisting my geriatric dog around like a pretzel, at which I told her to stop at which she would then only pull harder on my dog. Since the visit my dog has not ate (2 days), nor went bathroom (#2) and she is barely moving around as if she is in major pain.With today's economy anything is possible and tactics may be many. Stare clear of these businesses; Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists especially. Find a smaller vet who cares about the well-being of the dog versus profits and money making schemes

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The female neurologist there is not worthy of being a vet, perhaps a masochist. In today's world you just don't know who you are dealing with from the doctor to the business and staff itself. She was rather rude during our first and last consult... she was twisting my geriatric dog around like a pretzel, at which I told her to stop at which she would then only pull harder on my dog. Since the visit my dog has not ate (2 days), nor went bathroom (#2) and she is barely moving around as if she is in major pain.With today's economy anything is possible and tactics may be many. Stare clear of these businesses; Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists especially. Find a smaller vet who cares about the well-being of the dog versus profits and money making schemes

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First, you must separate the GC Emergency Clinic from the GC Veterinary Specialists. They are NOT one and the same.
Simply stated, the Gulf Coast Animal Hospital vets saved my cat - twice. He was struck by a car, which resulted in a shattered rear leg. I was able to get him in the same day that our vet referred him, and surgery was performed that afternoon - a rather complicated surgery that our vet was unable to perform, requiring metal rods. A few days later, he developed swelling in his abdomen, above the leg. Our animal ER facility said it was a hernia, and so the next day we took him back to GC. They quickly diagnosed it as a life-threatening situation - fatty necrosis caused by the accident. He was put on antibiotics immediately, and we all cried - even the vet had tears in her eyes. He pulled through, and I can only give credit and deep gratitude to the doctors at Gulf Coast Animal Hospital. Through it all, they were available at all hours, compassionate, and just the very best!

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First, you must separate the GC Emergency Clinic from the GC Veterinary Specialists. They are NOT one and the same.
Simply stated, the Gulf Coast Animal Hospital vets saved my cat - twice. He was struck by a car, which resulted in a shattered rear leg. I was able to get him in the same day that our vet referred him, and surgery was performed that afternoon - a rather complicated surgery that our vet was unable to perform, requiring metal rods. A few days later, he developed swelling in his abdomen, above the leg. Our animal ER facility said it was a hernia, and so the next day we took him back to GC. They quickly diagnosed it as a life-threatening situation - fatty necrosis caused by the accident. He was put on antibiotics immediately, and we all cried - even the vet had tears in her eyes. He pulled through, and I can only give credit and deep gratitude to the doctors at Gulf Coast Animal Hospital. Through it all, they were available at all hours, compassionate, and just the very best!

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I was vey disapointed with the care my pet received at Gulf Coast Emergecy Clinic. The clerks to the Dr were very push for money up front and not very sympathetic. Then when I went to get my pet the next day it was obvious he had not been taken out to urinate. he pulled me outside and urinated for several minutes. The other sections of Gulf Coat are top notch and not associated with the emergency clinic on bottom floor. please take your pet to the 24 hr care facility at I-10 Bingle south side of Iten. then to Gulf Coast.

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I was vey disapointed with the care my pet received at Gulf Coast Emergecy Clinic. The clerks to the Dr were very push for money up front and not very sympathetic. Then when I went to get my pet the next day it was obvious he had not been taken out to urinate. he pulled me outside and urinated for several minutes. The other sections of Gulf Coat are top notch and not associated with the emergency clinic on bottom floor. please take your pet to the 24 hr care facility at I-10 Bingle south side of Iten. then to Gulf Coast.

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This is a great place-- they took amazing care of my dog after he went to the ER and was diagnosed with pancreatitis. They did a great job looking after him-- and there were some scary moments-- but they did an even better job looking after me! We were really scared, but they kept us constantly informed and understanding of what was going on. I highly recommend!

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This is a great place-- they took amazing care of my dog after he went to the ER and was diagnosed with pancreatitis. They did a great job looking after him-- and there were some scary moments-- but they did an even better job looking after me! We were really scared, but they kept us constantly informed and understanding of what was going on. I highly recommend!

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Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists are wonderful. I took my basset hound with cancer in his jaw and they treated him with kindness, compassion and great expertise. They are expensive but it is well worth the money to have my child for a few more good years without pain and suffering Dr. KIng and Gumpel are the best! .

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Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists are wonderful. I took my basset hound with cancer in his jaw and they treated him with kindness, compassion and great expertise. They are expensive but it is well worth the money to have my child for a few more good years without pain and suffering Dr. KIng and Gumpel are the best! .

