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Four Paws Veterinary Hospital

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8401 Ranch Rd 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-396-7297
Fax: 877-606-7227

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Dr. Phillip Schwarzlose and his staff look forward to meeting you and your pet family.

Please call for an appointment today.


We get it – pet owners have literally hundreds of options for veterinary care in the central Texas area.   Many of those choices are actually quite similar one to another:  most “corporate” veterinary establishments have great facilities but lean heavily on their policies and protocols as they practice medicine.  Vaccine clinics are cheap and convenient, but generally can’t commit to the overall health of your pet.  Here at Four Paws Veterinary Hospital we want to be the “forever vet” for your “forever pet”.  We offer compassionate Care for the Life of your Pet with several important differences:

The Four Paws Owner and Veterinarian is a local fella, born and raised just down the road in Zorn, TX.  Dr. Phillip Schwarzlose graduated Magna Cum Laude (a Latin phrase meaning “the country boy did good”) from the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.  Dr. Phillip has been practicing medicine in and around the Texas Hill Country ever since and he knows some things, because he’s seen some things.  He brings both knowledge and experience to every appointment, so whether your pet is healthy as a horse or sick as a (very sick) dog, Dr. Phillip will be making sure that your pet receives care that is “just right” –everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. 

The Four Paws staff is exceptional.  Our three senior technicians bring a combined 50+ years of veterinary experience to the table – a record of which Dr. Phillip is justifiably proud!  (The junior staff brings energy and stamina.) Happy pets, frightened pets, even the occasional hostile pet – we can handle it (want to see our scars?).  We will also try to help you if you need “tips and tricks”- whether your kitty is disassembling the sofa or your pup refuses to take medication.

At Four Paws our care is customized to your pets’ needs and circumstances.  Of course we have our standard procedures based on best medical practices, and those protocols work very well for many if not most of our patients.  Except for when they don’t.  Dr. Phillip will then make changes based on what is BEST for YOUR pet.  Apartment-dwelling Chihuahuas have needs different from those of the Great Pyrenees running on 20 acres; barn cats have different risks from house cats.  In our not-terribly-humble opinion, veterinary medicine should never be cookie cutter – individual pets deserve individualized care.  

In an effort to give your pets the custom care they deserve, we solemnly swear to LISTEN to you at every appointment, HEAR your concerns, then always always TELL you the truth about your options.  It’s called communication, and we will be the first to admit that it is not necessarily easy.  We realize that occasional misunderstandings can occur in spite of our best efforts.  Sometimes one or another of us will put both feet in our mouth – more than once – before lunch.  (Those are the days we wonder how much trouble it would be to just go ahead and change the name of this joint to “Faux Pas – Veterinary for the Socially Awkward”).  We like to pretend that our clients find these lapses “charming” and we hope you can laugh with (or even at) us.   We know we want to laugh with you when we can, cry with you when we must, and do our best to always love your pets right along with you.

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Services We strive to provide complete care for our patients. Learn more about all the services we provide. Make An Appointment We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. Schedule an appointment today! Online Forms Our patient forms are available online so they can be completed in the convenience of your own home or office.


Our friends here are simply THE BEST! They care about our pets like we care about our pets. They go the extra mile. Dr. Phillip knows SO much about veterinary science, in his calm and unassuming way. Some people are born to it: that's him.

Rebecca K. / San Marcos, TX

Office Hours

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8:00AM 8:00AM 8:00AM 8:00AM 8:00AM 8:00AM Closed
5:30PM 5:30PM 5:30PM 2:00PM 5:30PM 12:00PM Closed

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  • 8401 Ranch Rd 12 San Marcos, TX 78666
  • 512-396-7297

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