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26810 Us Highway 380 EAubrey, TX 76227
I needed to find a vet close by for my cat. So I looked on yellowpages.com and found these guys. They were Amazing! Very professional, friendly, and truly interested in the well being of my pet! They got me on their schedule the very next morning! I would recommend them to anyone including …
2651 S Stonebridge DrMckinney, TX 75070
I have been taking my dogs and cats to Dr Grand and staff for over 10 years and wouldnt go anywhere else. She truly cares about the animals and is very educated on all the newest technologies and products. Dr Grand and staff have taken amazing care of my "kids" and I would highly recom…
8720 Highway 377Pilot Point, TX 76258
I called on a Sunday afternoon, my normal veterinarian was out of town and my horse was in down with pneumonia after treating her for over a week she was in horrible condition and in a lot of pain. Crystal had not ever met me, but after listening to the symptoms, she was out in 15 minutes. Sh…
11625 Custer Rd Ste 100Frisco, TX 75035
Went to Paw Prints and had a great experience! My dog has been treated for ear infections since I got him. Dr. Houck was the first vet to thoroughly explain to me what was going on and how we can manage the problem. Very down to earth, gentle and knowledgeable. Staff super friendly and followed …
9055 WestridgeMckinney, TX 75070
I've been going to Meadowbrook long before the Chastain's. My then puppy is now 11. I nearly lost him last year and the outcome looked grim. Dr. Melanie and the staff showed such compassion and the care he had allowed him to recover. Each one of my animals have seen her in the last year and …
5960 Hospital RdAubrey, TX 76227
From Business: Established in 1988, Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital operates as a full-service animal hospital. Based in Aubrey, Texas, the center provides veterinary services to horses located in northern Texas, southern Oklahoma and western Louisiana, to name a few. It offers services pertaining to reproduction, internal medicine, spo…
5177 Eldorado PkwyFrisco, TX 75033
Absolutely LOVE Dr. Morrow and his staff with the exception of the blonde girl that works the front desk. She's extremely rude and has had an attitude every time I've taken my dogs in. If this happens again, I WILL say something and report her. Aside from that, I would refer any of my family or …
5080 Virginia Pkwy Suite 600McKinney, TX 75071
HI guys! Just recently our beloved pet of 14 years came down with an acute and sudden illness. We had previously visited another vet and was astouded with the poor service and lack of compassion that was shown to us and our pet. We met with Dr. King and the rest of the staff at Virginia pet hosp…
4701 W University DrMckinney, TX 75071
I wouldn't take my kids anywhere else! We take all four of our personal dogs (and sometimes my foster dogs) to see Dr. Shelton and I trust him 100%, which is really saying a lot, because I'm incredibly picky when it comes to any type of doctor. He is always straightforward, he is honest, he giv…
1235 S Highway 377Pilot Point, TX 76258
Would give zero stars if optional. Took my dog in because he was acting lathargic. The vet did no blood work and prescibed a pain/anti inflammitory for a "pinched nerve". Turns out my dog had a pre-existing kidney problem that we were unaware of. Ultimately the medicine prescribed by this vet ca…
170 N Preston Rd Ste 60Prosper, TX 75078
From Business: Prosper Pet Clinic is a full service small animal hospital. Located in the Prosper Town Center, in the medical offices just behind the Sonic Restaurant and Ernesto's. Serving our Prosper, Celina, Frisco, McKinney, Hwy 380 neighbors and all other surrounding areas. Please visit our website for additional information about o…
5913 Virginia Pkwy Ste 100Mckinney, TX 75071
Dr. Mapes and his incredible team are simply amazing! My pups and I have had the pleasure of being greeted with a warm smile and treated with an honest sense of compassion and genuine care each and every time we step foot in the office. Dr. Mapes and his team are very knowledgeable, sincere, a…
1400 S Custer RdMckinney, TX 75070
Let's face it. vet care is not cheap, so if you're going to take care of your pet you want the best.\r I have been taking my dogs to this practice since before the Chastain's took over. They are very thorough and always answer all my questions. Dr. Melanie (my vet of choice) has been very caring…
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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.