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By: Melissa H.
Avondale Animal Hospital
Avondale and staff are wonderful. We had our 9yr old cocker to many ets to diagnos unexplained itching. We had looked on line, and she seemed to show all the symptoms of paw mites. No other vet (Anderson Animal Hospital) would test and gave unecessary allergy shots. The wonderful vet Dr Carlos took no time at all to diagnos our poor Lil with mites, and started meds immediately. By this time we had it and also had to be treated as well. They are very concerned and caring, and answer any and all questions, and grasp we know our Lil better than anyone. I cant thank Dr Carlos and staff adequately, they are superb. They are a wonderful facility, not to mention compassionate to pet and owner. WE LOVE AVONDALE, DR CARLOS AND STAFF!
By: Karen M.
Berge, Kathy
Excellent care and service. Staff is amazing. They take time to explain care, services, and work with you on pet's issues. They take care of the human as well since sometimes it is very stressful having a pet visit the vet.
By: Brian J.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
What I like most about Family Pet Vet is that they know my dog and they actually look forward to seeing him. They treat him great when he is there and that makes it easy on me knowing my dog is comfortable at the vet.
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By: Nick L.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
Family Pet Veterinary Center is conveniently located in town. Family Pet Veterinary Center also always calls me right away after they are done seeing my pets and that really helps me out with my busy schedule.
By: Danielle K.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
My dog as soon as I got her was having problems. It wasn't until Dr. Jen diagnosed her that we got to spend an extra 14 years with her. Thank you to Dr. Jen for giving us that extra time with her
By: Scott R.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
I take my cat to the Family Pet Veterinary Center not only for the excellent care but also for the entire staff. They are very competent and caring.
By: Luke J.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
We are so grateful to have Family Pet Veterinary Center. My pets stayed over night for a week or more. They took wonderful care of our dogs.
By: Jessica H.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
The staff is great at the Family Pet Vet. Before grooming my dog they always ask me how I want her to be groomed. They do a really nice job.
By: Martin L.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
I have had a great experience working with Dr. Jen. She always listens to any questions or concerns I have regarding my pet's condition.
By: Ivan D.
Family Pet Veterinary Center South
I never have to worry about surprise fees or extra charge when I bring my pets in. The staff is up front about costs and billing.
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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