Best 26 Large Animal Vet in Kailua Kona, HI with Reviews -
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By: Samuel F.
Pet Medical Center
Reported as closed on YP. Not true, open and excellent Vet. I've trusted him with all my cats for several years. I HIGHLY recommend them.
By: mary.mahimahi
Ota Gary T DVM
Best Emergency Vet Dr. Ota is AWESOME!! He saves pet lives so GENUINE so CARING he saved my teen's cat named Baby with his treatment for Without Dr. Ota our pet would've died it was that close! Dr. Ota doesn't inflate the bill after six days in the ICU with complications I'm AMAZED we still have Baby so Mahalo Dr. Ota who saves lives! So HAPPY so PLEASED you won't go wrong picking this great vet for all of your needs. Even gave me some "Urinary Tract Health" a huge bag when he was finished bringing Baby back from the brink of death to chase a Gecko or a bird! :) Aloha, Mahi
By: jimpdx
Jacob Head DVM
During our 3 month stay on the Big Island our dog began suffering some dental distress.I called Keauhou Veterinary Hospital on a Friday morning regarding his condition and they felt it might be wise to get it checked out right away and they would work him into their schedule. We dropped him off and met with Dr. Head that afternoon. He explained there was severe decay and gum infection in various locations and felt it should be taken care of right away. Even though it was late Friday afternoon he said he would gladly do the complete procedure first thing Saturday morning. We dropped Toby off in the morning and picked him up in the afternoon. Dr. Head successfully took care of all necessary extractions, complete cleaning and polishing.Dr. Head and his staff were extremely accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. The cost for the multiple extractions, cleaning, etc. was lower that I expected based on similar procedures done at my vet in Oregon. They have the latest technology in regard to dental x-ray, anesthesia, anesthesia monitoring, and cleaning. We felt very comfortable with the safety of our dog with these folks.I would highly recommend Keauhou Veterinary Hospital. If they were in Portland, Oregon Dr. Head would have all my business. Their professional staff and facility is impressive.
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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