Colony Park Animal Hospital in Durham, NC with Reviews -
By: Monika P.
Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital, PLLC
i was looking for a vet that has experience in dealing with exotic pets for my guinea pig, because i was leaving my previous exotic pets specialty vet. my visit at willow oak exceeded all of my expectations. the reception area is bright and friendly. the vet tech was extremely thorough at the pre-exam. dr. cagle was just wonderful and seems to be very knowledgeable about guinea pig health. he took his time, answered all of my questions and handled my pet with lots of tlc. i am glad to have found a better option for my gpig, that is also better priced than a specialized hospital. i would totally recommend willow oak veterinary hospital for exotic companion animals.
By: christine.brown.549668
Parkwood Animal Hospital
I continue to be impressed with Parkwood - the staff is wonderful, caring, and always available to answer my questions, and Dr. Stech is a fantastic vet. My cat is not a happy camper most of the time, and she did so well there. They are always available via email or phone to answer my questions, and have provided wonderful care. It's nice to have a vet that works with you to understand your pets health and does so in a positive way. Their office is easy to get to, clean, and arranged well - it's flows well. I would highly recommend this vet to any pet owner who wants a positive experience for themselves and their pets. Thank you!
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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