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By: Amelia F.
Best Friend Vet Care
We love the care that our fur babies have always received here. When we had an old senior lab they would come out to our truck to se him, knowing it was difficult for him to get in and out of vehicles by this age. Now that we have younger dogs they do their best to make sure that they trust them and are relaxed before proceeding. The care that our fur babies receive it excellent
By: Vicky K.
Animal Clinic Of Decatur & Roadrunner Mobile Vet Clinic
I love this animal clinic. They have cared for all our pets for about 25 years. They are a walk in clinic and have treated our animals and us with respect and loving care as if our pets were their pets. We are so thankful them.
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By: Karoline K.
Animal Clinic Of Decatur & Roadrunner Mobile Vet Clinic
I've taken my pets to this clinic for over 25 years. I won't go anywhere else. Both Dr Hill and Dr Murphy are excellent with our animals. The staff there always goes above to make our pets visit as comfortable as possible.
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By: Matthew W.
Animal Clinic Of Decatur & Roadrunner Mobile Vet Clinic
A great place to take your fur kid, and they also board.
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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