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6515 W Interstate 10San Antonio, TX 78201
If you are not taking your pet here then you're not giving your pet the best! I took my older lab there just yesterday and made it out with medication and all for SO CHEAP! You can even text your vet with any questions after the appointment! I wouldn't take my pets anywhere else now!
6701 Bandera RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
I love this vet he is very nice and answered all our questions the women that work at the desk and help are awesome too!! everyone is super nice and just fun to be around. Im glad i found them.. we will be taking our animals there as long as we living here!! I would recommend them to everyone.…
2822 Pleasanton RdSan Antonio, TX 78221
There was one rep that made all the difference! Her name is Cathy and she was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. Her professionalism is the sole reason I will go back to give this place another shot. The vet tech was not all that friendly, but began to ""warm up"" to me at the end of my dogs v…
19633 W Interstate 10San Antonio, TX 78257
Consider alternatives maybe staff will change, I tried to make appt-to have my 14 year old canine w/ cancer put to sleep -receptionist grudgingly made appt but wants pets total medical records history/credit records /and their phone numbers from all the vets she has been seen by-she insisted o…
11931 Jones Maltsberger RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
We take our dog to Camp Bow Wow at least once a week. It is very clean and the staff is friendly and responsible. Our dog absolutely loves to go and play with the other dogs and we never worry about his needs being met or his safety. We get a report about what our dog was doing and anything tha…
8221 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78209
I took my kitten to this Animal Hospital thinking that he had an upper respiratory infection and they diagnosed him with one. The service was wonderful they took my animal in immediately and even let me drop him off early before the vet arrived. They offered me a military discount and my cat …
4831 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78222
I took my Pitty Azia, there not knowing what was going on with her. From the time I arrived I was given the attention I was hoping for at the time I had no idea what was going on with my pitty Azia but I was so emotionally hurt of possibly losing her broke my heart. Check -In was pleasant when s…
14824 Bulverde RdSan Antonio, TX 78247
I would trust Rob Cary with my two dogs on absolutely any occasion. For over two years, I've been taking my dogs to this facility for their grooming appointments, and I have also used Rob Cary's boarding services. After grooming, my dogs come back clean and smelling wonderful. When we board them…
2940 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78222
Took my pug, Lola for spaying procedure. This animal hospital is absolutely fantastic! The premises are impeccably clean, the staff is friendly, courteous, knowledgeable and professional. NEVER will I ever go anywhere else for my dog's well-being. After the surgery, they even called the foll…
9919 Westover BlfSan Antonio, TX 78251
From Business: *Complete Veterinary Hospital Including Grooming and Kennels; Lang:English, Spanish
12727 Mountain AirSan Antonio, TX 78249
They just helped my cat to come to Japan. There were all the complicated paper works that needed to be done. Dr. Powers and the great staff did everything for us. I have known the vet for almost 10 years. I have been going to Dr. Powers for my dog and cat since they are babies. She and her …
31305 Oak TrlSpring Branch, TX 78070
From Business: * K9 Country Club & Training Academy * "Your Pet's Private Playground" * 13 Acres of Fun Nestled In the Texas Hill Country * An Acre Water Park for your Dog, Featuring A 25, 000 Gallon Filtered Lagoon *
12602 Fm 1560 N Ste 101Helotes, TX 78023
Just had my Duke dog groomed. He's an 80 lb black lab/golden retriever mix with hair like a golden only black. He came home with the shine of his youth and well groomed. He was happy. \r \r The owners are caring folks who really love the animals they care for. They operate a very reasonable…
28934 Interstate 10 WBoerne, TX 78006
My husband and I took our coonhound to Ryckman, we were very, very impressed. Our dog was very well taken care of, and Ryckman gave tun's of great advice and we had several training sessions with him before we took our dog home which was super helpful. When we came to pick up our coonhound he …
8815 Fm 1976Converse, TX 78109
My cat boarded for an exteded period of time when I first moved to the San Antonio area. I initially chose Four Paws Inn due to their reasonable prices and good reviews. Once I dropped my cat off, I kept in contact with Four Paws Inn during his stay.\r \r Brenda, Karen and their staff are very…
29760 US Highway 281 NBulverde, TX 78163
