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3015 Palmer HwyTexas City, TX 77590
Dr. Thurmond and the staff at VCA Mainland do an amazing job of working with animals and their people. Dr. Thurmond helped us make a decision that was best for our precious boy, Trey. I know it wasn't easy for her, but we know she truly cared for Trey and what was BEST FOR HIM. My husband I …
1810 25th Ave NTexas City, TX 77590
Took my lab to Dr Johnson on June 2016 for him took at a fatty deposit on my lab's right thigh. Asked him if he could take cell from the limp to see if it were cancerous. He did a cystology in his office and advised me it wasn't cancerous. Previously, I'd taken my lab to another clinic I'd been…
10015 Stewart RdGalveston, TX 77554
From Business: We are a well respected Galveston veterinary clinic offering a full range of conventional small animal care as well as alternative treatments, including acupuncture, chiropractic, and herbal medicine. All of our clients are treated with respect and often come to be extended family to us. Call us at 409-740-0808 for more in…
1100 Fm 517Dickinson, TX 77539
Friendly staff and clean establishment. They are compassionate and helpful over the phone and in person. They are an amazing team that truly love animals and I won't go anywhere else! Thanks DAH for being there when I need you! My fur babies appreciate all that you do for them!
826 Grand AveBacliff, TX 77518
This is a reply about your worries. We encourage all clients whose pet have had surgery at our facility to call us if they have any questions or concerns about the surgical site. Female dogs have an ovarian hysterectomy performed thus there is no way she can get pregnant. There are 3 layers of s…
4405 Fm 646 Rd NSanta Fe, TX 77510
People will write complaint reviews more often than complimets! I read the negative reviews and cringe because I know hundreds of very happy clients of this clinic including myself. No business can make everyone happy 100% of the time but this clinic has always ALWAYS taken care of my pets. Thro…
3458 Gulf FwyDickinson, TX 77539
I took my cat there to get her fixed, and the DVM and his assistants took such great care of my Cabella. I wanted to make sure that she was healthy since I found her on the side of the road, and they did just that. It turned out that Cabella had an upper respiratory infection and her white blood…
2108 61st StGalveston, TX 77551
Thanks Dr. Knupple for your kindness during our decision to end our dogs (Macy) life. It was a horrible time made better by your patience and understanding and respect for Macy and her owners. It was the right decision; however, not an easy one to make. We miss Macy so much and will always r…
2402 Marina Bay DrLeague City, TX 77573
Every time I got here I have the best experience. The receptionist are always full of smiles and are always willing to help with any questions or concerned. They always take such good care of my animals. Even when I can hear then through the door of the exam room they are talking sweet to them a…
1100 Gulf Fwy S Ste 280, League City TX, 77573League City, TX 77573
From Business: We offer after-hours emergency service for the pets in your family. We are open Monday through Friday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 am the next morning. And we are open 24 hours on weekends and holidays. At VCA Animal Emergency Hospital Southeast Calder Road, we understand that emergencies are not planned events. When your family veter…
551a W League City PkwyLeague City, TX 77573
I was kind of scared where to bring my pet guinea pig when he broke his two front teeth. I am so glad I came here. Dr. Kessler and her staff were great. She works very well with exotic animals, and I am very pleased with the outcome.
2310 W Main StLeague City, TX 77573
I run a rescue and my vet is in N Houston. We rescued a sick poodle from the Pearland shelter and my foster is in S. Houston. We heard Dr. Huber was good from a friend so we opted to try him. They were wonderful. Very fair and my foster felt very comfortable with what he told us. The bill was ve…
13333 Highway 6Santa Fe, TX 77510
I started seeing Dr. Page about 3 years ago after a horrible incident at Banfield when my shih tzu died during a spay. Dr. Page was kind enough to answer all of my questions and find answers to my concerns even though she was not our vet. This March, my 2 1/2 year old Shih Tzu had a deep cornea…
1108 Gulf Fwy S Ste 280League City, TX 77573
On Xmas Eve 2013 at 7:30p.m. one of our little dogs and a foster bigger dog got into it after playing together ALL day. My little Duncan's eye was pushed out of the Socket. I was in Galveston at my daughters house. We immediately looked up the nearest ER Animal Hospital and it was VCA Calder …
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Took my lab to Dr Johnson on June 2016 for him took at a fatty deposit on my lab's right thigh. Asked him if he could take cell from the limp to see if it were cancerous. He did a cystology in his office and advised me it wasn't cancerous. Previously, I'd taken my lab to another clinic I'd been using since I got the lab 7 years ago. The Vet at that lab said they could take a sample but would have to send the sample off to another laboratory. That lab would cost me $200 for its services. Dr Scott Johnson examined my pet, did a cystology and only charged $73. I also found my lab felt comfortable with Dr Jihnson. I appreciate Dr Johnson's communication skills. He is no effusive. He's polite but direct. His staff is also caring & efficient. Oct 4, 2016, I switched to Scott clinic. His clinic is more efficient, less expensive & not bureaucratic like the last which is part of a chain.
