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12034 Research Blvd Ste 8Austin, TX 78759
Staff & Vets at this place are great. I brought my cat to this hospital because they had 24 hour care in which my vet had closed over the weekend. I liked the option to come by & visit my cat anytime to meet the Vet with questions or concerns to ease my mind. Overall completly satisfied with t…
4434 Frontier TrlAustin, TX 78745
I took my 17 year old best friend and devoted cat to Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin after he crashed from taking Insulin. I thought for sure he was going to die. We had been through another crash before but it was nothing as frightening as this one. Within two minutes he was ta…
11679 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78759
I took Rambo for the first time after another dog attacked him, after calling a few places and got turned down because of the short notice and been on a Saturday, I called this place and they took me in with no problem even though they were really busy too. I called my Vet at Hill Country in Ced…
2110 W Slaughter Ln Ste 120Austin, TX 78748
The staff and Dr. McGowan are wonderful, I have been going here for several years now and will not go any place else. They are courteous, caring and will work with you if you have any issues or complaints. Dr. McGowan is the best!
2417 W Ben White BlvdAustin, TX 78704
I'm surprised there aren't more (any!) reviews of this wonderful pet hospital. I've been taking my dog Maggie there for years and have always had good experiences. They were bought out recently by a chain called VCA so I was a little sceptical on my recent visit but I found that aside from the…
5916 N Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78752
Dr. Spangler and his clinic is where you can feel comfortable knowing his years of experience will give you and your pets the best vet care in Austin. Old school yes, and you know you aren't getting charged for a fancy office. It is all about your pet and you getting the best care and knowledg…
3623 Ranch Road 620 NAustin, TX 78734
From Business: We are a full service veterinary hospital that has been serving the Lake Travis, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch and Bee Caves communities since 1981. Dr. Craig Meyer and Dr. Jason Foster will treat your pets like family.
12601 Tech Ridge BlvdAustin, TX 78753
I had no appointment with the vet but was shown into a room, & Dr Bradley came in & listened to what was wrong with my cat, whom she'd seen before. She discussed our options, explaining each one, and I feel she really cares about my cat, and the choices I face. Dr Bradley and Dr Chapin both have…
2301 Lake Austin BlvdAustin, TX 78703
If you want a team of professional vetenarians for your pets, visit LABAH!.This is my 2nd review, my first was glowing as well. I do not understand the negative reviews, but I am in the service industry as well, and there are some clients a business can never please-no matter what you do. I re…
3817 Dry Creek DrAustin, TX 78731
I have never been happier with a Veterinarian or there office then I was at NW Vet Hospital\r \r I have had a lot of experience with vet clinics since my 15 year old cat Monk has been diabetic for 6 years and must receive constant care at home and by a Dr's office. In addition to my cat i a…
7958 Shoal Creek BlvdAustin, TX 78757
They are the most caring and educated speciality hospital around and we were lucky to have found them. They have taken their time to explain the good, the bad and the ugly of what our babies could be going through at these very trying times. I feel fortunate to have them in Austin and my beloved…
3426 Greystone DrAustin, TX 78731
We've seen two vets here, and both were very relaxed and kind with our two terrier mix dogs, and had non-alarmist attitudes which as a worrier, I really appreciated. Our two dogs got in a fight and one had her ear bitten which we thought had been a superficial wound and didn't take her in, turns…
13542 N Highway 183Austin, TX 78750
We have been taking our dogs to Dr. Codding for several years now. The entire staff is always very helpful and friendly. We also board our dogs here regularly and have no complaints! We recently moved to Leander but will continue to take our dogs to Dr. Codding at Anderson Mill!
6000 W William Cannon Dr Bldg BAustin, TX 78749
I moved to South Austin from Pflugerville in March 2008 and was determined to find a great vet for my two labs. This turned out to be a more difficult task than I imagined. I asked all my dog-loving friends & searched this site and others and found that most people were pretty ambivalent abou…
4534 W Gate Blvd Ste 100Austin, TX 78745
Nicest staff, best affordable boarding.\n\nLaura, their groomer, is the best I've ever come across. She is amazingly affordable and my dogs always looked forward to going to see her. \n\nI would recommend them for all your pet needs.
