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By: Teammom S.
West Prince Animal Hospital
Dr. Mike Beard is the most wonderful vet, and I have a lot of experience with them. He's kind and knowledgeable and has done an excellent job of taking care of my feline companions (11 of them). He's very good about explaining things to this old caretaker. I adore his staff...they are so caring. I get follow-up calls checking up on ill kitty's progress and I even got sympathy cards when my 14-yr-old DSH died of heart disease and my 8-yr-old DSH died after ingesting larvae that ate it's way through her brain. That's why I drive 20 miles each way for vet services. I'd give WPAH 10 stars if I could.
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By: Alice C.
Hartman, Greg
I love Dr. Hartman,and his staff. They have all been wonderful to my chin,Mario and me. Mario has some problems,and never once have I been unable to get him in to Dr. Hartman. I'm as nervous about Mario as I was about my children,but no matter how many calls I make,or how many questions I ask,Dr. Hartman,and the staff are always courteous with me.
By: madisunshice
West Prince Animal Hospital
The staff is wonderful and so friendly. Then again, they absolutely adore my pup cause she's a good girl :)
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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