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By: Colbey N.
Milton Mobile Animal Care
We used Dr. Shambow's mobile vet service for several years. (We've moved away, and can no longer use his services.)He was recommended by our neighbor, who absolutely loves him for all her pets.Paying a bit extra for a mobile vet is well worth it, especially if you have a pet/type of animal that doesn't "travel" well. The reduced stress for both animals and people is amazing.As another reviewer noted, you do have to call a number and wait for a return call, but the return call is usually within a day. And yes, for emergencies, you first call the regular number, and then call his pager. But we've had to call the pager several times, and always received a return call for quickly. (We assumed any wait was because Dr. Shambow was in the middle of an appointment, or was driving and couldn't call out immediately--that's how little time we waited.) One evening, I called the regular number and left a slightly frantic message, then called his pager. He returned my call quickly--even though he was on vacation out of town. (And helped resolve our "emergency.")We highly recommend Dr. Shambow.
By: James W.
Milton Mobile Animal Care
My family has used Richard Schambow's Mobile Vet Service now, for several yrs. We're pleased with his service. When, & if.. we require him to come to the house for one of our animals, we have to call his home number, leave a message, & he calls us back. For animal 911 service after hours.. thats why 4 (Not 5) Stars. If we need him in a Emergency Situation.. We need to leave a message on his home phone, hang up, & dial his pager number. He normally doesn't call back if its after hours, or a holiday. Doc Schambow is our first, & only Mobile Vet Service so, maybe they all are hard to get a hold of, after hours. I wouldn't know..
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By: Bonnie M.
Milton Mobile Animal Care
We have used Dr. Schambow's vet service for a few years now & have always been satisfied.He was referred to us by a neighbor who is also very happy with his services.
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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