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06/14/2013
By: michael.dubois.79656
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
Dr. Cooper, and Dr. Carbone were available at all hours of the night on call for my group of dogs! Kilgore the Bichon Frise/Poodle mix had a bad infection, and Dr. Carbone advised me on how to administer Kilgore's medicine over the phone in the middle of the night! I was concerned that Kilgore would not live to see the morning as his body temperature had begun to rise, and he felt hot! Kilgore responded well to Dr. Carbone's decision on how to administer the medicine that I had on hand that evening! In the morning Kilgore was able to visit Dr. Carbone, and further treatment was provided giving Kilgore the necessary tests and care that he needed! Dr. Cooper treated Buddy Duncan a terrier poodle mix in the middle of the night at East Lake when he had life threatening seizures! I was able to go home, and sleep well in my bed knowing that Buddy Duncan was in such trusting and capable hands! Dogs are at our mercy for their care, and it is the responsibility of those with dogs to make sure that we give them the proper medical care that they deserve when we adopt them!
02/18/2013
By: david.ellis.7921
Fairchild Animal Hospital
The doctors and staff are fantastic. It is not a job for them. They truly care about the animals and their families. We have lost 5 members of our family and each time they are kind, compassionate and caring. They will do what the can to make the life with, and with out you pets the best they can. They are part of our family too. Thank you all for all you have helped us with.
10/15/2013
By: Shannan L.
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
My visits here are always made to be very peasant. I have told a few friends t go here as well, and they all have had great experiences as well.
10/14/2013
By: troipenn7
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
My dog had an emergency, and the vet was closed. I called the doctor's personal number and she came out t night anyways. I was so grateful.
07/09/2013
By: jaywildyman7
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
With Dr. Cooper at East Lake Hospital, my dogs get really terrific care. I have trusted this staff for years and will continue to do so.
01/14/2013
By: singingsally13
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
Doctors & staff at East Lake are caring, conscientious & simply the best vet clinic in the east central Illinois area!
11/02/2012
By: gomountaineers18
East Lake Cooper Hospital For Animals Ltd
Dr. Cooper and his staff truly care about the animals they serve. They're the best!
08/26/2015
By: Tammy L.
Fairchild Animal Hospital
I love these guys. They are always willing to help. On call 24 hours.
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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