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By: parthpatel214
Belle Mead Animal Hospital
Belle Mead Animal Hospital is the best, simple as that. I am a volunteer at the hospital seeking to be a future vet, and this place is great to learn from. This hospital is filled with veterinarians that care to help the animals that come in. The technicians are superb as well. All the dogs/cats are handled appropriately no matter what the case may be. The best thing about Belle Mead Animal Hospital is that they dont cut corners no matter what needs to be done. Whether it be surgery or simple vaccinations, everything is done correctly - with every T crossed and every I dotted. The previous comments about money reflect peoples views about the pricing of this facility, not the work this facility does. The money runs parallel with the great work they do. In the end, its your pet's health that matters. Highly recommend.
By: susan604
Belle Mead Animal Hospital
Veterinarians who really care - Excellent service, Highly recommendI have been taking my cats to Belle Mead Animal Hospital for well over eleven years now. Dr. Martins was extraordinary in helping me take care of my FIV cat. I trust them completely with the care of my current pets. The entire staff has always impressed me as being knowledgeable and caring about all the animals that come through their doors. They listen to your concerns and help guide you to make the right decisions toward care and treatment. I trust this practice, and I use them exclusively for wellness exams and consultations regarding my cats. I highly recommend Belle Mead Animal Hospital to anyone who has their pet's best interest in mind.
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By: Magenta H.
Belle Mead Animal Hospital
5 stars x2. I've taken 4 housecats and plenty of strays (for neutering). Sadly 2 of my housecats are dead from cancer (one in 2010, one recently). Dr. Martins showed more compassion than any doctor I know (that includes MDs, and MDs treat PEOPLE!) and helped me accept the inevitable. He and his staff have been there for us as we gradually accept the loss of our "best boy" and our ongoing life with our other two wonderful cats.
By: Jim P.
Belle Mead Animal Hospital
Will not be my first choice in the future, they seem to talk a good game, however money is thier priority, not the proper care or correct diagnosis. Make sure you get a second opinion.
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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