Best 30 24 Hour Animal Hospital in Huntington, New York with Reviews -

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By: edye.dunne
My Pets Vet
This facility is beyond outstanding. I first went there about 8 yrs ago. Was immediately pleased with staff & fair costs. But in Feb. of 2009 showed me just how amazing this place is. We had managed after a week to catch a kitten on our yard. Turns out she was a 6 month old, but so severely malnourished she weighed only 2 1/2 lbs, & dying of severe pneumonia. Dr. Bridget Brook (also the owner) initially recommended euthanasia, but when I pleaded that altho we were currently in financial difficulties, we'd put all the "sweat equity" in to save her, she immediately agreed. What followed was months of extreme care, including several middle-of-the night calls, wherein she'd meet us at 2 or 3 a.m. at the office, for e/r shots. There were several ICU stays of a week or more when Ivy nearly died. When at home, we were giving her 7-8 different shots a day, plus inhalant albuterol treatments every 4 hrs, including during the nite. Dr Brook saw her 2-3 x's a wk for months and never gave up on this kitten, even when it seemed hopeless. And knowing our situation at the time, she charged us almost nothing for all this, taking a major monetary loss, for all the right reasons.. She is at the top of my Most Admired short list of people. Her level of dedication, expertise, true love of animals, compassion, sense of humor & pure decency is beyond exemplary. At our last visit with Ivy a few months ago, Dr. Brook noted wryly that Ivy had become "a tad voluptuous"! Ivy's now delightfully spoiled rotten, an adorable hellion to our other 2 cats, & bursting with health & vigor, and no trace of those nightmare months,& we owe it all to Dr Brook. And the staff rocks too!
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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