One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to find it a high quality veterinarian. For some pet parents, especially first timers, this can be a daunting task. We recommend you check out the following articles from the ASPCA.
Cats: Finding the Right Vet Vet Visit Questionnaire Seeing A Specialist
Dogs: Finding the Right Vet Vet Visit Questionnaire Seeing A Specialist
To locate a veterinarian near your home, check out these links - Sugar Land Veterinarians, Houston Veterinarians (zoom into your area on the maps and click on the red dots for facility details).
Paying for veterinary care is usually the largest expense you will have over the lifetime of your pet. Vet fees can vary significantly from provider to provider, but so can the quality of care. Going with a less expensive vet, that may cut corners on cleanliness or patient care, can actually end up costing you more money in the long run if your pet ends up with complications from treatment - and really is that what you want for your furry companion? Please check out the article Cutting Pet Care Costs for good tips on how to reduce your overall care costs.
We also recommend you look into investing in pet insurance. This is similar to human health care insurance in that you pay a monthly or annual premium to limit your costs for preventative care or the treatment of serious illnesses/injuries, depending on the type of insurance you select. There are a plethora of pet insurance providers available. This article provides a list of the Top 10 Pet Insurance Providers, based on specific rating criteria and consumer reviews.