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By: Barbara M.
Mills, Kathleen A
Dr Mills is one of the best vets i have ever used. I was visiting my mom (Ruth Smith of Williford, AR) after the death of my brother and my year old Yorkie Lucy got hurt. I took her to another vet who immediately wanted to put her down. I then took her to see Dr. Mills, she did not recommending putting her down but working to keep her alive and she did. Dr. Mills never gave up on her, even though she was not sure Lucy would make it and for that I will be eternally grateful to her and her staff Lucy is healthy and I owe it all to Dr. Mills and God for her loving care for Lucy. I would recommend anyone who has an animal and lives in Arkansas to take their pets to see Dr. Mills. She is awesome. Her staff is as loving and caring as she is. Thank you Dr. Mills from the bottom of my heart for saving my precious Lucy. I cannot thank you enough for all you did for Lucy and me...Sincerely,Lucy and Barbara Murphey (Austin, TX)
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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