By: jenniferhutchison
Altadena Valley Animal Clinic.
I have recently started boarding my dog, Tinker, at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic. Before leaving my baby, I went by the place to check it out. The staff was very helpful and happy to show me every aspect of what my dog's stay would entail. They showed me the suites that they have, and while extremely nice, it was a little pricey for me. The kennel boarding was very reasonable and I was told I could bring whatever I wanted for Tink to have with her while she stayed. As I was touring the clinic I noticed that all the dogs in the kennel had lots of bedding and all seemed very happy. Tinker has stayed at the clinic three times now, and every time she comes home, she is happy. She even gets excited when we pull in the parking lot and is eager to go inside! (Never happened at our previous vet) I am very pleased with the staff, the vet, and the facilities. I would highly recommend Altadena Valley Animal Clinic!
By: Sue ellen B.
Oxmoor Animal Clinic
I've been bringing my kitties here since 2002. I'm very pleased with the thoughtful, efficient, and conscientious care they've received. I trust their expertise. The staff is friendly and even fun.
By: kimberly.dye2
Westwood Animal Hospital
I'm very happy to say that they give my 5 dogs and 2 caats as much care as I do! the staff is great! I trust them so much with mine, as a groomer i send my clients here as well!
By: James H.
Oxmoor Animal Clinic
My dog is sick, and I've brought him here. I was so happy that the doctors put much attention to the needs of my dog and now he is well.
By: frank16
Green Springs Animal Clinic
Doctors and staff are great. I would not trust anyone else with my pets care.
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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