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By: Edie C.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
My cats have been clients of this practice for over 20 years. Recently, my two-year-old was hospitalized severely ill, I worked in an animal shelter and know a dying cat when I see one; I didn’t expect to bring my boy home but after a hospital stay, he is back to his sweet, ornery self. The vet assistants and techs seem compassionate and caring, even with my less than friendly patients. Over the years, Dr. Beste has come to our house to humanely euthanize our seniors when it was time, this made those difficult times more bearable. I always feel a little better when Dr. Beste personally treats my animals but have faith he will train his younger staff to follow in his shoes. It is very comforting to have 24/7 care available, if needed. As trite as it sounds, Dr. Beste really is the best!Update - another of my cats became ill, presenting the same symptoms as the one mentioned above, they were unable to diagnose what is wrong but treated the symptoms. The last few times I've had an ill animal, I haven't been able to get a regular appointment in less than a week and have had to take them in as an emergency patient at a much higher cost. I don't know if the practice is understaffed but I find this very disheartening and poor client service.
By: Marylou V.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
Teddy our beautiful Brenease Mountain Dog, enjoyed his boarding experience, as well as aqua therapy. He became very ill (not associated w boarding) he had surgery to remove a sock! I was worried sick!The entire staff treated Teddy with love, & compassion. They called with updates and treated our family as family. You don't just pick a pediatrician for your child being close to your house, you pick one that is great. I could find a VET 5 mins outside our door- We travel 35 mins one way, so that Teddy is treated with knowable, caring & professional staff. I wouldn't go any other place!
By: Debbie M.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
From the first day we took our new puppy here we have never been so pleased! 2 weeks after getting Murphy we had a trip planned and had to board him. They treated him like one of there own. All of Murphy's appts have been quick & easy. He actually doesn't mind going into his appts. The staff and Vets are kind and caring. We walk in and they know our pets name...Our service has been excellent and we couldn't ask for more. We have used the grooming & kennels services with NO problems. This place is spotless! Could not ask for better care.
By: Linda F.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
MVH is the very best in the area. We moved to DE from NJ several years ago. It was difficult to find a good vet. service, but we hit the jackpot! The docs are all wonderful----kind, compassionate, thorough, clear in explaining etc., The $$ structure is good. Services offered are outstanding. Office hours are very convenient. Front desk staff is a 6 out of 5!!!! Can't say enough good things about MVH!!!! Dr. David Beste has an excellent facility! We wish there was some place like this for humans!
By: tracy.gell.9
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
My dog was hit by a car on a Sunday morning and I was so frantic to get her to the vet and get her help that I totally forgot it was a Sunday. Thank god they turned my vet into an animal hospital. Dr Beste took good care of her and she's bouncing back. It's a wonderful caring staff in a beautiful set up! I can't recommend them enough. Thank you Dr. Beste glad you got home in time to still catch some football;)
By: Linda B.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
My cat needed emergency surgery which was provided however, their billing/collection is not professional. They collected cash & did not record it on the comp system. Sent me 2diff inv then sent me to collections. Every person I spoke to had a different version of what happened-not one person was clear& never would anyone let me speak to Dr Beste. Their billing practices are questionable dont pay cash!
By: Timothy H.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
Been coming to Middletown Vet from Dover for 10 years. Our dog Molly always treated with compassion and kindness even when she was put down over two years ago. Now with Ally, she is given the same compassion and kindness from all the staff. Thank you for taking time to care for our boxer Ally. Your staff is wonderful. Tim and Terri Hadley
By: Cait S.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
Love this veterinary hospital, drive up from Dover because they are truly the best I have found in the area. I love that they have evening and weekend hours to see patients, it makes it so much more convenient and a pleasure to keep my pets happy and healthy. Great vets, great staff, and affordable service would recommend to everyone!
By: Cj A.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
Switched from prior vet after seeing a friend's interaction with and kindnesses of the vets and staff. Have only gone for the vaccinaton clinic so far and the vet tech was wonderful and kind. Prices were VERY reasonable. Love the convenience of 24/7 access if needed. I travel 45 minutes from MD to get there and it is so very worth it.
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By: Darlene A.
Middletown Veterinary Hospital
We took our dog to get checked for a few things. We waited 1 and half hours and still didnt see a vet. They had an emergencyBut should have told us sooner.We ended up leaving because he still wasnt available so we left.We got meds for my dog but before we waited so long they should have told us he wasn't available.
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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