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    Preferably in NW OKC? I would like a dependable fairly priced vet in the NW metro area if possible. Would like a second opinion on issue/s im having with current pup and my vet told me this afternoon hes all out of ideas.

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    Preferably in NW OKC? I would like a dependable fairly priced vet in the NW metro area if possible. Would like a second opinion on issue/s im having with current pup and my vet told me this afternoon hes all out of ideas.
    Achilles, do you mind saying what sort of trouble your dog is having? The reason I ask is because one of my dogs has had a "mystery" medical condition that took me four vets before we found someone who knew what to do.

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    Achilles, do you mind saying what sort of trouble your dog is having? The reason I ask is because one of my dogs has had a "mystery" medical condition that took me four vets before we found someone who knew what to do.
    My dog is an approx 6 yr old black cocker mix that up until last march has been rather healthy. In march i did notice he had lost a small bit of weight and attributed it to there being a new dog in the house and up until then "scout" has been the center of attention and didnt care for the other dog personality wise. In april i took him to the vet and he examined him{no blood work} and said it was due to the new dog and "eating habits".
    By May he had last more weight and they did a basic CBC will all results being normal.
    But thru August he contined to lost weight...
    So another trip to the vet and she decided to do a thyroid test which came out hypothyroid which means he wasnt producing enough hormone. They immediately put him on the smallest dose and in a month he gained about 1 lb.
    Then in late oct/nov i noticed more weight loss with his appetite being appox the same{picky eater or less}The Dr then doubled his thyroid meds and suggestion we do a tick panel test.
    It came back positive for Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever. His lymph nodes in his jaw were very prounounced and they gave him 20 days of antibiodics{dyxocycline}.
    Took him back last week for a check up and he said he would like to give him a break from the meds{both kinds}to see if he would gain weight. Well a week later he lost a few ounces but his lymph nodes have shrunken in size dramatically{altho still not norm} size.
    They kept him today and tried with no luck to get him to eat anything other then boiled chicken.
    Upon pickig him up they told me that they were refering to a specialist as they have done everything they can at this point. The specialist deals with lotsa cancer cases and as you can imagine is quite expensive.
    They did however give him 30 days of steroids{pred}to increase his appetite and when he did get home he ate quite a bit. But what was baffling was they didnt renew his script for thyroid meds as i was under the assumption he would have to take thyroid pills for life.
    Tomorrow i will be confronting the vet about this as well as picking up copies of all his medical records to give to his next vet.

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    sorry about your dog situation. hope all is well soon.

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    We have been going to Putnam City Animal Clinic, at 122nd and Rockwell for years. Both Drs are great and the staff is too. Very caring, dedicated office.

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    I take my dogs to Nichols Hills Veterinary on N Western... they are some pretty good Vets and staff.

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    It's not NW OKC, but Dr. Richard Mauldin with Hillcrest Animal Clinic at ~57th and S. Pennsylvania is a phenomenal veterinarian.

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    We have used Wedgewood Pet Clinic on NW Expressway (near 63rd) for 17 years over two generations of dogs. We love Dr. Heinz and Dr. Benham (who can't stay retired).

    Very caring and will spend alot of time with you to help you understand what is happening and how to care for your animals. We just got our Miniature Schnauzer home yesterday after bladder stone surgery and were extremely impressed with the care he received and how they kept us informed on our dog's progress throughout the day.

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    I take my dog to West Yukon Animal Clinic in Yukon. I know this is not NW OKC, but these two vets are good with both large and small animals. They do vet work for Express Ranches, which are high dollar Limosuine and Angus cattle. I've had my dog there for 5 years and they are excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilleslastand View Post
    My dog is an approx 6 yr old black cocker mix that up until last march has been rather healthy. In march i did notice he had lost a small bit of weight and attributed it to there being a new dog in the house and up until then "scout" has been the center of attention and didnt care for the other dog personality wise. In april i took him to the vet and he examined him{no blood work} and said it was due to the new dog and "eating habits".
    By May he had last more weight and they did a basic CBC will all results being normal.
    But thru August he contined to lost weight...
    So another trip to the vet and she decided to do a thyroid test which came out hypothyroid which means he wasnt producing enough hormone. They immediately put him on the smallest dose and in a month he gained about 1 lb.
    Then in late oct/nov i noticed more weight loss with his appetite being appox the same{picky eater or less}The Dr then doubled his thyroid meds and suggestion we do a tick panel test.
    It came back positive for Rocky Mtn Spotted Fever. His lymph nodes in his jaw were very prounounced and they gave him 20 days of antibiodics{dyxocycline}.
    Took him back last week for a check up and he said he would like to give him a break from the meds{both kinds}to see if he would gain weight. Well a week later he lost a few ounces but his lymph nodes have shrunken in size dramatically{altho still not norm} size.
    They kept him today and tried with no luck to get him to eat anything other then boiled chicken.
    Upon pickig him up they told me that they were refering to a specialist as they have done everything they can at this point. The specialist deals with lotsa cancer cases and as you can imagine is quite expensive.
    They did however give him 30 days of steroids{pred}to increase his appetite and when he did get home he ate quite a bit. But what was baffling was they didnt renew his script for thyroid meds as i was under the assumption he would have to take thyroid pills for life.
    Tomorrow i will be confronting the vet about this as well as picking up copies of all his medical records to give to his next vet.
    Hmm. I'm wondering if he sent you to Dr. Holland up on Britain and Robinson? She's a marvel and is an internist, which is what it sounds like you need. All specialists are expensive but I don't think she is particularly out of line and for the money, you get a lot. If he didn't send you to her, I'd ask for a recommendation and get there asap. I'm betting you wouldn't regret it.

