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1013 E Main StAllen, TX 75002
I have been going to the clinic for 45 years. When I was a child I found a litter of puppies on the side of the road starving and dying of thirst. Dr. Hefner took them in and found them a home. He and his staff are very caring especially Dr. White. I just had to have a dog put down and she w…
1021 W Mcdermott DrAllen, TX 75013
From Business: At Allen Veterinary Centre, our veterinarians stress the importance of physical examinations which ensure that your pet receives a proactive approach to his or her health. Vaccinations will be customized to your pet's lifestyle and risk level. Frequently they require special diets or medications to maximize their health an…
803 E Main St Ste AAllen, TX 75002
I moved to Texas 8 years ago and the first vet i ever went to was this vet. I LOVE THEM. They are so great. The vets actually have BIG hearts. They know what they are doing and i will never go to another vet. I have more than one dog and they all go here, and they don't mind going either. They r…
10225 Custer RdPlano, TX 75025
From Business: Our mission at Animal Diagnostic Clinic is simple: To provide veterinarians, their clients, and pets with the highest quality diagnostic and therapeutic care as it relates to internal medicine, oncology and cardiology. This mission begins with the help of respected doctors in the specialties of internal medicine and oncolo…
2129 W Parker Rd Ste APlano, TX 75023
I absolutely love this vet clinic and especially Dr Bethany Whetstone! I have a nine year old schnauzer that had been seeing the same vet since she was 6 wks old. After tons of money and misdiagnosis, I found Dr Whetstone who pet my dog on the road to recovery!
10225 Custer RdPlano, TX 75025
Recently a pup was brought into your office. He was turned away because of your fees to treat him & no options to try. At the least you could have recommended another ER. He had 15 seizures that night. His family brought him in & you wanted money; treated him but it was too late because of your …
2462 K AvePlano, TX 75074
We love this vet! The doctor and staff are so friendly and knowledgable and there's never a wait. They do require cash or check payment, but with this "low tech" approach they seem to pass the savings on to their customers because their prices are VERY reasonable.
302 W University DrMckinney, TX 75069
I have to say that Dr.Means and his staff have been so amazing. The girls that work there have been so kind and answer any questions I may have. They care about the animals that is for sure. I have been using them for the last 7 years and they have been able to help me with all my needs whether …
739 W Arapaho RdRichardson, TX 75080
The staff Arapaho Animal clinic are the best doctors and staff I could ever dream of having. I had 2 elderly 15 & 16 yr old Chihuahuas since they were puppies. I thought I had a good clinic in another part of the city and was loyal to them for 10 years. It was a horrible place to go yet I like…
5858 N Jupiter RdGarland, TX 75044
From Business: Dr. Troy Prater and Dr Bod Bodenhamer ASSOCIATION * Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association * Texas Veterinary Medical Association * American Veterinary Medical Association * American Animal Hospital Associaton
4444 Trinity Mills RdDallas, TX 75287
From Business: Our goal is to provide the finest veterinary ophthalmology services in the world to our clients, their pets, and our referring veterinarians. To accomplish these goals we maintain a dedicated and highly trained staff and employ state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in our treatments.
725 Belt Line RdGarland, TX 75040
Transferred care over to Dr. Charlie, after moving into area (previous Vet clinic too far away after move). Excellent care, very empressed with Dr. & staff. Just a yearly check-up, but the exam was very detailed & explanations for future problems discussed. Our "Rusty," (& us) immediately fel…
4444 Trinity Mills Rd Ste 202Dallas, TX 75287
I am not an employee of that clinic nor is my review here a fake. I am writing this because my personal experience with this clinic has always been wonderful. My cat's vet is Dr. Nitsche, the clinic's director, and he is one of the nicest, kindest and most knowledgeable veterinarians I have en…
5906 Paige RdThe Colony, TX 75056
Dr. Wild is rude, degrading and disrespectful to her employees as I've seen first hand. I felt so sorry for the young girl, but she just rolled it off which makes me feel like it wasn't the first time. Dr. Wild also seemed as though she didn't care about my fur baby's well being. I will not be b…
12101 Greenville Ave Ste 118Dallas, TX 75243
I cannot say enough good about the Emergency Animal Clinic...My Murphy has cancer and went into an autoimmune crash with his blood count. The total staff of the clinic,the vets, technicians, helpers and front desk workers got him in and started the best treatment possible. He is not out of dan…
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I have been going to the clinic for 45 years. When I was a child I found a litter of puppies on the side of the road starving and dying of thirst. Dr. Hefner took them in and found them a home. He and his staff are very caring especially Dr. White. I just had to have a dog put down and she was very comforting and she shed a tear as well. Very good prices with great care for your pets! I would highly recommend!
Dr Worthington tries to overcharge for services that are unnecessary, but if you question the front desk they'll get it taken off. He performed a surgery on our dog that didn't solve the problem and had to be redone by another doctor. He's very loud and has no sense or understanding of animal behavior. Horrible bedside manner toward the owner and even more importantly the pet. He shouldn't be around animals at all, and to top it all off he's very arrogant. Stay away!!
I have used this facility for many, many years. I have dogs and cats but they treat larger animals as well. Dr Hefner is a very experienced straight shooter. He correctly diagnosed and cured a skin rash on my dog that several other vets could not. He came in on Sunday and sewed up one of my dogs that had been in a fight. He has always been very reliable and fair in his pricing and RIGHT ON in treatments and prognosis. I highly recommend his facility and have also always been impressed by the other animal doctors and technicians on staff there.
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.