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By: Cherie C.
Dawson Forest Animal Hospital
I don't understand all the negative review especially from the person who had not met or talked to dr. Allen. I have taken my pekingese there 3 times....once for an extreme scratching issue, once for eye infection, and once for severy breathing trouble and she has solved each issue. My peke has been blind since birth and has congestive heart failure and I certainly do not trust her with just anyone. She can also be grumpy and snappy when she doesn't feel good. She took to the groomer instantly. I couldn't believe what I was seeing as she had been biting at me and my husband. On the very 1st visit, the groomer was carrying her around like a baby. Veterinary care is just crazy expensive everywhere!! In my experience, she is on track with everyone else I have been to. So far I have no complaints and will upgrade to 5 stars after going there for a while longer.
By: Amanda M.
Dawson Forest Animal Hospital
I just want to say that this is the BEST place ever! She is super nice and so good with animals. A friend of mine's little dog was bitten by a snake this evening, I called her a little after 8 and she told me to have him meet her there in 30 minutes and she opened up her clinic to make sure he was a good!!! So thankful!!!!
By: Melanie H.
Dawson Forest Animal Hospital
Hmm. Regarding the comments below - I found just the opposite with regard to prices. Veterinary services are expensive nowadays. Dr. Allen divides her services; so you can pay for just as much as you can afford; but, in order to be a good doctor she must recommend everything the animal needs!
By: humanitarian5
Dawson Forest Animal Hospital
This vet is very knowledgable and kind and the best priced I've found in all the towns near us. She makes appts quickly and has no problem speaking with you on the phone if you have questions. I take my 3 animals there and my parents take their 2 cats there as well.
By: Dotti K.
Dawsonville Veterinary Hospital
I have been coming here for many years and every experience has been positive. I strongly recommend this office. I have 8 cats and 2 dogs so trust me, I have had lots of experience with them. The doctors are incredible and the staff are awesome.
By: Christi T.
Dawson Forest Animal Hospital
Dr. Allen has always been there for my dog and me and I have appreciated the superb care that she has given my rescue dog. She tells it straight so you can make the best decisions for your pet and your family dynamic.
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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