    My girl also tested positive for RMSF in the course of her illness and that threw off treating her for a long time because they tend to go with antibiotics and, in her case, that didn't help. In her case, turned out she had an auto immune problem that attacked her eyes and she went blind - three times. Awful. The eye specialist got the vision back but couldn't control the auto immune problem so she kept relapsing. I was spending a fortune, monthly, constantly going to the vet, worrying about my girl, trying this, trying that (at the vet's direction) floundering around trying to get my girl some help and draining my bank account. So frustrating, frightening and grief inspiring. He finally said he couldn't figure out how to keep her from relapsing and sent us to Dr. Holland. She knew just what to do and life has been so much better, since then. It is a lot like everything - get someone who knows how to handle a specific problem and you'll save time and money and grief. She's fantastic.

    I assume your primary vet was doing lab work and a Free-T test to check the thyroid function?

    Another thought is to take your pup up to OSU veterinary hospital for a consult. They were extremely reasonable when we took our Pearly up there in our quest to figure out what was wrong.

    But, seriously, get yourself to a specialist - Holland would be my full throated, enthusiastic recommendation - and try to get to the bottom of it. We took my Pearly to two specialists and one gave up on her and sent her to the second. He is still treating part of her problem but had the good sense to realize there was something going on out of his area and sent us to Holland. An internist has tricks up their sleeves far, far, far beyond what a primary vet does and with all that is going on with your hound, I'd say get him to one. Good luck. That the lymph glands shrunk sounds good. From what you are telling me, they've done a bunch of tests and having been down that route, know they are pricey. You obviously are a very, very good dog owner and have taken the time and expense to do absolutely the best for your pup.

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    Harvest Hills on NW Expressway (just west of Council) was great with my dog. We kept taking her there even after moving farther away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyQuilts View Post
    Hmm. I'm wondering if he sent you to Dr. Holland up on Britain and Robinson? She's a marvel and is an internist, which is what it sounds like you need. All specialists are expensive but I don't think she is particularly out of line and for the money, you get a lot. If he didn't send you to her, I ask for a recommendation and get there asap. I'm betting you wouldn't regret it.

    My girl also tested positive for RMSF in the course of her illness and that threw off treating her for a long time because they tend to go with antibiotics and, in her case, that didn't help. In her case, turned out she had an auto immune problem that attacked her eyes and she went blind - three times. Awful. The eye specialist got the vision back but couldn't control the auto immune problem so she kept relapsing. I was spending a fortune, monthly, constantly going to the vet, worrying about my girl, trying this, trying that (at the vet's direction) floundering around trying to get my girl some help and draining my bank account. So frustrating, frightening and grief inspiring. He finally said he couldn't figure out how to keep her from relapsing and sent us to Dr. Holland. She knew just what to do and life has been so much better, since then. It is a lot like everything - get someone who knows how to handle a specific problem and you'll save time and money and grief. She's fantastic.

    I assume your primary vet was doing lab work and a Free-T test to check the thyroid function?

    Another thought is to take your pup up to OSU veterinary hospital for a consult. They were extremely reasonable when we took our Pearly up there in our quest to figure out what was wrong.

