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9231 Burnet RdAustin, TX 78758
From Business: By appointment only. We provide surgeries AT a third of the typical cost in Austin. OUR surgeon. DR. Kirk lewis. Has been practicing in Austin for over 12 years. HE performs more surgeries PER year than ANY other in town!.
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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.
My best friend is dying of bladder cancer and it is one of the worst experiences of my life. After an entire weekend of whimpering and rubbing his tummy on the carpet I was desperate to find my pup some relief so I took him to Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin. The doctor gave me information about the treatment of Transitional Cell Carcinoma that my former vet never mentioned and I'm grateful to her for that. She seemed to have a lot more knowledge and compassion than the other vet and I will certainly follow up on her referral. The jury is still out on the remainder of our visit and when the issue is resolved I will return to YP, remove this rating/review and post my final rating/review.
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. 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.
Excellent doctors, techs, and staff. Very calm atmosphere. Super smart people. We have been going there for over 5 years. Over the years we've had numerous vets and this place is the best BY FAR. And they are also very affordable and don't push services or things your pet doesn't need. I'm glad Austin has a place like this!
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.