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103 Wolf RdCopperas Cove, TX 76522
I recently had an appointment here with my dogs. The staff was wonderful at giving me advice on what kinds of medications my pets need to be on and what types of things to look out for such as snakes and bees nests. I would highly reccomend that people go to this vet. They are just awesome.
2515 E Business 190Copperas Cove, TX 76522
I took my 11yr old golden mix in to be evaluated for diarreah and a basic check up for her age. The Vet Tech was not very personable and seemed to be just running through the "steps" of the process. I did have to wait for about 20mins for the vet to finally come in to look at my Sass…
1202 N W S Young DrKilleen, TX 76543
From Business: Do you remember how your son's eyes lit up when his new puppy licked his face for the first time? Or how careful you were to choose just the right kitten for your daughter's birthday? Everyone at El Centro Pet Medical Center has a special memory about a favorite pet, and we understand exactly how important that relationshi…
1321 Pershing DrKilleen, TX 76549
I brought my cat here bleeding after Tails Waggin Groomin and roomin injured her. I was crying and upset and October helped me. They got us in and had Mia sewn up under sedation in a matter of 2 hours. Thank you so much to all that helped. You are 5 star in my book.
505 E Elms RdKilleen, TX 76542
Best vet practice ever! I speak from plenty of experience when I say this as I have a 10 1/2 yr old Golden with Addison's disease. He has been sick since a puppy and requires monthly injections and daily medication for his lifetime. We also have 2 other dogs. Being military we have moved and…
2501 S W S Young DrKilleen, TX 76542
Many times veterinarians are faced with reviews of no compassion when finances are involved. Pet ownership is a privilege, not a right. Many hospitals offer forms of credit based on credit worthiness. There are costs involved in treating emergency situations and owners should be able to meet tho…
2500 E Central Texas Expy Ste DKilleen, TX 76543
From Business: Doctor hours may vary from hospital hours. Please call ahead in urgent situations to verify that a doctor is available before leaving for a hospital. Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical exams and…
2100 S W S Young Dr Ste 1510Killeen, TX 76543
The store is always clean with happy animals. My 4 yr old loves to go in and look at the animals anytime we are in the area. The staff is very friendly and I would definitely adopt a family pet from here. - misty
501 E Fm 2410 RdHarker Heights, TX 76548
I love this clinic. My poor dog has had problems with his ears off and on for years. More on than off. I have spent thousands trying to get them cleared up. After moving to harker heights. The ears flared up again. This being the closest vet to us I made an appt. They packed my dog's ears. I wen…
1603 Central Texas ExpyLampasas, TX 76550
Normally I don't bother to give bad reviews, I just don't use the person or business' service any more, HOWEVER! For those of you who might be considering using these people.We took our dog in for a routine dental cleaning and they totally destroyed my faith in them. Her neck was bruised and swo…
1940 E Highway 190Lampasas, TX 76550
This establishment use to be the best and the doctors still may, but the front desk does bait and switch and have lost the family mentality. First tell you to come in on standby the when you get there 30 minutes before close say yes you got here but we will only see 2 of your dog's after driving…
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I used Crossroads for many years and was very happy with Dr. Beene. We moved away for a while and when we came back I was given a new vet. She is highly incompetent and has cost me several hundred dollars more than I should have paid. First I had a dog in a lot of pain and after multiple expensive tests and meds she was still clueless about the problem. We spent close to $700. I took him to Town and Country where the problem was immediately identified and fixed for only $80. Then I took in a stray kitten because I was concerned it had ringworm. I even said to run the tests but she only gave me ointment which ended up making the problem worse. I again returned to T&C and they are helping me with a problem that could have been resolved weeks ago. I also have to worry about my other pets now due to her incompetence. Even if it's an inconvenience I would recommend ANY vet in Killeen over the vets in Cove. Don't waste your money here unless you can see Dr. Beene.
Doctor and staff were awesome and answered all my questions. Finally, I found a good vet for my dog.
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.