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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.
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.
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…
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…
2110 W Slaughter Ln Ste 120Austin, TX 78748
The staff and Dr. McGowan are wonderful, I have been going here for several years now and will not go any place else. They are courteous, caring and will work with you if you have any issues or complaints. Dr. McGowan is the best!
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…
2509 W Pecan StPflugerville, TX 78660
The doctors and staff were so compassionate when they had to euthanize my bunny. They handled him with such care and explained everything to me as they were doing it, and they even took a paw print for me to keep.
12034 Research Blvd Ste 8Austin, TX 78759
Staff & Vets at this place are great. I brought my cat to this hospital because they had 24 hour care in which my vet had closed over the weekend. I liked the option to come by & visit my cat anytime to meet the Vet with questions or concerns to ease my mind. Overall completly satisfied with t…
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…
4434 Frontier TrlAustin, TX 78745
I took my 17 year old best friend and devoted cat to Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin after he crashed from taking Insulin. I thought for sure he was going to die. We had been through another crash before but it was nothing as frightening as this one. Within two minutes he was ta…
124 Old 71Cedar Creek, TX 78612
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…
6000 W William Cannon Dr Bldg BAustin, TX 78749
I moved to South Austin from Pflugerville in March 2008 and was determined to find a great vet for my two labs. This turned out to be a more difficult task than I imagined. I asked all my dog-loving friends & searched this site and others and found that most people were pretty ambivalent abou…
3623 Ranch Road 620 NAustin, TX 78734
From Business: We are a full service veterinary hospital that has been serving the Lake Travis, Lakeway, Steiner Ranch and Bee Caves communities since 1981. Dr. Craig Meyer and Dr. Jason Foster will treat your pets like family.
2301 Lake Austin BlvdAustin, TX 78703
If you want a team of professional vetenarians for your pets, visit LABAH!.This is my 2nd review, my first was glowing as well. I do not understand the negative reviews, but I am in the service industry as well, and there are some clients a business can never please-no matter what you do. I re…
3817 Dry Creek DrAustin, TX 78731
I have never been happier with a Veterinarian or there office then I was at NW Vet Hospital\r \r I have had a lot of experience with vet clinics since my 15 year old cat Monk has been diabetic for 6 years and must receive constant care at home and by a Dr's office. In addition to my cat i als…
100 W Pflugerville PkwyPflugerville, TX 78660
Good days & bad days, everyone has them. I like this Vet because he's willing to work with you. Folks just don't post suspect comments, they call directly & lodge a complaint. I know I have about prescription diet food that my cats & dogs wouldn't eat. They took the food back & g…
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.
9125 Manchaca RdAustin, TX 78748
I want to express my full confidence in Dr. Blatt and Dr. Newman and the staff at Feather's and Fur. I have been taking my two dogs there since 2006 when my family moved to Austin. The care is excellent and the pricing fair. At one time, for one procedure I had moved to another( also excellen…
7958 Shoal Creek BlvdAustin, TX 78757
Chang, my Chinese Shar-Pei received excellent pre-op and post-op care from Dr. Caplan and her staff at the Capital Area Veterinary Specialists, Inc. I equate the service provided to Chang to my own pre-op, post-op excellent care that I received from a top-rated Texas hospital. Upon discharge, I …
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.
2905 Centennial Olympic ParkAustin, TX 78732
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From household hazards to insurance, here is a roundup of our best tips for ensuring your pet's safety.
Just like the planning that went into your vacation, there is prep work to do before boarding your pet. Here are some do's and don'ts to help make the process a little easier.
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.