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1051 Austin HwySan Antonio, TX 78209
This place is great, my dog was too sick to bring in and I needed emergency advice . The staff and Doctor looked at my dogs history and told me what home treatment to do. She is doing much better. That is what I call the best customer service.
8221 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78209
I took my kitten to this Animal Hospital thinking that he had an upper respiratory infection and they diagnosed him with one. The service was wonderful they took my animal in immediately and even let me drop him off early before the vet arrived. They offered me a military discount and my cat …
1634 NE Loop 410San Antonio, TX 78209
You can't get better care than at this clinic. They treat your pets as if they were their own. From Ron, the assistant, to the great doctor that tends to their needs, you cannot do better. Have been to many vets with pets that I have had in the past and have never had a vet as fine as Dr Wood…
7510 Broadway StSan Antonio, TX 78209
Our dog Kanga was in need of surgery and our current veterinarian could not do it because he was out on medical leave. We found this animal hospital on yellowpages.com so we decided to give them a try. They had convenient hours to drop off my dog. Dr. Elizabeth Kemble was really great. She kept …
4623 Binz Engleman RdSan Antonio, TX 78219
Kirby Animal Hospital is a wonderful veterinary hospital with a great staff and wonderful veterinarians. Dr. Hill is amazing and has a wonderful way with animals of all kind. They helped me in every way possible while keeping my budget in mind and did everything that they could for my pet and we…
8503 Broadway St Ste 105San Antonio, TX 78217
I took my pet to the center and the staff was great but I had problems getting my pets records. I could not get a hold of anyone besides Vicky who always answered the phone and told me no one was available and her supervisor was not in. I called all the different locations and she kept answerin…
9901 Broadway St Ste 108San Antonio, TX 78217
This place came to my aid when my husband was injured in Iraq and I had nowhere to keep my three animals while he was in the hospital. They offered their services to my family, and we have since switched over to them. They are all wonderful, and I have boarded them there several times, and the…
4215 Sunshadow StSan Antonio, TX 78217
My cat loves Dr. Ayers and Dr. Klecka. She has Feline Herpes and she has t osee them usually every 4 to 6 weeks. They are very thorough and honest. Their prices are reasonable and there are no hidden fees upon checkout. I am most impressed that if you call with a question about your existing pa…
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I recently had an experience at I-10 Pet Emergency that I wanted to share. I had a 12 year old diabetic German Shepherd who inexplicably began having labored breathing. I went to my regular veterinarian at Hill Country Animal Hospital with Dr. Lori Stephens and she recommended that I go to I-10 for further diagnostics and hospitalization since it was a Saturday. Long story short, my dog ended up having a tumor in her heart and had to be euthanized but I cannot say enough good things about the staff at I-10. The nurses who worked with me, Brian and Katie were so wonderful. They took great care of my dog and also great care of me and my husband. The compassion they showed for my dog really meant a lot. They did everything they could to make her comfortable until a diagnosis was reached and we could make a decision. Not only were the nurses great, but the doctor, Dr. Heron was absolutely wonderful! I can't say enough about how great this emergency facility is and how great the staff is. No one hopes to have an emergency with their pet, but I know that if I ever do, I will definitely go back to this place. Thanks to the staff for all the great work they do!
I cannot say enough positive things about the Alamo Feline Health Center! Due to the utter negligence of the general vet I had been seeing, my cat was literally at death's door. His lungs were collapsed and he was suffering from histoplasmosis (a really nasty fungal disease). On the recommendation of one of the workers at the emergency animal hospital, I brought my cat to Alamo Feline Health Center. If it hadn't been for the excellent care provided by Dr. Norsworthy and his staff, my cat would not be here with us today. Dr. Norsworthy and his staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly; they actually care about the health and well-being of your cat and thoroughly discuss any issues with you. While my cat was in surgery, they called to give me status updates, and again after he came home to make sure he was doing okay. Their office is always clean and inviting, and wait times are kept to a minimum. Being that it is an all cat facility, you don't have to worry about the added stress of a vet visit of loud dogs and other strange animals. I have taken my cats to many vets over the years, and this is, by far, the best place we have ever been.
I never imagined I would have to find a vet for my cat at 3am, but there I was with my kitten who just chewed her stitches out. O.M.G........... I hope I never have to see that again. I didn't know what that pink stuff was that was showing. The vet there said it was just a little fat, and that the deeper layers of stitches were still holding everything together. Whew! They were able to clean her up and staple closed the gap in her tummy without a big ordeal and I was able to take her back home that night. She had to wear a big collar to keep her from getting at her staples again, but that is better than having to go back to the emergency room again. The people there really helped me feel OK about this happening. They even called a couple of days later to check on her.....that was sweet. There were some other people in the waiting room too, and one lady was crying alot. I don't know what happened with her pet, but I felt bad for her an wished they had like a private room for greiving or something like that.
