Owning a pet can be expensive due to the costs of food, trips to the vet, and bills for phone calls above the range of human hearing. Save a bone with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a complete dog or cat exam at Austin Highway Animal Hospital (a $45 value).
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.
Doctors scrutinize critters from the paws up, peering at eyes, ears, muzzles, and secret robot control panels for ailments. A stethoscope permits a heart-rate inspection while fingers sift through pelts in search of skin problems or parasites. After the 5- to 10-minute exam, vets consult with patrons about the results before permitting patients to clamber back into crates, back seats, or doggy-size teleportation devices. Bloodwork, if needed, requires an additional fee.