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135 Prairie RdRockport, TX 78382
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Dr. Moates!! She is so caring and professional. I just moved to Rockport and was looking for a vet for my chihuahua (a truly picky, one-owner dog). By the grace of God, I found Dr. Moates. I've had lots of dogs and been to many vets, mostly in the Ft. Worth area, and I can …
1005 E Main StRockport, TX 78382
I want to express what a wonderful place Bay Breeze Animal Clinic is!!! I have a new foster dog and had to travel down to Rockport for work. I brought the dog, Angie, with me so she wouldn't have to be alone. Angie's back legs are partially paralyzed. When I picked her up I was told she was inco…
702 W Market StRockport, TX 78382
I have taken my pit/mix for heartworms and they were very nice and caring..they have helped her enormously. I also had to euthenize my 2 older small dogs, I was a mess and they assured me they went peacefully and got them ready for a burial at my home. Excellent Vets and staff!
2031 State Highway 361Ingleside, TX 78362
When I take my pet to Ingleside Animal Hospital I know they will receive the best of care. The Dr. and his staff are friendly and take their time to explain what is going on with my pet. My dog came in with symptoms hard to explain, but the Dr. made sense of what was going on with him. He gav…
7721 S Staples StCorpus Christi, TX 78413
I want to say thank you to the veterinarian and staff for being so attentive and compassionate with our puppy Chase. I am forever grateful and appreciate everything they did to help save his life. Thank you’ll again!
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.
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I ABSOLUTELY LOVE Dr. Moates!! She is so caring and professional. I just moved to Rockport and was looking for a vet for my chihuahua (a truly picky, one-owner dog). By the grace of God, I found Dr. Moates. I've had lots of dogs and been to many vets, mostly in the Ft. Worth area, and I can say without hesitation that's she is head and shoulders above any I've dealt with before.
Dr. Moates is by far the BEST vet in Rockport. Her compassion not only for your pet but for you as well is unsurpassed. She takes the time to explain what's wrong and what your options are. She took excellent care of my fur baby and kept me informed of any information I needed to know. I will ONLY use her as my vet!!!!!!
She was the most caring and wonderful vet I have encountered in 70 odd years of having pets. I truly can't say enough about Bernadette service we have a 14 week transmitting kitten and panicked when he got but with her care and medication we are all doing better. We almost have our terrible 2 back getting into everything. We are so grateful to the Dr for the help. She doesn't overcharge we were expecting a bill 3 times as much after our Wisconsin vet experience. She is going to be our vet for as long as we can l
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.