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1108 Gulf Fwy S Suite 280League City, TX 77573
On Xmas Eve 2013 at 7:30p.m. one of our little dogs and a foster bigger dog got into it after playing together ALL day. My little Duncan's eye was …
5018A Fairmont PkwyPasadena, TX 77505
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff of…
12315 Veterans Memorial DrHouston, TX 77014
From Business: Lisa M. Knapp, DVM M. A. Crist, DVM Dan K. Ahrens, DVM Michele Ragsvale, DVM** * Drop off Your Pet on the Way to Work or the Airport * Financing Available * Pet Ins…
12315 Veterans Memorial DrHouston, TX 77014
I would never go back here and see a vet named Dr. Crist. She misguided us and when she needed to be more attentive - she was not. That is all I wi…
3325 Fondren RdHouston, TX 77063
From Business: Fondren Animal Hospital is family-owned and -operated. Dr. Leo Ford and his wife, Nikki, have run the clinic for over 25 years. Dr. Ford graduated from Purdue Unive…
12810 Fountain Lake CirStafford, TX 77477
From Business: Veterinary Dental Services is now Texas Veterinary Dental Center. Texas Veterinary Dental Center serves the Houston, Harris County, and metro region with the purpos…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is planning needed before boarding your pet. Here are some dos and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
I don't know who the other reviewer was writing about, because the Drs. Smith and Millichamp that I know are very kind, courteous, and professional. My first visit was an emerency one, as my 1-eyed dog, whose other eye had been monitored annually by my regular vet since I adopted him 2 years before, literally suddenly developed glaucoma in his other eye. Bothe drs. spent quite a bit of time with my little guy & were able to get his pressure down to normal range. Unfortunately, damage had already been done and my dog's vision was impaired. WIth regular drops, I have been able to keep his pressure down for the last few months. I regularly visit the Tomball Pkwy. office to get check ups. I've only had to wait longer than my appointment once. After so many vets for my older dogs, I've been involved in some hideously long wait times, so the waits here are nothing compared to those - and this place gets its share of emergencies, I'm sure. I usually see Dr. Millichamp, who is always very compassionate with my dog, and straightforward with me about options and treatment, which I appreciate. I've also seen Dr. Smith twice, and have the same rapport with him. After a $2,000 vet bill for my other dog at my regular vet - with still no confirmed diagnosis or relief for her strange gait (neurologists and orthopedists), the $40-$70 office visits here, plus meds (which are much less expensive here vs. the pharmacy where i've had to go when I ran out once) are very reasonable. Every other owner I've met in the waiting room also seem to love the vets here and appreciate what they've done for their pets, so the previous poster is certainly in the minority from what I've observed in my 10 or so visits there.
I just read the review below about the cat dying. Very sorry to hear that and I would be devastated if my cat died too. But anytime surgery is performed on an animal and they are put under anesthesia death is a possibility that no doctor can ALWAYS avoid, sometimes there are complications. I just wanted to say that I have personally taken numerous cats to be spayed/neutered (over 30 of them) to Dr. Yoo and none of them have died. There was a complication with one of the male cats being neutered and Dr. Yoo's attention to the matter saved the cat's life. And Yes, his office is a little different from other vets in that he is a one man office........this is how he keeps costs down. And even with the EXTRA costs that some are complaining about (Rabies shot and tag is all I know of) he is stll the cheapest place to have an animal neutered or spayed that I know of. I would recommend Dr. Yoo to those who need to save money in getting an animal spayed/neutered. You can also take your animal to the SPCA or other low cost spay/neuter clinics that are not as convenient but you will find that Dr. Yoo performs surgery regularly for these types of clinics. Some of these clinics are sending your animal out to be neutered/spayed. Dr. Yoo is a spay/neuter vet, this is his specialty. I would not take animals to him for other services though unless it was an emergency. And I would rather deal with some of the inconveniences of a one man office than driving far to a low cost spay/neuter clinic for a very early drop off time in traffic. Just my opinion. I am a long time experienced animal owner and stray rescuer.
Understanding that your pet may be one of the most loved members of your family, the doctors and staff of Bellaire-Richmond are the folks you need to help you make all the right decisions. Quotes from them: "God puts animals on this earth and someone needs to care for them. Why not you?" This was said to me after having to put down one of my cats of many years. I had asked, why do I put myself through this as it hurts so bad. In the end, after hearing these kind words, I snapped to the reality that you will most likely have to put down all your pets. God did not give them the life span that he gives us. So, why don't I just take care of all the little precious four legged creatures I can, while they are here on earth, and do God a favor. Plus, it's a great reward in all the love they give my family in return. I also heard: "She (my beloved dog) has trusted you to make the right decision all her life. Don't let her down now when she is ready to go." - This taught me I can not be selfish. I must do what is right for my dog, and love her to the end by letting her go. All three doctors are down to earth, caring, exceptional and reasonable, in professional care. The staff is like family. A great place to partner with you in the care of your four legged friends. - They have cared for our family of animals for over 35 yrs. We have had wonderful, long healthy lifetimes with each and every animal thanks to Bellaire-Richmond Pet Hospital and their staff.
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.