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05/21/2014
By: Cindy S.
Hume Veterinary Hospital
We have been clients of Mary Hume, DVM for over 30 years. When we had to move from Albuquerque, we still used her as our vet when we came to town for visits. She is very friendly (like a personal friend now that it's been so many years), knowledgeable, compassionate and thorough with our canine family members. I have referred many people to her clinic and they all have been satisfied with their service. Dr Hume as been with us throughout many different "kiddos", one with cancer, one just old with seizures, pregnancy, spays and neuters, teeth cleaning and a very complicated case of cardiomyopathy in an 8 mo old puppy. She went the extra distance to diagnose this unusual disease in dogs by contacting a fellow veterinarian in research at USC San Diego and had her do the biopsies on our puppy. Sadly, his condition was so advanced that we lost him shortly after diagnosis. Dr. Hume did not stop there....she requested a necropsy to learn more about the disease and helped us pay for the extra costs that were incurred in diagnosing the problem. She even chipped in for our baby's cremation. She called every few days to see how we were doing and sent a lovely sympathy card. We now live in Utah and miss her terribly but when we are in Albuquerque we always go by the clinic to see how everyone is doing and use her for vet care while we are there. IF I COULD, I WOULDN'T USE ANY OTHER VET EXCEPT DR HUME!
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09/01/2009
By: ellendra2
VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital and Referral Center
Our regular veterinarian referred us to VCA to see a specialist to confirm her diagnosis on our kitten. I was so impressed with Dr. Hribernik and Dr. Foster and the others professionals there. They were so kind to me and our kitten. They are very knowledgable but are able to explain things very well. They could have charged a lot for their diagnosis but did not. They were amazing and I highly recommend them.
09/17/2012
By: george.griego.73
Banfield Pet Hospital
Banfield called today and completely fixed the issue that I had with their wellness plan and the way it was renewed. Most businesses this size wouldn't bother. Thank you so much!!! I really appreciate the time you took to resolve this. Very happy :)
07/23/2015
By: Danette M.
Pflueger R C Vet Surg
Amazing Vet! He's been taking care of my pets for 20 years. I couldn't be happier with him. Nothing like not loading up your pets to get to the vet for vaccinations. He comes to my house and takes care of them here. Less stress for everyone!
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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