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2715 Red Bud LnRound Rock, TX 78664
I have been going here since 1998 and this is a great place to take your pets. Dr Peck is great but Dr. Carter and Breclaw (sp) are great also. The staff is kind and care greatly about our pets.
1700 E Palm Valley Blvd Ste 370Round Rock, TX 78664
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…
301 Chisholm TrailRound Rock, TX 78681
541 Louis Henna BlvdRound Rock, TX 78664
After hearing bluntly with limited information, after a very brief exam from our previous vet, that my cat had lymphoma, I wanted a second opinion. I opted to see Dr. Drake based on a few recommendations from other friends. Dr Drake was very thorough and took time to talk me through possibilit…
301 Chisholm TrlRound Rock, TX 78681
Our cat, Snoopers seemed to be in a lot of abdominal pain one night so we gathered him up and went to the Emergency Pet Care of Round Rock. We had never been to this emergency center before but it was clear that as soon as we entered the front doors we were treated with he utmost respect. And …
15950 S Great Oaks DrRound Rock, TX 78681
We have been visiting the clinic for just over 2 years. Our greyhound has been treated by Dr. Willis and Dr. Baugh; both doctors are excellent and I would recommend either one. The staff have always been kind, considerate and helpful, even on the visits when they are experiencing a very busy d…
115 E Old Settlers BlvdRound Rock, TX 78664
No one ever wants to need services from an Emergency Vet. The cost can be shocking, unless you've been through it before. Last week, my poor pup wasn't feeling well. Coalie had already seen our regular vet twice within a 7 day period. Thursday, late in the evening, we realized she was getting wo…
1220 E Palm Valley BlvdRound Rock, TX 78664
The care my dog received was wonderful! The staff and doctor were very caring and loving toward her during the blood draw and shots. I was extremely impressed by them! And the cost for care is amazingly reasonable. I used to take my dog to one of those large chain animal clinics, but I now know …
3950 Shaker LnRound Rock, TX 78681
From Business: Offering "In-Our-Home" CRATE-FREE Petcare and Pack Fun! In your home for cats and dogs. Let your pup(s) be our "House Guests" while you're away. We build a relationship with your pup(s) as their Vacation Retreat. We treat and love your pup(s) just like our own: giving the love, 24/7 attention, affection, and care they need…
2111 Sam Bass RdRound Rock, TX 78681
I brought one of my cats to him after being given an expensive run around by my former vet clinic (Wells Branch Pet & Bird, which I suggest everyone avoid). They made me spend hundreds of dollars on tests without giving me anything in the way of a firm diagnosis, and were pushing hard at me to p…
100 W Pflugerville PkwyPflugerville, TX 78660
Good days & bad days, everyone has them. I like this Vet because he's willing to work with you. Folks just don't post suspect comments, they call directly & lodge a complaint. I know I have about prescription diet food that my cats & dogs wouldn't eat. They took the food back & g…
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This clinic needs a sign that says "closed for attitude adjustment." I've had two experiences here at this clinic. The first time a couple years ago didn't go well either. I'm not from the Austin area and because I had taken my dog in for treatment here before, it immediately came to mind when my dog became sick. On Wednesday morning (last week) my dog was diagnosed by my regular vet with diabetes. By Thursday evening (of last week) she had developed a severe eye issue and became very lethargic. I called the clinic to let them know we were coming in. The receptionist was very short with me and I could already tell she lacked any people-skills. I started explaining what was going on and she said "If you are that concerned, bring her in then." I checked my call log, it was 38 seconds. So we quickly drove from Leander to Round Rock to get her seen by an ER vet. We arrived and I said "I just called about bringing my dog in..." and before I could get two more words out she said "Just to let you know there is a 3-hour wait." and I said "Well what can we do, she is very sick?" and she said "There are other clinics you can take her to, there is another one in RR and one off 183/Duval" and I said "We just came from that direction, we live in Leander, I wish you had told me over the phone." She rudely answered "Well I had a room full of patients" (The facility was empty in the waiting room -- full disclosure, I don't know what was going on in the back but I doubt they'd use her for anything other than answering the phone) I said "It would have taken you two seconds to tell us you had a 3 hour wait" Putting a person with zero people-skills, as the first point of a contact can be detrimental to a business. It came as no shock to me when I read a review within the last two weeks describing a similar experience with your attitudinal receptionist. Take this as a tip and learn from it. I will never return to your clinic. I wouldn't send my worst enemy to receive services at your facility after TWO failed attempts. But, I'd like to thank you. Had it not been for your poor service the first time, and crass receptionist the second time, I would have never gone to the other facility in Round Rock where we received exceptional care. In case you want to take this feedback and do something with it, we went on 12/03/15 between 8-830PM.
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.