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By: Terry R.
Four Paws Animal Hospital
4 paws is a great place to take reptiles too, DR mike worked with me on several reptile rescues (I had acquired when I lived in lower DE ) with theire medical issues and since I moved I actually prefer to make a special trip down to see him if I have a sick snake . I will be calling to find out about Sugar glider vet need from DR Mike in th near future.
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By: Jason C.
Four Paws Animal Hospital
Dr. Mike at Four Paws is by far THE best vet in Delaware! Him and his staff are the most caring group of people I've ever had the pleasure of taking my babies to He is the only vet I will ever take my babies to from here on out
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By: Jess H.
Four Paws Animal Hospital
Dr Mike is an excellent vet. I live 45 miles away and it was definitely worth the trip! My dog Dagan loves him. He goes out of his way to make her feel comfortable. Extremely nice and professional environment.
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By: Gary M.
Four Paws Animal Hospital
Best Vet I have used. Sorry I didn't find him sooner. Careing and professional. The only problem is long waits, no reservations. The wait is well worth it.
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By: Alex N.
Four Paws Animal Hospital
Dr. Mile Metzler is a great vet. Probably the best in Delaware. Cares for the animal and the owner. I would never go 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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