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3513 Hwy 35 NFulton, TX 78358
After moving here from Dallas, she came highly recommended. She took excellent care of my old buddy, and was compassionate when he had to go. 6 years later she is still giving super care to my 2 little dogs. Very thankful to Doctor Mercer and staff ��������������������
1920 Baldwin BlvdCorpus Christi, TX 78404
This is a great clinic. Those who have complained must realize that this is a very high volume, walk-in, underpaid staff that take cuts in pay to help the people who cannot afford the high cost of other vets. Their cost is minimal and their time is stressed. So to go hunt files in another locati…
6822 Everhart RdCorpus Christi, TX 78413
From Business: Corpus Christi Animal Medical is a full service companion animal hospital dedicated to providing the best care throughout the life of your pet. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with an emphasis on prevention and client education.
5214 Blanch MooreCorpus Christi, TX 78411
This Vet facility is a bit expensive!! BUT They are very thorough and competent in the diagnosis , treatment and caring of animals.I have three dogs!Due to the cost they get annuals at this location every other year.Excellent hospital.Wanda
4232 S Padre Island DrCorpus Christi, TX 78411
Alan Garett is the world's most caring, compassionate vet. The animals always come first. I have taken 6 cats to him and he has been wonderful with them all.
5626 Everhart RdCorpus Christi, TX 78411
I absolutly love this animal! They are truly caring and trained professionals. Dr. Pigot is just the sweetest lady ever and gives the best advice! I will never take my dog anywhere else!
1057 Doddridge StCorpus Christi, TX 78411
I took Sammie, the neighborhood cat to see he vet because he hadn't eaten or drank anything for 3 days. I came in without an appointment and didn't have to wait very long to see Dr. Redmond. She was very thorough and compassionate. I liked the friendly staff and the doctor. Sammie had a 104.2 fe…
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Save your money. Find another clinic to care for your pet. This facility proved to me that it is motivated by greed and not meeting the needs of the pet or the customer. Buyer Beware. When I purchased a new puppy, the office staff pushed a “wellness” plan they call “PAW PLANS”. The office staff insisted that I would save money because service would be at a discounted rate. I signed the contract and began making monthly payments. The trouble came when I was forced to cancel the plan because of an unexpected move. The clinic retroactively charged full price for all service rendered. These were serviced that I had already paid for. The fine print on this contract does indicate that this is the case, but this kind of program is the definition of a scam. Find another place to take your pet. Doddridge Animal Clinic is not interested in pet care, they are only interested in squeezing as much money from the customers as they possibly can.
Facilities are chaotic. Administration is chaotic. If you have a 10:30 appointment expect to wait til noon (or later) to get in. It's hard even finding a place to park or the front door. That's a metaphor for their practice.
I will never go to this place again. I took my cat here and told them not to do anything with my cat ontil they call me to consult with me on what there going to do with him, well they did not and decided to do everything with him and give him shots and antibiotics and who knows what and they charge me up with a big bill. I got very upselt and told them that wasnt the plan and all they can tell me is well you csnt take your cat till you pay so i have no choice but to pay but will never go here again.
I was extremely dissatisfied with my experience here. I took my 2 young male cats to be neutered here and when making the appointment I specifically told the lady at the counter that I only wanted the neutering done and the rabies vaccine. She told me it would be approximately $45 per cat for those services to be done. Well when I went to pick up my cats the lady at the counter (same one as before) told me my total would be $159. When I asked why it was so high she informed me that they gave my cats all of the vaccinations they had to offer. I told her that I only asked for the neuter and rabies when I set the appointment. She did not offer to come up with some type of solution to the issue whatsoever. The only thing she could say was "well it looks like someone modified the account".I will never visit this institution ever again and I hope other people don't take their animals here to get ripped off as well. All they want is your money.
The minute you walk in the door, prepare to have your money ready!! I had an emergency & they wanted the office visit payment first. Then they worked up this quote of procedures they were going to do. Meanwhile, my pet was sitting in the back in a cage...untouched!!! She was in distress with a baby hanging out of her & they were more worried about collecting money. The quote i agreed to had to be paid upfront before they helped my pet! What kind of place is this!??? Help the animal in distress! Will never go back or refer anyone there! They obviously care about $ more than animals!
Brought my Chihuahua for emergency uterin and birth sack removal. Staff was courteous, kind,and very understanding!
Excellent Staff! Veterinarian is here 6 days a week! They have full ER capabilities, and the prices are great!
Horrible!!! They overcharge and the managers were rude!!! They tried to charge me twice for a dog bath, I had to go through 3 diff people just so they could confirm I had paid. Then when I got his annual shots done the price was higher than they had originally told me because of extra fees which I was still confused about because prior we had discussed exactly what the costs were and what I would be paying for. I let it go until I realized his tags weren't with his paperwork. when I went back for him Amy the manager was extremely argumentative and rude!!! She kept insisting that I did receive them...over and over again...and that I could buy duplicates or get them from the city. After she rolled her eyes at me and continually made faces at me as I spoke..I asked to speak to her manager over 6 times and each time her response was "i'm the manager" with a smug look!!! Later find online that the actual manager is Ray and that she is a "manager in training" yet even though I called several times to complain about Amy..he never called back...I had to email him..twice..before he finally responded only to have him defend all her yrs of customer experience but did agree that I should have gotten the tags. I took my dog to two other vets who both confirmed that the initial treatment this place had him on was too "aggressive" and he should be retested before he even goes through with the treatment because in "90% of cases like his" he tests negative. Basically Ray ended the email with "we care about animals and your pets health good luck to you" Um no they only care about ripping people off and both persons I dealt with lack serious customer service skills.
Horrible!!! They try to overcharge AND the "manager" Amy was extremely rude and confrontational!!! They tried to overcharge for a dog bath because there computer screen kept showing that I hadn't paid...I had to go thru 3 people before the one who had originally took my payment confirmed I had paid. Then when I had his annual shots done there, they forgot his dog tags so when I encountered Amy over this she kept telling me that I did get them...over and over again...because "it shows" I did. She acted annoyed, kept making faces at me like I was the idiot, and kept arguing with me saying yes I do I them!!! I finally asked to speak to her manager....several times...and her only response was "I'm the manager" like a parrot as she had a smug look on her face!!! I later looked online and actually found the manager is Ray and she was only a manager in training!!! I had specifically asked for her boss and she wouldn't tell me!!! I called to speak to him several times and he never called back. I even emailed him twice before he even responded and he basically defended her all her yrs of "customer service skills" but did agree that she should have given me the tags. Also the heart worm treatment this vet had my dog on was unnecessary according to 2 other vets and that he should wait to get retested before going thru with the "aggressive" plan. One vet said in "90% of cases like his" that they test negative with the meds he had already taken but this original vet was gun ho about getting him painful shots that he might not even need because he's still too young. They obviously care more about making money than the actual well being of animals and there "managers" have the worst customer service.
Don't take your pets here, I REPEAT DONT! If I could no star them I would! My cousin took her beautiful blue heeler here, causing her to her death! I recently took my dog here, and he ended up with a horrible, and serious wound! Took him to another vet where they are treating him, and he is healing. If you love your pet, don't go here. Many cases similar to me and my cousins. I don't recommend this place to anyone!
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.