How to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful in Houston

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Every pet owner knows that the worst part of owning pets is taking them to the vet. Whether it’s an emergency or just a routine checkup, visits to the vet can be stressful — for both you and your furry friend. However, the right vet can ease your stress and make both you and your pet comfortable. To ensure that you and your pet have the best experience possible, we’ve compiled this list of the best vet service in Houston.

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Lakeside Animal Clinic

For the best of preventative care

Photo courtesy of Lakeside Animal Clinic

2501 S Kirkwood Rd

Houston, TX 77077



Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm

Sat: 8am-12pm


Lakeside Animal Clinic focuses first and foremost on preventative care to ensure that your pet stays healthy for as long as possible. In addition, they offer emergency care, dentistry, laser therapy, and behavioral therapy specifically for dogs. They create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for you and your pet so that your vet visit can just be a little less stressful.

“Feel so blessed to have found Lakeside. Dr King and all the assistants, as well as those at the front desk, were so welcoming and kind, got us in for our first visit and took such great care of our dog who was having hip issues. Explained all the options and costs up front. Really happy we found them!!” - Sonya P. on Yelp

Midtown Veterinary Hospital

Their goal is to give your pet a long, happy, and healthy life

Three vets sit outside Midtown Veterinary Hospital
Photo courtesy of Midtown Veterinary Hospital

1434 W Alabama St

Houston, TX 77006



Mon-Fri: 7:30am-6pm

Sat: 8am-12pm



An AAHA accredited clinic, Midtown Veterinary Hospital takes care of animals of every age, from puppies and kittens to senior pets. They also offer vaccinations, wellness planning, and dentistry to keep your pet in tip-top shape. Not only do they treat your pet when illness strikes, they ensure that your pet is leading the best life possible with a focus on lifestyle improvement.

“We just recently moved to Houston and were searching for a vet for our Frenchie as he was having trouble urinating. They were able to squeeze us in every time and have the most friendly staff! Dr. Ferrer saved my French Bulldogs life. Had to go into emergency surgery to remove some life threatening bladder stones. This condition will always be present in our babies life but the Dr and techs have educated us, made us feel involved in the decision making and overall have been rockstars! The team even stayed two hours after closing time to conduct the emergency surgery. Thank you thank you thank you. I will forever be grateful to this team!” - Jenna R. on Yelp

My Doorstep Vet

A vet that allows you and your pet to stay in the comfort of home

Dr. Han holds onto a rescued dog and smiles at the camera
Photo courtesy of Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation

Dr. Han helps out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Serving Houston Area


Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm


Whether your pet hates going to the vet with a burning passion, you want more advice straight from the doctor’s mouth, or it’s just more convenient, there are many reasons to consider choosing housecalls over a traditional vet service. My Doorstep Vet is a mobile vet service staffed by Dr. Tina Han, Dr. Dierdre Byman, and their trusty veterinary technician, Cristal.

This all-woman team will travel anywhere in a Houston area just to see you and your furry friend, and give you both the attention you deserve — right in the comfort of your own home. However, it should be noted that any procedure involving heavy sedation, anesthesia, hospitalization, or radiographs/x-rays cannot be done in-home, and My Doorstep Vet is poorly equipped to handle emergency situations.

“My sweet dog just had his first appointment with Dr. Han and I couldn't be happier. My dog immediately warmed up to Dr. Han and Cristal (he can spot good souls :-) ) and the entire process was so calm and free of stress as compared to going to the vet's office. I requested an appointment late last night via their online form, heard from Dr. Han first thing this morning, and had the appointment a few hours later. Seriously...this kind of convenience and their response time, bedside manner, and most importantly, competence is just unheard of. The cost was about how much I pay for similar services at my traditional vet's office (perhaps even less).” - Lona N. on Yelp

Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic

Offering the latest and greatest in veterinary tech, including televisits

A vet shakes the hand of a dog as he leaves the exam room
Photo courtesy of Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Tiffany Stone shakes hands with a happy pup

2717 Rockyridge Dr

Houston, TX 77063


Mon: 7:30am-6pm

Tue-Wed: 7:30am-7pm

Thu-Fri: 7:30am-6pm

Sat: 8am-12pm



Owned and run by Dr. Jessica Parkerson, Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic offers every veterinary treatment you can imagine, from surgery, to dentistry, dermatology, laser therapy, and even acupuncture. Plus, if your pet has only a minor problem, they offer “telemedicine,” in which you can communicate with a vet through video call from the comfort of your own home.

