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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…
13141 NW Military HwySan Antonio, TX 78231
Dr Hudson is AMAZING.. She talks with you and helps you understand. She is great the staff is great. Thanks to them, My dog looks great and feels great
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…
1424 S Ellison DrSan Antonio, TX 78245
I have been to lots of vets and Dr Curd and her staff are amazing. I appreciate that I was able to ask the questions of Dr Curd that I wanted to ask about my dogs situation. I was blown away by the staff, from the receptionist when I called to make an appointment, to the tech assisting Dr Curd a…
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…
8734 Grissom RdSan Antonio, TX 78251
Highly recommend Angel of Mercy Animal Critical Care!! My kitten and I were treated like VIPs and I was so stressed out that I REALLY appreciated this a couple weeks ago. Dr Babbitt took time with me and my very sick animal and explained everything so well. The technician really cared about m…
7811 Mainland DrSan Antonio, TX 78250
I was new to the area and dreaded trying to find a new vet for my 14 year old cat. Dr. Weeks is very compassionate and thorough and will explain his diagnosis very thoroughly. His office is also very thorough with instructions of taking your pet home after surgeries, etc. to make sure you kno…
13039 Nacogdoches RdSan Antonio, TX 78217
We've taken our four animals to El Dorado multiple times over the past year, and whether it be an emergency or a routine check-up, we've always had a great experience. We've had pretty much everything under the sun happen as far as pet accidents - here and overseas - and Dr. Mac makes it better…
5858 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78240
I highly recommend this clinic to all my friends, and family. I have been taking my pets to Dr. Guerra's clinic since 1994. She has a genuine compassion and desire to provide the best care for the animals she cares for. In 2001 my dog Max was diagnosed with Lymphoma, she directed us to one of t…
15714 Huebner Rd Bldg 1San Antonio, TX 78248
I bought a puppy from PetLand and in order to activate the warranty, I had to take the puppy to Smith and Shedd for an initial exam. After reading the reviews for Smith and Shedd, I have to say I was a little weary about this place. I work at a doctors office so i know the power the reviews have…
124 Saint Cloud RdSan Antonio, TX 78228
I took my dog into this clinic about 21 hours after getting hit by a car...he was behaving normally but got hit very hard and I was worried about internal bleeding. The doctor was direct, professional, responsive to all my questions, and informative. The price was extremely reasonable despite …
9919 Westover BluffSan Antonio, TX 78251
From Business: *Complete Veterinary Hospital Including Grooming and Kennels; Lang:English, Spanish
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…
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 …
11214 Iota DrSan Antonio, TX 78217
my cat witches is a manx with nerve damage, kidney failure and urinary incointence. hes at this vet alot. they just love him there. dr. sartor is the most wonderful man in the world. one time witches was boarding there and he ran out of his meds and dr. sartor went and out of his own spare time …
8905 Guilbeau RdSan Antonio, TX 78250
We moved to San Antonio in the early 80s with a dog that had a lot of allergy problems. After a bad experience with another veterinarian, a friend told us about Dr Henry. Since then he has provided the best of care for our dogs and cats, even saving the life of a cat that had serious problems.…
4831 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78222
My dog, Fred was very sick. I took him to Rigsby Veterinary Clinic, and he was diagnosed with diabetes. Dr. Luke Proctor, and the staff took charge of Fred, got his blood sugar down, and took VERY good care of him while he was hospitalized. The charges were very reasonable for a week's stay a…
15503 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78255
From Business: La Cantar Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary clinic offering a broad range of care including wellness, routine surgeries, sick visits, and in-house specialist consultations. From our on-site pharmacy, diagnostic laboratory, and doctor-supervised boarding, we strive to fulfill all your pets needs.
4623 Binz Engleman RdSan Antonio, TX 78219
Kirby Animal Hospital is a wonderful veterinary hospital with a great staff and wonderful veterinarians. Dr. Hill is amazing and has a wonderful way with animals of all kind. They helped me in every way possible while keeping my budget in mind and did everything that they could for my pet and we…
7510 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78209
Our dog Kanga was in need of surgery and our current veterinarian could not do it because he was out on medical leave. We found this animal hospital on yellowpages.com so we decided to give them a try. They had convenient hours to drop off my dog. Dr. Elizabeth Kemble was really great. She kept …
6614 Southpoint StSan Antonio, TX 78229
I adopted a dog from the local shelter who was heartworm positive. The staff was very knowledgeable and professional in the treatment of my dog, and to me, the mama. As for the review of please don't go here..., that dog was probably already messed up before getting services here.
