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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 .
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
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I have been bringing my cats to GNWAH since 2014. Dr. Johnson was my Precious' favorite and she adores both Dr's. Wright. Both Dr. Travis and Dr. Michelle are highly skilled veterinarians whom I trust completely with the lives and health of my fur babies. I recommend them to EVERY pet parent.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
Vet is very professional and made my pet feel at home. Their prices are reasonable for the service they provide.
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.
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.