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1800 E Quinlan PkwyQuinlan, TX 75474
As a lifelong pet owner and dog lover, I have been to many different veterinarians and their respective clinics, but never before have I witnessed such kindness and patience in treating my dog, Kissmas. We recently moved to the Lake Tawakoni area and I needed to establish a vet for my furry fr…
9385 County Road 2432Terrell, TX 75160
Super impressed with Dr. David and his staff. I had a horse examined prior to purchase from out of state and he was quick to call and communicate. Great service, professional and kind. They made this long distance procedure very easy.
6641 W Interstate 30Royse City, TX 75189
From Business: J.D. Kennels was established in 1991 as an exclusive Boarding Resort for Dogs and Cats. The Resort is so unique that stories have been publicized about it on both Local and National Television and in the High Profile Section of the Dallas Morning News.
2754 State Highway 276 Ste 100Rockwall, TX 75032
I live over 50 miles away from the clinic and it is worth the drive every time. Dr. Gentry has been a blessing to me and my dogs. He also has the best head technician i've ever dealt with. She is a registered vetrinarian technician (RVT), which is sort of equal to a human RN, and most clinics do…
505 W British Flying School BlvdTerrell, TX 75160
Dr. Arnold is by far North Texas’ premium mobile Equine/Horse Veterinarian, with his stationary facility located in Terrell Texas off Hwy 20 by the Tanger Outlet Mall, beautiful facility! He and his staff are responsive to every call and need that a horseman could have. They are kind, knowledg…
4307 Ridgecrest RdGreenville, TX 75402
Patricia Rife has been our Veterinarian since 1992. She is the best in North Texas 100%!!! We had alot of animals in our time. Our latest black cat name Midnight of 19 years in our family, we knew it was getting time to put him down so when me and my dad got back from Arizona, he was not doing g…
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MY dog was attacked by another dog and we rushed him to the vet clinic and they wouldn't even come out to the car to even look and see if they could help him! my dog went into shock before I could get him to another vet and later passed away. I would never bring any of my pets to this careless office!
bad place to take your pet the lady vet just wants your money did not help us at all just took the money tried to get us to do a bunch of test totaling 100s of dollars sent us home with 80.00 of meds. our little dog died that same night if we would have spent the money on test would have got the same results ond been out 100s of dollars waiting 2 weeks for results on test never use again BAD VET CLINIC
As a lifelong pet owner and dog lover, I have been to many different veterinarians and their respective clinics, but never before have I witnessed such kindness and patience in treating my dog, Kissmas. We recently moved to the Lake Tawakoni area and I needed to establish a vet for my furry friends, but was a little reluctant to go to the Quinlan Animal Clinic as it was a humble little building absent of flashy signs and gimmicks on Hwy 276. However, it was so close to my home I decided to give it a try. My dog is very shy and timid but not aggressive. In the past, vets have placed a muzzle on her to restrain her but the staff and Dr. Hendel just took a very gentle and soft approach allowing Kissmas to relax (and me too). They went above and beyond the reason for our visit, making comments about her overall health and appearance. At the end of the visit, we promptly checked out and felt like we had a home vet. I would HIGHLY recommend this establishment to pet owners. One other comment, their prices were the lowest I found too!!Dr. Julianna Royston
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.