    But, seriously, get yourself to a specialist - Holland would be my full throated, enthusiastic recommendation - and try to get to the bottom of it. We took my Pearly to two specialists and one gave up on her and sent her to the second. He is still treating part of her problem but had the good sense to realize there was something going on out of his area and sent us to Holland. An internist has tricks up their sleeves far, far, far beyond what a primary vet does and with all that is going on with your hound, I'd say get him to one. Good luck. That the lymph glands shrunk sounds good. From what you are telling me, they've done a bunch of tests and having been down that route, know they are pricey. You obviously are a very, very good dog owner and have taken the time and expense to do absolutely the best for your pup.
    Yes he did refer me to Dr Holland but she cannot get him in until the first week of January. Ill have to do some more checking around as i wanted an answer/diagnoses before then. OSU is another option as ive heard nothing but good things about them.

    The regular vet is supposed to recheck his thyroid level today or tomorrow and go from there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyQuilts View Post
    Hmm. I'm wondering if he sent you to Dr. Holland up on Britain and Robinson? She's a marvel and is an internist, which is what it sounds like you need. All specialists are expensive but I don't think she is particularly out of line and for the money, you get a lot. If he didn't send you to her, I ask for a recommendation and get there asap. I'm betting you wouldn't regret it.
    I'll second this recommendation of Dr. Holland. She was an absolute wonder with our 16-year-old Himalayan and detected that the problem was high blood pressure -- which is, apparently, rather common for geriatric cats but not widely recognized by general-practice vets. She prescribed a compounded medication that gave Miss Cheevis an additional year of comfortable life.

    For general practice, I've used Portland Veterinary Hospital for more than 30 years. Dr. Nida is a very caring person, always takes time to discuss matters with us, and doesn't hesitate to refer problems he doesn't understand to specialists who might be able to help. It's at NW 50 and Portland, next door to the Shamrock station on the SE corner, and is open M-F but not on Saturdays.

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    Yes he did refer me to Dr Holland but she cannot get him in until the first week of January. Ill have to do some more checking around as i wanted an answer/diagnoses before then. OSU is another option as ive heard nothing but good things about them.

    The regular vet is supposed to recheck his thyroid level today or tomorrow and go from there.
    Betcha Holland gets an opening and fits you in. They did that for me and I got in within a few days instead of several weeks the way I feared. Further, because of the nature of her practice and the meds so many dogs are on, they schedule dogs in for regular labwork, which ties up scheduling time. But people regularly have cancellations so openings appear and they slide you in. I would seriously stick with her. Good luck with your pup and keep us in the loop? Tell 'em Penny, the Samoyed lady, says they are the best. I don't carry any weight but I'd like them to know that I think they are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyQuilts View Post
    Betcha Holland gets an opening and fits you in. They did that for me and I got in within a few days instead of several weeks the way I feared. Further, because of the nature of her practice and the meds so many dogs are on, they schedule dogs in for regular labwork, which ties up scheduling time. But people regularly have cancellations so openings appear and they slide you in. I would seriously stick with her. Good luck with your pup and keep us in the loop? Tell 'em Penny, the Samoyed lady, says they are the best. I don't carry any weight but I'd like them to know that I think they are great.
    Thank you!
    Hes going to the regular vet tomorrow to get his thyroid rechecked and i will call Dr Holland to see if there is any way possible to get me in sooner then in four weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Kyle View Post
    I'll second this recommendation of Dr. Holland. She was an absolute wonder with our 16-year-old Himalayan and detected that the problem was high blood pressure -- which is, apparently, rather common for geriatric cats but not widely recognized by general-practice vets. She prescribed a compounded medication that gave Miss Cheevis an additional year of comfortable life.

    For general practice, I've used Portland Veterinary Hospital for more than 30 years. Dr. Nida is a very caring person, always takes time to discuss matters with us, and doesn't hesitate to refer problems he doesn't understand to specialists who might be able to help. It's at NW 50 and Portland, next door to the Shamrock station on the SE corner, and is open M-F but not on Saturdays.
    I've heard good things about Portland.

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    Hmm. I'm wondering if he sent you to Dr. Holland up on Britain and Robinson? She's a marvel and is an internist, which is what it sounds like you need. All specialists are expensive but I don't think she is particularly out of line and for the money, you get a lot. If he didn't send you to her, I'd ask for a recommendation and get there asap. I'm betting you wouldn't regret it.

    My girl also tested positive for RMSF in the course of her illness and that threw off treating her for a long time because they tend to go with antibiotics and, in her case, that didn't help. In her case, turned out she had an auto immune problem that attacked her eyes and she went blind - three times. Awful. The eye specialist got the vision back but couldn't control the auto immune problem so she kept relapsing. I was spending a fortune, monthly, constantly going to the vet, worrying about my girl, trying this, trying that (at the vet's direction) floundering around trying to get my girl some help and draining my bank account. So frustrating, frightening and grief inspiring. He finally said he couldn't figure out how to keep her from relapsing and sent us to Dr. Holland. She knew just what to do and life has been so much better, since then. It is a lot like everything - get someone who knows how to handle a specific problem and you'll save time and money and grief. She's fantastic.

