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By: Julie W.
Veterinary Medical Center Of Lebanon, Inc
I was apprehensive about finding a high-quality veterinary practice when I moved to the area who was excellent not only with the medical aspect, but who also was compassionate, and passionate about their work. I no longer have to worry, as I found it with the Veterinary Medical Center of Lebanon. Although I have been bringing my pets here for routine visits for about a year and a half, my expectations were exceeded when my aging dog had an emergency. Dr. Semmens and staff went above and beyond the evening of the emergency, even though I am sure they had a full case-load that was scheduled. They continued to care for my dog until he was stable enough to go home, even running slightly into "after hours", but I knew that if I needed anything throughout the night, they were only a quick phone call away. In the days after, they followed up with phone calls to check in with how my dog was doing, and eased any of my concerns and answered all of my questions.
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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