Zoo Babies: Winter 2018 »
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
Check out the cutest newborns from zoos around the country and learn where you can see them.
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BEWARE: Definitely make sure you get a second opinion before you decide to go with surgery on your animal!!!
First, only and last visit here! I had the misfortune of taking my barely 7 month old great dane puppy with a bad skin rash here and seeing Dr. Mahitha Oruganti. Not even sure how good her English was as she barely spoke, which means she barely listened nor did we discuss anything. The minute, and only minute, she stepped in the room, she wouldn't acknowledge or barely touch my dog, she had the tech and me do it (so no real exam). You could tell something was off. So I asked the tech and he said she had a bad experience recently with a big dog. As previously being a vet tech myself, I was bit and had bad experiences, but its the nature of the business! Especially as the vet! I never saw her again after that, only a different tech came in every time. I explained my monetary situation when I came in, yet when they plan for action bill came in there were miscellaneous things such as a heartworm test which were entirely irrelevant to my visit and why I was there! I had them take off an extra $100 of BS treatments. When I expressed all of these items and concerns, I never once got a sorry or anything of the sort. Clearly they dont care about their human or animal clients. Cheap exam fee gets you in the door the you're sucker punched with extras and no real care.
Dr. Croft removed a tumor from my Dwarf Hamster, Mr. Whisker's on November 19th, 2014. There are not enough words in the English Language to express my gratitude for the AMAZING care that Dr. Croft and the Staff @ Kingsland Blvd. Animal Clinic gave to both myself and Mr. Whisker's. Dr. Croft is an exceptional Veterinarian who is very informative, caring, compassionate and truly interested in the animal's well being. Their kindness did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Dr. Croft will never know how truly grateful I am to him for giving me more time with my Mr. Whisker's. I highly recommend Kingsland Blvd. Animal Clinic. Exceptional care that won't break the bank. Lisa P.
I have been going to Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic since it opened in 1981!! I LOVE this clinic! I have seen it grow from a 2 vet clinic, started by Dr. Randlett & Dr. Nichols, to the OUTSTANDING practice it is today!! I highly recommend this clinic!!Whenever I call or visit, I have always been greeted by Kingsland's friendly and helpful front desk & office staff!!You can specify a vet of choice when making appointments but quite honestly I have a hard time choosing!! Dr. Randlett, Dr. Croft, Dr. Shows, Dr. Rico, Dr. Obergfell & Dr. Buelna are all vets that have treated my animals and they are ALL exceptional vets and truly NICE people. They are up to date on the latest treatments, also caring, and more than happy to discuss, in detail, any concerns, diagnosis or treatments of my pets. I have always found these vets to be very honest, straight forward but kind. A few of my sweet babies have developed some rather rare conditions but they were very quick to make a diagnosis and make treatment option recommendations and when necessary refer us to specialists!!
This is the best place to go into Katy! I recently moved here and had googled several place. The reviews were good for Kingsland so I tried it. My dog and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit!
This place is great! I have been bringing my shih tzus to Kingsland Blvd Animal Clinic for about two years now and I've never had a problem. My dogs have been seen on all occasions from an emergency, to regular checkups, to dental cleanings. The entire staff is great! They are thorough, considerate, and are very gentle to my furry babies. After my babies had their dental cleanings the doctor took her time on the phone with me and explained everything that went on during the procedure and answered every question I had. I have no complaints whatsoever!!
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.