Best 30 Animal Hospital in Columbia, MD with Reviews - YP.com

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11/08/2016
By: Ron W.
VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Centre Park
I was in the market to purchase a puppy, and the agreement that the seller had was that I would receive the first vet visit at n/c by using VCA. Prior to my making the purchase I stopped by the VCA location on Centre Park Drive. They were very busy upon my arrival, but I was greeted by a vet tech named Katie. What a peach! As it turned out I didn't buy the puppy from that particular seller, but rather from another breeder (who did not have the same arrangement with VCA). Because of Katie's demeanor and professionalism I did choose VCA to be our vet and have not regretted a moment. Thank you Katie.
06/09/2012
By: ccrsailor
CAT & DOG HOSPITAL OF COLUMBIA
Our usual vet was sick and our 12 y.o. Golden needed to see a vet due to a sudden illness. Friends recommended Cat & Dog Hosp so we called and were given a same day appt. Staff was friendly and wait time was minimal. Since this wasn't our vet we were so relieved to be given such good care for our visit. Would Highly recommend
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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