over the phone they are very rude and it seems that they care more about the money of the visit instead of helping you with your animals
Dr. Thurmond and the staff at VCA Mainland do an amazing job of working with animals and their people. Dr. Thurmond helped us make a decision that was best for our precious boy, Trey. I know it wasn't easy for her, but we know she truly cared for Trey and what was BEST FOR HIM. My husband I have since had this wonderful establishment take care of 3 more of our babies. I also recently needed help caring for chicks that student's were hatching and Dr. Thurmond and her staff stepped up and helped me care for them without hesitation. I whole-heartedly trust them with my babies--chicks and all! The vets at VCA Mainland do have experience... the vets and staff truly care about animals.
I an so disappointed in the service we have received here. The entire staff is kind and friendly. My complaint is with the vet. He has no personality and gives no information. I took my 10-year-old dog in to see him because she had lost a lot of weight and was obviously not feeling well. After blood work, he told me she was diabetic, had some sort of infection and the liver tests were off the charts. He wanted to keep her for a few days and start IVs, perform tests on her liver, etc. When I told him we couldn't afford all that, he left the room and I never saw him again! I left in tears and later called him to ask if putting her on insulin would be a good idea. He returned my call 2 days later. I had questions for him - what kind of symptoms should we watch for, etc. No information has ever been given without me asking specific questions. I had to call the office today to ask if my dog could be blind - something we just noticed this morning. Megan said it's possible - it can happen almost overnight. We had never been told of any side effects we should look for. After I told the Dr. that we couldn't afford more tests and we weren't willing to put our dog through surgery or chemo, he evidently lost interest in us. We are totally disappointed by the poor care we have received from Dr. Johnson and would definitely not recommend him as a vet for anyone's valued pet.
You will not find a more compassionate and professional group of people than the ones at VCA Mainland Animal Hospital. We took our 6 month old Fox Terrier (Stevie) to Dr. Guthrie and he literally saved her life, which was almost taken from us by distemper. We took our 17 year old Chihuahua (Chichi) to Dr. Thurmond and she literally saved her life after two other Vets misdiagnosed her. Chichi was in terrible shape from a severe infection in her teeth, which had gone to one of her eyes. The doctors, assistants and techs as well as office staff are caring, understanding and incredibly capable individuals that we can trust with our babies. Bottom line is that they will care for your little ones as if your little ones are their little ones! I would give them 10 out of 10 if possible!
My experience was not a good one at the Texas City location. I went in thinking I was going to get help for my son's cat who had been sick the past 3 days. They took a look at him and said "liver disease" because he had jaundice no blood work or anything. Just he needs to be hospitalized for about 3 days then they would do their tests and treatments. Total cost $1600 and they needed half of that upfront. With that the doctor said she had to say "he would still have less than a 50% chance of living." The Doctor seemed very short, cold and inexperienced. I feel like I was talked into euthanizing our cat with in the first 15 minutes of the visit. I didn't even have time to research anything before I had to make that decision. I just had to have faith in the Doctor but I just felt like I wasn't doing the right thing. After I left I did research online and realized there was more that could have been done. So I called up there a few hours later after going in to see if I could come and get him but they had already euthanized him. RIP Little Tyronie
No good doesn't spend the necessary time on your pet. He looked at my boy for exactly four minutes and said nothing was wrong. My boy continues to limp and lose fur two weeks later. Maybe if he spent more then 4 minutes he would be better now.
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.