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The oncology docs at GCVS were attentive, caring, sympathetic and (most of all) extremely knowledgable in their care of our Lab. She kept having problems that our regular vet could not pinpoint the cause of. He referred us to GCVS. Within an hour of having arrived, they pinpointed the issue. They knew who our dog was as we walked in the door - how much of a personalized service is that!?

Though there was nothing we could do because the cancer was in her heart (CANCER SUCKS), they afforded us the opportunity to make the right decision for her and keep her from suffering unnecessarily. We are ever grateful for GCVS for their care and compassion.

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The oncology docs at GCVS were attentive, caring, sympathetic and (most of all) extremely knowledgable in their care of our Lab. She kept having problems that our regular vet could not pinpoint the cause of. He referred us to GCVS. Within an hour of having arrived, they pinpointed the issue. They knew who our dog was as we walked in the door - how much of a personalized service is that!?

Though there was nothing we could do because the cancer was in her heart (CANCER SUCKS), they afforded us the opportunity to make the right decision for her and keep her from suffering unnecessarily. We are ever grateful for GCVS for their care and compassion.

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I flew my Diet controlled diabetic cat all the way from VA to TX Gulf Coast Vet for a Hyper-Thyroid Scan and they fed Dry kibble food against my orders making him have to go back on insulin.

I gave them food to feed my boy... but they fed only 1 can in almost 3 days. For over 5 months I had him in remission and in 2 1/2 days they undid all of my efforts. If this was a human hospital and they fed ring-dings and crispy-cremes to a diabetic, it would be malpractice!! Dr. Fabiani had an unsympathetic and condescending attitude about the mistake. Never called back to even check on him.

I DO NOT recommend the Diagnostic Imaging Practice of Gulf Coast Vet. If they can't follow simply feeding requirements for a diabetic...what other harm might they cause?

I am hopeful with the help of YourDiabeticCat.com, that I will get him off insulin into remission again.

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I flew my Diet controlled diabetic cat all the way from VA to TX Gulf Coast Vet for a Hyper-Thyroid Scan and they fed Dry kibble food against my orders making him have to go back on insulin.

I gave them food to feed my boy... but they fed only 1 can in almost 3 days. For over 5 months I had him in remission and in 2 1/2 days they undid all of my efforts. If this was a human hospital and they fed ring-dings and crispy-cremes to a diabetic, it would be malpractice!! Dr. Fabiani had an unsympathetic and condescending attitude about the mistake. Never called back to even check on him.

I DO NOT recommend the Diagnostic Imaging Practice of Gulf Coast Vet. If they can't follow simply feeding requirements for a diabetic...what other harm might they cause?

I am hopeful with the help of YourDiabeticCat.com, that I will get him off insulin into remission again.

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We took our cat to see one of the oncologists here, and they were kind and compassionate. They helped us with palliative care for our cat. We called and bugged them a lot but they were very patient with us which was nice during our difficult time. It must be hard being a veterinary oncologist, but they do a great job and I'm very thankful for them.

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We took our cat to see one of the oncologists here, and they were kind and compassionate. They helped us with palliative care for our cat. We called and bugged them a lot but they were very patient with us which was nice during our difficult time. It must be hard being a veterinary oncologist, but they do a great job and I'm very thankful for them.

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Gulf Coast is an emergency pet hospital open 24 hours. Their specialists are knowledgeable and treat the pets with love. Whether you go after hours or your vet refers you to them, your pet will receive state of the art medical treatment.

Cons: Expensive
Pros: Your pet is worth it!

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Gulf Coast is an emergency pet hospital open 24 hours. Their specialists are knowledgeable and treat the pets with love. Whether you go after hours or your vet refers you to them, your pet will receive state of the art medical treatment.

Cons: Expensive
Pros: Your pet is worth it!

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This facility is a specialist veterinary clinic that handles everything from pet surgery to neurology. They do everything major that your vet can't. My vet referred me here when my overactive puppy broke his leg. By no means is the care inexpensive but you are working with the top specialists out there. Also, they let you know how much you'll pay BEFORE treatment. My pet recovered in no time and I am simply amazed what they've done.

It's a little hard to get too but worth the trouble if you need their help. Hopefully, you won't but it's nice to know they are there.

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This facility is a specialist veterinary clinic that handles everything from pet surgery to neurology. They do everything major that your vet can't. My vet referred me here when my overactive puppy broke his leg. By no means is the care inexpensive but you are working with the top specialists out there. Also, they let you know how much you'll pay BEFORE treatment. My pet recovered in no time and I am simply amazed what they've done.

It's a little hard to get too but worth the trouble if you need their help. Hopefully, you won't but it's nice to know they are there.

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Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists provides the highest quality care for your pets. We offer 24-hour patient care and a support staff of experienced and devoted veterinary technicians.