As a person who had always lived with dogs, it was a new world for me when I became the roommate of a cat. I found Sophie at the SPCA, scared to death and sick with a cough and fever. At first, I just kept going to general veterinarians for my new feline friend. It just wasn't satisfactory but I didn't know why. When I took the advice of a friend who recommended Dr. Norsworthy and his staff, I really understood the difference. These folks really understand cats in a way I never knew was possible! My first cat, Sophie, was soon joined by James, my lovable ginger Maine Coon (also from the SPCA). When we found out that he has a heart condition, I was truly worried. James is still doing well with the tender loving care of Dr. Norsworthy and his crew. We're still hoping to keep James around for many more years, and at least I know he is getting the very best care at AFHC. We only look to the positive and each visit is uplifting. I wouldn't trust my two sweet friends to anyone else.
EXCEPTIONAL & COMPASSIONATE CARE - We want to express our sincere appreciation for this great facility. On a Saturday night in December we rushed our 13 yr old rescue dog to them. She was very ill and we didn't think she would survive the night. She stayed for a week and we were kept informed of her condition frequently. Less than 2 weeks later our 14 year old Sheltie was in distress. It was early Christmas morning but when we called they said to bring him in. We were met at the door and the doctor and staff determined he was in serious condition. He stayed for a week , we were updated frequently, and in both cases we were allowed to visit day or night as much as we wanted. Throughout this traumatic 4 week ordeal we were treated with genuine care and concern by the expert and compassionate staff. While we hope we don't have to return we are comforted to know I-10 Pet Emergency is there.
Our dog Kanga was in need of surgery and our current veterinarian could not do it because he was out on medical leave. We found this animal hospital on yellowpages.com so we decided to give them a try. They had convenient hours to drop off my dog. Dr. Elizabeth Kemble was really great. She kept us informed throughout the pre-surgical exam and called immediately after the procedure to let us know that our dog did fine. When I picked our dog up, the staff gave us all of her medications and instructions. Dr. Kemble and her assistant even walked us out to our car. When all is said and done, I was really impressed with the service and the prices - for a veterinary hospital located in the heart of Alamo Heights, the prices were comparable if not better than most other vets. I would highly recommend this veterinarian clinic as well as Dr. Kemble! Thanks for the great service.
I was so grateful for the kind, compassionate and caring service provided by Dr.Pittman and her husband, Derling. My sweet dog was 14 yrs old and could no longer get up. I knew the day was coming- but you will never be ready when it does. Promised Land made this very difficult and emotionally distressing process less traumatic for me and most importantly for my dear dog, Heather. My sweetheart was in her home, on her pillow in her favorite spot in front of the window. She was allowed to pass peacefully from this Earth in the place she was most comfortable. I loved my dog like a child. Dr. Pittman and Derling were so kind and gentle with my dear Heather. The service they provide is invaluable and I can't understand why anyone faced with this difficult decision would ever put their beloved pet through the trauma of spending their last moments in a vet's office.
Five stars is NOT ENOUGH for this Business. I PRAY you guys don't need this like I did yesterday, but I wanted to share in case you do. My 15 year old lab decided THIS was the weekend (yes a Holiday weekend) to die, and he could not even get up and walk. I will spare you all the details, but it was bad. I'm a RN and you guys KNOW how picky and critical Nurses can be. I found the link online and I called her. The Vet and her technician came to the house and helped my "Lucky" go Home comfortably and with dignity. On a scale of 1 and 10, she is absolutely a 20 with sincere and heart felt compassion. Just wanted to share so you will have a place to call when you need it for your pet so you won't go through the stress we did of not being sure we would find the RIGHT doctor. We ABSOLUTELY found and Angel on Earth.... Linda/RN
My husband and I have been taking our dogs here for about 6 years. The first time I went there we had a dog that was old and needed to be put to sleep. I have never had a vet that takes a paw print in a plaster shaped heart and then sends a beautiful signed sympathy poem a couple weeks after the passing of a pet. I thought that this was SOOOOOO thoughtful and caring. The staff is wonderful and both doctors really care ALOT about your pet. I went in one day to get some dogfood and the front receptionist was crying with a lady who had just had her dog put to sleep. These people do care. I am sadden to see the negative remarks about this place. Maybe those people just wouldn't be pleased from anyone!
This is an awesome vet. He is truely interested in your pets needs without taking advantage of you. He takes time and has the patience to hear your concerns and give you the best care. I have had many good expierences at the clinic. I have taken five of my cats there for different concerns. Dr. Luke Protor has always diaganosed the problem and fixes their aliments with the medication and advice. In my book he is one of the best vetenarians out there. If you want see the best at a low price this vet clinic is your answer. He truely cares for your pets and you can see it through his actions. His office is truely a blessing for pet owners. Jalanis san antonio tx
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.