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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…
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.…
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…
13039 Nacogdoches RdSan Antonio, TX 78217
The staff here are the best ,the Doctor is great ,they take such good care of my dog Abbey ,I would never go anyplace else,they don't gouge you at billing either ,( which is why I quit going to another vet with my last dog), you can't go wrong taking your dear pets here .
5858 Babcock RdSan Antonio, TX 78240
I have taken both my Pitbull, Bonita and Chihuahua, Lola to Babcock North Veterinary and they did very well with Bonita and Lola. Lola needed updated vaccines and grooming and I was very satisfied on how they handled my fur babies and followed up with me to check on them. I highly recommended …
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…
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Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
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 continued to treat this ongoing condition. The staff is friendly, and the facilities are great. Additionally, when we've had questions, we've phoned the clinic and Dr. Norsworthy has responded within 24 hours, minimizing the need to come into the clinic for non-essential visits.While we are happy with our local vet and the care he gives all three of our cats, having an expert like Dr. Norsworthy available within driving distance is terrific. We highly recommend Dr. Norsworthy and the Alamo Feline Health Center for anyone looking for competent and considerate care for their cat(s).
Dr. Norsworthy and his staff have been treating my cats for ten years, and all have received excellent care. Treatments ranged from routine checkups to major hip and stomach surgeries, and all have come out well. I especially remember when our large Maine Coon had dislocated his hip, and we were fearful he would never walk right again. The cat healed perfectly, and months later one would never have known the injury had been so severe.Dr. Norsworthy has always been very proactive in recommending treatments and providing options for me, but ultimately the choices have been mine. Yes, some treatments are not cheap, but considering the staff and equipment needed, the educational updates, and the general clinic overhead, I do not feel charges are unreasonable at all. My cats have always interacted well with the doctor and his staff, and they are comfortable being there since it is only cats and no other animals. My complete faith and confidence is in Alamo Feline, and I would not consider going anywhere else.
Vet is very professional and made my pet feel at home. Their prices are reasonable for the service they provide.
We have been utilizing this facility for years. Dr Young his Doctors and staff have been great. Dr Young has been absolutely the best at treating our Bulldog's Cullen and Tonja and showed such love when we brought Tonja in when he passed away. Christine rt the front desk is amazing and I am sure all the super employees here will ensure that appropriate customer service is conducted.
I was so grateful for the kind, compassionate and caring service provided by Dr.Pittman and her husband, Derling. My sweet dog was 14 yrs old and could no longer get up. I knew the day was coming- but you will never be ready when it does. Promised Land made this very difficult and emotionally distressing process less traumatic for me and most importantly for my dear dog, Heather. My sweetheart was in her home, on her pillow in her favorite spot in front of the window. She was allowed to pass peacefully from this Earth in the place she was most comfortable. I loved my dog like a child. Dr. Pittman and Derling were so kind and gentle with my dear Heather. The service they provide is invaluable and I can't understand why anyone faced with this difficult decision would ever put their beloved pet through the trauma of spending their last moments in a vet's office.
My mom's lab had gotten to the point where he could not get up to walk, to eat, to go out to do his business. She found you guys and you came out and gave her the time she needed to say her goodbyes. You were both so very compassionate and patient and I know it meant the world to her! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Five stars is NOT ENOUGH for this Business. I PRAY you guys don't need this like I did yesterday, but I wanted to share in case you do. My 15 year old lab decided THIS was the weekend (yes a Holiday weekend) to die, and he could not even get up and walk. I will spare you all the details, but it was bad. I'm a RN and you guys KNOW how picky and critical Nurses can be. I found the link online and I called her. The Vet and her technician came to the house and helped my "Lucky" go Home comfortably and with dignity. On a scale of 1 and 10, she is absolutely a 20 with sincere and heart felt compassion.Just wanted to share so you will have a place to call when you need it for your pet so you won't go through the stress we did of not being sure we would find the RIGHT doctor. We ABSOLUTELY found and Angel on Earth.... Linda/RN
I could not ask for more than what these guys are giving in terms of quality service. You really can trust that they won't settle for less when it comes to pet care.
I have a 10 month old Chihuahua mix. She got sick over the weekend so Monday morning I took her to Leon Valley veterinary hospital and they did an outstanding job with her. She had to stay the whole day in their care, each time I called to check on her they gave me a thorough update and reassured me that they were taking care of her. Great place to take your pet.
You can't get better care than at this clinic. They treat your pets as if they were their own. From Ron, the assistant, to the great doctor that tends to their needs, you cannot do better. Have been to many vets with pets that I have had in the past and have never had a vet as fine as Dr Wood, compassionate, professional, and knowledgeable .You cannot find a better vet for your pets.
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.