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By: shad0wembrace
Hopewell Animal Hospital
I've gone to several vets in the Tri-Cities area, but I won't take my animals anywhere but Hopewell. The doctors have seen me through some of the worst times with some of my animals and they are my top choice for anything animal related. My mother's dog goes to VCA in Heights, but I feel Hopewell is so much better. They remember your name, your pets, they are very knowledgeable, they don't charge you stupid fees, and they aren't nearly as expensive as any other vet. They care more about getting your animal well and taking care of it, then about the money.
By: cherylanddogs
Hopewell Animal Hospital
Dr. Harrison and his associates are very caring vets. They are very careful in making sure your pet gets the care it deserves but are also cautious about ordering unneccessary tests and they always give you options and explain pros and cons. The staff takes the time to get to know you and your pets and they are quite generous with treats, which makes my dogs very happy campers! The new facility is wonderful with a large waiting room. Appointments are kept on time so you won't spend tons of time waiting to be seen.
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By: Freda C.
Hopewell Animal Hospital
i have a lab mix that, in the last 3years has decided vets are NOT to be liked - Dr.Harrison is great with her - even when she's Not in the mood to be examined......
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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