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!
By: Jim M.
Animal Clinic
I have been bringing my cats to Dr. Broderick for 9 years. He runs a country-type animal clinic that is warm and cozy looking that is run by a responsible staff. The hospital is charming and full of horse and polo memorabilia. It is immaculate and friendly. The nurse there is an actual RN that is always kissing and hugging everyone's pets. Doc takes his time with each animal patient and client. He is a teacher, very thorough in his explanations, and is very passionate about extending the life of his patients. Two of my cats had serious problems - one was hit by a car, and the other had an enormous abscess from a cat fight that required surgery. Both my cats recovered perfectly from the care that Dr. Broderick gave them.This is the only animal hospital that I have been to where the doctor not only knows about nutrition but took the time to teach me how to keep my pets healthy and to prevent them from getting sick in the first place. It doesn't get any better than this.
Tips & Advices
Bring medical records and medications that your pet is taking. Also, you should bring your ID and a form of payment.
Yes, there are veterinary clinics that only deal with emergency cases. They generally take walk-ins and referrals from family vets.
Yes, emergency vets treat dental emergencies and dental trauma. Freshly fractured teeth are the main category of dental injury that vets consider an emergency.
To prevent health emergencies, experts recommend supervising one’s pets, and trying to make sure they don’t get into emergency situations. A majority of emergency vet visits happen because animals were struck by cars, bit by other animals, or ingested toxins. Otherwise, the best way to prevent emergencies is by having a go-to vet you can call with any questions, and being vigilant about potential symptoms (i.e. runny stool, or trouble walking) as they appear but before they become extremely serious.
Experts say that the conditions that necessitate an emergency veterinarian visit include collapse, seizures, inability to walk, partial paralysis, and any difficulty breathing (non-stop panting, constant coughing, hyperventilation, or elevated heart rate). Gum color is often an indicator that something is wrong--especially blue gums or very pale gums. Excessive vomiting or a distended abdomen should be considered an emergency situation. Signs of any trauma or excessive bleeding should send your pet straight to the vet. Lastly, for cat owners, urinary obstruction is fatal if not treated, and generally occurs in male cats.

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