    I assume your primary vet was doing lab work and a Free-T test to check the thyroid function?

    Another thought is to take your pup up to OSU veterinary hospital for a consult. They were extremely reasonable when we took our Pearly up there in our quest to figure out what was wrong.

    But, seriously, get yourself to a specialist - Holland would be my full throated, enthusiastic recommendation - and try to get to the bottom of it. We took my Pearly to two specialists and one gave up on her and sent her to the second. He is still treating part of her problem but had the good sense to realize there was something going on out of his area and sent us to Holland. An internist has tricks up their sleeves far, far, far beyond what a primary vet does and with all that is going on with your hound, I'd say get him to one. Good luck. That the lymph glands shrunk sounds good. From what you are telling me, they've done a bunch of tests and having been down that route, know they are pricey. You obviously are a very, very good dog owner and have taken the time and expense to do absolutely the best for your pup.
    Took one or our boys to Mollyann Holland a while back for an ultrasound. Good people there.
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    North Penn Veterinary Hospital

    Whe have been going here since I can remember. The vets are the nicest people in the world and they will treat your animals like their own.

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    Pet medical Center of Edmond. One block west ok Kelly on 15th, north side of the road. Dr.'s Hufnagel and Pribble. The best I have ever been to. Customer service and care for your pet is unmatched!!!

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    Achilles, I was wondering how your hound is doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PennyQuilts View Post
    Achilles, I was wondering how your hound is doing?
    Thank you for asking...
    In the past week/2 weeks hes gained close to a pound and seems to be acting fine. He is running ,playing as well as chasing the mailtruck with a renewed sense of vim and vigor.
    Its appears hes on the mend so im going to put off him seeing the specialist for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjohnson.405 View Post
    We have used Wedgewood Pet Clinic on NW Expressway (near 63rd) for 17 years over two generations of dogs. We love Dr. Heinz and Dr. Benham (who can't stay retired).

    Very caring and will spend alot of time with you to help you understand what is happening and how to care for your animals. We just got our Miniature Schnauzer home yesterday after bladder stone surgery and were extremely impressed with the care he received and how they kept us informed on our dog's progress throughout the day.

    We take our Halo to Wedgewood Pet Clinic too. They are the best.

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    I know this is an old thread - but I wanted to provide a related experience.

    Our long-haired Chihuahua was attacked last night by two larger off leash dogs. It was after-hours so we had to go to a vet hospital. We went to Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital at 1800 West Memorial Rd.

    A really bad experience. They tried every bully tactic in the book to get us to agree to a $1,000 24-hour stay to monitor the dog's condition and prepare him for a $3,000 surgery. Feeling we had no other option we left our dog until 8am this morning. We then returned and checked him out 12-hours early. Even with him only being there 12-hours, the bill was close to $700.

    We took him to our regular vet at Southside Dog Bird and Cat Clinic and they said he could have gone home with us (with an IV bag and meds) and did not need surgery. They agreed the dog had broken and separated ribs, an internal hole that was leaking air under the skin and other minor issues. They said it can sound scary (as the other vet had done), but that in most cases those types of injuries will heal up just fine on their own. They didn't try and do additional x-rays or blood work and only charged us $77 and a $4 prescription with orders to return in a few days. The Southside clinic is certainly more 'ghetto' but we've always been very happy - the staff is great and the vets are really caring. Plus, they've never tried to get us to buy unnecessary procedures. In fact, they've seen our pets for free on a few occasions.

    They did advise to use Neel Vet Clinic for any after hours care. We used them once before in the past and were very happy, but they were further away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjohnson.405 View Post
    We have used Wedgewood Pet Clinic on NW Expressway (near 63rd) for 17 years over two generations of dogs. We love Dr. Heinz and Dr. Benham (who can't stay retired).

    Very caring and will spend alot of time with you to help you understand what is happening and how to care for your animals. We just got our Miniature Schnauzer home yesterday after bladder stone surgery and were extremely impressed with the care he received and how they kept us informed on our dog's progress throughout the day.
    +1

    Couldn't agree more. I went through a lot of vets before these guys. Very compassionate and IMO extremely honest.

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    Couldn't agree more. I went through a lot of vets before these guys. Very compassionate and IMO extremely honest.
    Wedgewood Pet Clinic - Veterinarian In Oklahoma City, OK USA :: Home

    Just wanted to add the link. We went there this week, and Dr Heintz took care of Halo He is great with the dogs. I would highly recommend them.

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