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3319 Gilmer RdLongview, TX 75604
I have been using Taylor's for a little over 10 years. They are compassionate, caring and very knowledgeable. My dachshund will not let anyone but Dr. Taylor come near him. When going out of town I board him and know he is being cared for with loved and I don't worry about him. I would recemmend…
166 Fm 2751Longview, TX 75605
Animal Clinic at the Crossings is the ONLY place my animals go! From my Yorkies to my horses, they do it all! Dr. Handlin and staff are very friendly, helpful, and efficient. They always answer my questions and help me choose the safest, most cost-efficient methods for my furry friends. One of m…
1903 Tolivar RdMarshall, TX 75670
From Business: All Cypress Veterinary Hospital offers complete animal health care services to make sure your pets stay happy and healthy. We are committed to promoting responsible pet ownership, preventative health care and health-related educational opportunities for our clients. All Cypress Veterinary Hospital offers progressive veteri…
2500 Estes PkwyLongview, TX 75602
I have been with Longview Animal Hospital since returning to Longview TX. It is hard to find words that truly describe Dr. Foye, his wife Jill and their staff. They are awesome! Every appointment that I have had with Dr. Foye and his staff has been a great experience. Dr. Foye and his staff …
1301 W Loop 281Longview, TX 75604
West Loop Animal Hospital is the best possible place to find medical care for your pets. The staff is friendly and all seem to love animals. The vets are knowledgeable and very caring as they treat my pets. The professional vets can tell you where to find other treatment if your pet needs a s…
705 Gilmer RdLongview, TX 75604
I used them a while back. They did a great job but charged me a late fee! I would have been on time except the bridge flooded and I didn't know the area so I got a lite lost. A tornado was close to where I was so I had to take cover at a gas station Then had to pull over several times because…
812 Gilmer RdLongview, TX 75604
both times i've came here they tried to pad the bill with a bunch of stuff that my dog ended up not needing and its supposed to be a 24 hour clinic but when we took my dog in because he was throwing up and pooping blood we had to wait for nearly an hour for the vet to get back from lunch. It was…
1024 Us Highway 59 NCarthage, TX 75633
Took a stray dog in today that was hit by a car. The dogs foot was bleeding and needed to be cleaned and wrapped as far as I could tell. We started explaining the situation to the office staff and it seemed like they were upset because the dog wasn't ours. We filled out the paper work and asked …
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I have used Dr. McClendon for many years, and she is the best vet in the area as far as I am concerned.
They were very helpful with our new rescue, Dallas a year and a half old, 60 lb German Shepard. They answered all sorts of new Shepard owner questions for us
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.