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By: warpkatt
Ark Animal Hospital
I own 5 Blue & Gold Macaws and a miniature dachshund. Dr. Miller has been our vet for over 20 years and I trust him to do what is best for my critters. Birds hide that they are sick and he has always made himself available when I have called with concerns. I trust him for all our vet needs and recommend him to anyone who truly cares for their animal companions.
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By: Danielle R.
Ark Animal Hospital
I own a dachshund and am so over-protective of him! He hurt his back and I called Ark and they got him in within a few hours and took the absolute best care of him! I was in and out within a hour and completly satisfied with how we were treated. This is the only place I will take all three of my dogs! Thank you Ark!
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By: Diana F.
Ark Animal Hospital
The nicest people, caring and kind. The vet is a greatchiropractor and helped my little chihuahua who was walking on only 3 legs due to an old hip injury. Only two treatments were needed and it was suggested we give her Promotion for her joints. She's like a young dog, even though she's 8.
By: Jenn E.
Button Brand Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Hays is exceptional. He is both knowledgeable and experienced. He always takes good care of my Milo.
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By: Desertrea G.
Button Brand Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Hays has tooken very good care of my fur babies. He continues to give me great services.
Tips & Advices
Most 24-hour clinics do not allow owners to stay with their pets overnight. However, many do have specific visiting hours or will let owners see their pets at any point during the day. In addition, owners can call most clinics at any time for an update on their pet's well being.
  • Important phone numbers, especially those of the the veterinary clinic, the animal hospital or emergency clinic, and the poison control center
  • A book detailing pet first-aid steps
  • Copy of medical records
  • Nylon leash
  • Muzzle (only use if pet is not vomiting and has no difficulty breathing)
  • Absorbent gauze
  • Nonlatex disposable gloves
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail clippers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting only at the recommendation of a veterinarian
  • Milk of magnesia (to absorb poison only at the recommendation of a veterinarian)
Find a 24-hour animal hospital that provides emergency services within your area. Keep the facility's contact information in a place that's easy to locate, such as the refrigerator, address book, or smartphone. Most veterinary clinics operate on standard business hours and are not equipped to handle emergencies.
Veterinary clinics operate on a smaller scale than animal hospitals. The latter are more likely open 24 hours and provide emergency services. The former generally operate on typical office hours and only perform wellness exams and minor surgeries. Veterinary clinics also do not generally perform laboratory tests on site.
The specifics vary depending on the type of visit. For a wellness exam, bring:
  • Medical records
  • The type or brand of food the pet eats
  • Medication (including flea, tick, and heartworm medication).
If the animal needs medical treatment, the following may be helpful depending on the situation:
  • Fresh stool sample
  • Vomit sample
  • Video of the pet engaging in abnormal behavior
  • Substance the pet may have ingested

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