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02/21/2013
By: teresadickey
Bolivar Pet Hospital
We take our dog to Dr. McCracken at Bolivar Pet Hospital. He is always courteous and kind and thoroughly explains things. The front office staff is nice and accommodating too. Dr. McCracken is an excellent doctor who has taken time out of a busy schedule to meet with us when our dog was having neck problems. He diagnosed the problem and helped our little dog to feel so much better. I highly recommend Bolivar Pet Hospital!!
01/23/2015
By: Veda J.
Bolivar Pet Hospital
Having just met with DR McCrackin about one of my small dogs, I was very impressed with his attention to my pet and he was very nice & took the time to explain a lot about my questions. I feel extremely Blessed to have him as our Vet! And will certainly tell my friends & neighbors about him...
02/22/2013
By: vickie.gammill
Bolivar Pet Hospital
We have used Dr. McCracken for all 5 of my four-legged family members. He is very patient and I can tell he truly loves animals. He has treated my 12 year old cat that became ill and Bo now acts like a kitten. I recommend Dr. McCracken to all my friends.
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08/25/2015
By: Victoria F.
Bolivar Pet Hospital
Been to lots of vets thru the years. But Bolivar Pet Hosp is the best. EVERYTHING.... cleanliness. Attention to detail to our pets... Reasonable cost...great staff!
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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