6909 McNeil DrAustin, TX 78729
I love Dr Wood,he's kind caring,and knows his stuff about animals. Best price in Austin for animal care.I recently changed vets for both my Maltese & will be taking Yorkshire Terrier to see Dr Wood.Hes the first ever Vet to provide provenative care foe my two precious dogs.Keep up great work!!T…
1501 W 35th StAustin, TX 78703
10 Star !!!! Dr. Biehle is the BEST!!!! ...We live in the country and have Coyote packs all around us .... My German Shepherd pup became very sick, quit eating and couldn't even keep water down. Dr Biehle quickly diagnosed that my dog had been poisoned ... I couldn't believe it because when he a…
2414 S Lamar BlvdAustin, TX 78704
This clinic cares for all of my foster dogs--and there have been quite a few since we moved close to the SLAH in 2006. The doctors have taken care of everything from missing toes to heartworms, and I have gotten loving care for my animals from everyone in the clinic. Dr. Buck even spoke at…
8106 Brodie Ln Ste 102Austin, TX 78745
We have a new foster dog from the local shelter who hasn't been feeling well. I was so relieved at how Dr. Wisbrock clued right in to the little dog's rare and very serious blood disorder. Dr. Wisbrock was really concerned and kept our little foster baby there all day several times to observe …
12010 Ranch Road 620 NAustin, TX 78750
We have brought our animals here for years after having a Von Willebrand dog and working with a vet that was not equipped. People want to gripe about the price but good pet care is not free. The staff generally are people that love animals and are compassionate. And for the people that have issu…
11846 Jollyville RdAustin, TX 78759
Hard to believe a dog lasting 19 years, isn't it?\r Staff and turnover is a constant issue with many family businesses. \r My BOTTOM LINE is the CARE for my pet.\r Dr Walden and staff always gave me excellent care for my best friend Kato.... his entire life. Which we unfortunately had to put …
7101 W Highway 71 Ste A8Austin, TX 78735
Dr Lynanne Mockler and her staff are awesome, professional, friendly and genuine animal lovers. I had to take my daughters dog in for what turned out to being a terminal illness. Dr Mockler spent a lot of time with me in the exam room answering all my questions and also spent a lot of time on th…
7132 W Highway 71Austin, TX 78735
Dr. Brown and Dr. Leary have been our family's vets for almost 8 years. They are competent, friendly, compassionate, and the staff is the same. They take care of our current 5 dogs and have cared for two others that have passed away...Dobie (17 yrs old) and Woofie (12 yrs old). I highly reco…
7023 Fm 2244 RdAustin, TX 78746
They got me in o short notice after waking up to my large Yorkie with something obviously wrong. I thought she had a stroke because she is old and was walking funny and not wanting to move around. They told us to come on in, even though we had never been there before. We didn't have to wait long…
Austin, TX 78745
I highly recommend Whole Pet Mobile Vet services. Dr. May demonstrated honesty, compassion and offered a painless/peaceful euthanasia process when she came to my home to euthanize my sick older dog. It went exactly the way I hoped, which is saying quite a lot- because my dog was my baby. I mi…
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I took my 17 year old best friend and devoted cat to Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin after he crashed from taking Insulin. I thought for sure he was going to die. We had been through another crash before but it was nothing as frightening as this one. Within two minutes he was taken to the back and emergency care was begun. The doctor came out within 15 minutes saying he would have surely died if I had not gotten there when I did and Casper was now responding well to treatment. After explaining further care needed, we discussed fees. Emergency care for pets (the same for humans) is expensive and most people do not have the cash up front in these kinds of situations. If you have animals, it is a good idea to think about possible health emergencies and make some kind of plan if a crisis should occur. There are several pet insurance policies and credit cards that can help with these kinds of emergencies. My heart truly goes out to those people commenting in the earlier reviews. I spent over $2000.00 at the emergency hospital in New Braunfels and an additional $2500 for continued hospitalization for my 11 Year old cat who then needed to be euthanized due to cancer. I do not have a lot of money and drive an 11 year old car. My money goes to food, housing, bills, and my animals. Sometimes we have to make hard choices as pet owners. I just want to thank the staff at the Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin for their compassion, expertise, and professionalism when taking care of my good buddy and would highly recommend them to anyone needing emergency pet care. Thanks again.
