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1704 Us Highway 90 ECastroville, TX 78009
The employees at this clinic truly care about the animals and their families. I had to put my beloved dog to sleep recently, and the staff was so caring and kind. I found this clinic through the recommendation of a friend, and I recommend this clinic to my friends. I live in Helotes, but I drive…
1991 Us Highway 90 WCastroville, TX 78009
Please spread the word with other vets in the area. My daughters black with white chest pomeranian was taken from Houston Street in Lytle on 4/7/12. They were in a black or dark blue pickup. She has had a litter of pups. She was wearing a collar with names and contact numbers.She isn't fond of …
8225 Fm 471 SCastroville, TX 78009
Dr Bell is my hero. He is a qualified, compassionate, experienced, empathetic veterinarian. He knows his business and doesn't let his vast amount of knowledge get in the way of listening to his clients. I have been involved with dogs for over 45 years and he is the epitome of vets that I have…
1424 S Ellison DrSan Antonio, TX 78245
I have been to lots of vets and Dr Curd and her staff are amazing. I appreciate that I was able to ask the questions of Dr Curd that I wanted to ask about my dogs situation. I was blown away by the staff, from the receptionist when I called to make an appointment, to the tech assisting Dr Curd a…
12355 Potranco Rd Ste 111San Antonio, TX 78253
I first came here because they had the best price and the most convenient appt time to get a health certificate for a pup I was shipping. I came back because they are fabulous! The entire staff is friendly, helpful & knowledgable. I have no more puppies, but I will not be bringing my 3 Belgian M…
119 SW Loop 410 Ste 3San Antonio, TX 78245
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…
8606 S Zarzamora StSan Antonio, TX 78224
I took my precious puppy to this Vet. & both the veterinarian & assistant were very professional & friendly & could tell they genuinely love & care for animals. I would highly recommend this clinic! My puppy was taken care of very well & is now healthy!!
9919 Westover BlfSan Antonio, TX 78251
From Business: *Complete Veterinary Hospital Including Grooming and Kennels; Lang:English, Spanish
10839 Potranco RdSan Antonio, TX 78251
A little over a year ago my son and I unfortunately had to experience the loss of our beloved Gizmo due to a canine vs car accident. Since I was there to witness the accident, I took Gizmo to the closest veterinary clinic I could find which was Potranco Veterinary clinic. When I came in with Giz…
6614 Southpoint StSan Antonio, TX 78229
I adopted a dog from the local shelter who was heartworm positive. The staff was very knowledgeable and professional in the treatment of my dog, and to me, the mama. As for the review of please don't go here..., that dog was probably already messed up before getting services here.
19633 W Interstate 10San Antonio, TX 78257
Consider alternatives maybe staff will change, I tried to make appt-to have my 14 year old canine w/ cancer put to sleep -receptionist grudgingly made appt but wants pets total medical records history/credit records /and their phone numbers from all the vets she has been seen by-she insisted o…
Serving the Lytle Area.
one of the best vets i have ever taken a pet. The Drs' and staff at marion animal hospital are courteous and sincerely care about your pet they treat each animal as if it were their own. I have taken my dog "jake" to several other vets as my family is military and we move frequen…
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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.