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02/24/2016
By: Dale C.
Bel Air Veterinary Hospital
My dog lives behind a privacy-fence. He is a rescued Pit-Bull mix. The people next-door let their Cocker out unattended, and he always starts a fence-fight with my dog. Someone broke through my fence--apparently to steal my generator--and my dog got out and attacked his next-door antagonist, according to the neighbor. I brought him in to Belair Animal Hospital to renew his rabies immunity (as mandated by Cecil County) and he was wearing a muzzle (again Cecil-mandated). Dr. Brooks treated me like a common perp, although I've brought rescued Pits in there for 15 years. He did not remove the muzzle, although I told him that my dog was not human-aggressive, and therefore Dr. Brooks did not examine his teeth, with which my dog has an as-yet unknown problem. Dr. Brooks treated both me and my dog with contempt, and I will never return to Bel Air Veterinary Hospital again. Not ever.
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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