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12117 Manchaca RdAustin, TX 78748
From Business: If you live in South Austin, Manchaca, San Leanna or Buda, Manchaca Village Veterinary Care is your full-service, neighborhood veterinarian. Manchaca Village Veteri…
From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
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The only other name that would better suit this vet would be "PERFECT VET". I love this place!!! Everyone there is so caring & helpful. I had my dog Chuy for almost 5 years when he suddenly went paralyzed in his back legs. I was devastated!! A friend of mine recommended BEST VET, I took him there immediately. They did everything they could for Chuy (&me). Despite all their efforts Chuy did not get better & the only other thing they could do would be a surgery that may or (more then likely) may not work. I finally had to make a horrible decision....I had to let my little Chuy go to a better place...he had completely lost control of his bowels & was not eating or drinking. I was a mess!! I cried & cried and they were so supportive and made me feel as comfortable as I could with the whole situation, they took me into a room with Chuy so other pet owners could not see me, they gave me time to say my good byes, they hugged my dog & told him he would be ok. THE WHOLE STAFF CARED!! they called & checked on me, they sent a sympathy card, they were just awesome!! Now I have a new doggie, Daisy. She is beautiful & loving. I also brought her to Dr Bob to have her shots and her spay. Again, they loved her! They gave her hugs, they pet her & made her feel comfy when we got there. Her spay was amazing....I can barely see the incision, she is happy and ready to go play!!! Just as if she had not even had a surgery!! I will never go to another vet!! They are honest, straight forward, great prices, & act like real people that love animals!! No corporate B.S.!!! Thank you BEST VET!!! You are PERFECT in my book!!!!
In response to Mr. Storm Illouno (aka. STORMDAX) previous review I can assure you what he is saying is completely false, having heard accounts of what actually happened. He claims that the clinic tries to get every dollar that they can out of you with padded charges for disposing of every needle, when in actuality there is a very small one time disposal fee for the entire visit, similar to what many clinics also practice. Also notice he does not elaborate on his claim that medications are outrageous. Concerning his claim of so called scare tactics used on him twice to perform what he calls an "unethical and dangerous" procedure in a Caesarian section on his dog. As I was informed it was his choice to proceed with the C-Section after being offered the option by the doctors to bring his dog into the clinic to assist with delivery of her puppies. If Mr. Illouno felt so strongly why did he come back on more than one occasion if he felt he was being taken advantage of? Especially if he felt the procedure was unethical and dangerous, as he called it. Mr. Storm Illouno is incorrect in his claims about this clinic and is simply lashing out as a result of being fired as a client after having accrued thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills for elective procedures. After reading this I can only hope that people take what they read on the Internet with a grain of salt and understand that not everything they read is true. This is clearly an example of a disgruntled former client who is trying to exact some sort of revenge on the clinic he was fired from.
There is not enough good that I can say about Brykerwood Veterinary Clinic and it 's staff. A couple of years ago, my sweet boy became very ill, and I had gone to Dr. Biehle as a strong recommendation to me by my family.. It's funny, but after Dr. Biehle had told me that he would find out what was wrong with my little guy, and will take care of him, I was completely at ease. I had another close call a few months back, and this time my little buddy was extremely sick, and we were told that it was possible that he would not make it through the night. Dr. Biehle did say that they would do everything that they could, and I have to say that he, as well as Drs. Moore, Whitworth, and Healy put everything they had taking care of my sweetheart. Through tests, they were unable to pinpoint the problem, and due to this, they continued to do manual research on this case. My dog had stayed 4 - 5 nights, and every morning I would receive a phone call from one of the doctors with a happy report, and was encouraged to come by and spend time with my little guy each evening. I loved this! He is now a happy, energetic, playful puppy!!! If you have ANY doubts about this clinic, please give them a shot!! I have had nothing but positive experiences with the Vets, desk staff, and technicians. When it comes to your pets health, don't sweat the small stuff. I haven't had issues in these areas, but I will say that sometimes it does get a little backed up in the lobby. This to me a a good sign, and shows that Brykerwood is in high demand! Good luck with your search!
Choosing the right vet for your pet can be tough. After all, your furry friend can't tell you how he or she feels about the doctor. Even though you're not the one treated by the vet, whoever your animal sees is obviously your decision. Since many veterinary diseases and injuries can turn into emergencies very quickly, it's important to have a go-to vet. This way, you can ensure you'll know whom to see when your animal needs care.
