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By: Joseph O.
Southern Utah Animal Hospital
I used to live in Cedar City 30 years ago, dr. Esplin took care of our dogs, cats and horses. Moved back to Vegas, found a good Vet their but he moved. A few years ago our Golden got sick, a clinic in Vegas wanted $500. to do test. Couldn't afford that, so made an appointment with Dr. Esplin. I told him the symptoms, he told me to collect a urine sample out front and $130 later the diagnosis was in (diabetes) medicine and syringes included. Which brings us to yesterday, new patient German Shepherd puppy. We feared parvo. With grandkids visiting and playing in the front yard, we found dr. Esplin at home, at dinner time, on his day off. We told him the symptoms, he said follow me over to the office. Thank goodness parvo test negative. The most important things to me are his expertise, honesty, and he genuinely cares about my animals. The bonus is a fair price. Thank you dr. Esplin, Joe O'Kelley
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By: Cheryl C.
Richard Bagley DVM
No doubt the best veterinarian in Southern Utah.  I entrust all my animal's care to him without hesitation.  As a dedicated breeder of GoldenDoodles - I absolutely need a veterinarian who is there for me & my dogs / puppies.  He knows his stuff, tells it like it is, doesn't run up your bill with unnecessary tests or treatments.  He totally has my respect & appreciation.
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By: Cheryl C.
Mountain View Animal Clinic
Personally, I feel this is the absolute best veterinarian in the Cedar City area. Without a doubt, they are professional & caring. They have been there for my personal dogs, cat, and several litters of puppies. I am so grateful to have a vet like Dr. Bagley
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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