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By: happycamper0909
70 West Veterinary Hospital, PLLC
Doctor Ward and his staff are the best, most caring I have found for my poodles. I was recommended to them by several friends in the New Bern area (they drive 20+ miles to have him as their pets vet.) Doctor Ward on my first visit came into the lobby, sat in the floor and played with my dogs, while he asked questions about them. I have never ever had a vet (in my 40 years of having poodles) that was so interested in my dogs on theirfirst visit. Every time they are in his care, (as with their teeth cleaning) I am called to give permission if teeth need to be removed or if their is any problem or concern before the "work" is done. No surprises here. I highly recommend 70 West, and drive 20+ miles to have my pets (though there are many vets closer to my home in Morehead City ) seen by Doctor Ward. He is the greatest vet you will find. You will not be disappointed.
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By: Chris W.
Havelock Animal Hospital
Havelock animal hospital has been taking care of our family members since they were pups and kittens. They are truly a great team. When one of our family members passed away, the team took care of everything. Their compassion goes beyond just a job. Now that we have a new member of our family, she will be going here as well.
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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