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Reviewed by: Budd on 13/08/2014
Our rabbit was developing cataract. The lady ophthalmologist was distant, cold and unsympathetic. Luckily we found out about Southampton Vet Hospital where the rabbit was operated. She is now back to normal having regained her sight and confidence.
Rabbit cataract surgery is rarely recommended due to the high complication rates with the surgery plus the risk issues subjecting rabbits to general anaesthesia. Most rabbits are absolutely fine as long as they are safe and secure. This was explained during the consultation and it was assumed that the client was happy with that. Some ophthalmologists refuse to accept rabbits as referral patients at all but perhaps the client viewed the recommendation not to proceed to surgery as 'unsympathetic'. A thorough ophthalmic examination was performed and the findings discussed. In view of the high complication rates which can occur in rabbits with both anaesthesia and surgery, together with the fact that the vast majority adjust to their blindness to lead near-normal lives it was considered in the patient's best interests to wait and monitor. However, we are pleased to hear that another ophthalmologist was able to operate and the the surgery has been successful but his would not alter our original finding.
Reviewed by: Pet owners friend on 21/07/2014
Thank you so much for the complete help and support I received when my cat needed emergency help. From the person who answered the phone to the very suitable receptionist to the very informative and sympathetic vet this experience of my having to say goodbye to my loved pet could not have been improved on. My grateful thanks to you all.
Reviewed by: J.Hobbs on 09/07/2014
My 17 week old Springer Spaniel puppy was suddenly very sick this week. She went from being completely normal to vomiting non stop within seconds and was unable to move at all. Having read about parvovirus and the dangers in puppies I was naturally pretty concerned about the welfare of our dog. After a couple of hours she still hadn't stopped vomiting so I called Lion Stone and spoke directly to the out of hours Vet. He was extremely helpful over the phone and suggested a few tests to look out for dehydration and that I should bring her down for an examination.
When I arrived, the place was clean and the staff friendly. In fact our little pet decided to shoot diarrhoea over me, the floor and up walls of the reception area!! It was immediately cleaned thoroughly and no fuss made.
I found both the vet and the nurse took great care of the dog and the examination was in no way rushed. In fact they both seemed to "go the extra mile" to ensure the diagnosis was correct and given the age of the puppy the care given was fantastic. In fact the vet recommended we take her home rather chase the extra £ and keep her in over night as he would expect her to be much better by the morning. I was even chased down the road by the vet while driving away to ensure I didn't give her the antibiotics that evening!!
Thankfully she made a full recovery by morning and I'm extremely grateful for the service and the cost was not out of this world considering it being emergency.
Well done guys I now have a healthy dog and 3 happy daughters!
Reviewed by: Mackay_S on 29/05/2014
My poor cat Hugo was hit by a car a few years ago and Goddard vets sent him to the Stone Lion Hospital where he ended up staying for 3.5 weeks as he was so poorly. It was touch and go a few times but each time he pulled through. I will be eternally gratefully for the care they gave to my cat and for how they also treated me letting me visit him whenever I wanted to.
It was an expensive episode but he's worth every penny! Thanks again for putting him back together.
Reviewed by: Luke Fisher on 16/05/2014
My cat had a broken tail and although it was a serious case the vet on call had no idea how to deal with the problem so they just strongly suggested putting my cat to sleep or getting a pet taxi over to the Royal Veterinary College in Potters bar the other side of London. They just gave me the impression that there was no hope for my cat but on subsequently reading up more I found that there was a 50% chance of full recovery.
So after a lot of pressure to put her out of her misery I reluctantly agreed to have her euthanised. I regret this and I believe you should give your pet every chance to live and I think the vet on call was just trying to save face in just getting her put down because the condition was beyond her expertise.
When they put my cat down it was unsuccessful and and not without pain- they resorted to sticking two needles in her liver to end her life- again another example of the amateurism of this vet on call.
After all this I got a bill for £400 pounds and after paying the vet did not even bother to see me out of the building.
This cat was examined by one of our experienced emergency and critical care vets who found that she had sadly suffered a very serious injury in which the base of the tail had been pulled away from the pelvis. Both her examination and x-ray revealed that the extent of the injury was so severe that there was no reasonable prospect that the cat would recover sufficiently to enjoy a good quality of life. In much less severe cases it is possible for nerve damage to be reversed but the advice in this case to euthanaise was the kindest one given the nature of her injury which was not of the type where recovery could be hoped for. We are quite experienced at treating so-called tail-pull injuries, particularly given our in-house specialist in neurology so I know that had there been any reasonable prospect of recovery, this would have been the option recommended. Losing a loved pet is never easy, particularly in traumatic circumstances and I am sympathetic to this owners anguish.
Reviewed by: Philippa on 01/05/2014
My own vet does not have an out-of-hours service, so when my cat was hit by a car and needed to be examined urgently, I brought him here. The vet saw us almost immediately, despite being very busy. She was thorough, efficient and reassuring. Luckily, Wiggins was mostly unharmed (that is one of his nine lives gone, and we have had stern words about road safety). He is now recuperating well at home; I think it is fair to say that I found the whole experience more traumatic than him but I am incredibly grateful to the vet here.
Reviewed by: Lisa on 17/01/2014
Our young (only 4 yrs) Labrabrador Dog, George was unfortunately taken very ill on Christmas day. He remained with Goddards in Wimbledon Village for 4 nights. They were sleepness nights for us but the night staff called us early every morning to give us a progress report. We were always encouraged to call them if we were worried and never made to feel a nuisance when we did. We believe that the high level of care and knowledge about our dogs condition saved his life. We are so very grateful. Thank you so much Stonelion vets!
Reviewed by: Clive on 22/12/2013
Every member of staff we met or spoke with on the phone was professional, friendly and showed real empathy and kindness towards us and our dog Polly. The facilities are excellent, the staff skilled and experienced and Polly was very well looked after. We were kept informed of her progress on a regular basis, so we were never left wondering how she was getting on. The signs are good for her full recovery, despite her 13.5 years. The surgery was done with minimum possible invasion and the incision neat and extremely well closed. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Goddard Veterinary Group and in particular I would like to thanks the vets and staff at Ham and Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon. It is a pleasure to be writing such a review because it is rare to find such excellence in any business. What was a very stressful and worrying occurrence was alleviated by the thorough professionalism, honesty, patience and professionalism we encountered. Well done. We are very grateful.
Reviewed by: Patricia Bartlett on 30/10/2013
I had an emergency when I cat of mine was attacked and rushed him into the hospital where he spent 3 nights...all the staff were hugely helpful and very friendly indeed
Reviewed by: Fiona on 22/09/2013
Stonelion looked after my cat Fluffy recently when she was very poorly and we were on holiday and felt completely useless. The care, compassion and professionalism them showed was superb.
It was the most awful time (i saw writing this in tears) and we lost our lovely cat however they were just great and helped us every step of the way.
I cannot thank them enough for there kindness xx
Reviewed by: Yvonne Tracey on 19/08/2013
The Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon took great care of my cat, Rosie, and if I had not taken her to this vet in particular, I don't think she would have come through after being savaged by two dogs.
The care and attention they showed her helped here through a traumatic time and the kindness they showed also helped me.
Would recommend these vets to anyone. -- Yvonne Tracey
Reviewed by: Philippa Gibson on 15/07/2013
The Stone Lion have taken very good care of my pets and are very welcoming to clients. They have also been so kind and supportive to me at times of bereavement. This is over and above the call of duty and is very much valued.
Reviewed by: greycat2 on 15/07/2013