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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 was…
301 Chisholm TrailRound Rock, TX 78681
My husband and I took our 7 year old Italian greyhound dog to see Dr. Theisen after our regular vet was unable to diagnose him. Dr. Theisen was able…
3651 E Whitestone BlvdCedar Park, TX 78613
From Business: At VCA Premier Animal and Pet Resort, we've helped pets live long, healthy and happy lives since 1997. We deliver the best medical care for pets and the best expe…
13542 N Highway 183Austin, TX 78750
I have been very satisfied with the care my dog has received and the attention to my questions at this clinic. From the front desk staff to the medi…
5114 Balcones Woods Dr Ste 312Austin, TX 78759
Staff at Arbor Animal Clinic are very friendly. I was in waiting room to see Dr.Hartwell while another pet patient came in for a nail trim and they …
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My husband and I took our 7 year old Italian greyhound dog to see Dr. Theisen after our regular vet was unable to diagnose him. Dr. Theisen was able to diagnose his illness and treat him. We are so thankful to Dr Theisen who gave us another year and half with our beloved family member. She was always very straight forward with us about his diagnosis and life expectancy. She also helped us through the difficult process of deciding to end our dogs suffering due to his quality of life. She was honest and understanding and loved our little one every step of the way. We will forever be thankful for her honesty, love, and care that she showed us and our baby Squirt.
My dog was vomiting and extremely lethargic so I took him to this clinic. To say I wasn’t impressed is an understatement. These people are more concerned about their bottom line than they are about the pets and their owners. They quoted me over 1900 dollars, but had no clue what was wrong. They wanted to do X-rays and an ultra sound, but, they would not work with payments, they wanted the total amount up front. They charged me almost $80 for a shot of a medicine I found out was actually $80 for the whole vial, which my dog didn’t even receive. I don’t understand why they are so uncompassionate. I was extremely upset and worried about my little guy and was sobbing and they just kept bringing up the money. I will never recommend this veterinary practice nor will I ever return.
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.
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 worse. Immediately, we decided to take her to an ER vet. We previously visited another vet in Round Rock (big mistake) and this time was no different. They were awful. I am so thankful for their crass and rude staff because had they not turned us away we would have never gone to Heart of Texas. This staff and clinic was the polar opposite. Attentive, sensitive, friendly, thorough, and empathetic! If I could give them more stars I would! Both vets we worked with and all of the technicians made us feel at ease. I cannot thank them enough for making such an awful situation, a little bit easier. Most of all, for taking such great care of Coalie.
dr jill and erika vet tech good. Prices unreal. Chg me 21.00 for 3 tabs I saw on 1-800 petmeds fir 0.69 each! over 373.0 for 2 dogs shots and ht worm fecal tests.
I have utilized this Internal Medicine Specialty facility for months with Dr. Cheryl Wood, with ABSOLUTLEY NO POSITIVE RESULTS WHATSOEVER, AND AT ANEXORBITANT COST AS WELL! My dog has diabetes and in NO WAY WAS SHEABLE TO REGULATE HIS INSULIN AS SHE IS FRANKLY AFRAID TO MAKE A MOVE. I BELIEVE THIS IS HER FIRST INTERNAL MEDICINE ASSIGNMENTAND I THINK SHE NEEDS TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN MORE ACADEMICALLY AND ALSO LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH PATIENTS AND THEIR OWNERS! Read on:I know there are mixed reviews on the Emergency side of this facility, although my one experience there with a Vet NOT listed on their website proved to be of no help in diagnosing what turned out to be a serious Staph infection post a bilateral enucleation at an Ophthalmology practice, I do know their costs are exorbitant, but I do know too they did 'save' my girlfriends dog with emergency back surgery at a cost of about $3,000, but he is up and running these days.My experience with Dr. Wood, the 'so called Internal Medicine expert' was fruitless in terms of helping my dog control his diabetes. I spent a small fortune there with absolutely no positive outcome. I left this practice because Dr. Wood