Very affordable pet care. Considering that I'm a new owner of a puppy, they have been very polite and patient with my questions and concerns, even over the phone. The front desk are super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They were able to give me good resources of where I can find natural substitutes of food, and preventatives for my dog, and informed me about the medications they had available there. I called the next day after my pup's first appointment because I was concerned about some issues I noticed with my new dog. They scheduled an appointment the next day at no extra charge, and was able to address what was going on with my dog and reassured me that she is healthy and that she just needs time to adjust. I feel comfortable and greatful knowing that I have a good clinic on our side.
I've been to this place many time and I've always received great care for my pets. They have treated a torn toe nail on one dog; treat facial abscesses on another due to a fight; they euthanized an elderly cat when it was time; they euthanized our neighbor's dog when he got hit by a car (we had to take him in--neighbor was too distraught). The only time they missed something was when we took our elderly English Bulldog for lethargy, cold like symptoms and weight loss---they x-rayed his lungs and found them to be clear and told us to feed him more and went us on our way. It turned out that the dog had ingested a toy years before and it caused a blockage.
I love this lady! She and her staff are so personable, caring and wise. Our dog has congestive heart failure, and Dr. Jones was recommended by our vet. During this difficult time, it helps so much to have such professional, loving and dedicated doctors to rely on. I called her at 4:30 one Saturday morning, and she was so helpful and just grace personified. She talked us through giving a Lasix shot to our dog---I know I wouldn't have been so helpful at that time of the morning, but she acted like it was no big deal---Bless Her and her wonderful staff!
Dr. Brad Singleton went above and beyond in saving my little pup's life. He was extremely patient with me - explaining in detail what was entailed and provided a range of options for me to decide what was best. He never once pressured me into anything and he was always very clear with his explanations. Vet bills can skyrocket in a matter of seconds but Dr. Singleton's fees were reasonable and for the service he provides, it was a deal. I've gone to my fair share of vets in Austin - he is at good as they get.
Dr. Wagner & Dr.Benaryeh are TOP NOTCH Vets. This hospital was very clean & staff was nice. My cat had a sudden sickness(Pancreatitis) on a Saturday and I did'nt know who to call or where to go until I found this clinic close to my residence. I'm glad I choose them because I felt very comfortable leaving my cat in their care. To be expected, the bill was a bit much but in the end my cat is expected to recover and well worth the heartach to ensure a clean bill of health. Thanks Spicewood Springs AH!!
Just returned from a visit with my dog. She scratched her eyeball so needs meds. The staff were all polite and attentive. The appointment was quick- very short wait time. The medications were explained to me very clearly and the clinic was clean. The Dr and the tech both seemed to enjoy their jobs and do them well and efficiently. We will be going back for dentals in a few months - my suggestion, not theirs. I know they are affordable and do a good job because we had our other dog's teeth cleaned there.
“The staff and doctors at South Branch are incredible. Our furry babies have been patients here for over a year now. We moved from out of state and South Branch was very helpful in helping us track down old records and start new ones at this branch. The location is very convenient - right off of Ben White! They always have coupons available and specials going on, which is great when you're on a budget. We would highly recommend them to friends and family with furry loved ones!”
I highly recommend Whole Pet Mobile Vet services. Dr. May demonstrated honesty, compassion and offered a painless/peaceful euthanasia process when she came to my home to euthanize my sick older dog. It went exactly the way I hoped, which is saying quite a lot- because my dog was my baby. I miss her terribly, but Dr. May made sure that she was comfortable and loved. I definitely feel like I made the right decision in choosing her services.
Staff & Vets at this place are great. I brought my cat to this hospital because they had 24 hour care in which my vet had closed over the weekend. I liked the option to come by & visit my cat anytime to meet the Vet with questions or concerns to ease my mind. Overall completly satisfied with the service. As a responsible pet owner, I'm glad I choose this place for treatment.
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.