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16054 N Hollyhock AveGardendale, TX 79758
I've been using Gardendale Veterinary Clinic for about 15 years. We have used them for both our dogs, cats and strays that we have found. Their professionalism is second to none. Their dedication to working with animals in serious conditions is phenomenal and their compassion when we have had to…
8535 W State Highway 158Midland, TX 79707
This is the only vet I will take any animal to in the Midland Odessa area. They treat my puppy well and give her great care. I also really like that they call a couple of days after an appointment to check up and make sure everything is going well.
13528 W Highway 80 EOdessa, TX 79765
When my dog broke her leg, I needed emergency care on a Sunday. They got me straight in. They x-rayed her leg, splinted it and gave me her medicine. Dr. Behrens was thorough and compassionate with the care she provided. She explained everything very well and went over the x-rays with me. Sh…
3807 E 52nd StOdessa, TX 79762
This hospital does NOT smell like a veterinarian hospital when u walk in. The people are very friendly & very knowledgeable. Not to mention the doctors are the best in town. They also have the top of the line equipment to treat all of your fur babies medical things. Overall the best place to…
4250 NE Loop 338Odessa, TX 79762
I worked for Dr. Wempe half of one day and he managed to degrade me, yell at me, sexually harass me and corner me in a dark room and asked what kind of panties I wore. I finally walked out when we were prepping a dog for surgery and he threw her unconscious body across the room into her cage.
2215 N Midland Dr Ste 3cMidland, TX 79707
The vet here was great but after they gave my dog her annual shots, they never recored them even tho I have a rabies tag with their name on it. (Smh) great vet but staff needs some work.
3408 W Loop 250 NMidland, TX 79707
From Business: Town & Country Veterinary Hospital, located in Midland, Texas, is a full-service companion small animal pet hospital. It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your dog, cat or other pet. Our veterinary services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young,…
3400 N Big Spring StMidland, TX 79705
Would be an excellent vet, but unfortunately, they only keep your records on your pets for a year, so if you are unfortunate enough to have a healthy pet, when they do eventually need to go to the vet, they will no longer have your records and then inform you that they are a closed practice.
5000 N Midkiff RdMidland, TX 79705
Let me open with this: I LOVE THESE VETS!!! I moved here in May with my cat and he's EXTREMELY anxious when he goes to the vet. I only recently brought him in and that is what led me to write this review. In August I got a 6 week old and I was desperately searching for someone to take him to bec…
1301 N Big Spring StMidland, TX 79701
I started using Dr Baze when my vet moved. I have several friends that have used him for years. I love Dr Baze. One night something was wrong with one of my dogs. I called Dr Baze office to leave a message so they could call me back first thing in the morning. I was shocked when Dr Baze cal…
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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.