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1549 W Bay Area BlvdWebster, TX 77598
From Business: Banfield Pet Hospital® - Our veterinarians are proud to partner with you to proactively monitor the health and wellness of the pets you love. From thorough physical exams and lab work-ups, to dental cleanings, X-rays and surgery, our full-service pet hospital is committed to the long-term health of your pet. Let us show yo…
2138 Bay Area BlvdHouston, TX 77058
Dr. Edward Dempsey is a very caring individual and you can tell he enjoys his profession. The Bay Area is lucky to have such a caring professional in the area to care for the health and well being of their pets.
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 …
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…
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…
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…
1616 Clear Lake City Blvd Ste 105Houston, TX 77062
From Business: Bay Glen Animal Hospital provides the highest quality, full-service veterinary care and personal service for pets and their owners in Clear Lake City and the Southeast Houston TX area.
14870 Space Center Blvd Ste LHouston, TX 77062
TLC is the best! I have been going there for many years with multiple pets and they are wonderful. The staff is professional and kind, they treat your pets as if they were their own. They are always willing to help, even with just a question over the phone. I can't imagine bringing my pets anywh…
220 Highway 3 NLeague City, TX 77573
Dr. Shipman is an excellent veterinarian - wish I had known about him years ago! Not only is he extremely reasonable & caring, but also does not give any unnecessary treatment. I took a little rescue dog there in really bad shape & he got her back to normal in a few months for a fraction of th…
1600 Clear Lake City Blvd Ste BHouston, TX 77062
From Business: We provide a broad spectrum of diagnostic procedures through in-house testing and the use of external laboratories. We also work closely with local specialty practices when referral diagnostic procedures or treatments are required. Our facility includes a well-stocked pharmacy, in-hospital surgery suite, in-house x-ray cap…
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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.