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1100 Highway 80San Marcos, TX 78666
These people are amazing. I had to temporarily leave town to recieve cancer treatment and I left my dogs with a friend. My dog got into a fight with another dog and recived some nasty injuries. Since I am out of town, I immediatly began to panic. Animal control brought him to Tickle Blagg AH…
2121 S Old Bastrop HwySan Marcos, TX 78666
I have lived in SM for almost 30 years. I have been to the supposed ""City vet"" actually went there for years. Until My best friend bought me Higgin's (Shih Tzu) in '08...This is his (Higgin's) Momma's vet. I couldn't be more pleased with the staff, Doctors, and Receptionist. While taking Higgi…
131 E Martin Luther King DrSan Marcos, TX 78666
From Business: Our veterinary office opened in February of 1985 and offers a variety of services for animals both large and small. Our staff is very knowledgeable and our veterinarians offer high-quality medical care to every animal. Besides cats and dogs, our vets are trained to care for birds, rabbits, goats, donkeys, and many other ex…
Everytime I go to this Banfield I have a pleasant experience, sure every place has their issues but this place is minimal in that department. Every now and again we have a wait before we get into a room but at the same time its the beauty of being inside a petsmart, plenty to look at. The recept…
2206 Hunter RdSan Marcos, TX 78666
My wife and I have been taking our pets to Dr. Jorgensen for about a year now (two dogs, four cats). Each time we've gone, we've found the treatment to be very thorough and gentle, with plenty of the right questions being asked. It's really a pleasant change to be able to be looked after quickl…
12605 Ranch Road 12 Ste 1Wimberley, TX 78676
Dr. Mike Sheffield is an excellent vet - at the top of his field, no doubt. What is also so special about him is his loving/nurturing treatment that he instinctively extends to each and every animal he treats. He see's his job as a privilege - and we were privileged to have his caring hands ta…
100 Hall Professional CtrKyle, TX 78640
I have been coming to Kyle Animal Hospital for years. I usually see Dr. Mathews, but I have seen the other vets as well. My dogs are like family to me, so if they are not happy, I am not happy. Well, we are ALL happy at this veterinary hospital. The entire staff genuinely cares from the minu…
15400 Ranch Road 12Wimberley, TX 78676
From Business: Cypress Creek Animal Hospital, P.C. is proud to serve Wimberley, Woodcreek, Fischer, Driftwood, Canyon Lake, San Marcos, Dripping Springs, and Kyle Counties. We are dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine along with friendly, compassionate service. Let's set an appointment now! Please call us today.
1928 S Seguin AveNew Braunfels, TX 78130
From Business: ">A complete physical examination is the first step to providing proper care for your companion. This allows the doctor to learn the individual characteristics of your companion and begin building his/her medical history. As your companion ages, preventative care expands to incorporate essential monitoring recommendations …
1868 Common StNew Braunfels, TX 78130
Excellent clinic! My visit could not have been more pleasant. My dog was seen in a timely manner and the prices were very fair. I felt the exam was thorough and did not feel rushed. I definitely would recommend this clinic.
3200 Fm 967Buda, TX 78610
Dr. Henthorne is genuine, caring , kind, attentive and compassionate . She provided the best quality care and has immpecable bedside manner's. Dr. Henthorne went above and beyond the call of duty. The whole staff is absolutely AMAZING. We are so greatful to her and the staff. Cornerstone Animal…
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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.