I've brought our sick dog in twice and have worked with both Dr. Koffman and Dr. Bunting. Both were just fantastic and went beyond my expectations. The even followed up a few days later to see how our dog was doing. They both took time in explaining everything to me in detail which I thought w…
16201 San Pedro AveSan Antonio, TX 78232
We were referred to Dr. Norsworthy by our local vet, when one of our cats had an illness that was difficult to diagnose and treat. Dr. Norsworthy contacted our vet for additional information and immediately worked us into his schedule. He was able to quickly diagnose and treat our cat, and has…
7810 Mainland DrSan Antonio, TX 78250
We used Home Away From Home Kennel,many times\r and our dog loved it there.Our dog would start jumping and run to the door when we ask him if he wanted to go to the kennell.He loved Jason and his wife and the staff and I can assure you he was well cared for!!!Our dog passed away in March and I m…
109 E North Loop RdSan Antonio, TX 78216
I've worked for Char Rich Kennels for 16 years now as a dog groomer and kennel asst manager. Although it is not glitz and glamor like some of the newer places now. We have the only kennel in town with 20foot indoor/ outdoor runs for the dogs. We follow the clients instructions to a tee if at al…
6603 Ingram RdSan Antonio, TX 78238
I came to this vet accidentally one day while trying to find another one where I had made an appt. I was amazed at how wonderful and friendly the staff was in directing me to the other vet, and after waiting in the other place's waiting room for about 2 minutes I cancelled my appt. and headed b…
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On Saturday March 3rd, 2018 My companion dog "Molly" that is trained to work hand in hand with my service dog "Rusty" was attacked and severally injured. We took Molly to VCA Becker Hospital and they immediately took her in and went to work. We were provided with the most remarkable, professional and caring service I have ever seen.I am blind due to spousal abuse and live on my S.S.I. and really had no means to pay for the hospitals services, but that didn't matter. They accepted Molly and committed to saving her life.On Monday March 5th I was admitted to the hospital myself and was relieved to know that Molly was in good hands and being taken care of. On Tuesday March 6th both Molly and I went through surgery at the same time. I can not thank Daniel Arrington DVM, Kelly Brown DVM and the staff at Becker Animal Hospital enough for saving Molly while knowing I had no real means of paying for their services. Due to their dedication and genuine caring for pets and their owners I was reunited with Molly less than 36 hours after we both had surgery. The pictures are a progression from start to the present. Even though Molly still has a couple more procedures to go through she is doing great thanks to the staff at Becker Animal Hospital and their remarkable commitment to help those in need.
Received excellent treatment addressing NEUTER, DEW CLAWS, TAIL DOCK, MICROCHIP. Having all four separate surgeries done at same time was convenient, cost-effective and easier for our pet. Dr. McIntosh and Staff at El Dorado Animal Hospital are "off-the-charts awesome" to deal with!
Friday, January 19th, my closet friend had to take her young cat Bernie hi to the vet after a little rough play with his other fur pal. The owner could tell Bernies neck was sore and injured. Her regular veterinarian was out of town until Monday January 22nd, so she took him to Callaghan Road Animal Hospital, where they felt on this throat (only ever felt his throat) and diagnosed him with a "hematoma". They gave the owner pain meds and Bernie got a shot for the swelling. They sent them on their way. The next evening (Saturday), the "hematoma" pops. There is no blood, but tons of pus and a large hole in the middle of his neck. Unable to do anything until Monday morning, she cleaned it out and cared for him and best she could. Bernie began to struggle to breathe, and lose weight and body heat. He would not eat or drink. The owner called Callaghan Animal Hospital on the way to her regular vet to let them know they misdiagnosed Bernie, and that he should've been treated with antibiotics on Friday, to which they answered "bring him back in!" When she got to her regular vet, Bernie's temp was 96.2. He had lost one pound, only weighing 3 pounds on Friday. The owner was told Bernie should have had X-rays done and antibiotics started immediately. He had a punctured jugular, and the infection had spread from his neck throughout his entire body. The owners regular vet wanted to fight for that 20% chance of life. Bernie died while being hooked up to an IV for fluids and antibiotics. His lungs collapsed. The owner called and told Callaghan what happened... That Bernie had died. Today she received a check in the mail for the amount that she spent for them to kill Bernie. And the nice little message at the bottom from the manager. "Thank you for visiting with me regarding your visit. Hope he's doing well!"