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I recently had an experience at I-10 Pet Emergency that I wanted to share. I had a 12 year old diabetic German Shepherd who inexplicably began having labored breathing. I went to my regular veterinarian at Hill Country Animal Hospital with Dr. Lori Stephens and she recommended that I go to I-10 for further diagnostics and hospitalization since it was a Saturday. Long story short, my dog ended up having a tumor in her heart and had to be euthanized but I cannot say enough good things about the staff at I-10. The nurses who worked with me, Brian and Katie were so wonderful. They took great care of my dog and also great care of me and my husband. The compassion they showed for my dog really meant a lot. They did everything they could to make her comfortable until a diagnosis was reached and we could make a decision. Not only were the nurses great, but the doctor, Dr. Heron was absolutely wonderful! I can't say enough about how great this emergency facility is and how great the staff is. No one hopes to have an emergency with their pet, but I know that if I ever do, I will definitely go back to this place. Thanks to the staff for all the great work they do!
I cannot say enough positive things about the Alamo Feline Health Center! Due to the utter negligence of the general vet I had been seeing, my cat was literally at death's door. His lungs were collapsed and he was suffering from histoplasmosis (a really nasty fungal disease). On the recommendation of one of the workers at the emergency animal hospital, I brought my cat to Alamo Feline Health Center. If it hadn't been for the excellent care provided by Dr. Norsworthy and his staff, my cat would not be here with us today. Dr. Norsworthy and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly; they actually care about the health and well-being of your cat and thoroughly discuss any issues with you. While my cat was in surgery, they called to give me status updates, and again after he came home to make sure he was doing okay. Their office is always clean and inviting, and wait times are kept to a minimum. Being that it is an all cat facility, you don't have to worry about the added stress of a vet visit of loud dogs and other strange animals. I have taken my cats to many vets over the years, and this is, by far, the best place we have ever been.
With all of these bad reviews, I felt compelled to write this one. I am SO GLAD that Angel of Mercy was there for my family and me last week when our 9 month old puppy started having seizures out of the blue. They were polite and they took great care of my furbaby. Yes, they are a bit pricey but ... that's the nature of the beast (no pun intended) when it comes to an emergency. It's expensive for humans to go to the emergency room so, what do you expect? But the price wasn't so outrageous that I would post a bad review. Not to mention, they gave my a 5% military discount! At least with Angel of Mercy, I had a roundabout idea as to what my bill was going to be. I cannot say the same about Banfield- which is where I was taking my furbaby after I left AoM. Dr. Mikula was up front with everything while I felt like Banfield was grasping at straws. Which is leading me to take my dog back to a private veterinarian. Anyhoo, THANK YOU ANGEL OF MERCY!! You took great care of my Penny and, for that, you are alright in my book. I hope I never see you again but, if I do need emergency care, you have my business. :-)
I never imagined I would have to find a vet for my cat at 3am, but there I was with my kitten who just chewed her stitches out. O.M.G........... I hope I never have to see that again. I didn't know what that pink stuff was that was showing. The vet there said it was just a little fat, and that the deeper layers of stitches were still holding everything together. Whew! They were able to clean her up and staple closed the gap in her tummy without a big ordeal and I was able to take her back home that night. She had to wear a big collar to keep her from getting at her staples again, but that is better than having to go back to the emergency room again. The people there really helped me feel OK about this happening. They even called a couple of days later to check on her.....that was sweet. There were some other people in the waiting room too, and one lady was crying alot. I don't know what happened with her pet, but I felt bad for her an wished they had like a private room for greiving or something like that.
