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By: dachs40
Holy Family Veterinarinary Hospital
Dr O'conner was awesome today...he was there for us when our own vet wasn't and did an ER Csection on our girl and saved her and her pups...we were truly blessed to have found them. I have been in animals a long time and being a previous vet tech myself find it hard to find a good vet...well i found a great vet today...so glad and we are for sure switching permanently to you guys...my own vet didn't even have his cell phone on for emergencies like he claims too...but Dr O'Conner did...he saw us today...gave her a shot of oxy...sent her home to at least let her try to get the babies out...and then came back in today to do the csection...I am very happy....and Noel and her puppies are all doing great.
By: laura.lucas.7771
DeFabio, Philip DVM CVA
Dr. DeFabio saved my German Shepherd's life. His immediate care and follow up, along with Dr. Wasserman, made the difference between her life and death. They both spoke to me numerous times during her stay at AERC and it was clear that they are caring and knowledgable vets. My shepherd, Abby, came in to Dr. DeFabio near midnight with severe pain, vomiting and rectal bleeding. Even though we could not determine what had happened to her, he did everything possible to keep her alive. He showed compassion to Abby and to me as I was extremely upset at the idea of losing her. I recommend Dr. DeFabio and Dr. Wasserman to anyone who truly loves their pet and wants the best care possible for them.
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By: Kim H.
Holy Family Veterinarinary Hospital
We found Dr. Mike's clinic on a total fluke and now we would never go anywhere else. Our animals have the best care we could ever hope for and we are treated like family, not just customers... We love this place and everyone in it!
By: awingbarsano
Holy Family Veterinarinary Hospital
I have taken 2 of my dogs to them so far and have had wonderful service. Also the vet and staff is caring and compassionate. Thank you guys for the care you have provided gracie and John
By: masqueradeinparis
Holy Family Veterinarinary Hospital
I've taken all 4 of my animals here and they have all been taken very good care of! The prices are very reasonable and the staff is very nice.
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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