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By: Meriam D.
Woodmar Animal Clinic
The first time we came, the vet was very condescending to us because my female Boxer was a month behind on her shots (sorry, life happens!). The vet tech tried to pick her up by just the collar to put her on the table, when we both jumped up to stop him the vet told us that it was "okay" even though it was clearly not! When we came back for the booster shots, we set the appointment for a certain time, and they did not tend to us for over half an hour. We just sat there waiting. We will be looking for a different vet for her, since this was a terrible experience both times.To mistreat a furbaby right in front of her owners makes me uneasy as to what would happen if she needed a surgery or anything that involved her being out of our sight.
By: kmbridgmon
Woodmar Animal Clinic
Dr. Hall is wonderful, as is the rest of the staff. You can truly tell the love animals and it shows in their work ethic. I also know that my dog will be taken care of while we're here. Their prices are fair and competitive with other local vet offices, yet the service goes above and beyond what you would expect from anywhere else.
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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