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2121 S Old Bastrop HwySan Marcos, TX 78666
I have lived in SM for almost 30 years. I have been to the supposed ""City vet"" actually went there for years. Until My best friend bought me Higgin's (Shih Tzu) in '08...This is his (Higgin's) Momma's vet. I couldn't be more pleased with the staff, Doctors, and Receptionist. While taking Higgi…
2780 E Pierce StLuling, TX 78648
This vet has saved my pups life...TWICE. They greived with me when I lost another animal. They are always sweet, always follow up to see how my pup is doing after a sick appointment and provide excellent care. I trave over 40 miles just to come here. Thanks for being awesome!
131 E Martin Luther King DrSan Marcos, TX 78666
From Business: Our veterinary office opened in February of 1985 and offers a variety of services for animals both large and small. Our staff is very knowledgeable and our veterinarians offer high-quality medical care to every animal. Besides cats and dogs, our vets are trained to care for birds, rabbits, goats, donkeys, and many other ex…
2400 E Oltorf St Ste 10-aAustin, TX 78741
Will and I want to thank Riverside Vet Clinic here in Austin, Texas deep from the bottom of our hearts. The Doc., Rob and Raina have been there so many times to help us with our pet family in our time of need. Thank you for everything you have done for us and DIAMOND, BUDDYGUY, MISS KASEY, PePe,…
403 E Ben White Blvd Ste FAustin, TX 78704
Very affordable pet care. Considering that I'm a new owner of a puppy, they have been very polite and patient with my questions and concerns, even over the phone. The front desk are super friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. They were able to give me good resources of where I can find natural s…
709 W Lynn StAustin, TX 78703
I went into the vet to get some flea prevention for Buster. I dreaded to get the wet stuff you put on their backs as it's so messy, so they offered a pill called Comfortis. Thank you for this option to rid the fleas on Buster!
1868 Common StNew Braunfels, TX 78130
Excellent clinic! My visit could not have been more pleasant. My dog was seen in a timely manner and the prices were very fair. I felt the exam was thorough and did not feel rushed. I definitely would recommend this clinic.
1928A Gaston Place DrAustin, TX 78723
Crossposted on yelp and google... Called on a Saturday to get my cat's nails trimmed. They had an opening at 11:30. The waiting room is very clean but sparse so bring reading material. Although, I will have to say that after filling out the short amount of paperwork, I didn't have to wait ve…
1220 ParkwayAustin, TX 78703
I have been talking our 2 dogs and 2 cats to Dr Venghaus for 12+ years. As you can imagine, its not just routine appts...we have had our fair share of emergenies. And i always feel like our animals are in top care at Highlands. Everyone at Highlands Pet medical clinic is so friendly and welco…
1501 W 35th StAustin, TX 78703
10 Star !!!! Dr. Biehle is the BEST!!!! ...We live in the country and have Coyote packs all around us .... My German Shepherd pup became very sick, quit eating and couldn't even keep water down. Dr Biehle quickly diagnosed that my dog had been poisoned ... I couldn't believe it because when he a…
12605 Ranch Road 12 Ste 1Wimberley, TX 78676
Dr. Mike Sheffield is an excellent vet - at the top of his field, no doubt. What is also so special about him is his loving/nurturing treatment that he instinctively extends to each and every animal he treats. He see's his job as a privilege - and we were privileged to have his caring hands ta…
2004 Church StGonzales, TX 78629
From Business: Guadalupe Valley Veterinary Clinic est. in 1984 is a full service veterinary clinic for small and large animals (livestock). We are available for emergency situations, but will mainly provide service during regular business hours. We make our clinic a comfortable, friendly environment for both our clients and patients. Ple…
4201 Westbank Dr Ste CAustin, TX 78746
Dr. Van Winkle is the best vet that I have been to so far and I have worked for plenty of them. She is very thorough and takes the time to get to know you and your pet. She found something in my four year old dogs eye that I later found out from the specialist she had had since birth that no oth…
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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.