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8790 Highway 6 Ste 100Missouri City, TX 77459
From Business: Our veterinary hospital offers caring and compassionate care to your four-legged friend. Whether you are looking for routine pet care, spay and neuter services, or an unexpected pet emergency, our veterinary clinic is her for help. Or veterinarian, Dr. Sanchez, has been in practice for 20 years and provides veterinary care…
5740 Highway 6Missouri City, TX 77459
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…
2323 S Main StStafford, TX 77477
Dr Ellermann has been our vet for over 20 years. He's seen our many dogs and cats and has always treated them with expertise and compassion. We've had several tough decisions to make over the years and he's always given us the guidance to make the right one. Between his knowledge and his expe…
927 Dulles AveStafford, TX 77477
If you are looking for a caring, experienced veterinarian, Dr. Mike Brady at Stafford Oaks is one of the best around. He has been treating my pets for over 20 years and I trust him completely. I would recommend Stafford Oaks to anyone who loves their pets and wants good care.
12810 Fountain Lake CirStafford, TX 77477
From Business: Veterinary Dental Services is now Texas Veterinary Dental Center. Texas Veterinary Dental Center serves the Houston, Harris County, and metro region with the purpose of providing high quality veterinary dental care in a compassionate manner. We work with pet owners and referring veterinarians to improve the dental health o…
10323 S Gessner RdHouston, TX 77071
I have used these guys since 1992 for all of my dogs (3) and cats (7) and for one ferret. They both are absolutely top-notch. We have never had anything but excellent results. They have neutered and spayed dogs and cats, declawed cats, removed dogs? dew claws, repaired injuries, cuts and spra…
103 Mayfair CtSugar Land, TX 77478
When I first started going to this clinic I got great service. I am sorry to say this is not the case. This place is very, very expensive and the front staff are rude. They put you on hold before you even have a chance to say its ok, and you don't even get to see the doc anymore unless you ha…
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I find it very unfortunate that I cannot continue to use this animal hospital when it is located in such a convenient proximity from my home, HOWEVER I can't sacrifice getting the best care for my pet just because a vet's office is located close by. My initial contact with the clinic started three weeks ago........to the day. A small dog showed up on my porch several day prior to my first appointment with SPAH. I took the dog in to have her scanned to see if she was micro-chipped and if not, then get vaccinations, de-worming and a general health check up. The front desk was awesome and got the appointment set for that same afternoon. When I arrived all the typical stuff happened; weight, nail trimming, looking in ears, eyes, mouth of the dog by the vet who was assigned to our case, DR. RIVERA. I specifically asked that the (female) dog be checked to see if she was pregnant because I had been in that situation before. The VET TECHNICIAN in the room gave more of an attempt to check the dog than DR. RIVERA. So, despite the fact that she didn't perform a sufficient exam on my dog to determine if she was carrying puppies, she did find it necessary to tell me that the dog was either coming into or going out of heat. Interesting.................CONSIDERING THAT I WAS IN AN EMERGENCY VET CLINIC NOT EVEN 7 DAYS LATER AND THEY CONCLUDED THAT MY DOG WAS INDEED PREGNANT WITH 4 PUPPIES. Next up were the shots, that were not given very well. There were two VERY UNSUCCESSFUL sticks attempted by DR. RIVERA that caused my pup to cry out in pain..........before she asked the technician to pick up the dog so she could make the third and final attempt. We finally complete the visit and leave SPAH. ULTIMATELY I ended up taking my dog to the vet recommended to me by the folks at the emergency animal clinic diagnosis and treatment. I spent an additional $173 at the emergency vet and $255 within 10 days of taking my dog to SIENNA PLANTATION ANIMAL HOSPITAL to get a clear diagnosis and treatment plan that DR. RIVERA was apparently not able to provide. They did have an awesome vet technician named Allison that I liked very much. Too bad she works for SPAH.
Very accommodating! My dog gets premium service every time!
Great place + Nice people.Dr. Rivera has a state of the art animal hospital and great staff.Located under the clock tower in the shopping center they were easy to find. You don't have to take your pet anywhere else for tests or medicine. They can even do surgery if needed right there.I would recommend everyone in Sienna to take your pet there.
Great vet clinic at affordable prices. I would recommend this to my friends to get quality service as affordable rates.
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.