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By: Sarah O.
Animal Hospital of Dauphin County
I needed to take my cat somewhere fast. His regular vet, no openings and this couldn't wait. The number for the 24hr place they gave me was 33min away with rush hour traffic and an accident. I found this place online. 10 mins away? Yes! I called around 5 and they set the appointment for 6, but took us right back to see the vet right after walking in the door around 5:45. The staff were all friendly and gentle with both me stressing out and shaking and my cat who was busy trying to calm me down. (Yes, that was typed correctly.) I highly recommended them just after the first visit.
By: David B.
Derry Animal Hospital
New vet took over recently and the one from the previous reviews has retired. Lauren is great with our animals. She's very knowledgable and you can tell there's a caring that goes beyond just doing "a job". The staff has called several times since my dog's surgery, just to check up on him. Never had a vet care that much before. Would def trust them with any of my pets.
By: alfredjunkins
Derry Animal Hospital
No problems here, still a good vet. We've taken our dogs to Derry Animal Hospital for 8 years. Dr. Shenk is very gentle with the animlas and very knowledgeable. He takes the time to answer questions.
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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