Lauded as the Austin area's Best Veterinarian by the Austin Chronicle in 2010, Westlake Animal Hospital helps to better the lives of pawed patients with preventative care fine-tuned over four decades in business and carried out by eight veterinarians. After entering through the dog- or cat-only waiting room, each pooch, feline, gerbil, or animorph sits and stays for a thorough examination of the skin, the ears, the eyes, and the teeth. Vets then peer into pets' inner workings by taking vital signs and assessing the effects of any extra weight on a pet's frame. Each 30- to 40-minute appointment affords time to go over any lingering health concerns, ask nutritional questions, and show off pets' best Buddy Holly impressions with one of Westlake's animal aces.
Papa G’s menu of pizza and Italian fare packs more hearty goodness onto each page than Abe Lincoln had money packed into his top hat. Preheat your mouth oven with mozzarella sticks ($3.99 for a half order) before letting it decoct the Big Papa pizza, which is stacked with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, ripe olives, onions, and green peppers ($19.99 for a large). For those who would rather choose their own pie toppers, Papa G’s has a list of more than 10 options, which includes zucchini, spinach, anchovies, and Canadian bacon—the bacon that only grows above the border. Classic Italian delights include lasagna ($10.49), eggplant parmesan ($8.99), and fettuccini alfredo ($9.99 with breaded chicken).
At this four-facility network of locally owned animal hospitals, veterinarians—including Dr. Jill Urofsky and Dr. Raymond P. Bouloy—shower clients' animal pals with the same care and attention they give their own pets. Each clinic's team sees to its furry, four-legged clientele with general practices ranging from checkups to teeth cleaning, as well as more specialized services such as microchipping. Some locations boast boarding and grooming facilities, and each practice's staff either offers or can coordinate emergency care.
Firehouse Animal Health Center provides an extensive list of veterinary services for pets of all walks of life. Dog and cat owners can turn to Firehouse in search of simple checkups, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, dental care, and surgery. The on-staff veterinary team works together to diagnose and treat each patient, reflecting the clinic’s collaborative approach to making decisions about a pet’s health and whether or not it is actually the reincarnation of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. Pet parents can pick up prescribed medications on site, as the staff maintains a pharmacy replete with these remedies as well as nutritional supplements, shampoos, and flea and heartworm preventatives. Though a love of animals is an obvious prerequisite for a career in veterinary medicine, the staff at Firehouse Animal Health Center takes its dedication to four-legged companions a step further. Staff members regularly support animal charities and adoption centers, and they also provide complimentary initial health exams for animals adopted from Austin-area shelters and rescues.
Even pets that brush their teeth twice daily are prone to health issues—that’s where Friendship Pet Hospital and Wellness Center steps in. The caring staff at this AAHA-certified clinic helps keep furry companions in peak physical shape with comprehensive checkups. Veterinarians inspect teeth to root out dental disease and administer vaccinations to prevent common maladies in cats and dogs. A focus on breed-specific healthcare helps vets stay aware of which ailments most commonly afflict which pets, saving the trouble of testing Sphynx cats for hair loss. As pets visit with the doctors, complimentary cookies and beverages keep owners satiated.
Austin Highway Animal Hospital has tended to quadrupedal companions since the 1950s, and currently rallies a licensed veterinary and support staff for comprehensive pet exams. Patrons can lounge with their dog or cat in the hospital's lobby, which entertains dwellers with a television broadcasting Animal Planet programs and a soap opera with an all-chew-toy cast. Furry companions then head to species-specific exam rooms, with spacious surroundings for pooches and a serene, quiet setting for felines.