Floral City Animal Clinic in Floral City, Florida with Reviews - YP.com
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12/08/2012
By: michael.nappi.7
Tobey, Marilyn
The world may be hard at times, but it is never cold and lonely when your cat purrs for you or your dog wags his tail happy to see you. They become a part of us, the best part perhaps. We can’t imagine our lives without them. But when they hurt, we hurt. We reach out to a veterinarian often feeling the doctor’s cold bedside manner. It’s not personal just an attempt of self preservation not to become too close to every patient. The doctor’s job and our pet’s well being require unpleasant tasks like taking their temperature or giving injections. It’s safer to be detached than to open their heart to every furry face. Since Pinky’s first visit Dr. Marilyn Tobey became part of the family. Doctor Tobey and her staff at the Floral City Veterinary Hospital immediately recognized the importance of Pinky’s well being to all of us, not only respecting our feelings but sharing in them. They not only treated Pinky, they treated the two legged members of the family with just as much care and compassion. Dr. Tobey patiently explained Pinky’s condition and helped us make the best decisions for treating Pinky. Sadly the time came when nothing more could be done to and we had to say goodbye. Our desire and to have her in our life was weighed against our desire to see her free of pain. It’s a hard decision to make. Some vow to never love another pet to avoid the inevitable heart ache of saying goodbye. The lucky ones realize as great as the heart ache of losing a pet may be, the amount of love and joy they bring into your life is far greater. The world would be a better place if more people could own a pet and shared those feelings and an even better place with more people like Dr. Marilyn Tobey and her staff. In a time of sickness they gave us medicine. At a time of pain and darkness their hearts shined. And at a time of loss they gave us understanding, compassion and friendship.~with love and thanksThe Family of Pinky Bush
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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