Fort Bend County to provide vet services by popular vet hospital

Fort Bend County Animal Services director Rene Vasquez poses with Dr. Diarra Blue of the Cy-Fair Animal Hospital and part of Animal Planet’s TV show, “The Vet Life,” after the county commissioners approved a deal for Cy-Fair Animal Hospital to provide vet services to low-income Fort Bend County residents.

Don’t be surprised if a few Fort Bend County animals make their way onto the Animal Planet TV network in the next year.

That’s because Fort Bend County has partnered with the Cy-Fair Animal Hospital to provide a spay-and-neuter mobile unit for pet owners who are senior citizens, military, and those who are on some sort of public assistance programs, like Medicaid, CHIP, or disability.

The mobile unit will also handle rabies vaccinations and microchip services as well.

Cy-Fair Animal Hospital, owned and operated by Dr. Diarra Blue, is featured on the reality TV show, “The Vet Life.” Although Blue’s hospital is in Cypress, his residence is in Fort Bend County.

“We’re excited about helping out in the community that I live in,” Blue told the Fort Bend County commissioners on Tuesday. The commissioners approved the agreement unanimously.

Blue has been a veterinarian for over 10 years and opened his hospital around that same time.

Rene Vasquez, the director of Fort Bend County Animal Services, said that the county was running the mobile unit for the last six years, but was grounded to a halt due to a lack of vets.

But now, Blue and his hospital will be able to take over the services, which will cost the county $24,000 per year. The hospital will provide services for up to 20 to 25 animals per day. Also, filming for the TV show would take place in the county.

“The Vet Life” began its fourth season on Animal Planet in April, and the show has been renewed for a fifth season.

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