REPEATEDLY REFUSES TO GET ON THE PHONE TO DISCUSS ISSUES OR QUESTIONS AND INSISTS ON FILTERING EVERYTHING THROUGH HER ASSISTANT MEG WHO THINKS SHE KNOWS IT ALL AND OFFERS HER OWN ADVISE WHICH IS AS I SEE THINGS NOT APPROPRIATE. In my opinion, THIS IS NOT A WAY TO RUN A PRACTICE, especially with a dog with very serious medical issues. She will never see you in person when you bring the dog in or when you pick it up after all day testing, and will talk to you on the phone ONE TIMEPOST A VISIT to discuss her findings, and that is it for direct communication. In finally, after months of dealing through Meg, I spoke up and then I was TOTALLY BLACK LISTED! The Practice ManagerJulia Marlin is a COLD, UNCARING AND TOTALLY NON RESPONSIVE PERSON with ABSOLUTELY NO COMPASSION WHATSOEVER FOR ONE'S PROVEN FINANCIAL SITUATION OR ANY CARE FOR THE ANIMAL. IF YOU CAN'T AFFORD THEIR FEES, YOU CAN FORGET USING THIS PRACTICE AND NO ADJUSTMENTS IN FEES ARE AT ALL POSSIBLE IN SPITE OF PROVING MY FINANCIAL SITUATION! Marlin's MOST OFTEN USED WORD IS "NO"!DR. WOOD IS LIKEWISE THE ADJECTIVES I'VE DESCRIBED TO DISCUSS MARLIN. I would be VERY CAUTIOUS in choosing this Dr. Wood and this practice if your pet needs a specialist. She did nothing to help, but make me spend thousands of dollars there and put my dog through endless tests to IN NO WAY GET HIS DIABETES UNDER CONTROL. There are many other specialty practices here in the Austin and Round Rock area that have to my knowledge competent and caring physicians that you can talk to with your questions and concerns and who will allow you face to face meetings when you bring your pet into the practice. I would rate Dr. Wood way below the one star rating and ditto for Ms. Marlin who incidentally TOTALLY CONTROLS THIS PRACTICE. There is NO WAY you are able to find out who the owners of this practice are either, which for me puts up a huge amount of RED FLAGS! R. Sloan
My dog was recently bitten by a huge rattlesnake when we were on a walk. She became immediately VERY painful and swollen. I called my vet and they referred me to Heart of Texas for treatment. She was taken to get pain medication as soon as we got there, which I really appreciated. Dr. Cannon explained the treatment with anti-venom, and although it was expensive, the treatment really worked. My girl recovered and it was worth every penny. All the doctors and staff I spoke to seemed to care about Allie, and they did not mind me calling to check on her every few hours - even overnight. While it is true that emergency vet treatments can be expensive, I am very grateful for all they did for her and I highly recommend them.
Our almost nine year old dog, Emmie, started having seizures for no apparent reason about 6-7 months ago. Our regular clinic went above and beyond to try and help Emmie, but just couldn't get a handle on her seizures. They sent us to Heart of Texas. They have been wonderful to our Emmie! She has had to make a few emergency trips there on the weekends and at night, and I have never been more relieved to know they were there and open 24/7. Emmie is an abuse survivor, and is extremely scared in any setting other than home and with her family, The staff at Heart of Texas are so understanding and compassionate when they care for Emmie... it makes it easier when we have to leave her there. We know she is in good hands. If you ever need help with a special problem, or help in the middle of the night or during the week-end, they are the best place to take your pet.
I'm so happy that Dr. Jill Ulofsky is now at Animal Care Clinic. Dr. Jill has been seeing my pets since prior to her arrival at ACC. In fact I changed my pet's vet when I found she moved to ACC. Jill is by far the most compassionate and caring vet I have ever been to. She took personal interest and helped me and my family through a tragic bout of cancerous tumors with my dog Tobin. When we got another dog (a hard enough feat to follow the "greatest dog in the world"), Jill and her staff at Animal Care Clinic remembered me (a year later) and welcomed us (and our new dog Bentley) with open arms. I found all of the staff at ACC to be exceptional throughout the visit. And as for Dr. Jill, I just can't say enough. Her knowledge of animals and understanding of their issues, coupled with her genuine concern for you and your pet are why I won't go anywhere else. Thanks again Jill. You've really helped us through some difficult situations with your apparent love of animals, including the two-legged kind :-).
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.