Best 30 Veterinary Clinics Hospitals in Lawrence, MA with Reviews -

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By: Gina M.
Johnson Veterinary Hospital
I will never go else where for a vet. Dr Johnson and Staff are amazing! I have a dog and cat that I bring to them. I am going to give two examples of their care. 1) My cat, Bella loved loved loved Nerf Darts and of course at the time my 11 year old son had them all over the house. which Bella was thrilled with, Until one night when she was projectile vomiting and it turned really bad. I brought her instantly to Johnson's and with limited funds they did what they could and watched over her so that I didn't have the fees of surgery, they kept her over night I think maybe 2 nights watcher her closely let me come in and visit her and gave her yes an enema (which I would never do on my own LOL) she passed the tip of a Nerf dart until it was passed we were not 100% sure what it was. They were amazing with her. 2nd time was my 13 year old dog Chloe Oh my poor Chloe was diagnosed Diabetic. they again worked with me closely to try and regulate her sugar. Unfortunately with her age and the extent of her diabetes it was just to much for her, while in the care of my neighbor she collapsed and I had to rush home rush her to Johnson's where I had to make the decision to let her rest as hard as it was. the problem was I had an appointment I could not miss so they allowed my Chloe to stay with them while I went to my appointment and come back that evening to proceed (Sorry I cant say it I still miss her). when I got back they had made her comfortable and they brought her into a private room where they let us have time with her and say goodbye, They were amazing. I now brought a new girl into our lives and she now goes and they are great with her. She HATES her nails being cut no matter where I go. I finally brought her down to have nails cut (normally groomer does them), we (groomers and myself) thought she would need to be sedated but nope they did amazing she wasn't happy but she was done in 10 min. opposed to 1/2 hour. simply awesome 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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