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By: Tracy G.
Pleasant Hills Animal Clinic
This is the only animal hospital that I will ever use! I had been taking my two dogs to another clinic in the area but had never been to this one. I decided to try them because of all the animal welfare charity work that they do. One of my dogs had a serious ear infection and the other needed his teeth cleaned and had an abscess. I had taken them to another vet in the area just a week before to get their shots and checked out since one was scratching and his ear hurt! The other vet clinic staff (I never saw the vet) told me that both of them were fine! At Pleasant Hills, they were both examined and the doctor showed me what was going on with each of them so there was no doubt. I'm so thankful that I took my babies there!
By: Natalie H.
Pleasant Hills Animal Clinic
The veterinarians are excellent and I love the care that my three dogs receive! I have been using them for years and am in there at least once a month to have my dogs bathed and groomed.
By: Helen M.
Pleasant Hills Animal Clinic
My family and I will only use this clinic. They provide terrific care for our five dogs, three cats, and horses.
By: Erica A.
Pleasant Hills Animal Clinic
I love the vets and staff at Pleasant Hills Animal Clinic! They are always there for my animals when needed.
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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