Although there are some options, it is very limited and the only other option for residents is to go into the city. That being said, one of the best pet hospitals in the area is Buckner Terrace Animal Clinic.
Just like most of Dallas, this area was created for a very specific demographic and has succeeded with flying colors in making great neighborhoods for specific people. The ease of traveling on foot or bike, partially due to the flat terrain and partially because the tight neighborhoods usually allow you to form a pretty close bond with at least a few neighbors, really sticks out to some people who love to be outdoors, use it as a primary mode of travel, or have children that they would like to be protected. The neighborhood parks are also extremely catering to children.
The parks that are in the area are classically beautiful and have a small town comfortable vibe, yet are very up to date, thanks to all of the recent innovations. A great example of this is Samuell Grand Park. This fun park has just about everything you could possibly need with a driving range, an amphitheatre, several sports fields, and a playground.
For the best way in town to cool off on a hot summer day, Lake Highlands Park is above the rest. This public water playground has features for all ages and really gives the neighborhood kids a chance to bond while staying cool.