Best 16 Veterinary Clinics in Elma, WA with Reviews -
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By: Mary P.
Brian Dowling DVM
Dr. Dowling is amazing in so many ways. I have been going to him with all my dogs for 15+years. Even though I now live in Vancouver, WA, Istill travel the 2+ hours to get the BEST care for my pets.
By: Thomas C.
Elma Pet Clinic
We have been using Brian as a primar y vet for over a decade . He has done our spayed and neuter's. cruciate ligament surgery for Katie.
By: Christine P.
Elma Pet Clinic
I have had Dr. Dowling for our vet for 17 years. He has always allowed me to make payments and he is always honest about my pets condition. I would recommend highly.
By: alisac
Elma Pet Clinic
I guess things have really changed here since the last review. The first time I saw the vet he was good. This time my dog is needing emergency surgery and he is turning him away over a down payment. I said he is going to starve to death and they just said there was nothing they could do. I can't believe I person that has chosen his life to serve animals is willing to let one die over money. I would not suggest this vet to anyone unless you don't really care for your pet.
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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