Maybe it was Bill Nye, the Science Guy, or the myriad of nature shows he watched as a kid that sparked Dr. Cagle’s interest in science and animals. Whatever it was, he obviously wanted to be a veterinarian at an early age. And, that spark and passion for the veterinary profession hasn’t faded one bit. Dr. Cagle thrives on the human-animal bond. “Every day, I experience the unconditional love, companionship, and general pick-me-up I get from my own pets. I absolutely love seeing this connection with my clients and patients,” he says.
Originally from Mansfield, Texas, a Dallas/Fort Worth-area suburb, Dr. Cagle graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. He relocated to Houston for a great job opportunity and fell in love with the city and its people. When Houston was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, he watched the community come together, and knew he wanted to stay. “I knew this would always be my home after that experience,” he says.
A houseful of rescued pets
Dr. Cagle has a houseful of rescued pets whom he calls family. They include:
- June, a 1-year-old pit bull, who had a rough start to her life—she was found in a Walmart parking lot when she was only 2 days old with life-threatening wounds, but with her strong will to survive and Dr. Cagle’s excellent care, she pulled through, and they now happily share a home together.
- Potatoes, the newest feline addition to the Cagle household, who also suffered extensive injuries at a young age, including two broken legs—Potatoes will be joining the Urban Vet Team as the clinic cat.
- Cricket, a cat who became Dr. Cagle’s first furry love when he spayed her during veterinary school 12 years ago and couldn’t resist adopting her from the shelter—she was, after all, his first surgery.
- Harvey, the second-oldest feline friend in Dr. Cagle’s house, who, like many of Dr. Cagle’s pets, was brought in as a stray to his workplace at the time.
- Hazel, the third-oldest cat, who endured a leg injury that required amputation.
Despite their tough beginnings, Dr. Cagle’s furry family is happy and healthy. His less-than-fuzzy family members include an older sister whom he adores, and a successful niece who just graduated from nursing school.
Music, travel, and a love of Houston
An avid fan of Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Buddy Holly, Dr. Cagle is a music enthusiast who especially enjoys live music. When his busy schedule allows, he loves traveling and visiting big cities. Around town, he thoroughly enjoys Houston’s amazing restaurant scene, and delights in trying new places. His favorite eating style is ordering multiple small dishes to share among a large group of friends. Unfortunately, his favorite restaurant, Pass and Provisions, recently closed its doors.
If he’s not working late caring for pets on a Friday night, you may find Dr. Cagle trying out a new food joint, or, more likely, at a Houston Astros game. He is a big Astros fan (have you spotted the Astros logos in the clinic yet?) and recently moved only blocks away from Minute Maid Park so he can walk to the games. The Urban Vet also is a three-time Ironman finisher.
Dr. Cagle spent most of his career as an emergency veterinarian before creating his own clinic. While he has a passion for emergency medicine, he found it difficult to truly connect with his patients and clients, since most returned to their family veterinarian for follow-up care. “I want to be the person they can always rely on, not just the person they see once at the emergency hospital,” he says.
Breaking down barriers for clients and pets
Dr. Cagle created The Urban Vet to build and foster relationships with his patients through all their life stages, good and bad. What sets The Urban Vet apart is Dr. Cagle’s dedication to remove the barriers that prevent patients from getting the care they need—for example, pets with debilitating anxiety, or pets with painful arthritis that hinders their ability to come in for care can be seen in the comfort of their own home.
Some folks are simply too busy to schedule a much-needed appointment for their pet, so Dr. Cagle provides a housecall service. His goal with this service is also to minimize the stress associated with veterinary appointments. Phone, email, and text options allow clients to keep in touch, and online scheduling allows flexibility when making appointments. Dr. Cagle’s dedication to convenience and removing any obstacles so that pets receive appropriate veterinary care is unmatched.
The Urban Vet is a full-service veterinary hospital for dogs and cats. Services include:
- Wellness care, including vaccinations, parasite prevention, and preventive care
- Soft-tissue surgery, such as spay, neuter, and foreign body removal
- Dentistry, including dental X-rays and cleanings
Meet The Urban Vet
We invite you to visit The Urban Vet, beginning September 23. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dr. Cagle and his staff will be delighted to meet you and your furry family.