Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
202 E Us Highway 80Forney, TX 75126
What a wonderful, professional and friendly staff these guys have. From the very beginning, they made me and my canine children feel right at home. A clean, beautiful facility that is comfortably spacious for animals and humans alike! Price was a little steep for general services, but other than…
388 E US Highway 80Forney, TX 75126
Dr. Holt is the best. When my little Jack russel got kick by my horse he saved his life. And saved my heart from breaking because 2 months before that I lost my dog(nalla) to dog food poisining. He has also work with my horse. I think he is the best. Thank you for being my Vet. my animals mean e…
11816 Classic LnForney, TX 75126
Dr. Williams has been my vet for probably 15 years. She has seen me and my pets through many highs and lows. Her fees are fairly priced. I think she has always shown my pets and me a great deal of respect especially when it has come time to say our farewells to one another. She does not push …
615 S Bryan Belt Line RdMesquite, TX 75149
Dr. Pirrung is a great vet. He has taken care of 6 of my dogs over 20 years. He really loves his patients (furry, not human) and you can tell by the way he treats them and talks to them. He has gotten a couple of my pets thru some serious illnesses. If I have questions, he will take as long …
1206 N Highway 175Seagoville, TX 75159
Doc.Ronnie is outstanding he has treated our babies for years would never go any place else, all the staff is great they know all my dogs by name .there is not enough words to express my gratitude to doc.Ronnie and his staff. AKA (burt&earnie)Thank yall!
2555 N Belt Line RdSunnyvale, TX 75182
Kind and sympathetic staff. Cost the same as other vets I have been to recently. They handled my cat well and prescribed the correct medication for his problem. I was favorably impressed.
3475 S Belt Line RdBalch Springs, TX 75181
I have many fur babies that I bring to this hospital. I love how the vets and staff take time to explain what's going on with your pet. One of my pets needed surgery once and they did everything within their power to keep it very affordable for me and provide what I felt was the best care possib…
102 E Trunk StCrandall, TX 75114
My daughter couldn't afford vaccines or heartworm testing for her dog and it was breaking my heart, but I don't live nearby. Then she found this place! Her dog finally received the care he needed and is healthy and best of all - she can afford to go back every year when he needs more treatment. …
312 New Market RdMesquite, TX 75149
He struck my cat right in front of me. What does he do when you aren't there?\r \r He tried to give my cat a pill and when the cat pulled back, he walloped him.\r \r When I took the cat home, I checked his mouth and he had an infected tooth, so I took him to another vet who did the dental on hi…
4651 N Belt Line RdMesquite, TX 75150
From Business: The LRH Emergency Pet Care Center is a state-of-the-art facility utilizing the most sophisticated and advanced medical and surgical technology. Our on-site staff, highly trained in emergency and critical care medicine, is there to care for your pet's most difficult moments. In the event of an emergency, or if intensive car…
1600 Gross RdMesquite, TX 75149
This is the best animal hospital I have ever been to. My dog Sophye has been sick for awhile. Dr. Airhart was able to figure out what was wrong with her and now she is feeling great and back to her happy self. I found the staff to be nice and they seemed to genuinely care about us. Dr. Airh…
2730 S Buckner BlvdDallas, TX 75227
En este momento estoy muy triste y enojada, lleve a mi perrito para atencion y me dijeron que estaba bien, que 3 dias se le pasarian los malestares y amanecio muerto, si quieren a sus animalitos vivos NO vayan a este lugar, no se tomaron ni la molestia de revisarlo bien, solo lo pesaron 🤢🤢😢😢…
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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.