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Open nights, weekends and holidays, services at UrgentVet are significantly less than at vet ER
Tampa, FL (April 12, 2023) – UrgentVet, the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets, announced today it is expanding its growing footprint in Houston. The company will open a new clinic in the community of Meyerland and begin serving pets and pet parents on Thursday, April 20.
UrgentVet emphasizes compassion, affordability and convenience within its business model. The groundbreaking concept offers a new solution by bridging the gap between primary practices and 24-hour emergency vets. Open nights, weekends and holidays, the company’s clinics offer pets relief for mild illnesses and minor injuries with rates significantly more affordable than comparable services at an emergency pet hospital.
Situated at 4946 Beechnut St., Suite B, UrgentVet-Meyerland is part of Meyerland Commons, an ideally located retail complex with easy access via Loop 610. The clinic is 2,466 square feet with two exam rooms exclusively for small dogs, two for large dogs and one for cats.
“Meyerland represents an exciting opportunity for UrgentVet to enter into a community that is incredibly pet-friendly and pet-focused,” said Dr. Jim Dobies, DVM and Founder of UrgentVet. “This clinic also gives us a chance to be closer to a huge segment of pet parents that live inside the Houston Inner Loop, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to broaden that reach.”
Along with species- and size-specific exam rooms, UrgentVet-Meyerland is intentionally outfitted with non-slip flooring, dimmable lighting, soothing colors, soft music, calming pheromones and quiet exam lift tables, all in support of creating a fear-free experience. The clinic also has revolutionary tempered glass pet enclosures from Casco that are 70% quieter than metal cages—a design cue that helps make the enclosures the most Fear-Free product on the market today. As an added nod to pet comfort, all staff members at the clinic have received unique training to become Fear-Free-certified professionals.
As is the case with all UrgentVet locations, the clinic’s treatment area features an in-house laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment, including digital radiography and ultrasound technology.
While it’s the closest to the city center, the new clinic is just the latest in a steady stream of UrgentVet locations to open in the Houston metro area. In total, UrgentVet now boasts more than 10 locations in Houston, Dallas and Austin, with more clinics planned for the near future.
Along with veterinary staffing shortages resulting in longer wait times and limited care options, the impacts of a continued economic downturn are also a major cause for concern in the industry. Nearly 50% of pet parents say they’ve decided to forego or delay veterinary treatments amidst inflation.
“As we continue to grow in Houston, we’ve become even more in tune with the wants and needs of pets and pet parents in the area,” Dr. Dobies said. “Given that we see pets when they aren’t necessarily at their best, that’s an important part of what we can offer.”
Positioned to provide care for common conditions that require immediate attention but aren’t serious enough for hospitalization, UrgentVet treats vomiting, diarrhea, limping, itching, coughing, not eating, minor wounds, back pain and more.
With all of its clinics, UrgentVet aims to develop strong relationships with neighboring primary care veterinarians, a practice that clinic staff has already started. Approximately 90% of pets seen at UrgentVet are treated on site and referred to their primary vet with a detailed letter and records for follow-up care.
For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
Founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Dr. Jim Dobies in 2015 and owned by American Veterinary Group, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, its clinics provide pet owners, or pet parents as UrgentVet refers to them, with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. It offers immediate relief for mild illnesses and injuries in dogs and cats with rates that are more affordable than comparable services at emergency vet hospitals. For more information, please visit UrgentVet.com.
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Josh Hall | Sage & Sterling Communications