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By: happyhooves
Southside Veterinary Clinic
Nothing but absolute love for this facility and all their staff! I brought my dog there several times the past few months and was struggling with cancer. Whenever I called I got right in and Dr. Luoma spent time with me going over new routes of medication and diagnostics. His care and kindness really helped us through. Caitlyn and Veronica showed true compassion and care. These two are by far the best veterinary techinicians around. They understood the pain Bud was in and handle him with gentle arms. When it came down to the end of Bud's road the both set up a private room for us and let us take all the time we needed. I cannot express how much this met to us and our family. If you arelooking for a new veterinary clinic or for a compassionate team, look to Southside Veterinary Clinic. They are an amazing group of individuals. Thank you Dr. Luoma, Sally, Caitlyn, and Veronica.
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By: Joyce R.
Dickman Road Veterinary Clinic
I have been taking my little dog there for over a year now. I like the ease of making an appointment and how quickly and professionally we are treated.
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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