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By: petfriday
Pets Vet
Dr Bob is awsome! super knowledgeble, compassionate and HONEST! He will help and do what needs to be done and will not put your pet or your wallet through extensive medical ordeals just to make a buck. When I fist saw him 3 years ago my dog had ear infection and previous vet told me he needed an operation to see what is in the ear other than that he couldn't do anything for me. Dr Bob told me it was allergies and gave me ear drops and we never had problems since. Same positive experience every time. I highly recommend him!
By: Darlene D.
Pets Vet
The best, most compassionate vet and staff you could go to in hemet! Not only is the vet wonderful and has taken care of any problem my animals have had, but the staff is friendly as well! Very kind and compassionate group, and fair prices.
By: wendy.jeffries1
Dewey C Ballinger DVM
I've been going to Ballinger for 20+ years. He always makes a point of explaining your options to you if your animal has a problem and he really educates you. His experience is terrific. I hope he NEVER retires.
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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