Pet care professionals are always a topic with my clients. Today, I want to highlight some of the best in the southwest Austin, and general Austin area. Who do I turn to when my dogs get sick? What pet shelters would I recommend you adding to your family with?
In southwest Austin alone, there are many dog sitters and walkers, veterinarians and many other pet related services that you can choose from. But, who are the best? Who does Ace Pet Care recommend?
Spotlighting Ace Pet Care’s Picks
In this spotlight, we want to give our recommendations for real and effective businesses for all of your pet care and pet supply needs. These are businesses, profit and non-profit, that we have used over the years in Austin for our dogs, cats, fish and more.
Vets and Animal Hospitals in Southwest Austin
Your dog and cat should have a steady vet to visit, as well as answer your pet-related questions and concerns. For most pets, if they are young (less than 16 weeks) or ‘older’ (7 to 10 years or more), 2 to 3 vet visits a yearly are the recommendation. For adults (depending on the breed and pet type) of 1 to 7-10 years of age, a yearly vet visit up to every 3 years is recommended. timings can change for things like shots scheduling, sickness or other illnesses or injuries combined with age.
Past the recommendations, having an expert veterinarian, one that is knowledgeable and caring, is a stress-relieving feeling. You will find just that below, along with smart and compassionate staffs.
Brodie Animal Hospital
The Brodie Animal Hospital in Austin is run by Dr. Werner. The staff has graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Michigan State University of Veterinary Medicine.
Their newest addition, Dr. Melinda Merck, became part of their team in May of this year. She is a feline medicine specialist since 1989. Before moving to the area, she owned a practice in Atlanta for nearly 20 years. She also helped establish a “no-kill” feline shelter in Atlanta.
Also on the team of associate veterinarians at Brodie Animal Hospital are an experience list of knowledge and care:
- Dr. Jennifer Martin, DVM – Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, 1995
- Dr. Alissa Brown, DVM – Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, 2003
- Dr. Sandy Bruke, DVM – Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, 2006
- Dr. Pamela Holmes, DVM – Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
For more information, you can schedule an appointment at (512)892-3486. Their hours are 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday, and Saturday 8AM to noon. You can also visit their website at http://brodieanimalhospital.com/contact/.
Century Animal Hospital
The Century Animal Hospital has been serving the South Austin area since 1981. The Canine Century Hospital’s services are designed to treat your pet through it’s life; young pets, early detection, elderly pets and more.
The staff of Century Animal Hospital is headed by DVM and co-founder, Dr. Catherine K. Nairn. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M University. Along with Dr. Kay Wiley (co-founder), they shared a vision to provide the highest standard of veterinary care by achieving accreditation with the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association).
Dr. Marcia N. Van Brunt (an associate since 1987) and Dr. Lisa Boehnke (an associate since 1999) round out the veterinarians at the hospital. Dr. Marcia N. Van Brunt received her doctorate from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Lisa Boehnke earned her Bachelor, Master and DVM degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Doctor hours with Century Animal Hospital are by appointment only, Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Office hours are from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. You can reach the hospital by calling (512)442-9518.
Pet Adoption Centers & Rescues
Every pet, just like every human, deserves to be loved. With the amount of quality no-kill shelters around the United States on the rise, it should be no surprise that a few in Austin stand out. If you are considering becoming a pet more or dog, rescue a shelter animal. They are warm, loving and best of all, are looking for you, too.
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! started rescuing animals in 2008. Since then, Austin Pets Alive! have saved more than 25,000 dogs and cats. Since 2011, because of programs created to fill gaps in breeding programs and rescue programs, as well as other local animal welfare organizations, Austin has saved more than 90% of animals since 2011.
The Austin Pets Alive! Volunteer Program is open to all. From ages 12 and up, you can submit your application online, attend an orientation session and then commit to a minimum of 6 hours of volunteer work per month. In fact, October 17th is their next volunteer session, so hurry!
Austin Pets Alive! also has a foster program for their animals. A foster home is a temporary living situation for pets in the Austin Pets Alive! program while they are awaiting placement in a permanent home. As a foster family, you provide shelter, food, care and love. Most foster situations are for 4-6 weeks, however this time could be more or less depending on medical and behavioral needs.
Austin Pets Alive! will also be holding the 2015 Tricks & Treats Gala at the Hyatt Regency Austin on October 25th 2015, from 5PM to 9PM.
To contact Austin Pets Alive!, call (512)961-6519. APA Shelter Headquarters is open from 11:30AM to 7PM daily, and their Tarrytown Cat Adoption and Tarrytown Dog Adoption Centers are open from noon to 7PM daily.
Local Dog Food and Pet Supplies
Every pet needs more than manufactured, heavily processed and potentially harmful food and treats. Organic and local are two words I think of for these next businesses. They also carry a large supply of various pet-related supplies and items like toys, leashes, collars, living structures and more.
Healthy Pet is a holistic pet store. This is probably my favorite pet food and pet supply store to shop at. Before my dogs had to turn to prescription dog food, this was one of only two places we would by our dog food from.
Healthy Pet has a large variety of high-end, specialty products, toys and supplements. Every time I’ve gone into the store there are new selections of toys, treats and specialty products. The store is always clean and pets are welcome.
Recently, they opened a second local store, the Healthy Pet North.
You can call Healthy Pet at (512)892-8848 today. Their hours are 9 AM to 9 PM Monday through Saturday, and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.
Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets
Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets is another holistic and healthy food sales and supplier. Tomlinson’s has multiple locations in and around the Austin landscape.
The staff at Tomlinson’s are extremely knowledgeable. They can help you make a decision on dog foods, pet treats, pet supplies and more. They listen to your needs and try to match the solution with you and your pet.
Tomlinson’s offers a pet club that allows you to see discounts of up to 10% off of purchases and monthly deals.
You can contact Tomlinson’s Feed & Pets at (512)452-1560 for locations and hours.
Wrapping up our favorites
Whether you need a vet, a dog behaviorist, natural pet food or you are looking to add to your family with a new friend, these resources are our most trusted and visited. Visit them, and support Austin’s strong love of pets.
Who are your favorite vets? What is your favorite pet food store? Highlight them by letting us know on our Ace Pet Care Facebook page!