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4995 W Bellfort StHouston, TX 77035
I have been going to this clinic for years and the doctors and staff are great and patient! When my yorkie had to have surgery the doctors made me feel that my pup was in a very safe place. I'm glad to have such great people my in my dogs life!!!!
4995 W Bellfort StHouston, TX 77035
We have used Meyerland Animal clinic for so many years. My pets have seen many of their vets and every one has been attentive, professional and caring. They always take time to explain what is happening and draw pictures for assistance. We recently had our precious dachshund at the vet for a v…
9643 Hillcroft StHouston, TX 77096
We have been using Braescroft Animal Clinic for a couple of decades; first for our house rabbits and then for a couple of cats that insisted on adopting us. For the last ten years, they have helped us care for our dearly loved rescue sheltie. The facility is always clean and well equipped. The s…
10275 S Post Oak Rd # 39Houston, TX 77096
From Business: 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 lab work-ups, to dental cleanings, X-rays and surgery, our full-service pet hospital is committed to the long-term health of your pet. Let us show yo…
6213 Bellaire BlvdHouston, TX 77081
Dr Mark Peckham is simply the BEST doctor in the world. He has treated successfully several of my dogs. He is committed to providing the best care available to date. The extensive surgery he performed on my dog left absolutely no scars and would frankly put most human plastic surgeons to shame. …
7005 Mapleridge StBellaire, TX 77401
One of the kindest, most thorough vets in Houston! Dr. Huddleston and his staff sincerely love animals and will go above and beyond to help them! I recently adopted a cat and she has had her fair share of medical problems. I had gone to four different vets in the Houston area until I found thi…
5808 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77081
My 16 yr. old dog recently passed away & I attribute his long life to the excellent care he received from these 3 excellent vets & their staff. Their groomer is wonderful and I would not take him anywhere else! \r \r In the last couple of years, they helped ME work through my emotions that h…
4917 S Willow DrHouston, TX 77035
My fiance and I took our fur baby in for the first time and we were both amazed at the general awe of this place. The only negative experience was the snobbish woman at the reception desk when we first came in, she was kind of rude and clearly didn't like the staff members that were coming to ge…
5808 Bissonnet StHouston, TX 77081
Bellaire Richmond Pet Hospital has treated my dog, Cricket, for the past 13+ years. I liked the original veterinarians very much, and those men have retired now. A new group of veterinarians has now taken over, and they are just as wonderful as the original group, which makes me very grateful. I…
9119 Stella Link RdHouston, TX 77025
I'm sure anyone reading throught these reviews is by now, throughly confused! They all seem to run either hot or cold. I am a small hobby breeder of Persian cats and I show them successfully in the Cat Fancier's Association (CFA). I have been going to Dr. Rigoni for at least ten years and I woul…
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I don't know who the other reviewer was writing about, because the Drs. Smith and Millichamp that I know are very kind, courteous, and professional. My first visit was an emerency one, as my 1-eyed dog, whose other eye had been monitored annually by my regular vet since I adopted him 2 years before, literally suddenly developed glaucoma in his other eye. Bothe drs. spent quite a bit of time with my little guy & were able to get his pressure down to normal range. Unfortunately, damage had already been done and my dog's vision was impaired. WIth regular drops, I have been able to keep his pressure down for the last few months. I regularly visit the Tomball Pkwy. office to get check ups. I've only had to wait longer than my appointment once. After so many vets for my older dogs, I've been involved in some hideously long wait times, so the waits here are nothing compared to those - and this place gets its share of emergencies, I'm sure. I usually see Dr. Millichamp, who is always very compassionate with my dog, and straightforward with me about options and treatment, which I appreciate. I've also seen Dr. Smith twice, and have the same rapport with him. After a $2,000 vet bill for my other dog at my regular vet - with still no confirmed diagnosis or relief for her strange gait (neurologists and orthopedists), the $40-$70 office visits here, plus meds (which are much less expensive here vs. the pharmacy where i've had to go when I ran out once) are very reasonable. Every other owner I've met in the waiting room also seem to love the vets here and appreciate what they've done for their pets, so the previous poster is certainly in the minority from what I've observed in my 10 or so visits there.
