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By: rescuemom59
Plantation Animal Hospital
I love the staff at Plantation. The entire team is very friendly and caring. They always go above and beyond to answer my questions and show they genuinely care. I have several fur babies I take there, and they'll even ask how the others are doing (by name!) when I bring one in. Dr Causby is thorough and knowledgeable, and I have complete faith and trust that she always does what's best for my pets. I have never felt rushed by her during a visit or phone call, and she has even taken the time to call and check up on them after a visit. I have been very happy with all my visits to Plantation :)
By: les.n.matt
Riverwood Veterinary Clinic
I love all the staff at Riverwood Vet!! The prices are very reasonable and to me cheaper than any vet here in the Clayton area. The doctors have a lot of knowledge about the animals and do not do anything without consulting you first. When you come in they let you know an estimate so you know what to expect. If you have switched vets you should do so!! =)
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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