On Saturday, July 12, 2008 I took my 4 year old Peek a Poo to the ER. After been given some advice on keeping other dogs off my lawn I was told to distribute mothballs around the perimeter of the property. I crushed the mothballs and sprinkled them around. Later that evening I took my 2 girls out and I thought I saw my Daisy eat a portion of one. That sent me into a frenzy and looked up the the number to Angel of Mercy Hospital. The receptionist was wonderful, she listened to me and put me on hold while she spoke to the vet. Although I was not positive she had injested any amount I needed to be sure. I was told to take Daisy in. They were wonderful, the assistant came out and took Daisy and reassured me that everything would be OK. Daisy was made to empty her stomach content. Nothing was found but just having the reassurance made me feel better. A big thank you to Dr. Ridder and her entire staff. If ever needed I will return and I recommend them to anyone. Vicky S. Ramirez
Highly recommend Angel of Mercy Animal Critical Care!! My kitten and I were treated like VIPs and I was so stressed out that I REALLY appreciated this a couple weeks ago. Dr Babbitt took time with me and my very sick animal and explained everything so well. The technician really cared about my pet...like it was his own baby! I felt very at ease leaving my tiny one in their hands! Everytime I called to check on her, I was not made to feel like a bother but given time and explanation of what was going on. When I requested to speak to a doc, Dr Ridder called me back in a reasonable amount of time. When it was time for me to pick up my kitten, the staff was very accommodating with my crazy schedule! Critical care is expensive (i keep a savings for emergency health care) but this clinic is reasonably priced for what you get in return. Thank you Dr Ridder, Dr Babbitt and all who assisted there at Angel of Mercy for saving this precious kitten that was so close to death. She is thriving now!
As a person who had always lived with dogs, it was a new world for me when I became the roommate of a cat. I found Sophie at the SPCA, scared to death and sick with a cough and fever. At first, I just kept going to general veterinarians for my new feline friend. It just wasn't satisfactory but I didn't know why. When I took the advice of a friend who recommended Dr. Norsworthy and his staff, I really understood the difference. These folks really understand cats in a way I never knew was possible! My first cat, Sophie, was soon joined by James, my lovable ginger Maine Coon (also from the SPCA). When we found out that he has a heart condition, I was truly worried. James is still doing well with the tender loving care of Dr. Norsworthy and his crew. We're still hoping to keep James around for many more years, and at least I know he is getting the very best care at AFHC. We only look to the positive and each visit is uplifting. I wouldn't trust my two sweet friends to anyone else.
EXCEPTIONAL & COMPASSIONATE CARE - We want to express our sincere appreciation for this great facility. On a Saturday night in December we rushed our 13 yr old rescue dog to them. She was very ill and we didn't think she would survive the night. She stayed for a week and we were kept informed of her condition frequently. Less than 2 weeks later our 14 year old Sheltie was in distress. It was early Christmas morning but when we called they said to bring him in. We were met at the door and the doctor and staff determined he was in serious condition. He stayed for a week , we were updated frequently, and in both cases we were allowed to visit day or night as much as we wanted. Throughout this traumatic 4 week ordeal we were treated with genuine care and concern by the expert and compassionate staff. While we hope we don't have to return we are comforted to know I-10 Pet Emergency is there.
I took my cat to his regular vet when I noticed he was having seizure-like occurences. I spent over $400 on tests, labs, xrays, and meds but they still could not tell me what the problem was. A week later on Christmas nite, my cat had several more seizure-like incidents so I decided to try to lay down with him to comfort him. He laid on my chest still in obvious pain but shortly moved off and peed blood near me. I rushed him to the Angel of Mercy clinic where they diagnosed him to have a serious UTI infection that was causing blockage in his digestive system that could result in death if left untreated much longer. They flushed his bladder and sent me home with prescription cat food and the prescription I needed to fill. My bill there was only $200. My cat is now doing wonderful and I am currently on the hunt for a regular vet. I am grateful for the work of Dr. Ridder and staff.
Our dog Kanga was in need of surgery and our current veterinarian could not do it because he was out on medical leave. We found this animal hospital on yellowpages.com so we decided to give them a try. They had convenient hours to drop off my dog. Dr. Elizabeth Kemble was really great. She kept us informed throughout the pre-surgical exam and called immediately after the procedure to let us know that our dog did fine. When I picked our dog up, the staff gave us all of her medications and instructions. Dr. Kemble and her assistant even walked us out to our car. When all is said and done, I was really impressed with the service and the prices - for a veterinary hospital located in the heart of Alamo Heights, the prices were comparable if not better than most other vets. I would highly recommend this veterinarian clinic as well as Dr. Kemble! Thanks for the great service.
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.