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15714 Huebner Rd Bldg 1San Antonio, TX 78248
I bought a puppy from PetLand and in order to activate the warranty, I had to take the puppy to Smith and Shedd for an initial exam. After reading the reviews for Smith and Shedd, I have to say I was a little weary about this place. I work at a doctors office so i know the power the reviews have…
5443 Grissom RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
Today was my very first time visiting APC. The staff was friendly and very very helpful. Everything was outlined and explained thoroughly. The staff couldn't have been more understanding and professional. Will definitely return for all my pet care needs.
1362 Basse RdSan Antonio, TX 78212
We have been taking our puppy and kitten to Affordable Pet care for awhile now and they're wonderful! The customer service is fantastic, as is their care for the pets. They are great with our pets whenever we go in. They were also great about getting us in quickly when we had an emergency. O…
1806 NW Military HwySan Antonio, TX 78213
I have a 14 week old pug dog named Harry, and we've been taking him to see Dr. Meadows since we took him home at the age of 6 weeks and they are FANTASTIC there! The receptionists ALWAYS pick up the telephone when you call unless the clinic is closed, in which case they give you the number to…
6603 Ingram RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
I came to this vet accidentally one day while trying to find another one where I had made an appt. I was amazed at how wonderful and friendly the staff was in directing me to the other vet, and after waiting in the other place's waiting room for about 2 minutes I cancelled my appt. and headed b…
9793 Culebra Rd Ste 109San Antonio, TX 78251
I took my Cats to Dr. Ehrlund & her husband (now deceased) as a child and loved the care that they both showed especially when one of my cat's kittens had a condition that they couldn't treat that required us taking him to the vet school. I've recently reconnected w/ them and Dr. Ehrlund is jus…
17244 I-35 North, Ste. 7Schertz, TX 78154
Very friendly and helpful! Took very good care of my Boxer and was very informative. - LV see original review-http://myreviews12.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/very-friendly-and-helpful/
1704 US Highway 90 ECastroville, TX 78009
The employees at this clinic truly care about the animals and their families. I had to put my beloved dog to sleep recently, and the staff was so caring and kind. I found this clinic through the recommendation of a friend, and I recommend this clinic to my friends. I live in Helotes, but I drive…
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I have only been here one time (last week). But it was so refreshing, I have been looking for a nice place to bring my cats when I noticed this clinic (which was right around the corner from me). I called to make an appointment, and I was greeted nicely and they set me up to see Dr. Hey at my convenience. Everything went smoothly. The receptionist were very nice, helped me fill out all the necessary paper work. They called to remind me of my appointment the day before, they even reminded me to bring in any important medical information or vaccination history (which I would have totally not have brought). Dr. Hey was very prompt with his scheduled time. I think I had talked with him personally the entire 30 minute appointment. I had arrived a little early and a technician had checked me in. I was very impressed with how knowledgable the technician was. He made sure I knew what we were doing today (a check up and vaccines). He then asked if I was only any kind of flea or heartworm control. Well little did I realize that cats could get heartworms too!!! (It may be obvious to some... but not for me!) He explained that there was a prevention that not only protected my cats from fleas, but from heartworm too. He even gave me a pamphlet on it, BUT he explained Everything!!! Needless to say I got that prevention (mosquito season is coming up and they are the ones who transfer heartworms to our pets). Next Dr. Hey came in. He review my cats long medical history. Asked some follow up questions and gave me a list of options that he would recommend based on what he saw in my cats history, but were not necessary. He then thoroughly examined my cat. He checked the tips of the ears down to the tip of his tail. He told me that my cat looked great and then vaccinated him right in front of me. He answered all of my questions, he explained everything to me. He made me feel very confident that my animal was in good hands. I would recommend this hospital to everyone!!!
I feel everyone can learn from a review negative or positive. Once in awhile you read something that is completely off base however. In the case of the review dated 5/26/2009 "Wouldn't you want to know" it was spelled misspelled "Woldnt" I feel it necessary to respond. I am the current office manager at Ellison Drive Animal Hospital and I have felt very proud of the ethics, professionalism and manner in which Dr. Lori Curd and Relief Doctors and the entire staff treat their clients and patients. I have found us to go beyond the call of duty when it comes to trying to prepare for the difficult part of treatment for their pets, that being the financial part. We prepare estimates and do our very best to tell them everything that can be eliminated if needed, starting with the best course of treatment first, then reduce by the client's availability or limitations of funds. We offer care credit, we prioritize and make every effort to do what is best for the client and their pet. It is important to write this so that potential customers reading this will understand the source. I looked back at the date and the pet's name and it coincides with emotional termination of a prior employee. We realize that this was posted many months ago and unfortunately was just brought to my attention. FYI: We have asked that the person involved be notified through the "report abuse" option on the posting. We have ask her to do the right thing and remove the review. We really hope that you will take the time to come in and find out for yourself. Dr. Curd is passionate about helping you to take care of your pet and provide the best possible care.
My family and I have been coming to Rigsby Veterinary clinic when Dr. Burchers was the veterinary. Dr. Luke Proctor and Dr. Sheryl Proctor are the only 2 doctors that see my 2- senior dogs. They are both excellent Doctors but if the staff doesn't improve I am sorry to say I have no problems asking for copies of my dogs records and going elsewhere. The suggestion I do have is a better office manager, pleasant receptionists and more educated technicians.... At one point they had a very pleasant clinic manager by the name of Sarah L... She always acknowledged me by my last name, ( the 2 front desk employees never can remember my name nor my pets even if I had just been there the day before . Better yet I don't even get acknowledged when walking in to the clinic.. ) was very people friendly and compassionate employee. Whenever checking in for an appt with Sarah or one of her receptionist I NEVER had to repeat what my visit at the office was for that day... These 2 girls that they have now are just flat out ignorant. They keep each other humored with none related work conversions instead of checking up with the clients in the waiting room...God forgive you call up to the client because you will be left and sometimes even forgot on hold. I can’t even count the many times this has happen to me. Now on the other hand there is 2 (and I mean only 2 ) technicians ( Kristy and Emily ) that are very thorough and i always make sure it only one of them that see my 2 dogs. Over all I can only say good things about the Doctors and the 2 technicians... I do hope that Dr. Proctor does read this and replaces some of his staff like he has been doing to his clinic.
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.