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3801 N Capital Of Texas HwyAustin, TX 78746
From Business: Firehouse Animal Health Center - Davenport Village is a full-service veterinary clinic providing first-class vet care and customer service. We offer a complete range of general medical and surgical services for dogs and cats. Pet wellness programs include health examinations, diagnostic testing, surgeries, dental care and …
1300 W University AveGeorgetown, TX 78628
GFS is really keeping up with the times and has the best/healthiest dog foods at the best prices in town. You wouldn't expect such quality from a feed store, but it's there!! The folks are very nice, but not a lot of help. But at their price and selection I can afford to keep my dogs healthy,…
124 Old 71Cedar Creek, TX 78612
11679 Research BlvdAustin, TX 78759
I took Rambo for the first time after another dog attacked him, after calling a few places and got turned down because of the short notice and been on a Saturday, I called this place and they took me in with no problem even though they were really busy too. I called my Vet at Hill Country in Ced…
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.
2417 W Ben White BlvdAustin, TX 78704
I'm surprised there aren't more (any!) reviews of this wonderful pet hospital. I've been taking my dog Maggie there for years and have always had good experiences. They were bought out recently by a chain called VCA so I was a little sceptical on my recent visit but I found that aside from the…
Serving the West Lake Hills Area.
I loved what you guys did for my dog! Was wondering if you could do my late mom? She was about the same size as the dog.
13542 N Highway 183Austin, TX 78750
I have been very satisfied with the care my dog has received and the attention to my questions at this clinic. From the front desk staff to the medical technicians to the veterinarians I’ve been impressed by their attention and caring. I’ve never been kept waiting for an appointment for very lon…
11951 W Parmer LnCedar Park, TX 78613
We love Parmer Lane Pet Hospital! Dr. Campbell is personal and enjoys all the animals. He has been our dog's vet since she was a puppy. We've also used their boarding services for years and have always been happy with how fresh and clean she comes back to us. They have never asked us to do a…
12601 Tech Ridge BlvdAustin, TX 78753
I had no appointment with the vet but was shown into a room, & Dr Bradley came in & listened to what was wrong with my cat, whom she'd seen before. She discussed our options, explaining each one, and I feel she really cares about my cat, and the choices I face. Dr Bradley and Dr Chapin both have…
3426 Greystone DrAustin, TX 78731
We've seen two vets here, and both were very relaxed and kind with our two terrier mix dogs, and had non-alarmist attitudes which as a worrier, I really appreciated. Our two dogs got in a fight and one had her ear bitten which we thought had been a superficial wound and didn't take her in, turns…
7107 Brodie LnAustin, TX 78745
Exmoor is so unique and such a wonderful place to take your pets for grooming, day care and play time. I first discovered Exmoor about six years ago when I signed up my JRT, Jazzy, for obedience training. The sessions were informative, great fun, and the trainer, Tina, is truly at an expert at…
2935 W Anderson LnAustin, TX 78757
This is the only place to take a dog or cat to be groomed. My little Zoe has been going there her whole life. She is a 14 years old westie and thanks to their help finding a tumor on her rear leg she will live a full life. I did not even know the tumor was there. They spotted it right away and …
12010 Ranch Road 620 NAustin, TX 78750
I've been doing business with Lakeline Animal Care for 14 years. I find pricing is competitive and doctors are very knowledgeable. Oliver Engel is my favorite. I realize that you have to make money to keep the lights on so I never bitch about the cost to keep my Blue Heelers happy.
7958 Shoal Creek BlvdAustin, TX 78757
2 pups in 1 year! ALL they seem to care about is money. I received a very expensive medicine from a friend that just lost their pup and was told if I wanted them to treat my pup I had to buy their meds and could not use the exact same one that was sent to me, the same milligram and not expired.…
9125 Manchaca RdAustin, TX 78748
From Business: At VCA, your pet's health is our top priority and excellent service is our goal. We treat each pet knowing it is an extension of your family. Our dedicated staff of veterinarians, board certified specialists, and technicians strive each day to give your pet the very best in medical care. We understand how important it is t…
4534 W Gate Blvd Ste 100Austin, TX 78745
Nicest staff, best affordable boarding.\n\nLaura, their groomer, is the best I've ever come across. She is amazingly affordable and my dogs always looked forward to going to see her. \n\nI would recommend them for all your pet needs.
1011 Westlake DrWest Lake Hills, TX 78746
From Business: We provide pet waste removal services for homeowners and communities in the Austin area. More specifically, we provide dog pooper scooper service for your yard, cat litter box cleaning, patio/deck deodorizing, as well as pet dog waste station set up and maintenance.
3636 Bee Caves RdWest Lake Hills, TX 78746
I have been a customer of FETCH for over 2 years now and this store is amazing!! You can always find cute things for your dogs. The customer service there is always friendly and helpful and never overbearing. This is one of the best places in Austin to get dog accessories. :)
3930 Bee Caves RdWest Lake Hills, TX 78746
I recently boarded my golden retriever at Westlake Animal Hospital. Reservations were easily made and shot records were able to be sent by fax. It was clean, organized, and the staff were very gentle and friendly.
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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.