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2215 S Voss RdHouston, TX 77057
I have witnessed two Euthanasia sessions in the past and thought to myself...how automated and uncaring this is. I was blown away with the way my 12 year friend was treated. And, by his whole staff! I came in crying and holding my pet (Salvador). Then a staff member escorted my wife, me and …
6415 San Felipe St Ste IHouston, TX 77057
I have been using Winrock for years. I would recommend them to anyone! Dr. Banks and the staff are terrific. I took my dog Festus in recently for blood work. After receiving the results, I know he will be just fine. Everything was explained to me thoroughly. I know I can always call if I h…
1379 S Voss Rd Ste EHouston, TX 77057
From Business: Memorial veterinary clinic is committed to providing outstanding health care for your important family member. OUR team consists of a dedicated and passionate staff of experienced animal professionals WHO are advocates FRO your PET. DR. Sharon anderson has been a practicing veterinarian for over 33 years. Understanding you…
2215 S Voss RdHouston, TX 77057
Dr. Hayes helped me through the toughest decision I've ever had to make, putting my baby Coki to sleep. His gentle words and honesty gave me the strength needed to make such a heart wrenching decision. \r I took my dog to a specialist at Gulf Coast Animal Specialists that only cared about makin…
6261 Richmond AveHouston, TX 77057
I have bben going to Galleria Pet Resort & Clinic for 9 years now and absolutely love this place. I give 5 stars for the exceptional service that my dogs get here. The staff is very dedicated and loyal to my every need. Reggie has gone out of his way to accomodate me, staying late, even m…
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 University in 1977 and began practicing in Houston that same year. He left Houston in 1981 and practiced in rural Indiana, rural Colorado, and San Antonio, Texas bef…
8366 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77063
From Business: WHY THRIVE AFFORDABLE VET CARE? It’s much better for your pet and your pocketbook to prevent significant disease than to treat it. Committing to first-rate, routine veterinary care throughout your pet’s lifetime is the best way to ensure that your pet THRIVES. That’s why we created THRIVE – to help ensure that your pet get…
3325 Fondren RdHouston, TX 77063
My pets have been taken to the Fondren Animal Hospital since the day Leo and Nikki Ford, took over this practice 25 + years ago. Now, residing in Austin, I remain 100% loyal to one of finest veterinary providers in Texas. P. James and C. Janette Paul
8380 Westheimer RdHouston, TX 77063
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical exams and lab work-ups, to dental cleanings, X-rays and surgery, our full-service pet hospital is committed to the long-term health of your pet. Let us show yo…
6213 Bellaire BlvdHouston, TX 77081
Dr Mark Peckham is simply the BEST doctor in the world. He has treated successfully several of my dogs. He is committed to providing the best care available to date. The extensive surgery he performed on my dog left absolutely no scars and would frankly put most human plastic surgeons to shame. …
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I have been going to this location for 12 years, back when Dr. Fussell owned it and was horrified when it was sold. I took a chance after my first call with Office Manager, Betty, who was most welcoming and informative. My two small pups were assessed by Zack (no longer there) and Anthony, who was terrific with his nurturing personality. I was in shock when I took my 17 year old Bichon in to be euthanized, and the vet on duty recommended one more round of different meds (That did not feel right to me, but I complied.) Several weeks later it was crucial to be done, and Betty recognized me, took me out of line, and immediately sent me to a treatment room. Both Zack and Anthony handled the preparation-- I am diabetic which they realized and brought me a chair, water and a cold compress. They were sympathetic with their questions and empathy exuded as if Josey was their dog. I cannot imagine there being any more services or procedures offered to me or Josey. At least a year went by until I visited again. Betty new me by name-- I still had my now 13 year old Poodle and a now 7 year old rescued, abused, stray Schnorkie, who still shutters around new people. Somehow Anthony and he became friends. BUT then I met Dr Diana Blessman-- aka Blessing!! Just about the most empathetic Veterinarian I have EVER engaged-- and I have had dogs for AT LEAST 20 YEARS! She is concerned about owner's understanding of diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. Her patience is never-ending-- none of my perhaps mundane questions irritated her. She has become my "forever vet" along with my referrals to the practice. I've had a few more visits and appreciate their relationship building.This is now run effectively and politely, and there is a new tech, Trayell, that also seems quite competent and loves animals. BRAVO-- I am there for good!!
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 took my dog to TLC after the clinic I was going to didn't have the staff that day to see him until late in the afternoon. I called TLC and they told me to bring him in immediately. He ended up being a very sick little guy. He had pancreatitis and then developed diabetes requiring daily shots. They worked with me repeatedly giving him the shots and then when he became insulin resistant, euthanasia was the only alternative. They supported me during this time as well as sending me flowers, a card signed by all the staff, and a donation to the College of Veterinary medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M in honor of Riley. This allows for future research to give our animals better care. Three weeks after my loss, a member of the staff contacted me about a couple needing to find a good home for their two year old Yorkie. To make a long story short, I have had this beautiful little guy for over a year, and he has been a God send. I have been blessed with him, new friends who provided me with him, and TLC. I also want to mention their boarding facilities....clean, friendly staff who truly care for your animal, and onsite of the veterinary clinic in the event of any emergency while you are away. If you want a facility who cares about the quality of life of your animal, this is where you will go. They have good hours, caring staff, patient staff, and two of the best veterinarians you could ever ask for. Thank you TLC for being there for me and my precious dogs. Riley lived a short life, but he never doubted the efforts you bestowed upon him. Augie is a lucky guy to have the best services in the area! -Mara Y.