I just read the review below about the cat dying. Very sorry to hear that and I would be devastated if my cat died too. But anytime surgery is performed on an animal and they are put under anesthesia death is a possibility that no doctor can ALWAYS avoid, sometimes there are complications. I just wanted to say that I have personally taken numerous cats to be spayed/neutered (over 30 of them) to Dr. Yoo and none of them have died. There was a complication with one of the male cats being neutered and Dr. Yoo's attention to the matter saved the cat's life. And Yes, his office is a little different from other vets in that he is a one man office........this is how he keeps costs down. And even with the EXTRA costs that some are complaining about (Rabies shot and tag is all I know of) he is stll the cheapest place to have an animal neutered or spayed that I know of. I would recommend Dr. Yoo to those who need to save money in getting an animal spayed/neutered. You can also take your animal to the SPCA or other low cost spay/neuter clinics that are not as convenient but you will find that Dr. Yoo performs surgery regularly for these types of clinics. Some of these clinics are sending your animal out to be neutered/spayed. Dr. Yoo is a spay/neuter vet, this is his specialty. I would not take animals to him for other services though unless it was an emergency. And I would rather deal with some of the inconveniences of a one man office than driving far to a low cost spay/neuter clinic for a very early drop off time in traffic. Just my opinion. I am a long time experienced animal owner and stray rescuer.
We've been coming to this clinic since it was a small little building. The staff is nice and helpful. I don't know why people complain, they probably have attitudes with the staff or something. Well aside from the staff being nice and helpful, the doctors there are great, IF you know who to choose. I've had the same 2 doctors for years, great amazing people. And they scolded us too about feeding our pets human food. But hey you know what? They are right, human food is very bad for your pets, so if your dog/cat is dying and your too stubborn to stop spoiling it with human food well then its probably your fault its dying in the first place. They saved our 10 year old chihuahua who had failing kidneys, she is still with us thanks to them. And for those who lost pets, do not blame a vet for being terse and uncaring. They are vets, do you want them to lie and say "She'll live." instead of hurting your feelings by saying "She won't make it."? Honestly, losing a pet is terrible, but don't say they're "uncaring" just because they won't give a dozen roses and a tearful apology. I would recommend this place. And if your unsure just go and check it out. Its more of a Hispanic place so if people that complained about this place aren't Hispanic then their reviews do not surprise me. Also, my dog got Parvo when he was about a year old. If they had been the terrible uncaring, doctors people said they were, then my dog wouldn't be 5 years old and crazy today.
Understanding that your pet may be one of the most loved members of your family, the doctors and staff of Bellaire-Richmond are the folks you need to help you make all the right decisions. Quotes from them: "God puts animals on this earth and someone needs to care for them. Why not you?" This was said to me after having to put down one of my cats of many years. I had asked, why do I put myself through this as it hurts so bad. In the end, after hearing these kind words, I snapped to the reality that you will most likely have to put down all your pets. God did not give them the life span that he gives us. So, why don't I just take care of all the little precious four legged creatures I can, while they are here on earth, and do God a favor. Plus, it's a great reward in all the love they give my family in return. I also heard: "She (my beloved dog) has trusted you to make the right decision all her life. Don't let her down now when she is ready to go." - This taught me I can not be selfish. I must do what is right for my dog, and love her to the end by letting her go. All three doctors are down to earth, caring, exceptional and reasonable, in professional care. The staff is like family. A great place to partner with you in the care of your four legged friends. - They have cared for our family of animals for over 35 yrs. We have had wonderful, long healthy lifetimes with each and every animal thanks to Bellaire-Richmond Pet Hospital and their staff.
First off, I had scheduled a same day appointment for Morgan, who is a collie mix,older... Not only did they schedule it for the same day, but they also squeezed in my other dog, Daphne, a Rottweiler/Lab mix. Daphne is not very social but after getting to know you will love you forever. From the moment we walked in the door the receptionist welcomed us, greeted the dogs then went to get them a water bowl. Daphne was comfortable, yet excited. As a matter of fact, other professionals came up to greet us and introduced themselves to all of us. This is one of the few times I haven't had to worry about either dog barking or becoming defensive. The staff was wonderful and worked around my schedule even in such short notice. The girls needed vaccinations and I was up against a time crunch because I was boarding the dogs and needed to take care of this anyway. They're both very spoiled indoor dogs whom I absolutely adore and love with all my heart. For the first time in years I'm going on vacation and cannot bring my babies with me. This will be the first time we've been apart for a day much less a week lol. But just wanted to thank the staff and anyone looking for a affordable yet professional clinic to take your pet I would highly recommend the folks at Banfield. I smiled the whole time I was there.
