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6515 W Interstate 10San Antonio, TX 78201
I want to personally thank Dr Arringron and his staff for the great care and compassion that they showed our little boy Astro with his leg injury. …
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 th…
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 re…
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I had a good experience. It only cost $40 for my adoption, which included spay, microchip, nails clipped, ears cleaned, rabies and all shots, and registered with the city.😊
I want to personally thank Dr Arringron and his staff for the great care and compassion that they showed our little boy Astro with his leg injury. Not only did they comfort him, but they showed comfort to us as well as we were very nervous and upset about what the outcome might be. I cannot say thank you enough for everything that you all did to out our mind at ease....even after he left they were available by phone anytime we had a question and checked up on him frequently for his progress. Best animal hospital in my opinion, and it is good to know there is someone we can trust with our dogs anytime something happens. Puppies will be puppies and because of you he is doing great. The Gagner family
Couldn't' be more pleased with this vet! Took my Callie girl there for her first visit and they were so sweet with her, like she was their own pet! Callie is a pretty nervous pitbull mix and she was all smiles when she came back in the room. During our first visit we got the Canine Annual Package and did a Junior Bloodwork - since I adopted her and wanted to make sure she was healthy inside and out, which came with an exam! Dr. Curd, the owner, was VERY knowledgeable and caring! She was able to give me an EXACT estimate for spaying Callie, and we were able to schedule for the next week! I was so worried when Callie went in for her spay, they took the time to call me after her surgery to let me know she was okay! "She was perfect Mom!" Because of Ellison Drive Animal Hospital, my Callie girl is healthy, heartworm free, flea free, and I know that her visits to the vet won't be painful. Dr. Curd and her staff really know what they are doing! If you haven't been there before, mention my name and I will get $10 off my bill the next time I come in. Plus, for all new clients, you get $25 off your first exam with the Doctor! What a deal!
Great staff! Charlie is a puppy and when he came in for his first set of shots the staff made his experience great! Who would have thought that peanut butter would keep a puppy still?? Charlie got his puppy pack and received a free bag of puppy food along with nexgard (fleas and ticks monthly chew) and heartgard (heartworm monthly chew)! Dr. Curd really knows what she is talking about. During our last visit, his 4th booster, they made an estimate for his neuter and microchip, and we have it scheduled in the books! I wouldn't want my little buddy under the knife with anyone else. We also boarded Charlie during the weekend, my girlfriend approved of him to be photo approved and we truly enjoyed watching the photos appear on their social media pages. It not only gave us peace of mind, but we saw just how much they truly care for the pets who are in their care. This staff really loves what they do and it's great to know Charlie is in good hands. If you read this, and are a new client... mention my name and tell them you are a new client. They will give me $10 towards my next bill and then take off $25 off the exam with the doctor during your first visit!!
My dog is an established patient here. Unfortunately had an accident mid pay week and I couldn't pay until Fri (this was on Tuesday) at which time I could pay the bill in full. My dog was is severe pain and unable to fully weight bear on her hind leg. When I called her vet, I was told, "nope..no money now, no doctor visit". They were 100% ok letting my dog suffer. (I do not qualify for Care Credit as I had a rollover MVA a few years ago and I'm still repairing my damaged credit from that). So, I called my sons vet, St Francis of Assisi on Potrenco, who, after hearing the issue, saw her right away and took a post dated payment for the full amount for Friday. I now have a vet who actually is in the business because of a love of animals and not $$$ as a priority. Another shocker was the amt of $$ VCA charges for meds. Gabapentin, Carprophen and Tramadol (which Sassy takes for a lumbar sacral nerve compression and arthritis) was almost $200 there. At CVS with Good RX was under $40 for all three. Plus at the new vets, I paid $50. VCA is a price gouging vet preying on your the health care of your pets. I will say Sassy's vet was caring and knowledgeable but after letting money come before care, I will never recommend them to anyone. I've been in healthcare 37 years as an RN. If I treated my patients like this, I would lose my license.UPDATE: St Francis of Assisi found a torn ACL in Sassys right knee. She needed to be sedated to even exam and XRay her due to the massive pain she was in. She is now much more comfortable as we wait for her swelling to reside. Surgery will be within the next 2 weeks. Her pain is well controlled now as she is on adequate doses of Gabapentin and Tramadol. They had absolutely no issue waiting until Friday to charge my account. My son is very happy with them and they now have another new client. Thanks SFoA!There is absolutely nothing Oak Hills manager can say that can excuse refusing treatment to an injured animal, especially an established client. I begged your staff to see her because of her pain but was refused numerous times. I was told to bring her in on Friday. Let her suffer for 3 days. Absolutely no compassion or empathy. Walk of shame for VCA Oak
This place is horrible. Long wait time, staff is rude, and all the doctors here are trained to run the same test just to run your bill up fluids, blood test, xrays, sonogram etc. I waited for 4 hours to get treatment for my dog to have him even worse then what he was when I first brought him. Doctors will not even work with you they still charged me another exam fee when their doctor who couldn't even speak English nor treat me dog properly. SAVE YOUR MONEY GO ELSEWHERE!!!
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!
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!
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.
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.