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Welcome to Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital
Your Veterinarian in San Antonio, TX


Welcome to Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital, a full service animal hospital located in San Antonio, TX. Whether you are a new patient of ours, a newcomer to San Antonio looking for a veterinarian, or an existing patient who is curious about what we do, we invite you to learn more about our approach to animal care and the services we offer. 

At Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital, we treat your furry friends like the family members we know they are. All of our staff share a love of animals that led us to the veterinary profession, and we strive to provide friendly, high quality care during every check up. 

Founded by the husband and wife team of Sherry Knopp and Jack Speir, our hospital has provided routine and emergency care for your animals for more than 30 years and is an accredited member of the American Animal Hospital Association. This puts us in the top 12 percent of all U.S. animal hospitals. 

If you are looking for a veterinary practice to provide compassionate animal care, treat your pets like they were our pets, and enrich every phase of your pet's life, we invite you to visit our vets at Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital. 

Our Services

To best suit your needs, we provide a wide range of veterinary services: 

  • Wellness exams - An annual wellness exam is an important part of protecting your pet's health at every age. 

  • Pet dental care - Your pet needs dental care, just like you. We provide pet dental care under anesthesia, to take care of your pet's teeth and prevent tooth decay. 

  • Pet boarding - When you travel, keep your pet with us to enjoy peace of mind in knowing that your loved one is cared for by a team of professional vet techs and veterinarians. This is an excellent choice for senior pets, special needs pets, and pets on medication. 

  • Spay/neuter services - Protect your pet's health and control the local animal population by having your pets spayed/neutered by our local vet. 

  • Radiology - Our radiology services allow us to properly diagnose and treat a full range of pet health conditions. We have an x-ray suite in house that aids in our diagnostics. 

  • Vaccinations - Get your pet up to date and maintain vaccinations to prevent against treatable diseases.

We welcome new pets at our San Antonio veterinary clinic. To schedule your pet's wellness visit, or any other visit, complete the online appointment request form or contact us by phone at 210-697-8581. We have an array of special discounts, including multi-pet discounts, military discounts, and new clients coupons. Combined with our value added services module, rebates, and coupons, we know you will find something to love. We look forward to the chance to provide high-quality veterinary services for you and your furry friends. 

During the month of September we are offering a $50.00 discount on dental cleanings and 7% off all at-home dental products.  Visit our blog for more information including before and after images and a cool video! 

World Rabies Day

Rabies is a viral disease that is most commonly transferred through a wound bite.  Here is some helpful information on protecting you and your kitty from contracting rabies:  

What is rabies?

Rabies is a viral disease that causes infection of the peripheral and central and nervous systems. The virus is transmissible between many species including domesticated and wild mammals, along with humans. It is therefore considered a zoonosis. More than 55,000 people die annually worldwide from the disease each year according to the World Health Organization (WHO), though these numbers are likely under-representative. The virus is generally carried by wildlife reservoirs that vary based on the geographic region and can include animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes, along with feral dogs and cats.

How is rabies contracted?

The virus most commonly enters the body through inoculation via a bite wound.

Clinical signs of rabies in cats:

While rabies virus infection is commonly divided into two different clinical presentations known as furious and paralytic, the course of clinical signs in cats often overlaps, or can be atypical. Changes in behavior such as aggression or restlessness are often one of the first signs to be seen. Sometimes this is accompanied by muscle tremors, fever, weakness or incoordination. In cats, such signs often last only for a period of 1-2 days.

As the viral infection progresses, muscle paralysis develops which may be accompanied by increased vocalizations or change in voice, followed by death.

Treatment:

Post-exposure treatment is not recommended or sanctioned for animals in most countries. Clinically healthy cats with suspected rabies virus exposure should be overseen as recommended by local authorities; contact your veterinarian or state health department for more information.

Rabies in humans can be life threatening, and a health care professional should be contacted immediately if rabies exposure in a human is suspected.

Prevention:

Rabies can be effectively prevented through vaccination. General guidelines state that cats should be vaccinated with an initial rabies vaccine at 3 months of age, revaccinated in 1 year, and thereafter every 1-3 years depending on the product guidelines and local requirements. Consult your veterinarian to confirm these guidelines. Animals that are too young to be vaccinated should be kept indoors to minimize their risk of exposure.

Testing for rabies:

Definitive diagnosis of rabies is performed through post-mortem testing via immunofluorescent antibody testing.

provided by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP)

 Babcock Hills Veterinary Hospital | 210-697-8581
6600 Prue Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78240

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