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10906 Spencer HwyLa Porte, TX 77571
Do not go here. Dr. Jones is a horrible veterinarian. He doesn't care about the pets in his care, only about the money. He doesn't deserve his poor staff. They are great people who do so much there and they get treated horribly. He yells at them in front of clients. Its a very unprofessional env…
10105 W Fairmont PkwyLa Porte, TX 77571
From Business: About Us Bay-Porte Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility, located in La Porte, TX. The professional and courteous staff Bay-Porte Animal Hospital seeks to provide the best possible medical care, surgical care and dental care for their highly-valued patients. We are committed to promoting responsible…
5018a Fairmont PkwyPasadena, TX 77505
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff of veterinarians, board certified specialists, and technicians strive each day to give your pet the very best in medical care. We understand how important it is t…
3108 Crosby Cedar Bayou RdBaytown, TX 77520
My dog is very scared of any veterinarian, but Dr. Dobbs made his experience as less stressful as could be. Did his exam on the floor instead of me having to lift a 60 pd dog onto the table. Very helpful and kind staff. So glad I made the appointment.
4601 Decker DrBaytown, TX 77520
I have been going to see Dr Christensen for about 13 years with my dog name Charlie. When we first went to see the Doc ,Charlie could fit in my hand well that is not the case now!!!! Doc has a vast knowledge for animal care, I don't know how he does it, but I am so glad he does. If you love y…
4916 Red Bluff RdPasadena, TX 77503
I never have forgotten how well you treated me when my cat, at age 14, was desperately sick. You sent me home with what I needed to treat her --- gave me options to try and cure what was most likely cancer. When, after a few more months, I had to face that her time with me was over and that I …
4601 Decker DrBaytown, TX 77520
From Business: Larry Christensen DVM sees patients at Baytown Animal Hospital Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 AM until 5:30 PM. We are closed each weekday from 11:30 AM until 2 PM. We are open every Saturday from 7:00 AM until 11 AM. We are closed Thursdays and Sundays. Dr. Christensen's practice is limited to all aspects of small …
2822 Center StDeer Park, TX 77536
I absolutely LOVE this place. Everyone here is friendly and helpful. They truly care about your animals. We have 2 small dogs and 1 of them had a lot of health problems his first 6 months of life. We were in the office multiple times a week and Dr. Gras was amazing. She always called to follow …
14870 Space Center Blvd Ste LHouston, TX 77062
TLC is the best! I have been going there for many years with multiple pets and they are wonderful. The staff is professional and kind, they treat your pets as if they were their own. They are always willing to help, even with just a question over the phone. I can't imagine bringing my pets anywh…
7022 Spencer HwyPasadena, TX 77505
Always had good help with caring for my dog. I worked in a business and all business depend on the employees, we make mistakes. Look at all the rating rather than all negatives or the all positive. I am taking my dog in today. She was in 6 months ago and had excellent service at that time.
4601 N Main StBaytown, TX 77521
From Business: Animal Medical Center of Baytown specializes in the health care and treatment of small animals. We are located in Baytown, Texas. provides professional veterinary medical care in a friendly environment. Park Street Amimal Hospital is open Monday-Friday 8: 00 AM to 12: 00 noon and 1: 30 PM to 5: 30 PM. Closed on Saturdays P…
5722 Fairmont PkwyPasadena, TX 77505
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…
1725 El Dorado BlvdHouston, TX 77062
I trust my dog with this vet. Really my only complaints are that sometimes Dr. Murphey has that look in his eyes like he really isnt listening to what you say, but I guess everyone has bad days or maybe he just knows what I am about to say because he hears it so much.\r \r Another thing is that …
2729 Nasa PkwySeabrook, TX 77586
Great staff, Dr Peterson is fantastic and has a wonderful bedside/petside manner. Very knowledgeable with urinary problems in felines. Reasonable prices and several people have also recommended their other vets who work there as well. They took us last minute on a Saturday because they know how …
3942 Nasa PkwyEl Lago, TX 77586
This was my regular vet. One time I boarded my cats there, and since their shots were coming up, asked if they'd go ahead and do the annual exam and give them their shots. Upon my return, they charged $50 for each cat exam ($100 total) and told me they weren't due for shots until next week. \…
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Do not go here. Dr. Jones is a horrible veterinarian. He doesn't care about the pets in his care, only about the money. He doesn't deserve his poor staff. They are great people who do so much there and they get treated horribly. He yells at them in front of clients. Its a very unprofessional environment. He acts like a good ole hometown boy, but behind the doors that say "staff only" , things are very different. He has said for years that he would like to sell his business, I hope he does so that no more people will be mislead by him. He may have the cheapest vaccinations in town, but I highly recommend paying a little extra for quality service somewhere else.
I was a regular customer until one day when I rushed my kitten to them. While holding the kitten I pleaded with them to please take care of her. They said I'd have to make an appointment even though they knew my kitten needed critical care immediately. They didn't even bother to look over the counter to look at the kitten or offer any solutions. After my pleas were totally ignored by all the staff and vet (fake?) I rushed out to find another vet. By the time I got to one my poor kitten died in the soft towel I had her resting in. This vet essentially killed my kitten. NO vet should be in business if they ignore any animal that needs help. What kind of people work at this soulless vet's office? There wasn't one word of empathy for my kitten or me. They said its 'not their policy' and 'that's our procedure' crap so I knew they were useless people. This vet and none of his staff should be allowed anywhere near an animal. Or people for that matter. No one who can turn their backs to a kitten in need should be near animals. Don't take your pets to this heartless monster.
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.