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By: linda.butler.75685962
Coastal Veterinary Emergency
My Granddaughters puppy was hit and killed, She and I were heartbroken.We rescued another puppy 4 mths old .We had him 6 days when I had him in the backyard playing,suddenly he was in the flowerbed going after something (i thought it was a lizard; then I saw it strike it was a nasty cotton mouth snake I thought it missed the puppy; We went inside and after 10 min Puppy was trembling and having trouble breathing,then I found the puncture mark on his neck & I panicked called our Vet ;NO answer ...I found Coastal Veterinary Emergency on line;called and went right there at .9:00pm I felt the Vet and staff were kind and caring .(wish they had told me on the phone that puppies have antibodies to protect the from such things and he would not die..but..)as I said I panicked and simply did not want to loose another dog . I was told of the $93.00 walk through the door fee.but the other $181.00 was a shock for 3 shots,antibiotic,pain reliever,and benadryl. 45.00 each script for rimadal -10 tabs $ 30.00 Cephalexin - 14 tabs $ 23.00. I felt these fees were very very high..way more then. when I found a dog that had been hit by a car and I took it to an Emergency Vet after hours that was last year and X-rays;surgery and pain meds were only $ 200.00 so Yes this clinic is really taking advantage of people in a time of crisis, to bad they feel this is the way to do business.I am thankful that Puppy will be fine;But that would have been the out come any way.......
By: Amanda D.
Animal Hospital of Onslow County
My experience has been GREAT!!! The staff is beyond words, they are wonderful. Back in Aug , is when I first started taking Bailey Mae in for check-ups. Bailey also has heavy \\ allergies and anxiety . There has been several time where I have had to take he in and have her looked at. The staff answered all the questions I asked and also added to it. They have went out of there way to make sure I know what the treatment plan is , and weather or not to do this or that if something occurs. All I can say is that they are AMAZING!!!!
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By: Samantha M.
Animal Hospital of Onslow County
The entire staff was amazing! We are new to the area and I called many vets in the area and the girls at the desk were the sweetest. We took our female dane to be spayed and they were great with her. She got sick after the surgery and I rushed her back and they got her right in and spent a lot of time with us. They ran every test possible to make sure everything was functioning the way it should, I couldn't have asked for better care.
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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