I have been taking my pets to Dr. Shelby and his staff for over 20 years. I see some reviews that say that this clinic is uncaring but believe me, this is far from the truth. I am so sorry that these people had a bad experience but obviously all of the facts are not told in those reviews. The staff is BUSY since this clinic is always packed but they have always been courteous to me and those that have been in the clinic with me at the time I am there. I have sat waiting for testing results many times and observed their customer service techniques. They are sweet, compassionate people who see so much ugliness come off the streets. Having to deal with people who don't realize that pets are living creatures who deserve good vet treatment. They see neglect, abuse, apathy... They take all of this in stride and do the best they can to see that every pet is taken care of and every customer is satisfied to the best of their ability. Dr. Shelby is THE BEST and his staff a close second. They will not sugar coat things and yes, they tell you like it is. People need to leave their sensitivity behind when it comes to the well being of their pets. We need to hear the truth about our pets so that we can be better pet owners.
I LOVE South Belt Animal Hospital. I brought 2 dogs I found on the street here to get them checked out in October last year. The staff and vet were all so friendly and explained all the test results, even letting me look through the microscope to see what was going on. I got all vaccines done and prescriptions for medications they needed. They gave all sorts of reccomendations for things I asked about. I have been back twice since then for health concerns with one of the dogs. They got me in ASAP and even sat us in the room early when I arrived earlier than my appointment. It is always in and out but I never leave with a question un answered. They are open Saturdays which works great with my work schedule and always give me a follow up call to make sure my dogs are doing ok. An added bonus is the cream cheese dipped treats they give at the beginning and end of the appointments, they know how to spoil the doggies! I work at a dental office close by and always reccomend my patients here. If you are looking for a clean, nice, and affordable vet then this is your place!
After taking my cat to other places and him not getting better after 2 and a half months I decided to try out VCA animal hospital. My cat barely ate and kept vomiting. I couldn't make him eat and he lost over 7 pounds. I was terrified for his life and felt like no one could help me. When Dr. Trlica took a look at him she automatically knew what was wrong. She said we need to do an ultrasound because she thinks that my cat ate something. She was right, there was a foreign object in his intestine. The next morning she preformed the surgery and I got to take him back in 3 days. He is eating now and gaining wait. Slowly he is recovering from everything that happened to him and I couldn't be happier to have my baby at home with me! Thanks to VCA animal hospital my cat is alive ( other people were suggesting to put him down). The staff and veterinarians here are amazing. The communication is great, Dr. T still calls to check up on my kitty to make sure he is doing well. The best vet place I had ever been too! If you love your animals you will take them here!
This is a wonderful Hospital! My dogs have all been here at some point. I brought in my oldest dog a couple of years ago for vomiting. I was really scared but, Dr. Laurie Noaker (1 of the Doctors that took care of my baby) put me at ease. I was very impressed with how compassionate she was to both my beloved dog & I. She is very knowledgeable & super nice! Later, my youngest dog went in for not eating. Again, Dr. Noaker (along with another Doctor, who I can't remember the name of) were my Doctors. I could not say enough nice things about these Doctors! They were always updating me on her status and they never did anything that I did not approve or that was not on my estimate. Recently, I brought in my last dog for minor surgery. A neighbors dog had attacked him and he had to get stiches. As soon as I walked in the door, the receptionist greeted me and I was seen by a Tech and then by a Doctor within 15 minutes of getting there! THIS IS A GREAT HOSPITAL WITH AN AWESOME STAFF OF DOCTORS, TECHNICIANS AND RECEPTIONISTS!!!
I have been taking my dog here for almost a year now and they are wonderful! The staff and the veterinarians are all friendly and compassionate. My puppy had 2 sets of shots and needed the 3rd set, so we did not take her outside and she still got Parvo (from our shoes I am sure). I called and spoke to Dr Kennedy and he said sure bring her on in. She was very dehydrated and wouldn't eat or drink for 2 days. Within 3 days of fluids, antibiotics and care my baby girl was almost back to her old self! The staff and vets here saved her life and no amount of money could ever repay what I owe them. Dr Kennedy is a very sweet, and understanding doctor. Wonderful! Doctor White is the same. I have had my puppy in the office since then and Dr White does not insist on a bunch of unnecessary test to care for my dog. The office waiting area and rooms are clean and bright. They always handle my baby girl with care. I will never take my dog anywhere else! I
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.