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.
We've been coming to this clinic since it was a small little building. The staff is nice and helpful. I don't know why people complain, they probably have attitudes with the staff or something. Well aside from the staff being nice and helpful, the doctors there are great, IF you know who to choose. I've had the same 2 doctors for years, great amazing people. And they scolded us too about feeding our pets human food. But hey you know what? They are right, human food is very bad for your pets, so if your dog/cat is dying and your too stubborn to stop spoiling it with human food well then its probably your fault its dying in the first place. They saved our 10 year old chihuahua who had failing kidneys, she is still with us thanks to them. And for those who lost pets, do not blame a vet for being terse and uncaring. They are vets, do you want them to lie and say "She'll live." instead of hurting your feelings by saying "She won't make it."? Honestly, losing a pet is terrible, but don't say they're "uncaring" just because they won't give a dozen roses and a tearful apology. I would recommend this place. And if your unsure just go and check it out. Its more of a Hispanic place so if people that complained about this place aren't Hispanic then their reviews do not surprise me. Also, my dog got Parvo when he was about a year old. If they had been the terrible uncaring, doctors people said they were, then my dog wouldn't be 5 years old and crazy today.
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.
My husband and I have two chow-chows and two cats, and the staff here at TLC Animal Hospital is great with them! We've been coming for a couple years now and have always had positive experiences. We rescued a kitten last year that sadly had some neurological problems and had to be put to sleep. The entire staff was amazing during the entire process: during the diagnosis, care management, and during the kitten's last days. They even sent a beautiful card afterward letting me know they were still thinking of us and our loss, and knew how painful it had been. The staff always call after appointments to follow up, they always take the time to answer all your questions, even if you call at the last minute, I have never had a problem scheduling appointments, refilling medications, etc. Their love of animals shows and my pets LOVE going. They know when they are going to the vet and it isn't a word we have to avoid in our house, they actually get excited when they go! One of our dogs had an aural hematoma this past summer and we were at the vet's office frequently, and even though it was just one dog that needed to be seen, both dogs always ended up going, and the vet never minded. They adore the dogs, feed them treats, have their own cats that wander the place and love on customers looking for treats of their own. If you love pets, and are looking for a truly animal friendly environment, this is the place for you!
I was disheartened when I learned the puppy I adopted last year had distemper. The first vet I visited had little hope, prepared me for the worst and sent me home. Thankfully, my sister recommended I obtain a second opinion from her vet, Dr. Wiltshire. His care, devotion, knowledge, professionalism and kindness were evident immediately. Dr. W and his staff were realistic, yet hopeful, as they accurately treated the usually terminal disease. During the entire process, Dr. W was readily available to us at the office or by phone/email, responding at all hours as he expertly coached us through the dreadful disease. Today, Sofi is a healthy and happy puppy, and I couldn't imagine trusting her care to any other doctor but Dr. Wiltshire. Since the distemper, Dr. W. has diagnosed and treated Sofi for skin allergies and impacted glands. In all cases, the initial advisable treatment was the least invasive/expensive, and was accompanied with the recommendation that treatment would expand slowly only as necessary. The prices are fair, options are presented without bias, and the staff is responsive, professional, friendly and compassionate. The entire office is a class act. I have had the pleasure of recommending Dr. W. to two friends and they experienced the same exemplary service. I am proud to recommend Lakeside Animal Clinic.
I absolutely love this vet clinic!! I will never go anywhere else… Dr. Kuecker and Dr. Richardson are both treasures and expert veterinarians. The staff is amazing, from the front all the way to the back of the clinic. Tara, Jamie, Stacey and Kim all ways has a smile on there face right when you walk into there doors, till you check out. (One of the best things, the have a endless supply of coffee, and treats that I love!) While waiting in the room for one of the amazing veterinarians you will be greeted by a technician, either it is Crystal, Erin, Marie or Candice it all ways a pleasure no matter who it is. Both the doctors there are so caring, compassionate and friendly, regardless of how sick my animal is or if they are just there for their normal vaccinations, they attend each of my animals with the same about of focus and warmth each time. I have not had the chance to meet the rest of the group yet, the ones that work in the kennel area, but when I see them walk by they have that smile on there face as well. If any of my friends were to ask me where I would suggest they take their animals too, with out any hesitation I say TLC… The whole team there deserves the highest amount of stars! PS. They have this amazing black cat named Webster who will climb in your lap and hug you, it cracks me up every time.
Dr. Reddy, successfully removed my dogs tumor. Other veterinarians had changed their mind about removing it because of the size of his tumor and the worry of it healing properly. Dr. Reddy, removed my dogs tumor at more than half the price of other priced veterinary clinics. He did a great job, and my dogs tumor has not grown back in the past 10 months. Also, my dogs incision was completely healed and stitches removed in about two weeks. I was worried about his pain medication, but Dr. Reddy was right in that he didn't need additional pain medication. The only thing they didn't provide me with was an antacid because some certain pain relievers can cause stomach irritation and my dog did vomit a few days post surgery, due to the side effects of pain medication. My dog is doing great now, and you can't even tell where his tumor was removed unless you look real closely. I would recommend Dr. Reddy to anyone without worry because he does a great job and when they say AFFORDABLE it really is in comparison with any other vet clinic I have been to. I drove about 20 miles to get to it, but the drive was well worth it. it is not a fancy vet clinic, but it is the quality of work they do for a fraction of what you would pay somewhere else. i would recommend anyone to Affordable Pet 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.