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By: L S.
John Andresen DVM
This doctor won't waste your money. If your horse doesn't need the test or whatever it is, Doc Andresen won't ask for it. He has many ideas. Refreshing!! Also, he thinks out of the box for results (getting them) and has the calmest demeanor around my very in-pain animal, letting her trust him. Doesn't over react to a horse in pain, but sure gets cooperation with the appropriate firmness applied, so he won't get hurt either. My horse respects him and trusts him too, which is saying a lot since she was abused before we got her. Doc Andresen is soft spoken, and watches the animal thoughtfully first, and gets right to your problem. Gives many less-costly answers to try before spending your money. Reasonable rates when he has to. Knows many ways to help. An excellent vet, and someone to have by your horse's side. Highly recommend.
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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