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21167 State Highway 249Houston, TX 77070
After trying multiple ways of trying to discourage scratching of unacceptable things (furniture, carpet, doors, etc.), SoftPaws, and other alternatives, i began to research laser declawing. i am happy to report that the procedure was a COMPLETE success on my strictly indoor cat (front paws only)…
12202 Bammel North Houston RdHouston, TX 77066
We love Dr. Marshall and her hospital. She and her staff are always there for our pets. She is the most knowledgeable and service oriented doctor we've worked with. She is always up to date on the latest medicine and clinical techniques for our pets. Our pets have had some of the most critical i…
5703 Louetta RdSpring, TX 77379
I would recommend this place to all my friends and neighbors. From the moment I called and talked to the lovely receptionist who was very professional and informative, and when it came to my appointment they where able to get me in within 10 minutes of getting there. Of course it was mostly me s…
12315 Veterans Memorial DrHouston, TX 77014
From Business: Lisa M. Knapp, DVM M. A. Crist, DVM Dan K. Ahrens, DVM Michele Ragsvale, DVM** * Drop off Your Pet on the Way to Work or the Airport * Financing Available * Pet Insurance Accepted * Se Habla Español ; Lang:English - Spanish
12888 Market Street RdHouston, TX 77015
I love the staff they were nice and its affordable...they try to ensure your pet is healthy and make sure you don't overspend....Tiffany and the crew always take good care of my dogs.....The Murchison Family Criminal Intent Kennels (American Pitbull Terriers) 281-912-8265
22707 Gosling RdSpring, TX 77389
I grew up in Northampton, the neighborhood that feeds most of this Vet's business and watched my parents take all of our animals there as a child. And for the last 14 years, as a young adult, I have continued to use this Vet, even driving over 60 miles roundtrip!I have to be honest with you and …
9570 Jones RdHouston, TX 77065
From Business: Hello fellow pet lovers! Welcome to the site for virtual information about our veterinary practices, Animal Hospital Champions Northwest, located in Spring, and Animal Hospital Jones Road, situated in northwest Houston. We serve patients from all over Houston, Spring, Tomball and The Woodlands, and welcome everyone to our …
1551 Campbell Rd Ste VHouston, TX 77055
Dr Herrmann is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!! I am President of Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Houston -- we started working with Dr Herrmann either in 2000 or 2001. Since then, we have been there a number of times, a number of our rescues have had cataract surgery and even one to correct dry eye. Dr…
5211 Fm 1960 Rd WHouston, TX 77069
Champion Forest Animal Clinic is the only Veteribary Clinic I would take my aimals to. Dr. Todd, his wife Lisa, their children, and the whole staff have been there for me and my animals, even during the most extreme times such as hurricanes. I trust them completely and they treat my "fur ch…
22326 Loop 494Kingwood, TX 77339
After several years of experimenting with various vets in the Kingwood area, we found our family clinic. They understand that dogs are not just "pets", they are members of the family. They have been committed to our dogs problems, even entertaining after hours phone calls and guidanc…
5910 Fm 1960 Rd EHumble, TX 77346
She really is an amazing veterinarian. I can't tell you how many clients and pets have benefitted from their relationship with her. She is so caring and reassuring, and I know that she actually is genuinely concerned about each and every sick animal.
2526 Green Oak DrKingwood, TX 77339
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff of veterinarians, board certified specialists, and technicians strive each day to give your pet the very best in medical care. We understand how important it is t…
428 Rayford RdSpring, TX 77386
I took my puppy in to VCA, the women at the front desk were friendly, the vet assistant took the time to answer any questions and the vet was pleasant and informative ... the service was fine, but the prices as I have since found out are outrageous, it was almost $600 for the puppy shots which i…
1811 Spring Cypress RdSpring, TX 77388
I have taken dogs to this practice since it opened. The entire staff is knowledgeable and caring. When I recommend this practice to others, I state it is like taking your pet to the Medical Center downtown if they were a person! Your pet receives the best possible care. My current dog broke her …
11430 Telge RdCypress, TX 77429
I was looking for a vet closer to home since I moved to NW Houston and I have found my new vet. The staff and veterinarians are great, everyone is so loving with the animals. I thought the assessment of my dog was very thorough and they explained everything to me in detail. I've only used one ve…
28800 State Highway 249Tomball, TX 77375
I have been coming here about 6 years after trying several vets in the area and I just fell in love with dr filip who loves animals and I can see that's why she is a vet. I have a special needs dog who has had total hip replacement and pancreatitis and gastritis and several allergy issues and ch…
1646 Spring Cypress RdSpring, TX 77388
So far, we have been pretty happy with NHVS. They still have our very sick 10-year old dog but he should come home tomorrow. He had complications from cancer tumor removal surgery at VCA Spring and we brought him here for 24 hour CCU care. Yes, their callback procedures and timing could be be…
15040 Fairfield Village Square DrCypress, TX 77433
My miniature schnauzer has been a patient of Dr. Hicks at Fairfield Animal Hospital for a decade - a testament to how great they are. In fact, we moved out of Fairfield to West Houston 2 years ago and still drive 25 minutes one way to get to the vet. Dr. Hicks loves J as if he were his own dog…
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We have been so impressed by Dr. Kerry's selfless concern for the health of our dog: went to her with an emergency situation since our normal vet had no immediate appointments available and said we would have to wait for a chance to squeeze in between a fully booked day. I had to get my dog in SOMEWHERE, and SOON. SO....off to Dr. Kerry we went after I searched for a local vet we could see that day. She was also booked that day but said she could also fit us in but sooner. Was a life and death situation that has taken over 3 months to get our dog back to health and Dr. Kerry was amazing not only with her treatments but going out of her way to find solutions that may fit better into our situation (during her personal time, when have you heard of a vet doing that?!). Dr. Kerry goes above and beyond - she loves all her four legged patients. She even met us on the weekend, time away from her family, to do bandage changes. She is one of a kind, the best in class,
I went in with my dog, after going to other vets and not knowing exactly what was wrong with her. Dr. Kerry suggested an exploratory surgery which was immediately booked for the following morning. They were very professional and supportive through the whole process and extremely detailed in what will happen and could possibly happen following the opening. Unfortunately there was cancer everywhere inside my baby. They called immediately and told me of the options and suggestions. Deciding it was her time, we laid her rest shortly after. Dr. Kerry even had a sample of the cancer examined and called me that same day, telling me exactly which type, if it can and can't be cured (sadly in this case, there was no cure) and how fast it spreads. My dog might be with me anymore, but Dr. Kerry and her staff made the process so easy to understand and except. I will definitely be coming here from now on with my animals.
Best vet in Conroe. I have tried others in the Conroe area and their prices were very high and 2 of them lied to me about my dogs condition. The staff here is VERY friendly and caring.
Staff welcomed me and my elderly pet with open arms! Very gentle and loving! Staff helped us to our car when it was raining.
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.