Veterinary Referral Hospital Of Hickory in Hickory, NC with Reviews -
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By: Jenna C.
Mountain View Animal Hospital
It was a clean and happy atmosphere. The staff were very curtious and dr. Lindstrom is the best vet Ive ever taken my dog to.
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By: Sarah R.
Viewmont Animal Hospital
I adopted my dog Shiloh from a rescue a couple months ago and he is very scared of new people and places so I was worried how his first visit to the vet would be. This was my first time at Viewmont Animal Hospital and I could not have asked for a better experience! They came highly recommended from people I dog-sit for and I 100% agree! I am so glad that I found a great place with the best people for Shiloh!
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By: Charlene D.
Viewmont Animal Hospital
The doctors are always very thorough and the staff is kind, understanding, and loving. I have been going to Viewmont Animal Clinic for 20+ years. They have taken very good care of all my four legged children. They are wonderful.
By: Ellie S.
Viewmont Animal Hospital
I have been taking my Shi-zhu to Viewmont Animal Hospital since he was 6 weeks old. He will be 15 years old on Feb. 6. At the present time, my dog is very sick with heart enlargement, murmur and congestive heart failure. Dr. Pope is wonderful. He gave AJ all kinds of meds. Dr.Pope really shows he cares about your dog.. The staff is also just great. They have never put me off when I've called and said AJ needed to be seen. I appreciate all the professional and kindness they have shown to me and my dog. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a vet hospital to take their pet. I could never thank them enough for being so good to my loved dog. Thank you Dr.Pope.
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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