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17611 Bamwood DrHouston, TX 77090
My wife and I took our female cat to have her spayed, we searched for the best prices and found Alpha K-9. They were very helpful, we dropped her off at 10 and was able to pick her up at 2! It was soo fast. They had friendly staff and were very knowledgeable in what was going on. They answered …
7151 Fairbanks N Houston RdHouston, TX 77040
This place is absolutely wonderful! Dr. Sabo is amazing. I couldn't believe my dog's surgery to remove a polyp was 1/4 the cost at this place than Banfield. They couldn't even do the surgery because they weren't able to incubate him. Skillful Dr. Sabo was able to do it. He called me directly to …
12661 Memorial DrHouston, TX 77024
We've had really good experiences with Town & Country. A year or so go we had to put an older dog of ours down and they were more than compassionate of how it was handled and how we felt. We still have two pets that we take their, if we have any reservations or questions they always hear us out.…
5630 N Eldridge PkwyHouston, TX 77041
One of the things I regretted about moving to Chicago was changing Papi's vet. Now that we are back and have made our first return visit, the staff is still amazing. I could not ask for a better vet for Papi and staff to boot. Papi can be a ""challenging"" patient so anyone that can deal with m…
16125 Cairnway Dr Ste 118Houston, TX 77084
I'll give them one star for great parking. That is the only positive thing I could say about this place. I called to make and appt in the AM explaining the situation with my cat on the phone. When I arrived the lobby was empty and and "mature" woman was sitting at the desk, barely look…
15703 Longenbaugh Dr Ste FHouston, TX 77095
They are the best I have seen. I have been going to this vet for on and off now for 5 years. As we moved around trying to find a vet that did half the job was hard. I was glad to move back in the area. They take the time to allow your pet calm down and they get to know your pet. They all are ver…
4917 S Willow DrHouston, TX 77035
My fiance and I took our fur baby in for the first time and we were both amazed at the general awe of this place. The only negative experience was the snobbish woman at the reception desk when we first came in, she was kind of rude and clearly didn't like the staff members that were coming to ge…
9570 Jones RdHouston, TX 77065
From Business: Animal Hospital has two locations to better serve our pet communities. One, located in the prestigious Steeplechase Area on Jones Rd and the other in the thriving Northwest 249 Corridor off Louetta. Out goal is to serve patients all over Houston, Spring, Tomball and The Woodlands Areas. We welcome all pets and we have even…
14580 Wallisville RdHouston, TX 77049
When my dog got hit by a car they never gave up. When my dog got a chicken bone stuck in her colon they helped us. Not to expensive just right for people that can't afford to pay extra bills to get our four legged family member back to themselves.
13560 Briar Forest DrHouston, TX 77077
I have been using West Houston for the last 15 years and recommend them to all my friends. They go above and beyond any vet I have used. Even at Christmas the staff dresses up as Santa and Elves and welcome anyone to take picture with Santa! Everyone seems to really enjoy working with animals…
10927 Woodedge DrHouston, TX 77070
6633 Bellfort StHouston, TX 77087
Called this clinic today looking to get my German Shepherd her final puppy shots and heartgard. Kay was super friendly and helpful and I got to see the doc within 30 minutes of calling. Great service and they are reasonably priced too. I will be using this place again for all 3 of my dogs.
13830 Northwest FwyHouston, TX 77040
First off, I had scheduled a same day appointment for Morgan, who is a collie mix,older... Not only did they schedule it for the same day, but they also squeezed in my other dog, Daphne, a Rottweiler/Lab mix. Daphne is not very social but after getting to know you will love you forever. From the…
250 Uvalde Rd Suite 529Houston, TX 77015
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Great staff, great doctors, great service. Been going there for over 16 years. Would recommend to anyone.
I have used these fine people for 35 years off and on. They took excellent care of my fur babies over the years in active years and to the end. They truly care and love or pets.
Amazing staff - I’ve been going there for about 18 years and now that I live in Sugarland it’s worth the drive. I don’t trust anyone else with my pets!
Dr. Tinkey has treated all of my 4 legged family members for over 12 years. Dr. Griggs is also an excellent vet. The staff members are all caring people.
Over the years I have used othere vets but after I first took my dogs to Forest West, I have used them exclusively. I have now been going to Forest West Animal Clinic for over 15 years and would not take my girls anywhere else. Both Dr. Tinkey and Dr. Griggs are excellent and caring vets. They take the time to explain what is going on with your pet and any treatment plan needed for their care. The staff is the best and are all very friendly and caring people.
I WOULDN'T TAKE MY PETS ANY WHERE ELSE! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.\ They are very caring and will do anything to help you or your pets. A wonderful experience every time.\ Dr. Donna Griggs is absolutely the best. She is extremely knowledgeable and simply an excellent Vet.
We have been taking our dogs and cats to Dr Griggs and her staff since 1998. We have always had excellent experiences. I believe that the negative review on this site and the only other negative one that I know of were written by the same person. They might have had a bad experience in their mind, but we and many others think the world of Dr Griggs and her staff. We are retired and go in during the week. Saturdays can be busy, perhaps that was the negative person's problem. We and our pets are always recognized and greeted by name, but that is not why we go there. (1)They are VERY competent and friendly. (2)Our pets like them, too. We think that it is VERY important to see how your pet reacts. We are old and have used vets all over the country for more than 60 years with a lot of pets, especially when we lived in the country and rescued and placed strays. Some vets over the years really upset our pets.
I've been taking my dog to Dr. Grigs for over 2 years. She is very gentle and patient with my two small dogs. She cares for her patients and loves what she does. :D
You just found the very best vet clinic. I am the third generation of my family to use this clinic (25+ yrs). Over the years they have treated 12 of our cats and dogs. I tried others when I moved away or was out of town and noticed the difference. All of our pets have routinely exceeded their typical life expectancy due to routine health care and excellent treatment when illness occurred. I could talk about their referrals to Gulf Coast or their consults with A&M or them going to my mother home to give her dog an IV, etc. etc. You should base your opinion on your visit, not one post on the web. My lab mix (50lbs) is now 16 and near the end. I now drive 186 mi. each way to this clinic because of their level of care and expertise. I find their prices to be a real value for the service received as we typically get what we pay for in life, so I strongly disagree with other comments. I would like to thank Dr. Griggs, Dr. Tinkey and their great staff (Thank you ladies!)
I purchased a veiled chameleon from a nearby pet store, he could not open his eyes--so he was heavily discounted. I researched herp vets and chose Dr. White at Briarcrest. After 2 visits and a couple rounds of medicines for parasites, my cham - Flash is healthy and happy and can see! I continue to bring Flash for periodic visits to keep him healthy. I highly recommend Dr. White at Briarcrest Vet Clinic.
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.