These televisits cannot accomplish every feat of medicine, but they’re great for post-operative checkups, hospice care, skin assessment, and behavioral check-ins. Most of all, they fulfill the goal of keeping your pet comfortable by not requiring you to traumatize them with a visit to the vet for something small.

“Dr. Parkerson at Tanglewilde Veterinary Clinic is fantastic in every way. Dr. P really exhibits a lot of care following up herself and takes time answering questions to make sure you understand whatever is going on with your loved pet. I never have to wait long at their office and yet I also never feel rushed. They space out their appointments quite well and the staff has always been extremely friendly and courteous. Though there are numerous veterinary clinics between my home and Tanglewilde, it's well worth the trip for the best care and service for our five pets!” - Christopher V. on Yelp

Bayou City Veterinary Hospital

Looking after all shapes and sizes of pets

The exam room at Bayou City Veterinary Hospital
Photo courtesy of Theresa M. on Yelp

The exam area is always kept pristine to best serve you and your pets

4720 Washington Ave

Houston, Texas 77007

The Heights


Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm

Sat: 8am-12pm



Unlike many of the veterinarians on this list, Bayou City Veterinary Hospital has the ability to treat a variety of animals, from small pocket pets to more exotic animals. They also offer a full range of treatments, including new puppy and kitten exams, nutritional counseling, radiology, surgery, acupuncture, and grooming.

“Words cannot express how incredible I think this place is. My four-legged baby and I have spent A LOT of time here the last few months, as she got very sick. Dr. Kyle went above and beyond with her care, figuring out what was wrong with her and nursing her back to health. Dr. Kyle is the most warm, nurturing, compassionate vet/person and I feel so very fortunate to have found her here in Houston! I can't say enough good things about her and the staff here at BCV!!” - Courtney D. on Yelp

Clay Road Animal Clinic

A cozy place to receive care

The front of Clay Road Animal Clinic
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Don’t be deceived by its rustic appearance — the clinic still has the most modern of technology to offer your pet the best treatment.

17711 Clay Rd

Houston, TX 77084


Mon-Fri: 8am-5:30pm

Sat: 8am-12pm


It may be small, and it may be out of the way, but Clay Road Animal Clinic is truly a hidden gem in the veterinary community of Houston. Reasonably priced services, and the experienced and compassionate Dr. Smith — what more could you want?

In terms of services, they offer surgery, wellness care, dentistry, boarding, and a unique treatment called Magna Wave therapy. Magna Wave therapy serves as an alternative to expensive pharmaceutical options, treating pain and swelling and helping your pet to heal as fast as possible from any injury.

“Dr. Smith and his staff are the best kept secret in veterinary clinics. Nestled in a charming vintage home between Clay's Restaurant and an auto yard, these people are the real deal when it comes to compassionate and respectful pet care. Dr. Smith listens to our questions and gives thoughtful responses to our many inquiries. He never recommends excessive testing or medicines, something we appreciate. No reason to overmedicate! Our two dogs and one cat are treated like the sweet babies they are when we visit the vet.” - Karen M. on Yelp

Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists

Open 24/7, ready for any emergency

The waiting room at Gulf Coast Veterinary Hospital
Photo courtesy of Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on Yelp

Even in the worst of situations, you can wait in comfort in GCVS’s spacious lobby.

Open 24/7, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists offer the best in emergency veterinary medicine. They treat all animals, at any time, and with the latest technology. While emergency situations can certainly be stressful, the team at GCVS will do their best to help you understand your options regarding your pet’s situation. Their services are a bit more expensive, since they are a specialized and urgent veterinary clinic, but for most pet owners, their pet’s life is worth every penny.

“The doctors and other care givers are here, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and critical care is their specialty. You can question the testing they want to do, they will patiently explain and then let you decide. They listen, they explain, they counsel, they care. Our pets are important to us and when our dog needed critical care, GCVS delivered.” - Byron F. on Yelp

Going to the vet doesn’t have to be such a harrowing experience — the vets listed above all do their best to make your visit a stress-free experience for both you and your pet. From simple check-ups, to the most urgent of emergencies, these vets will be able to guide you with expertise and compassion. There’s no reason to collect vet horror stories to tell your friends — just try one of these vets, and you’ll see a world of difference in you and your pet’s experiences.

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