Speak to your friends and family about vets who've treated their pets. You can even talk to your groomer or an animal shelter worker for referrals. When you visit the clinics you've been referred to, check that the facility is clean, animals are separated and the staff is calm and courteous. Not all clinics are American Animal Hospital Association accredited. This accreditation isn't a legal necessity, though a clinic that's AAHA-accredited is guaranteed to offer high-quality medical care. To receive accreditation, the clinic has to meet the AAHA's standards in the areas of facility, equipment and quality care.
If you're looking for a specialist, you want to make sure he or she is board-certified to practice in that specific area of animal medicine. You'll want to make sure your vet is also convenient to visit, so there are factors to take into account.
The type of animal you own should play a part in which vet you choose as well. While your options are vast if you have a dog or cat, you may have to visit an avian clinic for your bird or an exotics clinic for your snake.
Just as there are many types of doctors, there are many types of vets. Some focus on livestock or house pets, while others may specialize in dentistry or surgery. They may work in a veterinary clinic or zoo, working specifically with the animals housed there, or travel to farms to work with livestock. Since horse racing and other equestrian activities are so popular, some vets are trained to work just with horses.
Diseases, like malaria and yellow fever are also transmitted through animals. Some vets have insight to diseases that affect both humans and animals. Vets have contributed to the treatment and cure of many diseases that plagued both humans and their furry friends.
Government agencies employ veterinarians as well. When an animal comes from a foreign land, these vets quarantine them and check for any diseases that may be present in an effort to control new diseases that can be brought into the country. Other Specific types of vets include:
A vet assistant works alongside the veterinarian and helps out around the clinic. In some cases, they may assist vets in surgery or restrain struggling animals during tests or lab work. The everyday duties of a veterinary assistant include; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery, keeping medical records, cleaning animals' teeth, feeding and bathing them, cleaning cages, sterilizing surgical equipment, giving animals medication, collecting samples for testing and performing laboratory tests, and offering grief counseling to pet owners.
It's a good idea to bring your pet to the vet regularly. This way, he or she becomes familiar and comfortable with the care providers, and you can stay on top of your pet's preventative care. If the animal is small enough, bring it to the office in a carrier. Just as you visit the doctor for a yearly check up, you should bring in your pet for regular check ups as well. During a routine veterinary visit, the vet will probably begin by asking you if there have been any changes in your pet's behavior or habits.
The vet will then take your pet's vitals, like weight, temperature, pulse and respiration rate, and perform a physical examination of the pet. During a physical exam, the vet checks the abdomen for swollen organs, and the legs, feet and joints for any potential problems. Depending on the age, breed or condition of your pet, your veterinarian may also check the eyes, ears and mouth.
When your vet conducts a full body examination, he or she will check out your pet's coat and skin, noting any hair loss, itchy spots or lumps. Keep note of your animal's shedding habits so you can let the vet know if anything seems abnormal. The vet will check for parasites, fleas, ticks, mites and heartworms as well.
Vaccinations are also important to your pet, especially if you have a cat or a dog, and your vet will suggest that you make sure they're current. Keeping up to date with vaccinations can prevent your furry friend from getting distemper, rabies, hepatitis and lyme disease. Some vaccinations last longer than others, so speak to your doctor about staying caught up with your animal's shots.
Just like your own health insurance, you want to make sure your animal is covered before he or she needs veterinary services. Some common animal surgeries can cost thousands of dollars, and you don't want to end up having to foot a surprise bill that costs more than your paycheck.
There's no set price for pet health insurance. Costs can depend on factors such as where you live, the age and breed of your pet, and how much coverage you want. Before you take out a pet insurance policy, you'll want to meet with your vet to go over what he or she thinks your animal should be covered for. Many vets believe that you should make sure cancer, chronic disease, hereditary and congenital disease, and common breed-related medical conditions are all addressed in your policy.
Some pet owners can't afford insurance for their pet, so there are other options to make paying for surprise pet visits as easy as possible. Some pet stores have wellness plans - which tend to be much cheaper than an insurance policy - that offer shots, check ups, screenings and discounts on various procedures your pet may need. A lot of veterinary offices offer payment plans for pricey procedures as well, as long as you have decent credit history. For a last-ditch option, there are even privately funded organizations that offer pet owners financial aid for their pet's treatments.