My significant other recently had an emergency with is pregnant dog and it looked like she may require an emergency C-section. This vet hospital was the closest one to him that had the equipment for the delivery, should that be required, so that is where we took the dog. After $400 for an x-ray and exam, he was told that the dog was not going to be able to deliver naturally and would, indeed, need surgery, which would run between $2000 to $3800. Neither of us had that kind of money and in the end, he was forced to do the only other thing he could do - euthanize her. Through all of this, the veterinarian and vet techs were cold and appeared completely uncaring while watching someone cry his heart out for his baby. This dog was just under 2 years old and healthy otherwise. No other options offered. No other ideas for being able to save an otherwise healthy and happy dog. I've never seen vet staff so uncaring about their patients and family. I can say with certainty we will NEVER use this vet hospital again and I will do my best to steer people who care about their babies away from these people.
Pleased with the care they gave my dog, but the doctor claimed that they charge cost for rattlesnake antivenin at $1,100.00/vial. He stated, without any prompting, (while going over the estimate)- "We charge cost for the antivenin. We charge you what we pay. We don't make any money on it. The mark up on the human side is even worse, like $54,000." We thought that sounded very honorable, but later found out that is more than 300% mark up, meaning they made back at least three times what they paid for it. Another emergency hospital would have charged $450 per vial which I would consider a reasonable mark up (for emergency care) of about 75%. No animal clinic in our area could afford to keep multiple $1,100 vials onsite. Total bill was $2,000, and they pressured us to return the next day- never giving us the option to have him rechecked by our (fully capable) regular veterinarian- as most emergency clinics usually do. My pet is worth it, but I will never return or recommend them specifically because he willfully made such an untruthful claim in order to gain our trust.
I took my Pitty Azia, there not knowing what was going on with her. From the time I arrived I was given the attention I was hoping for at the time I had no idea what was going on with my pitty Azia but I was so emotionally hurt of possibly losing her broke my heart. Check -In was pleasant when speaking to the ladies at the counter Mirna O., Ronnie S., Connie...soo many to name but I can't forget Nancy her immediate attention on my pitty kept me speechless. Dr. Luke Proctor was quick to try and find out the cause and did everything he possibly could. Dr. Luke Proctor was very attentive and detailed of the test and medication to keep my pitty living. The attention that I was given of comfort that Azia was in good hands I could only pray �������� that she gets better. Well after a few days results came back from a poising and they tried everything they could to possibly reverse it. It definitely hurt and broke my heart ❤️ when I received the news after a week of antibiotics and fluids. Had no choice but was the hardest decision In my life to lay her down so she doesn't go through this pain any more. She wouldn't eat for days and vomited liquid fluids. Even from the personalized card I received post mail it emotionally touched me of the caring people that all work at Rigsby Veterinarian office and it made me get emotional you will forever be my family. They even took care of the arrangements of the " All Paws " pet crematory. Which I was great full for. My Azia will never be forgotten she will be in my heart ❤️ always.Thank you for every thing Rigsby Veternarin clinic!I commend you ALL of all the long hours and work you all do for our furry friends.
Rigsby vet is wonderful!! Dr Procter and his staff take wonderful care of all my babies when they are sick. Always nice and helpful even though this fur mom can be a little crazy!
These folks are great. From the staff to the Vets. Would highly recommend to all pet owners. Also quite conveniently located.
After bringing our animals to your clinic for over 20 years you couldn't spare a shred of humanity while my parents were out of town and help their dog without being paid the same day. Thanks for nothing during one of our darkest hours.
I asked a question about my dog's flea treatment and was subjected to abusive language and threats from the dog groomer, who then claimed to own the place. I've used this facility for 20 years, but no more.
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.