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03/28/2013
By: kmsch21
Sierra Animal Clinic
This veterinary clinic is the best and by far the most kind, caring and honest animal hospital I have ever been to. The doctors and the staff are truly awesome. I have a crippled weinie dog who has been seen there twice since I have moved back to Big Spring and they have ALWAYS kept me in the loop, called me before procedures and NEVER tried to get me to run unnecessary tests. Coming from Austin where they bled me for money and TONS of tests any time my dog had an upset stomach, this is a wonderful welcomed change. Thanks to everyone there for their A+++ service and kindness for my dog!
05/25/2017
By: Nobody I.
Sierra Animal Clinic
All I have to say is Holt is good and knows his stuff. Hill however is rude and does not know jack. Fore warned make sure you see Dr. Holt.......I am pretty sure Hill is the reason my dog died.
07/08/2016
By: Robert S.
Western Hills Animal Clinic
Our Rescue pulled a chihuahua from the Big Spring Shelter. Needed info on his stitches. Left on hold for 20 minutes. Had to hang up. 12 retries, no answer. :-(
05/30/2012
By: missqueenie
Sierra Animal Clinic
AWESOME! I must say the most caring wonderful vet I've ever met! All the staff are professional, compassionate, kind, and sweet.. very highly recommended!!!
05/18/2017
By: Annette K.
Sierra Animal Clinic
Dr Holt and his staff are so wonderful and caring, I would recommend them to anyone, if you have an emergency there is not a problem
04/18/2016
By: rainey77200
Western Hills Animal Clinic
I take all my dogs here, they are so sweet and professional! I have Rotties and a mastiff wouldn't take them anywhere else?
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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